Ascent of Mount Kosciuszko on 2013-07-17

Climber: Norbert Schaefer

Others in Party:Phillip Hannam
Date:Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Kosciuszko
    Location:Australia-New South Wales
    Elevation:7310 ft / 2228 m

Ascent Trip Report

Australia Country no. 32: Australia

By car from Sydney to Thredbo (6 hours!) with an unplanned break due to misinterpretation (at least according to the policemen) of the speed limit signs.
Then by cable car to the starting point.
In summer it might be a nice walk on maintained trails. At this time in winter it became one of the most unpleasant hikes I have ever done. Strong wind (70 km/h during the ascent, 98 km/h at the summit) from the front, rain, snow on the ground everywhere and nearly no visibility.
I would have been lost without a guide. It took us 3.5 hours from the cable car to the summit and return.

Some count it as one of the seven summits .. (2013-07-17). Photo by Norbert Schaefer.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Snowshoes, Guide
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Extremely Windy, Whiteout/Fog

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