Blog from February, 2018

Live premiere, silence 9c

For those that are interested, the live premiere of the route silence, Adam Ondra  sending the worlds first 9c in flatanger, Norway will be tomorrow morning Saturday 24th February at 7.00am 

link below,  get up early and get a ton of psych for the wet weekend


if it doesn't work you can just YouTube silence premiere and you will find it

In case you missed the front page of today’s Mercury, please read 

This secret approval for test drilling on the mountain raises serious questions about how development is approved in this state under the Hodgman government.

It also begs several other questions:

Is it OK for a senior government minister of Mr Gutwein’s experience to approve a decision of this magnitude, one day out from his government assuming a caretaker role?

How is it that Premier Hodgman stated that he had no knowledge of the decision? Is it Mr Gutwein acting unilaterally? Why is Mr Hodgman unable to control his deputy?

Why wasn’t there a media release announcing this approval? What’s behind Mr Gutwein’s attempt at secrecy?

What are the chances of a consultative and transparent development approval process in this state if this covert approval is an example of how things will be run if the Liberal Party win another term of government?

I am seriously concerned about the implications of this decision and the manner in which it was executed.

Al Adams




Has anyone come across two Frenchies at the crags recently? They `borrowed' a rope, 14 draws, 2 harnesses, screwgates and belay device from me about a month ago, and their phone isnt answering. Maybe they've skipped the state.

I got the email below from Alister Clark.

Please respect the track closures. You can get to any of the cliffs by heading up a track prior to the closure and going along across higher up.





Dear Climbers,



We are currently experiencing difficulties with some climbers attempting to gain access into closed work sites on the Organ Pipes track.


There is strictly NO ACCESS permitted to ANY tracks beyond the closure points on the Organ Pipes track.


There is a minimum $159 fine for entering the closed work site from any point. All track workers are fully authorised to maintain track closures.


Access to the Organ Pipes climbing routes is permitted via the northern climbers track only. Access to southern routes is via the informal track directly at the base of the Organ Pipes only.


Could you please inform your members accordingly.


Further information and updates are available at:


Works are currently on time to be completed by the end of February, at which time full access will again be available.






Alister Clark

Bushland Assets Officer | Parks and City Amenity 



Has anyone done any research as to the number of climbers in Tasmania? I am putting together a grant application for a book on the history of Tasmanian climbing. The Tas Community Fund application needs to know the number of people in the community who might benefit from such a publication. 

If we were to count climbers who go to the crags fairly regularly, indoor climbers who go to various gyms, outdoor ed and TAFE courses that do climbing, members of the CCT...can anyone make a reliable stab at approximate numbers?




Hi guys 

I'm returning to the homeland from the 12th Feb- 3rd March and looking to do some climbing whilst I'm home. (Have been living in south east England for 3 years) 

I mostly indoor boulder with a bit of lead climbing too. Only sport so far but have done a trad course just never used the skills. I'm confident indoor but would like to start branching into outdoor more. Where I currently live there is some sandstone crags I top rope. 

If anyone is looking for new climbing friend or happy to have me tag along that would be great. I'm 23 and current grade around 5 to 6c (Font bouldering grade) indoors.


My email is if anyone is keen