Simon Bischoff Climbs “Firetail” on Flinders Island

Simon Bischoff climbs Firetail, an absolutely stonking route, on Flinders Island in the middle of Bass Strait. Flinders Island is part of Tasmania, Australia.

By Simon Madden/Simon Bischoff | October 26th, 2020

Simon Bischoff climbs Firetail, an absolutely stonking route, on Flinders Island in the middle of Bass Strait. Flinders Island is part of Tasmania, Australia.

Gerry Narkowicz, quotes Bischoff in Adventures at the End of the World, their book about climbing in Tasmania: “The most impressive new routes in Tassie in the past few years have been done in the wilderness but the surface is barely getting scratched. The future lies in the wilderness which Tassie has in spades and is the major point of difference with the rest of Australia. The future is bright.”

One such ascentNarkowicz points to is Bischoff’s “free climb of the Impossible Dream (22/5.11a), on the remote Mt Razorback on Flinders Island. Mt Razorback sits like a massive, jagged, extracted wisdom tooth on a ridge high on the Strzelecki range and dominates the landscape at the southern end of the island. It looks like a climber’s dream, but it needed a dreamer and an explorer to realize it. Stuart Willis from Victoria pioneered rock climbing on Flinders Island in the mid-70s and took up the challenge. He fought his way for hours through a wall of prickly, harsh coastal scrub to Mt Razorback, carrying his climbing gear in case he discovered something worthwhile. He found a stunning 45m crack, one of the best lines in Tasmania, and aided the first ascent.”


 

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