Curtain Wall

(6 routes)

It was curtains for Curtain Wall in the 22 February Christchurch earthquake. All the routes have gone.
The second tier above the Cave. Quite steep and airy. The ledge above Arrow is exactly 20m above the ground so a 45m–50m rope can be used double. Most of these routes are usually run together with one of the lower routes to get to a decent belay.
 

Altitude: 
350m
Type: 
Wall
Aspect: 
North West
Reference Title Grade Length Quality Bolts Gone Natural pro Link to edit content
Bow 15 8m
0
1
Bow was destroyed in the 22 February Christchurch earthquake. The large, broken crack line on the L side of Curtain Wall. Climb up on large but suspect holds to a wide crack (that used to be full of stones). You can avoid the widest part (at the top) by using a jug on the L. Adequate pro. Better than it looks. Good pro. Run this together with Sword in the Stone for an excellent 20m grade 15 (double ropes essential).
Archer 17 9m
0
1
Archer was destroyed in the 22 February Christchurch earthquake. The small crack with an overlap. Face climbing leads to overlap then jugs lead to top. Mildly strenuous. Pro not great initially but improves.
Lindsay Main, 1979
Arrow 13 8m
1.02
1
Arrow was destroyed in the 22 February Christchurch earthquake. The prominent wide crack on the right, usually reached by a stimulating traverse from the top of Kestrel or Hawk. Plenty of holds and a useful crack. Good pro. Sustained.
Full Moon 17 8m
0
1
Full Moon was destroyed in the 22 February Christchurch earthquake. Climb the wall up the thin crack between Arrow and Eclipse. Pro by moving left to Arrow.
Eclipse 16 10m
0
1
Eclipse was destroyed in the 22 February Christchurch earthquake. Traverse right from Arrow along the lip of the roof, then straight up the vague crack in the middle of the face using good face holds. Adequate pro (small wires, hexes and cams). Sustained. There's a direct start thru the widest part of the roof from the aviary (about 24).
Phil Stuart-Jones, 1977; direct start Matt Vandenberg, 1999
Eagle Cleft 10 12m
0
1
Eagle Cleft was destroyed in the 22 February Christchurch earthquake. The wide crack/chimney marking the end of the Curtain Wall. Great if you're a caver. Amusing pro but watch for nesting pigeons.
Neil Hamilton, 1940s

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grubbie's picture

Quake destruction