The Cathouse is one of the least accessible and least visited areas of Long Dong. The only bolts here are anchors. However, for the adventurous traditional climber, this is where it's at. A concentration of super high-quality routes ascend the cracks that break up this multi-tiered section of cliff.
The approach can be treacherous during high tides. If you're thinking of climbing here, scope the waves from the southern Golden Valley ledges. Some of the climbs start on the thin walkway itself, but the majority start on the ledge above. This ledge is set far above the waves, and is an extraordinary setting. If the seas are calm, you can even traverse around the base of this cliff towards the sea, and take a dip in the perfect self-contained pool.
The cliff faces east-southeast. Lots of morning sun, dipping into the shade in the early afternoon. It can be exposed to a lot of wind and spray, as well.
From the southern parking lot, descend the Golden Valley trail. When you find yourself at the base, turn right and head south past the Golden Valley climbs, until you have to climb a ramp up to the overhanging start of routes like Golden Shower. Continue past Tofu Tower and multi-pitch sport routes. Beware of waves and slick rock at high tide!
Routes like Catapult begin at a flat section of rock at the base of a wide, broken 20' dihedral. This is the approach to the main area, containg routes like BA Insanity. This section is 5.2ish, but can be treacherous with a big pack and crashing waves. Be careful.
If the seas are very calm, you can approach from Backdoor as well.
Weather station 7.2 miles from here
9 Total Routes
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BA Insanity 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Asia
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A very unique climb in which you stem between two opposing dihedrals before shooting up a slot in the rock and up to a scenic ledge. Start just in front of the refrigerator cave. Scramble up 20' of easy stone to the bigger cave, and let the adventure begin. Pass the Psycho Killer anchor bolts on your left, and continue through the roof. Beware of loose rock here. That handcrack in front of you really is as good as it looks... enjoy. After a few moves, face holds present themselves just ...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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