Like most young boys, there was a time when all I wanted to be was an astronaught. This was soon followed by the obligatory 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. Somehow I'd managed to replace flying to the moon with playing Space Invaders. Rescuing the cat from a burning building, catching the bad guys was now being played out on the Nintendo 64, and my athletic pursuits was relegated to watching Foxtel and ESPN. My life of adventure was confined to a nine-to-five job in an office selling software. Ok, so it wasn't all doom and gloom and to be honest I was probably living like 99% of the rest of the population, however there was a part of me that wanted to return to the wilds, to explore the unknown, to uncover and discover new places...
Perhaps, I'd just finished watching the latest Bourne movie when I thought this, however the creature comforts that an income could provide was always going to make it hard to throw it all away and pursue a life of sleeping in the dirt, 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...climbing. Ok, so perhaps I didn't quite discover climbing. Infact, I'd been climbing on and off since my Uni days and to be fair, I'm not quite talking Everest or K2 here.
But climbing would give me an excuse to get away for a weekend, try out all my new Kent Street climbing gear and meet a few cool people on the way. Over the years, I've tried to climb, hike, walk or drive to the highest points wherever I happened to be. Some people collect stamps, I climb mountains (or more often than not, big hills). Given that I was spending all my 'non-climbing' time selling software, I figured I may as well try to mix my work life with my social life (isn't this what the quacks are always suggesting we do?) So I built this website.
When I'd decided to climb the highest mountains in Australia, I really couldn't find any information about the walk. I Googled, I Yahooed, I even MSNed, 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've tried to lay it all out here. You can read and view my experience, but also read the advice and experience of others who have conquered the Aussie10
P.S. If I ever get the time, I'll build a few more sites providing more details on exploring the other reaches of the world..at least in my eyes anyways.
See you atop a mountain one day!!!
Some other Adventure websites
|www.State8.net||Climbing the highest peak in each State|
|www.Tabwemasana.com||Climbing the highest mountain in Vanuatu|
|www.Tomanivi.com||Climbing the highest mountain in Fiji|
|www.DoiInthanon.net||Climbing Thailand's highest mountain|
|www.pickit.com.au||Pick your own fruit in Australia|
|www.state50.net||Climbing the highest peaks in the USA|
|www.Vertexed.com||The World's Highest Mountains|
|www.australianhighpoints.com||Highest peaks in Australia|
|www.themapstore.com.au||Australian Topographic Maps|
|www.Rafted.net||Rafting the World's Rivers|
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.