Pukepohatu/Bald Rock

(17 routes)

Place info

Pukepohatu/Bald Rock

(17 routes)

Introduction
Th is is another outcrop that many northbound climbers would have ogled at and maybe even investigated, but little was recorded until Alan Hill made a number of forays there in 1991. Thanks to Alan for providing most of the route descriptions.
Climbing notes
The dome is sandstone, and while soft with the odd loose block it is generally sound. To date, this is solely natural pro territory, with climbs usually following obvious cracks or linking gaps between cracks. Belay anchors may be difficult to find, but most routes are walk off . There is heaps of potential here for some great slab and face routes, but they will require extensive cleaning and bolting, along with a bit more track clearing.
Bouldering
Little bouldering has been done. The Upper West and Summit Slabs show promise for bouldering or solo routes, but would need cleaning first.

  • 238m

    Altitude

Type: 
Crag
Altitude: 
238m

Introduction
Th is is another outcrop that many northbound climbers would have ogled at and maybe even investigated, but little was recorded until Alan Hill made a number of forays there in 1991. Thanks to Alan for providing most of the route descriptions.
Climbing notes
The dome is sandstone, and while soft with the odd loose block it is generally sound. To date, this is solely natural pro territory, with climbs usually following obvious cracks or linking gaps between cracks. Belay anchors may be difficult to find, but most routes are walk off . There is heaps of potential here for some great slab and face routes, but they will require extensive cleaning and bolting, along with a bit more track clearing.
Bouldering
Little bouldering has been done. The Upper West and Summit Slabs show promise for bouldering or solo routes, but would need cleaning first.

Access: 

The dome is easily spotted on State Highway One a few kilometres north of Kaiwaka or south of Brynderwyn. It is on private land (the Coates
Estate), but there is no need to call beforehand for permission for access.
To reach the crag take Bald Rock Road for about 1km and look for the parking area. A walking track follows the old quarry road across a stream and comes out on the north side of the dome. Be ready for a steep 30 min walk.
Gorse was rampant near the summit when many of these routes were first climbed – it’s possible it has been overtaken by bush, but be prepared for a prickly bushbash to find the routes.

NZMS260: 
Q08 407 638
Topo50: 
AY30 301 021
Reference Name Grade Quality Length Comments Actions
15
0
22m
Natural gear required
  On the Lower West Slab. A vegetated weakness follows a rising left to right line across the slab. Follow this, and above the overlap move right, up a few metres, then back to the corner and top.

Alan Hill, Stuart Smith 1991

Attribution: 
Paul Hersey.

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Wall Northeast Slabs (9 routes)
Wall Summit Slab (2 routes)
Wall South Buttress (2 routes)
Wall Upper West Slab (3 routes)
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