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Description

The line of cliffs directly above the Lower Tier. The rock is less pockety and more solid with climbs generally being vertical and technical.

Access issues inherited from Castle Rock

The crag is on private farmland, there is a $10 fee (per person per day) to climb. This fee covers maintenance of anchors, bolts, and other facilities and is collected on an honesty basis - sign in and pay at the toilet(!) building beside the main carpark.

Approach

From carpark take track to Lower Tier, turn left there and halfway to Bumblys Buttress take stairs going up right and follow signposted track. Be very careful on upper tier as it is a narrow track and can be slippery. There are belay bolts at the bottom of most routes.

Routes

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Grade Route

Don't let the low grade fool you. Direct start will be a challenge.

Good holds up to first bolt then strong move over to left wall and up slab.

Crimps to start, up vertical wall, then onto slab.

FA: Greame Dingle & Ray Button

Excellent thin slab climbing, with high first bolt, to steeper head wall on small pockets.

First half of climb on trad (or abseil in to set top rope from first bolt about 10m up and lead the short headwall). Hard start to good crack, following this up into corner for awkward moves to reach first of 3 bolts on headwall.

Fantastic arete climb. Three cruxes, one being the mantle onto huge ledge near the top.

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