Stone Road

Type: 
Rock
Description: 
This striking quartz ladder hides around the corner, on Falcons Nook crag, 5-10 min up and left of Kea Dome (just below the ridge and Eldrig 'beach'). First climbed on all gear by John McCartney and Andy Macfarlane in the 90's, but unrecorded, it was rediscovered by Paula and Ruari Macfarlane in 2020. Believing it was unclimbed, they cleaned, climbed and named it, including the P2 crack, and added three bolts to keep pro reasonable enough to encourage climbing, unaware of it's history! Less than a month later, an old slide was unearthed that showed John McCartney leading the dyke many years prior, labelled "Stone Road, 16". John was contacted and suggested the bolts stay in. Grade is old school. Gear to hand size plus a big cam for the first pod
Pitch(es): 
#EwbankAlpine (Technical)Alpine (Commitment)Alpine (Mt Cook)AidWater IceMixedBoulder (Hueco)LengthBoltsTrad
11625m3Yes
 

Up obvious white dike then cracks to DBA on tussock ledge.

21315mYes
 

Optional, only a short section of technical climbing. Scramble up right, then up short, sharp but inviting fist crack. Continue up to build a gear anchor at ledge below the ridge. Walk off to left. Optional finish via the cracked prow to right.

Grade: 
16,13
Quality: 
1.02
Gone: 
0
Length: 
40m
Bolts: 
3
Natural pro: 
1
Ascent: 
John McCartney, Andy Macfarlane, mid-1990's
Route Image: 
UUID: 
e16f7959-88c2-4be6-8598-552cc6fedfdc