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The Remarkables Rock Climbing 

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The Remarkables is a mixed ice and rock climbing destination in the winter and a multipitch trad playground in the summer. The rock is a beautiful well-featured schist and is generally solid and clean, but less traveled routes may be mossy. The climbing is all trad with the occasional DBA and climbs range from single pitch crags, 10-pitch excursions and all-day mountaineering routes. Part of the range is a ski field and consequently access is shared with tourists and skiers, but the crags themselves are not crowded. The range runs North-South so expect sun on the East faces in the morning and on the West in the afternoon.

Getting There 

Head south from Queenstown and turn off on Remarkables Ski Field road, which is unpaved and may be rough. Follow this for 14 km up to the ski field and park in the parking lot. Lake Alta is 20 minutes walk from the carpark and Double Cone is 15 minutes from there. Routes on the West face are accessed by a 45 minute approach following the Shadow Basin ski lift. There is a rock bivy among the boulders NE of Lake Alta and climbers pitch tents along the shore of the lake. Boiling the stream/lake water is recommended.

Climbing Season

For the South Island area.

Weather station 5.3 miles from here

1 Total Climbing Routes

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Featured Route For The Remarkables
Rock Climbing Photo: Blurry photo of DB Eh?

DB Eh? 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Oceania : New Zealand : ... : Double Cone East Face
Classic route which goes up the prominent buttress. Start at the toe of the buttress and climb the sometimes wet slab to a vegetated gully and ledge with a DBA. Climb the easy slab above with ample pro and belay beneath an overlap. Continue up the slab and belay beneath the first steep section (the majority of the climb is at such a low angle I couldn't tell if this was overhanging or not!) Surmount the steep section, climb another slab, go through a short 5.8 steep section, and belay at a ledge...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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