Headland Boulders

Headland Bouldering

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The Headland Bouldering area includes a number of sub-areas close to (as the name suggests) the headland on Tai Tau Chau. This area is accessed by continuing along the concrete footpath from the Village Boulders, across the short footbridge on to Tai Tau Chau and then following the footpath to the far end of the island. Towards the end of the footpath you will reach The Corridor, from which all other areas can be accessed relatively quickly and easily.

Shek O Headland Boulders

The Big Boulders 

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(1) V4 ** Slope Street.
From the sloping break reach up and onto the rounded bulging wall above to an insecure and commiting finale.

(2) V2 * The Scoop.
Start on small positive edges and reach up into the scooped dish above, pulling into which provides the meat of the problem.

(3) V1 *
Small edges on the right side of the wall lead into a slanting crack and, hopefully, the top.

(4) V2 ** Road Runner
Starting on small edges, climb the right end of the wall, avoiding the slanting crack to the left and wide crack / arete to the right. A bit contrived but fun none the less.

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(1) Project – Scoopy Doo
The groove above the death defying landing. The arete to the left has been climbed from a sds at about V4/5

(2) V2 ** Stem Gem
Bridging your way up between the two boulders saves both skin and energy for an ascent of the deep crack. Finish using the wedged block.

(3) Project
The soaring arete is big, hard and, as yet, unclimbed!

(3a) V5 *** (sds).
Climb the middle of the wall on reasonable but spaced crimps until a big throw out left brings the top.

(3b) V4 **
The right arete and wall.

(4) V1
An unpleasant exercise in bridging and jamming.

(5) V2 * Wall Direct
As the name suggests, follow a line of breaks, diagonal cracks and holds directly up the wall.

(6) V1 ** Flakey Wall
Start as for wall direct but trend rightwards and follow the large flake line on positive holds.

(7) V2 *** Crackajack
The long layback / jamming crack feels more like a route than a boulder problem!

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(1) V3 ** Stroof
Undercut the large crack at its left end and reach round the lip to the sloping top of the boulder. Mantle to finish. The blocks detached from the main boulder are off route.

(2) V4 *** Skin Graft (sds)
Sit on the small ledge and, using the right end of the crack, slap up for a sidepull on the hanging corner out right. Make a determined pull for the top of the boulder before a precarious finish. Once again, the blocks detached from the main boulder are off route.

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(3) V3 * Caveman
Crawl into the depths of the cave and, from matched on a small undercut near its back, follow the roof crack out to a juggy, yet suprisingly difficult, finish up the nose of the boulder. The block to the left of the crack can be used for feet.

Main Wall Area

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The Roof Top

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(1) V2 * Mr Sandman
From a sandy break reach up to an equally sandy, and this time slopey, top.

(2) V0  ***
From a good jug on the arete climb up and into the scoop, which is exited easily above.

(3) V2 ** Big Span
From the undercut break work your feet up high to allow a big span to be made to some crimpy holds above.

(4) VB *
Follow the large juggy flake line from the right end of the boulder.

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(1) V0 Slab and Crack
Follow the thin crack up the centre of the slabby wall

(2) V2 **
The wall right of the corner is climbed via a series of relatively positive flakey edges.

(3) V4 *
The difficulty of the roof varies depending on how strict you are regarding use of the holds out left. The less holds, the harder the grade….

The Terrace

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(1) V1 ** Smear Test
The left side of the slab gives a delicate and delightful little problem.

(2) V4 *** La Dalle a Jeje
Just right of the centre of the slab is a small foothold and a thin flakey hand hold. Once established on these the rest should be a piece of cake.

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(3) V1.
The right side of the slab is hardly worth the effort.

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(4) V3 ** Sail Surfing (sds)
From a sit start with right hand on the arete and left undercutting sandy breaks, slap to the top of the boulder and mantle to finish.

(5) V2 * A’Cheval (sds)
Deciding whether to finish on the left side or right side probably proves the crux of the testy little fin of rock.

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(1) V1 * Stepping Stones
Follow the line of horizontal ledges up the left side of the face.

(2) V2 * Dicing with Death
From a thin flake low on the wall make a big reach out right to a big, but sandy, undercut. From here work your feet up and make a big reach for a less than perfect top. Mantle to finish. A high problem above a less than perfect landing, lots of spotters and mats advised!

(3) V4 * Risking the Reaper
Another big problem with a less than perfect landing. Start beneath an undercut pocket and work your way up to this. From here a small flake and the top of the wall can be reached.

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(4) V1 *** The Classic
A delightful problem up the leftwards trending crack line.

(5) V2 * Directisima
Follow the thin line of small crimps and flakes to a worrying move for the top.

(6) V3 ** Throwing a Wobbler
Start in the middle of the horizontal pod and throw directly for the top of the wall.

(7) V2 * Peapod
From the right side of the pod, slap up the rounded arete to more positive holds on the lip above.

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(1) V3 ** Heel Deal
Start on a couple of reasonable, but slopey, holds on the lip. Slap up to reasonable holds on the lip above before scrabbling on to the platform.

(2) V5 ** Little White Lies (sds)
Start sat in the small corner beneath the right side of the roof. Follow a line of thin flakes and crimps out to the lip of the roof, where better holds lead to the top.

(3) V7 *** M’as Tu Oublie (sds)
Follow White Lies up and around the arete before making a long reach left to the start holds of Heel Deal. Drop down onto these holds and finish up this problem.

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The Headland Boulders

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Weeping Wall and the Cliff Top

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(1) V2 ** Block Rockin (sds)
The 360 traverse of the lip of the block. The starting point doesn’t really matter so long as you make it the whole way round.

(2) V2 * (sds)
Start on good holds in the break above the small corner and move and left through the wall above.

(3) V0  *** (sds)
. Start below the small roof and follow good holds along the small corner system to the top of the boulder.

(4) V2 ** Belly Flop (sds)
The left side of the small roof, starting from holds on the lip, sucumbs to a determined approach.

(5) V2 ** Beached Whale (sds)
Follow the thin crack line, from holds on the lip, through the small roof to an inelegant finish on the slab above.

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(1) V1 * Left Wall
The dry patch left of the black streak. Finish on the good jugs at about 3.5m height.

(2) V3 * Iron Monkey
To the right of the wet streak is a line of thin flakes and small pockets. Follow these, avoiding the good holds further right.

(3) V1
The good holds further right………

(4) V1 Seeping Stench
Tip toe your way up the thin patch between the two seepage lines using the odd damp hold.

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(1) V0 *
The short sharp arete.

(2) V1
Another short arete, which can be climbed on either side at about the same grade.

(3) V1 *
Yet another short arete. This one has a few more holds on the surrounding wall though.

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Headland Walls

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(1) V3 ** High Street (sds)
Start at the right edge of the wall beneath a small roof. Pull through the roof on good holds to a large horizontal break. Traverse left, using any holds you can lay your hands on, until the corner at the left end of the wall is reached.

(2) V5 * Low Rider (sds)
Follow ‘High Street’ to the large horizontal break. Traverse left, staying at about the same level as the break, until the corner at the left end of the wall is reached.

(3) V4 *** Leap of Faith (sds)
Start at a good layaway lowdown. Good holds lead through the small roof to a horizontal break, from here a commiting sequence up the wall and arete leads to the mother of all jugs. Relatively straightforward climbing above this leads to the top (previously a top rope problem).

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(4) V2 ** Little Jack Horner
The prominent corner line provides a technical exercise in bridging with committing moves in a worrying position (previously a top rope problem).

(5) V5 *** Chasing Rainbows
Technical moves up the lower arete lead to worrying slaps and, if you get lucky, frantic scrabbling up the sloping shelf above.

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Stuart Millis on the first ascent of Chasing Rainbows

(6) (Unclimbed).
Follow a rising diagonal line of holds / discontinuous cracks up the steep wall.

(7) V2 * Finger Licker
The thin finger crack is a fine test of balance, jamming skill and nerve.

Problems also exist on the stepped walls to the left of this area. However, the climbing is quite discontinuous and of relatively little interest.

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(1) V1 *
The short arete left of the corner at the right side of Headland Wall. A bit of a one-move wonder.

(2) V0 *
The corner itself.

(3) V1 **
The wall to the right of the corner. Avoiding any bridging on the left wall and holds in the crack probably forms the crux!

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(1) VB *
The slightly crumbling flake line at the left end of the wall offers surprisingly enjoyable climbing.

(2) V1 **
A stiff pull of small crimps at chest height leads to a big break and a juggy finish.

(3) V1 * Sine Line
Follow the wavy line of flakes up the right side of the wall, trending slightly left above the break.

(4) V0 *
Follow the deep gaping crack.

The walls to the right of Problem (4) are probably best reserved for those who feel they’ve lived too long! The landings are awful, being about 1m wide for the most part, and the top of the wall, which is about 5m up, comprises a sloping shelf with no holds. You have been warned!

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Solo Slabs and Gully Walls

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(1) V2 * French Ethics
As the name suggests, abandon your normal ethical purity and, from the good undercut side pull, hop up and left to gain holds in the break. Finish along the diagonal break.

(2) V1 *
The short groove.

(3) V0 *
The thin crack at the left end of the wall

(4) V0 *** Undercut Wall
The middle of the wall, right of the crack, is climbed on an assortment of undercuts and crimps.

(5) V1 *
The rightward trending flake line feels slightly off balance and just a little bit exposed.

(6) V2 * Hanging Flake
Right of the bulging blank wall is a hanging flake line. Tricky moves lead to the bottom of this and even trickier moves are required to get established on it.