Geoff O’Hara, Tony Woolford, Paul Geeves, Rohan Hutchinson (L to R) – all great bushmen.
In January 2015, Bill Wilkinson asked me to make a list of people who had completed, or nearly completed, the Abels. We agreed that ’20 or fewer to go’ was the male cut off point. I have decided that making it to 75 gave a good representation of the top female Abelists, so that is the female cut-off; he agreed we did not want “Abelling” to look as if it was a game only for the boys. He was going to publish the List in his book.
Since his request, a certain faction has done some campaigning, and now the presence of such a list in his book seems unlikely. I have done a lot of work on his behalf getting the list together, and encouraging people to climb, so do not want my requested homework wasted. I have found a different source of publication, whose cut-off is the end of March. Here is the List as it now stands. If any information there is incorrect, please let me know, and if anyone has made it onto the list since January 2015, please let me know so I can add them. Thanks so much to those on the List who have encouraged me in my stats keeping. Well done all on the List for knowing our beautiful mountains in such variety and for undertaking the expeditions that are required if one is to be here. You are all great bush people who deserve respect.
Carolyn Farrar, President of LWC and great bushwalker, having just conquered Tramontane
Completed all Abels, in order of completion:
01 Phil Dawson Record: first completer
02 Paul Geeves Second fastest to do a round of Abels: 17 yrs 10 mths.
03 Kent Lillico Second youngest finisher (50 on completion).
04 Tony Woolford Record: First family man to complete
05 Andrew Davey
06 Malcolm Waterston
07 John Carswell Record: longest time to complete: 54 years.
08 Brian O’Byrne Aged 68 on completion. Second oldest completer
09 Martin Doran
10 Mark Wright
11 Dale Lisson
12 Maureen Martin Records: First woman; oldest woman
13 David Walker
14 Zane Robnik. Records: Youngest completer; fastest round of Abels (aged 26 yrs + 2 days on completion, which took 2 years, 197 days).
15 Shelly Napier Second female. Second fastest overall to complete. Fastest female completer. Youngest female completer; second youngest completer overall. (7 yrs, 5 months, 18 days to complete). Age at completion: 36 yrs.
16 Geoff O’Hara
17 Graeme Pennicott
18 Terry Brain First Supervet. Record for oldest completer. 73 yrs 10 months and 6 days old on completion.
Phil Dawson en route to Norman Bluff (not an Abel), near King William I (which is).
5 or fewer to go:
Stuart Bowling (1) Aged 50 (2021). Second youngest male on the list
Harris, Dave (2)
Lee Evans (F) (2) Third woman. Abelling 47 years so far (2020). Aged 61 (2020)
Mark Hallam (3) Aged 44 (2021)
David Tongs (4)
Steve Jacobs (5)
6-10 to go:
Louise Fairfax (F) (7) Fourth female. Peak bagging since 2012.
John Whitely (9)
David Young (SV) (11) David is over 70 (2020)
Chris Howard (13)
Rohan Hutchinson (18)
Matthew Cloudsdale (18)
David Seaton (19)
Brendon Young (19)
David Griffiths (20) Aged 75 (2020)
Maureen Martin returning from climbing Mt Norold (not an Abel)
Maureen Martin (158)
Shelly Napier (158) Youngest, fastest female to complete. (35)
Lee Evans (156)
Louise Fairfax (151)
Kathy Cotton (136)
Helen Thyne (124)
Carolyn Farrar (118) Aged 40 (2020), second youngest on list.
Sally Coltheart (118)
Suellen Jones (107) Aged 71 (2020). First female supervet.
Tracey Orr (101)
Vonda Kerrison (100)
Amanda Lennard (88)
Tess Kendrick (81) Aged 15. Go Tess. A Junior record.
Pamela Tabor (75)
Kent Lillico, second youngest completer so far on Mt Dundas with Monika Povolny, a keen bagger of peaks and Abels from the mainland.
An inspiration to us all: Suellen Jones still in action at over seventy years of age. Here she is on the Coronets having a bushbashing fest.
My dear friend, Pamela Tabor, who made it to 75 Abels before being tragically killed in a car accident. Pamela was always full of fun and ready to give anything a go. I was tempted to use a shot I have of her that has her engulfed in mist and snow, still pushing onwards with her husband (John), but this one shows her happy face, which is how I want to remember her. I’m so glad I take lots of photos, as I have many physical prompts to spark happy memories of the fun mountains we have shared, and adventurous times in snow, hurricanes, blizzards and heat.