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.