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Shotwell Slabs

(11 routes)

Shotwell Slabs or "Shotty Slabs"provide consistent climbing on clean diorite.
Climbing Notes::
1 Take 2 x 60m ropes and 14 quickdraws.
2 American Idol is the only route that requires trad gear the rest are fully bolted.
3 Best combo. 1st pictch of Bad Judgement, traverse easy ledge to Eureka, climb Eureka, and finish on Tickety Boo.
4 Best and easiest way to the top of the slab: 1st pitch of American Idol, then cross rightwards to Morris Dancing and climb the last 2 pitches.

  • North

    Aspect

  • 15 min

    Walk in

Type: 
Crag
Aspect: 
North

Shotwell Slabs or "Shotty Slabs"provide consistent climbing on clean diorite.
Climbing Notes::
1 Take 2 x 60m ropes and 14 quickdraws.
2 American Idol is the only route that requires trad gear the rest are fully bolted.
3 Best combo. 1st pictch of Bad Judgement, traverse easy ledge to Eureka, climb Eureka, and finish on Tickety Boo.
4 Best and easiest way to the top of the slab: 1st pitch of American Idol, then cross rightwards to Morris Dancing and climb the last 2 pitches.

Access: 

Six kilometres down the Hollyford Valley from Homer Hut. Park at a double concrete bridge, numbered 2325 & 2326. The slabs are on the true right: walk up the steam bed to reach them.

Walk time: 
15 min
NZMS260: 
D41 175 876
Topo50: 
CB09 075 258
Reference Name Grade Quality Length Comments Actions
TGS
16 ,19 ,17
0
120m
 
  1. All bolted

Nick Craddock, Martin Hawes 2010

18
0
30X bolts
  All Bolted

Nick Craddock, Murray Ball, Dave Shotwell 2012

AI
15 ,16 ,16
0
142m
 

A light trad rack needed, with occasional bolts for pro. Bolted belays.

Murray Ball, Nick Cradock, David Shotwell, November 2010

GD
22
0
30m
  All Bolted. Goes up groove on left to high clip then up slab to first belay station of Morris Dancing.

Nick Craddock, Murray Ball, Dave Shotwell 2012

MD
19 ,16 ,17
0
180m
 

All bolts.

Murray Ball, Nick Cradock, David Shotwell, November 2010

22
0
40m
9X bolts
 

Murray Ball feb 2012

BJ
20 ,20
0
100m
 
  1. Bolted

Murray Judge, Dave Shotwell 2012

16
0
27m
6X bolts
  start at bolt on bulge then finish on smooth slab

Murray and Bronwyn Judge Feb 2016

14
0
40m
7X bolts
  up to shared belay ledge with Sweet Sixteen, 27m rap

Murray and Bronwyn Judge Feb 2016

E
20 ,20 ,17 ,18 ,15
0
220m
 

All bolts.

Murray Ball, Nick Cradock, David Shotwell, November 2010

TB
20
0
60m
  Starts at 3rd pitch of Eureka, and branches out right for 3 pitches

Nick Craddock, Murray Ball, Dave Shotwell 2012

Attribution: 
From topo provided by Nick Cradock.
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