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A motley collection of routes for the Cloisters aficionado.



From 'Silk Degrees' a large egg-shapped boulder is clearly visible across an open gully. Walk across the gully to this boulder. From here:

  • go uphill to get to 'Shaolin' boulder
  • walk below the boulder to 'Overkill'

To get to 'Skin Flick' and routes beyond, walk past 'Overkill' then veer right over boulders and down a 20m gully.


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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Good. On the valley side of the boulder above the egg-shapped approach marker boulder. Up the tenuous flake to a steepish slab with two bolts.

FA: Adam Blizzard & Neil Montgomery, 1990

Starts at the large flake 10 metres right of 'Shaolin'. Up this and onto the slab past a bolt.

FA: Adam Blizzard & Neil Montgomery, 1993

Beckons as a finger crack but is really an off-width.

FA: Humzoo, Ray Lassman & John Smart, 1978

The thin crack on your left as you come down the short gully from 'Overkill'. A hard start and it doesn't let up. Very overgrown.

FA: John Smart, 1978

The beautiful layback flake 10m right of 'Skin Flick'.

FA: Humzoo, John Smart & Ray Lassman, 1978

A hand traverse along a crack under a roof, using all sorts of old-school tricks. To reach it wander 20m right of Lay Lady Lay, past a square-cut mossy slab and round the corner to a wall capped by a large overhang. Scramble up to the right end of the wall to start at the entrance to a cave. Take camalots 1-6, with doubles in the large sizes.

FA: Oliver Story & Daniel Gordon, 30 Nov 2013


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