The Block

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Early morning sun
8 mins
Uphill
Sheltered

Behind the right-hand edge of the cliff, directly beyond the approach gully and tucked away in a little wooded valley, is the retiring buttress of The Block. This is home to a bunch of hard routes and a couple of easier ones.
It is rarely busy, and the trees offer shade, though it can be green here after wet weather.
Approach (see map on page 520) - From Birch Tree Wall, walk right and up into the open gully.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Diagonal
The short slanting crack on the left is harder than it looks.
1 user comment
 
Technical
S
2
Shredded Feet
The rounded break is hand-traversed at the limit of friction all the way to a finish up Golden Days. It is more like 6c except...
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
f7A
3
Small Things
Make a big jump to the flake below the bulge - f7B. Step left to flakes (gear) and make a massive dyno for the top.
 
1 Stars
Dyno
E6
4
Golden Days
The thin flake in the blunt nose has a huge reach (wire) and then a sprint for the rounded top. A midget gem - f6B+ above pads.
3 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
E3
5
Jumping on a Beetle
Round in the shade. Mantel onto the gutter - hard - then step left and make a delicate step up to the arete. E6 as a solo.
1 user comment
 
2 Stars
f7B
6
The Angel's Share
A desperate route up the centre of the slab with weird moves. Lack of holds on the blank slab require several rockovers with...
1 user comment
 
2 Stars
f7C
7
Velvet Silence
The original route on this slab, just within bouldering height. Make a tough mantel onto the gutter and teeter right to the...
2 user comments
 
3 Stars
f7A+
8
Make it Slappy
Round in the recess climb the hanging left arete to a grasping exit on to the slab. E6 as a solo.
 
1 Stars
f7B+
9
Tree Crack
This wide crack is a bit of a hump until you can reach the stump.
 
Graunchy
HVS
10
Damp
The greasy angle to an awkward exit.
 
Graunchy
S
11
Dry
The slabby rib with an overlap is the end of everything.
 S
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