Whale Rider

Type: 
Rock
Description: 
This route allows you to climb past two waterfalls to the upper plateau of the Mangatoetoenui George (Dragon Wall, Rehab wall etc). It's one of the most scenic adventure outings in Tukino. The gear is good but before you head out make sure you agree on some form of non verbal communication with your belayer: you can't hear or see each other past the first pitch.
Reference: 
1
Pitch(es): 
#EwbankAlpine (Technical)Alpine (Commitment)Alpine (Mt Cook)AidWater IceMixedBoulder (Hueco)LengthBoltsTrad
11715mYes
 

Start out far left and traverse along the lowest ledge above the overhang. Once you see the leaning corner above you, find several good small cam placements to protect the crux and head straight up over the bulge. You'll see a belay ledge with bolted anchors on your right.

21925m4No
 

Traverse diagonally right along 4 bolts to an exhilarating finish just above the waterfall. Once over the lip, scramble to the top to a bolted anchor.
It's possible to walk down from here using a gully out left towards Leonard Cohen Memorial Buttress.

31040mYes
 

From the top of the second pitch rappel down into the top basin of the waterfall. Build a trad anchor across the river for your belayer, climb out and scramble along the spine to the upper plateau. Enjoy the views! Bonus points if you can keep your rope dry..
It's possible to walk back down from the upper plateau to the bowl of the lower waterfall by scrambling down a short rock step further up and right.

Grade: 
17,19,10
Quality: 
2.01
Gone: 
0
Length: 
80m
Bolts: 
4
Natural pro: 
1
Ascent: 
Wim Coosemans & Jessica Thorn, Nov. 2020
UUID: 
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