In case you missed the front page of today’s Mercury, please read 

This secret approval for test drilling on the mountain raises serious questions about how development is approved in this state under the Hodgman government.

It also begs several other questions:

Is it OK for a senior government minister of Mr Gutwein’s experience to approve a decision of this magnitude, one day out from his government assuming a caretaker role?

How is it that Premier Hodgman stated that he had no knowledge of the decision? Is it Mr Gutwein acting unilaterally? Why is Mr Hodgman unable to control his deputy?

Why wasn’t there a media release announcing this approval? What’s behind Mr Gutwein’s attempt at secrecy?

What are the chances of a consultative and transparent development approval process in this state if this covert approval is an example of how things will be run if the Liberal Party win another term of government?

I am seriously concerned about the implications of this decision and the manner in which it was executed.

Al Adams




Has anyone come across two Frenchies at the crags recently? They `borrowed' a rope, 14 draws, 2 harnesses, screwgates and belay device from me about a month ago, and their phone isnt answering. Maybe they've skipped the state.

I got the email below from Alister Clark.

Please respect the track closures. You can get to any of the cliffs by heading up a track prior to the closure and going along across higher up.





Dear Climbers,



We are currently experiencing difficulties with some climbers attempting to gain access into closed work sites on the Organ Pipes track.


There is strictly NO ACCESS permitted to ANY tracks beyond the closure points on the Organ Pipes track.


There is a minimum $159 fine for entering the closed work site from any point. All track workers are fully authorised to maintain track closures.


Access to the Organ Pipes climbing routes is permitted via the northern climbers track only. Access to southern routes is via the informal track directly at the base of the Organ Pipes only.


Could you please inform your members accordingly.


Further information and updates are available at:


Works are currently on time to be completed by the end of February, at which time full access will again be available.






Alister Clark

Bushland Assets Officer | Parks and City Amenity 



Has anyone done any research as to the number of climbers in Tasmania? I am putting together a grant application for a book on the history of Tasmanian climbing. The Tas Community Fund application needs to know the number of people in the community who might benefit from such a publication. 

If we were to count climbers who go to the crags fairly regularly, indoor climbers who go to various gyms, outdoor ed and TAFE courses that do climbing, members of the CCT...can anyone make a reliable stab at approximate numbers?




Hi guys 

I'm returning to the homeland from the 12th Feb- 3rd March and looking to do some climbing whilst I'm home. (Have been living in south east England for 3 years) 

I mostly indoor boulder with a bit of lead climbing too. Only sport so far but have done a trad course just never used the skills. I'm confident indoor but would like to start branching into outdoor more. Where I currently live there is some sandstone crags I top rope. 

If anyone is looking for new climbing friend or happy to have me tag along that would be great. I'm 23 and current grade around 5 to 6c (Font bouldering grade) indoors.


My email is if anyone is keen



New Routes 2018

Found a pair of size 38 TC Pro's at the top of Atlantis at Lost World this week. Get in touch if you think they're yours. cameronsemple5 at

From the Bushcare guys:

To continue the fantastic work completed by the climbing community and the City of Hobart at Fruehauf last year, the first Cragcare session for 2018 is on soon!

Come and lend a hand if you’re keen to be involved in caring for this popular crag.

Where: Fruehauf Crag, Tara Street, Hobart Rivulet Park, South Hobart.

When: Saturday 24 February, 2-4 pm.

Please note the cliff will be unavailable for climbing during the working bee for volunteer safety.

What will we be doing? Removing planting bags, hand weeding and tidying the base of the crag.

What should you bring? If you’re keen to help out with weeding, please wear trousers, a long-sleeved shirt and closed-toed shoes.

We’ll have a cuppa and bikkies at the end to celebrate our hard work – if you have any dietary requirements, please let us know.

Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Bushcare activities are cancelled on days of total fire ban, high winds or heavy rain.

You’ll need to register as a volunteer with the City of Hobart (it’s easy!). For volunteering information contact or call on 6238 2884.



If you have any questions please contact us.


We will promote the activity on the Bushcare Facebook page closer to the event.





Sjaan Field
Bushcare Coordinator | Parks and City Amenity

50 Macquarie Street, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 7000 |
Telephone (03) 6238 2884 



Cam found on Mt Geryon

Hi all,

I retrieved a cam from the south peak of Mt Geryon a few days ago. It looks fairly new. If its yours send me a message and I'll get it back to you.



Metolius Ropemaster rope bag. Inspired by the spawning of Pacific Salmon.




Found gear

Sling and krabs found at Fru last Wed, 3rd Jan. Contact me for return.

Yep, another Candlestick post. We attempted the Original Route on Thursday. All went relatively smoothly until the third of our party of 3 started heading up the start of the third pitch. The chimney is quite deep and wide and has a sloping base exiting next to the belay ledge here. Not exactly sure what triggered it, but a rock let go towards the bottom of this which must have been holding up a whole heap of others which all proceeded to spew out and down the rest of the route and into the water. Our parties climber swung away towards the crack that the gear was in to the right as they let go and luckily escaped major injury. Still had a badly bruised/crushed toe and some other knocks to the legs. Enough that we aborted our attempt for the summit.

Anyway, it probably goes without saying, but anyone heading there should continue to be vigilant about loose rock. We were too preoccupied with bailing to have a look down the second pitch to see if much rock settled there, or if anything else was knocked loose down lower, but the second half of the second pitch was already pretty loose.

PS. We also retrieved a thick orange rope that was tied into the anchors at the top of the third pitch and hanging down this route. Maybe someone forgot to untie the initial tyrol before the last came over?? Anyway, it was too heavy to carry back so if anyone wants it, we left it coiled under the trees near the rap anchor on the mainland.

Found gear

Found some stuff at Flange buttress yesterday. Slings, ATC etc. anybody lost some gear?

candlestick alternative route

apologies if this topic gets dug up boringly on a regular basis.

great day on candlestick yesterday. pipped at the post by some mainlanders to  do the regular route. not inclined to do the 18 option with the bolts at the base as it seems like  an epic magnet. Thought the crack straight across from the mainland ledge (swim start) looked doable.  climbed it from the very far left end of the big ledge (where you start regular route). Thoroughly enjoyed it and couldn't understand how i'd never done it before or why its not the modern way to do the candle stick.

I had a recollection that someone had posted on thesarvo about doing it. Maybe even roger parkyn just a couple of years ago

Its way too obvious that no-one would have ever climbed it. There was a carabiner on a ledge near the top but thats not saying much.


i've attached a photo so people can see it. It looks a touch wandery but climbed well this way.

 i couldn't find reference to it via search bar on thesarvo but maybe didn't look hard enough.

whos dun it?

Brian Proudlock

Brian Proudlock 16.6.1934 - 21.12.2017

The CCT heard just before Christmas of the death of fellow climber, Brian Proudlock.

Brian  walked and climbed extensively in Tasmania, putting up first ascents on the Organ Pipes and in the wilderness, notably on Precipitous Bluff. He was a founding member of both the Sydney and Tasmanian Climbing Clubs and was known in the climbing world as a raconteur and teller of jokes round the campfire.

Our condolences have been sent to his family.

Vale Brian