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Access issues inherited from Point Perpendicular

Point Perp is located within a Navy Weapons Range. It is generally open during weekends and NSW school holidays though it is best to ring the rangers (02 4448 3411) to check first.

Ethic inherited from Point Perpendicular

Point Perp is predominantly a trad crag. There has been more bolting recently but this is a particularly contentious topic. A lot of the bolts are the traditional Aussie carrot and it would be a good idea to have at least half a dozen keyhole hangers before going to the Point for the first time.

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25 ** Mr Logistics Mixed 15m, 4

Awesome arete. Short, steep and sustained unlike many a point perp route.

Start: Next to 'Midnight Lightning' on left hand end of 'Ocean Boulevard'. Rap off rings at top of arete to small foot ledge. Use first ring and gear as belay.

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19 Aloha Trad 30m

Unpleasant. Start at extreme L end of Ocean Boulevard. Belay off some blocks at the bottom of the obvious buttress. L around the nose, then up, then L to longish ledge. Up middle of wall past flakes. Up corner, then huge flake on L wall. Finish up the crack on the L to avoid the top part of the flake (loose).

FFA: Peter Blunt & Ian Brown, 1986

3

First a trad route, never done. Then retrobolted and renamed. All but 2 bolts have been chopped by persons unknown in March 2013. Full trad rack now required! Starts at double ringbolt belay at the furthest you can safely walk left when on the Windjammer ledge.

FA: Peter Blunt & Ian Brown, 1985

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21 * Midnight Lightning Mixed 30m, 1

Great wall route all gear bar one U-bolt. Start up the obvious flake in the lower wall a few metres left of Hot To Trot's line of rings. Comes complete with excellent arete crack finish.

FA: John Fantini & James Hoy, 1990

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22 ** Hot to Trot Sport 23m, 11

Line of bolts left of the Montezuma corner, gaining in difficulty the higher you go. Stemming into Montezuma near the top is considered 'off-route'. Some climbers have complained that the middle bolts on this route are perilously close to Midnight Lightning.

FA: Rick Phillips & John Lattanzio, 2012

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18 * Montezuma Trad 30m

The corner. Interesting terrain, fairly sustained with good rock.

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24 ** Sunset Boulevard Sport 30m, 10

Shady, steep, all bolts and great face moves. Don't confuse this with Vertical Romance. Start up the corner as for Montezuma, then follow the rings on the right wall and through a small roof up high.

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25 *** Vertical Romance Sport 30m, 11

Ignore the print guidebook's zero star rating - this is a three star route with good bolts and deserves a lot more ascents. Shady all day, overhanging, all bolts and crazy cool moves. The line of ringbolts just around the arete from Turning Of The Tide. This is a seriously awesome, hard route.

FA: Duncan Hunter

9

The left arete of Windjammer Wall. Incredible climbing up one the best aretes at Point Perp. Lots of carrot bolts which are supplemented by occasional medium sized cams. This was oringinally climbed onsight with no bolts (!) and was later "accidentally" retrobolted.

FFA: Tony Barton, Joe Lynch, John Churchill & Mike Peck, 1988

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24 ** Barracouta Mixed 30m, 5

Start just right of Turning of the Tide. Up past short corner and numerous breaks (natural gear) to headwall. Continue past several carrot bolts and a fixed hanger through the harder stuff. Seriously tricky up high.

FFA: Andrew Bull & Tony Barton, 1990

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18 Blazing Jugs Trad 64m

Manky 8 pitch traverse.

FFA: Peter Blunt & Ian Brown, 1985

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22 R *** Memorable Moves Trad 30m

Daunting and inspiring trad masterpiece. The first thin weakness through the upper headwall on the left side of the wall. Easily up left facing flake to start, then up juggy wall (not well protected) to final searing seam. Full trad rack from #5 cam to tiny wires. (Breaking a hold between about 5m and about 10m will probably result in hitting the deck, many people start up Icebird instead to skip the unprotected choss section. Good gear is available on the top half of the route). Starts 2m left of 'Icebird'.

FFA: John Fantini & Phil Georgeff, 1988

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19 *** Icebird Trad 30m

The wide crack near the left side of the wall. A great line and a great climb. Up the jugs then the awkward wide crack.

FA: Peter Blunt & Ian Brown, 1984

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24 ** Dirty Dancing Trad 30m

Crack just right of Icebird, which gets thinner and harder as you get higher and pumpder. This was John's pick of the area.

FFA: John Fantini & Phil Georgeff, 1988

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21 * Not All There Trad 25m

The line of carrots left of Windjammer that leads to 2 bolt lower off. Take cams and a handful of brackets. The direct finish is 26 and is called Halfway House Extension (for some reason). The lower-off will twist the s#it out of your rope - would be nice to see it upgraded.

16

The one bolt extension to Not All There.

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26 *** Seamstress Trad 30m

Variant finish to Windjammer. Start up Windjammer, then avoid the wide crack by stepping left into the white marble seam. Very challenging trad climb both the climbing and protection.

FFA: Robert Dun & Matt Scholes (preplaced gear), 2009

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19 ** Windjammer Trad 30m

The right one of a trio of cracks. Ensure you place lots of good gear in the first half as some of the rock is a bit suspect.

FA: Ian Brown & Peter Blunt, 1984

FFA: Ian Brown & Bob McMillan, 1988

19

Follows the thin, right-sloping crack on the headwall R of Windjammer. Up suspect rock to the base of the crack. Follow the bolts below the slanting crack to the top. This route has been heavily retrobolted by Blowing in the Wind! (see the notes for the extension to that route)

FFA: Ant Phren, 1989

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21 ** Blowing In The Wind Sport 20m, 10

The leftmost of a trio of easier sport routes in the center of Windjammer Wall which puts about 4 retrobolts and a loweroff anchor onto The Sublime and the Ridiculous.

FA: Rick Phillips & Will Watkins, 2012

21

The original route (which had 3 bolts at the top after 20m of trad) is now being mistaken for this project/extension to the retrobolted sport route.

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22 ** Shooting The Breeze Sport 23m, 10

The middle of the trio. Fantastic climb; very technical and pumpy, save some gas for the top. Ringbolts.

FA: Rick Phillips & Will Watkins, 2012

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Some nice holds on this one. Up and R from the anchors past two more clips. No further info on this. Could be around 25 or 26? Please add info if you have any.

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19 ** Drunk And Disorderly Sport 20m

The right of the trio. Steeper than it looks with a deceptive crux near the top. Three carrots up a slab to start, then a couple of FH's, then ringbolts. A royal sampler.

FA: Gareth Downey & Rick Phillips

25

4 bolt project above DAD. Superb rock and thin technical climbing. If you can stop and clip then you must be Adam Ondra.

FA: Will Watkins

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26 ** Feeding Frenzy Mixed 30m, 3

The R-leaning shallow flake in the headwall that is L of the main overlap (Liquid Lunch). Start just to the R of the centre of Windjammer Wall beneath the flake. Climb the easy lower part of the wall (bolt) to the flake, move L near the top to finish.

FFA: Giles Bradbury, 1989

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26 * Liquid Lunch Mixed 30m, 1

The R-ward leaning major diagonal flake on the R side of Windjammer Wall. Start a coupe of metres R of Feeding Frenzy, about 10m below a small rooflet. Up, tending R to a U-bolt at beginning of flake, then follow the flake and crack diagonally R to the top.

FFA: Giles Bradbury

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23 ** Last Man Standing Mixed 25m, 5

The second line of rings left of Jaws' major corner. Five rings and several finger/hand sized cams to lower off anchors below the top of the cliff where the line joins Liquid Lunch. Connecting it into the top is a possibility at around grade 26 and has been attempted by Neil & others.

FA: Neil Monteith, 2013

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22 ** Hot Cross Buns Mixed 20m, 1

Sustained and well protected wall climbing with characteristic Point Perp buckets and horizontals. Starts 2m left of 'SS Minow' below thin crack. Face to start, then up juggy crack to unlikely wall and right leading flake. When the holds run out at 20m traverse right to join 'SS Minow' at its last BR and finish for that route. Bring a full rack with doubles in the finger/hand sizes plus a #4 camalot to protect the first 5m.

FFA: Neil Monteith

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22 ** SS Minow Mixed 25m, 4

Starts 5m left of the Jaws corner below the line of FHs. Up wall past three FHs then trad goodness until final climatic flake (BR). Single set of cams protects the rest. Finishes at left set of lower-offs about 4m short of the top of the wall. The single BR above is an open project.

FFA: Greg James, 2001

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24 *** Hate Mail Mixed 25m, 5

Varied and sustained wall climbing up beautiful polished rock with the typical cruxy 'Windjammer' finish. Starts 1m left of 'Tenere' behind small tree and 2m right of 'SS Minow'. Five U-bolts and four or five good cam slots (fingers to hand size). Save a #2 Camalot for pocket in the finish moves. Lower-off anchor is 3m below the top of the cliff at large finish pocket.

FFA: Neil Monteith

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20 ** Tenere Trad 28m

Start in the corner as for Jaws. At the ledge climb the seam on the main (L) wall. Continue up the pumpy handcrack to top.

FA: Peter Blunt & Ian Brown, 1985

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19 Jaws Trad 32m

The obvious corner in the middle of the wall.

FFA: Peter Blunt & Ian Brown, 1984

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19 Jaws direct Trad 30m

Up slab right of corner, minimal gear. You can stay on slab until about 5m below top when step left to finish up jaws

FA: Ian brown

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23 *** Some Weird Sin Mixed 30m, 7

Start on the right-hand side of the middle arete of 'Windjammer Wall' - just right of Jaws. Up the wall and then arete passing bolts and cams. Move around to the R-side of the arete after clipping final bolt. Take lots of brackets.

FFA: Mike Moore & Greg James, 1998

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18 * Red Shift Trad 35m

Traverse at half height from the arete of Some Weird Sin to the corner of Man Overboard.

Start: up the initial small corner of Hungry Eyes, or continue on from Blazing Jugs.

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23 ** Hungry Eyes Trad 30m

Start on top of the block, at the small L-facing corner just right of Some Weird Sin. Up enjoyable jugs, passing a couple of small overlaps to base of crack. Up thin crack then into hand crack to finish.

FFA: John Fantini & Phil Georgeff, 1988

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24 ** The Omen Sport 22m, 13

Great sport climbing on lovely orange rock. This is the ringbolted line right of Hungry Eyes and almost certainly shares some climbing with Permissabilitly. Climbing 'direct' up the bolt line is a touch harder than staying right where the good holds are. Either way the last few metres are the crux! To get the full tick, climb past the double bolt anchors for one more move to the large pocket and back-jump to the anchors.

FFA: Matt Brooks, 2013

Set by Simon Vaughan, 2013

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27 *** Da Omen Sport 30m

The one bolt extension of The Omen to enable the link into the top of Permissability. Super small pockets, just like 80s French limestone!

Set by Matt Brooks

FFA: Matt Brooks, 2013

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27 ** Permissability Mixed 30m, 2

The overlap right of Hungry Eyes. Awesome moves on great rock. Sustained through the top.

FFA: Duncan Hunter, 2009

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24 ** Sail the Nullabor Trad 30m

Ascends the centre of this piece of wall to finish either up the thin crack (better pro, but harder) or the flake to its L. Another trad masterpiece.

FFA: John Fantini & Phil Georgeff, 1988

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25 ** I Have A Dream Sport 20m, 8

Start 3m L of Walk The Plank. Hard start with awkward second clip - care! Steel yourself for the top moves on the rounded flake. If Martin Luther King could dream I guess we all can...

FA:

Set by Rick Phillips, 2012

FFA: Will Watkins, 2012

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24 *** Walk the Plank Mixed 30m, 3

This is awesome. Start below the fine crack with a bolt, 4m left of corner. Up the wall past breaks and three bolts. At third bolt head right up the double edged flake. Don't place gear behind the suss flakes if you enjoy life and are looking forward to more of it!

FA: Mark Wilson & Richard Watts, 1988

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23 ** Happy Go Lucky Sport 22m, 10

Start 3m L of the Man Overboard corner under the line of fixed hangers. Routefinding skills required at second bolt (!) Sustained climbing on fiddly, often sharp little holds finishing at lower-off 4m below the clifftop. Has been linked into the top flake of Walk The Plank to top out.

FA: Rick Phillips & Seb Sakowicz, 2012

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16 ** Man Overboard Trad 26m

Start in the corner, just right of the typical abseil line. Better than it looks with varied climbing and good jamming at the top on clean rock.

FA: Peter Blunt & Ian Brown, 1984

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19 Night Shift Trad 32m

Traverse at half height from the Man Overboard corner to the arete, about half way up Full Sail.

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17 *** Grey Mist Trad 30m

Most will agree, this climb is the best easy/moderate trad route at the Point and for miles around. Gear placement is amply available and the climbing consistent at the grade. Start in the middle of the dark south-facing wall to the right of the Man Overboard corner. Follow the sinuous crack as it slowly widens to hand size.

FFA: Ian Brown & Peter Blunt, 1984

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19 * Full Sail Trad 40m 2

Excellent climbing, better than it looks.

Start: The crack just L of the arete, R of Grey Mist.

  1. 23m (19) Follow the crack until it stops then up L side of arete until able to move R to scoop on nose. Up scoop to good ledge on R.

  2. 17m (17) R along ledge and up the zig zag crack with interest.

FA: Ian Brown & Peter Blunt, 1984

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22 ** Rock the Clock Mixed 30m, 4

The crack and then bolted arete to the top.

Start: Start as for 'Full Sail', at the crack just left of the arete and to the right of 'Grey Mist'.

FFA: John Fantini & Keith Bell, 1989

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20 Saving Grace Trad 35m

FFA: Ian Brown & Peter Blunt, 1988

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18 Gear Shift Trad 40m

Traverse right from the belay of Night Shift (i.e. halfway up Full Sail) to Search and Destroy. Up this to finish.

FFA: Ian Brown & Bob McMillan, 1988

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FFA: Glenn Jones, Mike Peck & Bob McMillan

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18 Search and Destroy Trad 30m

Not to be confused with the route by the same name in Centennial Glen, grade 32.

FFA: Ian Blunt & Peter Blunt, 1984