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Showing all routes 41 routes total Time 2mins 217 m

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Boulder - 41 routes - avg. grade V1 V0 - V1 V2 - V3 V4 - V5
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WORK IN PROGRESS A popular site for limestone bouldering near Duntroon in North Otago. Elephant Rocks was first developed by Doug Carson and Murray Judge. It's often referred to as being a bit like Castle Hill minus a little bit of quality. There are over 300 problems with 80% of them being V3 or below, hence it is a paradise for social climbers looking to improve their skills. Some routes are bolted and provide enjoyable but often dirty short routes. Be careful of the brittle yellow limestone in places and don't climb route's that are wet as the holds may be more prone to break. VE - No Hands Needed. (Ewbank 12ish) VM - Hands maybe needed briefly. (Ewbank 14ish) V0 - Route requires full use of the hands but is very easy. (Ewbank 16ish) V1 - Route requires the climbing skills required for grade 17-18. V2 - Route may have a difficult move more in keeping with grade 20. V3 - Route is a sustained series of difficult moves more in keeping with grade 20. V4 - Boulder problems for more intermediate level climbers who climb in the low 20's. V5 - ???

Access: Located near Duntroon, between Oamaru and Omarama in Otago, the Elephant Rocks are fairly straightforward to find: from near Duntroon, take Livingston-Duntroon Road and follow the signposts until you get to the Elephant Rocks. Elephant Rocks is on private farmland. However access is open to the public and a toilet is now on site for visitors. The owners do not mind climbers, but they do ask you respect the livestock and do not add any further bolts. Climbing and the use of the bolts is at your own risk. Commercial climbers should climb by arrangement with the land owners.

Attribution: North Otago Alpine Club

Showing all routes 18 routes total

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Boulder - 18 routes - avg. grade V2 V0 - V1 V2 - V3 V4 - V5
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The wall area closest to the road extending the full width of Elephant Rocks.

27
27
Grade VE

29
29
Grade V0

36
36
Grade V0

37
37
Grade V2

40
40
Grade V2

44
44
Grade V2

45
45
Grade V4

46
46
Grade V0

50
50
Grade V1

51
51
Grade V3

53
53
Grade V1

54
54
Grade V1

55
55
Grade V4

62
62
Grade V3

63
63
Grade V4

64
64
Grade V0

65
65
Grade VE

75
75
Grade V4

Showing all routes 13 routes total 217 m

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Boulder - 13 routes - avg. grade V0 V0 - V1 V2 - V3
Map2

The central southern area of boulders between the wall closest to the car park and the boulder with the crack climb.

Attribution: North Otago Alpine Club

13
13
Grade V0
Nice Pockets make this route easier than it's two siblings to the left.
13b
13b
Grade V2
A challenging pocket and smear problem with a bald top out that requires some thinking.
14
14
Grade V1
Follow up the line of pockets to a bald top out.
15
15
Grade VM
Big holds and easy slab, probably climbable without using any hands.
16
16
Grade V3
High quality problem and perhaps a benchmark for V3 at Elephant Rocks. Follow up the line at the head high pocket.
18
18
Grade VM
Climb up the big pockets centering yourself in the middle of the scoop.
20
20
Grade V3
A short palming move made easier by a small hold for taller people.
73
73
Grade V3

75
75
Grade VM

79
79
Grade VM

80
80
Grade V1

81
81
Grade VM

82
82
Grade VM

Showing all routes 8 routes total

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Boulder - 8 routes - avg. grade V0+ V0 - V1 V2 - V3
Map4

The back northern section of boulder characterized by a lot of high ball problems.

Attribution: North Otago Alpine Club

53
53
Grade V2

58
58
Grade V0

59
59
Grade V1

60
60
Grade V1

61
61
Grade VM

62
62
Grade VM

67
67
Grade VM

26
Slabgasm
Grade V1
7m Easy scrambling to the half-way ledge. Move delicately on the second half as the bowl-shaped rock opens up into more of a flat-slab, gradually making stemming more difficult. Getting down is arguably more fun than getting up!

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The long wall along the south face near the toilet with a large collection of problems.

Attribution: North Otago Alpine Club

83
83
Grade V0

85
85
Grade VM