The Bachelor Pad

  • Grade context: AU
  • Photos: 16
  • Ascents: 1,505
  • Aka: Lower Norton Summit





The biggest bouldering area in Adelaide.

The same regulations apply here as to the main area of Norton Summit (i.e. no climbing after sunset or on fire-ban days). Try to keep noise pollution to a minimum, stick to the walking trails and take your rubbish with you.

Access issues inherited from Norton Summit

  1. Climbers must leave the cliff PRIOR to sundown.

  2. Peregrine falcon nesting seasons adhered to. No climbing above the cave.

  3. Ensure your car displays a CCSA (Climbing Club of South Australia) sticker at all times when parked.


  5. Access to the crag is prohibited on Total Fire Ban days



General Location

The Pad is located on The Old Norton Summit Road, about 1km down hill from The Summit (the climbing area not the actual summit!). To get there drive east out of the city and head up Magill Road. Continue straight onto Old Norton Summit Road for 2.5km. About 100m after passing house number 225 (lot number 59), there is a tiny pullout for parking on the left side of the road.

There is only space for a few cars to park, so be courteous of others. There are extra parking spaces further up the hill near the next house's driveway. The track up to The Pad is located on the other side of the road (south), opposite the Stobey pole about 50m downhill of the parking pullout. Cross the guardrail and you will see the track heading across the creek and up the hill. It take about 10 minutes of uphill slog to reach the cliff.

The location marked on the map has the point of the triangle at the beginning of the trail on the Old Norton Summit Road. The base of the triangle is at the cave itself.


Noise levels

This is private property so please be considerate by keeping noise, music and swearing to a minimum.

Imports/exports (rubbish/mats/tape)

Normal rules apply, take everything with you, this includes finger tape and cigarette butts.

Track maintenance

Track maintenance is the responsibility of any climber that chooses to frequent the Pad.


History timeline chart

First discovered in 1995 by Stuart Williams and Simon Wilson whilst looking for routes they quickly sunk some bolts in what would become Bachelor Blend 23 and named the cave the Bachelor Pad. Word eventually filtered out and the Pad's bouldering potential started to be tapped in 1996 by an eager young crew. Many of the easier lines were climbed during this time but it took the visit from international rock stars Klem Loskot and Toni Lamprecht in 1999 to really put this place on the map. On a flying trip to Adelaide to recuperate from developing the bouldering in the Grampians over two days at the Pad they opened Madball sit V13, Hot Chocolate V10, Madball stand V9, Twist and Shout V9 and Benelli's Extension V8/9. Over the next few years local Sharik Walker filled in the blanks with ascents of the classic Butchers V10, Tao V11, Cocktoe V9, Kid Indestructible V9, Toe to Toe V7 and Non Intentional Lifeform V10.

On first acquaintance with this place you could be forgiven for thinking that the 50+ problems listed in this guide must be an error. Shorter than the length of Sissy Crag (NSW), not as high as Lindfield, The Fear Factory or Akuna Bay (NSW), and less inspiring than Trackside or Anderson’s (Vic) – it is nevertheless home to the hardest problems in South Australia.

Not only that, but it is also less than 20 minutes drive from the city, 3 minutes drive from a pub, and stays dry in the rain. What more could you want? Difficulty ranges from V0-V13, with just under half of the problems sub-V6, and all the rest being mainly in the V6-V10 bracket.

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Far left hand side of cliff. Stand-start off chalked horizontal, then up left then back right following the line of least resistance to the positive holds under the roof.

Start up "Fat Neck" to the first bolt, continue out through the roof.

FA: Simon Wilson & Stuart Williams, 1995

Sit-start on big, flat, horizontal chalked jug. Place feet so they are off the ledge you are sitting on, then head up via a gaston pinch, a V-slot and some crimps to a jug directly above.

Same start as Fat Neck. Head slightly left and up into underclings, then follow jugs (and the bolts), jumping off when you get scared. The high chalked jug is the generally accepted finishing hold.

Same start as Fat Neck. Head R and up into underclings and side-pulls. Then continue R past the bolt via crux moves using a crimp rail to reach the finish jug of The Bone.

Start up Fat neck then traverse righ to the sloper then right to the small undercling in the roof and up via the big LH sidepull and crimps.


Same start as Fat Neck, but directly right into large undercling, then to LH sloper and better RH sloper holds. Up and left through more underclings/sidepulls to good, round jug hold up under big roof.

Foot eliminate. Start as for Catch Mahi, then rightwards across underclings and KMWISF start holds, into The Bone and finishing for this problem. Keep feet above the slightly off-horizontal seam at the base.

Dyno eliminate. Standing start using small LH nubbin crimp on hanging slab, and RH on adjacent sloper with thumb press. Jump for jug under roof!

Sit start bellow and 1m R of the U-shaped jug, finish in the big jug under roof.

Crouching start under KMWISF going LH into undercling, RH into gaston press with thumb catch, then ‘faith move’ to LH nubbin crimp of KMWISF (employ a good spotter). R to big scoop jug, then dyno for big jug under roof.

Match both hands in the U-shaped jug of The Bone, then launch (double-handed) diagonally leftwards for the finish of Mahi Mahi.

Start on the big sidepull, up diagonally left through serrated edges to the horizontal break, continue up past the letterbox fininshing out right on the hanging block. Pad it up well!

Sit-start on chalked block. Up and slightly left to jugs at the break.

various warm up lines and traverses throughout the pad

double-hand dyno from the obvious jugs to the big rounded hold in the break.

Sit-start on jug rail. Up to roof on jugs.

Sit-start with underclings/side-pulls on blocky feature under the start of Chocolate Aftertaste traverse line. Paste the feet on and dyno (or lock!) to pointy jug, then more easily up to jugs on traverse line. Finish easily up and left.

The line of side-pulls/laybacks through the middle roof.

FA: Steve Pollard, 2003

Pull on at massive bucket halfway along traverse line (start of Chinese Nuggets). Motor right past a pinch, a pocket and some cruxier holds to reach the sharp jug at the right-hand end, then up to big sloper to finish. Can finish higher for some spicy fun and V4.

FA: 1996

Traverse high break from large chalked horizontal jug to a point where you can drop down via a good pocket/jug to the starting hold of Chinese Nuggets (monster bucket midway across). Continue though to jug at the end of the traverse line, then up to match on big sloper.

FA: Andy Beckworth

Standing start. From huge jug in middle of traverse line go up and left to jug pocket, then up.

Start as for CN but trend right after first two moves and end on high jug.

"Chinese Nuggets" without feet.

Start as for Chocolate Aftertaste High but drop down to low level traverse from jugs using LH pocket/sidepull. Motor rightwards via a good open pocket and a ‘fin’ pinch, then into the original line at the 'drop down' pocket. Finish as for Chocolate Aftertaste High.

FA: Luke Geelen

Hot Chocolate into Chocolate Aftertaste, finishing on a higher jug via an exciting sidepull move.

An old local project nabbed by Klem! Sit start with left hand on the Jaques undercling and a right undercling. Make a move (crux) into the left sidepull above then right hand into good undercling, then into and finish as for Chocolate. AKA the sit start to Chocolate (known as the Pinch). Given 7c/V9 by Klem but upgraded by 2nd and 3rd ascentionists.

FA: Klem Loskot

FA: 1999

Was thought to be Non Intentional Lifeform by the FA and subsequent ascentionists. Starts immediately right of Hot Chocolate with left on the right hand hold and the right hand on a small undercling. Up into the undercling and sidepull of Hot Chocolate then as per that problem. Essentially an easier independant start.

FA: Jordan Grant

(Weaker than Hot Chocolate). A decent sequence in its own right. Sit start with LH on Hot Chocolate sidepull and RH on its good undercling. Do the driveby move to the good LH sidepull pocket but then go straight up to a good RH sloper, then the traverse line. Finish as for Chinese Nuggets. The wads will probably think this is a V5.

Sit-start with right hand on small scallopy undercling (SGF low start hold) and an edgy pinch with the other. Punch up with your left to a hold on the lip then as per SGF from the undercling and then to the top. A very hard one mover.

FA: Sharik Walker

Alternative name for SGF. Not an independent problem. Description was as for NILF.

FA: Luke Geelen

Starts under main roof on reasonable undercling (RH) and poorer undercling (LH). A very powerful 5-move problem. Pop LH to intermediate ‘breadloaf’ pinch, then big move out to the pocket on the lip (LH again) – catch the breadloaf as an intermediate (RH) – then up to jug in the Aftertaste traverse line and finish as for CHinese Nuggets. V8 as a crouchstart but take 9 points if you start seated on the lower holds.

FA: Luke Geelen

Start on underclings right of SGF. Slap left to lip and decent sidepull then through with right hand to the jug start of the Aftertaste traverse. Straight up via sidepull to the top tier. A nice little independent addition to the mid grade circuit.

Jacques the Potato into Chocolate Aftertaste Low.

One of the original problems from 96. Start with LH on the SGF lip hold and a polished gaston jug right of it. Bust a move (LH) to the tufa pinch on Aftertaste Low traverse then hit the jug line of the upper traverse.

FA: Andy Beckworth

FA: 1996

Stand start holding the pinch of Aftertaste Low Traverse and the finish jug of SGF. Dyno RH to a sloping jug in the top break.

FA: Steve Kelly

If you climb this with your feet on you get a great V1. Otherwise campus from the large bucket (LH) on the Aftertaste Traverse and slightly higher smaller jug (RH) to the high flat jug, then without matching go again RH to the top! 1-5-9 standard campus measurement.

Hold large bucket LH and smaller slightly higher jug RH. Make a footless campus move to the high flat jug.

The stand start variant to Twist and Shout, starts on large underclings followed by 3 big moves, finishing on a sloper. Please be mindful of the holds you are standing on as they are the handholds for the sit start!

Start for twist and shout, traverse under the roof to SGF and finish for that. Very technical and hard - approx V9 + V8/9 + V8 without relief (whatever that scores only the FA will know)

Start as for Twist and Shout but head left though the obvious chalked sloper edge and undercling to the start hold of Aftertaste then up and finish on the high jug.

FA: Sharik Walker

Sitstart – then out across the bad crimpers/slopers on the lip. RH crescent sidepull, then left into undercling right into undercling paste right foot on and go to the triangle pinch out left (in traverse line) – then straight up to the sloper (via intermediate pinch) – and match.

FA: Klem Loskot, 1999

Start as for 'Twist & Shout' but keep traversing right across slopers then up into the good undercling. Work your feet out, then head up and out (through blade jug) to the finish sloper of Twist and Shout.

FA: Klem Loskot, 1999

Start on sloper and RH sloper/crimp at the end of the Benelli’s traverse (just under the underclings). Left foot on lip, then up into the good underclings. Out to the sharp jug, then cross into the good finish hold of Chocolate and finish matched on the big sloper. For V5 start with feet on ledge. Please be mindful of your feet as you will be standing on the handholds of the sitstart and the holds are starting to get polished.

Climb Benelli's Extension but finish up the big underclings on the far right instead of the sloper.

FA: Sharik Walker

Starts on the finish hold of Chocolate Aftertaste traverse (jug) – then huge dyno to obvious break. How many mats have you got?

FA: Sharik Walker

The V6 stand start variant to Kid Indestructible. Start as for Benelli's stand start.

The Pad classic. Starts LH undercling and RH pocket (Crux) – then dyno to polished sloper – then out to jug and up. Numerous sequences all hard. Was given 7b+ by Toni but consensus is V9.

FA: Toni Lamprecht, 1999

Sit start to Madball - FA Klem Loskot 1999

Stand start from the end of Madball and follow the bolts to the chains. Good movement all the way. One of the hardest outdoor (as opposed to the Hole) routes in the State.

FA: Matt Warner, 19 Jun 2021

Madball Stand to completion then traversing right through prominent bulge and into finish on Tao/Butchers finish jug.

FA: Trevor Pearce

The last remaining project at the Pad and the hardest. Will be Adelaide's hardest boulder problem when sent. Starts slightly right of Madball. Stand start with hands in good underclings in back of overhang. Move out through some of the worst slopers and a pinch known to man to eventually gain the good pocket on the lip then up and finish on good holds.

Set: Sharik Walker

Start left of Stalker with LH on good hold in roof and RH on low pinch. Out diagonally right via pinches and a fingery undercling (optional), then through the ‘breadloaf’ pinch (often wet), finishing directly on the Stalker final finish hold.

FA: Sharik Walker

Starts back of cave with feet on rock platform. Through ‘bunny ears’ undercling, out to large sloper hold, then out to obvious ‘shark fin’ hold on lip and up. Finish on large sloper/jug out and left past niche.

4-move extension to Stalker - finishing on Tao.

FA: Trev

Start as for Cocktoe, then break left out near the lip via a crimp and a large sidepull slap.

FA: Sharik Walker

Linkup of Stalker into Tao, crossing into Cocktoe through the Stalker side- pull and pinch hold. ‘Slightly harder than Tao’ according to the first ascentionist. FA: Sharik Walker. Dropped some grades due to new beta.

FA: Sharik Walker, 2002

FA: Trev; seth

Cocktoe into Stalker then back into Cocktoe via the LH pocket (missing the breadloaf pinch). Strangely never recordered on this site.

Climb Stalker to left hand jug, match, then out to breadloaf pinch then finish as for Cocktoe.

FA: Sharik Walker

Starts at far right-hand end of cliff line on left side of scoop/shallow cave (questionable rock) finish up slopers on right.

This and the following 5 climbs are included for historical purposes only! On the scrappy cliff 50m down R of the bouldering crag. This climb goes straight up the wall about 3m R of the alcove at the L end.

FA: Mark Witham & Paul Badenoch

The rising diagonal trench beginning near The Butternuts. Some holds can't be trusted.

FA: Paul Badenoch, 24 Mar 2014

Start 1.5m R of The Butternuts. Up into the short V-groove in the middle of the wall then move R and head for the tombstone up top.

FA: Paul Badenoch & Vicki Kavanagh

Start 1.5m R of Victoria's Secret and head up the orange rock. Aim for the hanging slab at the top, passing the slender 'jug of death' at 5m. Take a #0.4 cam. The best climb here!

FA: Paul Badenoch, Vicki Kavanagh & Mark Witham

Start 1m L of the vague nose and 1m R of NPNB. Up to the diagonal crack, move R for a large cam then up the brittle wall to a stance. Finish up the small corner on the R. Take a #0.75 cam.

FA: Paul Badenoch & Clare Randall

An exciting start just R of the vague nose to a small ledge. Continue up (#000 cam) and slightly L to finish as for NDE.

FA: Paul Badenoch, Vicki Kavanagh & Mark Witham

Cocktoe extension to end jug of Tao, then reverse climb into Inflatable Bulge and finish on top of bulge via some chimney moves.

Project- linking Kid Indestructible sit to it's underlings then under the roof into Madball Stand. All the moves go, just needs someone strong enough to link them!


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