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Summary

Hat Head is a stunning place between Crescent Head and South West Rocks. Also a great place for a swim, surf or dive.

Description

Lots of slab/vertical faces. Generally the rock can be quite loose and friable so care needs to be taken. Also, some rope protection is advisable for edges since the rock can also be sharp. All climbs are tope-rope only so that impact is negligible, so taking a set-up rope is recommended.

Access issues

Low tide is preferable

Approach

Park at the car park at Hat Head Gap and take the trail that heads Nth (up the hill).

Where to stay

Local camping ground

Routes

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Approx 30 m's before the grassy bowl above the slot, head right and steep downhill to the tope-rope anchors. Use long slings or set-up rope to reduce rope drag

Set: S. Negus on self-belay, 2019

1/2 way between Top Hat and the next water tanks, head right and down, to the small promitory over the little bay, to the tope-rope anchors. Panama is on the south side of the anchors

Set: S. Negus on self-belay, 2019

Same anchors as Panama, but Fedora is on the north side of them

Set: S. Negus on self-bely, 2019

The anchors are above the first wall opposite the "almost-an-island" lump of angled rock. Climb up the corner of the detached slab, or directly up the face

Set: S. Negus on self-belay, 2015

About 50m's east of Beanie the cliff line heads nth (left). Approx 5m's further along are the anchors. Baseball is on the south side of them, and looks like a slabby corner from above

Set: S. Negus on self-belay, 2019

Same anchors as for Baseball, but on the Nth side. Some crap loose rock 1/2 way up, but mostly sound. Very sharp rock so watch rope drag

Set: S. Negus on self-bely - got 1/2 way up then bailed!, 2019

Anchors are directly above the obvious little rock pool visible from Baseball and Beret. Start on the slab face just to the left of the rock pool, moving right towards the arete only when necessary

Set: S. Negus on self-belay, 2019

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