Topo attached, route description available.

A new selected best climbs guide to Tassie is going to be out next summer. The design looks amazing, a real step up in quality with totally revised graphics, new topos and drone shots of most cliffs, and Simon Bischoff's superb action photos. Seven new crags have been added including Flinders and Bruny Island and 1200 routes are described. Please support our crowd fund when it begins in June.

Hi All, 

The Geol. Survey Branch (a Government agency) will be flying a drone over Mt. Wellington/Organ pipes again tomorrow. We had issues with fog this morning so will make another attempt tomorrow morning. See first post for details. We'll be positioned over the Ampitheatre and will have a spotter on the Organ Pipes Track for most of the time. 

Cheers,

Grace

Hi All, 

The Geol. Survey Branch (a Government agency) will be flying a drone over Mt. Wellington/Organ pipes tomorrow. Please be aware/take care if you intend on going climbing up there (between 7:30-10:30 am tomorrow morning). We'll have several spotters, radios etc. and will take every measure to make sure we do this as safely as we possibly can. 

The work will enable us to build a 3D model of the Organ Pipes for geo-hazard mapping/planning purposes (nothing to do with the cable car proposal just in case anyone is wondering!). 

Sorry if it's annoying/inconvenient for anyone (but hopefully shouldn't last too long!).

Cheers,

Grace

Gear found at base of fiddlesticks.  Call Andrew on 0434876256 if you want it back.

Just wondering if anyone has investigated the boulders above Linda? They look quite promising with easy access from the comfort of a car.

I have some quick draws from sand river if they’re yours or know who’s they are touch base and I’ll get them back to you,

dan 

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I’m looking for accommodation for 6-12 months and partners for climbing  shenanigans of all types. I like long challenging climbs most, but really love it all, from pebble wrestling to sketchy multi pitch ice/mixed sufferfests. Have rack and will travel. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering remotely at UC Berkeley and will likely be remote for a long time. Feel free to pass my details along. Cam. 04OOI5023O.  

Organ Pipes access ( 4- day road closure, from 23 November 2020)


From the HCC Pinnacle Road - road status website: -
“Pinnacle Road can be closed any time due to unsafe conditions or traffic congestion. When the road status changes this page is updated.”
“The City of Hobart intends to close Pinnacle Road on kunanyi/Mt Wellington to carry out critical road maintenance work for up to four days, starting on Monday 23 November. The road will re-open by Friday 27 November, or sooner if it is safe to do so.”


Not just for road works.
In winter (probably often in early Spring and Autumn too), the mountain road seems to be closed every second day (or more) overnight and well into the morning due to” ice, snow and dangerous conditions”. Gone are the days when we could drive up any time of the day and night to have a climb. Constant road closures abound. Our modern protector society and no doubt liability issues are ever with us now along with a high visitor scenario.


So, better check the website summer and winter.
https://www.hobartcity.com.au/Community/kunanyi-Mt-Wellington/Pinnacle-Road-current-road-status


and a pdf on why.        “Stay Safe on the Mountain”
https://www.hobartcity.com.au/files/content/public/community/kunanyi-mt-wellington/pinnacle-road-current-road-status/faqs-snow-and-road-closures-on-mount-wellington.pdf

 

Nesting peregrine falcons near top pitches of Winning Streaks. Best avoided for a while.

Lost draws at Paradiso.

Hi folks. I think I left two grey Petzl draws with blue Oxygen bentgates at the Paradiso on 1 November. Probably at the top of Man's Machine or Too Tall Oxen.

Tiger Snake at SR

Watch out for the tiger snake we came across among the rocks at the foot of Shape Shifter/Pinball access a couple of weeks ago. And elsewhere at SR perhaps?

Just a heads up for people planning to climb at or around Cradle Mountain in the future. 

I just read a post from Parks (link: https://www.facebook.com/tasmaniaparks/posts/10158739177944297). Looks like they've removed a fair quantity of climber's slings as a part of NationalRecycleWeek.

If you're planning to climb there I would take multiple new slings for setting up rappels.  


Rocky Cape peregrines

Rocky Cape peregrine falcons are presently nesting to the right of North Cave in the Ramp area so do not climb here in the nesting season (August through December)

There was no Parks warning sign or other notice when we were there recently.

If your are unlucky you may have the unpleasant experience of being yelled at by a belligerent 'protector of the birds' as well as being threatened with breaking the law. 

Despite the annoying abuse I do agree about protecting the falcons. A warning notice would have been useful as has been placed at Sand River.

A by product of this was the fellow wanted to completely ban climbing on the cliffs so another warning , like the Grampians and Araps., future climbing access is under threat.

The Peregrine Falcons  are restless again up in the Panopticon area  and are likely nesting now. A sign has again been erected at the left hand part (Northern end)  of the crag and climbers are asked to stay out of that area till they have gone. Thanks.