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Chorlton Crag

(3 routes)

Chorlton Crag is a very small but interesting crag along the Chorlton Road between Little Akaloa and Okains Bay, about 500 metres south of the bend in the road at Stony Beach. The crag is often used as a Plan B option when higher, more exposed locations such as Otepatotu or Starvation Gully have been swallowed by the Banks Peninsula easterly.

The crag is very small - about 10 to 15 metres maximum - but has a variety of fun crack climbs at a range of grades. There are no abseil stations, but an abseil rope can be set up using some small trees to speed up descents. If you have a short lead rope this is a good place to use it.

  • West

    Aspect

  • 5 mins

    Walk in

  • 100m

    Altitude

Type: 
Crag
Aspect: 
West
Altitude: 
100m

Chorlton Crag is a very small but interesting crag along the Chorlton Road between Little Akaloa and Okains Bay, about 500 metres south of the bend in the road at Stony Beach. The crag is often used as a Plan B option when higher, more exposed locations such as Otepatotu or Starvation Gully have been swallowed by the Banks Peninsula easterly.

The crag is very small - about 10 to 15 metres maximum - but has a variety of fun crack climbs at a range of grades. There are no abseil stations, but an abseil rope can be set up using some small trees to speed up descents. If you have a short lead rope this is a good place to use it.

Access: 

Permission must be obtained from the land-owners, Noel and Nicola Donaldson, phone 03 304 8703, or by calling at the farmhouse at Chorlton above the sharp bend in the road 1.5 km past McHales Road.

Best parking is about 200 metres uphill towards Okains Bay. From the road walk up about 20 metres to the left side of the crag.

Walk time: 
5 mins
NZMS260: 
N36 138 248
Topo50: 
BX25 038 632
Reference Name Grade Quality Length Comments Actions
18
0
Natural gear required
  Harmless looking corner on the far left. Bridge easily up on to the platform and then balance up the short steep corner and over a sloping top ledge. Small gear.

Lindsay Main, 2015.

19
0
Natural gear required
  Directly up the arĂȘte on good holds to small ledges. Then climb the right-facing corner crack with tricky moves to gain the top. There is a direct start up the steep corner (20)

Joe Arts, 2002. Alternate Start: Jarrod Alexander, 2015.

19
0
Natural gear required
  A left-facing corner on the left of the cliff. Start among the bushes on the left and climb the easy corner to a ledge, then bridge up, place gear in the corner and pull through to the top.

Lindsay Main, 2002.

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