17 Down Under:
17 DOWN UNDER. "A celebration of moderate grade climbing in Victoria". 184 pages. 285 images. Father & son team, Steve & John Morris, embark on a journey to climb and photograph 50 of the best rock climbs in Victoria, grade 17 & under. Inc bookmark $50.00
I've been doing a lot of phone calls about Mt Mulligan today. The owners are some sort of aboriginal trust/co-op/station which I havn't been able to get a contact for directly (yet) - but the gist from the farmers I've talked to that own land at the base of the mountain is that its off limits as a sacred site - BUT - tourist helicopters land on the summit and some people have had permission to walk over it in the past. The mentioned that money talks possibly. A bit annoying for some little nobody climbers. I'll be calling the helicopter company to ask them when i get a spare moment...
Tris - did you or anyone you know seek permission to try and climb there - or did you just walk up to the nearest from the abandoned town?
The drive from Cairns to Mt Stuart is a ball buster. Looks like 4 hours, but on single lane highways with an impatient girlfriend it feels like an internity. Oh yeah, and don't camp at Mt Stuart. We did some sneaky camping on the defence land (hey, thought it would be ok), and the police thought that someone had got into a bother, so came to try and find us. They found our gear stashed, including my camera which had a whole bunch of climbing shots. They thought we'd gone over the edge, so called in the chopper to put the spotties on the base of the cliff! I got out of bed to see what all the rotared fuss was about, and saw the cops crawling around the edge with torches. Wondering what they were doing I went to say hello! They were actually just happy that we were alive, and told me they would have fined the hell out of us, but that it was a Tuesday night with not much happening, and the nudie shots of me and the girlfriend skinny dipping was the best entertainment they'd had all night...true story.
BTW - epic trip report from Bones and myself about recent Moonarie adventures to be forthcoming, with photos galore.