Mountain climbers protest cable car in Australia

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The summit of Mt Wellington, Tasmania. by Keith Midson

By Keith Midson

Twenty of the world’s most famous mountain climbers have signed a letter to be delivered today to the leaders of Tasmania’s three political parties, asking them to abandon the Mt Wellington Cable Car proposal.

The climbers include Andrew Lock, the first Australian to climb all of the world’s peaks above 8000m, Tim Macartney-Snape, the first Australian to climb Mt Everest, and Brigitte Muir the first Australian woman to climb Everest.

They said they were concerned about the negative impact that the cable car would have on one of the world’s most iconic rock climbing venues, the Organ Pipes.

Cable Car proponent Adrian Bold said he had not been contacted by any rock climbing organisation.
Mr Bold said “over 175 local climbers and abseilers had responded to our Local Values survey in 2013” and that many had welcomed the showcasing of a small portion of climbing area at one end of the Organ Pipes, which would give their sport an audience.

Source: news.com.au

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