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As the name suggests not only is there plenty of slabby climbing to be had, but there's also the odd steeper route thrown in.
Most routes are sport - on a combination of bolts, fixed hangers and rings. Having said this there are a number of mixed routes, so check your guide before you set off - an occasional cam may be required. Most routes are equipped with lower-offs.
Climate / Conditions
The cliffline faces south and the sun moves pretty much over head. During the middle of the day you'll be climbing staring into the sun.
The cliff itself can be quite damp so leave a few days after rain for it to dry out. On a hot day it can be quite humid and mosquitos are ever present.
The cave at the far end of the crag is permanently dry should it rain - but there's only a route or two in there (certainly worth doing, but not going to fill your day!)
The Narrabeen Slabs climbing area is located on the Wakehurst Parkway 700m west of the turn-off for the Sydney Academy of Sport. Heading away from Narrabeen you will pass the Academy of Sport; then a large layby on your right; then the access for the crag is at the locked gate on the right (just before the first sweeping lefthand corner). There is enough space on the road shoulder to park near the gate, or you can park in the large layby.
From the gate follow the well established track for 300m, passing the drain vent on your way.
Start 1m left of Into The Void at seam.
Desperate slabbing following the left hand line of a smorgasbord of carrots, fixed hangers and rings.
FA: Chris Yeomans, 2004
Start as for Iron Chef then head right after the fixed hanger.
FA: Jeff Boyton & Gayle Matus, 2002
As this climb is a rising traverse crossing most of the routes on the main slab it is best attempted on quiet days! It is a pleasant and longish girdle traverse of the main slab
Start at the foot of Into The Void.
During the lower off unclip last quick draw on Kicks to make life much more pleasant for the second(!)
FFA: Michael Combley & Kate Baecher, 2013
FA: Michael Combley & Kate Baecher, 2013
Second pitch of Into The Void. 3m right, onto clean wall and up.
FA: Rod Kotkis, Jeff Boyton & Nicole Dombrain, 1999
Excellent climb with interesting moves. Follow the right arcing line. Originally graded 19, but a few people have suggested that it is a little bit easier than that.
FA: Jeff Boyton, Rod Kotkis, Edward Fairleigh & Nicole Dombrain, 2001
1m left of the seam in the middle of the wall. 4 BR's to DRB lower off.
FA: Mikl, 1980
Climb directly up the thin natural seam in the middle of the slab using the bolts on Ag Science for protection.
Set up protection for the first move by using the first bolt of Ag Science then make a strenuous move into the bottom of the thin seam.
Up the seam to an obvious chicken head at 3/4 height.
Make a couple of reachy final moves over the chicken head to a good horizontal finger slot in the final headwall and then traverse easily right and lower off the DRB’s of Technical Short Talk
FA: Michael Combley & James Carpenter, 2012
Another traversing exercise for quiet days Start as for either Ag Science or Appliance of DS. Clip the first carrot of Ag Science. Move a meter left and clip the ring bolt. Try to traverse left to good holds, fall off and grab the good holds (someone really tall will probably clean this move on a day when the rubber grips) Traverse left across Into The Void heading to the finish of Frantic. Clip the last 3 rb’s of Frantic and lower off
FA: Michael Combley, Kate Baecher & Andrew Rigden, 2013