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Climbing Australia’s highest mountain: Mount Kosciuszko

On Boxing Day, a group of 17 of us headed for Thredbo in the Snowy Mountains for what we referred to as our Boxing Day getaway of 3 nights and 4 days. Our plan was to climb to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko as well as check out some other hiking trails in the mountains. 6 of the group members camped while the rest of us stayed at the youth hostel in Thredbo preferring to trek during the day and get pissed socialise in the evenings.

We climbed to the summit on the 27th starting from the bottom at 7 a.m. and following Meadows nature track. From there we continued along the to the top of Mount Kosciuszko  (which is 2,228 metres above sea level) via Rawson’s Pass. Despite it being summer, we were pleasantly surprised to find patches of snow on the mountains. And for yours truly who has never seen snow, it was a delightful experience! It had been on my 30 by 30 list to see the snow and I even blogged last month on how I thought it could never happen given it’s summer in Australia and I turn 30 next month! Well, apparently, the universe thought it could grant me that simple wish and I can now officially cross it off my list. {Digression: I really am going to start leaving a lot more to the universe!} 😀 Some of us then headed to Seaman’s hut before heading back to the hostel via different routes.

The next day, we walked from Charlotte’s Pass to the Blue lake on the Main Range track and some of us went on to Carruthers Peak. Yours truly started to have knee problems again and hobbled back slowly with a couple of others just after the peak. I really am going to see a physio in the new year to get this shit sorted out! Damn my weak joints. We probably walked about 10 to 15 kilometres on this day. On the final morning, people were left to do their own thing. Three of us who drove together walked the Dead Horse Gap track which is a 10 kilometre walk.

What amazed me on the entire trip was the varied landscape. You had snowy patches, beautiful lush green alpine areas and dead white trees in other areas plus amazing rivers, lakes and cascades. It felt like being in a different country at different points. There is still so much more to explore and we plan on going back in spring just after the snow season. I would love to camp this time around and hopefully, will have managed some of my knee problems by then! Finally, it was an amazing experience to share with a wonderful bunch of people. I will leave you with photos from the great outdoors with the warning that it does not do the place justice:

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Lake Jindabyne

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View from the hostel

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Part of Meadows Nature Track

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Kosciuszko Walk

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Kosciuszko Walk

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Beautiful peaks

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Check out the snow!

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View from the top of Mount Kosciuszko

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Yay! On top of the Aussie world!

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Seaman’s Hut

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Main range track from Charlotte Pass

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Snowy river

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Blue Lake

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Another one of Blue Lake

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View before Carruthers Peak

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Cascades on the Riverside Walk

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White trees on the Dead Horse Gap track

I will continue to have fond memories as I do with almost every trip. I feel so grateful and filled with joy to live in a world that has so much to offer in terms of nature. I look forward to being able to explore more of this wonderful world we live in!

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • R's Mom
    30 December 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Oh My God! those pictures are breath taking..W.O.W! Nature at its beautiful best no?

    loved that pic of you showing the snow :):) super cute 🙂

    Hope those joints get better faster…

    • Psych Babbler
      2 January 2014 at 8:50 pm

      It was amazing RM! I can’t help but imagine just how beautiful it would look completely covered in snow! Lol thanks for the comment about the pic! 😛
      And yeah, will be making a booking to see a physio soon to get things checked out. This old-age thing doesn’t suit me! 😛

  • R's Mom
    30 December 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Oh My God! those pictures are breath taking..W.O.W! Nature at its beautiful best no?

    loved that pic of you showing the snow :):) super cute 🙂

    Hope those joints get better faster…

    • Psych Babbler
      2 January 2014 at 8:50 pm

      It was amazing RM! I can’t help but imagine just how beautiful it would look completely covered in snow! Lol thanks for the comment about the pic! 😛
      And yeah, will be making a booking to see a physio soon to get things checked out. This old-age thing doesn’t suit me! 😛

  • Whoa, Molly!
    31 December 2013 at 5:32 am

    So beautiful! I’ve always wanted to climb Mt Kosciuszko. Glad you had an awesome time!
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    • Psych Babbler
      2 January 2014 at 8:39 pm

      You should totally do it! We are thinking of going back around September…if we do, would you like me to let you know as well to see if you’d like to join?

  • Whoa, Molly!
    31 December 2013 at 5:32 am

    So beautiful! I’ve always wanted to climb Mt Kosciuszko. Glad you had an awesome time!
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    • Psych Babbler
      2 January 2014 at 8:39 pm

      You should totally do it! We are thinking of going back around September…if we do, would you like me to let you know as well to see if you’d like to join?

  • Avada Kedavra
    31 December 2013 at 5:50 am

    it looks marvelous. You hiked the highest mountain! wow.. lovely pics.
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    • Psych Babbler
      2 January 2014 at 8:39 pm

      It is great Ava! I’m sure it’ll be even more amazing during the snow season. Haha…hiked the mountain but it’s nothing compared to people climbing Kilimanjaro or Everest…

  • Avada Kedavra
    31 December 2013 at 5:50 am

    it looks marvelous. You hiked the highest mountain! wow.. lovely pics.
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    • Psych Babbler
      2 January 2014 at 8:39 pm

      It is great Ava! I’m sure it’ll be even more amazing during the snow season. Haha…hiked the mountain but it’s nothing compared to people climbing Kilimanjaro or Everest…

  • Zita
    31 December 2013 at 11:37 am

    Congrats on ticking another thing off your list! Such beautiful photos, and yes we certainly do live in a beautiful part of the world!
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    • Psych Babbler
      2 January 2014 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks Zita! It was an amazing feeling! And living in Aus continues to remind me why I love this place as much as I do!! 😀

  • Zita
    31 December 2013 at 11:37 am

    Congrats on ticking another thing off your list! Such beautiful photos, and yes we certainly do live in a beautiful part of the world!
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    • Psych Babbler
      2 January 2014 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks Zita! It was an amazing feeling! And living in Aus continues to remind me why I love this place as much as I do!! 😀

  • Chai a Cup of Life
    2 January 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Ah hiking and Mt Kossie is the best! Your photos look amazing. You have no sleeves on, wasn’t it cold !! 😛
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    • Psych Babbler
      2 January 2014 at 8:23 pm

      Haha…the weather was so weird Amelia! I had three layers on in that shot and then got really cold after and had 5 layers at one stage. Kept going from hot to cold to hot to cold…I think the walking and the sweating made it worse!

  • Chai a Cup of Life
    2 January 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Ah hiking and Mt Kossie is the best! Your photos look amazing. You have no sleeves on, wasn’t it cold !! 😛
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    • Psych Babbler
      2 January 2014 at 8:23 pm

      Haha…the weather was so weird Amelia! I had three layers on in that shot and then got really cold after and had 5 layers at one stage. Kept going from hot to cold to hot to cold…I think the walking and the sweating made it worse!

  • Nitya
    11 January 2014 at 5:28 pm

    This looks amazing! Congrats on scaling the highest peak on the continent 🙂 Also, I was catching up on your blog and it struck me that you made soooo much happen and progressed so much in the past few years. Looking forward to chatting about it in person soon 🙂

  • Nitya
    11 January 2014 at 5:28 pm

    This looks amazing! Congrats on scaling the highest peak on the continent 🙂 Also, I was catching up on your blog and it struck me that you made soooo much happen and progressed so much in the past few years. Looking forward to chatting about it in person soon 🙂