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Description

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Fortescue Bay

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Sacred Site
Trad 2 pitches
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b PG13
The Free Route
Trad 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Sacred Site Moai 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
The Free Route Cape Hauy > Totem Pole 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b PG13 Trad 2 pitches
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