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Cable Car over Mt Wellington's Organ Pipes 8-Aug-2014 At 8:03:23 AM Cam McKenzie
On 7/08/2014 Climboholic wrote:
>It would certainly be convenient, but does convenience rate higher as a
>value than preserving the feel of wilderness right on Hobart's doorstep?
>In the end it will come down to money. I tend to think that whilst a cable
>car may attract families and retirees, it will discourage the adventurous
>tourist who tends to visit Tassie for the hiking and outdoors. I experienced
>this when I visited Christchurch and intentionally avoided the cable car
>to drive up instead. If they closed the road it would become more financially
>viable, but surely it wouldn't be legal for National Parks to close a road
>to prop up a commercial enterprise.
>If there was a cable car up Mt Wellington when I first visited in 2005,
>I wouldn't have the fond memory of hitch hiking adventures due to all the
>hire cars in Hobart being booked.

It would certainly be convenient for accessing routes from the top of the pipes (The Columns etc.) if you didn't have a car, but there are a lot of areas, that are best accessed from below (Flange, Northern Buttress, Avalanche Couloir etc.), for which getting dropped at the top would make the approach a massive pain.

Other than the fact that you might be able to get a post climb beer on the summit, there are no positives to the cable car for climbers.

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