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A nice overhang with a couple of great routes and a couple of projects. scope for more if anyone is keen.


Take the vague trail directly below the Pretender at Hero Wall. It heads diagonally down hill to a thin ledge above a 10m drop. Navigate this and you will arrive at the Sound Garden Cave

Ethic inherited from Waihoo

A mixed of sport and trad routes but all the routes are well equiped with lower offs and solid bolts


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Only a few routes so far. Down On The Upside was the first route to go up in 2011, then Talking Marmots and Arboretum in 2012. Still quite a lot of potential.


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Brian pro SportProject 15m, 7

First route on right side of cave. up wall and straight out through roof to anchors up headwall

22 *** Down on the Upside Sport 15m, 5

The prominent prow feature in the centre of the first part of the cave. Turn the hard roof down low to a rest, then follow overhung prow and roof above to lower offs. Can be done in all but the heaviest of rain. Six ring bolts and double ring lower offs.

FFA: Arthur Schultz, 2011

FA: Arthur Schultz, 2011

23 ** Talking Marmots Sport 12m, 6

2m left of DotU. Boulders start then up steep wall to clip anchors on lip of roof

FA: Stephen Hawkshaw, 2012

25 ** Arboretum Sport 18m, 5

Start left side of cave. Bouldery start, up through bulge and headwall to anchors

FFA: Alan Ezzy, 2012


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