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On the eastern side of the central region is Lake Taupo, sitting in the crater of what is believed to be the world’s largest volcanic eruption. There are numerous cliffs lining the lake, several of which have established climbing. The rock is Rhyolite, a dense volcanic rock that is relatively smooth and solid, and prone to cracking instead of crumbling. The volcanic silt gives the lake a turquoise reflection and makes for some rather nice places to climb.
From Auckland head south, from Rotorua head west, from Wellington head north. The lake is a major attraction of the north island, it shouldn’t be hard to find.
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The Odyssey 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c New Zealand : North Island : ... : Odyssey Wall
Super classic, one of the best Trad climbs in the North Island.Pitch 1 (17/5.9) 30mClimb up easier ground to the obvious cave. Trad Belay in cavePitch 2 (18/5.10a) 30mEmbrace the exposure as you climb out of the bottomless chimney to the end of the cave roof. From here traverse along a system of ledges until you reach a break/weakness in the roof. Construct a trad anchor here.Pitch 3 (22/5.11a) 20mClimb through the break in the roof (crux) until you get past the overhang. Easier ground to top. T...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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