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A – The Arete
B – Pussy Galore
Lion Rock’s East Face Route 1 starts from the large belay ledge at the top of the arete.
1 – Balance of Power – F7a**
A spectacular free climb up the line of the old aid route Gerbolt. The free line does not exactly follow the original line. From the belay of The Arete step right and climb the arete to the top of the obvious groove. Traversing about 3.0m right and climb up the wall above, past a single bolt, to a good jug and rest. Move back left on to the arete itself and make exposed moves past old bolts up to a sloping ledge, possible belay. Follow the arete and cracks to the summit.
F.A. S. Monks (1992)
The following routes all start from the base of the East Face. This can be reached by scrambling up the gully at the base of The Arete or by climbing up the easy angled slabs directly beneath the face.
X – The Lion’s Share – F6b
The line of resin bolts leading off the lefthand end of the terrace below the east face. Step off the terrace and balance up a tricky grove to join the main groove / flake line which is followed rightwards to the ledge in the centre of the wall. Gently climb up onto the large flake and tackle some bouldery moves above before easing ground gains the belay on the large ledge as for The Arete.
F.A. F. Haden & D. Kwok (2014)
2 – East Flake – HVS 5a
Approach by scrambling up the gully to the right of The Arete to a large platform. Climb the large obvious flake up to the belay of The Arete.
F.A. J. Ward & J. Bunnell (1958)
3 – Last Round, Last Minute – F8a+***
A monster pitch up the left side of the east face. At 45 m long and with 18 bolts a healthy dose of stamina and a big rack of quickdraws are definitely prerequisites for any would aspirants. Start left of the crack/ flake of Austrian Staircase and take a leftward trending diagonal line across the face, just above the obvious overlap. Once nearing the left side of the face change your trajectory to vertically upwards and pray that your arms “do their stuff” until you reach the belay.
F.A. Rocky Lok (2012)
4 – Austrian Staircase – F6a***
Simply one of the best routes in Hong Kong. Start of the base of the obvious vertical flake.
Pitch 1 (F5+): Layback up the large flake, traversing right along its top, past the belay on Tigger, to a further belay stance on the far side of the face.
Pitch 2 (F6a): Move right from the belay stance to the foot of the groove lines and climb these to a short slab and corner. Move up the corner (crux) trending diagonally left and follow the cracks and grooves above. Belay on a large sloping ledge.
F.A. M. Lancaster & G. Pilcher (1992)
5 – Lion King – F6c**
A stunning line with some friable rock, however this is more than compensated for by the routes situation.
Pitch 1 (F6b+): Start as for Austrian Staircase (Route 4). Just before the top of the large flake traverse left for about 4m before continuing up via a tricky move to a hanging belay.
Pitch 2 (F6c): Climb straight up from the belay and follow a thin line of small holds, trending rightwards, up the wall above. Trend left higher up towards a leaning crack and small belay stance.
Pitch 3 (F5): Finish up the crack to the top of the crag.
F.A. M. Gray, M. Lancaster & G. Pilcher (1994)
6 – Tigger – F7a+***
An excellent line straight up the middle of the East Face. Due to its directness it is possible to climb the route in one long pitch (60 m Rope). Start to the right of Austrian Staircase at the foot of the corner crack (beware of bees who sometimes nest in the back of it).
Pitch 1 (F7a+): Climb the short corner crack to a large sloping ledge. Step off the ledge onto the wall above and climb directly up via a series of thin crimps and rockovers (run-out at the crux) making a hard and insecure move to reach a large jug/ flake. Move right from the jug and climb up the thin groove to a belay stance on the traverse of Pitch 1 of Austrian Staircase.
Pitch 2 (F6b+): Take a direct line up the wall above the belay stance of Austrian Staircase. It is possible to continue slightly above and left of this belay, which adds a few more meters to the route but little else. A sustained and interesting pitch with some friable rock in the upper part.
F.A. S. Millis & K. Knoyes (2001)
7 – Morning Light – F7a+
Start as for Tigger and follow that to the second bolt, stepping right onto the ramp. A short way up the ramp (of Stray Cat Strut), step back onto the wall and follow the line of resin bolts that runs parallel to Tigger.
F. Haden (2014)
7a – In the Shadow of the East – F7a
A fantastic long pitch that starts from the end of Morning Light. Take a full rack of quick draws (18) and a long sling for the bolt on the ledge where the route joins Tigger. Climb directly above the belay and make technical moves left to gain good holds. Move up then step left to where the wall steepens and engage turbo with hard moves to gain the sanctuary of the ledge above. Shuffle awkwardly left to join Tigger (long sling) and finish at the higher belay (not the Austrian Staircase belay).
F. Haden & D. Kwok (2014)
8 – Stray Cat Strut – F5+
Start as for Pitch 1 of Tigger. Follow this to the large sloping ledge and continue rightwards along this until it is possible to pull on to the wall above, by the second bolt. Follow a series of small holds to broken grassy ledge level with the belay of Austrian Staircase. Continue up the steep face to the right of Austrian Staircase with minor excursions to the left and right. Going directly up the wall is unpleasant and increases the grade considerably (this section is also in need of cleaning).
F.A. K. Knoyes & K. Greenland (2002)
From Summit: Either walk down the left hand ridge, footpath, or abseil the line of Wards Groove on the West Face.
Austrian Staircase/Tigger: Make two 30m abseils down the line of Tigger.