The Totem Pole, also known as The Tote, is an extremely striking surf pillar on the southeast coast of Tasmania, Australia.
The Totem Pole rises out of the Tasman Sea at Cape Hauy, one of the easternmost points of the Tasman Peninsula. It is located at the southern entrance to a natural channel that separates the 130 meter high rocks of the mainland (cape) from the no less impressive rocky island of Miter Rock and another, much more massive pillar called “Candlestick”
It was first climbed in 1968 by John Ewbank and Allan Keller, using aid climbing. This route was released in January 2009 by Doug McConnell and Dean Rollins . The first free climbing of Totem Pole was made by Simon Mentz and Steve Monks in 1995 via the Free Route. From the summit, climbers generally return to dry land via a zip line.
Totem Pole is a desirable goal for the strongest climbers around the world. The rock in distant Tasmania became famous thanks to the book of the same name by Paul Pritchard.
Access : Coordinates: -43.13938, 148.00579 /
- The pillar was especially glorified by climber Paul Pritchard, one of the most famous climbers in Britain in the 1980s and 90s.
- The area is also home to a variety of marine life and birds, making it a protected habitat for a variety of species.
- The nearest inhabited town is Port Arthur, another eight kilometers west of the bay. The Tasmanian capital Hobart is 62 kilometers northwest of the Cape.
Go next : The popular pebble beach Fortescue Bay stretches three to four kilometers west of the rocky backdrop.