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Albert Terrace

(14 routes)

Albert Terrace is a small crag in suburban Christchurch. It is one of the very few crags that you can bus to and the only one on the flats of Christchurch City itself, which mean it has the easiest and quickest access of any crag on the Port Hills.
All the climbs are under grade 20 (most in the mid teens), so this is a good crag if you are making the transition from the indoor wall to your first outdoors experience,although the rock is quite polished and gets covered in pine needles and dirt from above. You will need a maximum of eight quickdraws (six for the climbs, if leading, and two for the anchor rings at the top). All climbs have double rings at the top which makes it a user-friendly crag, but please, if top roping, do not take the 'European approach' and run your rope straight through the rings as this creates wear and tear. Please use two carabiners.
History
Albert Terrace was first climbed on in 1997 by Ross Cullen and Bob Blackburne and was originally a trad crag. The crag has since been totally retro-bolted.
DRY TOOLING OPTIONS: Please note also that in the first cave opposite the main crag there are three bolted routes put in for dry tooling practice. Grades unknown.

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  • 5 mins.

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Type: 
Crag
Aspect: 
East
Altitude: 
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Albert Terrace is a small crag in suburban Christchurch. It is one of the very few crags that you can bus to and the only one on the flats of Christchurch City itself, which mean it has the easiest and quickest access of any crag on the Port Hills.
All the climbs are under grade 20 (most in the mid teens), so this is a good crag if you are making the transition from the indoor wall to your first outdoors experience,although the rock is quite polished and gets covered in pine needles and dirt from above. You will need a maximum of eight quickdraws (six for the climbs, if leading, and two for the anchor rings at the top). All climbs have double rings at the top which makes it a user-friendly crag, but please, if top roping, do not take the 'European approach' and run your rope straight through the rings as this creates wear and tear. Please use two carabiners.
History
Albert Terrace was first climbed on in 1997 by Ross Cullen and Bob Blackburne and was originally a trad crag. The crag has since been totally retro-bolted.
DRY TOOLING OPTIONS: Please note also that in the first cave opposite the main crag there are three bolted routes put in for dry tooling practice. Grades unknown.

Access: 

Albert Terrace is in the suburb of St Martins. If travelling down Wilsons Road, go straight ahead at the roundabout junction with Centaurus Rd (a Mobil service station will be on your left), and travel down Albert Terrace itself until the road ends at the last house and just before a gate. The main crag is visible from here, a few hundred metres on the right side of the valley. From the car park it is a 5 minute walk on the lower valley track.

Walk time: 
5 mins.
NZMS260: 
M36 824 372
Topo50: 
BX24 724 755
Reference Name Grade Quality Length Comments Actions
PPP
19
1.02
11m
2X bolts
  The climb deviates a little to the right of the perpendicular from the headwall, sliding around the bulge. Two bolts en route, and solid moves to finish.

Paul Roberts, 1997

Q
14
0
11m
4X bolts
  Climb obvious natural breaks 3m left of Defenced. The four bolts make this an attractive leader climb.

Ross Cullen, 1997

D
13
0
11m
3X bolts
  The central gully line. The old wooden post from the remnant fence lies at the bottom of the climb.

Ross Cullen, 1997

K
15
0
11m
5X bolts
  Three metres right of Defenced. Glide up the apron on incut holds to reach a good stance at the top. There’s a nice right handhold for the mantle over the lump to the right of the gully.

Ross Cullen, 1997

I
15
1.02
11m
4X bolts
  Two metres right of Kinny, climb up past the left edge of the giant paua shell then slightly left to reach the top stance. Ascend the bulge, place good protection in the gully and exit.

Ross Cullen, 1997

RR
14
0
11m
5X bolts
  Just right of big cave, nice moves.

Ross Cullen, 1997

50c
14
0
10m
5X bolts
  Up and over a small overhang to reach the left edge of a C-shaped crack, then straight up to the top.

Ross Cullen, 1997

16
0
10m
4X bolts
  Use juggy holds in and by a crack to reach a ledge before the tackling a final bulge.

Ross Cullen,1997

18
0
8m
4X bolts
  Climb the steep crimpy face directly past the bolts while avoiding use of the crack / corner either side of you. Otherwise a grade easier.

Justin Hall, 2015

17
0
8m
3X bolts
  Climb the steep corner on sharp holds (avoid using the ledge on Leone's at 2/3rds height) and take the final overhang on its left.

Justin Hall, 2014

16
0
8m
2X bolts
Natural gear required
  Bridge up the corner (using the first 2 bolts of "I Bit My Tongue") and move right through the bulge to a ledge. The rock is suspect.

Ross Cullen, 1997

KE
15
0
10m
4X bolts
  Good incut holds up the left edge of the attractive buff coloured block.

Rob Blackburne, 1997

13
0
10m
5X bolts
  Nice incuts up the centre of the buff coloured block to merge with Kopu’s Edge near the top.

Ross Cullen, 1997

VG
0
4m
  Straight up the right hand side of the face of the boulder. Keep off the flake to the left. Good smearing practice for beginners. Located on the path to Albert Tce crag about 20 meters from the crag

FFA Tony Pedley 2014

Attribution: 
Edited from information written by Ross Cullen and originally hosted on the web by John Davis.
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