Mount Kosciuszko, Australia

Prominence: 2228 m, 7310 ft

Elevation: 2228 meters, 7310 feet

True Isolation: 1894.26 km, 1177.04 mi
Alternate Name(s)Mount Kosciusko
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)36° 27' 22'' S; 148° 15' 48'' E
-36.456076, 148.263399 (Dec Deg)
613211E 5964722N Zone 55 (UTM)
CountryAustralia (Highest Point)
State/ProvinceNew South Wales (Highest Point)

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Selected Trip Reports from this site:
     1991 by Gianina Lindsey
     1993-10-17 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     1998-11-27 by Jim Sugden
     2003-04-28 by Charles Everett
     2003-04-29 by Charles Everett
     2007-03-07 by Mick Stanic
     2009-05-12 by Randy Christofferson
     2009-12-19 by Paul Michelson
     2010-01-03 by Ken Curtis
     2010-04-21 by Chris Ells
     2010-06-17 by Isaac Heckman
     2011-01-22 by Matthias Ihl
     2013-03-03 by Jobe Wymore
     2013-04-02 by Joseph Knight
     2013-07-17 by Norbert Schaefer
     2014-05-21 by Andrew Rankine (GPS Track)
     2014-09-08 by Bob Tarr
     2014-12-27 by Rob Woodall (GPS Track)
     2015-01-18 by Richard Mclellan (GPS Track)
     2015-03-17 by John E Sarna (GPS Track)
     2015-06-05 by Josh Hayward

View ascents of peak by registered members (122 total)

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Mount Kosciuszko (nicknamed "Kozzy" by the notoriously informal Ozzies) is the highest mountain on the flattest and smallest continent. A thoroughly uninspiring peak, Kosciuszko gets a lot of abuse, particularly from those who claim that the Australia/Oceania continent's rightful contribution to the "Seven Summits" is Puncak Jaya on New Guinea.

Actually, Australia does have some interesting mountainous terrain, including the escarpament areas of the Blue Mountains, the crags of Tasmania, and even Mount Townshend, a craggier peak about 1 km north of Kosciuszko and the second highest of the continent. If any one of these places held Australia's apex, people might not object to the low elevation of the continent high point. Unfortuantely, though, Australia is stuck with Mt. Kosciuszko, a laughably easy dome with a auto-passable road right to the summit.

However, cars are not allowed on the road past the Charlotte's Pass area, so gaining the summit involves a very easy hike of about an hour or so, depending on your fitness. Elevation gain is minimal, and the wide-open terrain is scenic. You can also hike to the summit from the Thredbo ski area to the south, another pretty easy stroll. In the winter, there can be deep snow in the area.

The peak was named in 1840 by Polish-Australian explorer Paul Strzelecki for Tadeusz Kosciuszko (1746-1817), the Polish military hero who fought in both the American and Polish wars of independence. To Strzelecki, the peak resembled the tomb of Kosciuszko in Krakow, Poland. Some think he had climbed Mount Townshend and thought it was the highest.

There is some recent controversy over the spelling of this peak. Until the late 1990s, it was spelled Kosciusko, the long-standing English-language spelling of the Polish patriot's name. However, there has been a movement lately to add the extra "z" to his name to more accurately reflect the Polish spelling, not just in Australia, but in the USA as well (for example, the "Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial" in Philadelphia). Note that a true rendition of the Polish name would have an acute accent over the first "s". And he was born Tadevush Kastsyushka in Belarus, and a true rendition of that name would, I believe, require the Cyrillic alphabet.

An editorial: Even though the governments in Australia are firmly behind the new spelling, to me it seems kind of silly. Like speakers of any other language, English speakers should have the right to make subtle changes to proper names to fit their linguistic and orthographic conventions. In English, the capital of Poland is Warsaw, not Warszawa; the explorer is named Columbus, not Colombo or Colón. I personally don't see much need to add a "z" to Koscuiszko's name, since it will have no effect on the usual English pronounciation.

Mount Kosciusko's gentle, grassy summit dome (1993-10-17).
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Prominence  Clean Prominence: 2228 m/7310 ft
  Optimistic Prominence: 2228 m/7310 ft
  Key Col: Ocean    0 m/0 ft
Isolation1894.26 km/1177.04 mi
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Tutoko  (SE)
Isolation Limit Point: 44° 35' 32'' S; 168° 0' 22'' E
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RangesContinent: Australia-Oceania
Range2: Great Dividing Range (Highest Point)
Range3: South N.S.W. Great Dividing Range (Highest Point)
Drainage BasinsMurray (HP)
Great Australian Bight (HP)
Indian Ocean
OwnershipLand: Kosciusko National Park (Highest Point)
First AscentFebruary, 1840
Paul Strzelecki
Route #1 Closed Road for Hiking
Trailhead: Charlotte Pass 1800 m/5906 ft
Vertical Gain: 428 m/1404 ft
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Cindy and I (2010-01-03). Photo by Ken Curtis.
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