Is there deep-water-soloing in New Zealand ? Yes ! The Acid Test is an awesome roof boulder over the Takaka river and normally a great way to cool off after a hard days climbing. Last weekend, however, the Acid Test became our warm-up climb for our Easter trip to Golden Bay. It is an absolute maze and every time you climb it you will find a new sequence through the roof. The key move is a mantle over the lip – most comfortably done as a muscle up on your elbows, as your forearms will be completely pumped after the roof. Legend has it that, once upon a time, the first ascent was done by a dude on acid listening to his walkman… no chalk, no shoes allowed !
A huge thanks to Pete “Thunderstrike” Hall for working on the sequence and Joe “Hailstorm” Zonneveld for his enthusiasm. Feet on the roof and send it boyz !