Tag Archives: Dart Valley

Major Mayhem Canyon v5a3IV***

Highest drop 95m (60+35 pitches) Public access 5-14hrs (Depending if you start at the middle or the top) Big, exposed waterfalls in the upper section, with a relentless narrow slot canyon below. Lots of delicate logjams! Download the topo for Major … Continue reading

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The General v5a3VI****

Highest drop 45m Public access 8-16hrs (depending on how high you start) One of the most committing, sustained and narrow canyons in NZ.  44 pitches, super solid dark schist, deep, narrow, sustained. Don’t forget the “Slot of Doom”, with a … Continue reading

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Eagle’s Nest v4a3V***

Highest drop 35m  (2x 60m ropes needed, due lack of anchors in one place, requiring a 50m rappel. ) Public access 14hrs A stunning, steep and slotted canyon. It starts high up Mt Earnslaw and continues without pause all the … Continue reading

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Rockburn v4a7III*

Highest drop 10m (30m required) Public access 8hrs Main river gorge, with extremely high water levels and numerous huge syphons. Only in condition at the end of a long dry summer. First descent by: Gus Schavion, Andrew Humphreys and Ross … Continue reading

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