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Hill Top Bloc

  • Grade context: AU
  • Ascents: 41
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Description

Small bloc with some cool little lines perfect for practicing your Crimping on a 10° bloc. Gets a mega breeze.

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

Same as for Bangor Blocs but turn off left at the tower and you'll find it quick.

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Spotted by Mattias, suggested I put some lines up so I have. Feel free to add more and contest grading.

Routes

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Start on the massive jug far left and go straight up using as much of the arete as you feel safe doing.

FA: Sam Farrar, 31 Oct

Start on the far left slot and go up using the variety of crimps. All of the arete on your left is out.

FA: Sam Farrar, 31 Oct

Start on the middle slot go up. Current potential sequence that should go V9 at least? Maybe harder.

Start on the far right slot (next to stump), move up to pocket and crimp, keep going up using crimps until you hit the jugs and top out. Flows surprisingly nicely and is a great moderate crimp line on a 10° wall.

Sam Farrar

FA: Sam Farrar, 2 Nov

Start on the side pull on the left and go up.

FA: Sam Farrar, 31 Mar 2022

Start on the side pull on the right and go up.

FA: Sam Farrar, 31 Oct

Start in the slot and go straight up.

FA: Sam Farrar, 31 Oct

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Selected Guidebooks more

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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