On Wednesday, September 29 2010 I was joined by Wietse and Johan on a scramble up Mount Kent. Kent is described by Andrew Nugara as a moderate scramble on slabs and scree with a rewarding view considering its modest height.
We found Nugara's description very accurate. Following his directions we reached the summit with no major issues. I have a different suggestion for a route on this one though. Unless you really like slabs and steep grass followed by scree, I would suggest taking the first climber's left upon reaching the upper section at the end of the creek, where the creek goes to climber's right and Andrew says to follow it.
[A bit more bushwhacking than I was expecting to start with but now we're in the creek.]
If you take the left gully you will be on nice grassy slopes until arriving at a dirt col. From the col go straight up the north slopes (climber's right) - staying on grass / rock until hitting the ridge. The ridge is good fun (moderate, exposed) all the way to the summit. I would return the same way.
[Looking back from in the creek bed to our ascent route.]
[Johan comes up.]
[Wietse and Johan below me with the battleship range behind.]
[Looking back from the ascent slopes. ++]
[A mountain goat lounges below me in this shot from the summit ridge.]
[Wietse comes up the rubble slope beneath the summit.]
[Looking west up the Spray Lakes road.]
[Looking west from the summit - Kent Ridge and James Walker in the background. Inflexible on the right. ++]
[Looking north and east from the summit. Kent Ridge on the left with Inflexible and Lawson and the Opal Range in the background. ++]
[Looking across the Spray Lakes valley to the south towards Warspite, Black Prince and Jellico. ++]
[Looking at Smith Dorrien, Robertson, French and Murray from the summit. ++]
[Another view at our ascent route and across the valley.]
[Mounts CEGFNS and Murray with Birdwood and Commonwealth to the right.]
[Descending the ridge.]
[A wee bit exposed.]
[Great fun and a beautiful day.]
[More exposure. Obviously Johan is not afraid of heights!]
[Smith Dorrien is a very cool looking mountain.]
[Climbing the bump on the way back over the col.]
[On top of the 'bump'. ++]
[Pano of Mount Kent from the 'bump'. Our ascent route goes up the middle, or descent route is left of middle following grassy slopes. ++]
[Coming down the bump.]
[Descending the drainage.]
[More deadfall and bushwhacking, but pretty short.]
The views did not disappoint on this one but the lower section was a bit more 'bushwhacky' than I was expecting. I guess we have to wait a decade or so for the equivalent of a 'Kane effect' to happen with the Nugara scrambles! :) On the lower section you should stay in the creek or follow a faint goat path on climber's left of the creek. I wouldn't bother with hitting the bush - it isn't worth it.