Tuesday 20 September
This walk followed the climbers track to be base of the Organ Pipes then continued north on scrubby but mostly obvious pad along the base to a buttress known to rock climbers as Far North and just beyond the spire known as Johnstons Knob was reached.
Historical records mention Johnstons Lookout was discovered by the family of council clerk A. W. (Cecil) Johnston. But the 1935 Hodgman map shows a Johnstons Lookout on the Organ Pipes Track, so this probably not the Knob. On the other hand, Ron Smith's 1941 shows a Haywoods Peak at about the spot of Johnsons Knob.
Back to the walk, and from the bottom of the buttress a pad leading up a steep and at times up and over boulders. When last here in 2014 a ladder had been installed to help get up on a ledge, but even so it was still tricky to get up. After a couple more encounters with rock faces we were out in the open above the Organ Pipes.
After lunch a circuitous route was followed to the summit and then down the Zig Zag where some recently upgraded track was met after the bends, but a lot remains to be done. We also noted a couple of new gates at the top, possibly to close the track when it is icy.
The walk took 5:20 and was 8.3k
|North Buttress with a climber bottom of photo
|Climbing up l;adder
|Lunch spot above Big Gully
|Profile of walk