Ground Zero Boulders

  • Grade context: AU
  • Photos: 2
  • Ascents: 43
  • Aka: Big Norms Boulders




Ground Zero Boulders is a relatively new area upstream of the suspension bridge just below Big Norms Blouse

Access issues inherited from Upstream of Suspension Bridge

Some climbs and boulders can be fully flooded if the river is running, although this is rather rare.


Approach is either via the Duck Reach walking track and hop the fence over to your left as for Allodynia and head down to the river from there. The boulders are just upstream from where you drop down into the river bed. Alternatively, access as for all the other boulders in the riverbed upstream of the suspension bridge by jumping the fence left of the bridge and rock hopping upstream.


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Start at the far right of the left rising crack, under the roof of where the two boulders meet. Traverse with bad feet left, around the corner and up the face. The landing under the face is not good but the climbing is relatively secure.

FA: Jacob Dean, 1 May

Hang start on the lip at the front of the boulder, punch right, turn the arete and Mantle over Tradie Lady

FA: Kris Penn

Sit start with left hand on good incut jug and right hand on slopey lip. Punch straight up to good jug and mantle

FA: Lindsey Reid

Sit start with your left hand on a sidepull and right hand on the gaston, mantle from there

Sit start with left hand on good side pull low and right hand on gaston on the lip, bump out right to the arete and climb arete to top. Starting with your left hand on the gaston and right hand on the arete goes at around v3.

Sit start with feet smearing on the low nose, left hand on a slopey two finger sidepull and right hand crimps. Make a hard move to gain the arete and top out over hightest point.

Hang start on the slopey rail and pull to the top via bad feet and good hands, harder than it looks.

Sit start low on good left hand and slopey right hand, hard initial moves get you to a few slabby moves up high.

FA: Kris Penn

Hang start on the good indented jug on the lip, bad feet or campus slap your way to a graceful double knee mantle.

Sit start on good pocket like hold and slab your way to the top over the shield.

FA: Kris Penn

Sit start as for Little Women, and finish as for Millwright Low

FA: Kris Penn

Just upstream from the main boulders are some tall vertical faces and aretes with good flat landings. Names have been inspired by the scribed handiwork of some local wordsmith.

Apparently done as a trad route (21) back in the dark ages but that’s ridiculous - it’s a boulder! Stand start on the nose into easier high ground.

Hang or jump start to big hold and lay away onto slab. Easy to top.

Stand start at undercling. Up vertical face and/or RH arete.

Upstream of the main Drop Zone Boulders are some vertical faces. This is the obvious crack facing up river. Sit start, then up through slab.

Start as for The Coin Slot and veer right to arete without using neighbouring block. Delicate moves lead into the v-groove. Top out from here. Safest to swing onto right wall to finish. Bring a spotter.

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