Abels

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

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!

Enjoy!

Abbotts and Marriotts Lookouts

Abbotts and Marriotts Lookouts

May 2019 We had planned this little sojourn a couple of months prior. Crawf had spotted a free Saturday in his calendar and had asked whether or not a couple of us were keen to join him for a trip to the third shortest and the shortest Abel - Abbotts Lookout and...

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Mt Penny West – 16th April 2018

Mt Penny West – 16th April 2018

This year, I had to make a lot of trips from Launceston to Hobart. With constant construction on the main highway, I was enjoying taking the road less travelled over the highland lakes. This also gave me the excuse to knock off a few peaks on the way to Hobart. One...

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Mt Patrick – May 14, 2018

Mt Patrick – May 14, 2018

With all the roadworks on the Midlands Highway, I had been making my regular drive to Hobart a bit more scenic by driving south via Highland Lakes Road. On this midweek trip, I figured I had enough time to make a quick jaunt up Mt Patrick beside Arthur's Lake (and...

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Tower Hills (East and West Towers)

Tower Hills (East and West Towers)

I had been thinking about the 'two towers' for some time and I must say, with some trepidation. Mates had done the peaks previously and didn't describe them favourably. By all accounts, getting out to the West Tower was a scrub bash in an area that didn't particularly...

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Mt Saddleback

Mt Saddleback

  To my great satisfaction, 2019 was shaping up to be a year of Abelling. With winter fast approaching I was keen to get a few more out of the way before the cold came and daylight savings ended. So, Woolza and I found a Thursday evening available and headed out...

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Ragged Jack

Ragged Jack

From Launceston, Ragged Jack stands prominently by Ben Lomond's side. It's an obvious and pretty 'bad ass' looking peak that has always enticed me. But until now, I had never ventured up it. Well, the opportunity had arisen. I had most of the day to spare so dropped...

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Quamby Bluff – 26th Feb 2019

Quamby Bluff – 26th Feb 2019

  To the disbelief of most of my friends, I had never attempted or completed a walk up Quamby Bluff. I had gazed on it so many times from various vantage points and other walks but never found the time to stop off on my way through the lakes to do the short day walk....

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