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Tascmaster Wall

(26 routes)

The long wall further south from the Southern Bluffs and buttresses visible from the TASC Lodge. As a result of lava flows cooling on contact with ice, the crag has horizontal columns and blocks in the steep orange rock of the Fire and Ice area. Explored extensively during the NZAC Summer Camp at TASC January 2015 by the Garrity family and others. Offers full-pitch, moderate trad routes at either end of the crag on blocky ground, and a couple of bolted lines in the middle. With scope for more routes with some appealing lines on the steeper, smooth orange rock, this crag promises to be a nice lower-grade complement to the Wall of Sound. Boulders on top allow anchors to be built back from the edge (long slings or old ropes) but be aware of kicking scree and rocks on those below.

  • East

    Aspect

  • 15–20 min

    Walk in

  • 1800m

    Altitude

Type: 
Crag
Aspect: 
East
Altitude: 
1800m

The long wall further south from the Southern Bluffs and buttresses visible from the TASC Lodge. As a result of lava flows cooling on contact with ice, the crag has horizontal columns and blocks in the steep orange rock of the Fire and Ice area. Explored extensively during the NZAC Summer Camp at TASC January 2015 by the Garrity family and others. Offers full-pitch, moderate trad routes at either end of the crag on blocky ground, and a couple of bolted lines in the middle. With scope for more routes with some appealing lines on the steeper, smooth orange rock, this crag promises to be a nice lower-grade complement to the Wall of Sound. Boulders on top allow anchors to be built back from the edge (long slings or old ropes) but be aware of kicking scree and rocks on those below.

Access: 

From the TASC Lodge, walk around the base of the Southern Bluffs.

Walk time: 
15–20 min
Reference Name Grade Quality Length Comments Actions
1
14
0
25m
Natural gear required
  groove 1m left of 'Fast'

FFA Philip Garrity 7/2/15

2
17
1.02
25m
Natural gear required
2
  Prominent Groove near left end of crag. Label at base.

FFA David Garrity 21/1/15Bryce Martin

3
15
0
25m
Natural gear required
  Mossy groove 2m right of 'Fast'

FFA Philip Garrity 7/2/15

4
16
0
25m
Natural gear required
  Square backed groove 6m right of 'Fast'

FFA Bryce Martin 21/1/15David Garrity

5
16
0
25m
Natural gear required
One or more images in route detail.
  groove left of 'Slow' and keeps direct rather than veering to left.

FFA Bryce Martin 21/1/15David Garrity

6
14
2.01
25m
Natural gear required
  Groove just left of prominent arete. Label on bottom.

FFA David Garrity 21/1/15Bryce Martin

7
16
0
25m
2X bolts
Natural gear required
 

FFA David Garrity,Bryce Martin,Cliff Ellery,Shiva ?, 28/12/15

8
16
1.02
25m
Natural gear required
  4m right of 'Slow' up corner with prominent zigzag crack. Finish up to right on steeper ground.

FFA Philip Garrity 5/1/15Ellen Garrity

11
M4
0
25m
Natural gear required
One or more images in route detail.
  4m to the left of "Pleasant Thrutching". Follow obvious crack up to over hanging block. Some hard hooking moves to pull through this (crux) into pod, then more hard moves up onto snow. Finish at top of bluffs with large boulder to belay off. The 1st ascentionist took a fall at the crux before completing the move clean.

Eric Duggan September '15

12
18
0
20m
Natural gear required
One or more images in route detail.
  Up corner to semi detached block. Head up and left past vegetation avoiding steep arete.. Under cling crack and move up and left into groove (crux). Step right and up to belay on large block. Easy scrambling for 5m from here to the top.

Eric Duggan Mat 2015

13
17 M3
0
20m
Natural gear required
One or more images in route detail.
  2m right of "Pleasant Thrutching" Steep start (crux) then head up into easier angled grooved. Head right of steep arete to finish at same belay as "Pleasant

Malcolm McGechie (May '15)Iain Burgon (Sep '15) as a mixed ascent

14
18
0
15m
Natural gear required
  Teeter up alcove to reach jug then swing up and through crux (in-situ #1 wire) before following gear placements up and left, then back right to the upper ledge and shared two-ring anchor. (Small wires and small / mid cams). Cleaned and thin gear placed on abseil.

Richard Bell, 8 January 2015

15
19
1.02
15m
6X bolts
  Bouldery start, truck through to ledge, clip top bolt and climb over it. No cheating left through the groove! Shared two-ring anchor.

Richard Bell, 8 January 2015

16
18
1.02
15m
5X bolts
One or more images in route detail.
  Swing up steep groove to small ledge, then left to the arete and up. Move right to two-ring anchor.

Dan Pringle, 9 January 2015

17
15
1.02
20m
3X bolts
One or more images in route detail.
  Climbs the featured rock about 20m right of Fire and Ice. Three bolts plus gear to Camalot 3 or Friend 3.5.

Rick McGregor, 13 January 2015

18
15
1.02
25m
Natural gear required
  Start 6m right of 'Funbeat" and head left, up towards high point left of shallow groove.

FFA David Garrity 5/1/15Ellen Garrity

19
15
1.02
25m
Natural gear required
  Straight up to overhanging finish from right hand end of top of talus.

FFA David Garrity 8/1/15Ellen,Francis,Philip Garrity

20
14
0
25m
Natural gear required
  Start from same place as 'Doom' and follow line up to right towards block with hand crack near top.

FFA Philip Garrity 7/1/15David,Ellen,Francis Garrity

21
16
0
25m
Natural gear required
One or more images in route detail.
  Place wire then hard move off the ground (crux) up onto ledge. Follow cracks (watch out for loose blocks) into small offwidth. Mantle onto ledge then climb up arete and corner to top. Belay using blocks at top.

Eric Duggan (May '15)

22
18
0
30m
3X bolts
Natural gear required
  Arete and crack system 10m left of Flake crack. Climb arête on 2 bolts (3rd optional,not used on first ascent) then up crack system on wires and cams. Easy climbing on top section.

FFA Richard Knott, Cliff Ellery 7/1/16

23
19
1.02
35m
Natural gear required
  The face crack 8m left of 'flake crack'. Steep start but a big flake makes climbing possible. Continue up crack through overhanging section. Step left then move back right. Then through second overhanging section (crux) stem and bridge the groove. Easy climbing to the top on bigger gear. Great line.

FFA Richard Knott, Cliff Ellery 7/1/16

24
19
0
30m
1X bolts
Natural gear required
  about 20m down to right of 'Doom' prominent flake above a wall with a bolt. Finish up a little left once on the easier ground.

FFA Bryce Martin 13/1/15David Garrity

25
18
2.01
35m
2X bolts
Natural gear required
  Left facing corner just right of 'Flake Crack'. Start in small corner , wires for pro. From ledge move int the corner proper, clip bolt and climb ledge system and corner. Once past the 2nd bolt continue up corner on trad (cams and wires). At the top of the corner pull over block and step right. Easy ground to the top.

FFA Cliff Ellery, Richard Knott 7/1/16

26
20
0
35m
2X bolts
Natural gear required
One or more images in route detail.
  The overhanging corner system 4m right of “Hat Trick”. Climb low angle ramp , clip 1st bolt then climb steep head wall left of corner. A good cam (2.5 friend) can be placed in left facing crack. Lay off crack and bridge corner to the 2nd bolt (crux). Once past 2nd bolt climb low angle corner to top all on trad gear. Trad belay.

FFA Cliff Ellery & Jess Dobson. 7/March/2016

27
17
0
35m
3X bolts
Natural gear required
  Follows the central weakness of steep scaly flaky looking face! But is alot more solid than it looks. Top head wall is alot easier. crux 2-3 bolt after 3rd bolt all on gear top belay gear on boulders.

FFA Richard Knott & Justyna Giejsztowt 07/01/2017

28
17
0
35m
2X bolts
Natural gear required
  Start crux gaining ledge at 3m bouldery and awkward mantle if you want a alternative start traverse in. Follows the next obvious weakness to the right of volcanologist delight. Two bolt rest all on gear. A consistant climb all the way after gaining the face follow up the steep head wall over the checked board of cracked rock.

FFA Richard Knott & Justyna Giejsztowt07/01/2017

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Comments

Comments

Fire and Ice routes have 10mm x 75mm true bolts, with 2-ring anchors. To reach these anchors safely from the top of the crag, use the access route around to the left and then build an upper anchor by slinging boulders.

The cliff is also known as Margaret's Landing (after the ski-field's named feature Margaret's Leap above it).

Margaret's Landing is the gully south and beyonf Tascmaster wall. You pas by Tascmaster wall on the way to Margaret's landing. The area did have that name for an hour or two untill the confussion was sorted.

Okay - I might be old school but I am of the view that the second person on a F.A should not be listed as the F.A. Obviously the belayer is important as is the equipper if not the F.A person but on a single pitch only 1 person can climb the pitch first...

Fair enough Simon, edits made. Rich totally stole the gear route off me though!
Rick - any thoughts on the other routes /grades?

Cragrat is not old school not giving credit to others on the first ascent. Old school is giving the credit!

My view Dave it probably more related to the way esp in the N.I in the past sometimes 6 people would be credited in the FA listings which was obviously not possible.

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