Alex W 01/2021
Danny Wade and I did Crescent Bay to Remarkable Cave in a big half day with kayak support from Leigh Redding. It took 8hrs, it was a light NE wind with about 1-2m of swell. I think it was up to grade 16 however we may have swam and kelp walked some of the harder sections. The climbing was fun, there was mostly deep water however some sections with rocks and ledges. I would say an EPIRB, kayak support and confident good weather forecast are essential. Both a bit tired from the weekends activities we slept in and went highlining and only got to the carpark around midday. Sharing Danny's scooter to Cresent bay we bombed the hills bare chested with grins ear to ear. Danny said that we could bail out before we committed to Dauntless - but after seeing the chossy escape gully I think this is best done all in one go. There was a couple dicey swims before getting to Mt Brown and the climbing was mostly slab. Going into Mt Brown was the best bit by far, about 10m up on steep terrain with jugs and really deep water for quite a while, passing the I've Heard It All Before anchors. However the friendly deep water becomes less friendly when you are swimming underneath Mt Brown and it was very nice having a kayak with us as I felt like less of a small fish doggy paddling next to it. Dauntless was pretty fun mostly slab climbing. As we got back to Remarkables we were watching perfect 3ft right tubes roll through the cove so I hopped on the back of Leighs kayak to share some crystal caverns and top off a great afternoon.
Jon Nermut 03/19:
A full traverse of Dauntless Point has not quite been achieved, but all sections have been covered. It is quite short, but very serious, due to unpredictable conditions and big cliffs.
A number of short sections of this point were traversed by Hamish and I in the early days of climbing development in the area (early to mid 1990s). About the only sections of rock not covered in these early days was the section between the Furnace and Hades, and the long section from the join with Mt Brown out to the climb Inferno. Later (I'm not sure which order this happened), Nick Hancock traversed the Land's End section around to Hades, and Hamish and I attempted a full traverse, starting from where Dauntless Point joins with Mt Brown.
The attempt by Hamish and I was eventually aborted at the tip of the point (which Hamish had earlier traversed in the mid 1990's) after a series of problems, including being tumbled for a good 50m along a rocky trough by a freak wave, a whirlpool, a shark and severe cold (wetsuit hood only, in May, in the ocean). Possibly the shark and whirpool were not as dangerous as they seemed at the time.
The seas here are extremely exposed, with only a small minority of days being suitable for safe traversing. It has a real ocean feel: the day of our attempt was amongst the quietest conditions I'd seen in dozens of visits, and yet freak variations in the swell was still capable of washing us off the cliff several metres above the usual sea level. The cliffs are quite high (around 90m), with big features. There are a number of smooth sections and caves, where swimming is essentially forced. Generally the rock quality is superb, although the rock is of variable quality on higher sections of the cliff.
The even more intimidating traverse of Mt Brown also awaits ascent.
Only the first photo shows actual traversing: the others just show the coast that is traversed.