Owl Pillar Mostly sport climbing6 routes in sector
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A freestanding pillar bearing a remarkable resemblance to an owl. Has 4 short but fun sport routes and an easy trad climb up the back that can be soloed and used to setup topropes off the summit rap chains (please use your own biners to avoid anchor wear).
Climbs are listed left to right.
Access issues inherited from Glasshouse Mountains
Most 'Glasshouse Mountains' climbing is within the Glass House Mountains National Park. Please respect the environment and other people's enjoyment of it. Access to climbing here is a privilege, not a right.
Most routes have dedicated lower-off anchors and there is also a set of summit rap chains on top of the pillar which can be used to descend from all the climbs, with varying degrees of equalisation.
Ethic inherited from Glasshouse Mountains
Modern climbers establishing new routes have taken great pains to ensure any new routes do not interfere with the historic routes established many decades ago.
Retro-bolting of existing routes is unacceptable!
New routes shall make use of traditional protection where available.
The original easy route up the backside was most likely climbed by an enthusiastic 'brave' from the local aboriginal tribe thousands of years ago to impress a girl. Locals have been continuing the tradition ever since - with various degrees of success. In the early 90s Darrin Carter placed a chain on the summit and a couple of bolts down what would become Afternoon Delight. But in a particularly brattish move teenage Neil Monteith soloed the first ascent before Darrin got back up the mountain again. Amazingly he didn't get decked for this. Monty bolted a further three routes on the pillar. Some of these routes were also soloed, including Midnight Makeout which originally had a big jug just over the lip. Luckily this jug ripped off when someone was leading the route - not soloing it! In 2015 some of the routes were rebolted with extra bolts to make things a bit saner.
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