Armchair Theatre

(10 routes)

From Mangatepopo Hut, this small crag can be seen on the crest of the ridge leading to Tongariro. The cliff was discovered and developed by Ray Button around 1980–81. No climb is longer than 10m, but it is a good venue for easy natural pro routes.

Type: 
Crag
Altitude: 
1350m
Aspect: 
South West
Walk time: 
40 min
Lat/Lon: 
-39.140179700000, 175.603194240000
NZMS260: 
T19 351 261
Topo50: 
BH34 250 644
Reference Title Grade Length Quality Bolts Gone Natural pro Edit link
1 Piker 8 10m
0
wire representing trad
A series of blocks and cracks is climbed to the top.
2 The Gallery 8 10m
0
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Follow the small buttress consisting of two blocks which joins Piker at the top.
3 Hangman 14 10m
0
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Up to the left end of the small overhang, then diagonally left up a thin crack.
4 The Gallows 15 10m
1.02
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An excellent route with good protection. The direct line through the overhang.
5 The Flay 10 10m
0
wire representing trad
A rising traverse to the right, to join the obvious ramp leading up left to the top.
6 Fly Direct 12 10m
0
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Start as for The Fly, but climb direct to the ramp via a small corner.
7 Cleavage 14 10m
0
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Climb the short crack in the corner.
8 Reach For the Sky 13 10m
0
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An obvious blocky buttress is climbed straight up a small wall to the top.
9 Orangoutang 14 10m
0
wire representing trad
Climb a small overhang then finish as for Reach For the Sky.
10 Blindman’s Bluff 8 10m
0
wire representing trad
Around the corner to the right, an obvious line to a large ledge and then the top.