Thompson's Cove Mostly trad climbing21 routes in crag
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One of the most secluded and beautiful climbing areas in WA.
The climbing is quite short, however, there are some amazing crack climbs, as well as face and slab climbing. A 25 m rope, quickdraws and a set of nuts and cams are required.
Climbing and camping is located in a wilderness area. National Park rangers request you notify them prior and at completion of trip
Follow the Western Highway west from Walpole for 7 km before turning left onto Tinglewood Road. Park at trail head for the Bibbulum Trail. Take any of the trails that lead to the suspension bridge across the Deep River. Cross river and continue along trail for 1.5 to 2 hours, until a dieback shoe cleaning station is reached. DO NOT follow Bibbulum signs to the right, but instead continue along 4WD track for another 30 - 40 minutes until you reach a turn off with a 'Thompon's Cove' sign pointing left. Walk down the trail, past the Peppermints Camp, and down to the beach. Trail isn't obvious.
The climbing area is reached from the beach by walking along the western rocky shoreline to a set of large 5 m high boulders, with a distinct rocky path between them. Climb this slope, and find the cairn off to the right marking an indistinct trail. Follow this for 80-100 m until you reach a large boulder with a smaller boulder on top. Climb down here to the rock platform, and continue west to find the climbs.
Where to stay
Camp-sites can be found at Thompson's Cove. There is a freshwater stream and plenty of whiting swimming in the water.
Please adhere to minimal impact camping practices, do not go to the toilet near the stream, and carry all rubbish away with you.
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