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Table of contents

1. The Arches 9 routes in Sector

Sport and Trad

Long/Lat: 175.687758, -38.285909


The great feature wall of Wiapapa and home to Waipapa classics.

Access Issues: inherited from Waipapa

Pipeline Wall, Cracks Wall, Lakeside Wall and Carpark Wall are currently CLOSED for climbing. Do not climb on these cliffs.

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 * Seattle Rain

Balancy moves to the crack. Step out into the overhand and mantle into the ledge of the first belay of 'Mortality'

FA: Kelly Cudworth & Bryce Martin, 2002

22 Sport 8m, 5
2 * Popeye

Pitch 1 [23, 13m, 5 bolts]: Climb wall and arete. Easier after 3rd bolt and moves left at 5th bolt to belay.

Pitch 2 [22, 17m, 6 bolts]: Follow 'Mortality' till 2nd bolt then move right onto slab. Follow slab to roof. Gain large hold then easy climbing leads to final belay of 'Mortality'.

Climbing with half or two ropes advised as it can then be done in a single pitch. Still large amounts of drag if done in two pitches on a single.

FA: Martyn Owen, Andrew Whitmore, Florian Baffie, 2000

23 Sport 30m 2, 11
3 * Mortality

Pitch 1 [17, 15m, 6 bolts]: Climb to the 4th bolt of 'The Arches'. Traverse left past 2 bolts and onto belay past next arete.

Pitch 2 [22, 16m, 7 bolts]: Climb straight up the slab past 3 bolts to the large flake. Follow right side of flake to groove above. Follow groove to belay.

FA: Kevin Barratt and Jan Wasey, 2001

22 Sport 31m 2, 13
4 *** The Arches

Climb the corner past 3 bolts then gain the face. Follow the bolts to a traverse right. Gain the ledge for a belay. Crux at start and finish.

FA: Kevin Barratt, 2000

18 Sport 35m, 13
5 ** Gauche mais pas Maladroit

Climb the crack/corner to the right of 'The Arches'. Follow the bolts straight up to belay below the roof.

FA: Nick Adams, Florian Baffie, 2000

18 Sport 20m, 10
6 Three Steps to Heaven

Line directly below the finish of 'The Arches'. Tricky moves at many bolts. With a heart-breaker mantle finish.

FA: Martyn Owen, 2001

26 Sport 25m, 8
7 Ben’s Big Day Out

Right of 'Three Steps to Heaven'. Get onto narrow belay ledge. Follow thin cracks (RP size) for 5m to next ledge. Follow bolts left and into next crack. Finish on belay of 'Fingers Crossed'.

FA: Martyn Owen , Andrew Whitmore, Ben Owen, 2001

20 Mixed 22m, 3
8 * Fingers Crossed

Start is the same as 'Ben’s Big Day Out'. At ledge gain the handcrack. Follow crack till crux move onto bolt on left. Follow bolts to belay.

FA: Richard Knott, 2000

22 Mixed 25m, 4
9 Game of Two Halves

Follow layback crack past 4 bolts. Continue up the arete. Move right and follow slab to belay.

FA: Marytn Owen, Fran Louder, 2002

27 Sport 25m, 9

2. Index by grade

Grade Stars Name Style
18 ** Gauche mais pas Maladroit Sport 20m, 10
*** The Arches Sport 35m, 13
20 Ben’s Big Day Out Mixed 22m, 3
22 * Fingers Crossed Mixed 25m, 4
* Mortality Sport 31m 2, 13
* Seattle Rain Sport 8m, 5
23 * Popeye Sport 30m 2, 11
26 Three Steps to Heaven Sport 25m, 8
27 Game of Two Halves Sport 25m, 9