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Turtle

 

Page Type: Route

Location: Singapore, Asia

Lat/Lon: 1.35470°N / 103.77640°E

Object Title: Turtle

Route Type: Technical Rock Climb

Time Required: Less than two hours

Difficulty: 5.8 / 5a

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Page By: Rockopotamus

Created/Edited: Feb 11, 2004 / Feb 11, 2004

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The Numbers


Route: Sport
Grade: 5.8 / 5a
Distance: 25 meters / 81 feet

Approach


Dairy Farm Quarry is located at the very Northern part of the Bukit Timah nature preserve. You can take the same public transportation but continue until you reach the the Dairy Farms Estate area. There is a bus stop about 100 meters before the intersection and the drivers were always willing to let us know where to depart the bus. Use the pedestrian overpass and head to the intersection of Upper Bukit Timah Expressway and Dairy Farm Road. Turn right and head up the road about 200 meters. There are two small asphalt roads, take the one that runs perpendicular to the Dairy Farm Road. The asphalt road eventually turns into a dirt road and narrows a bit. The quarry is between a 1,000 and 1500 meters off the main road. You are surrounded by thick forest and vegatation along the path and it is not wise to venture off the path (big snakes) as one of our climbers found out. As you enter the quarry it is split into two separate formations. The formation on the left hand side has is line with thick vegatation and trees. There is the large break in the trees and the section of rock protruding through is the Direct section. Follow the trail past the Direct section and walk about a quarter mile. There should be a large opening in the trees and vegatation and the section located within is the ABCD section.


Route Description


The route Turtle is a Sport route and and is located to the far right of the wall about twenty feet from the starting position of Zero Gully. The length of Turtle is 25 meters or 81 feet. It is rated as a 5.8 or 5a route, depending on the grading system you prefer. This sport route has 10 bolted points to the left of the dihedral you will ascend. There is a fixed anchor at the top. Additionally this route takes a bit of a curve to the belayers right but should not pose any problems. This route is also too protected by large trees that provide excellent shade, but has allowed quite an accumulation of moss along the base and portions of this route. The rock is very smooth granite and extremely slippery when wet!

Essential Gear


1. 50 or 60 Meter Rope.
2. Ten quick draws are sufficent.
3. Couple of locking biners for anchor.
4. Helmet (rocks have played the gravity game in this area)

Miscellaneous Info


There are no restroom facilities or running water of any type in or near this quarry. There is a trash recepticle by the bus stop. Please take all your trash with you when you leave. Climb On!