CLIMBING: Morning @ Rosa Gully

CLIMBING: Morning @ Rosa Gully

 View from the car park

View from the car park

 My  Little Pony

My  Little Pony

A friend I hadn't seen in 4 years came to Sydney during the holidays and hadn't been climbing for over 3 years. Aim: break the drought. 

Given the heat and desire to not only climb but catch up, Rosa Gully seemed like an obvious choice. Cross between a post-apocalyptic zone and Alice in Wonderland, Rosa Gully contrasts the affluent Sydney suburb of Vaucluse. It isn't as popular as nearby Diamond Bay. Advantageous if you want a bit more freedom. 

It was fantastic to lead again after not being outside since late October and as a water baby, belaying next to the ocean was calming.

 Belaying at the bottom of Pox (18)

Belaying at the bottom of Pox (18)

f you're after hard grades above 25 then this isn't your type of crag. If grades are your least concern and you're after some wicked exposure, funky climbing followed by a swim nearby, there are 3 routes that I recommend.

  • Pox (18): The First clip is a bit sketchy for shorter people. Consider stick clipping. 
  • Pornflakes (18): Easier to climb than to clean due to diagonal drag. Use longer draws to minimise drag.
  • Chicken of the Sea (19): Techy. Slabby sandbag for bouldering purists. Otherwise great for footwork. 

Wear approach shoes as the decent can be slippery in places. Step on the obvious scoured  rock. Unless you want to hit rock bottom.

For more routes, approach and topos see Rosa Gully on TheCrag.com here.

 Vewi from the top of the gully

Vewi from the top of the gully

 Slippery decent if you don't have decent approach shoes. 

Slippery decent if you don't have decent approach shoes. 

 Given my weight and drag it took a bit of effort getting  lowered off Pornflakes (18). 

Given my weight and drag it took a bit of effort getting  lowered off Pornflakes (18). 

 Old friends catching up

Old friends catching up

 Liz getting ready to climb Pox (18)

Liz getting ready to climb Pox (18)

 PB @ the anchors of Pox (18)  before  rapping down. 

PB @ the anchors of Pox (18)  before  rapping down. 

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