West of the access track




All routes West (to the left walking down) of the scree slope track that heads down from the car park.

As per the sign on the walk in, if you require emergency assistance quote "left side".

Access issues inherited from Frog Buttress

Access to Frog has been restricted previously due to phytophthora outbreaks.

The rangers have installed a boot scrub station. Please use these and help prevent the spread of the disease.

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2020 note: As of 2020, all wood fires are banned at Frog. The use of gas or other camp stoves is not affected.

Ethic inherited from Frog Buttress

Frog is seen by some as the last bastion of "hard man" ethics in Qld. It features predominantly naturally protected crack climbing of the highest quality.

Therefore it is not Kangaroo Point or Nowra, and anybody expecting to come to Frog on a sport climbing mission should pack up their draws and lycra pants and go back there. Retro bolting is severely frowned upon, and bolts are to be placed only on first ascents if there is no protection of any kind available. (Bolting is technically illegal in national parks, be warned). Failure to follow this simple rule could see the bolts chopped and the offender dragged into the bushes by strange bearded men, and then clubbed to death by No. 8 hexes.

Chipping of holds is strictly forbidden, and budding sculptors should piss off. If you can't do the climb, don't lower it to your standard, instead, raise your standard to the level of the climb! Top roping is frowned upon, more so because setting up top anchors can be quite difficult and even dangerous due to the very loose nature of the top of the cliff.

Large portable stereos also seem to have an unfortunate habit of having rocks land on them! Use the toilets at the car park and please carry all rubbish out with you!

Credit: A Cheap and Nasty Guide to Frog Buttress. Andrew Martin


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What a complete waste of time, paper and oxygen! Yet another case of beard stroking bumblies at work. The vegetated outcrop on the L halfway down the scree slope.

FA: Bill Norris, 1980

The short line just left of The Root.

FA: Unknown

The tree root left of COC, described in 1968 as "one of the best routes around"

FA: unknown

Really very good and deserves to be more popular. Originally done as a solo. The small dark wall to the left of COC offers enjoyable and classy face climbing. Yet another top rope candidate as the climbing should really not be missed. Take off a grade if you're tall!

FA: Kevin Pearl (solo), 1979

Really good climbing, a pity about the gear. Start on the ledge above SOH. Off-balance moves up a L leaning seam get you to a stance and a very lonely carrot bolt. From there sequency and thin moves see you to the top. Easier if you reach around to the R. Potential for a very effective deck-out if you fall from near the top. A good candidate for top roping.

FA: Richard Henderson, 1986

Very popular, mainly due to the fact that it stays in the shade all day! Classy but technical climbing ascends the very obvious corner R of SOH. Excellent gear (if you have a number of fist-sized cams) with a slightly awkward and overhung crux. Up easily to DBB as you top out of the corner.

FA: Rick White & Chris Meadows, 1968

Up the crack on the R edge of the COC chimney. Climb this till it ends at a daunting overhang. Whack in a nest of gear and blast for the bolt (carrot) over a hard bulge for a move or two. Continue R and finish easily.

FA: Paul Hoskins Re-established by Richard Henderson & Paul McAntee, 1980

Solo up the face of the pillar to the left of OA up to a ledge and tree. It is best to get off there. If you must, climb the shallow seam just to the L of OA on very dodgy pro to the top.

FA: Mike Law, 1970

The arête left of OA, one old carrot, #1 RP essential

FA: David Gray & adam darragh, 1985

Often nicknamed "Awkward Alley", to avoid the awkwardness, you will be climbing committing bridging and face moves. Climb a great hand crack corner to a flake at 3m... the straight forward climbing ends there. Blast up the wide and grunty crack to the ledge with a tree on the L. From here 3 lines are possible, using a combination of the left crack and middle arete moves is exciting and good climbing.

FA: Rick White & Chris Meadows, 1968

Halfway up OA, this short climb traverses R over the slab, under the block, and finishes up the arete (head L onto wall near the finish).

FA: Robbie Allen

A classic of the chimney style and a must do if you're into that sort of thing. The dark chimney to the left of DWHP. A challenging lead for the novice climber. Despite reputation the climb offers good placements the whole way. Make sure to extend gear below large block (crux) at half height followed by a run out section if you don't have a #6 cam or big bro. 30 meters to top out.

FA: Rick White & Chris Meadows, 1968

Start just to the right of SA chimney. Up the arete and face following 3 carrots.

Stuart Camps and Gordon Bieske originally did the top crack in March 1983, called Runners are Nuts.

FA: Roger Bourne & Evan Bieske, 1985

This wide and daunting crack has seen more than its fair share of aspiring leaders turned into a dribbling, pumped, senseless mass of despair! The gear is excellent, but make sure you take up plenty of big gear to protect this climb adequately. Without this protection, a ground fall is extremely probable. Lay back up the first crack on polished foot holds to a ledge at 6m. From here, thrash up the wide crack until it is possible to step R. Easily to the top.

FA: Ted Cais & Mike Meadows, 1969

Very difficult for the vertically challenged! Kick off the tree to get up the initial blank corner. A hard mantle onto a choss-filled ledge gains a rest. Up the cracked arete above.

FA: Jeff Lamb & Dave Wagland, 1980

An absolute must do for the aspiring hex-clanking, hemp rope-using, old school, lord of thrutch! The tight chimney to the LH of AS. A difficult move off the top of the pillar. Take big gear for behind the pillar and make sure to extend it also.

FA: Lance Rutherford & BWC party., 1969

Up Lape to the top of the pillar (you have already been warned). Step R and up the arete, then good pro and moves in the crack above. The move off the pillar is hard and unprotected.

FA: Paul Hoskins & Fred From., 1981

Start up the finger crack in the V-groove R of Lape, step off the top of the pillar, but continue out to the arete. Up this shaky affair past a roof to a ledge. Continue up and around R to finish. Absolutely desperate, with quite small and shallow gear at the crux!

FA: Rob Staszewski, 1979

The corner above the ledge. Not really a lot better than the original.

FA: Chris Shepherd, 1982

FA: Paul Hoskins, 1983

Quite risky and serious. Climb the tree R of NR until you can step onto the blank face above the bulge. Follow a thin pocketed seam until it ends, keep going R until a jug comes to hand. Mantle as for NR.

FA: Chris Shepard. Roger Bourne eliminated the two fixed slings., 1982

Classy climbing up a visionary line. Go up the broken corner R of NR, to some rooflets. Past these on the left, passing bolts. From here, veer up and L (nut possible), then begin angling diagonally to the arete. From there, veer L to the top on super thin holds, and quite exposed climbing.

FA: Steve Mayers, 1987

Death. Start at the arete just R of TFT. Climb past 2 bolts and a wire at the roof. From here, climb with tendon-rupturing brutality up the arete and wall past the gap where Rob removed the bolts, thereby returning the route to its original state. This was done to honour Rick White's dream of a bolt-free cliff.

FA: Rob Staszewski. Direct start added by Scott Camps., 1984

The utterly contrived piece of junk to the L of A1. Step off the rock pedestal onto the arete. Climb the face, avoiding the crack, to the ledge above. Move R to a crack system and finish up the thin seam.

FA: Andrew Barry, 1983

This climb is horrible. A very short, vegetation-filled off-width with loose rock and poor pro. If you decide to climb this, hit yourself really hard, and move on!

FA: Kevin Pearl & Fred From, 1978

Grotty climbing on loose flakes makes this yet another death lead classic! Up the hollow flakes, with surprisingly ok gear to the ledge. Ascend the corner behind to the top.

FA: Ross Allen & Sid Tanner, 1969

A bit of a ramble up to a corner which has a few OK moves then make your way to a tree and rap or continue as for A1.

FA: Ross Allen & Sid Tanner, 1969

A blight on the face of the world. 10 sticks of dynamite could only assist in making this climb slightly better. The wide, loose, dark line, full of loose blocks and worse!

FA: Joe Lynch & Jeff Morgan., 1981

The orange arête between Non Compos Mentis and Self Expression. Start in NCM, nice moves up and diagonally R past a small triangular pedestal to gain a crack on the R wall, (alternatively, thrutch up the ugly offwidth). Hug the arête passing two BR's (crux) to another small pedestal (alien/TCU on R). Continue straight up the arête to finish R of the bulging rock on top. Chain on tree. 2 BR's, wires, SLCD's. A small alien or TCU in a thin slot makes the second half less dangerous/more sane. It fits a quadcam but not as well.

FA: Matt Hutton & Danny Rose

Truly insane climbing up a desperately thin seam. Wobble and shake and whimper your way up on good RPs, small wires and one crappy piton. Strenuous, technical and classy. This was an awesome and inspiring effort by Kim Carrigan.

FA: Kim Carrigan, 1984

The orange, shattered corner to the R of SE. Bush bash about 10m to the base of the route. Loose and often dirty, this route is quite demanding for the grade. Protection is ample; placing it is another thing.

FA: Rick White & Ian Cameron, 1969

This brutal and sustained tendon destroyer features some of the sharpest and thinnest crimpers on the cliff. Step onto the L side of the large blank wall to the L of EF. Follow the line of bolts up the face to the top.

FA: Sebastian Schwertner, 1992

A long and very popular series of corners and cracks. Decent gear all the way but if you're belaying be aware that there are several ledges that the leader could hit.

There are three choices of start to this route: the rightmost is the Direct Start (19) which takes the clean layback corner into the line.

The middle start goes up the crack 2m on the L which leads to a short chimney; this goes at 17.

The original route (14) starts 4m L up the line of least resistance. Blast up this to a ledge, and then thoroughly absorbing climbing up the overhanging chimney section.

Rap at trees and chain (2 ropes to get down, or 1 x 70m will suffice).

FA: Rick White & Ian Cameron, 1969

The left of the two direct starts.

Instead of climbing left of it, go straight up the almost perfect crack in the almost perfect corner. This used to be graded 17, but the thrashing feet of 10 thousand struggling leaders have reduced this to a spit polished sandbag.

A traverse from 'Electronic Flag' over to 'Fluid Journey'.

FA: Stuart Camps & Scott Camps, 1984

Brutal but amazing climbing up the searing corner R of EF. Up and L into the seam proper to a small stance. Blast up this to the ledge above. Completely unrelenting in the second half. Despite its appearances this route is well protected. Bring loads of small wires and cams.

FA: Kim Carrigan, 1978

A good second pitch to Paranoia. Climb the improbable and technical shallow seam directly above. There are some dodgy flakes on the face, beware! Join 'Wango Tango' (which comes in from the R), continue easily to the top.

FA: Dave Faernley & Kim Carrigan, 1982

Absolutely stunning climbing up one of the better lines on the entire cliff! This long and technical corner involves some of the most amazing bridging and lay backing there is. Be prepared for a run out crux. Finish up Piranha.

FA: Chris Peisker., 1979

A direct finish to QC, or a fun variant finish for Insomnia. Instead of stepping R and climbing up the finish of Insomnia, climb the arete directly above the finish of QC passing 2 bolts. Bowel-rupturing exposure, and nice technical movement makes this climb well worth the trip.

FA: Scott Camps, 1987

A link up. Start at the corner 1m R of WH. Up the closed corner and into Piranha. Up the R crack of Piranha until it blanks out. From here, step R into Insomnia and up. There are better routes to do.

FA: Kim Carrigan & Louise Shepherd., 1982

Warning Flora and Fauna: Wasp nest midway through the climb

An amazing route that is a must do. Up the tricky start to a ledge. Step L into the bottomless chimney, doing some funky moves up the corner. A desperate bulge at the top of this groove provides loads of excitement, as well as the crux. Flop with much joy onto the ledge. Belay is possible here. A tricky move off the ledge gains a small crack which eases off very quickly. Up the obvious line above to a ledge and rap rings.

FA: Ted Cais & Rick White, 1970

A variant finish to Piranha. It features quite nice climbing, but the rock quality is questionable in places. Off the ledge, climb Piranha until it steps L, and keep going out L across the wall. Breathe a sigh of relief when you reach the crack, bumble up above with great moves and gear.

FA: Dave Moss & Paul Hoskins., 1982

One of the first 23s in Australia! Although previously downgraded, this route has lost none of its spice over the years. Up the brilliant V-groove with phenomenally classy bridging and face work, capped by a desperate mantle on to the ledge. From here, grunt up the classic off-width to an easy finish! Originally aided by Staszewski and Killop, they backed off realizing that a better climber might one day free this amazing line. All were stunned and inspired when it was freed by Henry Barber. The initial corner has a fair bit of loose feeling rock, take care.

Done by Coral Bowman (US) in 1976, when it was 21, likely the first female ascent at this grade in AU.

FA: Henry Barber & Rick White, 1975

Quite good. Up the initial corner to a hard move onto a ledge. From here, thin locking and classic bridging bring the top to hand.

FA: Ajax Green & John Smart, 1977

Climb Fluid Journey until possible to pull into Epic Journey at about half height. Dont traverse too low or you will end up in the crux of Epic Journey. Combines the easiest sections of both routes.

Brilliant, graceful and absorbing climbing up the twin cracks starting off the small ledge right of FJ. Some of the most elegant face climbing and layaway moves around. Step L into the single crack with joyous jamming and chimney moves above.

FA: Rick McGregor, 1977

Wow! Start up the desperate corner R of EJ with crappy gear and a rusty piton playing head games with you as you stare it in the eye! If you fall in the first 15m, it is more than likely that you will deck out! Climb this to a stance. Up the desperately thin corner on imaginary holds, using scary and spacious protection to the top. Some good wires about half way up are the only real protection you get on the whole route. Quite a serious lead although it really does feature some excellent movement. Kim rapped this then did it first shot. Rather impressive.

Edit: A large section of rock at the bottom of the climb fell off the route in 2019.

FA: Kim Carrigan, 1981

A very hard route to protect well on lead. Start on the cracked arete, up this for a few moves and then out onto the R face. Quiver up the face on thin holds with RPs and flared token cam placements guaranteeing your concentration! A hard move on the arete moves the route to the L face and an excellent #3 RP. From there, flail up the face to where the obvious diagonal crack line leads R to a ledge. This crack is actually quite easy but feels relatively hard due to the fact that most climbers are pumped completely senseless by then! Follow this to a ledge, then easily up. Rap as for SIL.

FA: Tobin Sorenson & John Allen., 1979

If your arms are still capable of basic function, this should help to finish them off! The direct finish to GPC features classic climbing up a delicate arete. From where the crack goes R, head straight up the arete past a lone bolt. Run it out to the top.

FA: Scott Camps & Kishi Takamori, 1988

Most people tend to onsight this route, due to the fact that a fall could be very nasty! Bridge up the completely blank corner, pretending that there are actually holds. Very desperate climbing past the two pitons. Not a climb for the faint hearted.

FA: Kim Carrigan, 1982

Death lead. Climb the blank corner to the R of HA, with what could best be described as "mind protection" for gear. Two manky pitons and RPs that look pretty are all you get. What is even more impressive is that Kevin put this up ground up - he tried it one day, it started raining so he downclimbed, came back the next day and did it. One of the most impressive first ascents in Australian climbing history.

FA: Kevin Lindorff., 1983

This imposing line is on the wish list for many budding Frog-climbing gods! The stunning shallow corner swallows up RPs and micro cams. The upper section has two extremely thin and technical cruxes. Rap off the bolts.

FA: Kim Carrigan., 1982

Absolutely brilliant climbing, although possibly one of the most sustained routes here. Brilliant bridging up the open-book corner to the flake at the top.

FA: Tobin Sorenson & John Allen, 1979

Bridging, layaways and levitation are all required to get up this imposing, blank corner. At the top, step R to the tree. An Olympic rhythmic gymnast may be able to bridge across to WO; as for normal people, attempting this could destroy more than just your pants!

FA: Charlie Creese, 1981

A very strenuous outing and an excellent section of flared hand jamming. The start has two options, both hard. You can start up CF for a few moves and then traverse in - possibly easier but less well protected. The direct start up the seam is nails but has good gear. Brilliant sustained climbing sees you to the tree on the ledge. Although Rob Staszewski and Rick McGregor attempted the route in various styles, it was up to Kim Carrigan to free the route by the direct.

FA: Kim Carrigan, 1978

This pump fest provides some of the best and most sustained crack climbing on the cliff. Blast up the unrelenting crack in the steep corner. The crux is unfortunately above a ledge at 2/3rd height with a good chance of hitting it, then easily to the top.

Tobin Sorenson did this in his sandshoes as his first route at the cliff.

FA: Henry Barber, 1975

Very nice! From the ledge at 2/3 height on CC, step R onto the arete. Super stylish moves and exposure past a bolt , and then into a small cracked corner at the top.

FA: Stuart Camps & Scott Camps., 1984

The direct start to IAM. Stick clip the first bolt, and step out to the arete from the start of 'Cock Corner'. Very thin and technical climbing up the arete past 4 bolts, finish up 'I'm a Mop'.

FA: John Pearson, 1988

Marked by the initials "AA" for Artificial Aura, which was the climb's actual name (so named because it looked so ridiculously hard, but actually went quite easily). The route, however, had been named Cock Crack, and through the ages, no doubt due to Alzheimer's, alcohol and drug abuse, the names were swapped and Cock Crack was re-born! Climb the widening hand crack to a stance. Up the wide section by chimney moves or very classy and thin bridging to where the crack closes again. Motor up the brilliant crack and arete on super holds to finish. Big gear essential. Finish at the chains for Infinity.

FA: Ted Cais & Rick White., 1974

The start is easier if you are tall. Climb boldly up the front of the wide crack to avoid the thrutch. From there, wander into the bottom of this 4-sided chimney, with the stars being given only for the unique style of climbing you are about to have thrust upon you! If you are into this sick perverted style of climbing, give it two more stars! Chimney or bridge up this to a ledge at the top. Continue up the R in another chimney, or alternatively on the face. Belay at the chains of Infinity. Big gear is not essential to adequately protect this route.

FA: Rick White & Chris Meadows., 1968

A contender for the best 19 in the country! The old school off-width is the only way to go for apprentice gruntologists. All the sane people start in the corner to the R. Up this past a tricky move out of a cave at 1/3 height to a stance (crux). From here, up the beautifully sculpted line to the top. Simply magnificent climbing. Rapping on a 70m rope will get you to the middle of the scramble at the base of the climb.

FA: Ross Allen & Rick White., 1970

From the start of the diagonal on Infinity, step L up the face past 1 bolt. A scary and atmospheric little route.

FA: Kim Carrigan & Rick White, 1982

Hard and committing. Start up the same line as for Infinity. Continue up to a ledge past a grunty fist crack. Suck in the big ones, attach your kamikaze head band, and thrash (screaming for glory) up the blank bulge with greasy little holds making life really interesting. There is no mention of gear here, because there is not much to be found. Whimper with joy and relief when the crack finally opens up for better gear and easier moves to the top.

FA: Rob Staszewski & Dave Moss, 1979

Stunning quality, an absolute classic. Start on the ledge above and R of the start to Infinity. Steep jamming and locking leads to a pronounced crux rounding the bulge. Great gear, a little spaced at the crux, but completely bombproof. Finish easily up to the Infinity chains.

FA: Rob Staszewski & Dave Moss, 1979

Originally named Crystal Blue Persuasion, Rob S. claims that the climb was stolen from under his nose... Buy him a beer for the full tragic tale! Regardless of that, the climbing is excellent, with the gear being very good, but a little fiddly to place in spots. Aliens and RPs help a lot. Brilliant bridging and chimney moves up the orange corner to the R of LTD.

FA: Marty Beare, 1980

What some used to consider a good route has since been rendered obsolete by a tree.

An absolutely brutal start up the narrow V-groove splitting the pillar to the L of WC. From here easily up to the level of WC ledge. Follow up a short hard corner, with the last moves at the top keeping things interesting.

FA: Rick White & Ian Cameron, 1971

A little top-rope fun on the arête left of Witches Cauldron. Make your way up the arête making use of crimpers, fridge-hugging skills and/or delicate footwork.

Start up W.C. until it is possible to step left into the chimney. Up this onto the pillar and straight up the hand crack to a trad placed belay below the 2nd pitch of W.C.

Start marked 'WC'. A hundred ways to get up this twin cracked, 3 sided chimney! A better access pitch to 'Plume Ledge' than SAW.

FA: Rick White & Chris Meadows, 1969

The way the route originally finished. Start on the L of Plume Ledge. A brutal grunt up the horribly tight body chimney directly above pitch 1. There is not a lot of gear but it doesn't matter as you are so stuck in this thing that it would be very hard to come out anyway! A must do for all aspiring guardians of Frog ethics!

FA: Rick White & Chris Meadows, 1969

Up Witches Cauldron then through the body crack to finish up Witches Covert.

FA: Tyson & Jade Burns, 17 Apr 2023

Don't fall on this extremely under protected route... gravity will definitely win! Up Harlot for a move or two, then up the arete. Really classy moves, and quite enjoyable climbing. It's a pity the piton used on the first ascent didn't stay in! Some pro can be found in the crack around on the L face, but it won't help much if you fall near the top.

FA: Rob Staszewski & Derek Sheldon, 1976

A good and technical boulder problem to a stance at 3m. It's best to jump off here but if you must, strap on some knee pads and thrash for glory up the wide crack above.

FA: Rick White & Ron Collett, 1969

Climb Witches Covert past ledge. Up hand crack until possible to step over into body crack then through to finish up Witches Cauldron.

FFA: Sam J & Caroline Dinon, 1 May 2023

A good start up the 2 cracks R of Harlot up to a ledge. Negotiate the overhanging hand crack to the top chimney. The top is ugly, loose and unavoidable, but thankfully it is also very short.

FA: Rick White, 1970

A classic one-move wonder, the face R of WC. Start off the ledge on the R. Wobble up on thin and balancy moves until a jug on the L arete comes to hand. Easily up the line past a piton (hidden from view) to a tricky little mantle move at the ledge. Easily up to Plume ledge.

FA: Ross Allen, 1970

A hard lead for a beginner, above a big ledge. Lay back the corner to the ledge. Easily to the top. A number 5 cam is essential to keep this lead safe. Bolted belay anchor.

FA: Bob Gowan., 1969

A one move special, and a soft touch at the grade. Start at the obvious crack in the corner R of Humility. Up this with excellent protection to a ledge. Bumble easily to the top as for PA. Bolted belay anchor.

FA: Simon Uren, 1981

The easiest climb on the cliff. Wander up the line of least resistance to the right of RAA. It's also a good way to get to Plume Ledge quickly.

FA: Ron Collett (free solo)., 1969

Boulder up the unprotected pillar just left of Chocolate Watchband

Great climbing up the pillar bisected by an ever widening crack. The crux is near the top, coming out of a cave into a fist jam section. Easily up and L to Plume Ledge.

FA: Rick White & Rod Bolton., 1969

Up the blunt arete to the R of CW. Delicate and strenuous moves past 2 bolts. Veer L here with much difficulty and moaning to put a runner in CW to keep things sane. Continue up past 2 more bolts to the top.

FA: Mark Moorhead & Rod Young, 1983

An absolute classic at the grade, and a test piece jamming problem. Up the pumpy and strenuous hand crack, milking the numerous rests and stances as they come to hand. Some of the best hex placements at Frog are found here. Straight up to DRBB.

FA: Chris Peisker, 1975

A gruntologist's dream. Clang your hexes for joy and release a tribal yelp before plunging head first into this body chimney. It climbs better than it looks. A serious lead however due to some questionable rock. Take big gear to keep it sane and somewhat safe.

FA: Ross Allen, Ian Cameron & Rick White, 1975

7 Routes start from Plume Ledge. The first two routes "Bitching and Back-Stabbing" & "Midnight Lightning", start to the left of "Witches Cauldron pitch 2". All the others start to the right.

The easiest way to access the ledge is by climbing either 'Witches Cauldron' or 'Saturday Afternoon Walk'.

Start on the far L side of the little ledge of ML. Move up the front of the detached pillar passing 2 bolts on the way. Not too bad.

FA: Paul Hoskins, Chris Frost & Darren Holloway, 1988

The dark corner capped by a small triangular rooflet really deserves to be more popular. Difficult and bold climbing on good gear leads to a tough move around the roof. A tough finger crack finishes off this classy route.

FA: Joe Lynch & Rob Staszewski, 1981

Hard and grunty climbing on one of the sexiest looking aretes to be found. Start off the little ledge above WC then slap, crimp and wobble your way up past 3 FH to the top. Avoid the temptation to grovel off L and you will be rewarded with some beautiful exit moves!

FA: John Pearson (early's), 1990

Bold and risky face climbing. Start 1.5m L of ME. Up a short crack to the rest at a rooflet. Flail up the desperate face through the bulge with not a whole lot of protection! The upper wall is a little easier and quite classy, although you might be such a jibbering mess that you don't remember.

FA: Scott Camps, 1984

Innocently evil! This fine-looking hand crack very quickly turns into a fiendish off-width. Some loose choss to negotiate when first entering the body crack. Most chock stones wobble until up high. Committing

FA: Ted Cais & Ian Thomas, 1973

Although the climbing is actually quite good, the rock on this orange corner at half height is loose and hollow, so be cautious on the lead.

FA: Rick White & Ian Cameron (some aid)

From the right side of 'Plume Ledge' (facing the cliff) Climb the obvious hand crack infront of a forked tree (belay). Great jamming up to a diagonal traverse right to a jug, then up the thinning crack trending slightly left on face holds to top mantle.

FA: Fred From, 1976

The next four climbs are on Faki Ledge. To reach this ledge, go up the 5m climb in the corner R of Plume called "That's not a Twelve".

Brilliant face climbing up the thin face on the far L of the ledge. Despite appearances, protection is excellent throughout the whole climb (provided you have RPs), and it is a must do at the grade.

FA: Fred From, 1976

The twin crack system capped by a small roof to the L of Faki. A bumble up the start of this route will hopefully not dull the senses. Some tricky moves above adequate but slightly spaced protection see a good rest come to hand below the roof. Hand traverse L under the roof and around onto the face (crux). Strenuous and sustained moves to the top are sure to bring a smile to your face.

FA: Fred From, 1976

The best 14 here! The brilliant L facing corner is an excellent introduction to sustained bridging and jamming. Rap chain is visible just up from the ledge.

FA: Fred From (solo), 1976

Bold and strenuous climbing with not much in the way of good protection! Start at the crack just R of Faki on brilliant thin hand jamming. Fron here, pack your spare undies, move up the arete for a move or two, and then R and up through the bulge! Although there is adequate pro (just), it is still a very serious proposition.

FA: Marty Beare & Stuart Camps, 1983

Back at ground level

Brilliant climbing up the dark corner to the R of Christian. Up easily for 7m to a stance. Release a blood-curdling howl and tear up the hard lay back line to the top like a frenzied madman! Technical jamming and layback sequences provide thoroughly absorbing and sustained movement all the way. Milk the rest at half height, as that's all you get. From the ledge at the top, one hard move onto the wall and you can step L onto Plume Ledge. Finish here, or get extra "old school points" by thrashing up the final wide groove above.

FA: Kim Carrigan & Marty Beare, 1978

A better variant finish for OG. At the start of the last groove on OG, step R and climbing the thin crack up the face. Be careful as the first few moves are completely unprotected and you could be reduced to a whimpering mess with the technical and exposed moves above.

FA: Fred From & Mark Morwood, 1981

Up the wall to the R of OG. Not done very often. Up the initial corner, which is quite technical and interesting. Rest at the ledge and then blast up the thin seam past 2 ancient pitons. Not the best route around.

FA: Marty Beare, 1983

3 very different hard sections. Start at the body crack about 8m R of OG past tree to ledge. Difficult moves up thin hands/fingers crack leads to a rest at a tree. Easier hand crack to desperate exit and an anchor here would really make this a worthwhile route. In the meanwhile, suffer up the last grotty 3m then traverse to Satyricon's anchor.

FA: Joe Lynch, 1981

This long-neglected corner offers brilliant bridging and jamming up a long sustained line! Bridge up the initial corners to the cave at 2/3rd height. A hard move around this to the top, and many celebration beers at the "Doogs". Rap chains on the pillar.

FA: Kevin Pearl & Fred From, 1978

Put a high runner the start of Satyricon, then step R onto the arete and up. Pass 2 very lonely and dodgy looking pitons, then climb the wall above.

FA: Gordon Bieske & Alan (Sunshine) Wilkie, 1983

No one knows much about this route... although it may have a name that involves kinky acts by a pool. The arete left of CC is excellent, although quite dangerous if lead straight off the ledge. My assumption is that the original ascent went up Satyricon and stepped R at the jug and bolt! This makes for a brilliant climb. Continue up the arete past 3 more bolts and a small cam or nut placement.

FA: Paul Hoskins & Evan Bieske ('s), 1990

This route is very well named, and a contender for the greatest sandbag ever at the original grade of 15! If you must subject yourself to this torment, go up the top of the pillar R of OLM. Climb up the horrible strenuous off-width corner. A protectable lead with big gear.

FA: Rick White & Chris Meadows, 1968

The bolted arete starts up CC for about 5m, and then steps out. It is really good, however the bottom section features brittle rock. Up past the fixed hangers, trending slightly R, to eventually finish at the chains of SA.

FA: Paul Hoskins & Evan Bieske ('s), 1990

Twin hand cracks below Juggernaut. Good for teaching jamming

Even whispering the name of this route has struck panic and fear into the heart of many an aspiring leader. Up the ever widening off-width to the L of SA. Specially cut lengths of pipe were originally used to protect this visionary route. Big Bros and large cams (and plenty of them) should keep the Grim Reaper at bay nowadays! Jeans and a footy jersey would be a handy addition to the rack of any would be ascentionist.

FA: Ted Cais & Rick White, 1974

The next eight routes start from this Ledge. The best of those is 'Sorcerer's Apprentice' and 'Yankee Go Home'.

Access this ledge by scrambling up left from the start of Thor.

Classic crack climbing, an excellent example of jamming at Frog. Start at the obvious crack on the far L of Warlock Ledge. A tricky start to get established in the crack (watch out for the loose rock), and then magnificent jamming up the line. Finish at the ledge and rap chains above.

FA: Henry Barber., 1975

A very popular route, and deservedly so. Up the classic line on superb finger locks and jams to an easy but grotty chimney finish. To rap, either use chains on SA (left) or YGH (right). Easiest way is the tree directly above the route that will get you back to Warlock ledge with a 70m rope.

FA: Henry Barber & John Fantini, 1975

Variant finish to 'Dream of Purple Peach Popsicles' and by far the better way to go. Avoid the final chimney by stepping onto the R face and up past a bolt. Great exposure and brilliant crimpers make this the preferred way to go!

FA: Scott Camps, 1985

Simply amazing finger locking up the line that bisects the blank wall L of Warlock. There are 2 very distinct cruxes on this thoroughly enjoyable and sustained outing. Easier moves up the final chimney to finish at the rap chain. A 60m rope will get you back down in style.

FA: Henry Barber., 1975

The direct start up the off-balance and diabolically smooth corner goes at 21. To avoid this abuse of your body, you can go up YGH for a move or two, and then step across to the ledge. Up the twin crack system, with the final moves around the huge overhung chock stone being an absolute show stopper! Tree belay above the chock stone or DBB slightly left above YGH. The FFA details are shrouded in mystery, however Rick White, Chris Meadows and Mike Meadows climbed the line with some points of aid in 1969.

FA: Mike Meadows with some aid in, 1969

Direct start to Warlock.

You will need to eat your spinach for this one! Two ropes are the key to success on this exposed and wandering route. Layaway the arete R of Warlock and up delicately to a stance. Up to the thin orange corner capped by a roof. Step R just before the roof, up, and gain a wobbling stance on the left wall. Control your leg's desire to impersonate Elvis, and climb L up the exposed and steep face towards the hanging flake. Flop onto the ledge and hoot for joy!

FA: Jeff Lamb, Marty Beare, Joe Lynch & Dave Moss, 1980

A short little variation of DOTJ. Instead of climbing the short organge corner, climb the R underside of the ear shape that makes the R wall of the corner. Not much better, and pretty contrived.

FA: Even Bieske, Paul Hoskins & Dave Moss., 1983

Back onto ground level

Very nice! Step in from the left, and boulder R to the jug. From here, climb the beautiful line and finger crack to a stance below a corner. This corner provides beautiful positions and stances, and finishes up an easier crack to the top.

FA: Henry Barber, 1975

If you wish to log this climb, please do as at Odin II. This climb was regraded to a 21 after the "magic block" was dislodged in June 2017. Odin remains as a historical relic, to record the ascents of those who did it during the "magic block" era.

This classic climb used to be the test piece for all budding rock gods in the 1970's. Up the initial orange crack system to a stance below the "magic block". A tricky move above this into a narrow groove. The hand and fist crack above keeps you puffing the whole way! Hard for the grade.

Take care with all the hanging blocks in the vicinity of the roof.

FA: Barry Overs & Rick White, 1971

Odin without the magic block (as of June 2017) seems a fair bit harder. Take some 4 camalots.

Take care with all the hanging blocks in the vicinity of the roof.

A complete classic; this climb used to be the test piece for all budding rock gods in the 1970's. To view ascents logged before the magic block was dislodged, you can still find them under Odin. To see what the climb looked like with the magic block in situ, you can see Rick White climbing it here (but don't blow your onsight!):

FFA: Barry Overs & Rick White, 1971

Update: As of June 2017 the "magic block" is gone! Grade and description are awaiting an update. Take care with all the hanging blocks in the vicinity of the roof.

Very photogenic climbing up the only line here that has anything close to a roof! Up the initial blank corner with loads of class to a rest at the "magic block". Fire up and hand traverse R into the void! A hand to fist-sized cam at the lip keeps things sane. Spicy moves above to the top.

FA: Tobin Sorenson & John Allen, 1979

Small, short and horrifically desperate. If you're keen for a change of scene, however, and have recently made out your will, this could be the one for you. Go straight through the roof, without going into Odin. Levitation abilities may be handy.

A bit silly and contrived, I think the original is better. Once above the roof, step back and L and up the arete past a bolt and a piton, finishing up Odin.

This route was climbed on the 10th anniversary of the discovery of Frog. The gear is excellent but spacious; however, stopping to place it makes things a lot more exciting! Up the obvious line R of TGON featuring very technical face and crack climbing moves to the stance. Follow a thin seam as the difficulties gradually ease to the top.

FA: Greg Child & Rick White., 1978

The dark, smooth corner to the L of If is a direct start. Up this on very thin gear with no real worthwhile pro. Continue as for If. A serious proposition for those just leading at the grade.

FA: Kevin Pearl., 1979

Adventure climbing up a wandering line. Well worth a visit. Blast up the initial cracked arete to shallow nut then good runner (or just solo it as it's easy climbing) to a stance in a cave and a very old piton(can be backed with small nut). From here step L into the corner system and up this line with good gear and one more equally crappy piton (also can be backed with natural pro). Tree belay on left.

FA: Ross Allen & Rick White, 1978

Up If to the first piton. From here, go up the orange corner to the roof, pulling round this and onto a stance on a huge jug. Place a high runner in If, say goodbye to your family, and move R and up the face on thin and "delicate" holds.

FA: Paul Hoskins., 1983

An absolute classic test piece locking and jamming problem. A hard start gains a stance at 2m. From here, climb the unrelenting corner with excellent gear, stances and locks. Keep plugging and moving like a punch-drunk boxer, as the lactic acid build-up ever so surely creeps up on you. There are just enough stances and holds to keep you from being reduced to a whimpering mess. A DBB can be found above the ledge as you top out.

FA: Henry Barber & John Fantini, 1975

A R to L girdle, but fun for a change of scenery and direction! Up SO for 5m, then step L to the 1st piton of If. Edge across Decade, and bridge with much trepidation into Odin level with the large jug and flake. Across and up into Thor, as far as the overhang, then traverse onto the Warlock Ledge and off.

FA: Stuart Camps & Scott Camps, 1983

Not pleasant. Up the initial fist crack to a horror blank corner above the fig.

FA: Fred From, 1978

Brittle start up wall beside SC. Hug your way up the slim buttress between SB and SC, passing 4 BR. Exit via the chimney at the back of detached buttress to the chain above Smoked Banana

FA: Scott Camps

Classy arete and face climbing L of Saffron Crack. Really good climbing, unfortunately there is a very hard clip at the bolt! 3 bolts lead the way to the top.

FA: Scott Camps ('s), 1980

Slither down into the underworld to hide from that one embarrassing memory your subconscious keeps reminding you of. Pleasant subterranean chimneying leads to a very tight exit and memorable crux. If you liked sticking pencils in your eyes for fun and you'd also love to stick some forks in as well then this slot is for you.

FA: Lee Prescott & Dylan Glavas, 18 Aug 2023

FFA: Sam J & Dave OS, 6 Sep

The start of this climb features a R-leaning Off-width problem that is both well protected and a great test of your crack-climbing abilities. Step into the corner and chimney of EB. Up with ease and good movement to the top.

FA: Rick White & Ron Collett., 1970

Not a mind-blowing affair but worth a lap! Start up the ordinary groove and face, then finish up the easy chimney.

FA: Rick White & Chris Meadows., 1969

Classic Frog climbing. Up the initial twin cracks with some difficulty to a ledge. Step L and up the single crack to a stance under a daunting roof. Sling the chock stone on the R in the wide crack, swallow hard and swing out and up the ladder of chock stones with bowel-quivering exposure! Rest your nerves in the body crack for a moment, travel into the depths of the crack, then squeeze up for a move or two until it is possible to step out onto the arete and face. Easily to the top.

FA: Rick White & Greg Sheard, 1968

The variant finish to SB is a very classy little outing. Climb up SB to the overhang. Take a large breath, step L up and around the overhang to a carrot bolt. Follow the line staying on the arete and up a thin crack to the top.

FA: Stuart Camps & Russell Chudleigh., 1985

Total crap. A crappy little line that is usually done as a variant start to SB. Not worth the trip. FA Unknown (probably due to shame)

FA: Unknown, 2000

Not the best. After about 20m of vine-filled loose dirt and crap, you will find about 15m of actual climbing. You could have more fun by staying at the bottom of the cliff and shoving sticks under your fingernails!

FA: Rick White & Ian Cameron, 1972

Up the ledge left of VITS. Face climbing using the thin crack for protection. Very small gear required to protect the crux. At around 3/4 height climb right into the finish of Voices.

FFA: Ross Ferguson Bill Strachan, 2008

FA: 2008

Fantastic climbing and superb positions can be found the whole way up this thin and daunting line. Despite appearances, brilliant protection in the form of small wires and micro cams can be found the whole way.

FA: Kim Carrigan & Kevin Lindorff (yoyo), 1979

Classic crack climbing. Start at the finger crack as it continues to widen the whole way up the route. Don't be fooled by the wide nature of the top, although big gear is essential to protect this route (#4 and #5 BD cams won't go astray), you are able to bridge past almost all of the wide thrashing! A 70m rope will get you back to the ground from the chain around the tree.

FA: Rick White & Ross Allen (yoyo)., 1969

A good variant to MMT. Start up MMT, and step R at an old piton onto the arete at 10m. Directly up the arete past more bolts to the top.

2018 update: the pin remains but bolts appear to have been removed. Only one rusty stud remains.

FA: Tony Barten, Craig Kentwell & Mick Peck., 1988

Brilliant! Start up the off-width to a ledge at 4m (alternatively, you can start up HG for 4m and then step L onto the same ledge). From there up the awesome finger crack with excellent face holds and locks to a thin crux at half height. From there, up the hand and fist crack to a ledge. Go up the broken corner at the back and right to double rings. Bring second rope to get down.

FA: Henry Barber, 1975

This climb has some really nice moves on it. Unfortunately, it also has a huge loose boot-shaped rock at 1/2 height. The loose rock and poor pro continues above this. Flop onto the same ledge as for TGBBGPM. Although it looks like a classic, there are far better options on either side!

FA: Matt Taylor, 1975

Instead of flopping onto the ledge with quiet relief, continue up the depressingly blank corner for another 15m to the top. Very small gear and one very old piton pretend to offer adequate protection.

FA: Joe Lynch, Murray Ball & Rob Staszewski., 1983

Absolutely classic, although your calves will hate you for your efforts! So named because Barber somehow managed to miss this fine line on his "tick every classic in sight" tour of '75. Enjoy the crack work and bridging moves up the long corner with superb gear throughout. Top out to Conquistador ledge rap chains, you will need two ropes or a single 70m to get back down.

FA: Nic Taylor., 1976

A nice variant finish to TOTGA, but it simply isn't as good as the others. Climb about half way up TOTGA, then step R (following a seam) to a bolt on the wall. Continue out R and up the arete passing another bolt. Easily to the top.

FA: Darren Holloway, 1988

If there is one route that simply must be done at Frog... this is it! Possibly the most magnificent outing at the grade ever! Jam with joy up the initial crack section to a stance at half height. From here, a hard move on finger locks in an overhanging section brings the world's most welcome jugs. Motor up the classy finish with moves that would make anyone look stylish! Rap chains can be found on the ledge.

FA: Henry Barber, 1975

This daunting line is simply magnificent. Up the twin cracks on locks and jams that would leave a poet short for words. From here, continue up to where the cracks merge to form a single, steep, fingers to fists crack. A hard move to the ledge provides a classic sting in the tail.

FA: Henry Barber, 1975

The 3rd of an unsurpassable trio. A desperate start on pin scars, locks, friction and prayer sees you established in this daunting corner. Continue up this monster pump fest with every move just as good as the last. Save some energy for the last few moves... it has sent more than one flailing would-be ascentionist plummeting into space. Some of the best gear at Frog keeps this climb sane.

FA: Henry Barber, 1975

Start as for Tantrum. Climb up about 8m and step L onto the arete. Follow the line of bolts to the top featuring gut-wrenching exposure, and quite classy arete climbing. Some parties start up Deliverance instead.

FA: Chris Frost

Overgrown and overshadowed by its company it received little attention for years. A recent cleaning and addition of a piton down low (it was originally led with a pre-placed RP) has made it a more attractive proposition. Bridge up tree to get piton and an RP. Thin bouldery moves lead to very enjoyable and friendly climbing above.

FA: Tobin Sorenson & John Aleen, 1979

Crap. A desperate little corner up the L side of the pillar that Hell's Angel starts off. Barely adequate pro and terrifying moves earned this one the coveted "never ever do again" award.

FA: Joe Lynch, 1981

Start off the ledge between Brain Death and Hello Sailor. This is the L of the 3 obvious lines. Start up the long corner with a feisty little move at 4m. Blast for glory all the way to the top, watching for loose rock on the way. Natural anchors and chains at the top, the easiest way to get off is to rap off the chains, 2 ropes are required. The chains are hard to find; look around and they will appear.

FA: Rick White & Ian Cameron, 1971

The only real way to go. Start up HA to where it is possible to branch off R at about 15m. Climb up the fantastic corner to a bowel-quivering finish. Descend as for HA.

FA: Philip Waters, Scott Camps & Steve Mansfield., 1984

The line between Hell's Angel and Easy Rider leading to the top of Angel Rider. Thin, fiddly gear at low crux, take lots of gear around green alien size and some micro wires. Grade will vary on the length of your limbs or size of your blinkers as Douglas was able to reach Easy Rider at points. Climbs the best rock on this wall, no idea why it wasn't done before.

FA: Wendy Eden & Douglas Hockly, 16 Aug 2016

Not as good as the previous 2 routes. Although the actual moves are fantastic, there are far too many loose blocks and holds to make this climb enjoyable. Dodgy pro can also be found in abundance; if you're into that stuff, you should love it!

FA: Trevor Gynther, 1979

Directly below 'Gone and forgotten' is a small detached pillar. The routes on this pillar are on the back side.

There are two climbs on this pillar worth mentioning, Myopia (barely acceptable) and 'Baby Staysharp'. There are another three solo climbs on the downhill side of the pillar, all done by 'Kevin Pearl', none worth the effort.

A real waste of 2 bolts. Start up the same arete as BS. Clip the first bolt of BS, then up the poxy little line to another bolt. Step R and get off as soon as you can.

FA: Andrew Barry, 1984

A fun little climb whose holds definitely live up to their name. Start at the fixed hanger on the arete, then step out L passing another FH on the way up. Top out easily to the 2-bolt anchor. Rap or solo off the back to get down.

FA: Paul Hoskins & Andrew Barry, 1983

This climb should never have existed. Directly below HS is a large hole in the ground. If you are totally bored, and have run out of pencils to poke in your eyes, lower into this pit of despair and climb back out. Poor protection completes this climb's classy credentials!

FA: Paul Caffyn, Ian Cameron & Rick White, 1969

Used to be graded 18, so it was the scene of many a bruised and battered ego. Start up the initial corner to a gruntologist's fantasy move. Finish with much style to the top. There is a bolted rap station at the top of the route to get off.

FA: Rick McGregor, Lincoln Hall & Len Gillman, 1976

Hard! Up the desperately blank corner to a piton that looks like it was placed about the time that Capt. James Cook landed. Continue up with very thin protection to a bolt at 1/2 height. Slightly easier climbing to the top... but not much.

FA: Simon Vallings, Andy Barker & RUssel Chudleigh, 1984

Serious climbing in an exposed and photogenic position. Start directly above BGWES, climbing the R side of the pillar that Angel Rider finishes on. Up the crack, then some very hard moves past the bolt to the top. Magnificent, but terrifying. Get off as for AR.

FA: Stuart Camps & Scott Camps, 1984

A very impressive onsight. Up the thin seam that splits the face 2m R of BGWES. Tendon-rupturing moves above RPs see you to a hard move at 4m. Continue up the line with classic moves and even better gear the whole way.

FA: Chris Shepherd, 1982

Originally had a pillar in the initial corner and was graded 22. The pillar was pulled off by an overenthusiastic Dave Moss, the climb got significantly harder... and the grade stayed 22. The start is hard and unprotected for the first few metres, so if you don't want to hit the ground you can swing over from the Hollywood Rattlesnake abseil and preplace the first bit of gear. The climbing is really good - tricky, sustained and strenuous to protect, and deserves to be more popular.

FA: Rick McGregor. Re-established by Rob Staszewski., 1976

The horrible dark chimney to the R of SC. This climb is a disgusting grunt fest with no real worthwhile protection.

FA: Paul Caffyn & Sid Tanner, 1969

Desperate. Classy and unrelenting movement the whole way protected by shallow and small gear. Deserves to be done more often, but is quite solid and risky at the grade.

FA: Kim Carrigan & Fred From, 1979

A strenuous and rewarding test piece jamming problem. Brilliant gear and tricky finger locks see you to a good stance at 2/3 height. Finish easily. Rap off DBB directly above the route.

FA: Nic Taylor & Rick White, 1976

An excellent and absorbing climb. This climb relies more on balance and technique than power, and is essentially one big balance problem. The gear is thin and spaced.

FA: Kim Carrigan & Rick White., 1977

This climb is desperate to protect in the first half, although barely adequate protection can be found. Levitate and bridge up the initial strenuous corner to a stance at 1/2 height. You can escape this craziness by going up BC for 5m and then stepping L. If you do this, the grade drops to 21. From this stance, blast up one of the most magnificent finger seams that Frog has to offer! Rappel from the DBB above Bad Company.

FA: Rick White & Ian Thomas, 1976

A classy little climb up the corner past a large tree at 2m. Fantastic protection and loads of climbing variety make this an absolute winner. Rappel down from DBB directly above the route.

FA: Nic Taylor & John Hattink, 1977

The next two routes are on the ledge above 'Hollywood Rattlesnake'.

Dangerous and crappy. The small face directly above the finish of HR. Wobble up the crappy wall on broken holds and dodgy pro. It looks good, but isn't.

FA: Scott Camps & Paul Grey, 1983

Yet more crap. The disgusting groove directly above OOAL. Why would you do this to yourself?

FA: Kevin Pearl & Ken McLean., 1978

Back to ground level

A fun little top rope problem. Top roped prior to the first ascent, with only a couple of runners over its length (including a wire in a shallow crack that erupted with ants when the runner was placed). Start off the top of the detached pillar that marks the half way point of Micron. Straight up on the poorly protected (ie bounce off the ledge) wall, on thin holds. Finish as for Micron. Rap chains can be found at this tree.

FA: Mike Woodrow, Darren Holloway & Mark Holloway., 1985

The best 16 at the crag. Start up the chimney with technical bridging to a rest on the top of the semi-detached pillar. Step onto the R face and follow the line up to the top. Awesome climbing, bombproof gear and brilliant moves! Rap down DBB above Elastic RURP to avoid getting ropes stuck.

FA: Unknown, 1972

One of the most popular middle grade routes on the cliff, and deservedly so. The splitter crack up the face to the R of Micron. This route offers amazing gear, fantastic movement and some hair-raising moments thrown in for free! Rap down RURP from the DBB on the wall at the back of the ledge, not in behind the pillar as for Micron, which is notorious for stuck ropes.

FA: Rick White & Barry Overs, 1971

Very good climbing, but a little tricky to protect at the crux. Up ER for 3m to the cave. Step R and follow the diagonal to the arete. Up this on fantastic rock to finish up the wide crack as for Catharsis Variant Finish.

FA: Rob Staszewski & Joe Lynch, 1981

This improbable arete is apparently still waiting to be lead ground up (pure style). Levitate up the arete using friction, glue, and anything else you can get your hands on to complete the extremely technical moves that are required to finish this route. You can get some form of protection by placing a high runner in Catharsis. Join the original line where the diagonal meets the arete.

FA: Kim Carrigan & Dave Fearnley, 1982

The nice handcrack leading to a ledge and offwidth to the right of Elastic Rurp. Big gear essential if you don't want to run it out above the ledge and manky old pin. The 'elegant solution' to the offwidth mentioned in Andy Martin's description probably involves some kind of prancing about on edges like a sport climber. This sort of thing can be avoided with good old fashioned thrutching and struggling.

FA: Ted Cais & Ian Thomas, 1973

Crap. Blast up one off-width, and then, just as it gets good, traverse L at a grotty horizontal to yet another off-width! No real quality movement can be found on this route.

FA: Fred From & Kevin Pearl, 1978

Not too bad. A fiery start up the dark corner L of FAFF quickly succumbs to an easy finish. Rap chains at the top.

FA: Pete Schmidt & Jannette Hull, 2003

Good face climbing up the broken orange wall. Protection is spaced. Climb off left to anchors of Pixel Princess.

FA: Kevin Pearl, 1979

Directly above FAFF is another headwall. Start up the R side of this to the first bolt. Step gingerly around the arete to the 2nd bolt. Easily to the top. Well worth the outing. Rap from the tree. Rob Staszewski has lead this route without the bolts... but most people are just not that hard, and choose to clip them!

FA: Richard Henderson & Scott Camps., 1986

The small line just R of FAFF. Climb the line on fiddly gear. Don't hang around or your arms will be reduced to a mass of pain and lactic acid.

FA: 1979

Warning Flora and Fauna: Bees

Up to a hard move getting around the small rooflet. Then jam to a ledge. Finish here on natural anchors. Alternatively, you can climb the very easy corner at the back of this ledge for a further 5m, and you will come across the rap chains attached to the large tree directly above. Rock fall has made this top corner grotty and loose and the tree roots exposed.

FA: Rick White & Dave Moss, 1980

Warning Flora and Fauna: Bees

Up RF for a move or two (you will soon forget this misery), and then step L into the thin crack on the L face. Finish as for FE (with the grotty corner and dodgy rap tree).

FA: Dave Moss & Rick White, 1980

Warning Flora and Fauna: Bees

The large chimney formed by the huge detached pillar being pushed out by the massive chock stone above. Even beard-stroking, flannel-wearing, thrutch masters think twice before choosing to climb this disgusting chimney.

FA: Barry Overs & Steve Bell, 1969

More rubbish. Start at the crack about 1m R of RF. Try not to stray onto a more sensible line. At 1/2 height, step R onto the face, forget the run out and climb up on good holds. A jug, gear and sanity can all be found at the stance near the top.

FA: Stuart Camps & Paul Grey, 1983

Next two routes are located on the ledge above 'Straight Man's Fear'.

Directly above SMF is a small orange wall capped by a tiny roof. Go directly up this on friable flakes and dodgy gear. Gear can be placed in the seam on the L to keep life sane. One cool move at the roof is all that recommends this little climb.

FA: Scott Camps & Paul Grey, 1983

Short crack above 'Rhyolite Fruit'.

FA: Ross Allen, 1970

"from ground, walk up and right 10m to find the next climb."

It should have stayed out. Climb the obvious crappy little groove. It's not long enough to even properly chastise yourself for getting on this pile of crap.

FA: Dave Moss & Paul Hoskins, 1983

This short arete starts opposite a large tree about 8m before the track turns L. Quite fun, but not a lot of gear.

FA: Scott Camps & Garry Glover., 1983

Starts about 6m R of IOTN, just before the track veers L. Up a crappy, grunty short crack to the arete. Up this past 1 bolt. Not very good.

FA: Richard Henderson & Scott Camps., 1986

The furthest R arete on this pillar is a desperate solo problem. Up through a tiny roof, and then a little easier to the top.

FA: Robbie Allen (TR then free solo), 1983

Ten (10) routes are scattered along the sloping hill side between 'Rhyolite Fruit' and the 'Oppenheimer's Monster Pillar'.

You can get to this area by scrambling up the ramp to the right of 'Rhyolite Fruit', and then along an indistinct path. The first four (4) routes are located about 30m to the right. Even further to the right about 50m or so you will locate Mr Bojangles Pillar.

Good fun, although it's so short that it's over before you can really get into it. Go up the nice face crack on great locks and jams.

FA: Paul Hoskins., 1981

Contrived and not as good as LRB. Up the R line on the same wall. The gear isn't the best either!

FA: John Middendorf, 1981

This short, widening little crack can be found above the previous two routes. It is a waste of time and oxygen.

FA: Rick White, Lois Basham & Dave Moss, 1981

A small little grotty corner. There are far better routes to do here, but it won't kill you,

FA: Stuart Camps & Scott Camps., 1983

Not bad! Climb the nice little face and finger crack to the R of Frog Fart.

FA: Scott Camps & Stuart Camps, 1983

The epitome of desperate new route seekers at work. Higher up in the gully in between FA and the 'Mr. Bojangles' pillar is a very short little orange pillar. Climb up the front of this past 1 bolt. This is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a great route.

FA: Stuart Camps & Scott Camps., 1983

Well worth the trip. Start at the obvious cracked buttress that forks at about 6m. This classic jug and jam fest can go either way from there, the R variant probably slightly more popular. Both lines are equally challenging.

FA: Ted Cais & Ian Cameron

Climb Mr Bojangles, at half height step right and finish up the widening hand crack.

What a contrived waste of time. Go up the moss-laden slab to the R of MB on to a ledge. From there, go easily up a fun little pocketed wall to the finish. No worthwhile protection can be found in the bottom 2/3 of this route.

FA: Stuart Camps, 1983

The well protected hands, fists then offwidth crack on the R side of the same buttress. Worth a lap if you can find it.

FA: Steve Bell, 1972

Further R you can find this short little orange corner hiding in the scree...the time you spend looking for it could be better spent, although the climbing isn't actually that bad.

FA: Stuart Camps & Scott Camps, 1983

Next is a distinct pillar feature known as the 'Ockerphillia Pillar' which has a detached rock pillar on the downhill side with a large cave-like cut away section. There is a thin tree growing in between the main pillar and detached pillars.

Not the most classy route to be found. Stop and belay at the large tree. Scramble easily off L, or rap.

FA: Ross Allen & Ben Whitehouse, 1969

The chimney to the R of SAS. Completely disgusting, but good if you're into that kind of sick perverted thing.

FA: Rick White & Chris Meadows (solo), 1968

Extremely graceful and elegant climbing straight up the front of the pillar. There is no worthwhile protection to be found, and a fall would almost certainly be fatal. A truly daring and impressive effort.

FA: John Howard & Dave Fearnley, 1982

Start at Ockerphillia and immediately head R in a rising traverse past some bolts and mixed "mind pro". Very classy, and quite sustained.

Rebolted July 2019.

FA: Andrew Smith, 2000

Climb up the opposite side of the chimney to the tree.

FA: Rick White (solo), 1968

The next three routes are located as you continue the cliff face around to "Oppenheimer's Monster Pillar." This is the magnificent, orange and white pillar that you see as you walk around past 'Ockerphillia Pillar'. Some classic crack climbing is on offer on and beyond Oppenheimer's Monster Pillar.

On the L side of the main cliff line is a striking orange and white pillar. This route goes up the far L side of it. Go up the body crack while practising your acceptance speech for the "Thrutch Masters" hall of fame.

FA: Stuart Camps (free solo), 1983

Very, very classy climbing. Start up the pillar in between EG and Jockette. Go past 2 bolts, then veer slightly L to the top of the pillar. Excellent wires keep things sane. Rap chains can be found at the tree.

FA: Stuart Camps (Scott Camps added the direct start), 1983

Climb the outside of the body crack. Committing but enjoyable climbing on good edges. Better than it looks.

FA: Rick White & Ross Allen., 1970

Really good, but one hell of a mission to find. The best way to get there is to rap in, although it can be quite hard to find. Short of that, blast up the vertical jungle in between Jockette and GATG for about 20m. Be sure to take your chainsaw and Agent Orange. From here, climb the beautiful crack that splits the orange face. Pass the tiny roof and follow the crack L to the top. A great little climb.

FA: Stuart Camps & Gordon Bieske., 1983

Not as good as RA, but definitely worth a go if you went to the hassle of getting up there. Start next to RA. On the R you will see a steep groove and arete. Blast up this on average protection to the top. A very airy finish awaits.

FA: Stuart Camps & Scott Camps, 1983

Very good climbing up the wall L of DW. Unfortunately this is also the home of numerous wasp nests, so check up high before you start. Wander up about 6m L of DW to an obvious crack. From here, clip the bolt, step out R on quite small holds and motor up the face. A small rest can be found at the piton. RPs will come in handy. It is possible to escape into DW near the top if you find wasps, or if things just get too insane!

FA: Stuart Camps & Gordon Bieske, 1983

Much easier than the original. From the first bolt, don't step R, but continue up the L arete until it is possible to join the original at the piton.

FA: Nyrie Dodd & Michael Collie, 1983

Simply brilliant middle grade climbing. Easily the best 15 at the cliff. Start at the obvious corner behind the large tree. Up this on brilliant holds and jams to a rest at the cave. Gulp hard, plug in yet more bombproof gear and blast out of the cave to some very airy positions. Wobble and bridge up the final corner to an easy top out. Chains can be found at the tree. There is some hollow rock on this climb, but you don't need to use any of it.

FA: Ross Allen & Ian Cameron, 1970

Absolutely brutal and unrelenting off-width climbing at its worst. Feels closer to 23. The chockstones mentioned in the Joe Lynch guide must have fallen out! Take big gear, elbow pads, grim determination and a vomit bag. You can get off this disgusting pile of crap as for BB.

FA: Ross Allen & Rob Staszewski, 1970

The person who bolted this climb was clearly suffering from this syndrome when considering this pile of mank as a route. Contrived and finger shredding. Not a great route at all, but someone saw a blank wall and had to bolt the crap out of it. 3 bolts to the manky ledge... 2 good moves! Rap as for BB.

FA: Darrin Carter

Very nice. Up the inital crack systems to a ledge at 15m. Place a high runner in the back of the cave, then bridge airily out to the top. Gear belay then rap off IM's chain or continue up and L through mank to belay at DW's anchors.

FA: Steve Bell, Barry Overs & Rick White, 1970

This climb offers a superb start featuring beautiful bridging and jamming, then a disgusting, hex-clanging thrutch of a finish.

FA: Rick White & Ted Cais, 1970

The only way to go. Start up the corner of Illusion. Just as you start getting into the off-width/bodycrack, step L around a nose with a horizontal break in it. From there, finish as for BB. Watch out for rope drag, twin ropes could be useful.

FA: Unknown, 2000

Up the Arete between Illusion and Iron Mandible, Do you best to stay out of either route. Quite technical and dynamic.

Warning Rock: Loose slab

A classic test piece at the grade. Start up face from the ground, or step in from the L at 2m (not as good). It is a little tricky to protect in the first 4m, but look around and salvation will come to hand! From here, climb the superb thin hands-to-fist/off-width crack all the way to the ledge. Rap chains can be found here. Cams to a #4 C4 are essential if you don't like run outs!

FA: Rick White, 1972

The original toe destroyer! Bridge and chimney up the thin twin crack system to a stance at 1/3rd height. From there, jam like crazy to a weird grunty move getting round a bottleneck. Flop onto the ledge, suck in lots of air and continue motoring up the corner system above like a crazed madman on speed. Easily to the top. Rap possible off tree chain on a 70m rope.

FA: Rick White & Ian Cameron., 1969

This climb previously hosted a wasp nest in a flake just around the R arete about 2m above the start. As one stupid author found out, they couldn't be tapped out of the flake that they were hiding in!

From the ledge above the bottleneck, step R and up the arete for about 5m. Continue a little more R past the flake until you wind up in a hand-fists crack. Follow this to the top. Great fun, excellent moves and protection, super exposure...feisty wasps!

FA: Fred From & Kevin Pearl., 1979

Very bold climbing up a line with good small wires for protection. Start as for the NP Variant finish, but go up the blunt L arete, rather than going all the way out to the R arete. Levitate, wobble and pray your way up this to the top. The difficulties ease substantially at the end.

FA: Evan Bieske, 1983

More scary than 15 horror films rolled into one. Bridge up the gap to a bolt. Wobble and crimp your way to a pocket (#3 RP needed). Up past a second bolt to a stance on the L arete. Follow the line of very shallow seams and cracks (yes, the gear is crap and the flakes brittle), to where the line merges with the original. Extremely bold and technically brilliant climbing by Kim Carrigan.

FA: Kim Carrigan, 1984

Ballsy! A direct start for the variant finish of NP (can anyone else spell contrived?). Start up DO for about 8m until it is possible to step L on micro holds out to the arete. From here, excellent positions and movement are encountered as you climb up past 2 bolts. Continue to the variant finish of NP (remember the wasps!).

FA: Scott Camps & Richard Henderson, 1986

Really good climbing that deserves to be done more often! Climb the tricky crack system to where it widens for a metre at about 1/2 height. Whack in a big cam and climb the tricky constricting bottleneck to a good jam and stance. Whimper for joy and continue easily to a big ledge. Finish here or, for full value, do the direct finish! Rap as for NP.

FA: Trevor Gynther & Steve Bell, 1983

The only way to go. Continue up the brilliant hand crack flake above to the top. This was originally thought to be a separate route, started off the ledge. It is however a far better variant finish to DO, and a contender for one of the better low grade cracks on the cliff.

FA: Bill Noris, 1980

Not as good as the Direct Finish (DDF). This is the thin crack up the face directly above Pibrock. Worth a trip if you have done the others. It packs quite a punch for such a midget of a route.

FA: Paul Hoskins & Robbie Allen, 1983

Just to the R of the previous route is this crappy little addition to the cliff. A dirty little corner that really has nothing to recommend it.

FA: Paul Hoskins & Robbie Allen., 1983

A complete sandbag at its old grade of 16. Strap on your knee pads and climb the tight orange groove R of DO. The crack flares a lot, so getting gear to stay in is quite a mission. Physically challenging climbing to a stance at 2/3 height. Careful at top, block on right is a little loose.

FA: Ross Allen & Rick White, 1970

Looks like it probably will! Climb up the pillar immediately R of ED. 3 bolts show the way to the top. Quite a serious and technical lead.

FA: John Pearson & Gordon Bieske, 1986

Funny twin corner systems with a tiny arete in between making use of both at the same time challenging! Up these (wondering how this route was ever graded 12) to ledge then continue up crack past tree to ledge at top of Ethicmans Dilemma.

FA: Mac Thompson & Glen Burns, 1969

A great beginner's lead. Climb the blocks to a ledge. Up the twin cracks to the next ledge. Easily up to the tree.

FA: Ron Collett & Mike Mahoney, 1969

"Old School" paradise! Climb the disgusting body crack found around to the R of S, until it re-joins the original line. It would be far more productive to shoot yourself, and possibly less painful.

FA: Ron Collett & Mike Mahoney, 1969

The obvious handcrack starting from the first ledge. Quite hard, and very easy to hit ledges if you should fall.

FA: Rick White & Ian Cameron, 1974

A crappy little climb. Start on the R side of the pillar. Go up the micro seam 2m L of the arete, stepping up and around L to a stance, and a now completely pointless 1st bolt at knee height. Finish easily.

FA: Richard Henderson & Scott Camps, 1986

A tough little unit for about 3 moves, then easily to the tree. Up the crack on the R using lots of grunt and bridging. From here, step L onto the wall and finish easily.

After 1st tree option R overgrown, option L loose.

FA: Mike Mahoney & Mac Thompson, 1969

What a way to end the guide, with this pile of rubbish. Above and L of Leprechaun, at the R end of the ledge above Pibrock is this lonely little handcrack.

FA: Bill (the man of mank) Noris, 1980

Another wacko job courtesy of Mr Henderson.

FA: Richard Henderson., 1986

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