Mount Kosciuszko (To the Roof Top of Australia)

Mount Kosciuszko -

Jagungal, Jar-gan-gil, Tar-gan-gil, Tackingal

It was named by the Polish explorer Paul Edmund Strzelecki in 1840, in honour of the Polish national hero, General Tadeusz Kościuszko, because of its perceived resemblance to the Kościuszko Mound in Kraków

Mount Kosciuszko summit

Highest point

*Elevation 2,228 m (7,310 ft) 

*Prominence 2,228 m (7,310 ft) 

*Isolation 1,894.26 km (1,177.04 mi) 

Listing:

  • Seven Summits

  • Country's highest point

Coordinates: 36°27′27″S 148°15′44″E

Geography

Mount Kosciuszko

*Location Snowy Mountains, New South Wales, Australia

*Parent rangeMain Range, Great Dividing Range

*Topo Map Perisher Valley

*Climbing

*First ascent:

1840 by Paweł Edmund Strzelecki (European)

Ancient Times by Indigenous Australians

*Easiest route Walk (dirt road) Summit Walk Via Charlottes Pass -

Reaching the summit -

Mount Kosciuszko is the highest summit in mainland Australia. There is a road to Charlotte Pass, from which an 9-kilometre (5 mi) path leads to the summit. Anyone with a modest level of fitness can walk to the top. Until 1977 it was possible to drive through Rawson Pass to within a few metres of the summit. The walking track to Mount Kosciuszko from Charlotte Pass is in fact that road, which was closed to public motor vehicle access due to environmental concerns. This track is also used by cyclists as far as Rawson Pass, where they leave their bicycles at a bicycle rack and continue onto the summit track on foot.

The peak may also be approached from Thredbo, which is a shorter 6.5 kilometres (4.0 mi), taking 3 to 3.5 hours for a round trip. This straightforward walk is supported by a chairlift all-year round. From the top of the chairlift there is a raised mesh walkway to protect the native vegetation and prevent erosion.

Both tracks meet at Rawson Pass, at an elevation of 2,100 metres (6,900 ft) above sea level, from where it is about 1.6 kilometres (0.99 mi) to the summit. Australia's highest public toilet was built at this pass in 2007, to cope with the more than 100,000 people visiting the mountain each summer.

The peak and the surrounding areas are snow-covered in winter and spring (usually beginning in June and continuing until October or later). The road from Charlotte Pass is marked by snow posts and provides a guide for cross-country skiers and the track from Thredbo is easily followed until covered by snow in winter.

There is also a option from Charlottes Pass to take the Main Range track which leaves from the car park and down to the Snowy River, once you have crossed and take a nice up hill and walked for approximately for 1 hour you will then get to Blue LAKE (a MUST STOP)

then after over and past some of Australia's highest peaks and ancient glacial lakes and moraines you will get to the intersection of the Summit walk..... The a few hundreds meters more for the Roof top of Australia (Mount Kosciuszko summit)

THE AUSTRALIAN ALPS -

INSPIRE AND CHALLENGE YOUR SPIRIT

A PLACE WORTH WALKING (AUSTRALIAN ALPS WALKING TRACK)

A PLACE WHERE YOUR SPIRIT WILL DANCE

A PLACE WORTH PROTECTING

CARE FOR THE ALPS - LEAVE NO TRACE -

RESPECT HERITAGE

USE A FUEL STOVE

STAY ON MARKED TRACKS

CARRY IT IN CARRY IT OUT

GOT TO GO ? FOLLOW THE 100M FROM A CAMP SITE OR WATER SOURCE RULE AND DIG 15CM DEEP

PLAN PLAN PLAN - BEFORE YOU GO

I LAY MY DREAMS AT YOUR FEET ......... WALK SOFTLY FOR YOU WALK ON MY DREAMS

UNCLE ERNIE INNES 2012

Australian Alps walking track -

from a short stroll to a strenuous day or a over night camp as the walking experiences are unlimited.

The 650 km Australian Alps walking track winds through the High Country of South Eastern Australia, linking this Ancient Mountain Landscape. The traverses are rugged so walkers must be experienced and self - reliant -

The track climbs our highest peaks and crosses grassy high plains, stunted snow gums and many sites that are rich in history.

Its possible to walk the whole track in 6 - 8 weeks BUT most people choose to walk sections such as the Baw Baw plateau, Mount Howitt,, The bogong High Plains, Mount Kosiiuszko and the Wilderness areas of Jagungal

LOVE AND RESPECT NATURE

It all started with the above, my favourite and one of the few abandoned buildings left in NSW. We had a quick stop here to explore some more and to see what had changed in terms of Graffiti and unfortunately Fire. After about a hour of exploring it was straight down to Jindabyne for out National Parks Pass and food supplies for the next couple for days -

What a great little town Jindabyne, hype of activity during the winter months and much less through the warmer months. The "gateway" to the Snowy Mountains -

We drove to the end of the road (Chorlottes Pass) had a bit of a look around and took in the Ancient Beauty around us, then as light was fading it was time to find a location to pitch our tent for the night - Spencers Creek was the chosen site - After a Awesome camp dinner from being creative with the little ingredients you have !! I set out to try a few Long Exposures, after the clouds were doing their most annoying thing though I managed to get this image -

In all honesty I was hoping for nice star cover, there for this image would have been less appealing if the car trail did not pass through.

As I was wanting a good nights sleep, that was thrown out the window and the first gust of wind came blasting through at 2am - that was it, first light just became a waiting game.

So after breaky we hit the road to Charlotte's Pass and made our way up the Summit trail through frustrating cloud cover that was to grace us the whole day. The Summit trail which is a service road up to Rawsons pass was like a Highway of walkers and Runners and then at the Junction of Rawsons Pass Toilets you have the Track Head to the Kosciusko trail which starts at Thredbo Top Station and the Main Range trail which starts after a short walk to the Summit of Mt Kosciusko.

We continued after a quick break at Rawsons Pass onto the final ascent to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko - This has to be the easiest climb I have ever done and it happens to be the highest peak in Australia - Its quite hilarious that its a easy walk up for most people and when you are attempting it in the winter months from Rawsons Pass you just simply walk straight up the snowy mound then you are on the Summit -

It was terribly windy up there But you could sit on the protected eastern side and enjoy the view.

It was then off to link up with the main range track - was more satisfying then the previous as there is less people (a big plus) the track gets a little more technical but most of all the scenery changes to much more older / ancient landscape or glacial lakes and moraines

You walk in AWE for the reason of how old and Ancient Australia's landscape is and how many thousands of years ago that there was some activity here.

After Lake Albina and the wind that was at its gusty best on the open ridges we then finally made Blue lake - Pretty Cool Hey - I certainly Thought so.

Another hour and a bit, the end at Charlottes Pass was in site, back to the car for FOOD and camp for the night -

Island Bend Camp Ground

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