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Bald Hill Bouldering

  • Grade context: AU
  • Ascents: 15
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Description

Mostly the area is known for being the home of the Sundance Crack, one of the best moderate finger cracks around! However there more than a few good boulders scattered through the surrounding hill side.

Access issues inherited from Avon Valley National Park

These areas are located in the Avon Valley National Park, so a fee is payable on entry (currently $15 per vehicle). Bring cash

Approach

Park at the Bald Hill Campground and follow faint track south-west for 200m (behind the drop loo) through bush until a gully/small talus is seen, most of the bouldering is located here but you can find more scattered all over the place.

History

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This bouldering area was probably found back in the day by the same crew who stumbled on the Sundance boulder, however with only rope glasses on they seem to have missed the potential for fun bouldering. Found and developed by a small crew a few years ago, most FA's have been done in this area (harder climbers may find more!), more can still be added but they would potentially be harder/hairier lines.

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Sit start on an obvious low side pull edge, climb up through a cool undercling crux and top out straight up. https://vimeo.com/107269269

Stand start matched on a crispy side pull, make a deadpoint to a small crimp and top out straight up. https://vimeo.com/107269269

Stand start on opposing edges, make a hard left hand move and climb up to glory on some cool holds. https://vimeo.com/107269269

Start as for Superb and climb right, staying low, through Haulin', up the ramp feature to top out on Full Strainage.

Sit start under the boulder, both hands in the undercling crack and a filthy heel out left. Climb up the side of the boulder, don't top out too early!

FA: Jon Benwell

Sit start under the boulder, both hands in the undercling crack and a filthy heel out left. Climb up the underside of the boulder then staying low, climb to the tip of the boulder. Potential for a low start deep under the boulder, grooming required.

FA:

FA: Tyrone Clements

Sit start with left hand on a side pull and right hand in crack, climb the dihedral then out over the bulge to a high top out. Best line here. https://vimeo.com/104223867

Start as per 'Fricticious' but continue rightwards in compression to topout instead of transitioning to the scoop.

FA: Luke Shelton, Jul 2020

Sit start as for fricticious, climb left straight away and mantle by the tree. Easy as.

Sit start on the arete, climb up the arete and top out left early.

Sit start as for Jordy's Arete, climb up and right to a high top out.

Sit start and follow the dual arete feature. Lose points for exiting onto the slab. https://vimeo.com/148328544

Sit start for this low ball choss. https://vimeo.com/148328544

Sit start in the dirt with opposing side pulls. Climb up and out the little cave. https://vimeo.com/148328544

Crouch start on the flat ledge feature, traverse left and exit early with a cool leap - slightly contrived if you traverse too far right you exit Big Ted. https://vimeo.com/107269269

Crouch start on the flat ledge feature, traverse left, all the way left.

Crouch start on the flat ledge feature, climb straight up. https://vimeo.com/107269269

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