Blog from February, 2017

Received this today from the HCC:



From: Clark, Alister

Great Short Walk Project works – notification of forthcoming track and road closures


City of Hobart is writing to inform you of track maintenance works on kunanyi / Mt Wellington that require closure of the Organ Pipes track, and intermittent disruptions to connecting tracks and traffic on Pinnacle Road.

The Climbers track from Pinnacle road will remain open except during helicopter operations (see below)

The works are part of the Rejuvenating the Great Short Walk project. The overall objective is to provide a 2-3 hour walk suitable for people with some bushwalking experience and of average fitness.

What does the track work mean for you?

  • The Organ Pipes Track between The Chalet and Sawmill track will be closed from 20 March until May 2017
  • The Pinnacle Track will be closed from Spring 2017
  • There will be fewer car parking spaces at Big Bend and The Chalet during the work
  • Pinnacle Road, above The Springs, will be closed from 10 pm until 10 am once or twice a week between March and May 2017, on safety grounds to allow for the helicopter transport of materials prior to 9.30am in the mornings.
  • Proposed helicopter flight dates are listed on the project website, with actual flight dates weather dependant
  • Walking tracks under the flight path will be closed during helicopter flight times, as shown in the map on theproject website.

The City has been particularly mindful of the disruption these works will cause park users including tour operators and has scheduled the works to reduce the inconvenience as much as practicable.


Proposed helicopter flight times have been scheduled around cruise ship days. Flights will also be concluded by 10am to open access to Pinnacle Road for the rest of the day.


Should you have further queries about the project, please feel free to contact or phone 6238 2886.



Adrian Roth

Executive Officer Parks and City Amenity | City Government Unit


F-bombing Fruehauf

Hi all

This is just a request that everyone be mindful of their language and/or volume when climbing at Fruehauf. It's an unusually 'public' crag, especially since the vegetation clearance, and apparently some of the residents along the rivulet are more prudish about salty language than climbers.

It's fantastic that the council and residents are on-board with maintaining this as a great local climbing resource, and the onus is on us as climbers to maintain that good relationship.

(I include myself in this request - I know that I'm as potty-mouthed as anyone.) 


From Lisa Cawthorn and Carrie:


Fruehauf Crag Care Working Bee!


To continue the fantastic work completed by the climbing community and the City of Hobart at Fruehauf last year, the first Crag Care session for 2017 is on soon!  Come along and lend a hand if you’re keen to be involved in caring for this popular crag.


  • Where: Fruehauf Crag, Tara Street,  Hobart Rivulet Park, South Hobart


  • When: Sunday 5 March, 2-4:30PM. Please note that the cliff will be unavailable for climbing during the working bee for volunteer safety.


  • What will we be doing? Removing planting bags, hand weeding and a general tidy-up around the base of the crag.


  • What should you bring? If you’re keen to help out with some of the weeding, please wear trousers and a long-sleeved shirt.


We’ll have a cuppa and some bikkies at the end of the event to celebrate our hard work – if you have any dietary requirements, please let us know.


You’ll need to register as a volunteer with the City of Hobart (it’s easy!). For volunteering information, please contact the City of Hobart’s Bushcare Coordinator Lisa Cawthen


Or you can sign up on the day.


Hope to see you there!

If you didn't know....February marks the 40th anniversary of the first ascent of Rysavy Ridge on Mt Roland, and it seems like a good excuse for climbers around the state to get together.

Sooooo....the CCT has decided to celebrate the occasion by organising a “meet”, from Friday 24th Feb through to Sunday 26th Feb, open to all climbers state wide. 

A reminder: This is not a beginner meet and climbers attending are expected to have the necessary skills, equipment, and experience suitable for any climbing activity they choose to participate in.

Talked to Steve at Mt Roland and he has several beds, floor space and space in barns etc for people to sleep in if they want, plus space for maybe 4 tents.

BBQ sat night, bring your own meat and wine, and if you have a 4 wheel drive, save your legs (and time) and drive to top of paddock. He has a land cruiser and is willing to give lifts up! C u there.


PS Unless weather is rubbish.

PPS Let me know if you need a lift/have a car space and I will try to broker deals

Boneyard rap rope

Yesterday Mark and myself replaced the half rap rope with a full length line that now goes right to the bottom, using the blue semi-static supplied by CJ from the cammo box. I plan on going back there asap in the next week or 2 to cut the remaining length from the top rap anchors, cut the existing black/red line, and take them back up to the cammo box for spare lines like eventually replacing the two jug lines with the remaining blue rope, and the other red/black for the safety lines at the cliff base or something like this. I will re-tie the top rap rope into the rings once I've cut the rope. If anyone plans on doing this before i get another chance please leave my wire gates in the cammo box.

Please don't rap down this line at any speed and melt it, no matter how desperate you are to get to the bottom, unless you are going to buy and replace this rope yourself. Use your brain(if you have one).

Thanks for the rope CJ.


My wife and i have just moved to hobart  from the UK. Both keen rock climbers. I lead trad to British E1 and to 6c on bolts. The grade conversion chart tells me that is somewhere around 18 for trad and 22 for sport, although i have never trusted these charts. Been climbing for about 15 years, started on bolted swiss limestone then moved to the UK and started trad climbing (~8 years ago). I live in sandy bay, hobart. Got a car, and climbing has just arrived. Now just looking for some people to go explore Tasmania's rock with.  


0473027600 or cloudsrule9(at)

I'm going to Europe for 6 months this year, and keen to find some partners who could join me for part of the trip.  I have a vehicle and climbing gear. Here is the itinerary,  but this would be flexible to fit in with your plans as well.

Kalymnos: last two weeks April
Southern France: 3 weeks in May
Northern Spain: Riglos and Picos for couple weeks
UK: 2 months JUne and July
Chamonix, Switzerland: August
Dolomites, Val de Mello: September.
Gerry Narkowicz

La Sportiva Muria (R) size 42.5


Looks like it's been there at least a few months. Claim it if it's yours, or claim it if it's not but you want it - otherwise it's going in the bin

Pack dropped while packhauling on Southern Traverse of Federation Peak. Dropped down first gully encountered after walking from Bechervaise Plateau. Blue 55 litre Treksport with orange rain cover. A long walk out to Farmhouse Creek with no gear ...
crags around Orford?

I'm over from the mainland for a family do and happy to find out my older cousins climb a bit only on top rope. So I brought my rack along to drag him up a easy trad route. He's not keen on big epics . So any suggestions for around orford or Hobart. I was thinking some of the smaller crags on Mt wellington






Cloudy Bay, Bruny Island

Hi there, 

just to let you know I have just uploaded a guide for a new cliff on Bruny island, at Cloudy Bay. Check it out if you're interested, and any feedback/advice re layout and info, style etc welcomed.


Ben Maddison