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Climbing News – North Otago Section

By: Nick Shearer

Source: North Otago Section Newsletter (May 2018)

Murray and Bronwyn Judge, and John Hamilton attended the Otago Southland/ Canterbury rock meet at Long Beach. Participants camped at the Long Beach hall and had a social evening including a BBQ meal on the Saturday night. It is shame this get-together is not taken advantage of by more climbers.

Over the last few months Murray and John have been busy at Long Beach and Doctors Point. A short slab climb at 17/18 on the Manhattan Wall has been added. This can be accessed via Polaris with a little traverse. Further right a two-pitch route can be accessed by rapping in from the top of Hell’s Kitchen or climbed via the via Ferrata chains leading across past the start of Hell’s Kitchen, a juggy 30m 17/18 first pitch. The second pitch is yet to be climbed; there is a tricky bulge yet to be conquered.

At Doctors Point Murray has put up a 25m 18, downgraded by Bronwyn to 17, an access 12, a set of stairs, plus another 20m 16. John put up a 25m 14 traversing climb which has yet to have its final clean. Several trailer loads of dirt and sand were shovelled to expose the underlying rock leaving a nice heap on the beach below these climbs.

Work is ongoing to create a series of climbs from the beach on 20m of untouched rock.

Nick and Dara Shearer and Clare and Kevin Kearney climbed Mt Kohurau.

Nick Shearer had a day trip to the Thurneysen Glacier on the southern flanks of Mt Barth, Canyon Creek, Ahuriri Valley.

Hugh Wood has been botanizing in the hills around North Otago.

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