Berowra Trip Report – 20 July 2019

A perfect winter’s day with warm temperatures and lots of sun at Berowra on Saturday 20 July 2019. 24 members attended and 2 very small future members – which made some routes very busy, particularly as there were many other non-club climbers at the crag. Fortunately there are a lot of intermediate grade sport routes spread out across the crag to give everyone something to climb.

We started a the southern end and tackled some crag classics on the bullet hole wall – including Mental Fatigue (18), Fox Sox Pox (18) and IGMC (19). A little further down Wall Thing (19), Boundary Rider (18) and a new route called Wee Gully (17) which was a little strange with so many ledge fall potentials. Although it would be a perfect climb to learn cleaning an anchor as you can stand on a large ledge 1.5 metres below the lower offs.

Some also top roped Kenneth’s Climb (14) whilst Andrew McPherson made his first trad lead on the tricky crack and did an excellent job with placing protection. Karen also did a lead on this and kept a cool head at the upper layback to the anchors.

Luv Handles (20), Yesterday’s Heroes (17), Palm Sunday (21) and Glamorpus (24) were also done by various folks whilst trekking between either end of the crag.

Later in the day there was a non-club crew hanging about around Ladder of Gloom and with no chance to get space we headed up to Pimple Buttress. I believe Andrew Stevenson, Matt Short and others already had completed Savage Cabbage (19), Stone Grotties (16), the Ladder of Gloom (19) and with Andrew’s reach, the Ladder of Death (22).

I was stoked to redpoint Pimple (20) with a bolt at the roof then cams through the crack. We also did the new route A (17/18) which was strange at the start and then easy above the roof. Sean Maguire turned up after work and managed to squeeze in a few routes around this area including Look Blue Go Purple (18) and It’s For You (16).

Photos: Jeff Crass