Ascent of Mount Smythe on 2017-07-04

Climber: user 1

Others in Party:Jeremy N.
Pierz N.
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Smythe
    Elevation:5043 ft / 1537 m

Ascent Trip Report

The walk to Mount Smythe started, conveniently, from the Great Alpine Road, so it became our second side trip after filming on the Razorback. The elevation here was significantly lower, and so the snow was patchy and the clouds were raining instead of snowing. The walk began with a short, steepish ascent along the broad vehicle-sized track, and careful footing was required so as not to slip on the slushy ice. After this, the way followed the gentle, broad ridge-top, which was covered in recently burnt snow gums and remained mostly even in elevation. The consuming cloud around us made the trees look particularly skeletal. The wide track terminated not far from the summit, a knoll which we noted looked like a pincushion due to the fires. The last section, less than five minutes in length, was undertaken on a narrower, rocky track, taking us to the unremarkable woody summit. With small clearings and a central vantage point, it would have been a fine view on a better day, but that was not the case. Nevertheless, we were pleased to have come up, and returned to the car satisfied. The last downhill section was even more slippery than on the way up and certainly could have caused a fall. All round, an easy and pleasant walk, despite the rain and slush.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:YDS Class 1
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds

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