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Cape Hauy 
Moai, The 

Fortescue Bay Rock Climbing 

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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 Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Fortescue Bay

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Fortescue Bay:
Sacred Site   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 110'   The Moai
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Rock Climbing Photo: High on "P2" of Sacred Site.

Sacred Site 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  Australia : Tasmania : ... : The Moai
This is the "regular" route to the top of the Moai, and makes for an excellent adventure. Generally done in two pitches, this route can easily be done in one with a little regard to rope drag. The first pitch is an easy scramble to the top of the big ledge on the NE corner of the tower. From this ledge, continue up highly featured rock past a bolt via a flake system to the summit. One 50m rope is sufficient to rap down.This route is graded 17/18. I'm too lazy to figure out what that means i...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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