Lion Rock

(5 routes)

This small crag is named because of the resemblance of an overhanging block to a lion’s snout. If you believe that you will believe anything.
Routes here go up a short wall 5–8m then basically proceed at will up the easier angled blocks and flakes to the crest of the Rock. This is a good location for top-roping beginners as the exit from the top is relatively easy. However Lion Rock is not an ideal bouldering area because of the way the ground slopes away steeply from the base.

Various routes exist to the right of the Mantle Shelf Route but due to the loose nature of the rock these have not been named.

Type: 
Crag
Altitude: 
1600m
Aspect: 
North East
Lat/Lon: 
-39.294653000000, 174.080601000000
NZMS260: 
P20 033 117
Topo50: 
BJ29 932 500
Reference Title Grade Length Quality Bolts Gone Natural pro Edit link
1 Chimney Route 14 8m
0
wire representing trad
Moves up a short chimney exiting right.
Unknown, Pre 1982.
2 Reaching for the Lion’s Heart 17 18m
0
wire representing trad
Start 2m right of Chimney Route. Follow thin crack which opens out to off-width. From ledge proceed to highest point.
R Knott, 22/02/99.
3 Hoffhose 16 8m
0
wire representing trad
Start to the right of Reaching for the Lion’s Heart.
Kevin Conaglen, S Miller, 14 /04/95.
4 More to Come 17 8m
0
wire representing trad
Follows a series of disjointed flared cracks up a short face about halfway along Lion Rock. It also uses the crack to the left.
Ross Corbett, Bill King, 12/82.
5 Mantleshelf Route 14 8m
0
wire representing trad
At the start of the route two blocks are mantleshelved then move up a right facing corner.
Unknown, Pre 1982.