Hot Mess Buttress

  • Grade context: AU
  • Ascents: 25




A collection of quality hard sport routes all well equipped with lower-offs.

Access issues inherited from The Shady Side

Most climbs are equipped with their own DBB, which is the preferred method of descent to avoid raining terror down on to the tourist track. If scrambling around, please take extra care to avoid kicking down loose rock and other debris.

Climbing straight off the Tourist Track should be looked at as a privilege and not a right. Access could very easily be taken away. Please be good custodians for our sport by leaving enough space for walkers when belaying, and if bouldering - have a spotter manage your mats &/or keep them well off the main path. Preferably brush your holds of chalk once finished to maintain natural aesthetics, and for other climbers who follow.


Approximately 50m downstream from the Sean arete, a large open gully with fixed ropes leads to the first pinnacle, the remaining climbs are slightly uphill and upstream from here.

Ethic inherited from Tasmania

  • The operation and use of drones by park visitors on reserved land including national parks is not permitted​.

  • Please note that Tasmania has notoriously patchy phone reception for particular service providers. Telstra is the most reliable. An emergency Personal Locator Beacon or similar is recommended kit when climbing in remote locations.

  • For more information - follow the link below for some local tips + tricks on how to better reduce your impact during your next Tassie climbing holiday


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The high quality compression line straight up the face of the left most pinnacle. 4 U bolts and lower-offs

FA: Patrick Munnings, Feb 2022

unbolted face with DBB

The hardest open project in the Gorge and possibly the hardest line in the gorge if it goes. Takes the blank left face and sharp arete to DBB

Right side of arete to DBB

The pocketed face and left arete to DBB

FA: Kobi Newman, 18 Feb 2022

Obvious crack RHS of "Hot Pockets" to shared DBB. Avoid large loose block at start.

FA: Kobi Newman, 21 Jan 2022

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