Roxburgh Dam

(5 routes)

Interesting climbing in an attractive location – if you don’t mind a large dam in the back drop.
The climbs all face west and catch full afternoon sun. Rock is solid and grippy if a bit lichen covered (mainly the climbs on the right side) but well protected with generally closely spaced bolts. John Hammond and Russell Braddock put up all the climbs in 2009-11. John is yet to name the climbs.

Type: 
Crag
Altitude: 
100m
Aspect: 
North West
Walk time: 
2
Access: 

From Roxburgh drive north 7km and after passing the turnoff into Lake Roxburgh Village, take the turn off to the dam and bike tracks on the right. From Alexandra it is 30km south to the dam turnoff.
Cross the dam and drive half a kilometre down river to a car park and sign board on the right.
Cross the road from the car park and follow the Centennial Track 100m, past a large over hang and a steep black wall, until the track bends uphill slightly.

Lat/Lon: 
-45.481214020000, 169.319981330000
NZMS260: 
G43 223 188
Topo50: 
CD13 124570
Reference Title Grade Length Quality Bolts Gone Natural pro Edit link
1 13 16m
0
9bolts
Left most route. Start by angling left above two kanuka, up steepening and continue up near left edge of the slab. DBA.
John Hammond 2011
2 13 16m
0
9bolts
Shares first bolt of Route 1, then straight up middle of slab. DBA.
John Hammond 2011
3 14 14m
0
8bolts
Start on raised platform right of the kanuka. A steeper start up cracks leads to slabby climbing up the right edge of the face. DBA.
John Hammond 2011
4 15 26m
0
10bolts
From the base of the pillar giving access onto the face, straight up through a lower overlap with the crux met in the overlap near the top. Rope rub may make it prudent to abseil off these last two routes. DBA.
Russell Braddock / John Hammond 2009
5 16 26m
0
10bolts
Same start as Route 4 but step right onto the arête and climb the lower overlap near the edge. The crux lies in climbing the short wall near the top. A bit lichenous but it does not detract from a fun route. The abseil will leave you free hanging in a couple of places. DBA.
Russell Braddock / John Hammond 2009