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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.

19 Aloha Trad 30m

First a trad route, never done. Then a full sport route with a flurry of ascents until the choppers swooped in. All but 2 bolts have been chopped by persons unknown in March 2013. Full trad rack now required!

FA: Bettina Fritz, Nick la bluet, Will Watkins & Rick Phillips, 2012

21 * Midnight Lightning Mixed 30m, 1

Great wall route all gear bar a U bolt. With excellent arete crack finish.

Start: Center of wall

FA: John Fantini, James Hoy, 1990

22 ** Hot to Trot Sport 23m, 11

Starts directly under the line of bolts, gaining in difficulty the higher you go. Solid moves at the grade protect the anchors.

FA: Rick Phillips & John Lattanzio, 2012

18 * Montezuma Trad 30m

The corner.

24 ** Sunset boulevard Sport 30m, 10

Shady, steep, all bolts and great face moves.

Start: Start on block at base of 'Montezuma' crack.

25 *** Vertical romance Sport 30m, 11

Shady all day, over hanging, all bolts and crazy cool moves.

Start: Start up flake in middle of overhanging wall R of midnight lighting.


Incredible climbing up one the best aretes at Point Perp. Lots of carrot bolts which are supplemented by occasional medium sized cams. The route was actually inadvertently retrobolted.

Start: The left arete of 'Windjammer Wall'.

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.

18 Blazing Jugs Trad 64m

Manky 8 pitch traverse.

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.

Start: Starts 2m left of 'Icebird'.

19 *** Icebird Trad 30m

A great line and a great climb. Up the jugs then the awkward wide crack.

Start: The wide crack near the left side of the wall.

FA: Peter Blunt, Ian Brown, 1984

24 ** Dirty Dancing Trad 30m

Crack just right of Icebird, which gets thinner and harder as you get higher and pumpder.

26 ** Halfway house extension Mixed 22m, 7

Extension to the line of carrots that finish at the lower offs at 3/4 height.

Start: Start right of dirty dancing


Start: Start up windjammer. Very challenging trad climb both the climbing and protection.

19 ** Windjammer Trad 30m

The right one of a trio of cracks.

FA: FAA, Ian Brown, Bob McMillan

FA: Ian Brown, Peter Blunt, 1984


Up the wall to the obvious seam.

21 ** Blowing in the wind Sport 20m, 10

Jug haul till final moves.

FA: Rick Phillips & Will Watkins, 2012

22 ** Shooting the breeze Sport 23m, 10

Fantastic climb very technical and pumpy, save some gas for the top.

FA: Rick Phillips & Will Watkins, 2012

19 ** Drunk & Disorderly Sport 20m

Great climb steeper than it looks with a deceptive crux near the top.

FA: Gareth Downey & Rick Phillips

27 Off Chops Sport Project 4

4 bolt project above drunk and disorderly. Superb rock and thin technical climbing. If you can stop and clip then you must be Adam Ondra. :-)

FA: Will Watkins

26 ** Feeding Frenzy Mixed 30m, 3

A great looking wall.

Start: Start just to the right of the centre of 'Windjammer Wall'.

26 * Liquid Lunch Mixed 30m, 1

Shitty lower rock up to some brutal cranks up the slanting crack

Start: Start up left of Feeding Frenzy.

23 * Last Man Standing Mixed 25m, 5

Fun enough but suffers from the worst house on the best street phenomenon. Squeezed in up the face between two crack lines. 5 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 CLOSED PROJECT (of Neil's) that should weigh in around 26.

FA: Neil Monteith, 2013

Set by Neil Monteith, 2013

22 ** Hot Cross Buns Mixed 20m, 1

Sustained and well protected wall climbing with characteristic Point Perp buckets and horizontals. 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.

Start: Starts 2m left of 'SS Minow' below thin crack.

FA: N Monteith

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.

Start: Good juggy wall climbing with an exciting finish. Finishes at left set of lower-offs about 4m short of the top of the wall. The single BR above is an open project.

24 ** Hate Mail Mixed 25m, 5

Varied and sustained wall climbing up beautiful polished rock with the typical cruxy 'Windjammer' finish. 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.

Start: Starts 1m left of 'Tenere' behind small tree and 2m right of 'SS Minow'.

20 ** Tenere Trad 28m

Start: 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

19 * Jaws Trad 32m

The obvious corner in the middle of the wall.

FA: Peter Blunt, Ian Brown, 1984

23 ** Some Weird Sin Trad 30m

Up the wall and then arete passing bolts and cams.

Start: Start on the right-hand side of the middle arete of 'Windjammer Wall' - just right of Jaws.

FA: Mike Moore, Greg James, 1998

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.

23 ** Hungry Eyes Trad 30m

Up enjoyable jugs, passing a couple of small overlaps to base of crack. Up thin crack then into hand crack to finish.

Start: on top of the block, at the small L-facing corner just right of Some Weird Sin.

24 ** The Omen Sport 22m, 13

Great sport climbing on lovely orange rock. This is the ringbolted line between Hungry Eyes and Permissabilitly. The route doesn't climb as direct as it looks - stay to the right of most bolts in the lower 2/3rds of the route - including a fairly large traverse right an up at the 3rd last bolt. 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.

FA: Matt Brooks, 2013

Set by Simon Vaughan, 2013

27 *** Da Omen Sport 30m

The 1 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

FA: Matt Brooks, 2013

27 ** Permissability Mixed 30m, 2

Awesome moves on great rock. Sustained through the top.

Start: Overlap right of Hungry Eyes.

24 ** Sail the Nullabor Trad 30m
25 ** I have a dream Sport 20m, 8

Start 3 mtrs left of walk the plank. Hard start with awkward 2nd clip, make sure your belayer is switched on... The top moves on the rounded flake will be nails. If Martin Luther King could dream I guess we all can...

Set by Rick Phillips, 2012

FA: Will Watkins, 2012

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

Up the wall past breaks and 3 bolts. At 3rd bolt head right up the double edged flake.

Start: Start below the fine crack with a bolt, 4m left of corner.

FA: Mark Wilson, Richard Watts, 1988

23 ** Happy Go Lucky Sport 22m, 10

Start 3 mtrs left of corner, under the line of fixed hangers. Sustained climbing till easing at the top.

FA: Rick Phillips & Seb Sakowicz, 2012

16 * Man Overboard Trad 26m

Better than it looks with varied climbing and good jamming at the top on clean rock.

Start: Start in the corner, just right of the abseil line.

FA: Peter Blunt, Ian Brown, 1984

19 Night Shift Trad 32m

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

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 consistently at the grade. Follow the sinuous crack as it slowly widens to hand size.

Start: Start in the middle of the small south facing wall to the right of the 'Man Overboard' corner.

FA: Ian Brown, Peter Blunt, 1984

19 * Full Sail Trad 40m

Excellent climbing, better than it looks.

Start: The crack just left of the arete right of 'Grey Mist'.

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

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

FA: Ian Brown, Peter Blunt, 1984

22 ** Rock the Clock Mixed 30m, 4

The crack and then 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'.

FA: John Fantini, Keith Bell, 1989

20 Saving Grace Trad 35m
18 Gear Shift Trad 40m

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

18 Search and Destroy Trad 30m