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Rosa Gully

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Description

READ THE ACCESS ISSUES SECTION. Although Rosa Gully sports some pretty big cliffs and easy access it's a remarkably unpopular crag, especially when you consider that Diamond Bay (which is right next door) is very popular. This is probably because the rock at the mouth of the gully is damp some of the year (particularly during summer or when an easterly or southerly is blowing) and all of the fixed protection rotted away a millenia ago. But recent rebolting and retrobolting has made many fine routes there now. The main problem is that the narrow gully is a wind tunnel, a small breeze up top will roar through the gully. If it's an easterly or southerly (all summer basically) it'll carry huge amounts of sea spray onto the climbs at the gully mouth, the climbs deeper in may be fine. If it's a westerly (winter) it can be chilly. But conditions are great there about half the year so go for it!

Access issues

(December 2019) Access to this area is in jeopardy! Following a letter from ACANSW to Waverley Council it would appear that climbing is not prohibited and that council rangers are respecting climbers (and slackliners) who are behaving responsibly but will intervene if they believe that non-climber members of the public are putting themselves at risk (i.e. crossing the fence line to take photos or selfies).

Until such time as ACANSW receives clarification from Council, if you do choose to climb here please ensure you do not linger at the cliff top and wear a helmet to distinguish yourself from the general public.

If you are approached by Council Rangers (who are pretty accommodating) please follow their instructions and report any interactions to Sydney Climbers Facebook group and ACANSW.

Police attend more than 50 suicides a year along this coastline. Don't create a false alarm.

Approach

Rosa Gully is located just north of Diamond Bay and parking for both the crags is the same. From the carpark follow the footpath north through the park. At the north eastern end of the park head over to the fence where it creates a small inward corner. Climb over the fence just to the right of the warning sign. From here pick up the track through the trees leading down into the gully. This track heads into the northern branch (the gully has two branches) and continues into the main gully. Scramble down the main gully and towards the water where the existing climbs are located. An obvious feature is the ladder at the mouth of the gully on the northern side. This leads up to the Walk Around Ledge which continues north for several hundred metres and where some of the climbs start from. It's worthwhile taking a wander along the ledge even if you don't plan on climbing since it's quite interesting. The routes are described from left to right (from the southern side to the northern side) facing the cliff. Access to the mouth of the gully vanishes when the waves are rough.

History

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The area was opened in the 1970s with a couple of routes from Mike Law, Gary Eggans, and Matt Dunstan, and substantially developed by Mike Law in the 1980s. The area has seen much re-bolting.

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