Legges Tor

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Legges Tor
Legges Tor From Summit.jpg
Legges Tor from the summit looking towards the Ben Lomond Ski Resort
Highest point
Elevation1,572 m (5,157 ft)[1][2]
Prominence1,303 m (4,275 ft)[2]
Isolation140 km (87 mi)[2]
Listing2nd highest mountain in Tasmania[2]
Coordinates41°31′48″S 147°39′00″E / 41.53000°S 147.65000°E / -41.53000; 147.65000Coordinates: 41°31′48″S 147°39′00″E / 41.53000°S 147.65000°E / -41.53000; 147.65000[3]
Legges Tor is located in Tasmania
Legges Tor
Legges Tor
Location in Tasmania
LocationNortheast Tasmania, Australia
Parent rangeBen Lomond
Age of rockJurassic

The Legges Tor is the summit of the Ben Lomond mountain range in northeast Tasmania, Australia.[4]

It is the second highest mountain in Tasmania[2] and named after William Vincent Legge who explored the region.[5] It is an unimposing feature on the plateau, being a rocky knoll behind the more spectacular cliffs of Giblin Fells, yet as the summit of the national park it is a popular destination with bushwalkers. A walking track leads to the summit from the ski village and from Carr Villa hut in the northern foothills of Ben Lomond.[6]

Before Legges Tor was surveyed, Stacks Bluff (at the plateau's southern extremity) was thought to be the highest elevation on the Ben Lomond plateau. From 1905 to 1912 a full survey of Ben Lomond was conducted by Legge and his survey party. The survey party explored the highlands on the north of the plateau in 1907. Legge had long suspected that the north of the plateau was higher than the trigonometric station on Stacks Bluff although it is less obviously elevated from casual observation. Moreover, the area was, at the time, an area so remote and unexplored that Legge described it as 'untrodden as the distant ranges of the west coast'.[7] Lyndhurst Giblin, a member of Legge's survey party, climbed and measured the true summit and named it after Legge and, in turn, the prominent bluff to the south of the summit was named for Giblin's father - Giblin Fells.[7][8]

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  1. ^ "LISTmap (Legges Tor)". Tasmanian Government Department of Primary Industries and Water. Retrieved 14 January 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Legges Tor, Australia". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Legges Tor (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government.
  4. ^ "Legges Tor". Placenames Tasmania. Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Government of Tasmania.
  5. ^ Giblin, L. F.; Piesse, E. L. (1913). "The Height of Ben Lomond" (PDF). Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania: 5–13.
  6. ^ Wilkinson, Bill (1994). The Abels: Tasmania's Mountains over 1100m high, Vol 1. Moonah, Tasmania: Tasmanian Outdoors Collection.
  7. ^ a b W.V. Legge (14 Jun 1907). [trove.nla.gov.au "The Ben Lomond plateau. Discovery of high land at the north end"]. The Examiner. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Legge's Tor highest peak". The Examiner. 24 Aug 1946. Retrieved 27 July 2015.

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