Ascent of Mount Kosciuszko on 2010-06-17
|Date:||Thursday, June 17, 2010|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||Australia-New South Wales|
| Elevation:||7310 ft / 2228 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThis 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
| Gain on way in:||2782 ft / 847 m|
| Distance:||4.3 mi / 7 km|
| Start Trailhead:||4528 ft / 1380 m|
| Time:||2 Hours |
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