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Fortescue Bay  

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Fortescue Bay is home to the world's most dramatic sea-stacks, in particular the infamous Totem Pole. A wild area, with great hiking, few crowds, and a genuine adventure feel. The tranquility of the bay stands in stark contrast to the powerful, heaving swells that assault the pillars of Cape Hauy.

All of the rock here is dolerite, and apparently, some of the best dolerite in the world if one considers its' ability to withstand erosion and gravity. These routes are strictly trad in nature. Some feature numerous bolts, but don't be fooled. All of the approaches involve rappels, exposed scrambling and bush-whacking. Some require swims thru shark-infested waters. Consult the tide charts before trying the routes on Cape Hauy, and plan to be there at low tide.

Getting There 

From Hobart head East and follow signs to Port Arthur. Once on the Tasman Peninsula, look for signs to Fortescue Bay. The turn-off is on the left about 4km past Taranna. Follow a good dirt road for 12km to a great campsite (pay) on the beach of Fortescue Bay.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.5 miles from here

2 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Fortescue Bay:
Sacred Site   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 110'   The Moai
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Beginning pitch 1 of the Free Route during my on s...

The Free Route 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b PG13  Australia : Tasmania : ... : The Totem Pole
The original Free Route to the summit offers thrilling climbing and generally good protection on solid stone. P1, 80 feet, 5.12b. Begin on the belay rock, and ascend the left arete for several feet past two carrot bolts. The crux follows with a difficult, crimpy traverse to the right arete, passing two more carrots and an old aid bolt. Once on the right arete, things ease a bit. Continue the right-ward traverse past another carrot, then head up to a shallow finger crack which propigates fro...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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