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Description

Several excellent cracks, from finger to body size.

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Approach

Can be approached from either end. Option one: walk 10m north (left) of 'Gazelle Boy', then go downhill, through a short gully, and turn left to get to Corvus. Option two: from 'Zoo Fear', scramble and weave between some boulders and downhill towards the valley.

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Descent Notes

All routes top out on the large rock platform 10m from 'Crackle' in the Cereals Buttress.

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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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24 *** Corvus Trad 25m

One of the best lines and climbs at 'The Cloisters'. Start at the left hand end of the wall, below a thin crack. Bouldery moves to start, then layback to the alcove. Swing left then move quickly up the crack before you pump out.

FA: John Fantini, Tony Barten, 1984

2
20 * Open Season Trad 20m

The classic, direct line 15m right of 'Corvus'.

FA: Norm, Ray, Zoo, John, Rohan Reynolds, Hugh Ward, 1978

3
14 * Sweetwater Wine Trad 20m

The delightful easy angled corner in the centre of the wall. Start 10m right of 'Open Season. Looks slightly overgrown but climbs well.

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

4
20 Star Fucker Trad 18m

Delightful full-body work-out. Start as for 'Sweetwater Wine' but go right up the left side of the large flake. Shares an offwidth / chimney finish with 'Close Shave'.

FA: Humzoo, John, Ray, Norm, Rohan Reynolds, 1978

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19 * Close Shave Trad 20m

Excellent climbing. Ascends the right side of the large flake. Committing and intimidating with an awkward chimney at the top.

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

6
22 Stubble Mixed 18m, 1

Discontinuous cracks on the righthand end of 'Equinox Wall'. Start behind the jammed log in a dirty chimney eight metres right of 'Close Shave'. Grovel up to a stance on the right and clip the bolt out left. Step down to gain jugs on the wall.

FA: Dave McGregor. Matt Madin, 1996