The Lair

(3 routes)

Just on the edge of Pohara. A fairly dark and gloomy spot that has the honour of probably being the closest climbs to a cafe that I can think of in NZ. The "Penguin" cafe at Pohara and the nearby store should provide all the sustainance that one requires. The Lair is located about 150m past the "Penguin" when heading to the main climbing areas from Poara near the band rotunda. It is the large block on the hill side of the road. The slab above the road has been climbed but should be left alone due to proximity to the road.

Reference Title Grade Length Quality Bolts Gone Natural pro Link to edit content
Redback 17
Starts up the steep wall at the Pohara (west) end of the boulder right next to the road. Follows the arĂȘte in the upper sections. Try and not drop rocks on the road.
Mark Brignole 2004
White Spider 25
Overhanging back wall.Head up the dark gully and it is up on your left. Climb up onto the block opposite (access up rata vine corner on far side). Lean across to clip the first bolt. It seems to work best if you put a long draw on the 2nd bolt and unclip the first. Lunge left to a big hole at the top. Steep with some great moves.
Mark Brignole 2004
Katipo 25
This is around past the White Spider. It was put up by the lads from Mot. apparently has a very hard first clip.
Craig Alter '07

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