Bobo Wall

(7 routes)

Bobo Wall is a 25 metre wall astride the main ridge, facing east. The wall can be accessed from the south following the main descent track, which cuts across the base of the wall. Alternatively abseil one of the routes. There is now a scramble descent track to the left (North East) of the ridge, just before the low angled slab finish of "Jungle Jim". You can access the base of some of the climbs that finish at the main abseil anchors - most of them are current projects as of December 1st, 2019. It's a 30m abseil from top to the track that continues down.

South East
Walk time: 
20 min
Reference Title Grade Length Quality Bolts Gone Natural pro Link to edit content
Six Of One 17 15m
A short slab and wall that starts directly from the main descent track at the very south end of Bobo Wall. Start directly below the first bolt and pad up the slab to the overhang. From the protruding block pull up and left past two bolts to the arete, and then walk carefully up to the anchor.
Lindsay Main, 2019.
Strange Days 20 25m
Indeed. A few metres right – starts at the base of the wall right on the track. Up to the right of the first bolt, then left of the second to a jug and on up to the vegetated ledge. Pull through and smear up by the arete to an easier section, using a good crack hidden on the left. Climb the curving crack and gain the right crack and good holds above to the left; easily to the top, with the anchor on the right.
Lindsay Main, 2020.
Chinese Rolex 21 25m
11bolts 4
It's the genuine Banks Peninsula experience. Find either; Darph Bobo's rap station and go 15m right to another rap station. Abseil over. Or take the descent track before Karaka Wall and follow round below Bobo Wall to the base of the slab. Climb starts 12m up technical slab past 5 bolts then follow rib up the featured headwall.
Grant Piper, Bernie Frankpitt 2018
Darph Bobo 21 22m
This climb is by itself, starting on a lower tier and is accessed by abseiling. From the Karaka Wall and Method Man, continue down the ridge to it's end where you have to scramble up to access the top of the Wall. Head up a little and then down and right about ten metres to the anchor for the route which is below the top on it's own ledge. Abseil to the big grassy ledge where the route starts (approx 25 metres). The anchors don't have rings, so it may be a good idea to take a separate rope for the abseil.
Gabriel Lincourt, 2007
Delicate in Pink 23 17m
Use JJ's access gully from the ridge. Traverse along the base of the wall, past the cracks, onto an exposed ledge (there is a chain on the corner to use as a safety), head around to your right to another belay anchor and the start of the climb. It shares it's first 2 bolts with the project on the left (shown in yellow above). Then branches slightly rightwards into the increasing difficulty. Aim towards the vertical feature, climbing through balancy, technical terrain, and then up to top out at an anchor chain.
Doug Atkinson 2019
A Litany Of Woe 17 10m
An awful lot of trouble for a one-move climb. Scramble up the old track (it branches right below the wall) and head up and left through the snowgrass, flax, and dracophyllum to gain a vegetated ledge. Make a dodgy move right to the first bolt, which protects the step-up crux move. After that cruise up past the second bolt to the major ledge, with a chain anchor above the overhang. From here you can scramble out past the big broadleaf to the top of the wall.
Lindsay Main, 2019.
3bolts wire representing trad
MIXED LINE Scramble down the gully to the left of the ridge before the low angle finish (2 bolt anchor). Start in the corner/crack system, working up until you're into the wide crack on good holds. Then shuffle/chimney your way up to the first bolt. Climb onto huge flake and head over right to the slab and an easy finish up this to the ring bolt anchor - A CLIMB BEST DONE ON LEAD
Doug Atkinson 2019


Felix Collins, I found Warrick Matheson on facebook in about 1 minute. Maybe you should message him. I don't think projects should be off limits for 4 years, but perhaps advise him that others are looking at those routes. I don't know him or if he is still living in the Christchuch/Banks region. Regards, Simon Courtois

Are the projects in the pics at the top still "projects" four years later?