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Main Wall Central

(39 routes)

The most popular place to climb at Mapoutahi. Make sure you wear a helmet and watch for loose rock. The area around Winona's is a major drainage line that comes down off the railway corridor above and can form into a pumping waterfall that leaves the adjacent routes drenched for days.
For high-resolution topo (printing, etc.): https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-3YzIabaVYZ78QvO3jsTHjsml5EMnm8h

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The most popular place to climb at Mapoutahi. Make sure you wear a helmet and watch for loose rock. The area around Winona's is a major drainage line that comes down off the railway corridor above and can form into a pumping waterfall that leaves the adjacent routes drenched for days.
For high-resolution topo (printing, etc.): https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-3YzIabaVYZ78QvO3jsTHjsml5EMnm8h

Reference Name Grade Quality Length Comments Actions
1
19
0
15m
7X bolts
One or more images in route detail.
  Launch onto the rock off the top of the boulder at ground level to the right of 'Control' with a few delicate moves to a ledge. Up the groove until forced out onto the face beneath the bulging arete. A couple of power moves into the crack takes you to the chains. Bolted by Steve and given as a gift to Dave.

Dave Brash 2012

2
24
1.02
15m
6X bolts
  Start as for GG2 then swing out right onto the golden slab. Crimp your way to glory up the steepening wall!

Chase Gatland 2013

3
18
1.02
15m
4X bolts
Natural gear required
One or more images in route detail.
1
  The L facing corner. Originally finishing at the top of the pillar it was extended to the top of the corner in 2012. Natural pro optional up initial crack.

Steve Carr 1997 (extended 2012)

4
20
1.02
20m
8X bolts
Natural gear required
  The lower section was retrobolted when the Death Block fell out in 2017. Up the resulting left-leaning groove and pull over onto the ledge out right. Now power up the arete above.

Steve Carr 1997/2017

5
22
0
17m
5X bolts
  Retrobolted and led by Sam after the Death Block fell out. Crimp your way up the wall onto the slab and finish in the corner.

Steve Carr 2012 Sam Waetford 2017

6
18
0
15m
5X bolts
  Heads up a nice water-worn wall.

Steve Carr 2012

7
16
0
6X bolts
Natural gear required
1
  An alternative start is to traverse right onto route above the steep crux at the bottom: start from 2 routes to the left to clip bottom bolt, traverse immediately right to next route; climb on this sport route to the obvious weakness to the right. Place small cam (optional) and tenuously traverse right, ending up near 3rd bolt of WBBB. Others have traversed into the route from the route just to the left of WBBB, using a traverse below the 3rd bolt and no gear. You may want a large cam for the final crack at the top of the route, although there are smaller placements lower down.

Polly Camber 2013

8
21
1.02
7X bolts
  A steep and powerful combination on good rock. Start up Undertow until you can step right onto the big sloping ledge at half height. Then climb straight up the steep wall above until you can join 'Do or Dive' at it's last bolt.

Tim Lewis, Nigel St Louis and Dave Hodson 2014

9
21
1.02
7X bolts
  A great route up the steep and solid wall left of Winona's. Climb easily up to the mid-height ledge, then balance up and right onto the nose. From here, commit to an awesome sequence of crimps, slopers and jugs that diagonals leftwards across the steep upper wall.

Steve Carr 2013

10
18
1.02
20m
6X bolts
Natural gear required
One or more images in route detail.
1
  Pumpy start to reach high and pull through the crux, and then eases off before a slightly steeper finish. Some cams can be placed to protect the top crack above the last bolt.

Calum Hudson, Polly Camber 2012

11
19
0
20m
8X bolts
  Crimp your way up the steep wall. A few jugs thrown in for good measure. Conceived and drilled by Calum Hudson who passed away before getting the chance to finish his project.

John Goulstone 2018

12
20
0
20m
7X bolts
  Some powerful moves with a couple of reachey clips. Sharp holds down low.

Steven McInally 2012

EF
23
0
15m
8X bolts
One or more images in route detail.
Gone
 

Steven McInally, 2012

18
22
0
25m
12X bolts
One or more images in route detail.
Gone
  This central line on the Eldorado Wall has been retrobolted, now going to the top of the cliff via a crackline through the upper bulging wall and finishing at the Firewalker belay.

Project

FW
19
2.01
25m
13X bolts
One or more images in route detail.
Gone
  Starting up what was formerly 'Star Spangled Spanner' on the right hand edge of the Eldorado Wall, this route has been retro bolted on the lower section and now continues to the top of the cliff with the addition of several more bolts making it the longest route on the cliff.

Steve Carr. FFA. 2012

Mapoutahi
20
2.01
17m
8X bolts
Gone
  It would be a shame if you were put off by the statement in Rock deluxe that this route has the worst rock of the crag because then you'd miss out on a great route. Sure, one or two of the holds are friable, but the bolts are all good - one of the best at Mapoutahi. The big corner immediately left of Fire Walker.
22
0
8X bolts
One or more images in route detail.
Gone
  Immediately left of Teardrop Arete at Mapoutahi. Climb the pillar in the corner, move rightwards across the wall, then straight up overhanging terrain to finish on the same lichenous slab as Teardrop Arete. .

Steve Carr 2014

18
0
20m
6X bolts
One or more images in route detail.
Gone
  Located in the centre of the main wall at Mapoutahi. Approach from the left hand end walking under The Jolly Cobbler Wall. Surmount the detached block to reach the first bolt. Swing left at the top onto the white lichenous slab for an engaging finish!!

Steve Carr. 2014

1
17
0
15m
3X bolts
Gone
  All natural pro corner to a DBB at 15m. Good pro. Begins off the top of a pillar in a high corner. Clip two bolts to get the business going. At the top of the corner the old chains have been removed and substituted with a bolt runner. The new ring belay can be found just over the brow of the arête above and to the left.

Steve Carr. FFA. 1998.

C
20
0
20m
7X bolts
One or more images in route detail.
Gone
  Holds quite a lot of interesting climbing. Up the corner from the pillar, then L onto the face past the third bolt. Control has been recently retrobolted. The belay has been relocated to the very top of the wall above three newly positioned bolts. A further bolt has been added on the left hand side of the starting pillar.

Steve Carr, FFA 1997.

20
0
Gone
  It starts left of Jospe/Carr route and right of BSB: "Delicate, bouldery, off-balance moves from ledge (crux) into corner and leftwards across hanging slab."-Dunedin Climbing (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151650458650815&set=a.209904345814.164211.208069165814&type=1&theater)

Dave Brash, 2013.

K
19
0
18m
5X bolts
Natural gear required
Gone
  Climb the L slanting groove to the wedged spike. Take a line rightwards under Golden Showers corner and around onto the face. Great climbing on excellent rock up to a high belay.

Steve Carr, 1997.

23
0
Natural gear required
Gone
  Somewhere R of Friggin Hell, starting at the high point of the ground and in the main apex of the cliff is ‘an excellent route’ which goes to the top of the cliff to another waratah belay, now overgrown with gorse. Could do with a DBB.

Calum Hudson

19
0
8X bolts
Gone
  Around grade 19: "Scramble up to high ledge immediately right from start of Fire Walker (staple in wall for belay). Head left into the groove and straight up the arête." -Dunedin Climbing (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151628917090815&set=a.209904345814.164211.208069165814&type=1&theater)

Dave Brash, 2013.

19
1.02
9X bolts
Gone
  The groove immediately above the spike on Golden Showers was originally climbed by Michelle Jospe who thought she was on Golden Showers. Steve Carr extended the route to the top of the crag shortly after. From the top of the groove step left onto the ledge then up the blunt arête into the rock scar and rock over onto the hanging slab.

Michelle Jospe, 2013. Steve Carr, 2013.

GS
17
2.01
20m
8X bolts
One or more images in route detail.
1
Gone
  Superior variant of Kaos. The " 'unprotected L slanting groove.....' - Dave Brash, Dunedin Rock, 2000" - has now been retrobolted. From the wedged spike at the top of the initial corner, launch out right across the void then up the striking golden corner. Power over the bulge on manageable jugginess. Not many grade 17 routes around of this length and quality of rock architecture.

Steve Carr, Luke Visser, Calum Hudson. Jan 2012

NR
17
0
1
Gone
  Up fractured crack to top of pillar then an interesting move onto ledges. Up ledges and into fist crack for a couple of moves. First ascent led using a self-belay device, anchoring the rope to the bull bars on the front of a 4x4 at the base of the crag

Steve Carr, 2012

?
17
0
1X bolts
Natural gear required
Gone
  Use DS rap station on the left. Only one hanger left on the route. Alternate start on left to avoid chossy overhang.

2013

HoaM
21
1.02
15m
8X bolts
3
Gone
 

Rick McGregor, Jan 2012

CF
21
0
15m
6X bolts
Gone
  Just right to EF, sharing first bolt. Beware potential ground fall before clipping second bolt (very easy climbing though). Short technical brainteaser near the top. Drilled by Steve, gifted to Maud.

Maud Ceuterick, Gon Nido, 2013

17
18
0
10m
Gone
 
19
18
0
10m
Natural gear required
Gone
 
20
20
0
10m
Gone
  A few nice moves.
21
16
0
10m
Natural gear required
Gone
  Nasty, slippery rock to the first bolt. Not worth it.
1
0
15m
Natural gear required
Gone
  A crackline hidden in a corner in the centre of the wall. Surmount a small pillar at the base of the corner and launch up the crack. A range of cams will see you right.

Steve Carr. FFA. 1992.

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Bring a helmet and beware loose rock, as many routes are new climbs and quite hard for their grades. That said, there is some excellent climbing and the crag is cleaning up nicely! Some gear can be handy at times, but most of the climbs are well protected by bolts, if a bit reachy.

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