The Bachelor Pad Mostly bouldering57 routes in crag
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The densest area of boulder routes in the Adelaide region.
NOTE: The same regulations apply here as to the main area of Norton Summit (i.e. no climbing after sunset or on fire-ban days). Try to keep noise pollution to a minimum, stick to the walking trails and take your rubbish with you.
The Pad is located on The Old Norton Summit Road, about 1km down hill from The Summit. (The climbing area not the actual summit!) To get there drive east out of the city and head up Magill Road. Continue straight onto The Old Norton Summit Road for 1.5km, there is a small pullout for parking left hand side opposite a large stand of bamboo.
There isn’t much parking here so be courteous of others, there are a few extra parking spaces further up the hill. The track up to The Pad is located on the otherside of the road (south) just next to the bamboo (downhill) Cross the guardrail and you will see the track heading across the creek and up the hill. It take about 10 minutes of up hill slog to reach the cliff.
The location marked on the map has the point of the triangle at the beginning of the trail on the Old Norton Summit Road. The base of the triangle is at the cave itself.
This is a public area so please be considerate of others by keeping noise, music and swearing to a minimum. Think about taking a rubbish bag with you to help keep the place clean.
Normal rules apply, take everything with you, this includes finger tape and cigarette butts. Take only foam mats to leave at the pad, no coil mattresses. Help keep rubbish to a minimum by removing any badly damaged mats before they create an unsightly mess.
Track maintenance is the responsibility of any climber that chooses to frequent the Pad. The track becomes virtually impossible to use in periods of rain (see below) and in its current state will only get worse (hard to imagine). Voluntary work by CCSA members and other climbers that visit this site is welcomed.
On first acquaintance with this place you could be forgiven for thinking that the 40+ problems listed in this guide must be an error, for the place known as The Bachelor Pad doesn’t exactly look like a bouldering ‘mecca’. Shorter than the length of Sissy Crag (NSW), not as high as Lindfield, The Fear Factory or Akuna Bay (NSW), and less inspiring than Trackside or Anderson’s (Vic) – it is nevertheless home to the hardest problems in South Australia.
Not only that, but it is also less than 20 minutes drive from the city, 3 minutes drive from a pub, and stays dry in the rain. What more could you want? Difficulty ranges from V0-V13, with just under half of the problems sub-V6, and all the rest being mainly in the V6-V10 bracket. Topping the scale are the problems of Austria’s Klem Loskot (Madball sit start – V13) and ex-local boy Sharik Walker (Tao and Butchers – both V12).
Start on the big sidepull, up diagonally left through serrated edges to the horizontal break, continue up past the letterbox fininshing out right on the hanging block. Pad it up well!
Sit-start on chalked block. Up and slightly left to jugs at the break.
various warm up lines and traverses throughout the pad
double-hand dyno from the obvious jugs to the big rounded hold in the break.
Sit-start on jug rail. Up to roof on jugs.
Sit-start with underclings/side-pulls on blocky feature under the start of Chocolate Aftertaste traverse line. Paste the feet on and dyno (or lock!) to pointy jug, then more easily up to jugs on traverse line. Finish easily up and left.