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Remarkable Dykes

(5 routes)

These are two impressive trachyte dykes running up the hillside on the south side of Lyttelton Harbour. They have been climbed on since the '30s, but despite the amount of steep rock, there is not much scope for good climbing. Five good routes, including the classic **Angels' Pavement, are known.

Recommended access is from the Kaituna Valley and Kaituna Saddle. Approaching from McQueens Valley side may earn you the wrath of a Mr Harneiss. All the routes are on the east side of the western dyke.

  • North

    Aspect

  • 300m

    Altitude

Type: 
Crag
Aspect: 
North
Altitude: 
300m

These are two impressive trachyte dykes running up the hillside on the south side of Lyttelton Harbour. They have been climbed on since the '30s, but despite the amount of steep rock, there is not much scope for good climbing. Five good routes, including the classic **Angels' Pavement, are known.

Recommended access is from the Kaituna Valley and Kaituna Saddle. Approaching from McQueens Valley side may earn you the wrath of a Mr Harneiss. All the routes are on the east side of the western dyke.

NZMS260: 
M36 847226
Topo50: 
BX24 747 610
Reference Name Grade Quality Length Comments Actions
15
0
22m
 

Starts at a minor R-facing corner on the L of the wall. Up to a ledge, and steep exit crack with loose blocks.

Stu Allan c'73

14
0
18m
 

A vague crack about 3m R. From the ledge continue up the arete.

Stu Allan c'73

16
0
18m
 

Climb the wall R of D.V. to a ledge, then up a short wall to join the finish of Angels' Pavement.

Graeme Love '83

13
2.01
40m
 

A classic route up the the main arete of the upper part of the dyke. An almost alpine experience dating back to the '30s. Start from the low point in the upper part of the dyke.

12
0
8m
 

A direct route up the wall just R of the obvious easy R-facing corner in the middle of the north wall. Steep but with good holds.

Lindsay Main '77

Comments

Comments

There's an awesome scramble all the way from the Gebbies pass-Packhorse hut track to the top: follow the top of the West dyke and finish with Angels' pavement. Grade about 12 for the lower sections, on fairly good rock. Alternative easier start up the Eastern dyke, joining the West dyke at the chockstone.

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