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Kent, Mount

Summit Elevation (m): 2635
Elevation Gain (m): 850
Round Trip Time (hr): 6
Total Trip Distance (km): 5.5
Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 3 – you fall, you break something
Difficulty Notes: Some steep slabs but other than that this is an easy to moderate scramble with some minor bushwhacking.
Technical Rating: SC6; YDS (3rd)
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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.

Mount Kent Route Map

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 west from the summit – Kent Ridge and James Walker in the background. Inflexible on the right, Smith Dorrien at left.
Great views of the Spray Mountains from Indefatigable and Warrior at left to Birdwood and Smuts at right. Smith Dorrien Creek runs down the entire valley from right to left.
Mount French and Smith Dorrien are impressive from this angle!
Looking south with the Opal Range at distance left and the Spray Mountains at right. Kananaskis Lakes barely visible at center.

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. 

Some exposure off the summit ridge.
More exposure. Obviously Johan is not afraid of heights!

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.

Mount Kent
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A bit more bushwhacking than I was expecting to start with but now we're in the creek.
A bit more bushwhacking than I was expecting to start with but now we're in the creek.
In the approach creek.
In the approach creek.
In the approach creek.
In the approach creek.
In the approach creek.
In the approach creek.
In the approach creek.
In the approach creek.
In the approach creek.
In the approach creek.
In the approach creek.
In the approach creek.
Ascent slopes steepen near treeline.
Ascent slopes steepen near treeline.
Wietse and Johan below me with the battleship range behind.
Wietse and Johan below me with the battleship range behind.
Looking at Mount Smith Dorrien.
Looking at Mount Smith Dorrien.
Wietse comes up the rubble slope beneath the summit.
Wietse comes up the rubble slope beneath the summit.
Looking west from the summit - Kent Ridge and James Walker in the background. Inflexible on the right.
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 north and east from the summit. Kent Ridge on the left with Inflexible and Lawson and the Opal Range in the background.
A mountain goat lounges below me in this shot from the summit ridge.
A mountain goat lounges below me in this shot from the summit ridge.
A mountain goat lounges below me in this shot from the summit ridge.
A mountain goat lounges below me in this shot from the summit ridge.
Looking across the Spray Lakes valley to the south towards Warspite, Black Prince and Jellico.
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.
Looking at Smith Dorrien, Robertson, French and Murray from the summit.
Kent Ridge and Inflexible.
Kent Ridge and Inflexible.
Looking south towards the Opal Range at left and Spray Range at right.
Looking south towards the Opal Range at left and Spray Range at right.
Looking towards Kent Ridge.
Looking towards Kent Ridge.
Opal Range at left.
Opal Range at left.
Summit shot.
Summit shot.
Kananaskis Lakes and Elk Pass area.
Kananaskis Lakes and Elk Pass area.
Joffre, Foch and Sarrail over Invincible.
Joffre, Foch and Sarrail over Invincible.
French and Smith Dorrien.
French and Smith Dorrien.
Mounts CEGFNS and Murray with Birdwood and Commonwealth to the right.
Mounts CEGFNS and Murray with Birdwood and Commonwealth to the right.
Descending the ridge.
Descending the ridge.
Descending the ridge.
Descending the ridge.
A wee bit exposed.
A wee bit exposed.
A wee bit exposed.
A wee bit exposed.
Descending the ridge.
Descending the ridge.
Descending the ridge.
Descending the ridge.
Descending the ridge.
Descending the ridge.
More exposure. Obviously Johan is not afraid of heights!
More exposure. Obviously Johan is not afraid of heights!
Descending back to the access creek.
Descending back to the access creek.
Descending back to the access creek.
Descending back to the access creek.
Climbing the bump on the way back over the col.
Climbing the bump on the way back over the col.
On top of the 'bump'.
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.
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.
Coming down the bump.
Descending the drainage.
Descending the drainage.
Descending the drainage.
Descending the drainage.
Descending the drainage.
Descending the drainage.
Descending the drainage.
Descending the drainage.
More deadfall and bushwhacking, but pretty short.
More deadfall and bushwhacking, but pretty short.

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