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Echo Wall

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Echo wall was named after a night camping at the base, where some rather strange
noises were heard (or imagined). It contains some of the best rock at Te Ananui, and is
uniformly steep and solid. Remember though that many of the routes have only received
one or two ascents, so there will still be the odd loose rock. Protection is generally good.
Wires are particularly useful here. For those new at Te Ananui, probably the most userfriendly
(and most repeated) route is the bolted Drilling fields. Find this route and use
the topo to orient yourself.

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Routes

Reference Title Grade Length Pro Quality Operations
 Save the snails, 11 11 15m
1.02

  • P1
  • 11
  • 15m
  • Trad

Easy corner crack on the last of the yellow rock, finish up slab on the right to reach belay tree at the top of Surf Nazi gannets.


 Titiro mai, 18 18 20m
1.02

  • P1
  • 18
  • 20m
  • Trad

Watch me! A fabulous outing. Takes the prominent groove to the top of the cliff, with the single small knarled pohutukawa at half height. Start as for Save the snails then stem up the short corner; alternatively start as for Eco Guerillas, carrying on up the corner. At the small tree, step right, up, then stem left into the groove (exposed!). At the top of the groove, step right to finish at the inevitable tree.


 Eco-guerillas, 18 18 15m
0

  • P1
  • 18
  • 15m
  • Trad

Three metres left the roof is broken by a diagonal line. Climb this and finish as for the above route.


 Shark attack, 18 18 15m
1.02

  • P1
  • 18
  • 15m
  • Trad

Just left of Surfing with the alien is an overhang with a crack through it. Boulder up jugs on the overhanging wall, stack Friends under the roof then go for it! Move left below the shrubbery then belay behind the tree. A fun route.


 Surfing with the alien, 15 15 20m
0

  • P1
  • 15
  • 20m
  • Trad

Crack and deep groove nine metres left of Passion and warfare.. Finish up the short wall at the top to the tree.


 Passion and warfare, 18 18 15m
0

  • P1
  • 18
  • 15m
  • Trad

Ten metres left of The drilling fields is this obvious line up the overhanging yellow wall. Carefully through choss at the top to tree belay.


 Rock in a hard place, 17 17 20m
1.02

  • P1
  • 17
  • 20m
  • Trad

Two metres left of TDF, up the bulging orange wall on good holds. 6 bolts lead to a large Pohutukawa branch that you can clamber onto and rap off. A nice climb.


 The drilling fields, 19 19 20m 6
1.02

  • P1
  • 19
  • 20m
  • 6
  • Trad

The route with the most ascents at Te Ananui, it's the rippled inset face left of a prominent corner. Boulder to the ledge then six bolts. Originally lead with four bolts and 2 CD's through the crux, it's much more of a consumer route now! Step right onto the ledge to DBC belay. Three 3 bolts through the bulge have been added to provide a direct finish at grade 21. .


 The naked and the scared, 17 17 20m
1.02

  • P1
  • 17
  • 20m
  • Trad

The thin seam on the face 2 m left of Raising the Titanic. Crux is close to the ground, nice moves to the small tree, then finish up the crack (watch the loose block) to DBC belay.


 Raising the Titanic, 17 17 22m
1.02

  • P1
  • 17
  • 22m
  • Trad

This steep corner just left of the prominent black streak on Echo wall was avoided for a long time because it looked unprotectable. It’s all there, the result is a lovely climb on solid rock. Take RP’s, wires and Friends to #2. Pleasant face moves and stemming take you to a ledge on the right at 3/4 height. Protect the final moves up the corner (easy) with a #1 or #2 RP, to the DBC anchor.


 Voyage of the Beagle, 17 17 22m
1.02

  • P1
  • 17
  • 22m
  • Trad

A classic steep face climb on great rock with solid protection and good rests. Climb the seam to a small tree and ledge, then trend rightwards up the face to the DBC belay. Take a large cam for the wide crack near the top.


 The Monkey Wrench gang, 18 18 15m
1.02

  • P1
  • 18
  • 15m
  • Trad

The direct start to Voyage of the Beagle up the thin seam just to the right.


 Battle of the hexes, 19 19 22m
2.01

  • P1
  • 19
  • 22m
  • Trad

The classic line on Echo wall. Prominent thin seam with a tiny shrub near the base. Through the overhang to the small tree, then two more overhangs above. Finish at a sloping ledge, original exit was right via chimney and ledge to large tree, but now has own DBC belay.


 Call of the sphincter, 17 17 15m
0

  • P1
  • 17
  • 15m
  • Trad

The thin seam to the tree, finishing up Last great American whale.


 Last great American whale, 16 16 25m
1.02

  • P1
  • 16
  • 25m
  • Trad

One of these would never make it up this route, but you should be able to. Climb the short corner to the ledge, then up the crack to a tree. Scramble through it, up the crack above and to another tree. Traverse left along the vague ledge to the DBC belay for Voyage of the Beagle.


 Shiekh Abeek, 15 15 15m
1.02

  • P1
  • 15
  • 15m
  • Trad

Start as for Under the influence but continue directly up the crack on the face to the small trees above the overhang and DBC belay.


 Under the influence, 17 17 18m
1.02

  • P1
  • 17
  • 18m
  • Trad

Start at the short crack leading to a ledge, move right behind the tree then up the corner crack and face, break through the roof to finish at the small tree and DBC belay.


 Crows nest, 13 13 25m
0

  • P1
  • 13
  • 25m
  • Trad

The sometimes good, sometimes loose corner at the far right-hand end of Echo wall. Finishes way up in the trees. "Beach alpine climbing", according to Will.


 Penguins rip my flesh, 23 23 25m
1.02

  • P1
  • 23
  • 25m
  • Trad

At the far right end of Echo Wall you can scramble up to the base of Yellow brick road wall. This line was led on sight and uncleaned by Mark, quite an achievement for a route of this grade. Climb the obvious pedestal then up to a prominent pock and follow the line of least resistance, trending left then right to belay ledge. Protection is only adequate and not obvious at times. Take a #2 Camalot for belay and a medium sling for rap bollard. Friends, hexes and Rocks.


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