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A small but impressive little wall blessed with solid rock and a short stroll from the car. Generally the wall is vertical to slightly overhanging with the exception of the small roof below the Arete in the centre. The wall is quite high in the centre with some of the problems having deceptively difficult top outs so a good spotter is recommended highly. A few projects remain to be done; however the wall to the right past the main wall has been left un climbed. All problems are top outs and are sure to get your pulse going.

Location: Find Mt Ettalong Road Umina and follow this towards Patonga. Drive 3.5km past the Pearl Beach turn off until you come to quite a sharp left hand bend with a rocky out-crop on the corner (if you start heading down the steep road into Patonga, you’ve gone too far). Park on the left of the road, just after a telegraph pole where there is a large clear area for several cars (The remains of a burnt out car are here). Walk back towards the corner and head right into the bush near the second telegraph pole (you should be able to see the cliff line up on your right). Keep heading right when you come to the small cave, there is one project to be done here on the overlapping roof. Follow the broken cliff line for a short distance until you come to the obvious main wall with the central Arête feature.

Access issues

The initial path in is a bit overgrown due to not much use. Once on the cliff line there is a clear path to the main wall.


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At the very left hand end of the wall is a low obvious, in cut jug in front of the black boy. Start here and move directly up through the seams.

Start low on the cluster of pockets, climb up to the obvious jug and continue up to top out.

FA: Daniel da Silva, 2007

1m right of Buzz. Start on low break then climb up via the diagonal seam running up to the left only. Do not use the holds from the problems either side.

From the starting break climb directly up the wall through some good in cut edges to top out on the highest point.

Start in front of the small boulder from a good low pocket. Climb directly up in front of the vertical seam.

1m right of observer, start on a bad diagonal slot, climb directly up the bulging wall. Leap to a bad right hand edge, then back leftish to a committing top out.

Climb directly up the steepish wall not using the good holds of 'Cape Fear' to the right. Top out over the knobbly bulge, scary.

FA: Daniel da Silva, 2007

In the scoopy section, climb straight up the good slots and escape slightly right when topping out.

Climb straight up the thin seam just left of the nose to the orange jug and over the top.

FA: Daniel da Silva

Sit start on the left side of the nose. Climb right via some small slots below the roof-let, out to pinch the Arête and fire straight up the nose (avoid the thin white line).

FA: Daniel da Silva, 2007

From the wide break make a big move straight up or via a bad small edge to gain the good high break. Either traverse 'Eclipse' or climb straight up to finish.

FA: Daniel da Silva, 2007

Start as for 'I Want to be an Astronaut' but traverse the high break all the way left to top out above the nose.

FA: Daniel da Silva, 2007

Just in front of the boulder on the ground. Make a big first move to the first good break then easily up through the jugs to a tricky exit.

FA: Josh Kent

Start from the two obvious pockets and climb straight up over the bulge.

Start on the very right hand Arête. Climb the Arête proper without feet straying to the wall on the right. Tricky.

Start on the break on the right side of the Arête then climb the nose.


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