Main Cliff - Left Side

(12 routes)

Build-up of dirt and vegetation in the main cliff cracks is an ongoing problem – do a little gardening as you rap back down. You should be able to rap off with a single doubled rope from all anchors from Aafnraa to Burning Sky, but beware – it may be more than 25m to actual ground level, so don’t rap off the ends of your rope. There have been several abseiling injuries at the beach.

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Reference Title Grade Length Quality Bolts Gone Natural pro Link to edit content
3 Tainted Love 19 30m
7bolts wire representing trad
This varied face climb deserves a clean and rebolting.
Al Mark, 1985.
4 Aafnraa 18 25m
2bolts wire representing trad
The twin defences of nasty rock and a big tree (which fell down in 1997) meant this was the last of the main cliff cracks to be climbed. Follow the nasty crack and the two bolts added after the first ascent to the creaking layback crux (the crux moves are fun, actually).
Al Ritchie, 1997.
5 Swiss Version 21 25m
6bolts wire representing trad
Recent rebolting (and repositioning of one of the sandbag bolts, much to Mark’s disgust - ‘it was only a bit run out!’) may see renewed interest in this long ignored face climb. On second thoughts the crux, on rounded lichen-infested slippery holds, may never come back into fashion. Go L after clipping the first 2 bolts of Straight and Narrow. Original finish out R to join Straight and Narrow. Al Ritchie added another bolt to protect a direct finish to the Aafnraa DBB.
Al Mark, 1985. Direct finish Al Ritchie, 1998.
6 Heiti Heiti Kahikatoa 18 25m
4bolts wire representing trad
An interesting and frequently climbed face route, but a deceptively nasty fall is possible from above the last bolt - more than one injury (including a broken ankle) has been reported due to glancing off the slab below. The scar above Heiti is evidence of a rock avalanche down the route a few years ago, and a reminder of the tiger country that sits above us on the Main Cliff.
Fiona Bowie, 1985.
7 Keeping on the Straight and Narrow 16 25m
3bolts wire representing trad 1
The easiest way up the main cliff - a popular excursion. Up loose, vegetated ground to first bolt, then traverse R (crux) past a 2nd bolt to the crack. Finish R and rap off the Wanker DBB. Reasonable pro. A direct start (Dave Brash, 2018), protected by 3 bolts, is an alternative, less harrowing entry to the nice crackline above.
Brian Alder, 1985.
8 Call Me Wanker 20 25m
2bolts wire representing trad 1
The crux move through the roof was previously described as 'exciting...will get the adrenaline flowing'; it now has a bolt at the lip (2018), and subsequently chalk on the holds for the first time in many years. The crack on the headwall is nice too. Alternate access from the left via Straight and Narrow Direct Start.
Dave Vass (stolen from Al Mark), 1984.
9 Blockhead 17 25m
3bolts wire representing trad
In its former life, this was a scary G 19; after cleaning and some judicious retobolting in 2018, a lovely lower grade climb emerged. Recommended. Follow L facing corner to overlap (crux), then up the well protected upper crack. Clip the final bolt and run it out on easy ground to the anchor.
Dave Vass, 1984.
10 Noxious Vapus 18 25m
wire representing trad
Poorly protected climbing to the horizontal break (fiddly but adequate pro here), then a committing step R across the inverted V roof before trending L and up.
Graham Love, 1984.
11 Freddy Fudpucker 20 23m
4bolts wire representing trad
Better than it looks. Admittedly, it looks pretty bad. Plenty of bolts see you safely through brown overlaps into the hanging gully. The red fishing buoy hanging from the anchor is a permanent Long Beach fixture which causes much open-mouthed wonderment among Sunday strollers on the beach.
Graham Love, 1984.
12 Where the Boys Are 21 23m
3bolts wire representing trad
Up Freddy Fudpucker past 2 bolts, swing out onto the arete L past another bolt and up the edge of the arete on natural pro.
Dave Vass, 1989.
13 Fleet Street 20 26m
Great route. Devious crux moves to stand on the sloping ledge (just relax now, you won’t slip off!), nervously arrange your pro, then great moves up the twin cracks above. Original route moved left to finish (need small cams and nuts, now vegetated) or continue direct past 2 more bolts to anchor.
Graham Love, 1984.
14 Lightning Strike 20 24m
The arete. Clip the first bolt under the rooflet on Fleet Street or alternatively come in from the right and up the nose onto a sloping ramp. Continue up the arete then out left at the top and directly up to the belay high on the face.
Steve Carr, 2022
Dave Brash