About Castle Rock:
Update (08.04.2014 by nzcragrat):
Castle Rock was severely damaged by the Canterbury earthquakes with a large part of the keep collapsing and losing some classic routes.
Currently it is technically in a closed area due to the summit road being closed. There was a lot of remedial work done with rope access teams for road safety reasons.
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Probably "the" crag of the Port Hills, this is the tall (30m) jutting rock towering above the Heathcote Valley. Access is a short walk from summit road between Evan's and Dyer's passes, you can't miss it. On a nice day on the weekend, the number of people here can rival those at Rapaki, otherwise well worth a visit to try out some of the best trad climbing on the longest routes in the Port Hills.
|Type of Climbing:||Trad|
|SequenceSequence numbers indicate the left (L) to right (R) order of the routes.||Rating||Route||Difficulty||Ascents|
|0||***Judgement, 20 (1)||5.10c||2|
|0||Holy Grail, 17 (!)||5.9||15|
|0||Knight Errant (1)||5.7||7|
|0||Knight's Entrance (2)||5.4||1|
|0||Lancelot, 14 (3)||5.6||8|
|0||Square Table, 14||5.6||1|
|1||*Bow, 16 (1)||5.7||2|
|1||*Buttress Corner, 18 (1)||5.10a||5|
|1||*Expedition Crack, 18||5.10a||7|
|1||*Falcon Crack, 15||5.7||3|
|1||Sword in the Stone 17||5.9||4|