Mount Kosciuszko

Australia 2016

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Julian summited Kosciuszko 2,228 metres (7,310 ft) on Tuesday 9th February 2016 at 02.20am (GMT) for the Matt Hampson Foundation. Mount Kosciuszko is the highest summit in mainland Australia. The road is open from Charlotte Pass for walkers and cyclists for 7.6 kilometres (5 miles) to Rawson Pass, at an elevation of 2,100 metres (6,900 ft) above sea level. From there a 1.4-kilometre (1 miles) walking path leads to the summit. Cyclists must leave their bicycles at a bicycle rack at Rawson Pass and continue to the summit on foot. Anyone with a modest level of fitness can walk to the top.

The peak may also be approached from Thredbo, taking 3 to 3.5 hours for a round trip. This straightforward walk starts from the top of the Thredbo Kosciuszko Express chairlift, which operates all year-round. The walking path is popular in summer, and is a mesh walkway to protect the native vegetation and prevent erosion. It is 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) to Rawson Pass, where it meets the track from Charlotte Pass, and from where it is a further 1.4 kilometres (0.87 miles) to the summit. The walk to the summit is the easiest of all the Seven Summits.

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