An adventure into true wilderness - March 2021 The Spires, ah, The Spires. I had dreamed of heading into this area of South West Tasmania for such a long time. I'm not exactly sure when I had first heard of this rough, off track walk but I can definitely remember...
The Abels. A great series of books by Bill Wilkinson. Here you’ll find out about the Abels and what they mean to me.
The Abels is a great concept and book created by Bill Wilkinson in the 1990s. There are now 158 Abel Mountains in Tasmania listed in the 2 volumes of the book.
But what exactly makes a mountain an Abel? I hear many people ask.
An Abel is a mountain in Tasmania that must fit the following criteria; It must have a drop off all sides of the peak of at least 150 metres before land begins to rise again AND It must also be over 1100m high.
While I’ve always owned the Abel books, climbing each and every Abel was never really a high priority for me. However, as I have done more walks and roped more friends into hiking, it has become a bit of a passion. In the last couple of years I have decided that I would eventually like to stand atop the summit of all 158 Abels. I’m in absolutely no rush and I had completed many of them prior to this decision. I did my first (Cradle Mountain) as a young boy. Some I have done multiple times (Mt Ossa over 20 times!). So these days I currently find myself out regularly walking Abels. It’s been great as it’s opened up many new areas for walking that I may not have gone. This page links into the blog posts that relate to Abels (and sometimes also the Hobart Walking Club Peak Bagging list).
To learn more about The Abels, visit the official website at this link!
This was a quick trip down to Maydena to pop up to Abbott's lookout, followed by a bit of a scrubby walk over to Marriott's lookout. Staying at Rathmore Farm the evening before, we drove down to Maydena and even managed a bike ride at Maydena Bike Park!...
This was an epic few days in Tasmania's magnificent Southern Ranges. After a big couple of days walking in to Wylly Plateau, the final day provide a massive day in horrendous weather..... https://youtu.be/FyS9tXGicX0
I have spent a heck of a lot of time in Southern and South West Tassie but for some reason I had never walked the Southern Ranges between Precipitous Bluff (PB) and Lune River. Sure, I’d been up PB from New River Lagoon in a day trip back on the South West Epic but I’d never actually done the whole Southern Ranges walk. It had been an itch I had been trying to scratch for a long time.
13th October 2019 This is part two of a weekend trip to Tarraleah. To read about our trip to Wentworth Hills on Day 1, visit this link. After a relaxing evening and early night at Tarraleah, we woke early and packed the car up before heading back along Butlers Gorge...
12th October 2019 We had been having a good year escaping to the mountains and Crawf, Woolza and I found another opportune weekend in which to embark upon another Abel Adventure in October. I had the idea a while back that it would be nice to setup a base at the old...
In October 2019 we managed a couple of nights away to go and climb Wentworth Hills and Mt Hobhouse. Basing ourselves at Tarraleah, we were treated to a couple of fantastic Spring days. https://youtu.be/gATg2soMCsI
In October 2019 we managed a couple of nights away to go and climb Wentworth Hills and Mt Hobhouse. Basing ourselves at Tarraleah, we were treated to a couple of fantastic Spring days. https://youtu.be/Azz3Lqjut4k
31st August 2019 Well, this one had been on the ‘aiming to do list’ for some time. Back in January 2018, Crawf and I had attempted a very quick overnighter walk to Wild Dog Tier (one evening after work) from the north via Dixons Track. On that occasion we had fallen...
Middle of winter in Tasmania means there is little time for Abels. However, this has never put me off and on a work trip to Hobart I found an opportunity at the end of July. I had freed up a day mid week and roped in Ferg and Troy (Hobartian mates) to join me for the...
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