Ball’s Pyramid is what’s left of a volcano that emerged from the sea about 7 million years ago. A British naval officer named Ball was the first European to see it in 1788. It sits 20 kilometres (12 mi) southeast of Lord Howe Island in the Pacific Ocean. It is 562 metres (1,844 ft) high, while measuring only 1,100 metres (3,600 ft) in length and 300 metres (980 ft) across, making it the tallest volcanic stack in the world. Ball’s Pyramid is part of the Lord Howe Island Marine Park in Australia.
First climbed on February 14, 1965 by Bryden Allen, John Davis, Jack Pettigrew and David Witham. Jack Hill climbed to the summit with Jack Pettigrew on the following day. Don Willcox and Ben Sandilands were part of the support team. Ben’s reports of the expedition in the Sydney Morning Herald form a chronological and accurate account of the climb. Read more here.