For experienced and well equipped rock climbers, Wellington Park provides bouldering, and single and multi-pitch routes in a superb mountain environment.
The Organ Pipes, an expanse of vertical dolerite buttresses high on Mount Wellington, are a nationally and internationally recognised rock climbing venue. With often complex route finding, sustained, steep climbing, alpine exposure and occasional loose rock, climbing here is a serious undertaking. There are many long pitches on natural gear so sufficient protection is a must.
Rapid changes in weather are common on the mountain, featuring sleet, snow and cold southerly winds. Climbers should be prepared for all seasons.
Routes often take longer than anticipated, so pack a head torch in case you are benighted! Carry a mobile phone too in the event of an emergency. Reception may be variable, particularly in gullies between buttresses.
Lower on the mountain there are a number of shorter, sandstone crags offering hard, steep or overhanging climbs. These are more sheltered and often provide an alternative venue if time is short or the weather unsuitable at higher altitudes. Bouldering opportunities are also extensive with over 300 separate problems on dolerite and sandstone across the Park.
When parking near any climbing venue, please observe car parking guidelines as signposted. Be mindful that many vehicles may need to park in these small areas. Remove your valuables as security is sometimes an issue.
A Mount Wellington online guide has been compiled by keen local climbers. This features climbing areas on the Organ Pipes and nearby Lost World, as well as the lower sandstone crags and local bouldering. Hard copies of the current version can be ordered on line and are also available through most local outdoor stores.
The Mount Wellington climbing guide includes access details and route diagrams, but accuracy of the information cannot be guaranteed. Some advice included may conflict with current management policies and is not endorsed by the Trust. In addition, the Trust does not conduct safety inspections of climbing areas.
Climbing is an inherently dangerous activity and all climbers and abseilers are responsible for their own safety.