Ascent of Mount Kosciuszko on 2010-01-03

Climber: Ken Curtis

Others in Party:Cindy Curtis
Date:Sunday, January 3, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Ski Lift
Peak:Mount Kosciuszko
    Location:Australia-New South Wales
    Elevation:7310 ft / 2228 m

Ascent Trip Report

It was calm and overcast at the resort when we jumped onto the Kosciuszko Express chairlift, yet clear blue skies and a cool breeze awaited us at the trailhead.

This trail is a very easy 8+ mile round trip walk from the top of the lift. In fact, it's not really a trail - it's a raised "cat-walk" for roughly 5 of the 6.5 kilometers. This cat-walk was constructed to preserve the fragile habitat in the area, and as a result it smoothes out the uneven terrain.

Even though it was an easy hike, it is one of my most rewarding. This is because it was the first time my daughter, Cindy, accompanied me on a summit hike, not to mention the summit being one of the original 7 summit of the world.

Thank You Cindy for joining me on this hike. I love you...

Began lift ride: 8:32 am
Started Hike: 8:43 am
On Summit: 10:09 am
Left Summit: 10:32 am
Back to chair lift: 11:46 am
Back at resort: 11:58 am

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Cindy and I (2010-01-03). Photo by Ken Curtis.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1195 ft / 363 m
    Extra Gain:120 ft / 36 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.1 mi / 13 km
    Route:Kosciuszko walkway
    Trailhead:Thredbo  6355 ft / 1937 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 26 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 14 Minutes

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