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Frederick Peak

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Description

Climbing of all types (top rope, easy, hard, trad, sport, single and multi-pitch) in a very adventurous and remote-feeling location, despite its relatively easy access from nearby Townsville.

The new guidebook, Townsville Climbing 2020 Edition, covers Frederick Peak and is available at Climbing Anchors.

Link to old guidebook for reference.

Access issues

Access is via private property. Do not do anything to jeopardise this.

Approach

This route requires a four wheel drive vehicle and goes through private land. Access has been negotiated by local climbers. Be polite to others you come across and don't drive like an idiot.

Ethic

A healthy mix of trad and sport.

History

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The area was originally developed and pioneered by Mark Gommers. The first route was established in 1991 and the huge potential of the area was noted but, at the time, the focus was on Mt Stuart. It wasn't until 2003 that Mark returned and on-sighted 'Frederick the Great'. That kick started concentrated development over a period of 4 years where Mark established several major multi-pitch trad routes - all on-sight from the ground up. As routes were established, access to other sections of cliff slowly became possible. Those early pioneering days were hard because of the long and arduous walk-in (with very heavy packs) and negotiated access via a locked gate on Granitevale road. The nature and character of the area has changed considerably over the years...

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