Mount Kosciuszko Hike Weekend (March 2017)

Because one or two visits a year to the Snowy Mountains is never enough. We had a crew of ten – myself, ,my parents my auntie Helena, Kat, Kat’s folks (John and Lil), Trevor, Nathan and, making his first trip to the high country, Elias – down at Jindabyne in late March, the weekend we pinpointed last winter as the one where we’d walk to the highest point in Australia, Mt Kosciuszko.

Some of us left Thursday night and others on Friday morning, but by Friday lunch, we were all down in Jindabyne. The weather was extraordinary, which was really something because we left behind absolute monsoonal conditions in Sydney for the fresh air and bluebird skies of the high country. Despite Elias telling all and sundry that we were “camping”, we actually stayed at the Discovery Holiday Park on Lake Jindabyne, which proved a big success.

On Friday afternoon, we warmed up with a walk to Porcupine Rocks from Perisher Valley, came home via the Link Road (and the Island Bend campsite we’ll occupy at Easter) and Saturday, it was off down the Alpine Way to Thredbo to walk to Kozzie, 2228 meters above sea level.

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This was a common theme.
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At the start of the Porcupine Rocks trail in Perisher Valley.

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Spectacular day for Elias’ first high country experience.

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Looking back down towards Perisher.

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Dad & Trev
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Looking out towards Charlotte Pass and the Main Range

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Porcupine Rocks view. My favourite vista in the high country.

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The crew.

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Why are they all looking so stern?
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Nice view, pity about the blokes in front. P.S. the wind isn’t doing us any favours making us look giant in our flannelette shirts!

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The Snowy River at Island Bend

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They need to let a little water out of Lake Jindabyne.
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Saturday morning at Thredbo – mountain bike championships in town.
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Not much of a view from 1927 meters!
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Chairlift going off into the mist.
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That’s better!

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Here comes the cloud, racing up the valley.

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Taking a break on the trail.
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Walking into the cloud near Lake Cootapatamba.
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Lake Cootapatamba is out there somewhere…
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It was at this point where we figured we probably wouldn’t get the same views as we had yesterday!

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Australia’s highest toilet.
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The final ascent up the side of the mountain.

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Made it!
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The highest point in Australia. If it looks windy and cold…yeah, it was.
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The Mt Kosciuszko summit. This was the view…
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This was our lunch view.

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A well-earned break.

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The cloud came and went all day.
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Kat makes it!
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One more group shot.
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Lake Cootapatamba makes an appearance!
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View from the lookout.

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The small hump right in the middle of this shot is Kosciuszko.
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Lake Jindabyne looking as amazing as ever.

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