Blue 70L Osprey Pack left at Fortescue Bay campground. Hasn’t been handed in to caretakers, but is not where it was left.
Contains miscellaneous climbing gear including Black Diamond harness and helmet, Petzl Volta 9.2 60m rope, assorted hardware and protection, rain jacket, sunglasses and first aid kit. If anyone knows the whereabouts of the pack please reply to this post, contact 0427300480 or hand in to campground caretakers. Thanks
Hey Tas climbing folk - hope you're all doing well. Not quite sure how to get this directly onto the new route page as my Forum link doesn't work, so here it is. These are a few note worthy routes done whilst in Tas. I've finally managed to work out how to edit and have added these to the guide pages, but do not know how to update the photo/topos etc (see Tetragrammaton photo topo).
Tetragrammaton Buttress - Freycinet
Fodiator 43m 27 *** (Andrew [Squib] Cubbon & Lizzy Oh, July 2017)
An excellent route. Quality climbing on impeccable rock, in one of the most exposed positions at Freycinet.
Start as for ‘Exocet’:
- 18m 18 - Climb up No More Mr Nice Guy to the left traverse line, but instead continue up and then build a gear belay at a comfortable stance in the corner.
- 25m 27 – Continue up the steep arête of Exocet until it reaches the roof. Instead of traversing right, place some bomber gear and blast straight up just right of the arête.
After some tricky moves, the difficulty eases and is protected by good RPs and wires. Move left and up the arête.
All gear was placed on lead after top rope/self-belay rehearsals (full rack from RPs & small cams to no. 3 Camelot). An old carrot bolt was removed prior to the ascent to provide a pure trad route on the second pitch. For a more pumpy excursion, but with bolts, climb Garry’s excellent route ‘Down Under’ (25), as an alternative first pitch.
Lego Buttress – Freycinet
Let Loose the Kraken 40m 23? ** (Andrew [Squib] Cubbon & Toby ??????? Feb 2018)
A fantastic line of two varied, but equally difficult pitches (if you like that sort of thing!).
Start 10m right of ‘Lego’, in the obvious corner with left to right rising crack, capped by a large roof.
- 18m 23 – Climb the finger crack in the corner up to the 3m roof. Plug some gear and monkey around to the ledge on the left. Catch your breath and continue up the crack on the right to large ledge. Traverse left to belay on the spacious ledge below the ominous crack above.
- 22m 23 – Up the striking crack, which starts as hands and finishes as a squeeze chimney. A great fight!
All gear was placed on lead. Top pitch was rehearsed on top rope/self-belay. Gear required: from small cams to no.6 (thanks Andrew Geeves) and big bros (thanks Andrew Martin). More big stuff would have been good, but sane enough with 1 x no.6 and 2 x big bros.
(Climbing on the top pitch felt like grade 27 to me, but people who can actually climb off-width’s, like Toby, reckon more like 23! 2nd ascensionist can confirm grade….)
Hazards Main Wall
Full Sail Ahead 36m 22 * (Andrew [Squib] Cubbon & Isaac Lethborg, Oct 2017)
A good line with good climbing on nice rock, but the second half is very poorly protected and higher up falling does not become an option, hence the lack of another star. Could be top-roped from the ‘Full Sail’ anchors.
Start as for ‘Full Sail’:
- 36m 22 – Climb the straight line of ‘Full Sail’ without moving left at any point. Difficult moves over the bulge with poor pro leads to a delicate, un-protectable corner. Tip toe your way up this with increasing trepidation until your first gear just below the anchors.
Ascent was done ground up, placing what little gear there was on lead. Slightly terrifying!
Carp Bay Point Pinnacle
Three routes were climbed on the obvious ‘pinnacle’ – a large boulder capped with another boulder on the ridge running down to Carp Bay Point, clearly visible from Sleepy Bay. A bit of a novelty and the summit was reached via the tree!
Amber Gambler 13m 24 (Andrew [Squib] Cubbon, Dean Rollins, Lizzy Oh 2016?)
A fairly serious slabby pitch with delicate thin climbing up the obvious blunt arête. The only gear is found at around 7m (bomber cams up to no.2). Crux is above this, but below is probably 22ish.
Gear was placed on lead, after top rope rehersal.
Deano’s Red Line 10m 16 Up wide crack a few meters right of arete (Dean Rollins, Lizzy Oh & Squib 2016?)
Lizzie’s Green a go go 12m 15 Up crack just right of arete. At horizontal, traverse left and off (Lizzy Oh, Dean Rollins & Squib 2016?)
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.
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 email@example.com or on 0413023392.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested! I'll pay fuel money.
I was out at Cape Raoul yesterday with two friends and we missioned out to do Pole Dancer. Both the people I was with had done the route before. While I was climbing the approach chimney pitch up to the platform below the pole I noticed a nut that looked like a bolt head. When I got to the climb the first bolt (directly above the anchor about a meter up) wasn't there and just a small piece of the carrot hanging out with no bolt plate. The bolt came out of the wall when I inspected it. Not sure how long it's been like that but the start of the pitch is pretty goey above the chimney without it. No one I talked to before going mentioned it.
Wooden bed frame for a van - $10.
Suitable for a quick and easy van fit out. Allows some storage underneath. Used to be in a Volkswagen T4 van.
Campus board - $30 (SOLD). 9 rungs. As per the photo.
Available in Bonnet Hill - Hobart.
Contact me on anthony_j_allan at hotmail.com if you're interested.
just moved to Hobart and started a PhD after being a short while around here last year. Looking for motivated climbing partners in Sport and Trad. I'm climbing low to mid 20s at the moment. Really love to see new stuff and go exploring as far as my schedule permits me. Don't mind a short Fruehauf session in the evening as well.
Love to hear from you: jeroen5446 at gmail.com or 0490209215
Last Saturday a black Black Diamond Helmet at The bottom of Plebians Wall. Call me 0448364527
2 Nov.Swallows are nesting just below the overhang on the The Plebeian (23) on Plebeian Wall at Sand River, Would be good if climbers could avoid routes in that area for a while. Thanks
Hi looking to find a climbing partner/people to climb regularly over summer in Freycinet. Here full time. Let me know! email@example.com
I recently found a bouldering area at Mt Hobbs near Buckland and have just written up the first few problems.
The bouldering area is formed by the dolerite columns of Mt Hobbs falling down the southern side providing slabs, vertical and overhanging faces on the one outcrop, literally something for everyone. The boulders range in size from low balls to massive highballs that will require special trousers, with everything in between.
The potential looks enormous but it’s hard to know without trying a range of the available boulders, so get a brush and a shovel/spade to clean the toupee of ferns off the top out holds and put your name to something!
The boulders are featured on almost all faces and the dolerite texture is like coarse sandstone. The landings are generally, surprisingly good.
A typical block steep front vertical to overhanging sides and featured.
And a slab to show the diversity of problems!
Has anyone been on this route lately that can comment on the condition of the bolts? I notice that the guide on thesarvo mentions that some of the bolts on pitch six were in poor condition as of January 2016.
Hey does anyone know where to access the video of Cedar Wright & Co climbing down at Cape Pillar. I think it might be from a Reel Rock, maybe 2010? Does anyone have a URL, keen to check it out