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Organ Pipes, Right of Nose

Type
Altitude
1600m

The rock in this area, and the adjacent Snotgobbler Wall is some of the best on the mountain. To descend from the Organ Pipes Nose area routes, traverse down to the right across the upper broken wall.

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Aspect
North East
Lat/lon
POINT (174.081373 -39.294388)
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BJ29 932 500
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Routes

Reference Title Grade Length Pro Quality Operations
1 1Jonathan Livingston Steelfingers, 21 21 17m
3

  • P1
  • 21
  • 17m
  • Trad

The Nose of the Organ Pipes, between Left Nostril and Right Nostril. Starts from dead centre of the arête. Classic face route on superb rock with crux near the top—the site of a now-chopped bolt. Lionel Clay chopped the bolt because the route was still being tried with clean protection by himself, Richard Kirk and Phil Roberts. Lionel claims the first ‘boltless’ ascent (with rehearsal). This route was presented as a ‘last unsolved problem’ in the previous edition of the guide and it required ‘someone with steel fingers and nerves. The full name comes from an article by Peter Livesey published in the 1980s in a British magazine.


2 2Right Nostril, 14 14 19m
0

  • P1
  • 14
  • 19m
  • Trad

Obvious wide crack on right side of the Nose, with a variation possible up till half height.


3 3Dog Shit, 14 14 19m
0

  • P1
  • 14
  • 19m
  • Trad

Crack right of Right Nostril. Climb crack direct to top.


4 4Lionel’s Edge, 21 21 17m
2.01

  • P1
  • 21
  • 17m
  • Trad

The arête to the left of Kia Kaha. Limited but good protection. A quick and well-anchored belayer helps to prevent ground falls from the crux mid-height.


5 5Kia Kaha, 18 18 17m
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  • P1
  • 18
  • 17m
  • Trad

Left of Ratshit and right of the bolt. Climb the crack using protection in the horizontal crack. To the left and on the arête to the right to start with. Then finger lock up the crack using Stoppers #7 and 8 and Friends #1, 1.5 and 2 further up. Mantleshelf onto ledge to belay. Descent: either abseil off block (difficulty in retrieving rope if no sling) or exit off left to Nose. Route was put up by members of the Wellington Women’s Climbing Group.


6 6Rat Shit, 19 19 19m
0

  • P1
  • 19
  • 19m
  • Trad

Two cracks right of Dog Shit. Harder just at the top.


7 7Eliminator, 17 17 15m
0

  • P1
  • 17
  • 15m
  • Trad

Thin crack to the right of Ratshit which is cleaned. Wired Rock No.7 handy in crack. Climb the face to the right to reach the jugs.


 Crest Route, WI5 WI5
0

  • P1
  • Water Ice WI5

Just right of Right Nostril a steep smear forms down a slab. Follow this upwards to the crest then stay as close to the crest as possible. A steep pull through a short overhanging slot at mid-height provides the technical interest, rock protection available.


 Alpine Cowboy, WI4 WI4
0

  • P1
  • Water Ice WI4

To the left of Lionels Edge. A thin smear of ice forms during good seasons. Moderate dry tooling required.


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