!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.1//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml11/DTD/xhtml11.dtd"> Climbing Australia's Highest Mountains

Remember to pack...

I've hiked in the Kosciuszko area on a number of occassions and no matter what time of the year I've been, the weather is always unpredictable. It can be sunny one day, blowing a hurricane on another, and raining, sleeting or snowing on the third. It is imperative that you are well prepared for the worst conditions which may arise.
I've created a list below of the gear I've generally packed on any extended overnight hike:

| Clothing |

Change of socks for each day

Change of underwear for each day

One additional change of socks & underwear

Thermal underwear (bottom and top)

Windproof/waterproof jacket

Windproof/waterproof pants

Trousers (convertable to shorts)

Two short sleave shirts (you can dry one while wearing the other)

Fleecy jumper

Gloves/mittens

Beanie

Sunvisor

Sunglasses

Solid walking boots (ankle-high, waterproof are ideal)

Sunscreen



| Food & Cooking |

Gas stove & fuel (no open fires permitted)

Trangia or other cooking pots

Matches/lighter

Spoon

Pocket knife

Water bottles (we carried 3 litres of water per person)

3 meals per day (Salt & Pepper will help everything taste better)

Snacks (chocolate, nuts, dried fruit)

Scourer to clean

Plastic bags to carry your trash out



| Camping & Sleeping |

3-4 season tent

Sleeping bag suitable for conditions (it will get below zero even in summer)

Thermarest or sleeping matt

Torch

Toilet paper

Plastic spade to dispose of human waste (see notes below)



| Survial |

Mobile phone (not all networks will have coverage)

Compass

Whistle

Illumination stick

Watch

Topographic Map (Mount Kosciuskzo 8525-II & III)

First aid kit



| My bag is too light... |

Down Jacket

Camera

Pack of cards

Book

Altimeter/Themometer watch



| Waste |

The absolute best way to ruin the camping experience of those who come after you is to leave your shit behind after you (literally and metaphorically). I don't know how many times I've discovered an ideal camp/eating site only to find garbage lying around. Food scrapes will take months to decompose. Rubbish and other human waste buried in the snow will only re-appear as soon as the snow melts. Ideally, everything you carry in you should carry out (especially if it's not going to decompose). If you just can't stand the thought of carrying your own crap out with you then ensure you bury it. Anything buried should be in a hole at least 15cm deep and at least 50metres from any water source. Remember, whatever you leave behind, other people are going to find.

Useful Contacts

| Weather |

Australian Bureau Meteorology -Snowy Mountains
Thredbo Top Station - Weather Station

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High
19°
18.5°
16°
12°
2.5°
3.5°
10°
14°
16°
Avg. Low
-1.5°
-3.5°
-5°
-4°
-2°
Avg. Rain (mm)
97
73
114
98
131
168
186
235
229
173
136
91

(weather measured at Perisher Valley ~13.6km away)

Temperature Converter (www.unitconversion.org)

degree Celsius [°C]:
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| Fees |

There are two fees which you may need to pay in order to climb the Aussie10.

1. National Park Entry Fee
Must be paid per person or per vehicle.
Check here for the most up-to-date entry fees.

2. Chairlift Fees
If you plan on using the Thredbo chairlift and start from the top of Thredbo, you will need to pay a one-way chairlift fee.
Check here for the most up-to-date lift fees.

| National Parks & Wildlife |

Kosciuszko National Park

| Australian Topographic Maps |

 

 

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