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Where is the very best rock for Big Walls?
« on: March 18, 2009, 07:40:02 pm »
Clearly New Zealand right?  :)
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Re: Where is the very best rock for Big Walls?
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2009, 09:35:27 am »
Oh yeah,  That alpine New Zealand rock is solid!  I believe they refer to it as Weet-Bix, a popular breakfast cereal guaranteed to soften you stool!   http://www.weetbix.com.au/theaussieicon/about-weetbix.aspx

There's a surprisingly large quantity of Bomber Granite in the Darin's Range on the South Island but the easiest way in is by helicopter.  There are a bunch of huge pillar formations that sit up high in the back country.  Think mini Fitzroy's!

And the Mega classic limestone boulders of Castle Hill, Spittle Hill, Frock Hill, Quantum Field................ah!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Where is the very best rock for Big Walls?
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2009, 07:29:11 am »
On my way to Milford sound I remember seeing huge walls on both side of the road. This was some kilometers before the Homer tunnel, coming from Te-Anau. I don't remember exactly but it seemed like granite or gneiss. Anyone?
I was cycling around NZ some years back. Did nothing climbing, only some mountaineering but this was the trip of a lifetime really. Did more than 3000 km of pedalling around the 2 islands in 2 months, did sea kayak trip, hiking  and an all time goofing around with my brother.  Brings back some fond memories. I'll never be 24 again :-D


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Re: Where is the very best rock for Big Walls?
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2009, 04:03:07 am »
Yosemite fo sho!

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Re: Where is the very best rock for Big Walls?
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2009, 12:14:42 pm »
yosemite : bigwall paradise!!

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Re: Where is the very best rock for Big Walls?
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2009, 09:37:23 am »
Actually there is some great wall climbing in NZ but it tends its self to fast alpine that slow heavy ascents in the ditch. The Darrens in particular have some great old Bill Denz test pieces. However, the weather can be pretty changeable and I've spent weeks down there only got a handful of fine days to climb. March is the best time of year.

Best rock would have to be yosemite.

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Re: Where is the very best rock for Big Walls?
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2009, 09:47:32 am »
I always thought King's Canyon rock is pretty damn exemplary, too.
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