Adventures at the Edge of the World - the epic story of Tasmanian climbing - is getting closer to print stage. This 540 page coffee table book on Tassie climbing has over 600 photos and 113 articles on the epic adventures of pioneer climbers. We should be able to go to print in early July, have a book by September and a book launch in October! Stay tuned for details of a crowd fund campaign in July. Simon Bischoff and I would love your support and need 200 people to pre-purchase the book via the crowd fund at $80 each, just to put a 50% deposit at the printing company. I'm hoping the whole Australian climbing community gets behind us as it will be of interest to all climbers, not just us Taswegians, as Simon's photos are stunning, and the stories are very inspiring. Thanks for taking the time to read this, and please support the crowd fund in July.
Just wondering if anyone had a copy of the old Rock mag with Bob McMahon's article about a route he did out on Eldon Bluff, would love to have a read or get a scan.
Anyone who has been out that way I would love to have a yarn about it.
Found: prescription sunglasses in hard case, at base of Tarzan, Balconies in BBQ area, Sand River.
Reposted for Andrew,
Bare Rock Access
Hi all, just a quick message to say that, due to increased traffic (and 8 years since I last properly fixed it), we are now at the point of having to do major repairs to the access road over the next few weeks. This work started today.
Part of the process is that (once we do all the drainage and then put the road material down) the material used needs to get quite wet (proper rain) and then dry for a number of days before it properly 'sets'. To use it before then will result in heaps of damage / erosion and us then needing to redo the whole thing. This will be quite a pricey project, so I am keen to not do it twice!
As such, can I please ask that any parties coming to Bare Rock over the next few weeks park at the very bottom of the driveway (just before the steep 'pinch' bit; about 200m from the white gate) and walk up the remainder of the way. Alternatively, you can drive to the top from Avoca or from West of Fingal at the roadwork site office.
Please also be sure to keep the neighbours road access clear at all times. This is essential.
I will post again when all is good, the road has dried and access can revert back to normal. Until then, thanks so much in anticipation of you all helping to look after what will hopefully be a much-improved drive to the cliff!?
Andrew & Alanna
From a Parks facebook post:
Facilities and walking tracks at Remarkable Cave to be upgraded
The Remarkable Cave site in the Tasman National Park will get a complete facelift, with new elevated pedestrian walkways to be installed, improvements made to vehicle parking and rehabilitation of the escarpment to protect the surrounding environment and improve sustainability.
Works will include an upgrade to 3.7km of walking track at Remarkable Cave, Crescent Bay and Mt Brown. Crescent Bay is a hidden gem on the Peninsula and this new track will make it more accessible, with Mt Brown as an exciting side trip.
The Remarkable Cave site and the track from Remarkable Cave to Crescent Bay and Mt Brown is expected to be closed from 1 May – 1 October 2019 to ensure public safety during construction. Work has been timed to avoid the peak visitor period.
These upgrades will allow visitors to enjoy better facilities and improved short and part-day walks to spectacular coastal locations in the area, while better protecting the environment as visitor numbers increase.
I've lost a titanium wedding ring somewhere between the Fruehauf crag and the car park on the evening of 25th April. Please contact me if you come across it - 0428539198.
Hello. Do Tasmanian climbers have an association – not a club – that tackles climbing access issues in national parks, rserves and forests? If so, could you tell me its name and how I get in touch with it, please?
Victorian climbers have just launched the ACA V (Australian Climbing Association (Victoria)). It works like the ACA Q (Australian climbing Association (Queensland)). Both are fully independent associations, formed in each state, run by state climbers for all climbers, fighting access issues in their state. Apparently, the meeting at which the ACAV was launched last night, in Natimuk, was an outstanding success.
If you don’t have an association in Tasmania dealing with access issues, now is a great time to start. If you want some assistance in how to get started, contact the ACAQ president (Dave Reeve) or ACAV president (Mike Tomkins). Here is the ACAQ website http://www.qldclimb.org.au/. (I think ACAV website is nearly ready to go live)
A lot of the essential work for a website, online membership, databases, and a Facebook page, has already been done by both these state associations. And I hear discussions have started in New South Wales for the same thing (Although I’m not sure where that’s up to.)
You can more easily find the “Australian Climbing Association Qld” and “Australian Climbing Association Victoria” Facebook pages than I can post links to those pages (sorry, I did try)
SHORT SUMMARY OF WHAT IT’S ABOUT: each state Association studies the state legislation, policies and government processes that directly affect where we can and can’t climb in national parks and other public lands. This includes cultural heritage law, National Parks law, law governing how bureaucrats manage parks, civil liability legislation, and whatever else pops up on the radar. When necessary, submissions are made to state government to change laws (e.g. the ACAQ was successful in getting the Nature Conservation Act 1991 changed for climbers), and discussions are had with land managers (for example, the ACAQ successfully reasoned with a plantation licensee to keep bouldering access open in Passchendaele State Forest)...and there’s a heap more big access issues that are either resolved or being worked on right now, including working with traditional owners regarding cultural heritage issues.
Think about joining the fight if you don’t already have an incorporated access association for Tassie. Talk to the presidents of the ACAQ and ACAV - they are unpaid volunteers whom I believe are only too willing to help. The more states on board, each with their own association, the bigger the presence.
Hi All. Left my favourite locking carabiner at top of new bolted 18 on Main Wall. Irreplacable nowadays. I'll buy you a nice beer! Nick Hancock 0438 368657
A bigger issue re: Tasman Peninsula climbing looms. And that is: why aren't more people climbing @ Cape Pillar ? Or Cape Raoul ?
Like Cape Hauy there is a first-class walking track access to all Three Capes. The road to Fortescue Bay is no longer a vehicle and soul destroying experience. If all that still troubles you then try an arrangement with Bob Pennicott for a drop-off.
Obviously the issue with guide-info is still risky. And the notion of "the scariest sea cliff in the universe" still pervades. Nik Deka described the Chasm Wall as a "shitty little route" in the company of many. He is most welcome to go there and reinvigorate the magic. By foot. Himself.
Successive governments have invested about $50,000,000 in resolving the access issues.
It really is all up to you. Cape Pillar is only a little friendly cliff. Best Wishes, Dildo
A couple of ropes have gone missing from under cracked boulder at Mt Hobbs.
Can they be returned (or tell me where they are humphriesdj at gmail dot com)?
Hi, I come in peace !
I too have a box of slides Kodachrome64 of the Basil and Dildo micro-epic June 6 - 8 1977.
It would be nice to bequeath these to archive. Oh, and the Chasm Wall stuff, photos, slides, diary notes, Peter Jackson B&W photo (real good) with the Original Route marked (vital route guide !)
Would like assist in providing further info from my archive and other ideas.
Hello again ! The Candlestick thing is on again. Basil and dildo made the 2nd ascent of the North Face on June 8 1976. Good luck
On Sunday February 24th between 4.30-7pm, my partner’s vehicle was broken into and stolen while we were parked at the climber’s carpark. It was found torched and abandoned in a nearby cemetery. Apparently this kind of theft has been rare in recent years, but it wouldn’t hurt to be extra vigilant with your valuables up there (or anywhere, really.)
ADVENTURES AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD - the epic story of Tasmanian Rockclimbing
An exciting new book will be ready for print by the middle of the year - a history of Tassie climbing. Coffee table size and a monstrous 500 pages, it is jam packed with over 600 photos and epic stories of first ascents and adventures of pioneer climbers over the decades. From the first rock climb in 1914 to the present day, each decade has a history section, adventure segment with stories authored by the first ascensionists, and a culture section with interviews of key climbers.
Simon Bischoff has contributed his portfolio of outstanding modern action shots and landscape images, making this an inspiring celebration of Tassie's climbing history.
If you are psyched to see this book go to print, Simon and I would be grateful for your financial support in a crowd fund appeal which will happen in a few months time.
Thanks so much. Gerry Narkowicz
Lost a rope tarp on Sunday the 4th February near Pegagsus on the Northern Wall. Contact 0457595754. Cheers