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Walrus Rocks (bouldering)

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Description

A little section of easier boulder problems along the usual Shire sandstone escarpment. The walk-in is one of the easiest around. This cliff face south and get no sun. Most landings are flat.

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 41 Buchanan Ave, Bonnet Bay. The top of the cliff is on the other side of the road. 5 second walk-in to the first problem.

History

History timeline chart

May have been climbed on before, but there was very little evidence when Neil Monteith spent half a day doing the majority of problems here in 2015 in between hospital visits for his brand new kid. Cleaning and loose rock removal was required. If you know anything further feel free to update this!

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Practice for the real thing. The left side of the first little cliff on the walk-in path.

Ripply slopes up a vertical wall, then exciting capstone topout. A bit sandy.

FA: Monty Curtis, 17 May 2015

Sit start - crimpy edges up left side of slightly overhung arete. Mantle out.

FA: Monty Curtis, 17 May 2015

Sit start - right side of arete on edges then mantle out.

FA: Monty Curtis, 17 May 2015

Best rock here. Left of the seam cracks starting on pocketed little horizontal. At major break hand traverse off right rather than climbing sandy steep wall above.

FA: Monty Curtis, 17 May 2015

Start on low block before making a few moves right then up face to the lip just left of the split.

The right seam crack, sit-start down right. At big break traverse off right rather than climbign sandy steepness above.

FA: Monty Curtis, 17 May 2015

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Author(s): Neil Monteith and Simon Carter

Date: 2021

ISBN: 9780645299908

Featuring 1142 climbing routes located at 24 of the best crags in the Sydney area, this A5 size guide book is super user friendly with easy to use colour cliff topos and access maps. Covers sport and trad climbing at a variety of grades, something for everyone.

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