Mt Blackwood Summit


Mt Blackwood Summit is an old forgotten dolerite trad area, located just up the road/mountain from the more popular sandstone sport crags. Routes follow crack lines for the most part, but recently there has been a few fully bolted sport routes added.


From the Blackwood Rocks crags access - continue climbing along Poatina Road past the last of the major hairpin bends, to locate the site of an old quarry hidden through the trees. There are a bunch of boulders blocking vehicle entry, opposite the start of a road barrier. An overgrown 4WD track can be used to access the quarry, from where it is an undulating uphill scramble across the scree fields to the base of the main cliffs. The walk should take between 40-60 minutes. Be careful walking along the scree, as it is notoriously loose in places.

Upper Right Tier (Who Among Them etc.) can be accessed by climbing up a vegetated gully that splits the lower cliffs, via a couple of fixed ropes. A rap chain has been installed at the top of this cliff (30m).

A more comprehensive guide to the area can be found in 'Climb Northern Tasmania' by Bob McMahon & Gerry Narkowicz.


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First route on the left end of the upper cliff. 20m approach pitch up the tree/gully (about grade 8) to the base of the beautiful finger crack with DBB. 15m up finger crack to ledge (DBB), don't belay here, instead continue for another 15m directly up the bolted arete to the top. No rap chains on the bolted belays. Abseil from chains at the top of Mills Route.

FA: Andrew Martin & Gerry Narkowicz, 2014

Thin crack/seam immediately above where the access track meets the rock. DBB.

FA: Gerry Narkowicz & Andrew Martin, 8 Feb 2014

Shares start with Symptom of the universe then moves right at 5m follows the thin seam

FA: Ingvar Lidman, 23 Feb 2014

FA: Gerry Narkowicz & Bob McMahon, 1984

The arete with bolts immediately left of Who Among Them.

FA: Ingvar Lidman, 10 Mar 2014

The stunning curving corner crack. Described as one of the best grade 19 crack climbs in the state.

FA: Ian Thomas, Robert McMahon & Sam Baker, 1978

The arete with many, many bolts immediately right of Who Among Them.

FA: Gerry Narkowicz, 30 Mar 2014

The line of thin cracks up the wall starting just R of the low roof. The route trends L near the top.

The thin finger crack that branches off to the right of Mills Route at 10m.

FA: Gerry Narkowicz & Andrew Martin, 6 Apr 2014

Finger crack with a tree stump at half height.

FA: Gerry Narkowicz & Bob McMahon, 1983

FA: Bon McMahon & Gerry Narkowicz, 1983

Thin finger cracks R of Battle of Leipzig, and then trend R into hand crack on arete

FA: Gerry Narkowicz & Andrew Martin, 15 Feb 2014

Second crack from the right.

The far right hand route with a tree at the bottom.

FA: Bob McMahon & Neale Smith, 1984

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