Ascent of Mount Northcote on 2009-03-29

Climber: Scott Cockrell

Date:Sunday, March 29, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Northcote
    Location:Australia-New South Wales
    Elevation:6985 ft / 2129 m

Ascent Trip Report

The main track descends from Mt. Carruthers and traverses the northern slopes of Mt. Lee and Mt. Northcote, two similar grassy domes. Down to the right is Lake Albina, which was a beautiful blue on this sunny day. Late in the afternoon, I reached the far side of Mt. Northcote, which was one of my goals. Mt. Northcote is easy to reach from the trail in the saddle between Mt. Northcote and Mt. Mueller. I walked a short way up the slope, left my full pack, and took a small day pack up to the summit. It took only 15 minutes or so to reach the tiny summit cairn. All around were other peaks, many of which were domes like Mt. Northcote, and a few of which were large piles of boulders like Mt. Townsend and Mt. Alice Rawson. Mt. Kosciuszko was closer than ever. After a few minutes on top, I returned to my full pack and headed over to the ridge between Mt. Mueller and Mt. Kosziuszko. I headed to the right (north) and down to the Wilkinson Creek valley. I missed the track down the slope and took quite awhile to thread my way among the boulders and bushes. Eventually I reached the area near the creek and found Ben sitting on a rock reading a book. John had headed across the valley to do Abbott and "SW Abbott". I found a good place for my tent and set it up. Later John returned. We all cooked supper and ate together. When the sun started down it became quite cold and we all put on our wool hats and extra layers. Later they showed me where the Southern Cross was in the sky, and also pointed out that Orion is upside down south of the Equator.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Part of Trip: kosci1 (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Twynam2009-03-29 a 
2Tenison Woods Knoll2009-03-29 b 
3Carruthers Peak2009-03-29 c 
4Mount Northcote2009-03-29 d 
5Alice Rawson Peak2009-03-30 e 
6Mount Townsend2009-03-30 f 
7Abbott Peak2009-03-30 g 
8Mount Du Faur2009-03-30 h 
9Mount Kosciuszko2009-03-30 i 

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