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Portland Bouldering © Tommy Harris

Crag features

The sprawling mass of boulders under the Cuttings cliffs provides an interesting and varied (if a little esoteric) bouldering venue. The development of the Cuttings Boulderfield coincided with the first commercially available bouldering mats and it is hard to imagine bouldering here without one. The high concentration of problems and generally smooth rock suit both circuits and sessioning. A bouldering mat is essential since the landings, whilst not overtly dangerous, tend to be rocky. The boulders are generally small in stature and sit-starts are the norm. The boulderfield can be conveniently divided into two main sectors - north and south. The southern sector sits below the ruined Rufus Castle and the New Cuttings. The northern sector extends beyond The Cuttings cliff. A continuous path links sectors and is referred to in this guide as the Main Boulderfield Path. Another path hugs the coastline around the perimeter of the boulderfield and we have referred to this as the coastal path. For those unfamiliar with the Boulderfield navigation can be difficult. It is best to stick to paths whenever possible. When going 'off-piste' the extensive areas of scree should be preferred over vegetated areas - the brambles and thorns are plentiful and unforgiving.

Approach notes

Drive through Easton towards Southwell to the Church Ope car park. Walk back up the road for 50m, and at the tiny Portland Museum, turn right onto Church Ope Road. Follow the road under an arch to a viewpoint - a flat area with some benches directly under Rufus Castle. From here, follow the approach to either the northern or southern sectors.

An alternative and popular approach is to use the often muddy track to the right of Mermaid House. This leads in turn to the wide track overlooking the Boulderfield - turn left for the northern sector or right for the southern sector.

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Dorset Bouldering

Dorset has emerged as a major bouldering area in recent years thanks to the hard work of a bunch of diligent locals who have combed the coastline seeking out every block, problem and traverse. In addition to the well known areas of the Cuttings, the Boulderfield and the Neddyfields, the book has extensive information on the West Coast of Portland, many more areas on the East Coast, plus Swanage and Lulworth. It describes over 1500 boulder problems on over 350 pages.
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Portland (2008)
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Church Ope Problems
2 Alchemy f5+ * 18
3 Aether f4+ * 29
4 The Groove f3 42
5 Earth f5 * 33
6 Fire f6A * 43
7 Air f6A ** 51
8 Water f6A ** 50
9 Phlogiston f5+ * 51
10 The Philosopher's Stone f6B ** 37
11 Terror Arête f6A * 11
12 Terror Traverse f6B ** 6
13 Terror Crack f5 * 25
14 Ménage a Trois f6A ** 48
15 Bordo Della Terra f7B *** 17
16 The Cutting Room f6C+ * 15
17 Line Your Pockets f6A+ ** 1
  Southern Boulders
19 Tin Man f4+ * 10
20 Tick and Tin f5+ * 10
21 Sisyphus Traverse f5+ * 19
22 Heartbleed f5+ ** 27
23 Cyber Panic f6A ** 22
24 The Chisel f6A * 20
25 Sans Gorilla f5 18
26 Shear Stress f5+ * 9
27 Force Member f6A * 7
28 A Moment in Time f6A * 5
29 Valerian f4+ * 53
30 Keep Off the Grass f3+ * 45
31 Shapur f5+ * 49
32 Battle of Edessa f5 * 46
33 Sassanid Supremacy f5 * 47
34 Underground f4+ * 5
35 Anasazi Lost f7A ** 48
36 Fakir f5 47
37 Espresso Martini f7A 8
38 Seven Fish f6B *** 57
39 Double Espresso f7A+ * 3
40 Black Airag f5 * 8
41 Empire of Silver f6B * 3
42 Bones of the Hills f6B+ * 5
43 Wolf of the Plains f6B+ * 4
44 The Cold Face f6A 7
45 Nighttime, Daytime f7A+ * 9
46 The £100 Pork Scratching f6A * 38
47 Swoop and Scoop f6A * 23
48 The Howeller f6B * 31
49 Defilade f5+ * 40
50 Ladies Night f7B ** 23
51 Staunch, Bru f6A ** 38
52 Pockets f6A * 18
53 Jam Eater f5+ 23
  Central Ridge Boulders
55 Day One f6A+ * 5
56 Day Two f6A+ * 5
57 Perched Face f5 7
58 Perched Arête Left f6B * 4
59 Perched Arête f5 6
60 Perched Slab f3 10
61 E.T. f5+ * 37
62 The Three Princes of Serendip f6B ** 24
63 Serendipity Pattern f6A+ ** 26
64 Canada Dried f6A ** 41
65 Le Voie, Le Soleil f6A ** 18
66 Ajare f6C ** 3
67 Voodoo Ray f5+ 22
68 Odyssey to Anyoona f6A 9
69 Witch Doktor f6B * 15
70 Sound of Eden f6B+ * 3
71 True Faith f6C ** 3
72 Vernon's Wonderland f5+ 7
73 The Fly f6C ** 10
74 Rock and Robin f6B+ * 12
75 Round Robin f6C ** 11
76 Escape from Hades f6B+ * 6
77 The Edge of Hell f6A * 18
78 Make it Snappy f5+ 32
79 Boris the Crowbar f3 66
80 Snapping at Your Toes f6A 32
81 Juggy Traverse f3 * 55
82 Parky's Pitstop f3 61
83 Another Ton of Rock f4 63
84 Distant Fox f4 * 65
85 Noisy Bastards f3 56
86 Sunshine Traverse f4 54
87 Churchill f5+ * 5
88 Hogojiberry f7A+ ** 2
89 Indirect Line f7A ** 6
90 Deep Freeze f3 6
91 Snowflakes f6C+ ** 16
92 Snowflakes, Sit-start f7A+ ** 8
93 Avoiding the Issue f6A * 11
94 Timbo Dancer f6A+ * 4
95 Root of All Evil f5+ * 2
96 Kong Island * V5+ *** 1
97 King f6C ** 11
98 Kong f7A ** 5
99 Pitch Fork f6A+ 3
100 Slapstick f6A * 6
  Topside and Bottomside
102 Acid House f7A+ ** 27
103 Moscow Mule f6B+ * 1
104 Glue f6B+ * 7
105 Glue, Sit-start f6C *  
106 Filth f6B+ 1
107 Hard Porno f6C  
108 Porno f6B+ 4
109 Banana Infused f6B+ * 1
110 A Viable Alternative f5+ 1
111 The Ramp f3 33
112 Blue Skies f5+ * 157
113 Blue Skies, Sit-start f6B * 32
114 Jo's Arête f5 * 213
115 Jo's Arête, Sit-start f6B * 40
116 Nu Breed f5+ * 144
117 Nu Breed, Sit-start f6C ** 177
118 Simples f5+ * 33
119 Pleasant Greetings f7A * 49
120 Global Underground f5+ 40
121 Global Underground, Sit-start f6B+ * 4
122 DT5 f6B+ *  
123 Rocky and Diesel f6A *** 197
124 Made in the Shade f6B * 59
125 Slim Shady f3 35
126 Plain Awkward f6B 11
127 The Terminator f7A ** 130
128 Africa f6B+ * 8
129 The Rift f5+ 15
130 Anvil Arête f3 114
131 Hammer Time f4 * 199
132 Hammer Time Sit-start f4+ * 68
133 Smash 'n' Grab f5+ * 25
134 Smash 'n' Grab Sit-Start f6B * 23
135 The Anvil f5 * 141
136 The Anvil, Sit-start f5+ * 58
137 Breaking Rocks f5 * 124
138 Breaking Rocks, Sit-start f5+ * 46
139 Anvil Traverse f6A * 7
140 Rumour Mill f7A * 4
141 Just Another Lip Traverse f5+ 5
142 Gunmetal Slab Left f3 * 42
143 Gunmetal Slab Right f3 * 48
144 Man Hug f6A * 25
145 Bear Hug f6B+ ** 27
146 Grizzly Style f7A ** 46
147 Stress Fracture f6A * 17
148 Pinky Power f7A * 89
149 Pinky Powerless f6A 44
150 Full Power f7A+ * 10
151 V1 Mantel f6A+ * 12
152 The Prow f6B * 54
153 Liquid Sun f7A+ *** 29
154 Liquid Sunshine f7B+ *** 20
155 Storm Running f7A ** 16
156 Rain Dodging f6B * 49
157 Rain Dodging Lower Left Start f7A+ 18
158 A Bracing Dampness f6B+ * 22
159 Firefight f7B * 4
160 Storm Front f6B * 3
161 Nice Tree Arête f5+ * 7
  Block Road Area
163 Masons Arête f6A+ * 3
164 Secret Handshake f6C ** 28
165 Hot Ride f7A+ ** 33
166 Claustrophobia f6A * 2
167 Gasoline and Apple Pie f6B+ 7
168 Up to Our Old Tricks f5+ 21
169 Off to Cham f6A+ 5
170 Tim's Traverse f6A+ * 12
171 Jump and Mantel f5+ * 20
172 Days of Colour f6A * 24
173 In-filler f5+ 20
174 Polyfiller f6A * 24
175 Filler-In f5+ 23
176 Halfway Slab f3 37
177 Thrupenny Bits f4+ * 68
178 Bristol Cities f4+ * 68
179 Halfway Traverse f5 35
Climb name Grade
180 Stake Night f6A+ *  
181 Buffy f5+ 14
182 Spike f5+ * 16
183 The Last Spike f5 *  
184 Harmageddon f6C+ ** 2
185 Genedefekt f5+ * 22
186 Green Velvet f6C 2
187 La La Land f6A 18
188 Minimum Rage f6B * 15
189 Waiting for the Day to End f6B+ 5
190 Souless f6B 3
191 Soulful f6B * 18
192 Southern Soul f6C *** 63
193 Uncle Ben's f5+ * 31
194 Non-stick f6A * 45
195 Lonely Vigil f4+ 135
196 Tommy Cliffhanger f5+ * 61
197 Tommy Cliffhanger, Sit-start f6A+ 7
198 One for the Road f7A ** 2
199 Toll Booth Arête f5+ * 59
200 Toll Booth Arête, Sit-start f6C+ ** 40
201 The Dominator f5+ * 48
202 The Dominator, Sit-start f6B 40
203 Cotoneastrophe f5+ 10
204 Memory Lapse f6A+ ** 13
205 Forget-me-not f4 * 12
206 Doogy Howser Gets Laid f6B 9
207 Doogy Howser Gets VD f6C+ * 6
208 Lightning Strike f7A+ *** 133
209 Relativity f7A *** 165
210 Faraday's Cage f7A+ *** 14
211 Teleforce f7A ** 28
212 Electrostatic f5+ 18
213 Over the Line f3 63
214 Streamline f6A ** 108
215 Streamline, Sit-start f6B ** 185
216 Plumbline f7A+ ** 2
217 Behind Enemy Lines f5+ 24
218 Tunnel Slab f3 87
219 Bling, Bling f6C * 93
220 Pornographic Beats f6C+ ** 39
221 Tunnel Vision f6A * 20
222 In Ya Face f6B+ * 80
223 Right In Ya Face f7A ** 28
224 Fart Right in Your Face f7A+ ** 1
225 Van Diesel f6B+ * 2
226 Van Rouge f6C * 5
227 Van Blanc f7A * 14
228 Van Dal f4 6
229 Van Man f4+ * 8
230 Van Dyke f6A * 6
231 Achilles Heel f6B * 52
232 Achilles Heel Direct f6B+ 11
233 The Scene f6B ** 53
234 A Wing or a Prayer f6C *** 6
235 Hello Sailor! f6A * 51
236 The Fear f5 * 60
237 I Don't Lichen it f6A 11
238 Bird Shit Slab f5 21
239 Bird Shit Arête f6A * 15
240 Spiked f6A *  
241 Spike Slab f5 *  
  Under Bower Area
243 Stay off the Weed f7A+ * 7
244 Tension Set f7C+ *** 12
245 You Can Go Now f8B 5
246 Rough As f4+ * 10
247 A Bit of Rough f5+ * 15
248 Rough Building Worker f4 * 18
249 Rough Luck f5+ * 10
250 White Tip f4+ 17
251 Jaws f6A * 13
252 Great White f5+ * 20
253 Hammerhead f3 ** 27
254 Bower Saving f3 * 6
255 If You're Passing f4+ * 4
256 Bowerbird f6A * 7
257 Low Bower f6A ** 7
258 Proximity Flying f6B * 2
259 Bower Power f5 * 9
260 Bower Up f4 12
261 Queen Bee f6C * 8
262 The Coefficient of Friction f6C 2
263 The Grinder f6B+ * 1
264 Above and Beyond f6B+ **  
  The Congo
266 The Strengthy and Reachy Show f6A 2
267 The Strengthy and Reachy Show, Stand-up V0+ 2
268 Over the Shoulder Boulder Holder f5+ * 1
269 Shoulder Arête f4 4
270 Head Arête Direct f4 3
271 Head Arête f5 1
272 Soggy Brain f5+ * 2
273 Goodbye Sweet Hat f6C+ 1
274 Back of The Head f4 2
275 One Tree Hole f6C+ * 1
276 Swamp Bromance V4 ** 1
277 Ant Hill Traverse f6A * 1
278 Ant Hill Escape f6B 2
279 Ant Hill Escape, Stand Start
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V2 3
280 Tare a Pin V3 1
281 Tight as a Mouse's Ear f6C+  
282 Secretly Canadian f6A * 3
283 The Canadian f5+ * 3
284 Canadian Rage f6B ** 3
285 14 Years BC f6C+ ** 2
286 Beast of the Boulderfield f6C ** 1
287 Shallow Grave f6C+ ** 2
288 Earth Works f6C ** 2
289 36 Days a Lion f6B ** 1
290 Making Hay f4+ * 7
291 A Break in the Weather f5+ * 6
292 A Cut Below the Rest f5 * 6
293 Wet Socks f4+ ** 8
294 Indecent Exposure f4+ * 6
  Upper Stone Hut Area
296 Sliding Hope f6B * 1
297 Hope Slide Left f7A ** 1
298 Hope Slide f7A *** 7
299 Stoked f7B+ ** 2
300 Cheese Grater f7A ** 4
301 Grate Escape f6B+ * 3
302 Napalm f6A 16
303 I'm a Swinger Baby, Yeah f6A * 11
304 Tripomatic Fairytales f6B+ * 6
305 Downwards Spiral f6B+ * 4
306 Once Underground f6B 2
307 The Caledonian f4+ 2
308 Sub Zero f6B+ * 1
309 Absolute Zero f6C * 1
310 Eco Terrorists f6B+ * 11
311 Cat Killer f6B *** 91
312 Nine Lives Lost f6B * 22
313 Tour de Bloc f6B+ * 8
314 Destroyed by Vandals f6B+ * 3
315 Created by Visigoths f6C ** 5
316 Sacking of Home f6A * 5
317 Sausage Fingers f6C+ *  
318 Jabba The Hut f4+ * 37
319 Ouch Left f6B * 8
320 Ouch! f6B+ * 29
321 Southwest Arête f5+ * 51
322 Up to the Pod f4+ * 31
323 Southeast Arête f6A 51
324 Jurassic Slab Arête f3 * 33
325 Jurassic Slab f3 * 76
326 Hut Arête f4+ * 29
327 Attempted Suicide f6A 5
328 Assisted Suicide f5 12
329 Corridors of Power f5+ * 9
330 A Dog's Life f5+ * 2
331 The Longest Winter f5+ * 3
332 Forever Cold f5 * 3
333 The Landman Project f7A+ * 11
334 The Landman Project, Sit-start f8A+ *  
335 Workaholic f8A ** 1
336 Workshy f7B ** 11
337 Behind the Bike Sheds f5+ 3
338 Warm-up Arête Right f4+ 61
339 Neal's Problem f5+ * 89
340 One in Ten f5+ 73
341 Deputy Donut f4+ * 126
342 Sheriff Fat Man f5+ 110
343 Big Society f5+ 13
344 Homer Simpson f5 * 86
345 Community Service f5+ * 18
346 Warm-up Escape f4 75
347 Warm-up Wall f5 69
348 Warm-up Arête Left f4 77
349 Grave Robbing f5+ 7
350 Don't Touch Me f6B+ * 4
351 Six Feet Under f5+ * 8
352 Roach Traverse f6B+ * 3
353 Ken Barlow f6A * 4
354 Cucaracha f4 2
355 Crimea River f6C+ ** 2
356 Putin up a Fight f6C * 2
357 Choose Wisely f4+ * 3
358 Old School f4 * 3
Climb name Grade
359 The Last Lip f6C * 3
360 V for Vendetta f6C+ ** 86
361 Norsefire f6A * 45
362 Norsefire, Stand-up f4+ * 33
363 Hung Out to Dry f5+ * 76
364 Sundance f5+ ** 103
365 Super Nova f3 * 87
366 Sun Spot f4+ * 95
367 Wolf Number f3 * 96
368 Boulder Brolly f5+ 6
369 Exit Denied f6A 3
370 Into the Sun f6A * 36
371 Coronal Mass Ejection f6C ** 93
372 By the Edge of Reason f6C * 5
373 NANUQ f7B+ ** 1
374 Years Around the Sun f7A+ ** 107
375 Before Ava Arrives f8A ** 11
376 Lost Decade f7A ** 174
377 Lamb Shank f6B+ * 40
378 Rolling Stones f6A 45
379 Thanks for the Cash f6B+ 10
380 Dickhead Plumber f7A * 20
381 The Lip Traverse f6A ** 102
382 The Lip Traverse, Sit-start f6C * 14
383 Pop Start f6A ** 30
384 The Crack f4+ ** 201
385 The Crack, Sit-start f5+ *** 53
386 The Arête f6A * 127
387 The Arête, Sit-start f6A+ ** 37
388 Apex f4+ 2
389 Little Slab f4 18
390 Blood Bath f6C * 13
391 Baby Bath f6B *  
392 Trout Pout f6B * 62
393 Petty Thief f7A ** 63
394 Petty Thief Feet First V4 **  
395 Split Lip f7A+ ** 40
396 Lip Service f7A+ * 13
397 Cavity Search f7A+ *** 35
398 Petty Thief, Lip Start f6A * 86
399 Split Lip, Lip Start f6B+ * 66
400 Lip Service, Lip Start f6C * 8
401 Cavity Search, Lip Start f6B+ * 29
402 Super Petty Thief f7A+ * 2
403 Super Split Lip f7B * 1
404 Super Lip Service f7B+ * 1
  Lower Stone Hut Area
406 Canine f5 16
407 Incisor f5 18
408 Little Bones f5 * 11
409 Low Ground Clearance f6A+ * 9
410 Ferdinand Magellan f5+ * 33
411 The Pocket Traverse f6A * 38
412 Leif Ericson f6C+ * 2
413 Christopher Columbus f7A+ ** 12
414 Super Christopher Columbus f7B * 1
415 Tufty f6A ** 170
416 Virgin Albino f7A ** 20
417 Crouching Start, Hidden Agenda f6B+ *** 159
418 Vasco de Gama f6C ** 32
419 Hard Labour f5+ *** 221
420 Captain Cook f6A ** 151
421 The World's Best Mono II! f6C ** 64
  Glitter Gulch
423 Camel Toe f5+ * 2
424 Camelot f4+ * 2
425 Got the Hump f3 * 2
426 Deserted f5 * 2
427 The Guillotine f6B+ * 2
428 Blood Blister f6B+ * 2
429 Bloodsucker f6B+ * 2
430 Blood Loss f5+ 2
431 Far Side f4 * 4
432 Far Groove f6A * 3
433 The Best Thing Since Sliced Flesh f6C+ ** 4
434 Crankcase f6B 2
435 Charity Case f3 * 4
436 Dust Storm f6A * 2
437 First Impressions f6A * 12
438 Canada Day f6B * 2
439 Silent Hill f6B+ * 7
440 Edge of Darkness f6A * 3
441 The Dark Side f5 3
442 Lower Half of a Woman f6C * 3
443 Neil Armstrong f7A ** 71
444 Lance Armstrong f6B+ * 17
445 Lemon Jelly f6B ** 50
446 Lemon Jelly w/Block f6A * 16
447 Bag o' Shite f6B 8
448 The Death of Kings f6C ** 18
449 Dreaming of Milly f5+ *  
450 Grafenberg f6C+ * 21
451 Dirty Toe Rag f7A *  
452 Shark Bait f6A ** 13
453 Dug f4+ * 29
454 Dig f6A * 31
455 T.T.T. f6A 17
456 Big Wall f6A * 19
457 Stubble Struggle f7A * 1
458 9.82 Excuses f6A ** 3
459 Declassified f7A+ *** 33
460 It's a Path f4+ * 3
461 Choose Your Path f4+ * 2
462 Driven by Obsession f6B+ * 2
463 Dusty Rainbow f4+ * 2
464 The Little Black Terrorist f5+ * 7
465 Dragon Chasers f6A * 3
466 Poxey Boulder f6A * 4
467 Sitting Down on the Job f4 8
468 Climber Reviver f4 5
469 Slippery When Wet f4+ * 3
470 Bar Bar Black Sheep f6A ** 2
471 Warren Beatty f6B * 1
472 Tangtastic f6C * 1
473 Diamond Solitaire f5+ * 11
474 Rising Damp f5+ * 2
475 A Touch of Scouse f5+ * 3
476 Bugs f6A+ * 3
477 Bad Blood f4+ 5
478 Dog Days f6B * 4
479 Gastric Bandits f5 * 3
480 Eat, Sleep, Climb, Repeat f4 4
481 The Magic Porridge Pot f4 4
482 Left Hook f6B+ * 15
483 Technical Knockout f6A+ 14
484 Smoking Joe f7A * 21
485 Right Hook f6B+ ** 14
486 Southpaw f6B ** 11
487 Banana Pancakes f6B * 18
488 Full English, Left f6C+ ** 8
489 Full English f6B+ ** 12
490 The Hand of God f5+ 11
491 The Hand of Tim f5+ 11
492 Known Unknowns f4 11
493 Unknown Unknowns f4 9
494 Remember the Lost f6B+ * 5
495 Develop Incognito f6B+ * 6
496 Unknown Developer f5+ * 10
497 Architect Anonymous f5+ * 8
498 Unknown Traverse f6B+ * 2
499 Uncharted f6B * 6
500 Once Too Deep f3 * 11
501 Over Exuberant Excavation f3 * 11
502 Point Load f6A * 4
503 Spicy Traverse f5 * 5
504 Sitzpinker f5+ * 6
505 Hounds of Darkness f6A * 4
506 Mutilation of the Herms f6B * 4
507 Bathos f5 * 5
508 Sophistical Contrivances f6C * 3
509 Threadworm f5+ * 5
510 Threadless f5 * 5
511 Threadbare f6A+ * 5
512 Public Inquiry f6A+ * 3
  East Weares Beach
514 High Heels and Lowlifes f6C ** 1
515 Plebs Like Me f6B+ * 1
516 The Gift of Being Gullible f6B * 1
517 Smart Phones, Stupid People f5+ * 1
518 Boulders Don't Kill People, Rabbits Do f6B ** 1
519 The World's Best Beagle f6A * 1
520 The Shag f6C * 1
521 The Cormorant f6B+ ** 3
522 The Old Ones Are the Best f3 * 2
523 Better With Age f3 * 2
524 Built to Last f3 * 2
525 Old Guys Rule f3 * 2
526 Tough As Old Boots f4 * 2
527 Dead Man's Toes f3 * 2
528 The Performer f6B+ * 1
529 The Contortionist f6B+ * 1
  The White Tower
531 Banner in the Sky f4+ * 22
532 The White Tower f6A ** 21
533 And Not to Yield f6B *** 15
534 Space Below My Feet f4+ * 9
535 Flight of the Condor f6A ** 9
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