My name's Matthew but my friends call me Mowser.

 

I've lived in Tasmania, Australia my entire life. I love the place and I love hiking. I believe Tassie has some of the best hiking/bushwalking in the world. I like to share this fact with my wife and four kids as well as our many friends by revealing to them this amazing landscape and what it has to offer.

I also like tech and hiking gear.

I created this site, to share my love of Tasmania, hiking and the gear required to complete my adventures. If you can't get to these places yourself then I hope this site provides you with some inspiration for what the Tasmanian Wilderness has to offer - It really is an incredible place! Enjoy!

Mowsr on the way to Frencmans Cap, 1997
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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.

What is 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). Enjoy!