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Boulder Ruckle


Climbs 217 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude 22m a.s.l – Faces S

Crag features
A good selection of routes in the VS to HVS range as well as a few harder challenges. Committing abseil approach and difficult escape typical of the Ruckle. Mostly non-tidal.

Access notes
No climbing on parts of the crag, 1 Mar-31 Jul due to nesting birds.

Walk down the tarmac road from Durlston Car Park then head west (right - looking out) along the coast path. A cliff-top track runs below this and the abseil stakes are found near this lower path. The first area arrived at takes a 10 minute walk and the furthest area takes 20 minutes. 14 fence posts after the first stone wall passed on the Coast Path, a small path leads straight down to a large tubular ‘Old Faithful’ abseil stake (with back up). This is 200m from the lighthouse and leads to a larged fin-backed boulder.
Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

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South West Climbs - Volume 1 (2012), Dorset (2012), West Country Climbs (2010), Dorset Route Database (2000),
Out of print: Dorset 2005 - Fax19 (2005), Dorset 2000 - Fax11 (2000)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
2Paradise StreetS 4b *4
3SiriusE3 5b *19
4Wild at HeartE4 6a 1
5Punks in PowerE5 6b **2
6The Lean MachineE5 6a ***30
7Surge ControlE5 6b **5
8The Roaring BoysE6 6b * 
9Apex CornerE1 5a, 4c 6
10Charge of the Wild HorsemenE1 5b 2
11Charge of the Light BrigadeE1 5b 2
12High NoonE2 5b 2
13Primrose HillE1 5a 2
15Le Jaune MechaniqueE4 5c *1
16BarracudaE4 5c **32
17Tuna LickE5 6a  
18Ocean BoulevardE3 5b ***149
19Mother AfricaE4 6a ***43
20The Great Hunter House Milk RobberyE4 6a *1
21Wall of the WorldsE5 6a ***49
22The Last Hurrah of the Golden HordeE3 5c 8
23The RampS 4a 23
24The White RabbitVS **2
25The Mad HatterVS 4c *2
26Indian PacificE5 6a ** 
27The First Och Aye of the Tartan ArmyE3 5b *1
28Screaming Blue MessiahE3 6a  
29Queen of CarpE5 6b  
30Old Ghosts (Scare Me Most)E3 6a 2
31JonahVS 4b 11
32Road to RuinE2 5b 1
33In TriplicateHVS 5b 1
34Due Care and AttentionHS 4a 18
35Displacement ActivityE1 5b 2
36HigginsVS 4c 10
37Jericho GrooveHS 4b *159
39Cold ComfortHVS 4c 1
40Cold Comfort VariationVS 4b *1
41VicissitudeVS 4c 4
42Black SunshineHVS 4c *161
43Dark Side of the SunE1 5b, 5a **29
44Nassty SpiderE2 5c *23
45AventuraHVS 4c **217
46Judgement DayE2 5c 4
47Death is a GiftHVS 5a 12
48Bottomless ButtressHS 4b *282
49The Red QueenHVS 4b *2
50The Dead Can't JudgeHVS 4c *3
51AndycapHVS 4b, 4c 2
52TimHS 7
53Silhouette AreteVS 4c **195
54The FinE5 6a **1
55Cima PetiteE4 6a **2
56LukeE1 5b 2
57RhinoHVS 4c,4c 6
58Tomorrow's GriefVS 4c 23
59FetishHVS 5a 3
60MidgeE2 5b 2
61The CorpseE1 5a 1
62MoonrakerVS 5a 4
64Sun StreetsE2 5c **16
65SnowdropE1 5b *24
66St. Elmo's FiréE3 5c **12
67ThunderballHVS 5a ***108
68JoHVS 5a ***170
69ThorHVS 5b *11
70Relax and SwingE5 6a ***2
71Sardine SpecialE5 6b * 
72Jug IndexE4 6b * 
73Future PrimitiveE4 6b * 
74DogwatchE3 5c 2
75Coral SlabsE3 5c 2
76MongooseE3 5b 2
77RainbowVS 4b 3
78AspVS 4c **23
79EnosVS 4c 2
80Mr PunchE1 4c/5a *2
81Cloud NineHVS *5
82Hard Day's NightHVS 4c 3
84Prayers for RainE3 5c *2
85The Grim ReaperE1 5a *21
86Alas, Poor YorickE4 6a * 
87ScytheE3 5b *3
88Talking to the AngelE4 6a 1
89Razor Blade SmileE5 6c * 
90Blow the House Down (rockfall 2014)E3 5c *1
91Gold FeverE4 5c * 
92IliumE1 5b 2
93Larus (pre 2008 Rockfall)HS 4b *18
94Larus (reclimbed after 2008 rockfall)E1 5b 4
95Joe 90E5 6a **4
96Flying FinishE2 5b *13
97Alice (flying fish to Buccaneer link up)E2 5b *2
98Billy PiggE1 5b **77
99RattlerE1 5b *26
100Fish SupperE3 5c *9
101SinbadE1 5b **66
102Mickey MouseE3 6a ***22
103BuccaneerE2 5b ***91
104IshmaelE3 5b 1
105CutlassE5 6a * 
106Bosun's WallHVS 5a *16
107Coxwain's RouteVS 4c 2
108SheerlineVS 4c 10
109KittiwakeVS 4b 5
110DiagonalHVS 5a,4c 12
111High Tide and Green GrassVS 5a 7
112No DiagonalHVS 5a *2
113DandruffHVS 4c  
 Climb nameGradex
114Smokestack LighteningE1 5b 2
116Koo-KooE2 5c *6
117RIPHVS 4c 11
118Wide Awake in AmericaE6 6b **1
119Sweet and SourVS 4c 3
120Boatpusher's AreteE4 6a *1
121Finale GrooveHVS 4c ***423
122The Cheshire CatHVS 4c **1
123Rif RafHVS 5a/5b 2
124'B' LineVS 5a 49
125Buzz LightyearHVS 5a **41
126Sweet SAVS 5a *87
127Sea LionHVS 5b, 4b *4
128All Guns BlazingE3 6a *5
129The Heidelberg CreatureVS 4c **242
130The CaterpillarE2 5b **1
131Children of the SunE2 5b *7
132The ToolE2 5b **48
133The Tool ( Bad workmen Finish)E3 5b *2
134Man or MuppetE2 5c *1
135Bert and ErnieE2 5b *5
136Promotion to GloryE3 6a *1
137Tatra DirectE2 5c 8
138Vysoke Tatry (Tatra Direct - new top pitch)E2 5b/c **6
139Tatra (before 2014 rockfall)VS 5a **214
140Tatra (after 2014 rockfall)E1 5b **15
141Marmolata AreteE4 6a *3
142Marmolata ButtressE3 5c **27
143Marmolata CombinationE2 5b **26
144MarmolataE2 5c 7
145The Mock TurtleE2 5b **2
147Director's GrooveHVS 5a *90
148Director's Groove / Ashes and Diamonds comboVS 4c 5
149FreddyE2 5c 3
150Ashes and DiamondsE1 5b 26
151Windy CityE1 5a 10
152Canned HeatE1 5b 7
153Lightning WallHVS 4c ***382
154Lightning Wall DirectHVS 5a/b ***5
155ElysiumE1 5b ***249
156The Adventures of Portland BillE2 5b **34
157BrisingamenE5 6b *2
158Singing WindsE4 6a **18
159Dune DustE3 6a **18
160Thunder GrooveHVS 5b *96
161GypsyE2 5b ***134
162StrongbowE1 5b **80
163VorticesE2 5c **28
164The MaceE5 6b * 
165AcapulcoE4 6a **10
166StrophanthinHVS 5a 16
167The PlanetE3 5c **10
168White DwarfE2 5c *7
169XimenesE2 5c ***44
170Tiger MothE1 5b 4
171The MutinyE1 5b 1
172GimcrackVS 4b 33
173QuasimodoHVS 5a 2
174Leave It to the BirdsE3 5c 1
175Fury 161E1 5b 1
176VictoriaVS 4c/5a 3
177Winters TaleE3 5c 1
179October LadyE1 5b *34
180Ice QueenE5 6a **1
181Sun KingE4 6a *5
182JasperHVS 4c *58
183NunentityHVS 5a 5
184Via ConcordiaE2 5b *5
185Big BerthaE2 5c *7
186Old FaithfulVS 4c **196
187Nineteen to the DozenHVS 5a *7
188Baker's DozenVS 4c 22
189Black CrackHVS 5a *10
190ArgoHVS 5a *30
191The Ancient MarinerE2 5b **3
192The Golden FleeceHVS 5a **58
193Moose's ToothE3 6a **6
194BehemothHVS 5a ***105
195Soul SacrificeE3 5b ***39
196On Life's EdgeE4 6a * 
197White HorseE1 5b *10
198Dublin PacketHVS 5a/b **7
199Anger is an EnergyE5 6b * 
200PoseidonHVS 4a,5a 4
201HermesVS 4c 6
202SparkyE5 6b * 
203Let the Punka BurnE3 6a *1
204Too PreciousE6 6b ** 
205LaurenceE2 5b *2
206PrudenceHVS 5b **30
207GanymedeE1 5b **15
208In the Heat of the NightHVS 5b 1
210CallistoHVS 5b *7
211InsectitudeVS 4c 5
212Airy LegsVS 4c *49
213Nutcracker Exit 2HVS 4c *36
214InsecticideE1 5b *5
215WarriorsE1 5b *15
216WarHVS 5a 22
217IntersectionS 36
218The Long GoodbyeHVS 4c *24
219Seventh WaveVS 5a *18
220Second SightVS 5a 15
221Loony on the LooseE2 5c 1
222The Boulder Ruckle Girdle TraverseE1  
223The Roaring Forties *E2 5b 1
224Jugs in Space *E4 6a 1
225Springbok RouteVS 4c 1
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in all likelyhood t-shirt weather
uncontrollable - 08/Dec/12

does anyone know what, this place is like in January?
konna - 14/Jan/12

Do NOT rely on Larus as an escape route, or a route for that matter. Easiest solid route in Boulder Ruckle Central is now E1. The rockfall appears to extend close to the break and belay half way up. May affect routes immediately left of Larus (only in CC guide) as well.
IainAM - 31/Aug/09

I meant Larus HS
lmarenzi - 07/May/08

Abbed in off Marmolata Buttress on May 2nd. Either my eyesight is going or what used to be Jason HS is now mostly part of the boulders in the sea.
lmarenzi - 05/May/08