Mt Tibrogargan: The tourist track up the SW face

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Comments (10)

bdeh on December 13, 2012

That's not an easy track Ian, but the view must be spectacular. LIKE! Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on December 13, 2012

As you know already, I have climbed the steep eastern face of this mountain, Berend. And my opinion is that it is less dangerous to actually climb the mountain with rope assistance than it is to attempt this track - the tourist ascent - because of the risk of dislodged rocks coming down from other climbers.

You are right about the views. We sometimes remark that the well worn track you see here, can be seen from the moon! The eastern face has much greater diversity of plants, micro-climates and eroded features as well as its large weathered caverns.


ebi lutze on December 14, 2012

Hi Ian *from the Group A1-Unique Australia *.This is an excellent piece of photography L Regards Ebi

Tewbacka on December 17, 2012

This must be one of the mountains you can see coming up from Brisbane to the Sunshine coast Ian. I've never seen them close up before. Looking at the track a few others have though. Must be a great view from the top. Great photo Like. cheers Gary

Ian Stehbens on December 17, 2012

Greetings Ebi,

Thanks for your compliment. This is an aerial image, even though the camera is more of less horizontal. It is great in an aircraft when the terrain rises to meet your lens out the side of the plane!


Ian Stehbens on December 17, 2012

Yes Gary, this is the most prominent of the Glass House Mountains seen as one drives north of Brisbane. The track seen is "the tourist track" and it is pretty steep hence there are several tracks as people try to find a route that they can climb. It is pretty worn, and I regard it as quite dangerous because of the risk of dislodged rocks coming down from a higher climber.

The mountain climbers' routes on the steep eastern face seem safer though quite challenging.

The scenery on the eastern face of the mountain is even more spectacular than the view. The caves, columns, vegetation and sheer cliffs make it a special climb.

Regards from the Sunshine Coast.


Tewbacka on December 18, 2012

The eastern face sounds awesome Ian. Could a novice climber of 61 attempt it, or is it ropes, shackles and other specialized climbing gear?

Ian Stehbens on December 18, 2012

Here's a great view of the eastern face from one of the caves/tunnels that you pass through when climbing the Caves Route, Gary. The photo is the work of Yoorala, who took me up the Caves Route. He belayed me at one point to make sure my head remained clear, for that section had a lot of air below our narrow ledge. But yes, I am older than you and with experienced guides had no problem making the ascent.

Go only with an experienced guide.


Tewbacka on December 19, 2012

I had a look at your link Ian, It certainly looks wonderful. Not sure if my limited climbing ability (read ,nil) would be good on a face like that. Might disgrace my pants I think. hahahahah

Ian Stehbens on January 4, 2013

If you are accompanied by experienced climbers, who know how to clear your mind, when to belay, and are able recognise your capacity and potential, then you can relax somewhat and surprise yourself. My family are still in awe of my success, but that awe is only the counter-measure of their concern.

Given such an opportunity, Gary, take it with both hands!



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