Air Traffic Control Tower

(4 routes)

A tasty little gem hidden amongst the bush with awesome steep, juggy climbing. (about 10 metres high) a few hundred metres up the Punakaiki Valley Road of immaculate compact limestone complete with sheltered grassy belay ledge. It has a northwesterly aspect for warm, sunny climbing. The crag was discovered in 2008 by Jack Grinsted and Lindsay Main.

Type: 
Crag
Altitude: 
30m
Aspect: 
North West
Access: 

Park at an obvious turnout about 50 metres from the crag, and follow the track through the bush.

Lat/Lon: 
-42.127142000000, 171.335710000000
NZMS260: 
K30 724 964
Topo50: 
BS19 624 348
Reference Title Grade Length Quality Bolts Gone Natural pro Edit link
1 Flight Control 22
0
Follows the weakness on the left side of the wall.
Jack Grinsted, 2008.
2 Thievery Corporation 25
1.02
Get established on the flowstone; then make the hard moves through the bulge and finish at the Flight Control belay . .
Josh Hudson, Jack Grinsted, 2011
3 First In Flight 19
0
Climb the overhanging wall on substantial holds to the horizontal break, where the character of the climb suddenly changes, with crimpy moves on the finish.
Jack Grinsted, 2008.
4 Honour Among Thieves 17
2.01
Reachy moves on big holds up the lower steep section of the route, after which it changes to a more delicate style on small holds.
Lindsay Main, 2008.
Attribution: 
Jack Grinsted and Lindsay Main. Neil Warrington & Neil Silverwood, http://www.kiwitracks.com/paparoa/

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