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Summary

A small local bouldering area, made from cutting the road of Asquith ave through volcanic rock.

Description

A hand full of boulders are a mix of direct and eliminate problems, mostly sit start due to the low height of the routes. Traverses and variations are common.

Access issues

Access has not been specifically granted to climb on the walls, permission from one of the property owners has an understanding that people climb here from time to time. As such please respect the following: Take all rubbish with you including any that you find from others. If your remove any gorse make sure you take it with you. Limited permission has been granted to trim back some gorse on the King's side to the top of the routes. Keep group numbers small. No loud music. Be aware of members of public who will be walking on the footpaths and cars on the road.

Approach

Easy access from the St Lukes motorway offramp. All climbs are adjacent to the footpath. Best parking is available on Amandale Ave. Kings plant barn offers additional parking on weekends in the AIS carpark. Parking here is at your own risk. A cafe with toilets can be found at the Plant Barn.

Ethic

Some of the rock is brittle even on some of the more established routes, be aware that this can be dangerous at times and may result in injury and changing the intended route. The use of a spotter on the plaque wall is a good idea due to the park bench. Please do not add graffiti or route marks to the walls.

History

History timeline chart

No doubt in the history of Auckland climbing many have driven past, stopped and had a dabble on the boulders of Asquith Ave. But due to it's limited variety and low number of routes it didn't compare to Auckland Quarry so it has mainly remained a quiet local bouldering spot, becoming more popular due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Old tick marks, chalk signs and even a nut or two have been found in the past. The cutting was originally claimed to made by a 'chain gang'Irish army deserters in the early 1860's. Moving the rock using hand tools.https://timespanner.blogspot.com/2012/07/street-stories-24-asquith-ave-not-chain.html

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