Tasmania’s greatest mountain quest

Published on June 5, 2013   ·   No Comments

By Andrew Bain

Cradle Mountain has a distinctive bowed shape that makes it one of the most recognisable peaks in Australia. (Peter Walton Photography/Getty)

For a time in the early 20th Century, the Australian island state of Tasmania was marketed as the “Switzerland of the South”, with its multitude of mountains drawing comparisons to the Alpine nation.

But look around Tasmania’s high country with a less quixotic eye and there is a more ready likeness to Scotland, with the buttongrass plains resembling moorlands, and the craggy mountain tips looking moulded from the Highlands.

It is a comparison that has found a practical equal in Tasmania’s Abels, an aspirational list of mountains more than 1,100m high that is modelled directly on Scotland’s famed Munros.

The Munros, a collection of 282 Scottish peaks above 914m (3,000ft) in height, are a hiking phenomenon. To a legion of “Munro baggers” they present the ultimate hiking challenge – to climb, or “bag”,  as many, or all, of the Munros, whether across a lifetime, a single summer or, as in the case of Englishman Stephen Pyke in 2010, in less than 40 days.

 

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