Ascent of Mount Kosciuszko on 2010-06-17

Climber: Isaac Heckman

Date:Thursday, June 17, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Kosciuszko
    Location:Australia-New South Wales
    Elevation:7310 ft / 2228 m

Ascent Trip Report

This climb was dedicated to Serving Others Worldwide and the second of the "Seven Summits for Serving Others Worldwide" - A Charity Climb for Children in need.

I thought it would be an easy hike up the lowest of the seven summits, but was suprised by severe weather blowing in on the day of accent causing a white out blizzard with 100mph winds. Wind was so strong that while having to forcefully walk at a 45 degree angle, some gusts even picked me up with full backpack and threw me about 6 ft. Luckily I came with high altitude mountain climing gear with full Psolor balaclava and goggles and was able to protect again the wind chill which dropped the temp to about -20. Trail became completely covered and finding my way back in the white-out was very difficult. Not the fun experience I was hoping for but did it for a good cause!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2782 ft / 847 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Snowing, Frigid, Extremely Windy, White-out
White out blizzard with 100mph wind
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2782 ft / 847 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 7 km
    Start Trailhead:4528 ft / 1380 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics

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