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Approach

From Simple Simon Slabs, walk downhill for 25m, then trend diagonally left and downhill for another 30m, with boulders blocking your way on the downhill side. When the boulders run out turn sharply right and head downhill for 20m, with a wall of boulders on your right, to a tree with a rope tied around it. (If you keep following the wall of boulders you will reach the back of the Cereals Buttress, from where you can pass through a passageway to reach 'Bran Buds' and 'The Tin Drum'). Follow the rope between the boulders, then down a choss-covered slab. When you step off the slab, 'Julius Caesar' is on your right. Directly ahead of you, a gap leads through to 'The Cereals Buttress' proper.

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Descent Notes

To descend from Snap, Crackle & Pop, abseil from the tree. Other boulders have rap rings or you can walk off.

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Ethic inherited from The Cloisters

Although these days there are a number of excellent sport climbs, the original ascentionists were staunchly traditional, having this to say:

"We, as discoverers and first ascensionists, have not and will not tolerate the use of bolts, pegs, shady aid or chalk. Attempt to use any of these and be prepared to answer to us. We have respected the natural state of the area and expect that you will also."

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Routes

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1
16 Lost Baggage Trad 8m

Forgettable. On the uphill side of the boulder to the left of the tree with a rope tied around it. Up the mossy crack to a break, step right and up to the top. Rap off the branch.

FA: Phil Georgeff, Dee Breger, 1988

2
20 Quicksilver Trad 5m

The little line on the uppermost boulder next to the chossy approach slab. Very short and overhanging. Rap off the branch as for 'Lost Baggage'.

FA: John Smart, Norm Booth, 1978

3
22 ** Julius Caesar Trad 20m

Starting just below the chossy approach slab is an overhanging crack. A superb climb with great hand jams, fingerlocks, laybacks, fist jams and a spot of off-widthing. Rap off the back.

FA: John Smart, Norm Booth, Ray Lassman, Humzoo, 1978

4
Project Chris Sport Project 18m

The bolted arete directly below the chossy approach slab and opposite Julius Caesar.

'Walking Dead' and 'Zoo Fear' are on the same boulder and left of 'Project Chris'. They can also be approached by passing through the gap left of 'Julius Caeser' and circling the boulder anti-clockwise.

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18 * Walking Dead Trad 20m

10m left of 'Project Chris' is an off-width crack (the same crack as 'Concrete Coffin' on the other side of the boulder). Double bolt belay. To descend scramble along the boulders and rap as for 'Julius Caesar'.

FA: Ian 'Humzoo' Thomas, 1978

6
24 ** Zoo Fear Sport 18m, 6

A superb sharp arete. Dave was anxious to avoid the original developers (Hum'zoo) of the area - hence the name. The arete 10m left of 'Walking Dead' (or 15m right of 'Concrete Coffin' and around the corner). Six bolts to lower-offs. Rebolted 2013.

FA: Dave McGregor, Matt Madin, 1986

7
17 Bran Buds Trad 10m

Rough on the hands. The crack in the passageway on the uphill side of the 'Crackle' boulder (see approach description).

FA: Norm Booth, John Smart, Ray Lassman, 1978

8
19 The Tin Drum Mixed 8m, 1

Start on the pinnacle about five metres right of 'Bran Buds', through the passageway. Up the slabby wall past a bolt to a bolt belay.

FA: Mike Peck, Ken Luck, Adam Blizzard, 1988

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13 Concrete Coffin Trad 20m

The chimney on the left, as you pass through the gap at the bottom of the chossy approach slab. Aptly named and possibly the worst sandbag in the guide. Double bolt belay. To descend scramble along the boulders and rap as for 'Julius Caesar'.

FA: Ray Lassman, Humzoo, Norm Booth, 1978

10
18 Sugar Frosty Trad 10m

Start just to your right as you exit the gap at the bottom of the chossy approach slab (six metres right of 'Crackle') next to a dilapidated eagle's nest. Easily up the chimney to a ledge and then up the crack to join 'Snap, 'Crackle' and 'Pop'.

FA: John Smart, Rohan Reynolds, Hugh Ward, Norm Booth, Ray Lassman, 1978

11
18 Pop Trad 10m

The right crack on the nose of the buttress. Deceptive and technical start then join 'Crackle'.

FA: Ray Lassman, Norm Booth, John Smart, 1978

12
9 Crackle Trad 10m

The first and worst climb done at 'The Cloisters'. Up the middle crack.

FA: John Smart, Norm Booth, Ray Lassman, 1978

13
11 Snap Trad 10m

Pleasant easy climbing. The left crack on the buttress.

FA: Norm Booth, Ray Lassman, John Smart, 1978

14
22 * The Swinging Detective Mixed 20m, 2

A curious helical climb on the 'Tin Drum' pinnacle, west of the 'Cereals Buttress'. Start in a chimney right of 'Bran Buds' (or, on the downhill side, left of Snap). Climb the arete past a bolt to a crack. Swing left into this and up to another bolt. Move right onto the slab and up to double ring bolt belay.

FA: Mike Peck, 1988

15
23 Olympus 9mm Sport 25m, 8

Start 10m uphill and left from Crackle on a blunt boulder with a mossy streak down the front. Up the flake and blunt arete to half height, then diagonally right and up the scoop. DBB on top.

FA: Oliver Story, Daniel Gordon, 2013

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22 ** Kodachrome 25 Sport 25m, 7

Start as for 'Olympus 9mm', going straight up past seven bolts (for the original experience, head left at the fifth bolt into the groove). DBB as for 'Olympus 9mm'.

FA: Matt Madin, Bill Begg, 1987

17
24 Slide Show Trad 10m

The very thin crack system in the gully left of 'Kodachrome 25', on the same boulder as 'Gazelle Boy'. DBB. May require brushing before a repeat.

FA: Dave McGregor, Matt Madin, 1995

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22 Gazelle Boy Trad 12m

Technical and exciting. On the boulder left of 'Kodachrome 25' (20m left of Crackle) is this thin crack to the left of a diagonal off-width.

FA: John Smart, Ray Lassman, Humzoo, Norm Booth, 1978

19
14 Cosmic Connection Trad 12m

The corner left of 'Gazelle Boy'. Up blocks to a crack in the wall.

FA: Humzoo, John Smart, Ray Lassman, 1978

20
22 Troubador Trad 10m

Opposite 'Gazelle Boy' and down the slope is a boulder with an expanding crack on the downhill side, initially very thin.

FA: John Smart, 1978

21

About 20 metres left of 'Cosmic Connection' is a crack with a blank, mossy start. Use gear in 'Friendly Persuasion Indirect' to protect the start.

FA: Ray Lassman, John Smart, Humzoo, 1978

22

Worthwhile. Up the left-hand crack until it peters out, then step right into 'Friendly Persuation'. Also very mossy now.

FA: John Smart, Ray Lassman, 1978

23
16 Just A Steal Trad 10m

A relatively easy, clean offwidth. Start: From 'Gazelle Boy' walk left (northwest) along the contour on a vague cairned track for about 40m. The track passes downhill of most of the boulders then goes uphill. Just after you turn uphill, on your right is a gap between two boulders. Just A Steal is on the uphill side of the gap.

FA: John Smart, Humzoo, Ray Lassman, 1978