Big Pond

Crag Description

Big Pond is a small quartzite cliff located just off Highway 4, a few kilometres southwest of Ben Eoin Provincial Park. It has long been a popular cliff with Sydney climbers and for a short time was also a hot spot for bouldering. That is until the highways department diverted the road and consequently blue up (!) the precious boulders. No boulders, no bouldering!!! Luckily the Sydney boulderers found greener pastures near Louisbourg. The Big Pond cliff is visible from the road and is on private land that is used occasionally as a quarry. As of yet the climbing area has been unaffected by blasting, however future development may encroach upon the cliff (and with any luck it will create a second pitch for climbers!).

Routes

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This climb follows the obvious arete at the left end of the crag. Gear doesn't look great. A harder variation just right of the arete is also a popular top-rope problem (a.k.a. Lazy J, 5.10).
Type:Trad
Height:8m
Rating:PG-
FA by:Clarence Barrett
FA on:1985
Start right of the arete and after four metres traverse rightwards to gain a series of cracks.
Type:Top Rope
Height:7m
Climb cracks and weaknesses two metres left of the inside corner. Many variations possible.
Type:Trad
Height:7m
Rating:PG
FA by:Clarence Barrett
FA on:1985
The obvious inside corner.
Type:Trad
Height:7m
Rating:PG
FA by:Keith MacDonald
FA on:1982
To the right of the inside corner is a short arete. Start on the left side of the arete and work around to the right side of it after about three metres.
Type:Top Rope
Height:7m