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Postby The Chief » Sat Oct 04, 2008 4:19 am

It's gonna be a while as Spring has just begun.

Besides, you can walk/skin up Kosciusko in Winter. Why would you need a guide?
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Postby WingLady » Sat Oct 04, 2008 2:50 pm

I don't think the young couple with their kid in the stoller "hiking" next to us when we "climbed" Kosciusko had a guide.
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Postby aec » Sat Oct 04, 2008 8:30 pm

Take a look at the Summer Walks map from the link (taken from the Thredbo website) to see the distance the Thredbo village and trails:

http://www.thredbo.com.au/about-thredbo ... chures.asp

It also has some additional information about the "climb".

Current conditions are posted here: http://www.thredbo.com.au/weather-and-c ... ow-report/
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Postby SOE digital » Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:38 am

"mount" Kozzy is tiny mate. I highly doubt you'll need to a guide.
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Postby dadndave » Sat Oct 11, 2008 7:50 am

If you mean you intend to "climb" Kozzie in the (southern) winter, then you will find that the trail is well marked with orange poles, either from Charlottes Pass or from the top of the Crackenback "Quad Chair" skilift. You can XC ski either route. A more challenging way to do it would be to ski the "Lakes Walk" by descending from Charlottes Pass to cross the Snowy River and then ascend to the main range (really just a series of hills). You can then ski along the summits of the 7 or so highest mountains in Australia until you reach the summit of K and then return via Rawsons Pass and the Pole line to Charlottes Pass.

You can also ascend Ramshead from Dead Horse gap and then intersect the pole-line (the one from the Quad Chair) and then on to K.

It is a pretty easy ascent, but don't take the weather for granted. Bad weather and even white-outs can occur quite suddenly.
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Postby Charles » Sun Oct 12, 2008 4:24 pm

dadndave wrote: A more challenging way to do it would be to ski the "Lakes Walk" by descending from Charlottes Pass to cross the Snowy River and then ascend to the main range (really just a series of hills). You can then ski along the summits of the 7 or so highest mountains in Australia until you reach the summit of K and then return via Rawsons Pass and the Pole line to Charlottes Pass.


Hi old man - that sounds cool - how long is the trip?
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Postby dadndave » Sun Oct 19, 2008 4:46 pm

You could do the entire circuit in a day if conditions are good. It's better to take a couple of days and take side trips to Blue Lake (in a good season you can even do a little ice-climbing there) and to the summit of Mt Townsend, Watsons Crags etc. Ski-ing the road back to Charlottes pass is great when yer tired. A long, gentle downhill run. There used to be a great hut at Lake Albina years ago but NPWS demolished it. Pity. I think Seamans hut is still intact at Rawsons pass though. I'll probably head down there this January.

This is a view of the main range from the west. It's a more unusual view that tourists don't often see because they approach from the eastern side. The lakes walk route would involve ski-ing from left to right along much of the skyline in this photo.
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Postby Charles » Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:45 am

dadndave wrote:You could do the entire circuit in a day if conditions are good. It's better to take a couple of days and take side trips to Blue Lake (in a good season you can even do a little ice-climbing there) and to the summit of Mt Townsend, Watsons Crags etc. Ski-ing the road back to Charlottes pass is great when yer tired. A long, gentle downhill run. There used to be a great hut at Lake Albina years ago but NPWS demolished it. Pity. I think Seamans hut is still intact at Rawsons pass though. I'll probably head down there this January.

This is a view of the main range from the west. It's a more unusual view that tourists don't often see because they approach from the eastern side. The lakes walk route would involve ski-ing from left to right along much of the skyline in this photo.
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Thanx! I´ll put that one on the list for someday - one never knows :wink:
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