Jane Fonda Workout Wall

(38 routes)

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Jane Fonda Workout Wall

(38 routes)

The best crag on the Port Hills (for climbs in the grade 21–26 range.) Being perched on a steep hillside above Lyttelton Harbour adds to the crag's lovely atmosphere. The crag gets little sun, so is great in summer, especially on those hot nor'west days. Sheltered from northerly and westerley winds.
The crag has a somewhat unfair reputation for bold climbs. About half the routes are very friendly clip-ups. Some of the routes require you to perform moves above a bolt, but the climbs are never really dangerous. There are a couple of trad routes, and a couple of mixed routes, for which the gear is always adequate to good.
The sporadic and disjointed nature of the route development here (combined with the 2011 earthquake) has led to a bunch of link-ups, alternative starts, filler-routes, collapsed features, and generally confusing guide information. This page seeks to provide clear descriptions of the commonly climbed, and logical lines (as secondary to being a historical record. The existing print guides provide a good history of the crag).
The numbered routes are the major (best) lines.

  • South

    Aspect

  • 10-15 min

    Walk in

  • 150m

    Altitude

Type: 
Crag
Aspect: 
South
Altitude: 
150m

The best crag on the Port Hills (for climbs in the grade 21–26 range.) Being perched on a steep hillside above Lyttelton Harbour adds to the crag's lovely atmosphere. The crag gets little sun, so is great in summer, especially on those hot nor'west days. Sheltered from northerly and westerley winds.
The crag has a somewhat unfair reputation for bold climbs. About half the routes are very friendly clip-ups. Some of the routes require you to perform moves above a bolt, but the climbs are never really dangerous. There are a couple of trad routes, and a couple of mixed routes, for which the gear is always adequate to good.
The sporadic and disjointed nature of the route development here (combined with the 2011 earthquake) has led to a bunch of link-ups, alternative starts, filler-routes, collapsed features, and generally confusing guide information. This page seeks to provide clear descriptions of the commonly climbed, and logical lines (as secondary to being a historical record. The existing print guides provide a good history of the crag).
The numbered routes are the major (best) lines.

Access: 

ACCESS UPDATE, 23 APRIL 2013

The crag is now officially open with the City Council's blessing.

This crag is on the Lyttelton Harbour side of the hills, above Livingstone Bay. Drive to Evans Pass on the Summit Road, and drive 3km towards Godley Head. Park in a layby directly above Taylor's Mistake on the Lyttelton side, next to the two large watertanks, use the stile that accesses the Crater Rim Walkway, then follow a sheep track horizontally westward towards Lyttelton above a couple of rocky spurs until you glimpse the profile of the Wall – an awesome sight! Continue on the track around the top of a broad gully, then drop down the gulley and traverse across to the bottom of the wall.

Walk time: 
10-15 min
NZMS260: 
N36 910347
Topo50: 
BX24 810 731
Reference Name Grade Quality Length Comments Actions
15
0
Natural gear required
Gone
  Climb the chimney on to the wall behind Debauchery.

Stu McConney

21
1.02
16m
2X bolts
Natural gear required
1
Gone
  Past two chastity-bolts to establish yourself in the thin overhanging crack. Finish right. Good pro. THE TOP HALF OF THIS CLIMB HAS FALLEN DOWN

Guy Cotter, 1989

20
1.02
25m
8X bolts
  Scramble into the gully on the Left side of the crag. Cruise up the system of ledges, staying to the left of the arête. Good fun!

Tony Burnell, 2015

1
20
1.02
25m
4X bolts
Natural gear required
  The arete that forms the left edge of the crag. The first half is bulgey and the second half is a more pronounced arete that is climbed on the right-hand side. Some trad gear may be required before the final bolt, which can be placed out right.

John McCallum, 1986 (first half)Kester Brown, 2012 (second half)

2
19
2.01
28m
3X bolts
Natural gear required
One or more images in route detail.
  Up the brown groove past three bolts, then the thin crack to steep section, and finish up groove and semi-detached pillar to belay station at top of crag on the right. Good protection. Blocks and pillar at the top seem solid but please treat them with caution.

Roger Parkyn, 1986

3
18
2.01
25m
Natural gear required
1
  Start up Purity of Essence, but join Polish the Cucumber at the halfway block/rest. An excellent all-trad climb. The original climb traversed left to a crack on the far left of the wall, but since the buttress at the left end of the crag fell off this version no longer exists.

Henry Mares, 1977 (original)

4
21
2.01
30m
Natural gear required
  Start on the faint buttress, up to thin crack in brown rock, then head rightwards and up on white rock past the broken plate feature. Best to head for the bolt anchor of the sport routes to the right. Original line finished up past a small overhang feature further right. Protection is sparse but adequate, has a reputation for boldness.

Richard Thomson, 1986

5
21
2.01
25m
8X bolts
One or more images in route detail.
1
  A very relaxing proposition. Climb past the left edge of the hole/cave feature. Follow the bolts. Great, fun climbing, and easy for the grade.

Joe Arts, 2004

6
21
2.01
26m
9X bolts
  Gentle pats on the bottom lead to greater excitement. The line of bolts just to the right of Whacking Moles. Skirts the right-hand edge of the large cave/scoop. Another fine, popular route with friendly bolting. The long run-out in the middle is as inexplicable as the missing 'h', but the climbing is of much lower difficulty on this section. The original route on this section of wall was Spanking Wendy (Guy Cotter, 1989), which has the same start as HFHF, but breaks left after the first bolt to the cave and climbs the headwall section of Wacking Wendy—it has been superceded by its neighbouring routes so that it's is now a pretty much redundant link-up that is never climbed.

Tony Burnell 2012 (first half)Guy Cotter 1989 (second half)

7
22
2.01
26m
4X bolts
Natural gear required
  A great route, but not popular due to the minimal bolting, (compared to the two generously bolted climbs of similar style just to the left.) Even the retrobolting hasn't increased its popularity. It's a little runout, but not dangerous. From the right-hand edge of the belay platform, climb up to the large scoop and first bolt. Then follow three more bolts on the awesome headwall. Marvel at the old homemade welded hangers, but clip the new stainless trubolts. DBB on the ledge. Watch out for Austrian ice axe belays.

Gavin Tweedie, 1992

8
22
2.01
28m
5X bolts
Natural gear required
  Climb the left side of the black arête.

John McCallum, 1986

9
25
2.01
29m
11X bolts
One or more images in route detail.
  A companion route to Video Nasty that takes the left edge of the shield to an easy section in the middle and finishes up the inscrutable slabby headwall, following the line of 11 bolts to the CTS anchor. Equipped by Tom Adamson and Roland Foster.

Roland Foster, 9/4/2016

10
22
3
25m
4X bolts
Natural gear required
  Sustained wall-climbing up a slight right facing rib/corner. Small-medium cams and wires on the way to first bolt. Move up past another three bolts until climbing eases. From the 4th bolt step horizontally right across the slab and continue up easyish ground past a block (cam or wires) to top. DBB just below top of the wall.

Roger Parkyn, 1986

11
25
1.02
25m
6X bolts
Natural gear required
  Technical climbing up the wall between Video Nasty and Armitage Shanks. Start by moving up and left towards Video Nasty before moving back to the middle of the wall at the second bolt, move up and right to pass the third bolt and onto good hand holds, up past the fourth bolt then left again to rounded layaways then back right and up on ever improving holds to join Armitage Shanks at the good ledge. Move up and go onto the left rib past the sixth bolt and finish as for Video Nasty.

Tony Burnell

12
23
2.01
25m
5X bolts
Natural gear required
  A great, sustained route. Starts near the bottom of the rock staircase, angles left and up through the slight groove around the left of the FTTR headwall. Finish as for Video Nasty.

James Moar, 1986

13
27
3
20m
5X bolts
One or more images in route detail.
  A Canterbury classic. Starts as for Armitage Shanks, but go straight up and right after the first bolt, through the mini-roof feature and on up the wall above. Beautiful, technical climbing. Once the slab above is gained, most people step left and clip the final bolt of Armitage Shanks. Finishes up and right at the Feminine Positions anchor. The original line started in the vague groove feature to the right (just left of the Feminine Positions starting pillar), with a couple of wire placements before the first bolt. This version is grade 26.

Dave Fearnley, 1988 (original, right-hand start)Derek Thatcher, 2009 (direct, left-hand start)

14
21
1.02
17m
4X bolts
  Starts at the top of the rock staircase at the black/brown column. The route climbs mostly to the right of the bolts. At the ledge after the fourth bolt, continue up and left for a ways on easy ground to a DBB. The original version of this climb started slightly further right (shared with Activated Sludge, and uses that route's first bolt). Would probably get three stars at any other Port Hills crag.

Ton Snelder, 1986 (original)Tony Burnell, 2012 (left-hand start)

15
23
1.02
13m
2X bolts
Natural gear required
  Climb up past two bolts, place a good wire, then hard moves heading up and right to anchors. The second bolt replaced a fixed copperhead ripped out by James Moar on a ground fall! Sustained.

Richard Thomson, 1986

16
22
1.02
13m
3X bolts
  Trends up and right past three bolts. Direct start is 24 (Paul Tattersall 86), direct finish is also 24 (Dave Fearnley 88). Surprisingly safe for a Dr Death route.

Dave Fearnley, 1986

20
0
6X bolts
  Start as for SH to the 3rd bolt, instead of moving right onto the arête climb directly up the brown streak to a bolt on a nose, move right and up before finishing up the slabby white wall to an anchor.

Tony Burnell, 2015

17
14
0
12m
3X bolts
  The corner right of L'actic Ingredient.

John McCallum & Chris Owens, 1995

20
0
6X bolts
  Start in the alcove just right of SH. Bridge up the alcove and out over the roof to climb the wall to the belay ledge of SH. Three bolts lead the way across the white slab to gain the bottom of a groove, straight up the groove past three more bolts to an anchor up and the left.

Tony Burnell, 2015

23
0
26m
4X bolts
Natural gear required
  A long reach to pick the top nose. Start at the same place as The Artful Dodger. Move L up to a large wire placement, then R onto block. Straight up past three bolts, trying hard not to remove vital holds. Swing R at 3rd bolt and step onto protuberance. Continue straight up past 4th bolt on smaller holds. Big fall potential.

Steve Elder, 1990

24
0
28m
7X bolts
Gone
  Start as for the Artful Dodger to its third bolt then break out left up the wall into a scoop below an overlap, over this and up the wall to a vague left facing corner. Continue up using the Gargoyles to a lower off just below the vegetated ledge, (at this point purists can move right round the rib to finish up “AD” ). NB it would be possible to clip the fourth bolt on “AD” only I did not see it and it would put some drag in the system.

Tony Burnell, 1996

20
2.01
30m
10X bolts
Natural gear required
Gone
  A varied and interesting climb. Follow the R-trending ramp above the overhangs. Step around the corner and climb the obvious L-leaning ramp. Finish R of the bolt through the scoop and mantle. Eight bolts with hangers. Two ropes are useful. The top may have been altered by rockfall. Top section has fallen off.

Simon Middlemass, 1989

25
0
  Follow the bolts to the ledge of Melting Point. Then up this or the Artful Dodger.

Tony Burnell, 1998

18
25
3
30m
12X bolts
Natural gear required
One or more images in route detail.
  From icy-cool to jelly and eventual sublimation. Steady heat from bottom to top (except where you can sit down for a rest halfway). Start 8m R of the corner-overhang. Up slab, then trend left to slopey block ledge below overlaps, then straight up the wall above. Best route in Christchurch?

Bill McLeod, 1989

19
26
3
28m
11X bolts
One or more images in route detail.
1
  The line right of Melting Point, which shares the first five bolts of that route, then goes right up to and through the overhang onto the headwall with lots of slopey holds and rad moves. Originally conceived and bolted by Simon Middlemass who was never going to climb it living in Wanaka. Renamed from Martyn's original hideous name.

Martyn Clarke, 1995

24
0
35m
10X bolts
  Takes a line right of MP and Ta, direct up the white slab and onto the biscuits. Through the rest on Ta to finish on the arête.

Tony Burnell, 2014

14
0
35m
Natural gear required
  Climbs the white wall just left of a crack to join the arête of OOTB at 1/3 height.

Stu McConney 1996

13
0
Natural gear required
  Follow the arête all the way to the top. Stay left when passing the two bulges.

Lindsay Main, 1977

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