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Description

Western Australia's premiere sport climbing area. Beautiful, steep rock and fantastic climbing. Can stay dry in light showers but beware, wet sandstone can be fragile. No need to snap more than already has!

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The Prom can stay dry in light showers but beware, wet sandstone can be fragile. No need to snap more than already has!

Ethic inherited from Kalbarri

There used to be a "No swearing North of Northampton" rule. Breaking it, particularly at the Prom, would earn you Push Ups as dictated by Remi. A boulder in the Pit derives it's name from this now mostly abandoned rule.

History

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A common challenge for Kalbarri climbers has been to "Tick the Prom". Traditionally this has meant completing the following climbs: - It's a Boy - Heavy Petting - Root Canal - Intimacy - Glass Slipper - Homophobia / Flash Gordon - Bustin' Down the Door - She Magic - Super Funky - Fuck the Law - The Law is Fucked - Look at the Bears (a link up, but a good one!)

Routes

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Start below 'It's a Boy' and traverse left in the high break below the roof until you reach the jugs where you can throw in a few pull ups, if you are so inclined.

The traverse from the pull up jug on the left to the ledge below It's a Boy

Last 2 bolts now replaced by Remi.... Has a glorious finish... if you can beat the pump. Harder than Heavy Petting.

FA:

FFA: remi, 1997

The juggy classic of the cliff. Medium cams can protect moves below the first bolt. The reported 25 grade for this climb may be a mistake in the guide book. Probably more like a 23, although some hardmen have outrageously suggested 22!

FFA: G Chipper, 1995

Perhaps the proudest line on the cliff. Super steep.

FFA: G Chipper, 1995

Warning Rock: Whale tail

An entertaining roof in the similar vein of the two neighboring routes (Root Canal & Glass Slipper). Steep start to ledge then up left to roof and finish just left of the whale tail. No kidding: stick clip the first bolt. Use long quickdraw for the fifth bolt.

Set: Remi Vignals

FFA: Remi Vignals, 15 Sep 2015

Spectacular ceiling. A couple of bouldery moves.

Set: D Toulalan, 1994

FFA: Chris Jones, 1995

Good strong stuff. Possibly harder than Glass Slipper. Strictly speaking, the route finishes by traversing under the roof and up the arete to the anchors. It is believed that at least one hold has broken off since the first ascent, making it nearly impossible to complete the route as it was done originally.

The 'Flash Gordon' finish is more common but the moves have since been done again.

The common finish to 'Homophobia (Original)' is now typically done by going directly to the Bustin' Down the Door anchors (also known as Flash Gordon)

FFA: A Wood, 1995

Straightforward to a thinky section and pumpy rail finale.

Chris Jones

FFA: Chris Jones, 1995

Eliminate.

Follow Bustin' up to 3rd QD, where it "busts" out right. Stay left of the thin crack and go straight to the 4th QD via crimps then big moves on slopers. Finish as normal.

Bustin' on gear

Warning Fixed Gear: last bolt before anchor is a bit loose.

Straightforward jugging to a do or fly finish.

FFA: S Richardson, 1995

Climb She Magic to the last QD, stopping on the jug before the top crux. A common warm up, because you know... sometimes it's nice to tick something.

She Magic on trad

Proper hard final section. Sandbag, but great.

'The Belay Challenge' - Just above head height when you stand on the big boulder below the route is an obvious ledge. A good dynamic belay will land the lighter belayers onto the ledge (Standing). Goes at 'Belay V8'.

FFA: Chris Jones, 1995

Linkup.

FFA: A Wood, 1995

RB's on right side of wall. Grade 22 to final bolt and tough moves going left on non-holds.

FFA: S Richardson, 1995

The arete at the far right of the promenade. Be wary, as some of the falls aren't the cleanest.

Line straight up the middle of the boulder. Use your choice of protection in the holes at the bottom. Make it bomber, If you fall from the crux, you will bounce off the inclined rock and this piece will stop you from launching towards the river.

After crux traverse left to easy, flowy awesome climbing with small gear. 2 Carrot bolts at the top. Will need plates.

FA: Mitch Woodward, 2017

Up the edge of the boulder. Can be top roped as there are 2 carrots and a redirect. Seriously bold.

Famous, epic roof crack located opposite the Promenade, you can't miss it.

Footage @ 10mins 30sec https://youtu.be/MSN7b6HeLA4

FFA: M Matheson, 1996

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