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One of sydney's best climbs. A must do!!!

Now that the lookout has moved you are pretty safe from official eyes. Take your gear and rope down the evil fisherman's descent and no-one will notice.

The rock isn't fantastic and the most of the bolts are pretty dodgy (actually, all the useful ones have been replaced with stainless), but this adds to the ambience. The roof traverse on pitch two is amazing and offers ample reward for getting off the belay ledge (the crux).

Take a normal rack of draws + bolt plates. A single set of cams (up to BD 4) and a set of wires might ease the mind (as well as offering better protection than some of the bolts). Trad belay required (cams useful) at top of pitch 2.

Start: Start on first ledge above the rocks and scrub at the base of the cliff. From the sea, climb up the first ladder on the fishermans descent and walk left about 30m (or don't descend all the way down). The climb starts just across the 'nasty step-across', below the obviuous line of bolts and the massive roof up high.

  1. 20m (17) Move up and R over ledge past bolts, up corner (part of The Bolt Ladde)r then left to obvious V corner. 'Grovel' up this and then traverse left to belay ledge (2 BR - at least one of which is newish).

  2. 20m (17) A very hard mantle/high reachy move off the belay ledge (the 1st move is really 19, many seconds fall from here. Make sure have and can use prusic knots) leads to pleasant, steep climbing. Traverse out through the massive roof on good jugs to the final headwall. Beware of the final mantle. 2 BB over top has been chopped—trad belay now required.


Route History:

  • First Ascent: Mike Law, 1978


Located in Main Area approx:
Lat/Long: -33.822551,151.300236

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Route Grade Citations

19 R Community registered grade
17 OZ Rock
17 Pocket RockGUIDE: Sydney and the Sea Cliffs
17 R *** ACA Route Register
17, 19 Matthew Glendenning
17M1/19 Sun, Surf and Sandstone - A Rockclimber's Guide to Sydney

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Overall quality score: 93%

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