Ascent to Cradle Mountain-4750 on 2015-02-23

Climber: Winnette Butler

Date:Monday, February 23, 2015
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Cradle Mountain - 4750
    Elevation:5069 ft / 1545 m

Ascent Trip Report

Cradle Mtn. Is Tasmania's second highest peak, and I was really looking forward to climbing it. However, it wasn't to be. The typhoon that hit the Austrailian Coast sent some bad weather our way.

We made it up through and a ways past the cables before the rain started. The higher we went, the colder it became and the harder it rained. By the time we reached Marion's Lookout, the winds had increased and we had trouble standing upright. We continued on and the rain became hail. We took an extended break in the Kitchen Hut to try and get warm and dry out. We carried on but the rocks were very wet and slippery, and when it began to thunder, our leaders called the trip and we started down. At this point visibility was about 25 feet. Fortunately the rain stopped before we descended the cables.

Just a bit of bad luck that this was the only bad weather during a two week trip.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Aid Climb

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