Another brilliant low-grader, up the middle of the watchtower. Start at the crack 5m left of the undercut right arete (but not the crack 9m left). Up the deep crack until it ends, right, and over a disconcerting bulge to a good ledge (8). Belay. Up the smooth wall on the rightuntil below another bulge, the left and up to a narrow ledge under the overhang. Best from here is an "unlikely" traverse right to a peg, then straight up to another good belay ledge (9). Finish back left and up to a scenic finish.

Speedie and McQuilkin 10/1964 Oct/1964

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User Date Style Notes & Partners
Andy Clarke 19 Mar AltLd O/S What a beauty. Lovely climbing up a very striking piece of rock. Started early to avoid the worst of the heat and had the route to ourselves. Led part of P1, P2 and P3 in one long jugfest.
What a beauty. Lovely climbing up a very striking piece of rock. Started early to avoid the worst of the heat and had the route to ourselves. Led part of P1, P2 and P3 in one long jugfest.
PhilIpGBailey 19 Mar AltLd O/S I led first and last Andy strung the other pitches together. It is a lovely climb, well protected and the holds keep coming. Get on it and enjoy it.
I led first and last Andy strung the other pitches together. It is a lovely climb, well protected and the holds keep coming. Get on it and enjoy it.
dorman 15 Nov, 2018 Lead rpt
with Harry
with Harry
Jemima Churchhouse ?Nov, 2018 2nd Simul-climbed. Lovely climb
with GwilymR
Simul-climbed. Lovely climb
with GwilymR
Hidden 21 Oct, 2018 Lead O/S
jameslomax 18 Oct, 2018 2nd β Simul-climbed
Simul-climbed
foobar123 18 Oct, 2018 Lead O/S Another good simul. Jugs everywhere so you can meander wherever you feel like really
Another good simul. Jugs everywhere so you can meander wherever you feel like really
suds_01 7 Oct, 2018 Lead O/S 4 pitches
with Rachel
4 pitches
with Rachel
Maximo 19 Aug, 2018 Solo rpt One if the greats, sped up this thing.
with Foong
One if the greats, sped up this thing.
with Foong
ian bryant 7 May, 2018 AltLd O/S
IainMay 12 Apr, 2018 AltLd O/S
with Jamie Marr
with Jamie Marr
Katekeltie 14 Jan, 2018 AltLd O/S
with Steve Findlay
with Steve Findlay
Patrick Clissold 18 Oct, 2017 Lead
with Eleri Clissold
with Eleri Clissold
Hidden 4 Oct, 2017 Lead
haydng 12 Apr, 2017 AltLd O/S
with RMG
with RMG
Ruaraidh ??, 2017 2nd O/S
henweeee ??, 2017 -
Gabe Oliver 29 Nov, 2016 AltLd O/S Lead pitches 2 and 3 together. Last route before heading home. Sad face
Lead pitches 2 and 3 together. Last route before heading home. Sad face
spenser 14 Nov, 2016 Lead O/S
with Jess Fleming
with Jess Fleming
Steve Lenartowicz 2 Nov, 2016 2nd
with Clare
with Clare
disturbed_one51 19 Oct, 2016 Solo Minerva Variation. Night solo under the full moon! stunning adventure wih some lovely stops in the caves along the way to look at the moon and surrounds. There is an airy mantle after the midway cave which feels a little bit scary for a grade 9.
with Max Farr, rianmcgann
Minerva Variation. Night solo under the full moon! stunning adventure wih some lovely stops in the caves along the way to look at the moon and surrounds. There is an airy mantle after the midway cave which feels a little bit scary for a grade 9.
with Max Farr, rianmcgann
rianmcgann 19 Oct, 2016 Solo O/S Night Solo
with Max Farr, disturbed_one51
Night Solo
with Max Farr, disturbed_one51
spidermonkey09 15 Oct, 2016 Solo O/S Jugs everywhere! Exposed and quite intricate climbing but holds are gigantic.
Jugs everywhere! Exposed and quite intricate climbing but holds are gigantic.
Hidden 23 Sep, 2016 AltLd O/S
Peter Reynolds ?Sep, 2016 AltLd O/S
1918hasti 2 May, 2016 Lead O/S
Phil Blue ?Oct, 2015 Lead O/S
markalmack 28 Sep, 2015 Solo O/S And the variant
And the variant
wi11 22 Sep, 2015 Solo O/S Left version
Left version
wi11 10 Sep, 2015 AltLd O/S Best VDiff in the world?
Best VDiff in the world?
rod757 ?May, 2015 Lead O/S
Hidden 23 Apr, 2015 AltLd
paco ?Apr, 2015 Lead O/S
keith_duncan 8 Mar, 2015 AltLd O/S I led the first pitch, Jerome linked the next two pitches and I led the final pitch. Communication from the summit back down to the belay cave at the top of pitch 3 wasn't possible so we resorted to rope tugs.
with dorman
I led the first pitch, Jerome linked the next two pitches and I led the final pitch. Communication from the summit back down to the belay cave at the top of pitch 3 wasn't possible so we resorted to rope tugs.
with dorman
dorman 8 Mar, 2015 AltLd O/S
Darron ?Jan, 2015 -
Hidden ??, 2015 AltLd
Ceridwen 28 Apr, 2014 AltLd O/S
with Logan Mckelvie, Zoe Millington
with Logan Mckelvie, Zoe Millington
Ban1 ?Apr, 2014 Lead O/S
jakenichol 13 Mar, 2014 Lead O/S
with haylow
with haylow
Karlgreasley 1 Mar, 2014 AltLd
with Niall Mclean
with Niall Mclean
Rog Wilko 18 Nov, 2013 Lead Repeat of this superb route. Early enough to avoid the worst of the heat. Ran pitches 2 & 3 together.
with Debbie Wilkinson
Repeat of this superb route. Early enough to avoid the worst of the heat. Ran pitches 2 & 3 together.
with Debbie Wilkinson
jamie d ?Nov, 2013 Lead O/S super for leading beginners. Lp all 4 pitches
super for leading beginners. Lp all 4 pitches
Jones_88 ?Nov, 2013 AltLd O/S
with adam06
with adam06
barney800 19 Oct, 2013 Lead O/S Minerva variant. Good climbing, but didn't enjoy it as much as other Arapiles classics. Balance right on pitch three would be exciting for a grade 9 leader.
with Katherine Shaw
Minerva variant. Good climbing, but didn't enjoy it as much as other Arapiles classics. Balance right on pitch three would be exciting for a grade 9 leader.
with Katherine Shaw
cbeard 5 May, 2013 Lead O/S
with Matt Hryciuk
with Matt Hryciuk
helin 20 Apr, 2013 AltLd
with matt
with matt
tradguy 25 Mar, 2013 AltLd O/S
with ed_1973
with ed_1973
Jones_88 ?Jan, 2013 AltLd
with adam06
with adam06
Jones_88 ?Jan, 2013 AltLd
with adam06
with adam06
Jones_88 ?Jan, 2013 AltLd
with adam06
with adam06
Jones_88 ?Jan, 2013 AltLd
with adam06
with adam06
Hidden ??, 2013 -
Hidden ??, 2013 Lead O/S
adam06 ??, 2013 AltLd
Hidden 12 Nov, 2012 Solo O/S
Steve Gretton 27 Oct, 2012 AltLd O/S
with Sam Junker, kiki
with Sam Junker, kiki
hazeysunshine 11 May, 2012 AltLd O/S
with Liam
with Liam
Theeni 7 Nov, 2011 Lead O/S Jo and my last big route of the trip, awesome experience.
Jo and my last big route of the trip, awesome experience.
LittleJoRocks 7 Nov, 2011 2nd
with Theeni
with Theeni
DeniseWootten ?Oct, 2011 Lead O/S
with Celine Valant
with Celine Valant
soph ?Apr, 2011 -
MelH 7 May, 2010 AltLd
robertmichaellovell 7 May, 2010 AltLd
with MelH
with MelH
Pete Nugent 9 Apr, 2010 AltLd O/S fantastic climb, amazing positionsd for the grade. Mel led p1&4. I led p2&3.
with Mel
fantastic climb, amazing positionsd for the grade. Mel led p1&4. I led p2&3.
with Mel
Duncan D ??, 2010 -
Ant Harris ??, 2010 -
Hidden 30 Dec, 2009 Lead O/S
Hidden ?Apr, 2009 AltLd
mikebee ??, 2009 AltLd O/S
Steve Gretton 13 Apr, 2008 AltLd O/S
with Justin Whittington, Craig Orgill
with Justin Whittington, Craig Orgill
fritz_in_aotearoa ??, 2008 -
arose ?Sep, 2007 AltLd
with Nick Kingstone
with Nick Kingstone
justin burgoyne ?Aug, 2007 AltLd
Ed Babs 20 Apr, 2007 AltLd O/S
with Kate
with Kate
Hidden 16 Feb, 2007 AltLd O/S
Pythonist ?Dec, 2006 Lead O/S Pitch 2
Pitch 2
John Southworth 16 Nov, 2006 Solo
mt_clayton 8 Apr, 2006 AltLd
with Jon Lawton
with Jon Lawton
johnboyrevel ?Mar, 2006 Lead O/S
with Faye
with Faye
tobydunford 20 Apr, 2005 AltLd O/S
with Keith Hobbs
with Keith Hobbs
MarkDavies36 ?Apr, 2005 AltLd O/S
with Jill Singleton/Davies
with Jill Singleton/Davies
peter myers ??, 2005 AltLd O/S
realbobsmith 30 Dec, 2004 Solo O/S
Hidden 29 Mar, 2004 AltLd
lost.arrow 7 Mar, 2003 -
al99 ?Nov, 2002 Lead O/S The woman I did this route with had only one leg!!!
with Victoria climbing club
The woman I did this route with had only one leg!!!
with Victoria climbing club
NorthernRock ?Apr, 2002 -
Rog Wilko ?Mar, 2002 Lead Classic.
with Debbie Wilkinson
Classic.
with Debbie Wilkinson
topsyturvy ??, 2002 -
Crofty 15 Nov, 2000 Lead
with Chris Thomas
with Chris Thomas
Crofty 5 Nov, 2000 Lead O/S
with Chris Thomas
with Chris Thomas
GuyC 3 Apr, 2000 AltLd O/S
with Clare
with Clare
RossG ??, 2000 -
RossG123 ??, 2000 AltLd
Hidden 2 Sep, 1999 AltLd
dan gibson ??, 1998 -
Hidden 9 Oct, 1996 Lead O/S
Sime64 7 May, 1996 AltLd Lead pitch 2
with Gill
Lead pitch 2
with Gill
pauldrew ?Dec, 1990 AltLd
duncan ?Mar, 1984 Solo O/S
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