January 22, 2019

Tasmania 2019 Adventure Trip

Mount Amos (1490′)

——————– Trip Report Summary ——————–

Region: Freycinet National Park (Tasmania)

Starting & Ending Point: Wineglass Bay Trailhead (Freycinet Drive)

Way Points: Mt. Amos cleft & Mt. Amos summit (hike & climb via Mt. Amos Track)

Summit: Mt. Amos (climb via North Slope—Northwest Cleft)

Approximate Total Stats:  3 miles traveled; 1400 feet gained and lost; 3 hours RT.

——————– Full Trip Report ——————–

At the beginning of our visit to the Freycinet Peninsula on the eastern coast of Tasmania, Eileen, Brooke, Callum, and I climbed Mt. Amos.  This small but popular peak is one of five peaks that comprise the Hazard Range located within Freycinet National Park.  Despite its modest elevation (1490 feet), Mt. Amos has two special attributes.  First, the ascent is an absolutely delightful Class 2-3 scramble up 1000 vertical feet of mega-crystalline pink granite.  Second, the summit provides an excellent view down into world-famous Wineglass Bay.

We started at different times from Wineglass Bay Trailhead on a hot, humid afternoon.  A few dozen yards up the main trail, the Mt. Amos Track branches off to the left and contours across the forested hillslope, then ascends about 300 vertical feet.  Rather suddenly, the trail runs into a large granite slab, and this is where the fun begins.

Granite Slabs Leading Up Mt Amos

The route is convoluted and not terribly obvious but is well marked with scads of yellow arrows.  It initially follows a series of moderately steep slabs, then gradually angles rightward into a large cleft that contains many cracks and grooves.  The scrambling is steep and challenging in places but never exceeds Class 3.  Thankfully, the weathered rind on the coarse granite is super-grippy.

Granite Cracks High On Mt Amos
Coles Bay From Mt Amos

After a full 1000 vertical feet of scrambling, we topped out on the summit dome (1.1 hours + 1350 feet from TH).  Views were restricted by low clouds wafting in from the ocean, but we managed to steal a few peeks down to Wineglass Beach and Hazards Beach.  These two beaches are separated by a narrow, lowland isthmus.

Brooke On Mt Amos Summit
Wineglass Beach & Hazards Beach From Mt Amos Summit

The descent took just as long as the ascent, as we carefully down-climbed the grooves, cracks, and slabs.  We appreciated the yellow arrows helping to keep us on track.

Descending Granite Cracks On Mt Amos
Granite Boulders On Mt Amos

 

——————– Route Map / Sketch ——————–

Mt Amos Photomap

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