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Description

A roadcut located along a quiet road. Rock quality is good to excellent

Access issues inherited from Ontario

In the more populated areas of Ontario, especially southern and south-western Ontario (within a few hours drive of Toronto) access is often complicated, with many cliffs closed to climbing. The Ontario Alliance of Climbers (OAC) monitors this, and negotiates for access to cliffs, or to avoid closures. They maintain a crag status list at: https://www.ontarioallianceofclimbers.ca/crag-status/

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry also maintains an online crown land use policy atlas. This can often be used to determine the ownership status of the land on which a cliff is located in Ontario. It can be found at: http://www.giscoeapp.lrc.gov.on.ca/web/MNR/NHLUPS/CLUPA/Viewer/Viewer.html .

Approach

From Hwy 17, turn onto Murphy Rd towards Petawawa. Take your first left onto Portage Rd and follow it for a minute until you get to a bend in the road that has a road cut on both sides. Park on the right where the shoulder is widest before the bend.

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This spot has't seen much activity. Lots of potential.

Routes

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On the right side of the south side road cut there is a large block roof. Climb up the face on the right side of the arete. Difficult top out.

Same start as Project I. Climb the face left of the arête. Yikes!

5 m left of Project II. Climb the pyramid shaped face with an overhanging block on top. Descend down to your right.

From the start of For the Pharaohs, scramble up left to a grassy ledge. Sit start, matching the flake located above the spray painted "Em + Rick". Climb the arête. Traverse left for the descent.

Same start as Pumped up Jam. Climb the finger crack up the right face.

5m left of Pharaohs. Climb the face with a slabby top out. Don't use the small broken bulge on the left for a V1.

5 m left of Not a Problem. Climb the tall, fractured face. Descend down the left side.

Sit start, slapping your way up the overhanging bulge. Traverse left for the descent.

Left side of the northern road cut. Start in the middle of the overhanging face, just below a small, shallow inside corner above the ledge. Surmount the ledge. Either continue up or take a victory leap. Start either left or right for V1

Sit start as per Kicking and Screaming. On tiny crimps climb the seam up and right to top out on the right side of the overhang.

Crimp and high step your way up the left edge of the ledge.

5 m left of Kicking and Screaming. Climb the face without using the arête on the right or fractured rock on the left. Use them for a V0

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