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Postby radson » Mon Jul 06, 2009 1:49 am

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Postby Damien Gildea » Mon Jul 06, 2009 2:30 am



Ha! Lemme see, yeh, uh, gimme one Purple Medium Plus, but instead of the Chairlift finish can I have an extra return to Charlotte's to finish?

Interesting link, B. I remember many years ago when I was getting into climbing and trying to avoid getting a real job, I wondered about the idea of guided walks in the Kozi area, including snowshoe tours. But I thought "guided hikes around Kozi? In Australia? Nah, no way, no one would ever go for that!". Shows what I know.

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Postby radson » Mon Jul 06, 2009 2:55 am

yeah, just a link i found while I was contemplating a trip to Blue Lake last month. I have no idea whether the company is a going concern.
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Postby Alpinist » Mon Jul 06, 2009 2:33 pm

Thanks for the info guys. Do you know what the hike is like via Rams Head as compared with the other routes? Is it any more or less scenic?
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Postby Damien Gildea » Mon Jul 06, 2009 3:11 pm

Personally I would say less scenic, as you don't get the sense of being up on top of the range that you do up around Twynam/Carruthers etc. The nice rocky granite tors are also around the top of the walk up from Thredbo (after/above the chairlift) so you see them on that route too. If you go up the Ramshead from down on the (Thredbo) road you slog up a lot which is not as scenic as starting up high at Charlottes Pass.

Forgot to mention - CP is almost 500m higher than Thredbo, so you have less elevation gain from CP to get high. While it's OK to walk up the hill under the chairlift then continue to the summit of Kozi, descending this in reverse at the end of the day is something I always find a tedious, knee-jarring downer on which to end the day. But then riding down in the chairlift you'd just feel like a doofus!

BTW, tonight at Thredbo it's -8C. So probably around -15C up around Kozi.

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Postby Alpinist » Mon Jul 06, 2009 4:49 pm

I'll give it some thought but right now I think I'll hike up under the lift and meet my gal at the top. That way we can hike the last bit together. I'll probably take the lift down with her.

Thanks again for the info! That's very helpful.
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Postby Alpinist » Thu Jul 09, 2009 3:01 am

Thanks Lolli!
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Postby dadndave » Thu Jul 09, 2009 8:24 am

Lolli's talking about Lake Cootapatamba "Where the eagles Drink"

Cootapatamba. Such a great word. Should be a song about it. Maybe a protest song about that bloody steel walkway..........
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Postby Ozclimb » Thu Jul 09, 2009 11:38 am

Im goin up there in a few weeks to try some new boots and crampons....how the hell im i goona walk on a steel grated track with crampons!....hopefully it will be under 4 foot of snow?????
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Postby dadndave » Fri Jul 10, 2009 1:12 pm

A bit early in the season, I'd say, Ozclimb. Everything's probably gunna be soft and new. But you might have some luck playing with yer crampons around Blue Lake.

Try heading in from Charlotte Pass with XC skis and checking the lee-sides of the main range as you go.

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Postby Ozclimb » Sat Jul 11, 2009 12:49 pm

thanks mate....yeah a few of us from work are going but just hiking up from near the golf course? (i think, then coming out above the chairlifts) set up camp somewhere near there, then go for summit the following day....
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