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Britten Crag

(274 routes)

Local climbers including some of the crag developers have had a look over and climbed at Britten Crag. Overall the crag has survived remarkably well, considering it's close proximity to the 22/2 epicentre. Over 90% of the climbs appear to be unaffected with some areas of major rockfall confined to limited areas and the crag can still be accessed from either end.

The damaged areas include The Roofs, Winter Wall (centred around 12XU) and of course Shit Buttress which collapsed in the Sept 4th quake.

The rock falls at both The Roofs and Shit Buttress have left a large deposit of fallen rocks covering the track so please take particular care when crossing. If coming in from the lower end, it's best to drop down a couple of metres at this first rockfall to cross rather than clambering over the rocks, which may dislodge some down the hill.

Take more care than usual when on routes, if you do happen to find a loose rock, find a safe direction to drop it and take all the normal precautions that you would when climbing at a newly developed crag. When this crag went through it's major development phase in the early 2000's, many rocks were safely dropped down when routes were cleaned, without them rolling down the hill to the fence.

If you find any damaged climbs that haven't been identified already, list them here. If you find a climb that has a particularly large & unstable loose rock that you feel creates an imminent threat to climbers (or houses) below then post it on Mojozone & we'll take a look at it.

Lower Tier, Mt Pleasant Spur, Port Hills. About 230 short rock climbs, mostly protected with bolts.

  • West

    Aspect

  • 10-20 Minutes

    Walk in

  • 250m

    Altitude

Type: 
Crag
Aspect: 
West
Altitude: 
250m

Local climbers including some of the crag developers have had a look over and climbed at Britten Crag. Overall the crag has survived remarkably well, considering it's close proximity to the 22/2 epicentre. Over 90% of the climbs appear to be unaffected with some areas of major rockfall confined to limited areas and the crag can still be accessed from either end.

The damaged areas include The Roofs, Winter Wall (centred around 12XU) and of course Shit Buttress which collapsed in the Sept 4th quake.

The rock falls at both The Roofs and Shit Buttress have left a large deposit of fallen rocks covering the track so please take particular care when crossing. If coming in from the lower end, it's best to drop down a couple of metres at this first rockfall to cross rather than clambering over the rocks, which may dislodge some down the hill.

Take more care than usual when on routes, if you do happen to find a loose rock, find a safe direction to drop it and take all the normal precautions that you would when climbing at a newly developed crag. When this crag went through it's major development phase in the early 2000's, many rocks were safely dropped down when routes were cleaned, without them rolling down the hill to the fence.

If you find any damaged climbs that haven't been identified already, list them here. If you find a climb that has a particularly large & unstable loose rock that you feel creates an imminent threat to climbers (or houses) below then post it on Mojozone & we'll take a look at it.

Lower Tier, Mt Pleasant Spur, Port Hills. About 230 short rock climbs, mostly protected with bolts.

Access: 

Follow uphill on Mt Pleasant Road, (approximately 1.5km from the Main Road turn off).
Turn right into Longridge Road.
Park near the intersection of Parkview & Longridge Roads. (Approx 150m from Mt Pleasant Rd turnoff).
Cross fence into John Britten reserve, walk southwards below the first crag, (Mt Pleasant Left Crag).
Pick up a track that goes slightly downhill and southwards, (towards the gondola) follow this through a small boulder step and to the base of "The Zoo".
From "The Zoo" follow around the base of the crag to more climbing.

Walk time: 
10-20 Minutes
NZMS260: 
M36 875365
Topo50: 
BX24 775 749
Attribution: 
Compiled by Lindsay Main. Topo Grant Piper
This place appears in: 
Rock Deluxe: South

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