|General area:||Mt Peel|
|Character:||We lost count of the endless small waterfalls, [>25] and descended in the mist with no visibility whatsoever. A couple of the top drops are bolted then it was fast and dirty natural rigging to get down the creek!|
At the very end it appears quite canyonlike with slight steepening sides, but it is shortlived.
|Start of the canyon (topomap link):||https://www.topomap.co.nz/NZTopoMap?v=2&ll=-43.80573,171.177893&z=14&pin=1|
|Carpark (google maps link):||https://goo.gl/maps/Nc9a1ZwN8TYU8GsKA|
|Suggested gear:||2x 40m|
|Canyon dimensions:||700m vertical|
|Anchors:||Top waterfalls are double bolts, remaining natural anchors with sling or no anchors|
|Back to your car time:||10mins|
|Approach by car:||Easy to find, 10mins past Mt Peel village|
|Approach on foot:||Park by the bridge, access is via the Rawles Gully Track which has markers and then up the obvious fenceline to the top. |
Follow steep Rawle Gully track to the top of the hill where it flattens out and descend to the obvious gully.
|Canyon descent description:||A little tricky to know, as with the exception of the top 2 rappels, everything else was descended with low to no visibility! Access to the get in has a lot of Wild Spaniards. |
A long descent with a handful only of rappels higher than 10m. Many drops we combined. We lost count of the number of smaller drops- too high to downclimb, but high enough to require an abseil. Or we chose to abseil as it was faster.
|Committment/Escapes:||Possible to escape in many places.|
|Other notes:||On the topo map it is named Rawle, but the sign on the bridge says Raules…. You choose ;0)|
|First descent:||Grant Prattley, James Abbott, Nola Collie January 2022|