The Backside Trail Guide

  • Grade context: AU
  • Photos: 3
  • Ascents: 1

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Thanks to the following people who have contributed to this crag guide:

Marco Lefebvre Jack Butler

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Table of contents

1. The Backside Trail 4 routes in Sector



All Bouldering

Lat / Long: -35.710167, 174.357818


One of the best sectors at Abbey Caves. Home to Freak of Nature.

access issues

The area is surrounded by private land. Please stay within posted boundaries. Pack out your garbage.

inherited from Abbey Caves
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Freak of Nature

Sit start matched on the slopey fin. A big move out right to the far lip will set you up for the finish up the arete.

FA: Marco Lefebvre, 2020

V4 Boulder 4m
2 Sam's Cave

Start as for Freak of Nature but head straight up pinching the fin.

FA: H Triebels, 2013

V6 Boulder 4m
3 Tear Drop Project

Start as for Freak of Nature, traverse left to right along the sloping lip to a shallow tear drop feature and finish with a hard mantle onto the slab. needs more cleaning.

BoulderProject 4m
4 So Chill

Start with a high right foot and left hand palm down. Keep just to the right of where the grassy ledge is on the boulder. Head in a straight line up the rock. The grass ledge is out for this climb

FA: Jack Butler, Dec 2022

V2 Boulder 6m

2. Index by grade

Grade Stars Name Style Pop
V2 So Chill Boulder 6m
V4 Freak of Nature Boulder 4m
V6 Sam's Cave Boulder 4m
? Tear Drop Project BoulderProject 4m
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