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The Totem Pole is a dolerite sea cliff located in Fortescue Bay in Tasman National Park near Port Arthur.


1.25-1.5 hours walk from Fortesque bay carpark to Cap Huay Lookout. Well marked track and extremely easy to follow.

Once at the Cape Huay lookout, locate a track down to the left, and scramble down to the rap rings (these are at approximately the same height as the top of the totem pole). Rap 60m, then while still on rope, swing out to bolts on the Totem Pole and anchor to DBB.

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  1. 25m (25) This pitch doesn't get done much since Deep Play was established, the latter being easier with much lower ropedrag and admin.

  2. 40m (25) This is the "money pitch". Mostly Bolts (about 8), a few pieces of trad gear where the climbing is easier.

FA: Steve Monks, Simon Mentz (alt.), Jane Wilkinson & Simon Carter., 1995

  1. 20m (- M5)

  2. 15m (- M5)

  3. 30m (- M5)

FA: John Ewbank & Alan Keller, 1968

The original Ewbank Aid Route, now freed at 25, 26, 27, 17 by Doug McConnell.

Popular variant first-pitch to 'The Free Route'. Mostly Bolts, a few pieces of trad gear where the climbing is easier.

FA: Steve Monks & Enga Lokey, 1999


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