Black Cave

  • Grade context: AU
  • Approach time: 5min
  • Photos: 7
  • Ascents: 622
  • Aka: Forty Basket Beach




Only a few problems here; however what Black Cave lacks in quantity it makes up in quality of climbs.


AKA Manly Cave AKA Forty Basket Beach

Access issues inherited from New South Wales and ACT

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Park on Beatty St and take a narrow walkway from about halfway down the street, with stairs all the way to the beach. Hang a right and then walk along the rocky shoreline a couple of hundred meters to the crag.


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Stand Start on big undergoing on the far LHS of the roof. Climb straight up through juggy pockets and a high pinch. Don't underestimate the topout or the terrible landing.

Stand start on big undercling on the far left of the roof. Climb rightward to top out on the nice sidepull feature.

Start with both hands inside the undercling on the far left. Then traverse left to right on the lip. The roof is out.

If you're bored of cruel sea or Aquarius. Starting from the big jug left side of the cave, climbing back through Aquarius staying low on the lip, then with an easy finish up Cave party.

Start on the shelf. Big move to the hueco then top out via the elegant crescent shaped holds just right of Dead Calm. Reachy.

Crazy roof right on the waters edge of the ocean. 8 hard moves in a roof to a cool headwall and top out.

Aurel Gelot

Travis Bettison

Mattias Braach-Maksvytis

FA: Chris Webb Parsons, 2008

Far right cave problem. Can be done in a number of different ways including a crazy dyno that could potentially send you rolling down to a rocky but somewhat refreshing swim in the ocean.

Mattias Braach-Maksvytis

Oliver Chen

The Plunge into the Lower Lip Traverse.

Start at the right side V5 and straight up. Heel hooked and feet off the adjacent rock for the full grade. Good warm up for the V4.

FA: unknown

Set by al bradley & Al Bradley, 15 Sep 2017

Fun eliminate. Start as for Cruel Sea and Aquarius using just the lip holds, then go straight up to the crimp and top out right.

Start Matched and Heelhooked on the lower far right cling. Proceed to traverse the lip in reverse direction to the V4 (Right to left) finishing matched on the starting hollow jug of the V4

Same as right to left but topout as all others instead of finishing on the starting hold of the V4

Traverse right to left as for Cruel Sea into the heuco, but then cut out the crux sequence by going straight towards the topout as for Dead Calm. Stay low all the way with the "upper V5 Lip" being out.

A great Eliminate. Traverse from right to left using holds in the roof and on the actual lip only . Once you've dropped down to the hueco keep heading left to top out via the short wall on the far LHS a of the cave as for DISW. The early topout directly from the Hueco is Aquarius V6.


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