Ascent of Mount Jukes on 2019-01-14

Climber: Jude NS

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, January 14, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Jukes
    Elevation:3835 ft / 1168 m

Ascent Trip Report

After many back-to-back days of walking, Renae dropped out of the Jukes walk, so I did it alone, with some trepidation. From the roadside to the north, the summit was not far but the way was steep, and I was wary of snakes in the buttongrass as I ascended under an oppressive sun. I found myself repeatedly scrambling up small bluffs as I approached a minor peak which I confused with Proprietary, sweating profusely, but I kept picking up cairns along the way, which was some relief. The steep ridge-line around Proprietary proved more difficult though (I am still not sure which top the name applies to), and the various notches required some negotiation. A surprisingly high bluff blocked the final ascent to Jukes but climbing was avoided by keeping right. Unfortunately, I took a left turn and committed to a far less comfortable route halfway up, a mistake I did not repeat. The final walk to the top was gentle and I found myself taking in what might have been the best panorama of the Tassie trip so far - sea, lakes, mountains, ridges, plateaus, and deep forest. Frenchmans Cap, the next objective, was closer and clearer than before. Rather tired, I began the descent, taking lots of care on the loose rock but rather less care than I should have through the buttongrass. I arrived at the car with very little water to spare.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble

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