Mount Somers Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Looking up at the crags from the trail
Well known but little visited by climbers, Mount Somers offers excellent backcountry sport and trad climbing at the foot of the Southern Alps. A 3 hour hike from the car park to the crags keeps many climbers away, but adds a sense of adventure to the trip. The Pinnacles Hut at the base of the climbing area provides serviced accommodation for 19 people, however you may want to get there early as it is popular with weekend trampers.
There are two types of climbing to be found here: the free-standing pinnacles at the base of the mountain offer bolted sport climbs on notoriously crumbly andesite. These climbs range from the low teens to mid 20's and can be 1 to 3 pitches in length. The main attraction here is the hexagonal rhyolite columns which crop out in scattered formations further up the hill. These are primarily trad climbing crags in a wide range of grades, however there are some fully bolted sport climbs and bolt anchors to be found at most areas. Climbs range from 1 to 3 pitches in length.
From Christchurch take the 73 West to Darfield and continue onto the 77 which curves off south past Mount Hutt. Continue south onto the 72 to the town of Staveley and follow signs for the Sharplin Falls car park. From the car park, follow the signed trail to the Pinnacles Hut. The hike takes 2-3 hours depending on fitness levels as there are a few steep sections.
Climbing Season For the South Island area.
Weather station 18.0 miles from here
5 Total Climbing Routes
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Featured Route For Mount Somers
Rocky Road 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Oceania
: New Zealand
: ... : Central Pinnacle
3 pitches of sport climbing gives you a grand tour of the Central Pinnacle.1) 17- 2 bolts up the left hand arête of the boulder get you to a standing belay at a bolt anchor. It seems sandbagged at 17 (5.9) to me - quite a hard start!2) 20 - Traverse left from the belay on a mixture of old and new bolts. After 4 or 5 bolts head straight up, passing bolts sometimes not visible from below. This is a long pitch of sustained climbing on small knobs and edges. Belay off two old bolts with hangers jus...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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BETA PHOTO: view from the hut