Rotund Boulder

  • Grade context: AU
  • Ascents: 3
  • Aka: Boulder 17




One of the best boulders at the Bronx with a good range of problems.

Access issues inherited from Turakirae Head

You must park your vehicle in the public car park that is 300m before the end of the public road. From the car park, walk along the road and over the Orongorongo River Bridge. Access to Turakirae Head is via a covenant on private property. A fenceline defines the extent of the covenant. Visitors must keep to the seaward side of the fence.


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Start on the huge undercling. Pull on and follow a series of slopers around the bulge and then left to finish up the arete.

FA: John Palmer, 2005

Start as for Rotund for Success, but once through the initial bulge pull right into the crack and exit up the slab.

FA: John Palmer, 2005

Quality low start. Start in the cave on a couple of sidepulls. Double take with the left hand to an edge adjacent to the starting undercling of Rotund for Success. Finish via either of the previous exits.

FA: Ivan Vostinar, 2006

Start as per UR, but from the good edge make a large span rightwards to the small flakes. Grab the good gaston edge and mount the bulge.

FA: Ivan Vostinar, 2006

Crouch start on the big undercling beneath the boulder. Slap around the bulge to the small flakes, exit straight up as per Uber Alles.

FA: John Palmer, 2008

Start in the roof at the north side of the boulder with hands in a large hanging undercut on the left. Pull on and boost to a lightning bolt edge. Match with the left on a pointy edge and huck for a nice sloper up and right. Exit on Jugs.

FA: John Palmer, 2006

Pull on using the obvious lightning bolt edge & another small edge, then campus up & right to a good sloper. Exit on jugs

FA: John Palmer, 2005

A real low ball. Start at the extreme right end of the low lip, feet under the roof. Traverse left along the slopey lip & finish by rolling up onto the slab using the mon-ster jug.

FA: John Palmer, 2006

As for Tension but stay on the lip until you join the top of Huck.

FA: John Palmer, 2006

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