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Castle Hill  


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Submitted By: Chris Darr on Jan 20, 2008
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Description 

Beautiful, eerie wind sculpted limestone. This is a pleasant picnic spot for families as well as great wandering area. It's easy to lose yourself in the mystical qualities of this stone city. There is plenty of climbing to be had here in all grades, so it may be hard to feel crowded here.
The Limestone has great cracks and pockets as well as pure friction for some strange climbing.

Getting There 

From Christchurch take highway 73 west towards Springfield and Arthur's Pass.

When coming from this direction, the access path to Spittle hill, Quantum field, et all is at a gate just before the Castle Hill Ranch. Park along the road and then take the 10 minute hike back to Spittle Hill, Quantum Field, Dark Castle and Wuthering Heights.

Flock Hill, Dry Valley and Prebble Hill are further down highway 73.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.2 miles from here

13 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',5],['V4-5',5],['V6-7',3],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Castle Hill:
Fickle Finger of Fate   V1 5     Boulder, 5'   Spittle Hill
lung arete   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   Quantum Field
Cauldron   V4 6B     Boulder, 9'   Quantum Field
Think Tank   V4 6B     Boulder, 9'   Quantum Field
Beautiful Edges   V4 6B     Boulder   Spittle Hill
The Unrepeatable   V6+ 7A     Boulder   Quantum Field
Tuppimaster   V7 7A+     Boulder, 12'   Spittle Hill
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Featured Route For Castle Hill
Mike squeezing out the top part of Tuppimaster

Tuppimaster V7 7A+  Oceania : New Zealand : ... : Spittle Hill
Excellent sit start problem requiring plenty of stretch......[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Dark Castle area
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The car park area.  Sptille Hill is the group on t...
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By Howrad McGreehan
Oct 1, 2012
Definitely a hard place to get to if you're not in NZ, Castle Hill is a phenomenal climbing location. It's too bad MP doesn't have more than (at the moment) 10 climbs listed in Castle Hill.

This place is astounding. Bountiful amount of climbs for all. Highly recommended, and as others have stated, the Dalai Lama once said that he felt Castle Hill to be "the center of the spiritual universe."

Talk about getting pumped and getting good vibes for climbing.
By russellHOBART
From: Davidson, NC
Feb 13, 2015
Can anyone help on where to rent a crashpad in the area? Thanks
By Chris Darr
From: Golden, Co
Feb 13, 2015
There are a few climbing/gear shops and climbing gyms in Christchurch. Bivouac/Outdoor comes to mind as well as a gym called the Roxx.
Also check out the NZ Alpine club, they may have a user forum.
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