Excellent Cliff Discovery Tasmania - Photos November 17 2014
About 2 months ago, Ingvar Lidman and I discovered a new cliff in Township Creek, a spectacular gorge in the valley east of Bare Rock at Fingal. Funny thing is though, that a section of this cliff was climbed on by Bob McMahon and I in 1984. We did 9 trad routes on the upper RH end of the cliff, but the bigger and better sector about 100m to the left and across a small ridge was unclimbed. Maybe this was because on the approach via the creek bed, the hillside is so steep that this sector is hidden. The other reason may be that we did walk around there but dismissed it because we were only looking for crack climbs. The rock is vertical dolerite 25m high of superb quality. So far, Ingvar, myself, Andrew Martin, Jemimah Narkowicz, Steve Greig and Nick Hancock have done 14 new routes. Four are trad graded 15, 18, 22 and the best one in the area by my daughter Jemimah is grade 20. There are ten sport routes from left to right graded 23, 24, 26, 28, 24, 24, 24, 23, 23, 26. There are about 10 projects on the go. In the 80's, it was a 90 minute wade up the creek and bush bash, but now we found a good logging road which takes us to a 15 minute flat walk from the cliff. Description of access is a little complicated, so it is best to arrange a guided tour with one of us. Some Tassie hot shots such as Garry Phillips, Nick Hancock, Squib and friends have confirmed the quality of the area. See this link for photos.
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