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The Ridge Boulders

  • Grade context: AU
  • Ascents: 7

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Description

Nice open bouldering area with a good range of problems.

Access issues inherited from Sutherland

For over 50 years climbers in the Sutherland Shire have enjoyed free access to many fantastic crags and caves. But as of 2014 there have been access problems emerging at several climbing and bouldering areas due to aboriginal art sites and shell middens in caves. Sutherland Shire Council and the Dept of Enviroment and Heritage have announced closures and sign-posted some of these aboriginal sites, with further closures and signs to be added during summer/autumn 2016/2017. Areas of particular problem are ground level overhangs with flat bases, the type of terrain popular at hard bouldering areas. Whilst the details are sorted out keep a low profile, clean up ALL rubbish (inc removing mattresses in bouldering caves) and avoid climbing at closed areas. In particular treat non-climbers you see at crags with the utmost respect as they could be rangers, archeologists, traditional owners or anyone else with a dim view of climbers and the ability to shut us out. Climbing in Royal National Park has been officially banned for many years - probably due mostly to the Wattamolla 'don't jump off rocks' cliff-diving-into-water ban. For more information about aboriginal sites and rockclimbing please read this link from Sutherland Council: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0KxtU2nUQB9cjhHUWE4cE5HWnM/view?usp=sharing

Approach

Park at far end of athletics track and take fire trail down along electrical power lines.

For sunset lover area, Continue on main fire trail for 200m past a few small scattered boulders then turn left and continue up the hill.

For the Cave continue straight on main fire trail until you reach the second electrical tower. 50m past the tower you will see the cave on the right.

Routes

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Stand start straight up

Stand start straight up

FA: James Kovanis

Sit start right of block below large flake. Make your way up and through flake to top out.

FA: James Kovanis

Link sunset lover into 2 stroke

Sit start below arete and move straight up to top out

Start on broken shelf in far right of cave.Traverse left along slopers and through broken corner. Continue straight out the centre of the cave to top out.

Same start as Big red traverse along slopers into broken corner and out the roof. Exit right to top out.

Sit start in far right corner and head out up and left through slopers to top out

Start on jug as for sandy and traverse the entire cave to exit up chop em up long and pumpy.

Sit start on broken ledge move straight up and mantle to finish.

FA: James Kovanis

Start on same jug as sandy and traverse right to finish up same exit as Big red.

Start on jug make a move right then straight up.

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