Dog Rock

  • Grade context: AU
  • Ascents: 37




Granite boulders in the middle of town. Finger shredding crystals, highballs and the odd sandbag.. What's not to like?

Access issues inherited from Albany

Be aware of the various restrictions in place in the region, particularly regarding the ACZ and Public Holiday/long WE restrictions at The Gap:


History timeline chart

Some love it, some hate it, many fear it.. Climbing here has been going on for decades.. K. Bennett, A Roilo, J. Nevin, P. Lowe, P. McKenzie, S. Camps, R. Rathbone, R. Master and other hardmen have more than likely all climbed and established most of the routes here. More recently it has been Ron Master Jnr who has brought it to the attention of many other young frothers hell bent on losing their tips on the ancient coarse granite.. It was said that back in the day a man of European descent visited the boulders and onsighted the hard thin cracks.. But no one knows his name.. He was a legend, climbing among legends at the legendary Dog Rock Boulders....


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A definitive one move wonder. Launch to the pockets from crimps.

FA: R. Master

Start as for The Black Dog, but from the pockets traverse right past the tree then top out through the bulge.

Sit start with jugs. Jam a left heel. Gross moves around the bulge with sharp crystals to enter the stand starts...

FA: Michael Taran, 2019

Avoids the fun part of Doggie Style but has the same slightly desperate finish.

The descent route off the main boulder.. A bit awkward.

Climb the arete and left face. A tricky start leads to great climbing and a slightly daunting top-out.

FA: K. Hartley

Layback and jam the superb crack..

Start at the thin crack and traverse rightwards to finish at Mongrel. Great slab climbing on sharp holds with a sting in the tail.

FA: R. Master

Desperate climbing up the very thin crack. Apparently has been led by a visiting euro.. Good luck! (Can be top-roped, bring a couple of bolt plates)

Slab slab slab

Thin slab climbing just right of the runnel starting about halfway along the traverse.. Highball.

Start just right of the crack. Up the face then step left and finish up Roadkill.

The thin crack.

Dont fall onto the road and get squashed.

Very nice slab climbing.

More thin slab climbing..

Slightly contrived, try not to use the holds on the previous route..

Climb the arete and left face.

A bit steep, a bit flared and a bit sharp. You'll love it!

Easy crack, highball.

Difficult moves off the deck then sustained climbing up the runnel. Has been top roped.

The thin crack. Difficult and high. A good one to top rope.

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