Blog from November, 2007

Fire in the south west?

Anyone know if the fire in the southwest has burned adamsfield?

According to the ABC -

"Firefighters are continuing their efforts to contain a bushfire burning out of control in Tasmania's remote South West Conservation Area. The fire was started by lightning in the World Heritage Area west of Maydena almost 2 weeks ago, and has burnt nearly 4,500 hectares. Remote area fire crews are continuing to extinguish hot spots using portable dams and with helicopter back-up. But the steep terrain, varying vegetation and limited water supply is expected to extend the time taken to extinguish the blaze. A spokesman says buttongrass moorland areas continue to re-ignite in the dry conditions. Authorities say it is unlikely any populated areas will be affected by smoke. All walking tracks including Timms Track, Clear Hill Road, Adamsfield Track, Saw Back Range Track and Richea Creek Track remain closed."

The map on shows it pretty damn close:

Could be a good opportunity for some exploring once it dies out if it has cleared scrub out. On the other hand bolts and rock at adamsfield could be buggered.

Lost Falls

Dear All,

Has anyone climbed the two listed Lost Falls routes?

What are they like?

Are they all sport? (it'd appear so from the number of bolts).

Rod Smith

Craglets Goes Online!

Roger Parkyn and Matt Perchard and co have generously allowed all of the Craglets guidebook to appear online.

I have been adding the guides over the last couple of days, and they are mostly up now.

Check them out at Climbing Guides.

The idea is that the guides will now be maintained (and hopefully enhanced) online. Some time in the future PDFs will also be available so you can easily print out the guides and take them to the crags.

There may also be on-demand printed guides (similar to The Mountain guide) published by . First off will probably be a pocket guide to Freycinet - Coles Bay.
Anyone with high resolution digital action or topo photos to contribute please send them to .

There is still quite a lot of editing and sorting out to do (including integrating the updates), but hopefully that won't be too painful.


Jon Nermut

South Sister

Thinking of heading up to the South Sister on the weekend. Does anyone know if there's anywhere to camp around there? There doesn't seem to be any info in Craglets.

I guess worst case we can camp at Fingal.


The other day while climbing around the bulging buttress on the pipes. i found my self in a bit of a tricky situation at around 10 meters on SSSI  i clipped the first of 3 old pitions. chalked up looked down to sort my feet out and then my quick draw was hanging in front of my figure of eight. the pition was so weathered that it just broke clean off under the weight of the rope. lucky i had some tiny cams to protect the section. but just a bit of a warning that the other 2 are not so good!

Mt Amos

Was up at Mt Amos on the weekend climbing RH Negative (classic, shame about the offwidth), and we noticed a bolted flake line just to the right of Incipience. Looked really good, was just wondering what it was. Anyone have any ideas?

Also, I noticed that the hanger on the second bolt of 'Wish She Were Mine' (that grade 19 bolted dyke thing next to the walking track) has been removed. Anyone know why? It looked like it was within 1/2 a metre of some gear placements. Maybe someone didn't like a bolt being next to gear, though to be honest the flake where the gear would go didn't look too great from the ground.


The Point-to-Pinnacle will be on the above day. The road to the summit will be closed at Huon Road from 7am to about 12 noon. Huon Road itself will be closed between the Ferntree Tavern and Romilly Street from 7am to 9:30am.

So if your looking to take advantage of the good weather forcast, either an early or late start would be the go.

Maria island climbing?

Trying to find out if there is any sports climbing routes anywhere on Maria island? if so where and what sort of grades are we talking?

Love some feedback

Cheers Jono

frenchmans or fed?


Am planning a trip to Tas over Xmas and considering either Frenchmans Cap or Federation Peak walk and, weather permitting, great adventure climbing.

Have read up on both - and both sound just fantastic - but don't have two months, only two and a bit weeks! Would be interested to hear what you forum dwellers would recommend or any useful info, anecdotes etc etc...

Cheers, Lou