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Fair Island Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 30'
Location: 48.98996, -53.7039 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Nick Collins on Jun 2, 2014
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Fair island is a classic Newfoundland outport fishing village that was resettle during confederation. Cabins are still frequented in the area. Fair island is a remote and secluded island about 12 KM east-southeast from the town of Wareham,NL. The climbing areas vary from sunny, shady, windy,shelter depending on the time of day, weather conditions and specific climbing location. The rock is good quality solid granite. The rock ranges from smooth to very sharp, with most being sharp. Bring lots of tape. Rock all types of holds i.e. crimps, gastons, pinches, jugs. Long rails (Both sloppy and incut) and vertical and diagonal cracks are most characteristic of the area. In addition, slabby smearing sections with small micro crimps are also common. That being said, boulder problems of all angles are present and hold types are present.

Fair Island, originally called Vere Island, was one of the earliest fishing bases in Bonavista Bay; in the summer of 1681 there was a population of 16 recorded there and they were fishing from three boats. Beginning in the early 19th century, there was an increase in English settlement, and by 1806 there were two fishing rooms built in Fair Island by English men. The earliest settlers came from Devon, Cornwall, and Liverpool, England

Getting There 

From St. Johns

St John's, NL
Continue to NL-2 N
500 m / 53 s
Follow Trans-Canada Hwy to Gambo
291 km / 3 h 19 min
Follow NL-320 N to your destination in Centreville-Wareham-Trinity
47.8 km / 44 min

Slight right toward J. R. Smallwood Blvd/NL-320 N (signs for Gambo/New-Wes-Valley)
180 m

Turn left onto J. R. Smallwood Blvd/NL-320 N (signs for Gambo/New-Wes-Valley)
Continue to follow NL-320 N
47.0 km

Turn right toward J. W. Pickersgill Blvd
47 m

Slight left onto J. W. Pickersgill Blvd
290 m

Take the 3rd left
300 m

502-506 J. W. Pickersgill Blvd
Centreville-Wareham-Trinity, NL A0G 4P0

From the Wareham Wharf (Dock)

You must travel by boat for 20 mins. Locals may be able to assist with transportation. Ask around the wharf or local stores. You can also contact Nick Collins at for more help.

Climbing Season

Weather station 201.5 miles from here

40 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: DAB Police V4-5 behind lower down is a project

DAB Police V5+ 6C+ PG13  North America : Canada : ... : Northern Harbor Boulders
Start matched in between the boulders on a rail down low with a large right foot. Climb up through two blocky edges hit a left hand crack on the face above climb up on the face reaching to a right hand jug top out without DABing against the back wall. Very nice line....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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