As a keen rock-climber Mt Bishop has always held a slightly mythical fascination for me. Rock-climbers have named the giant tor on its peak ‘whale rock’ and the thinner of the two cracks on its left hand side has a classic grade 21 rock climb up it called ‘Cachalot’ which was the first significant free climb route completed at the Prom in 1977. I haven’t actually climbed it but some lines are just so bold and perfect that they just seem to capture the imagination.
On a purely aesthetic level I find its combination of granite slabs, tors and vegetation very striking and due to its sentinel like presence guarding the road approach to Tidal River, it is a mountain that every Prom visitor is familiar with. For many the sight of it signifies the moment when you know you’ve returned to the magical place that is the Prom.
Mt Bishop was named after Captain Charles Bishop a business partner of George Bass who commenced decimating the seal population in 1799 a year after Bass was the first European to visit the Prom.
For more shots from this area check out my Wilsons Promontory gallery.
To check out other mountain photographs see my Mountains gallery.
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