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Bridle Path Boulders

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Description

The Bridle Path boulders are fragments of cliff dislodged from Castle Rock in the February 2011 earthquake.

Approach

The Bridle Path track is located in Heathcote valley at the base of the gondola. Walk the track up hill for a few minutes until you reach a track branching right over the tunnel control building. Go through this and the next gate and the boulder field should be on your left. Please be mindful to leave gates as you find them.

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Sit start, hands on corner. Go up then right on the crimps to link up with the second half of Refresh

Start with left hand on side pull and right hand on V cut.

SS on the good slopper then head straight up.

Climb the arête on the left side until it dulls out, then mantle.

Climb the right side of the arête.

Sit start, hands matched in large undercling

Sit start on LH sidepull pinch, RH diagonal edge, with a right heel hook. Slap up the arête, topping out at the highest point (a full 2m!). Avoiding the dab is the crux.

Sit start matched on the big jug, feet in tiny cave. If you feel like working a lil harder don't use the arete.

Sit start on the lowest of the edges on the obtuse arête. Build your hands then head for the top.

Named for the springer spaniel that climbed it. Right side of the low angle slab.

Sit start on two side pulls, right hand to crimp, and top out. Avoid using the arete

Start on the right arete traverse to the left side arete and top out.

Traverse right to left. Start at shelf by grey intrusion

Slab side of Beefcake Boulder. Sitstart right hand crimp, left undercling, follow vertical crack to topout

Slab side of Beefcake Boulder. Same start as Crack, follow horizontal crack to obvious hold, straight up slab to prominent top

Same start as Crack and Slab, follow horizontal crack to obvious hold, top out using arete

Start left hand on rail and right hand on lower sloper. Dynamic move to V-groove sloper and up arete.

FA: Owain Scullion (OwainS), 25 Jun 2023

Isaac and Alec climbed up here after some landscaping.

FA: Isaac Buckley

Left sit-start into top of Early Bird.

FA: Erin Stewart, 18 Jun 2022

FA: Zuri George

Do the first move of Early Bird gets the Worm then go right via large shoulder move. Finish climb to the right.

FA: Derek Thatcher, 18 Jun 2022

Sit-start and go up good edges to easy topout. Good warmup.

Up the hill looking North from The Beefcake Boulder.

Sit start with hands on either side of the bloc and using a good right heel. Slap your way up to a tricky mantle finish.

FA: Thibaut, 23 Mar 2023

Just up the hill from the Beefcake Boulder; easily recognisable with the two trees growing above it.

SS as per Opération Satanique but take the easy exit straight up via the juggy pinch.

FA: Thibaut, 6 Apr

SS on the slopey lip with a good crimp rail for the right hand. Follow the runnel to the arete on sloppers and small crimps.

FA: Thibaut, 7 Apr

Up the hill looking South-West from the Beefcake Boulder.

Sit start with left hand on the small crimp and right hand on the crimp side pull (L-shaped hold). Find the balance on the right heel and reach up to the good hold.

FA: Thibaut, 1 Apr 2023

Sit start with left hand on crimp (L-shaped hold) and right hand on the side pull in the small break/crack. Crimp hard and find the balance to reach up to one of the half-decent holds up high.

FA: Thibaut, 1 Apr 2023

Small prow below Space Invaders. Start low on the wide pinch/crimp and rad undercling, one move to the top.

FA: 18 Jul 2023

On top of the hill overlooking the main boulder field, looking West. Most easily accessed by walking past Space Invaders up to the entrance of the gully and then following the sheep track right and up.

SS with left hand on the small slopper and right hand on the undercling. Use the good right foot and small edge for left foot, stand up and throw left hand up to the decent slopper. Easier finish moves to top out.

FA: Thibaut, 10 Jun 2023

Sit start on the arête. Layback and heel up.

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