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Shared By: Bradley Mark Edwards on Jun 16, 2012 with improvements by C Brown
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Description

Located 50 miles east of Nassau (Providence Island), Eleuthera isn't really a tourist destination. On the flip side, it's got a world of potential on the sharp, craggy, limestone cliffs. These cliffs are on land and over the water (both Atlantic and Caribbean sides) and there are scattered boulders from as far north as Preacher's Cave to the south side of the island at Rock Sound.

A note about the rock texture: The rock can be extremely sharp and/or brittle in places. Most vertical and overhanging faces are good texture are great for climbing, with the exception of rock right at the waterline. Ledges and the tops of cliffs are extremely sharp. Generally rock that looks very white is not as good and can be brittle (but not always). The orange rock is of better quality as water has run over it, smoothed out the edges, and created a more climber-friendly texture.

After spending a lot of time here (over a dozen visits), I know enough to say this place has so much potential. I don't imagine it to be the next Mallorca or Thailand but I do imagine it to be an awesome island with hospitable locals (we have hitchhiked the whole time and rented a car and ridden bicycles on different trips), good pineapple and warm water year round.

C Brown has been there as well and created a great article as well with high quality pictures. The link is below:

http://highexposures.com/blog/2014/02/08/rock-climbing-in-the-bahamas​​​

Getting There

Getting here can be the most difficult part of your trip, depending on where you live. As a resident of small-town CO, it normally takes 15-25 hours to arrive in Eleuthera. Check for flights into Governor's Harbor (GHB) or North Eleuthera (ELH). There are large and small carriers that fly into both airports. Silver Airways and major US carriers fly directly from Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. Delta flies directly from Atlanta, GA as well. The majority of the established climbing is concentrated around Gregory Town. That said, there is potential for miles on both sides of the ocean. Reaching the various cliffs ranges from easy to difficult. Some can be accessed by land, many can be accessed by kayak (available for rent from a few spots), or you can hire a boat.  Weather, specifically wind and waves, will play a huge role in whats climbable.   The Atlantic side gets morning sun, the sound side gets afternoon sun.

There are kayak rentals in Gregory Town and Coco Loba Tours has been giving climbers tours for two years now. The lack of infrastructure for climbing on the island limits the possibilities, but Manex at Coco Loba has been incredibly helpful to numerous climbing parties. Below is the link:

https://www.cocolobatours.com​​​

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