The Block

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Sport
Sun and Shade
11 mins
Downhill

The Block is the huge detached lump of rock that stands in front of the Battleship Back Cliff itself. The short and slabby landward facing side of the The Block has some very popular routes which are useful for shade on summer afternoons or sun on cool summer mornings. The seaward face of the block has a small number of lines.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
U-143
9m. The southern sharp arete of the block is started via the crack. This line will not be bolted.
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
HVS 5a
2
Coming Unstuck
A testing series of moves on tiny pockets single out this line that is short on length, but great in difficulty.
9 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
Crimpy
6a+
3
Braer Rabbit
A shallow groove is a touch polished.
4 user comments
 4a
4
This is This
A very pleasant introduction to slab climbing.
4 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
4c
5
Wake Up, Time to Die
A bit short on bolts at the bottom. A large hex or nut may be needed by some to protect the easy bottom section.
6 user comments
 
1 Stars
6a+
6
No Smears Here
The line right of Wake Up, Time to Die is pretty tough.
 
1 Stars
Technical
6a+
7
Like a Drowning Man
The grade depends on where you climb - left of the bolts is 5, the layback seam is 4.
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
4a
8
Hang Onto Your Ego
The second bolt is a tricky clip for shorties. A very thin, slabby number.
5 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
6b
9
She's Going Down
A good test of your off-vertical ability.
3 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
Crimpy
6b+
10
Listing Badly
A wicked test of technique that has seen some tears over the years.
4 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
Crimpy
6c+
11
I'm Doing it Anyway
The flake-crack is a slick favourite that requires good footwork and technique on the polished holds to guarantee a tick.
12 user comments
 
1 Stars
4a
12
Hate the Sin and Love the Sinner
The arete on the right-hand end of The Block.
 
Technical
4c
13
Another Stone on the Pile of Choss
Walk down to the base of the highest section of the face. The steep, undercut arete is a touch loose at the bottom, but solid...
4 user comments
 
1 Stars
6c+
14
Welcome to the Gravity Program
The wall and arete 5m right of Another Stone on the Pile of Choss.
1 user comment
 6c
15
She's Dancing Tonight
Climb the exposed groove just right of the far arete of the ledge. There is a belay staple on the back wall.
 5a
16
Small is Beautiful
Climbs the main corner of the ledge. There is a belay staple on the wall to the right.
 6b
17
Tiny Goddess
Layback the seaward side of the southern arete. Exposed, photogenic and high in its grade.
 
Technical
5a
  • Latest Comments

    For BATTLESHIP BACK CLIFF

    Pump Hitler
    "Hard to read crux because the bolt is too high, making you assume the line goes ..." 27/May top50

    Wiggi and Mopoke's Excellent New Hilti
    "26/5/2013 Lower section is covered in dried mud. Best avoided." 28/May

    Jurassic Shift
    "Quite soft compared to (for example) Portland Heights or Modern Nightmare? Great..." 29/Apr

    The Racing Line
    "Hard crux but easier and steady climbing either side. Overall difficulty is the ..." 24/Jun

    Nihil
    "photogenic route. good climbing, maybe not as good as i had hoped but still wort..." 17/Apr

    A Dream of White Porsches
    "Its easy at the end. If you have a clipstick!" 13/Apr

    Searing Tunnel of Re-injury
    "I've given this route two brand new lower-off staples, an extra bolt below these..." 09/Feb

    The Racing Line
    "we meet again paul! yer zinc should be first its MEGA!!!!!!" 15/Oct

    The Racing Line
    "I shall have a play once Z.O.M has been successfully despatched..." 14/Oct

    Pump Hitler
    "Superb climbing but seemed a lot harder than say Rhyme Intrinseca and pretty sca..." 21/Sep top50

    Dreams Burn Down
    "The clip in the middle of the crux is a bit annoying. Good moves though - quite ..." 02/Aug

    The Racing Line
    "Another good route on this wall! After a quick look today im keen for the point!..." 01/Aug

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