Coopers Southern Sector

  • Grade context: AU
  • Approach time: <5 min
  • Photos: 2
  • Ascents: 23




Very short Basalt edge closest to the road. Unfortunately unlike the other sectors also has a number of wide horizontal breaks.

Till now, only use has been as a launching ramp for stolen cars!

Faces Northeast and sees winter sun for most of the day.

Access issues inherited from Coopers

None as yet. Please don't make me regret making this spot public.

Coopers primarily consists of easier problems, but doesn’t make it is an ideal spot for beginners. Bouldering here isn’t the same as bouldering indoors!

Many of the landings are rough and sloping. The top outs are not always obvious. The problems are still shedding holds or require you to know how to pull correctly on loose rock.

Be mindful that Coopers is in one of the few remaining wildlife corridors in the area as Melbourne continues to spread outwards. As a result you will see many Kangaroos and other wildlife including Echidna’s. So leave your dog at home! Avoid trampling the native vegetation; though feel free to bring gardening gloves and remove weeds.

Keep the area clean! Take away rubbish even if not yours. Brush chalk off the holds and if you need to use tick marks, wash them off before you move on to the next problem.

Respect the location. If you can I may consider making some of my other local areas public.

Descent notes

Easy descent either end.


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Investigated at the same time as the other sectors, but as the shortest and most broken it was left till the other sectors were developed.

Karl was the first to actually climb here doing the stand start of Soft Shoe Shuffle in 2019. The rest started to be added in 2020


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SDS left side of the short face starting matched on the shelf veering up slightly right

SDS right side of the face. Not quite wide enough for two completely independent lines so shares a few holds with DAB Traditional.

Awkward SDS left side of the face. Again not quite wide enough for two completely independent lines so shares a few holds with Point Special.

SDS right side of nice pocketed face. If only it was taller!

SDS crack starting under the small step.

SDS very short face eliminating the block to the right.

SDS Super short and contrived. Very cramped sit underneath starting with both hands on the pedestal and out avoiding the block on the left.

SDS Leaning arete eliminating the bottom left protruding block.

SDS middle of the short slightly overhanging face

SDS left side of the short arete

SDS short face

SDS middle of the short face

SDS left side of the arete

SDS face via the break

SDS double arete

SDS left arete

SDS Face right of the arete via the break. Straight up. standing start V0-

FA: Karl Bromelow, 25 Jun 2019

SDS wide crack

SDS face right of the crack

SDS short face left of the arete

SDS right side of the arete and over the capstone

SDS short arete.

SDS L hand in the dish, R hand sinker 2 finger pocket undercling middle of the overhanging face. Pull off the ground first before moving up and over.


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