Sleeping Beauty Canyon v4a2III*

Longest drop 55m

Public access

6hrs

A committing descent with a series of waterfalls in relatively low volume water.

Beta sheet for Sleeping Beauty Canyon

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4 Responses to Sleeping Beauty Canyon v4a2III*

  1. Pete Smith says:

    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.

  2. Chucky says:

    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. 🙂

  3. 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??

  4. 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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