Otago Section of the New Zealand Alpine Club

Section Event

Elephant Rocks Bouldering Day

Saturday, March 5 2022

The Basics
Event type: Rock climbing
Start date: Saturday, March 5 2022
End Date: Saturday, March 5 2022
Registration cut-off Friday, March 4 2022 11:00 PM
Trip organizers
Eve O'Brien [Otago]
Cost Fuel for your car (or split between passengers of the car). To be arranged by drivers.
Participant Information
Who's invited Members and guests
Attendee screening Attendees are pre-screened
Maximum number of participants 15
Total number registered 3
Who's registered You must be logged in to view participant list


This is a day trip to Elephant Rocks, a nice spot for bouldering about 2hrs from Dunedin. Plan is to leave Dunedin at 8am on Saturday morning, then play around on the rocks until we get tired later that day. There are lots of the routes from V0 (easiest) to V3, so good for beginners, but you will still need to be able to trust your toes! There are also more challenging routes down the road at the Hulk Hogan bouldering area should you want more of a challenge.

Getting There

We will meet at 8am on Saturday at the usual Tuesday climbing meet point on Union St E in front of the soccer turf just next to the Otago Polytech hall of residence to carpool together.  If you would rather not share a car with others outside your 'bubble' then feel free to just meet at Elephant Rocks or organise a ride with your friends (please just note this in the sign up sheet though). 

What to Expect

Nice, day long laid back bouldering session. You can park next to the bouldering site and there is lots of grass to sit around, so nothing strenuous required unless you want to! Definitely expect a morning tea/pie/coffee stop in Palmerston or Waikouaiti on the way.

Possible Hazards

Covid 19 - This is an open trip as numbers will be under 25 people. However, we expect that everyone to wear masks if you carpool with others outside your bubble. Stay home if you are sick!!
Use good hygiene (we will have hand sanitiser available), scan in on arrival and at stops along the way. 

Falls - Always have at least one spotter and preferably use a bouldering pad if available. Know your limits and choose problems within your capability. Get a few more spotters and a bouldering pad if you are trying something a bit harder. 

Strains/sprains - Warm up on some easy problems first before attempting harder ones. Stretch. 

Car accident - Leave with plenty of time so that you are not rushing. Drive to the conditions. Allocate a passenger navigator so the driver does not have to get distracted by their phone looking at directions. Wear seat belts and take turns at driving or have break to avoid fatigue. Be alert to driver fatigue especially at the end of the day. 

Medical Conditions - Take appropriate personal medication including allergy preparedness and be aware of any old injuries that may limit your climbing. 

Dehydration - Take plenty of water and drink throughout the day. 

Sunburn - Wear a hat, cover up and wear sunscreen. 


Please bring food and water for the day.

A range of clothing layers to stay warm if sitting around. 


Shoes and Chalk. 

Personal medication.

Any bouldering mats would be extra helpful.


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