The Altar @ Church Bay

(20 routes)

Place info

The Altar @ Church Bay

(20 routes)

A wee crag clearly visible from road on the way towards Daimond Harbour. The climbs are generally about 10m high and bolt protected.
It was intially developed by Simon Courtois and Dave Shotwell around 2008/09.

  • West

    Aspect

  • 5min

    Walk in

  • 100m

    Altitude

Type: 
Crag
Aspect: 
West
Altitude: 
100m

A wee crag clearly visible from road on the way towards Daimond Harbour. The climbs are generally about 10m high and bolt protected.
It was intially developed by Simon Courtois and Dave Shotwell around 2008/09.

Access: 

Park just east of the small bridge. The track starts just west of the bridge. Follow the track up the creek then cross the creek. Go uphill and there is a bit of fixed rope to get around the right side of the crag.

Walk time: 
5min
NZMS260: 
M36 877 302
Topo50: 
BX24 777 686
Reference Name Grade Quality Length Comments Actions
HF
20
1.02
10m
3X bolts
  Very left end of cave up blocky chimney feature

Rachael Williams 2014

MC
27
1.02
3m
4X bolts
  The very left side of the cave. Short and steep. An easier variant can be done by climbing up blocks to the right of the bolts at 25/26

Derek Thatcher, 2014

FI
31
1.02
10m
5X bolts
  Starts on pocket and sidepull right of the corner. Up through roof via underclings (crux)

Equippers: Derek Thatcher, James GunnFA: Peter Allison, 2014

29
0
  Climbs into meet The Altar Boy at the top
AB
29
2.01
  Start off the detached boulder climbing pockets and huceos then bust left through overhang on pinches to single ring lower off. Two knee pads are helpful ;)

Troy Mattingley, 2013

Ca
32
0
8m
6X bolts
One or more images in route detail.
2
  Climb up to roof and hard compression moves out to awesome jug on lip. Finish on Kneel to the Pope anchor.

Derek Thatcher 2015

30
0
10m
6X bolts
  Good moves to steep section of overhang then crazy knee bar action required - righthand side of roof. http://www.flickr.com/photos/derekthatcher/11138377606/

Equippers: Troy Mattingly, Derek ThatcherFA: James Gunn, 2013.

27
1.02
10m
4X bolts
  Awarkward corner to headwall - rightside of over hang

Troy Mattingley 2014

SP
30
1.02
8m
4X bolts
Natural gear required
  Compress the overhanging prow then climb the face.

Derek Thatcher, 2013.

TP
21
0
10m
4X bolts
  Just past the right side of the cave. Climbs the right-facing corner and crack, trending right at the top; then step left to the anchor rings.

Simon Courtois, 2009.

TP
17
0
4X bolts
  Up the centre of the featured yellow and black face.

Dave Shotwell, 2009.

17
0
10m
Natural gear required
  A gear route on the arête between The Altar cave and the main wall. Generally well-protected, with a cool move on to the protruding blade. Move left to the Thor anchor.

Simon Courtois, 2008.

CG
19
0
10m
4X bolts
  Corner and groove to the right of the arête. Move right at top to anchor for HLG.

Dave Shotwell, 2008.

HG
20
0
5X bolts
  Up thin crack line past a jutting flake on the right (bolt just above lip). Finish in hand crack or right thereof.

Simon Courtois, 2008.

RR
23
1.02
5X bolts
  Clean-cut left-facing corner with a black streak. High first bolt followed by steep, technical climbing to ledge and then exit R-wards. Double anchors at top of HLG

Dave Shotwell, 2008.

Ad
24
1.02
12m
3X bolts
  Reachy moves up the prow and into groove to join MBB at the last bolt

Rebekah Burbery, 2013.

20
0
4X bolts
  Just around the arete. Start in the Rh-facing corner and climb on past the flaring crack and exit out L-wards.

Simon Courtois, 2009.

20
0
Natural gear required
  Up the obvious corner (clip the first Randall bolt) to the overhang. Place smallish cams and move left under the overhang. Very flaky rock. Belay at a tree.

Joe Arts, 2009.

RC
21
0
4X bolts
  Starts in the corner or on the face, trending right past a roof to the arête on the right. Steeper than it looks. Single anchor ring.

Dave Shotwell, 2008.

15
0
10m
Natural gear required
1
  Start up the arête beside the obvious finger crack (can be used for gear), and balance up over the blocks. Steep left to the Randall anchor.

Simon Courtois, 2008.

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Comments

Comments

Hi, It is good to see The Altar in your guide. I've added the route names from our 1st ascents in 2008/2009. The grades have not been changed and differ slightly from what we had thought originally. When more people climb these routes, we will have a better idea of what the grades should be.
2 gear routes exist, and that was how we accessed the top of the cliff. Not recommended.
Thanks, Simon Courtois

Just visited The Alter today and loved the place! Great rock, beautiful environment and fun climbing. Where is there more of this kind of rock around CHC???? It's a shame the routes are only 10 m. I thought I'd put in my 2 cents on the grades etc. as Simon mentioned. I thought overall they were a bit soft, however some were right on. Thors Hammer, yes 21, Catholic Girls I'd say 18. Hindu Love Gods, Yes 20. Rastafarianism 22 1 STAR. This route is awesome and would be a three star mega-classic if it was 30 m, but I don't on-sight 24 off the couch... EVER! Randal... Yes 22 but maybe a bit soft. Thanks for all the hard work in putting together a quality climbing venue.

I've added the three trad routes and made some minor edits, including grade changes to bring them more in line with the consensus between Simon and me. I think Catholic Girls and Hindu Love Gods could move down a grade, but have left them as originally graded to see what other people think.

Church Bay's answer to the Wimmera both in terms of the immaculate rock and thought-provoking body position climbing. Just not long enough! The projects look amazing... and hard! Pulpit (~17), Catholic Girls (~18+), Hindu Love Gods (~20), Rasta's (~23), Randall (~20+). Numerous single ring anchors.

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