Place info

Wall of Sound

(14 routes)

The smooth andesite walls of this crag offer the connoisseur of technical, sequence-based climbing the promise of a rewarding day at the crag, in a wild mountain location. The wall was discovered on an expedition by Kristen Foley, John Palmer and Dan Pringle in the late summer of 2010. Routes began springing up immediately as the Wellingtonians were keen to have more quality route climbing closer to home. Although the routes are all bolted, this is definitely not a consumer crag. But some will find the extreme and isolated location only adds to the experience.

  • North

    Aspect

  • 15 min

    Walk in

  • 1560m

    Altitude

Type: 
Crag
Aspect: 
North
Altitude: 
1560m

The smooth andesite walls of this crag offer the connoisseur of technical, sequence-based climbing the promise of a rewarding day at the crag, in a wild mountain location. The wall was discovered on an expedition by Kristen Foley, John Palmer and Dan Pringle in the late summer of 2010. Routes began springing up immediately as the Wellingtonians were keen to have more quality route climbing closer to home. Although the routes are all bolted, this is definitely not a consumer crag. But some will find the extreme and isolated location only adds to the experience.

Access: 

From the Tukino Alpine Sports Club lodge, walk south-east down the ridgeline below the hut. After 10 minutes or so the cliff should be visible down to your right, in the valley and across the Whangaehu River. Drift right down the slope into the gorge and cross the river with caution above the waterfall. From here, follow a spine of rock down to where it leads below the cliff.

Walk time: 
15 min
NZMS260: 
T20 359 101
Topo50: 
BJ34 258 484
Reference Name Grade Quality Length Comments Actions
1
23
1.02
14m
7X bolts
  Start below the roof and climb slightly right over the lip and up the face above. Once you've reached the corner stay left and charge up the blank-looking face via a tricky finishing crux sequence. If the start is wet, starting up Komakino is a good option and doesn't change the grade.

Equipped by Dave Kopp, first ascent John Palmer, 2011

2
23
2.01
14m
8X bolts
  A brilliant route, robbed of its third star only by the loose rock around the opening section. Start up the corner below the large roof and drift left on the polished face and avoiding going too high to the loose rock. Then head up the arête via superlative technical climbing. For the full value experience stay on the arête all the way.

John Palmer, 2011

3
22
1.02
13m
7X bolts
  Start as per Komakino, but at the fourth bolt climb right to the groove and then stem your way to the anchor.

Equipped by Dan Pringle, first ascent Tom Hoyle, 2012

4
19
0
17m
7X bolts
 

Kristen Foley, 2011

5
23
2.01
20m
10X bolts
  Steep and pumpy.

John Palmer, 2011

6
24
0
20m
8X bolts
 

Equipped by Kristen Foley, first ascent John Palmer, 2013

7
23
2.01
20m
8X bolts
 

Tom Hoyle, 2012

8
26
0
12m
6X bolts
 

John Palmer, 2012

9
27
2.01
22m
 

Tom Hoyle

10
24
2.01
22m
9X bolts
  Long and devious.

John Palmer, 2011

11
26
0
17m
6X bolts
 

John Palmer, 2012

12
28
3
18m
7X bolts
  An immaculate just-enough-holds hanging arête.

John Palmer, 2012

13
27
2.01
17m
6X bolts
 

John Palmer, 2012

18
0
 
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