Longest drop 55m
A committing descent with a series of waterfalls in relatively low volume water.
Beta sheet for Sleeping Beauty Canyon
The water is strong enough to knock you of you’re feet after a good downpour. We found this out on our second descent. I am not certain that the top 55m abseil could be down climbed, unless you go far to the True right and give it a go in very steep ground.
If you look at the Grading page http://www.kiwicanyons.org/?page_id=243 you’ll see that as soon as the max pitch is over 30m, it gets an automatic v4 grade. Just reflects the added difficulty of managing a drop that requires 2 (normal length) ropes to descend…
The grading schedule can be debated forever, but I’ve chosen to follow the default international version for consistency. 🙂
I think V3A2III* is probably more like it. Even though there is a single 55m abseil, probably half of it is down climbable (The next biggest is 30 M). Thoughts??
Sweet canyon. Really pretty with very little technical Difficulty. It would be a little more fun and challenging after a bit of rain.
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