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Description

Short grey wall of ringbolts in a lovely bit of forest. Rarely visited but apparently one of the first crags developed at Nowra (in 1989). Don't be deceived by the low grades, they are Hill routes so add at least 2 grades to everything. The wall gets sun after about 11am but the trees shade a lot of the cliff.

Access issues inherited from New South Wales and ACT

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Descent notes

All routes have lower-offs. Mostly giant single bolts at the top of the cliff.

Ethic inherited from Illawarra and Shoalhaven

Lots of bolts in this region. Most development has been done after the 1980s.

History

Routes

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The first few routes are a little further (north?) on from Chock a Block main cliff down the stairs and around the corner about 50m away.

The line left of MV. Straight up to clip 4th bolt then traversing to the left of impossible orange streak, up and back to the right again at rooflet trending out right before the anchor.

Set by G Hill, 2001

FA: Jake Noblett?, 14 Feb 2016

Starts at flake right of first bolt, 4m lay-off up to 2nd bolt. Climb through a series of fun and difficult sequences all the way to anchor at top of cliff. Easily one of the sweetest 25's in Nowra.

Set by G Hill, 2001

FA: Jake Noblett?, 12 Feb 2016

A line by Steve Bullen. Bolts have rotted away chains are stuffed. Every move was harder than hell. Needs more bolts.

Set by S Bullen

The next routes are on the main grey wall, about 10m away from the walking track. It is covered in ringbolts and hard to miss.

Fiendishly difficult slab and a bit of route finding to boot .The wall left of corner that makes up the start of 'Double Chock'. Up left wall to the slab section. Get up onto the slab but then head right towards the chimney. Once around the chimney go up and then back left to anchors.

FA: G Hill, 2000

Ringbolted wall on right side of major corner on left side of crag. Hard start, hard finish.

FA: Graeme Hill & Veronique Hill, 1989

FA: Graeme Hill & Veronique Hill, 1989

Sustained grey wall with a devilish crux that is probably grade 24.

FA: Graeme Hill & Veronique Hill, 1989

A tricky slope move down low provides the crux. Starts 2m right of DFN.

FA: Graeme Hill, 1989

Very good technical wall climbing. Starts 1.5m right of Charged.

FA: Graeme Hill & Veronique Hill, 1989

A touch sandy with a huge crank near the top from a pocket. Starts 1.5m right of MOMB.

FA: Graeme Hill & Steve Bullen, 1989

Start 1m right of GG and 1.5m left of the orange streak.

FA: Graeme Hill & Veronique Hill, 1989

Start 1m right of DDD at bolt just left of orange streak. Up and diagonally right across streak past next bolt. Regain streak and straight up wall and over bulge.

FA: Graeme Hill & Kent Heffernan, 1989

Start 2m right of DD past arete, off little block. Overhung start, then wall above.

FA: Graham Fairbairn, 1989

The overhung wall 1m right of SS. Up steep section to pull over onto slabby wall.

FA: Graeme Hill & Veronique Hill, 1989

The slightly overhung wall 2m right of MM or just to the left of the crappy chimney. Jump start then up until the jugs run out near the top.

FA: G Hill

Natural protection. Worthless.

FA: Graham Fairbairn, 1989

The cliff takes a 90 degree turn here, and the next few routes start on a ledge. This wall gets sun for most of the day, but is partially shaded by trees.

Start on the left end of the ledge, 2m right of the chimney. Nice rock. Up wall to hard bulge at top.

FA: Graeme Hill & Veronique Hill, 1989

A nice wall 2m right of the tree on the ledge. Lots of classy moves with a bit of a right traverse at the end.

FA: Graeme Hill & Andrew Phillips, 1989

Start 1.5m right of DD. Thin start.

FA: Mark Woodard, 1998

FH for first bolt, then rings.

FA: Graeme Hill & Veronique Hill, 1989

Start as for DDD and traverse right 1.5m then up.

FA: Mark Woodard, 1998

The next two routes are around on the side face of a huge fallen boulder downhill and right (south) of previous routes.

FA: Graeme Hill & Veronique Hill, 1989

FA: Graham Fairbairn & Kent Heffernan, 1989

Wall before you go under cave just before arriving at chock a block

FA: G Hill

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