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Description

Mt Wellington / kunanyi, the grand old lady of Tasmanian climbing. A series of buttresses and tiers that bring grown men to tears and where climbers make pacts with God, Neon or otherwise. There is a lot of history to this crag, listed in successive guidebooks, magazine articles and the web. When using guidebooks, past or present, read between the lines. Any route description which says "thought provoking," "bold" or "great if you're a percussionist" has a high chance of excitement.

The Mountain is the alpha male of Australian suburban crags. It has an alpine flavour and with huge exposure – sitting on a lonely belay ledge, 1400m above Hobart, is cathartic. The rock, dolerite, has been lifted by volcanic processes, frozen by snow and baked by sun. It is friable, it is not uncommon to hear a hollow sound come from under your desperate paws. Visitors tend to stick to the classics because most of the bad stuff has been pulled off by some poor sod before you.

Many start at the Northern Buttress, others head to the Fiddlesticks or Moonraker for their multi-pitch fix, some seek out forgotten routes with rusted pitons and flaring cracks. The tiers through the middle have varied climbing on tall buttresses. Whatever draws you here, be sure to bring a helmet, a fleece, and your courage.

Arrive early on a sunny day as the climber’s carpark only fits about five vehicles - park to maximise this. Take care climbing in early spring as the snow melt and freezing over winter will loosen rock. Be prepared for all weather at any time. Most importantly, enjoy the Pipes experience – it's unique.

Approach

Situated a 15 minute drive above Hobart.

Activity

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