Ascent of Mount Saint Gwinear on 2016-01-12

Climber: user 1

Others in Party:Vicky S.
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Saint Gwinear
    Elevation:4967 ft / 1513 m

Ascent Trip Report

After a tortuous drive from Melbourne, we were relieved set off hiking from the Baw Baw Village. We planned to ascend Mount Baw Baw, followed by Mount Saint Phillack and Mount Saint Gwinear. The weather was a pleasant temperature, and sunny, but we were quickly swarmed by march flies as we followed the Village Trail to the summit of Baw Baw. The top, marked with an enormous cairn, was disappointing, as since our guide book had been written, the snow gums had grown to obscure any view.

Upon leaving the summit behind, we found a much better viewpoint at Mueller's Lookout, and continued deeper into the plateau. We were quite happy to leave the broad ski trails and the march flies behind now as we headed for Mount Saint Phillack. We passed through several pleasant snow plains and hilly glades of gums before topping out on the forested peak of Saint Phillack, which like the rest of the summits around, barely poked its head above the surrounding ground. Similarly to Baw Baw there were no views, but there was still some sense of achievement. The flat top of Saint Gwinear was only 2km further, and offered a decent panorama over parts of the plateau and towards Licola. Here we had lunch before making our way back to the village.

Although not spectacular, the three ascents proved a worthwhile trip from Melbourne, with some pretty snow gum and snow plain scenery reminiscent of Mount Buffalo, if not as grand.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:YDS Class 1
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Part of Trip: Baw Baw Triple Summit (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Baw Baw2016-01-12 a 
2Mount Saint Phillack2016-01-12 b 
3Mount Saint Gwinear2016-01-12 c 

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