Pk 1655

(1 route)

tba

Type: 
Mountain
Altitude: 
1655m
Lat/Lon: 
-44.747282000000, 167.935510000000
NZMS260: 
D40 092 944
Topo50: 
CB08 991 326
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The Charismatic Movement Marketing Council 19 , 12 , 17 , 18 , 20 , 20 , 23 , 19 , 20 , 15 , 16 , 15 404m
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North East Face The face on the truncated spur on the true left, seen from the tunnel portal. Access to the base of the wall is difficult and thickly vegetated, but the quality of the rock on the upper walls is well worth the adventure. 14 pitches. Solid climbing around grade 20; some bolts and fixed gear. A possible bivvy ledge can be found at the top of the 4th pitch. The route was originally climbed over three weeks and involves a tricky approach from the Milford Road. Haul up on tussock trending right, traversing right 100m below the wall to a flat-looking area with a few trees. A difficult and exposed section of cliff trends up and right to the start of the technical climbing. From start flake climb straight up and through a short steep corner, moving right to belay in bottom of white left-facing corner.
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11950mYes
 North East Face The face on the truncated spur on the true left, seen from the tunnel portal. Access to the base of the wall is difficult and thickly vegetated, but the quality of the rock on the upper walls is well worth the adventure. 14 pitches. Solid climbing around grade 20; some bolts and fixed gear. A possible bivvy ledge can be found at the top of the 4th pitch. The route was originally climbed over three weeks and involves a tricky approach from the Milford Road. Haul up on tussock trending right, traversing right 100m below the wall to a flat-looking area with a few trees. A difficult and exposed section of cliff trends up and right to the start of the technical climbing. From start flake climb straight up and through a short steep corner, moving right to belay in bottom of white left-facing corner.
21230mYes
 Follow white leaning corner to peg belay.
31730mYes
 Straight up obvious weakness then traverse right across slabs to bolt belay.
41852mYes
 Traverse right across slabby wall; follow shallow left-facing groove into a steep corner. Continue up a few steps for belay on Privet Hedge Ledge. The pitch was split due to rope drag. Privet Hedge Ledge: Spacious seating for two with gear. Stunning views, sheltered from space junk, ample protection in flake above.
52035mYes
 Traverse right to a shallow left-facing open-book corner with small roof. Deviousness necessary to protect startling blank traverse low down. Finish on bolt belay.
62025mYes
 Up groove two metres right of belay then step left through steep ground to open corner.
72345mYes
  Up groove above belay onto wall: good gear in crack. Traverse right past bolt (crux) to mantle ledge. Continue up wall on positive ledges to more good gear and fixed peg. A small tensioned pendulum will get you past the crux at 21 / A0.
81912mYes
 Up arĂȘte to left of corner, then follow groove to a small slab and bolt belay.
92030mYes
 Traverse left under roof thing to where it is breached by a weakness. Up then right to belay under overlap about seven metres above last belay.
101545mYes
 A0, Follow dirty wet right-tending seam with a few aid moves. Belay as high on the easy ramp as possible.
111625mYes
 Move out left from roof then up broken slabs to belay under gully things.
121525mYes
  Climb right of roofs to grass, sun, places to sit and walk. Belay from rap bolt. Descent: nine or ten abseils. Pitches five and six would be difficult to retreat from without fixed lines but not impossible. Walking out to Homer via the ridge to Moir would be the best and safest option.
Gwilym Griffith-Jones, Daniel Meecham, Feb 1994.
Attribution: 
Craig Jefferies