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In the backcountry at Burstall Slabs in the Canadian Rockies
If you've ever done any sport climbing in British Columbia at Skaha Bluffs or across the border in Alberta, chances are that you've either climbed a route that Jon built, or used a guide book that he authored or contributed to significantly. Jon visited Tasmania several times and absolutely loved it here - especially being at Freycinet. One of my greatest climbing memories is of the day that Jon, Di and I did hiked over to Flowstone Wall and did Arocknaphobia together. Another day high on the list is when Jon took us to Burstall Slabs, which - like Flowstone - is a place where you've got to hike for at least a couple of hours for your reward. Back in the day when Jon and his mates were developing Burstall they used to leave a gear stash at the crag and mountain bikes (which were fully rigid at the time) at the roadbed and ride in to save time getting on the rock.
If you met Jon or are curious to learn more you might appreciate this tribute to him in Gripped Magazine: https://gripped.com/news/iconic-canadian-climber-jon-jones-dies/
Jon and Di scoping Burstall Slabs from the approach
due to the recent heavy rains, vehicle access along the beach at Cloudy Bay to Cloudy Corner is not at present allowed, or indeed, viable.The gravel approach to the concrete ramp is deeply trenched. Still, camping at Cloudy Corner is permitted, and it is a nice 30 minute walk, or 15 minute cycle, to get there.
Also, just notifying a nice little new area called Shoreline has been opened up on the side of Beaufort Bay.
Hey there - CCT AGM as per title. For the southern crew we have booked upstairs at The Duke (South Hobart) and will connect to Northern crew via Zoom starting 7pm. Agenda will be pretty much AGM focused, starting with a general update on the years activities and current issues. Kitchen downstairs opens at 1730 for those who want to grab a meal first.
It’s a bit early I know, but it’s never too early to get your Christmas tree set up and into the festive spirit for a great cause. In support of the newly formed advocacy group for sustainable vegetation management on cliffs, we have available for pick up only from step tier a number of freshly cut Hakea and other native species perfectly sized for Christmas trees. This is a bit of an opportunistic fundraiser and hopefully the last of its kind, but it would be a shame to see them go to waste. We are hoping the wider climbing community can get behind leaving your saw off your rack, in support of not cutting down or pruning trees at crags anymore!
If anyone goes to do lone stranger please take care. It might be worth taking a leaf blower and broom to clean it up a bit, it is covered in dirt due to recent clearing of trees from the ledge above and the resulting destabilisation of the dirt on the ledge. This will likely be a long term problem.
We found a blue belay device beneath Wedgetail 3 weeks ago (sorry, have been slow to post about it). Looked like it had been overwintering on a tree. Be in touch if you think it's yours.
We have lots of extra kid-size shoes, up to about size 7 adult, that do not fit anyone around here anymore. Free pickup in Cremorne, or could drop off at gym. Small harness, too, fits ~8 year old.
Also have some Telemark T2 boots (green ones) if anyone teleskis–size US 10.5 (too small for me these days)–maybe trade for something.
There is some true gold in the Tasmanian Tramp magazines. Does anyone know if these digitised anywhere? Great stuff! (Is there a Tasmanian climbing library that has a set of these?)
hi i found a little red bag with some shoes and chalk in at waterworks today. happy to return to owner. cheers
Was out looking for boulders today out the back of Sand River (didn't find much), but did spot this sick looking orange wall that I'm unlikely to develop so I thought I would record it's location for posterity.
If Forestry gave out the key to the gate (they don't - I've previously asked - they say they won't because you can get into the army range from this road), this would only be a ~300m walk from the road, but instead it's ~5km from the gate, with a decent bit of uphill at the start. Maybe 25 minutes on an e-bike. Or even better a motor bike.
There is more rock in this valley, but didn't spot anything anywhere near as good. Upstream there is grey rock near the creek (canyon) but it's a bit vegetated. You can see some more orange stuff at the mouth of the valley just to the south of Justin's place on the way out from Sand River, but it's (probably) on private land. But if anyone develops this it would be definitely worth exploring downstream to the boundary of the public land.
There were two men (and a dog) checking out the cars parked by the road at Sand River yesterday (22nd July) - they drove off in a van when waved to as we approached. Maybe all very innocent but... Take valuables with you I guess.
I've been enjoying the Lowdina renaisassance lately, working through a full spectrum of easy and moderate routes. I'm curios about Expiry (13) on Lumbar cruncher buttress. In the topo photo which can't be very old at all there is a large chockstone visible in the offwidth. This was missing when we climbed the route the result being its seems pretty arduous for the grade.
Did somebody make the world a safer place or did it fall out by its own volition?
Found a polarfleece at the top of the sandstone cliffs in Waterworks Reserve Mon 11th July.
If it's yours let me know colour and brand and how to get it back to you.
Crag Care is running a working bee at Fruehauf on the 17th of July from 9-12 noon with the Hobart City Council Bushcare team. The council has asked that we close the cliff during that time! But it'll be back open straight after the working bee has finished.
Come along! It should be a nice morning of planting, weeding, chatting and cake. More details here: https://www.cragcaretasmania.org.au/event-details/fruehauf-working-bee
A recent severe wind related weather event has resulted in multiple trees falling across the track which accesses Mt Roland cliffs. Of concern, is that there are many "widow maker" branches hanging, waiting for an unsuspecting person to walk underneath. There is a very high risk of one of these branches falling without notice. It is recommended to avoid the area for a couple of months to allow the forces of gravity and changing winds to do their work in bringing some of these branches down to earth. Some track clearing with a chainsaw has commenced - more will be done when time permits.
I've not been to the Knuckle before, so anyone with some experience there would be greatly appreciated. I am wondering if it might be in condition by Monday 13th.
I've been looking at the Stacks Bluff forecast; not sure if there is a more suitable one. Looks like all the precipitation leading up to Monday is probably snow, rather than rain, which on a South facing slope that is mostly water ice, I wonder if this will not work well. There are strong southerly winds all week, however they seem to improve somewhat by Monday.
https://www.willyweather.com.au/tas/northern/stacks-bluff.html (Willy weather less optimistic about how cold it is going to be)