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Table of contents

1. Waitpinga 64 routes in Crag

Trad, Sport and other styles

Long/Lat: 138.554729, -35.618176

Access Issues:

The access to the cliff is via one of two methods.

  1. via the Heysen Trail coming in from the Victor Harbour side or Newland Head Reserve. (adds about 1.5 - 2 hours to the walk in.) or

  2. Via private land. The CCSA (Climbing Club of South Australia) has arranged access via the landowners immediately above the cliff top. Any entry onto this land must first have the permission of either Alistair Carmichael or Bernie Carmichael.

Phone numbers are available from the CCSA Online Waitpinga guide at


1.1. Mollusc Wall 17 routes in Cliff

All Trad

Long/Lat: 138.554729, -35.619117


The RH end can be accessed by walking around from Cephlapod Wall. The LH end is rarely visited.

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Rhythm Method 4Trad
2 Sardine 14Trad
3 Plankton 11Trad
4 Raw 14Trad
5 Prawn 12Trad
6 Seahorse 11Trad
7 Osprey 12Trad
8 Leafy Seadragon 14Trad
9 Sweep 13Trad
10 Tsunami 12Trad
11 Yardarm 13Trad
12 Schools for Salmon 12Trad
13 * Walk the Plank

Start 3m right of the end of 'Flight of the Gull.' The difficult start is accentuated by the threat of waves.

Left leaning cracks for 20m until it closes to a seam. Then Walk the Plank gingerly rightwards (no gear) to the DBB.

FA: Steve Kelly, Peter Daish, 2010

19Trad 28m
14 ** Technically Compromised

Up 'Walk the Plank' for 8m then straight up past ring bolts. Head a bit left at the top to gain the Plank and step R to the DBB.

FA: Peter Daish, Darren Williams, Steve Kelly, 2010

22Mixed 26m, 4
15 ** Technically Gifted

This trad route requires a big cam for the hole and small wires/RPs thereafter.

Start up the crack system and vertical quartz seam left of the major chimney and in front of the large viewing block until it is possible to reach out left to an obvious large hole.

From this, continue diagonally up and left through strenuous moves to the DBB.

FA: Darren Williams, Steve Kelly, 2010

19Trad 26m
16 Gift Voucher

The easiest route on this part of the cliff gets no stars.

Start same as "Technically Gifted" and continue straight up.

The first 10m are well protected and fairly solid, but after that be prepared for sandy ledges, brittle rock, dirt and bushes. At top, traverse left (no gear) for 5m to a DBB.

FA: Steve Kelly, Darren Williams, 2010

14Trad 26m
17 *** Flight of the Gull 17Trad

1.2. Cephalopod Wall 47 routes in Cliff

Trad, Sport and other styles

Long/Lat: 138.555527, -35.618689


Tie a knot in the end of your rope before climbing! There have been numerous accidents at this cliff due to lowering off the end of the rope. A 60m rope is required for most of the easy routes. The routes ending at the major horizontal at "30m" actually need a 70m rope to lower off due to the line taken (or you can clean the draws on the way down.)

Some sport routes have spaced bolts so taking some trad gear can be a good idea. Indeed many of the best routes at the cliff are mixed - bolts only where there are no trad placements availble.

Some routes have a carrot at the start, so a couple of bolt plates are required.

Descent Notes:©

Sport routes have lower-offs. The old routes end in steep dirt, loose rock and shrubs and are not recommended unless you are in to that.

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 *** Down to the Sea in Slips 18Trad
2 Squid 11Trad
3 Simpkin's Chimney 4Trad
4 Stimulus Package

take a #1 cam

FA: Peter Daish, Des Hudson, 2009

17Sport 20m
5 Mussels and Weeds 14Trad
6 Abalone 9Trad
7 Pincer 10Trad
8 Pincer Variant Finish

as in the guide book

10Trad 27m
9 South Sea Burble 9Trad
10 All Day Sucker 15Trad
11 * Hard to Starboard

FA: Steve Kelly/Pete Daish, 2009

20Trad 25m
12 * Taleah Grace

FA: Peter Daish, Jordy Moffat

13Sport 25m
13 Sea Lion

FA: Damien Hall, Peter Daish

21Mixed 55m 2, 13
14 Sea Lion Pup

Climb 2/3 of Sea Lion pitch 1, then step L to Taleah Grace chains.

12Sport 30m
15 Sea Lion P1

Sea Lion 1st pitch to 1st horizontal. If using a 60m rope lower to TG chains

18Sport 35m, 10
16 ** Georgie Rose

FA: Peter Daish, Jordy Moffat

18Mixed 30m, 5
17 *** Buoy oh Buoy

FA: Tony Barker, Mike Broadbent

23Aid 60m
18 *** Achilles Gambit

You can take a bit of trad gear with you to supplement the bolts.

FA: Peter Daish

21Sport 30m
19 The Guru Memorial Buttress 18 A3Aid 57m 2
20 ** The Guru Memorial Buttress Pitch 1

Start on boulders at R end of pond. Up to carrot (difficult) then past 2 ring bolts. Continue up crack (natural protection) passing another ring bolt up high before the DBB.

FFA: Paul Francis, Mark Witham, 1990

18Mixed 27m, 4
21 True North

FA: Peter Daish, Alister Carmichael, 2007

23Trad 27m
22 ** True North Easy Variant

FA: Peter Daish, Jordy Moffat

15Trad 17m
23 Atlas 15 A2Aid 59m
24 ** Lost While Sailing 23Unknown 30m
25 * Lost Socks

Mixed protection, 4 bolts and natural gear.

FA: John Nankivell, Alister Carmichael

18Mixed 31m, 4
26 ** Atlantic Cruise

FA: Mark Leonard, Sandy Hancock, 1989

20Unknown 59m
27 * Clear the Decks Pitch One 17Sport 20m
28 Clear and Smooth 16Sport 20m
29 ** Clear the Decks 24Trad 48m
30 ** Dutchy's Route

FA: Jaimie Holland, Peter Daish

18Trad 48m
31 * Its Barque is Worse Than Its Bight 17Trad
32 ** Smooth Sailing 23Sport 30m
33 * Smooth and Easy 16Sport 20m
34 Smooth Criminal

FA: Peter Daish, Damien Hall

24 A0Aid 35m
35 * Mercy 13Sport 18m
36 * Mercy Medium 17Sport
37 Mercy Hard 20Sport
38 * Paua Crack

Climb 5m R of Smooth Sailing and parallel to it. Start up Clearing Your Mind clipping the first 2 bolts, and then the 3rd bolt well off to your right, now trend up and leftwards passing a ring bolt on Mercy heading towards Its Barque. Pass between bolts on Clear The Decks and follow the obvious crack line into the finish of Lost Socks. 70m rope required to lower off.

FFA: Frewin Ries, 2014

18Mixed 33m, 4
39 *** Clearing Your Mind 19Sport 27m
40 ** Claw 14Trad
41 Crow's Nest 14Trad
42 Albatross 15Trad
43 Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash 13Trad 28m
44 Hello Sailor 13Trad 28m
45 Magic Mountain

Essentially a retrobolt of Hello Sailor, the description of which appeared in Rock 43.

13Sport 23m, 6
46 Wet Patch

The L arete of the chimney at the R end of the wall.

11Sport 23m, 6
47 *** A Good Line

A traverse of cephalopod wall in either direction staying about 10m above the rock or water.

18Trad 110m

2. Index by grade

Grade Stars Name Style Area
4 Rhythm Method Trad 1.1. Mollusc Wall
Simpkin's Chimney Trad 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
9 Abalone Trad 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
South Sea Burble Trad 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
10 Pincer Trad 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
Pincer Variant Finish Trad 27m 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
11 Plankton Trad 1.1. Mollusc Wall
Seahorse Trad 1.1. Mollusc Wall
Squid Trad 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
Wet Patch Sport 23m, 6 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
12 Osprey Trad 1.1. Mollusc Wall
Prawn Trad 1.1. Mollusc Wall
Schools for Salmon Trad 1.1. Mollusc Wall
Tsunami Trad 1.1. Mollusc Wall
Sea Lion Pup Sport 30m 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
13 Sweep Trad 1.1. Mollusc Wall
Yardarm Trad 1.1. Mollusc Wall
Hello Sailor Trad 28m 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
Magic Mountain Sport 23m, 6 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
* Mercy Sport 18m 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash Trad 28m 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
* Taleah Grace Sport 25m 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
14 Gift Voucher Trad 26m 1.1. Mollusc Wall
Leafy Seadragon Trad 1.1. Mollusc Wall
Raw Trad 1.1. Mollusc Wall
Sardine Trad 1.1. Mollusc Wall
** Claw Trad 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
Crow's Nest Trad 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
Mussels and Weeds Trad 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
15 Albatross Trad 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
All Day Sucker Trad 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
** True North Easy Variant Trad 17m 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
15 A2 Atlas Aid 59m 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
16 Clear and Smooth Sport 20m 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
* Smooth and Easy Sport 20m 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
17 *** Flight of the Gull Trad 1.1. Mollusc Wall
* Clear the Decks Pitch One Sport 20m 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
* Its Barque is Worse Than Its Bight Trad 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
* Mercy Medium Sport 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
Stimulus Package Sport 20m 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
18 *** A Good Line Trad 110m 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
*** Down to the Sea in Slips Trad 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
** Dutchy's Route Trad 48m 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
** Georgie Rose Mixed 30m, 5 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
* Lost Socks Mixed 31m, 4 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
* Paua Crack Mixed 33m, 4 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
Sea Lion P1 Sport 35m, 10 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
** The Guru Memorial Buttress Pitch 1 Mixed 27m, 4 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
18 A3 The Guru Memorial Buttress Aid 57m 2 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
19 ** Technically Gifted Trad 26m 1.1. Mollusc Wall
* Walk the Plank Trad 28m 1.1. Mollusc Wall
*** Clearing Your Mind Sport 27m 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
20 ** Atlantic Cruise Unknown 59m 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
* Hard to Starboard Trad 25m 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
Mercy Hard Sport 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
21 *** Achilles Gambit Sport 30m 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
Sea Lion Mixed 55m 2, 13 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
22 ** Technically Compromised Mixed 26m, 4 1.1. Mollusc Wall
23 *** Buoy oh Buoy Aid 60m 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
** Lost While Sailing Unknown 30m 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
** Smooth Sailing Sport 30m 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
True North Trad 27m 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
24 ** Clear the Decks Trad 48m 1.2. Cephalopod Wall
24 A0 Smooth Criminal Aid 35m 1.2. Cephalopod Wall