waterfall rock

General

The crag is formed by tuff columns forming features similar to those seen at classic locations such as Giants Causeway in Ireland, only here the rock has been subjected to a little more in the way of tropical weathering. As such, the rock is mostly solid but has a thin covering of flakey weathered rock that will fall off with use. The top of the crag is very loose and the safest exit is by moving right along the ridge towards the headland. Beware of occasional very large unattached rocks. Helmets are recommended.

Gear is plentiful throughout nearly all routes, small wires and small to medium cams, and as such it is requested that climbers retain a traditional ethic when climbing here.

A full ropes length is needed for the left hand side of the crag. All the routes completed so far have been up obvious crack systems, however plenty of potential remains for harder face and arete routes remains.

The bottom of the crag is located at a wave cut platform which can get covered by the sea if a big swell is running so its best to visit the crag during low tide / periods of generally calm weather.

Approach

The crag is located at the southern end of Long Ke Wan in a small bay beneath Fa Shan, at the far end of High Island Reservoir, Sai Kung, New Territories. It has been called Waterfall Rock in some local text on the geology of HK but has been named Fashion Crag by the climbers making recent developments there.

The best approach route is as follows:

From Sai Kung town take a bus to the country park entrance on Tai Mong Tsai Road. From here it is necessary to take a taxi to the end of the East Dam of High Island Reservoir (by the large hexagonal sea defenses). Walk to the far end of the sea wall, passing the outcrop of Po Pin Chau, and cross over the fence before continuing along the headland on a small path.

Cross a small stream and ascend to the saddle of the hill (Fa Shan). The path splits into three when you reach the headland. Follow the steep path which cuts directly down the pebble beach and carry along the coast, around two head lands (past some other potentially worthwhile crags) until Waterfall Rock – Fashion Crag is reached.

This approach can be made in all but high tides. However, the bottom of the cliffs are washed by waves if there is a swell running so flat seas are advisable.

Routes

Download a PDF of the draft guide for Waterfall Rock here

1 – More fun than shopping for shoes – HVS 5a

2 – Doppelganger – HS 4c

3 – Broadway – E1 5a
Start on the left hand crack, cross to the right side at mid height.

4 – Seamless – E1 5a
Hard move to the small roof. Easy to exit.

5 – Tailor Made – E1 5b
Lay back small crack on the left, easier if tall.

6 – Big boots – VS 4b

7 – Clothes line – S 4a

8 – Zipper effect – S 4 a

9 – Suits you sir – S 4a

10 – Big boots rule – S 4a
All Routes climbed by Matt Tranter and Ben George in 2003/2004

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