Blog from September, 2017

Drop me a text (0407 310 287) or email (douglascharlesbruceatgmaildotcom) if you're interested in either of the items below. They are priced for quick selling so you might want to make up your mind quickly.

The gloves are sizes Medium and Large. As a guide, for anyone who knows us: they fit Di and me. And, as you can see from the photo, they are brand new, still in the packet. We bought two  pairs each, thinking that the first pair might wear out quickly. As it turns out, they are remarkably durable. $40 each or $75 for the pair. They are $48.95 from Verx or $49.95 from Climbing Anchors - before paying postage. LARGE HAVE SOLD: MEDIUM LEFT.



The CU belay glasses have been worn half a dozen times at the most, and only indoors. They are in the case and, as you can see from the photos, as new. I want $100 for them. At Pinnacle Sports these would cost you $175 - if they had them in stock. Currently out of stock according to their website.



Mountain - the movie

Di and I were lucky enough to win tickets for the special preview screening of Mountain at The State cinema this evening. A review from the Guardian describes it as "a sublime rush of adrenaline and orchestral beauty from the director of Sherpa". You can watch a trailer here. We thought it was wonderful. Get along to see it if you can when it opens in a week or two.

Here's an article addressing the issue of bolts and rap stations on Ben Lomond, inspired by my recent visit to Fairhead in Northern Ireland. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks

Hi All,

The Climbers Club of Tasmania will have its Annual general meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday 20th Sept 2017 in the large meeting room upstairs at the New Sydney Hotel. Agenda below. 

All are welcome and you can join (for free) on the night if you're not a member.

The main purpose of the meeting it to comply with the incorporation requirements where we must have an AGM, elect officers, submit an annual return etc. 

Send in nominations to Jon ( ) for the office holders election up to the meeting, and if it needs be, a vote will be held on the night.

Let us know if you have any specific agenda items to be added.

See you there!

The CCT Committee


Climbers Club of Tasmania
Annual General Meeting
Date: Wednesday 20th Sept 2017.
Time: 7.30pm 

Location: New Sydney, large room upstairs

Chairman:  Stu Scott

1. Welcome

2. Presidents Report 

3. Treasurers Report 

4. A resolution to seek an exemption from audit as per

(To do: we need to check if we still need to do this, the rules have changed)

5. Election of committee positions

 *   President
 *   Vice-President & Public Officer
 *   Secretary
 *   Treasurer

 *   3 Committee members

6. Other business - TBD


Climbing Training

Hey I am new to the Launceston area and I am looking for a climbing/bouldering wall to train on in these colder wet days. I have had a look at the indoor rock climbing facilities in Launceston but they seem more suitable for kids. Does anyone know of a wall to train on?


Elderslie Access


Looking at a trip to the Elderslie boulders. Guide mentions vague access issues, but not whether it's off limits.


I seem to recall that the (ominously named) Forbidden forest is out.

Does es anyone know where, if anywhere, is still okay to climb? Otherwise, I might just put a note on the guide saying: "don't go".




New boulder problems 2017

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I'm not sure why boulderers don't update on new problems on thesarvo like roped climbers do?  The Raven is a distinctive and unusual problem following the double water grooves left of Funky Town Cave at Oatlands. I had the advantage of a rather well built spotter (Tom Anderson).


Sand River - a new crag

Dave H and I found a great new crag north of Buckland in April this year, that combines nice solid sandstone with a warm, sheltered, north facing aspect.

It's probably the best winter crag around hobart.

Since we found it a cast of dozens have been busily developing new routes.

There are 56 routes in the guide at the time of writing, including 14 projects. Pretty much everything is U bolted.

The crags are on Forestry/Crown land. There havent been any access problems so far.


  • Stay off the private land to the south, and the military range to the north
  • Leave the fixed and stashed gear as you found it
  • Respect projects
  • Don't do stupid shit!

Here's the guide, enjoy: Sand River