Blog from December, 2018

Looking for climbing partner, new to climbing so don’t have much of my own gear yet - 1/1/19-21/1/19

Phillip Stranger(Sparrow) died peacefully at his home in Ararat on the 10th of December. His funeral is to be held at the John Dunne Memorial Chapel 9 Campbell St Ararat this Friday the 21st December at 11am.

Sparrow was well known to Victorian and Tasmanian climbers in the mid Sixties as an excellent climber who will be remembered for a number of classic new routes which have stood the test of time. They include Mari 17, Virginia 18 and Spellbinder 17 at Arapiles and Tierry Le Fronde 16 at Frenchmans Cap in Tasmania.

A tragic accident which occurred whilst scrambling on the Mt Wellington Organ Pipes permanently confined Sparrow to a wheelchair. After rehabilitation in Hobart he returned to Victoria where he continued to reside. His climbing career started at a very early age when in the company of school mates John Moore and Chris Dewhirst and enthused with a passion for falconry they explored the crags close to Melbourne examining raptor nests. Together they developed their skills and went on to make a significant impact on the climbing scene.

Hi everyone,

I'm in Hobart until 29/12 and looking for people to climb with either in Hobart or the surrounds.

I am an experienced sport climber but have a little trad experience too. I have plenty of free time and am happy to climb any style and belay up to any grade. Will froth at any opportunity to climb. 

Hit me up at or on 0413023392.



Hi all, 


I'm visiting the Hobart area for the next few days and hoping to find someone to climb with. 


I'm a fairly experienced trad climber and have a rope (60m) and light rack (singles through BD #2) with me. 


I'm interested in climbing some sea stacks (candlestick or Moai) and maybe the organ pipes. 


Email me at if you're interested! I'll pay fuel money.