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Duck Head

One of Nova Scotia's most picturesque bouldering destinations that is only a shadow of it's former glory, but still has lots to offer the adventurous climber, and home to one of Nova Scotia's most aesthetic boulder problem - Hydropower

1. Roof Problem SDS V1
Starting under the roof sitting on the giant lower boulder, start on big jug.

2. Warm-ups V0-V1
Climb the well featured side of the giant boulder. Lots of variations.

3. Donald Duck V0
Right side of high slab.

4. Sou'wester V3
A fun climb if tall, elimination, bulging slab is your thing. Big jug to right of the top-out is supposedly out - that's the rules.

5. Loony V4 SDS
Hard start from crimps with high dangerous victory lap.

6. X-Rated SDS V6 
A little taste of what Duck Head offered in it's former glory. Smizzle is still crying himself to sleep.
The blocky pinch broke in 2018, slightly raising the difficulty, and sightly lowering the quality...

7. Blakney's Corner V3
Up face at end of big boulder.

8. Fog Burner V1
Nice high slab climbing on thin edges

9. Velvet Fog V0
Beautiful feature and unique climb on fresh granite. Follows large rail to exciting topout.

10. Hydropower V10 SDS
Starts underneath overhanging face of boulder, compress your way out and then transition to face/arete for tall finish. Nova Scotia's most aesthetic hard boulder problem. (FA Ben Blakney 2011)

11. High Tide V10
One of the few remaining classics at Duck Head not destroyed in the storm. Unfortunately, a mess of broken boulders prevents climbing it, but who knows in time...


Duck head suffered a devastating storm in 2010 which destroyed most of the classic roof climbing. Here are a few of the lines documented on video.

1. Comfort Zone V9  

2. Z-haul V9 

3. Shake and Bake