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Fisho's Descent Area

Description

Once in ancient history men with fishing rods built a path down this section of cliffs using old ropes and ladders. The remains are truly terrifying. Now a band of unruly crag warriors are renovating and reinventing the overlooked potential of the area. All climbs have good belay ledges and spacious entertaining areas. Well equipped sport routes with a view to die for. The rock is solid and of a very hard nature rarely found at the Point. There is an excellent large weather protected cave directly above the routes.

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.

Approach

Follow hidden track off road as for Thunderbird wall then track north.

Descent notes

Rap down from ubolt anchors above Rainbows in a Rainstorm.

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.

History

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Overlooked for many years until 2016. Please respect peoples projects till they are complete.

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Routes

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Mini route on steep pocketed wall with ringbolts. Belay off single FH under roof. Two bouldery sections down low then pumper pockets to finish. Double U bolts on top ledge for belay and rap-in.

FA: Neil Monteith & adam demmert, 17 Sep 2016

Rap from double BRs on small ledge to semi-hanging belay off single ringbolt (back it up with rap rope or clip 2nd bolt with long sling). Start with 5m of easy slab to diabolical roof move then easy jugs and finally a short compact section of pumpy steep pockets just left of easy crack.

FA: Neil Monteith, 22 May 2016

The easiest bolted escape route from the Fisho ledge. Climb first bolt of Walking on Sunshine, then mantle up onto small ledge on the left. Walk along it (clip bolt with long sling) then up long grey bolted wall which is surprisingly steep and pumpy. Att the top finish left of the last bolt. Belay off double RB on the 2nd ledge above the topout.

Walk south thru cave to belay off two carrots. Straight up and slightly right thru the stepped roofs... The crux isn't the steep stuff

FA: Rick Phillips & will

Set by Rick

Walk south under cave to edge of cliff. Belay off two carrots after first bolt trend right pull thru the steep stuff then keep going right stepping over the void to finish

FA: Rick Phillips & Aleasha Way

Set by Rick Phillips

Start in the middle of wall. Stick clip first bolt in ceiling and batman up to it. Super airy excursion leftwards to the arete and then up to double rings at top

FA: Rick Phillips, May 2016

Start in the cave and climb thru the ceiling, pull on to the exposed head wall.

Set by Jason Lammers, 14 May 2016

Links all the bolts on this wall. Use long runners

Set by Neil Monteith, 2005

project. Start up New power generation and at the 3rd ring bolt head straight up to anchors past another ring bolt.

Set by will

Jump or pull up for jug in roof. Pull up and left on amazing jugs and edges. Two big moves up before heading right to pull the lip/arete and up to lower offs

Set by will

FA: will watkins, 8 May 2016

Pull up or Jump for jug in roof and crimp up to slot. Trend right to arete and pull round and up to lower offs.

Set by will

FA: Will watkins, 8 May 2016

Quality fun sport route starting at right end of undercut cave on large vegetated ledge. Swing through short roof to start then up yummy sustained face with ringbolts. Mistakenly marked in the recent print guide topo as 'Blue Stocking".

FA: Rick Phillips & Aleasha Way, 2016

Old school crimpfest. Very thin and technical in the lower half then cruisy fun pockets. Start at seam crack 1m left of major corner (as for Sharkies) then diagonally left onto orange face. Belay off ubolts at edge of cave.

Really great sustained face climbing. Starts 1m left of major corner. Up seam and then wall above, finishing slightly left under hanging boulder at FH and belay at double Ubolts in cave.

FA: Neil Monteith, 1 May 2016

A mixed route requiring big cams. Start at major left facing wide corner 5m right of cave. Up this easy corner to large ledge at 10m then climb wall above past two RBs and a manky FH to trad protected top (more big cams). This route may actually not be Blue Stocking, but another mystery unrecorded route.

FA: John Churchill, Mike Peck & Anne Hastings, 1988

Easy trad corner starting from triangular ledge about 10m down. Was once the location of the dodgy fishos descent ropes!

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