Photo by Bogong
|Best months for climbing:||Jan, Mar|
|Year first climbed:||1853|
|First successful climber(s):||James Sprent and party|
|Nearest major airport:||Hobart|
Thanks to Bogong for adding this peak.
Frenchman's Cap is Australia's Half Dome. The mountain has been cut in half by a glacier leaving a 500 meter high cliff. Although not as remote or as technical as Federation Peak, it is arguably the country's finest summit.
Access takes two days from the carpark on the Lyell Highway. The first is over undulating hills and the notorious 'Sodden Loddon' plains to Lake Vera. The second day traverses heavily glaciated ranges to the hut at Lake Tahune. From there the climb to the summit follows a marked track with occasional rocky scrambles. The side trip to the sub peak Clytemnestra involves some semi-technical climbing, but is well worth the effort.
Thanks to Bogong for this description.