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Climbing Australia's Highest Peaks

About Me

Like many young boys, there was a time when all I wanted to be was an astronaught. This was soon followed by the desire to be a Policeman, Fireman and Soldier. During high-school I wanted to be a professional athlete. Tennis, Basketball, Rugby. I gave them all a go, but never quite seemed to be able to get past the dizzying heights of local school competitions and muck around games with mates.

Somehow my life of adventure and the outdoors wasn't quite taking shape as I'd imagined and before I knew it, I was celebrating my 30th birthday. I'd managed to replace flying to the moon with playing Space Invaders. Catching the bad guys was now being played out on the Nintendo 64, and my athletic pursuits were relegated to watching Foxtel and ESPN. My life of adventure was confined to a nine-to-five job in an office selling software. While it wasn't all doom and gloom and to be honest I was probably living like 99% of the rest of the population, there was a part of me that wanted to return to the wild, to explore the unknown, to uncover and discover new places...

However the creature comforts that a steady income provides was always going to make it hard to throw it all away and pursue a life sleeping on the ground, slapping at mosquitos all night and eating dried pasta for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

But I did discover a quasi way of satisfying my desire for adventure without too much effort...hiking and psuedo climbing.

I'm not quite talking Everest or K2 here.Instead, I would try and climb the highest peak/mountain in whatever area I was visiting. I soon discovered this actually had a name "Peak Bagging". Some people collect stamps. I collect mountain tops (or more often than not, big hills).

When I'd decided to climb the highest mountains in Australia, I really couldn't find any information about the proposed adventure. I Googled, I Yahooed, I even MSNed (some of you may not even know what these are by the time you read this), and while I managed to work out what the highest mountains were (sort of at least), there wasn't any information on what was actually involved in the climb. So instead of just storing all this information on a hard-drive on my laptop, I built this website and tried to include as much information as I could.

You can read about my experience and recommendations, but best of all, you can get out and have your own.

Anyways, I hope you find some useful information buried on this site.

See you atop a mountain one day!!!


Some other Adventure websites

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The twelve peaks in order of bagging

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My other climbing buddies for this trip included:

Matt, the biggest Dutchman I'd ever met

Tom, the smartest Pom I'd ever met

Tiana, the toughest Aussie chick I'd ever met

History of the Aussie10

Mount Alice Rawson: Alice Rawson was the daughter of Sir Harry Holdsworth Rawson, Governor of NSW 1902 to 1909.

Byatts Camp: Leo Byatt was a well-known local stockman in the 1920s. He pioneered the route up Hannels Spur.

Carruthers Peak: Joseph Carruthers was a Premier of NSW. He held land in the Jindabyne area and approved the constraction of the road to the summit of Mt Kosciusko.

Charlotte Pass: Philip Francis Adams, the District Surveyor of Cooma brought a group to the area in 1881. He named the area after his daughter Charlotte who accompanied the group.

Mount Kosciuszko: Named because Mr Strzelecki, the discoverer of the mountain, perceived a similiarity to the tomb of Kosciuszko in Cracow, Poland. Kosciuszko was a Polish patriot. There have often been suggestions that Mt Townsend was infact the peak climbed and name by Strzelecki.

Rawsons Pass: Sir Harry Holdsworth Rawson was Governor of NSW from 1902 to 1909.

Seamans Hut: This hut, on the Etheridge Range, was built as a memorial to Mr Seaman, an American tourist who died in the vicinity during a blizzard.

Mount Townsend: Named after Assistant Surveyor-General Townsend.

Mount Twynam: Edward Twynam was the Surveyor-General in the 1890s.