australia's 10 highest peaks in winter
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guided winter ascent of the 10 highest peaks in australia

Ascend the 10 highest peaks in Australia in winter.

Scheduled Ascents:

28-31 August 2021 - taking bookings now

If these dates don't fit your calendar, please contact Andrew Lock Adventuresto arrange a more suitable date. Please note that there are minimum numbers for specially scheduled trips.


Overview

Mount Kosciuszko, as Australia’s highest mainland peak, stands at 2228 metres in the Snowy Mountains of NSW. However within a circuit of just 55 kilometres are the 10 highest peaks on the whole continent. While walking them has become popular in the summer months, completing the adventure in winter is the ideal challenge for those seeking a higher level of adventure in the winter alpine environment.


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In order of descending height the peaks are:

.....................................................................................................Mount Kosciuszko 2228 metres

.....................................................................................................Mount Townsend 2209 metres

.....................................................................................................Mount Twynam 2195 metres

.....................................................................................................Rams Head 2190 metres

.....................................................................................................Unnamed peak on Etheridge Ridge 2180 metres

.....................................................................................................Rams Head North Peak 2177 metres

.....................................................................................................Alice Rawson Peak 2160 metres

.....................................................................................................Unnamed peak south west of Abbot Peak 2159 metres

.....................................................................................................Abbot Peak 2145 metres

.....................................................................................................Carruthers Peak 2145 metres


This winter alpine expedition takes place over 4 days and we will camp in the snow for 3 nights. There will not be any technical climbing so you do not need to be an experienced climber but you do need a reasonable degree of fitness.

The adventure starts from Charlotte Pass, NSW. We will take the ski tube from Bullock’s Flat to Perisher and oversnow transport from there to Charlotte Pass.

We will snow shoe or cross country ski in a large circuit over the four days, branching out at various locations to ascend each peak. Our direction of travel and the order in which we climb the peaks will be dictated by the prevailing weather, snow conditions and the ability of the team. Our campsites will be chosen en route according to our progress and the weather conditions.

Australia’s mountains are not affected by high altitude issues however this adventure provides a challenging outing during the winter months. While not technical, it is not to be underestimated. Blue skies can quickly give way to whiteout and blizzard conditions. There is no visible marked path in winter as the summer trail is buried beneath snow, ice and sastrugi. Our guides carry all necessary navigation and communication equipment to ensure your safe return.


Timings

We meet at 8am at Bullocks Flat on the first day where personal equipment will be checked and group and rental equipment distributed. We then catch the ski tube to Perisher and the oversnow to Charlotte Pass. The oversnow must be booked in advance.

Our final day is timed to have you back on the Charlotte Pass oversnow to Perisher by 4pm. Should we need an alternative exit point, we shall walk out to the Thredbo chairlift and catch the bus back down to Bullocks Flat from Thredbo resort.


Fitness and Prior Experience

While you do not need to be an elite athlete to take part, the expedition is physical and you will have to carry a backpack of around 15 - 20kg. We will snow shoe or cross country ski for around 6 hours each day. There is no age restriction but Andrew Lock Adventures reserves the right to decline participation to anyone who we feel may be at undue risk due to health or fitness issues. If you have any concerns about your ability to undertake the course please contact Andrew Lock Adventuresand/or your doctor.


Accommodation & Meals

Accommodation is in tents, camping on the snow. Snow tents are available for hire. Participants will need insulated sleeping mattresses and sleeping bags rated to at least -10 celsius.

Participants provide their own food but will be advised of the type of food to bring.

Lightweight camping stoves and pots can be provided for those who need them.


Costs

Guiding fees are $1200 per person.

Oversnow transport and ski tube costs are in the vicintiy of $300 pp.

NB - Occasionally Snowy Mountains weather can be severe. In this instance, for your safety, Andrew Lock Adventures may need to postpone or cancel the trip. If the course is cancelled by Andrew Lock Adventures, all deposits will be fully refunded.


Inclusions

  • Highly experienced mountain guide
  • Full Liability Insurance
  • NPWS guide fees & charges (this doesn’t include the National Park’s Visitor/Car entry fee)
  • Communications, first aid kit, water purification tablets, navigation equipment
  • Snow shoes, adjustable ski poles
  • Disposable biodegradable toilet waste bags


Not included

x Travel to and from Charlotte Pass

x Food

x Hire costs of required clothing, tents, camping and any other personal equipment.

x Any other costs not listed under Inclusions


Clothing and Equipment

You must bring the clothing and equipment listed. Note that correct boots are essential for this course. Please see the notes in the list and contact us to discuss if you have any questions. You can download the required Clothing and Equipment list at the bottom of this page. Please advise us of the make and model of boots that you will use so we can ensure we supply the correct fitting snow shoes, skis or crampons.

Tents and cooking equipment are available for hire through Andrew Lock Adventures.

Please download the Equipment Rental form, tick what you need to hire and return to Andrew Lock Adventures at enquiries@andrewlockadventures.com.


Your Guide

Andrew Lock is Australia’s most accomplished high altitude mountaineer. He is the only Australian (in fact the only person in the British Commonwealth) to have climbed all fourteen of the world’s 8000 meter ‘death zone’ mountains, including Mt Everest, twice. He was the first Australian to lead a commercial expedition to Everest’s summit and has been leading treks, mountain climbs, scientific, research and adventure expeditions for more than 25 years from the Arctic to Antarctica and the Himalaya to the Australian outback. He was expedition leader and field training officer on three Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions and has been teaching Alpine and mountain skills for 20 years. Andrew first experienced the alpine environment as a teenager right here in the Australian Snowy Alps and returns every year to pursue his love of back country skiing, climbing and alpine camping.


National Parks Permits and Insurance

The course is run in conjunction with K7 Adventures which has the required National Parks and Wildlife Service permits and liability insurances. However these do not cover you for accident or injury and you should have your own travel/medical insurance.


Booking a place

To reserve a spot on this adventure, you must complete the booking form, medical information and liability waiver and return them to Andrew Lock Adventures.

A 50% deposit of the guiding fee is required to confirm your place. The deposit is required not less than 4 weeks prior to the course.

Please email enquiries@andrewlockadventures.com with any questions.

Download the list of required Clothing and Equipment