Sydney Climbing: Morning @ Rosa Gully
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.
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.