Type: 
Mountain
Altitude: 
1655m

tba

NZMS260: 
D40 092 944
Topo50: 
CB08 991 326
Reference Name Grade Quality Length Comments Actions
19 , 12 , 17 , 18 , 20 , 20 , 23 , 19 , 20 , 15 , 16 , 15
1.02
404m
Natural gear required
 
  1. North East Face The face on the truncated spur on the true left, seen from the tunnel portal. Access to the base of the wall is difficult and thickly vegetated, but the quality of the rock on the upper walls is well worth the adventure. 14 pitches. Solid climbing around grade 20; some bolts and fixed gear. A possible bivvy ledge can be found at the top of the 4th pitch. The route was originally climbed over three weeks and involves a tricky approach from the Milford Road. Haul up on tussock trending right, traversing right 100m below the wall to a flat-looking area with a few trees. A difficult and exposed section of cliff trends up and right to the start of the technical climbing. From start flake climb straight up and through a short steep corner, moving right to belay in bottom of white left-facing corner.
  2. Follow white leaning corner to peg belay.
  3. Straight up obvious weakness then traverse right across slabs to bolt belay.
  4. Traverse right across slabby wall; follow shallow left-facing groove into a steep corner. Continue up a few steps for belay on Privet Hedge Ledge. The pitch was split due to rope drag. Privet Hedge Ledge: Spacious seating for two with gear. Stunning views, sheltered from space junk, ample protection in flake above.
  5. Traverse right to a shallow left-facing open-book corner with small roof. Deviousness necessary to protect startling blank traverse low down. Finish on bolt belay.
  6. Up groove two metres right of belay then step left through steep ground to open corner.
  7. Up groove above belay onto wall: good gear in crack. Traverse right past bolt (crux) to mantle ledge. Continue up wall on positive ledges to more good gear and fixed peg. A small tensioned pendulum will get you past the crux at 21 / A0.
  8. Up arĂȘte to left of corner, then follow groove to a small slab and bolt belay.
  9. Traverse left under roof thing to where it is breached by a weakness. Up then right to belay under overlap about seven metres above last belay.
  10. A0, Follow dirty wet right-tending seam with a few aid moves. Belay as high on the easy ramp as possible.
  11. Move out left from roof then up broken slabs to belay under gully things.
  12. Climb right of roofs to grass, sun, places to sit and walk. Belay from rap bolt. Descent: nine or ten abseils. Pitches five and six would be difficult to retreat from without fixed lines but not impossible. Walking out to Homer via the ridge to Moir would be the best and safest option.

Gwilym Griffith-Jones, Daniel Meecham, Feb 1994. Paul Rogers and Gareth Sharp abseiled down the line and climbed the top six or so pitches, placing belay anchors. Paul placed a bolt on lead through the crux section swearing: 'those f*ckers have sand-bagged me...'

Attribution: 
Craig Jefferies
This place appears in: 
The Darran Mountains: an alpine and rock climbing guide
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