Blog from September, 2010

One cam is brand new: DMM 3CU green 1.75 (25-41mm)

The other cam is not new (see earlier post relating to Nefertiti! It works well, however may benefit from being re-slinged): DMM 4CU gold 1 (19-29mm)

So buy the nice new one for $50 and I'll throw in the old one :)

Contact Ben on 0403 217754 or

Whiskey Jim Hill is a sandstone crag above the Liffey Valley up to 50m high and with some sections of good quality rock. It features the steepest crack climb in Tasmania, the incredible Whiskey Jim Crack (25) which climbs a splitter crack through a 9m stepped roof on excellent rock. Potential is limited though there is alot of rock, many of the faces are blank and featureless or just choss. Access is very easy; a 45 minute drive from Launceston and a 15 minute flat walk on a track, though very complicated to explain. People wanting to visit this cliff should ring Gerry Narkowicz (0428 505259) for a guided tour, otherwise you are likely to get lost. It is quite close to the Cluan Tiers, so a visit to both cliffs would be possible on the same day. So far 2 routes have been done:

The Wailing Wall 15m 27.
The bolted face climb at the far LHS of the cliff. FA: Nick Hancock 2008

Whiskey Jim Crack 20m 25
Starts up an overhanging fist crack through a small roof for the first 10m. The crack then becomes splitter hand size but goes virtually 6m horizontal out to the lip. A hanging slab just before the lip gives some respite before tackling the crux, which is turning the lip and gaining the flared finger crack for the last 5m up the headwall. It opens up again to hands before the final offwidth slot. The lip is 15m off the ground, and a rope will hang 9m out from the base of the route. A unique crack climb in Tasmania. Gear: Wild Country Cams
3.5, 3, 4, 3, 2.5. Camalots 0.5, 1, 2, 3. FA: Gerry Narkowicz 26/9/10

November 17th 7:30pm
Stanley Burbury Lecture Theatre 1
$15 Pre Sale $18 at the door.
Tickets available from Jolly Swagman 107 Elizabeth St from October 1st

Will have some Tassie stuff from when the North Face team where down here earlier in the year including Cape Pillar and the Totem Pole
This is the whole lineup

First Round First Minute
Since Chris Sharma moved to the sport climbing mecca of Catalunya, Spain, he's opened dozens of routes that are redefining high-end climbing. First Round First Minute gives an update on Sharma's latest 5.15 first ascents, and tells the story of his epic battle with his latest ongoing project.

The Hardest Moves
Daniel Woods and Paul Robinson compete to climb the hardest boulders ever scaled. An inside look at what it takes to push the difficulty envelope of this intense sport.

Origins: The Hulk
Peter Croft and Lisa Rands attempt a wild free ascent on the Incredible Hulk Wall in the Sierras -- arguably America's best (and least filmed) alpine rock wall. Croft, the most legendary of California's crack masters mentors the renowned boulderer Rands as she explores into alpine traditional climbing terrain.

Down and Out, and Under
A once-in-a-lifetime adventure expedition for first ascents in Australia and on the wild sea cliffs of outer Tasmania.

Fly or Die
Dean Potter continues his extreme vertical exploration, opening new freeBASE climbs, along with highline and wingsuit jumps in some of the most mind-blowing vertical footage ever captured.

The Swiss Machine
Ueli Steck may be the greatest speed alpinist the world has ever seen. In this film he tells the stories of his record-breaking ascents in the Alps, accompanied by stunning aerial footage of him racing up 8,000 foot alpine faces. Ueli joins Alex Honnold in Yosemite to attempt speed records there. His ultimate goal: take his one-man alpine speed game to the largest, highest walls in the world.


Official web site

Going overseas for a while and these will do me no good sitting in the cupboard. All 4 are in great condition. $80.

Also for sale is 50m Flyer 2. In excellent condition, only saw minimal use. $180 o.n.o

Best to email me at or call me on 63431699. I leave on the 18th of November so if you're interested get in touch before then.


Oatlands Lake

Just cleaning off the camera and found this taken in early August. Lake Dulverton was high and probably has only got higher since...

Lost chalkbag - Hazards

If anyone should have the good fortune to come across a red chalkbag somewhere on the Skyline traverse at Freycinet, please pop me a line!

The chalkbag was last seen sitting despondently next to a tree :)