Elevation: 51 ft
GPS: 47.593, -52.664 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Justin Emberley on Aug 20, 2016
Admins: David Bruneau

Description

An excellent sea cliff climbing area, on good quality sandstone, located within a 10 minute drive from downtown St. Johns. Contains the highest concentration of climbs within the city limits. Don't be fooled by its proximity to town, it has a nice remote feeling. The area overlooks a scenic section of the coast with a view of Cape Spear in the distance and is a great a place to spot whales. The sun rises over the ocean and stays on the wall until late afternoon (its not hot here, the sun is welcomed!). Chances are you'll have the place all to yourself! There is no cell reception at the crags and you'll have to hike about 15 minutes back along the approach to get reception, so plan accordingly.

Getting There

From downtown St. John's drive roughly 10 minutes to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) overflow parking lot (situated just before the card access gate). From there walk past the gate and take the dirt road (not the 4x4 trail) all the way to the concrete pumphouse down by the ocean (20 min walk or 5 min bike ride). From here you can see the climbing area just in front of you. 

For Zombie, Spirit, Jellyfish, Waterfall Walls: Ditch your bike in the woods and follow the East Coast Trail (south towards Quidi Vidi) for one minute or so until you see a trail branching off to your left. You will soon see signs for the various climbing walls. All climbs are accessed by rapping in from various trees and top anchors and are situated above the ocean. The only way out is to climb back up so it's is a good idea to leave a fixed rope in place if you find yourself unable to climb out. Swimming to safety is not really an option, especially on a day with high seas, due to steep cliffs and the cold water of the north atlantic ocean.

For The Beach: Turn onto the northbound East Coast Trail at the pumphouse, instead of the southbound trail to the other walls. Follow the trail for 2-3 minutes until the first "Viewpoint" side trail sign. Take the viewpoint trail for a few metres and the wall should be visible. A scramble descent will bring you to the base, follow the left wall of the gorge until you can make your way down, being mindful of wet or loose rock. A fixed rope would likely improve this descent, feel free to add one if there is not one already there.

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