Ascent of Mount Sinclair on 2016-01-25

Climber: user 1

Others in Party:Pierz N.
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, January 25, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Sinclair
    Location:New Zealand
    Elevation:2759 ft / 840 m

Ascent Trip Report

The interesting peak of Mount Sinclair instantly stuck out for us as we traveled along the Banks Peninsula tourist road, and we knew we had to climb it. We diverted from our original destination, "Lavericks", and parked up at the trailhead. The trail to Mount Sinclair's green top followed a 4WD track as it wended it's way through farmland and up onto a grassy ridge. It was quite a different experience to be hiking alongside sheep and cows as we hopped over stiles and dodged cow pats. As we approached the summit of Sinclair, we entered the lush scenic reserve, giving us a break from the fields. The track wound up and around the mountain, but as shown on the map, there was no route to the summit. With the grassy hilltop in sight, we sneaked under the barbwire fence and began bush-bashing our way up hill. This became more difficult than expected, as we were waylaid by numerous spiked plants, most notably the extremely prickly golden speargrass. The long, sharp leaves of this menacing plant pierced our lightweight pants with as little as the softest brush. Despite the discomfort, we arrived at the spectacular trig point with some careful zig-zagging. It was well worth it for the great views over the peninsula, the ocean, and along the coast as far as the sun-drenched peaks of the Seaward Kaikouras. We returned to the car via the same route, satisfied with our short little adventure.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:YDS Class 1
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy

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