Friday, December 19, 2014

Lee & Northcote & Clarke & Abbott Range & Kosciuszko, NSW, Australia


2014 December: One day climb of:
  - Carruthers Peak
  - Mt Lee
  - Mt Northcote
  - Mt Clarke
  - Abbott Range: wrong Byatts Camp
  - Abbott Range: Byatts Camp
  - Abbott Range: Abbott Peak
  - Abbott Range: Mt Townsend
  - Abbott Range: Alice Rawson Peak
  - Mt Kosciuszko
in NSW, Australia

Prolog - 27 highest peaks in Australia - called A2K Peaks

In a private communication with Simon Bignold, he showed me this list he compiled of the 27 highest peaks in Australia that are above 2000 meters - called A2K peaks. (Data from 1:50,000 scaled Kosciuszko Alpine Area map, 1st edition, by Spatial Vision Innovations Pty Ltd.  By the way, in this 1st edition map, the position and label of Byatts Camp & Abbott Peak are wrong.)

Rank Name               Elev  Easting Northing
   1 Mt Kosciuszko     2228 m 613205  5964733
   2 Mt Townsend       2209 m 612840  5968410
   3 Mt Twynam         2196 m 617925  5971630
   4 Rams Head         2193 m 612825  5960825
   5 Etheridge Ridge   2180 m 614050  5964450

   6 North Rams Head   2177 m 613790  5961810
   7 Alice Rawson Peak 2167 m 613280  5969210
   8 Byatts Camp       2159 m 611830  5967680
   9 Abbott Peak       2145 m 612295  5967800
  10 Carruthers Peak   2142 m 615750  5969800

  11 Mt Dubious        2136 m 616650  5971910
  12 Mt Northcote      2131 m 614670  5967650
  13 Muellers Peak     2125 m 613810  5967325
  14 Little Twynam     2120 m 618500  5971140
  15 Mt Lee            2105 m 615280  5968825

  16 Mt Clarke         2100 m 615475  5967280
  17 Rams Head Range   2077 m 618220  5964470
  18 Mt Tate           2068 m 621475  5976000
  19 Gungartan         2068 m 625850  5983580
  20 Mt Jagungal       2061 m 624840  5998725

  21 Mt Perisher       2054 m 624330  5969780
  22 Mt Stilwell       2054 m 618730  5965900
  23 South Rams Head   2052 m 611675  5958790
  24 Kerries Ridge     2040 m 626250  5985190
  25 Watsons Crags     2023 m 616150  5973325

  26 Back Perisher Mtn 2014 m 624760  5970840
  27 Mt Anton          2010 m 619190  5972750


Today's climb: Lee Northcote Clarke & Abbott Range & Kosciuszko

Continuing my effort to climb all these A2K peaks ... Today's climb with Adam & Daniel is to:

Rank Name               Elev  Easting Northing Comment
   1 Mt Kosciuszko     2228 m 613205  5964733
   2 Mt Townsend       2209 m 612840  5968410  Abbott Range
   7 Alice Rawson Peak 2167 m 613280  5969210  Abbott Range
   8 Byatts Camp       2159 m 611830  5967680  Abbott Range
   9 Abbott Peak       2145 m 612295  5967800  Abbott Range

  10 Carruthers Peak   2142 m 615750  5969800
  12 Mt Northcote      2131 m 614670  5967650
     wrong Byatts Camp 2110 m 611650  5967150  Abbott Range
  15 Mt Lee            2105 m 615280  5968825
  16 Mt Clarke         2100 m 615475  5967280


Other A2K climbing trips

2015 March with Adam, Daniel & Saf
Rank Name               Elev  Easting Northing
  19 Gungartan         2068 m 625850  5983580
  24 Kerries Ridge     2040 m 626250  5985190

Photos and write up of this climb are in my blog:
http://mntviews.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/gungartan-kerries-ridge-nsw-australia.html

2014 November with Adam & Daniel
Rank Name               Elev  Easting Northing
   1 Mt Kosciuszko     2228 m 613205  5964733
   4 Rams Head         2193 m 612825  5960825
   5 Etheridge Ridge   2180 m 614050  5964450
   6 North Rams Head   2177 m 613790  5961810
  23 South Rams Head   2052 m 611675  5958790

Photos and write up of this climb are in my blog:
http://mntviews.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/etheridge-ridge-kosciuszko-rams-head.html

2014 April with David
Rank Name               Elev  Easting Northing
   1 Mt Kosciuszko     2228 m 613205  5964733
   2 Mt Townsend       2209 m 612840  5968410
   3 Mt Twynam         2196 m 617925  5971630
  10 Carruthers Peak   2142 m 615750  5969800
  14 Little Twynam     2120 m 618500  5971140

and incidentally bagging 3 highest peaks of Australia in one day. Photos and write up of this climb are in my blog:
http://mntviews.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/kosciuszko-townsend-twynam-carruthers.html

2011 April with Ricky
Rank Name               Elev  Easting Northing
   1 Mt Kosciuszko     2228 m 613205  5964733
   2 Mt Townsend       2209 m 612840  5968410
  13 Muellers Peak     2125 m 613810  5967325

Photos and write up of this climb are in my blog:
http://mntviews.blogspot.com.au/2011/04/kosciuszo-muellers-peak-townsend-nsw.html

Paper map

1:100,000 8525 Kosciuszko
1:50,000 Kosciuszko Alpine Area map, 1st edition, by Spatial Vision Innovations Pty Ltd
1:25,000 8525-2S Perisher Valley (Byatts Camp is not in this map)

Interactive map

< Under construction >

Route & GPS file
- Park car at Charlotte Pass.
- Walk on Main Range Track to Carruthers Peak (peak #1 of the day).
- Then to Mt Lee (#2).
- To Mt Northcote (#3).
- To Mt Clarke (#4).
- To Muellers Pass.
- To wrong Byatts Camp.
- To Byatts Camp (#5).
- To Abbott Peak (#6).
- To Mt Townsend (#7).
- To Alice Rawson Peak (#8).
- Back to Muellers Pass.
- To Mt Kosciuszko, last peak (#9) for the day !
- And finally, on Summit Walk back to the car at Charlotte Pass.

The corresponding GPS file can be downloaded from:
  GPX file: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B877-h5SCJaSUDhfNlpTTGxnTGM/view?usp=sharing

Timeline & Distance

06:00    0.0 km  Start at Charlotte Pass carpark
07:49    5.8 km  at Carruthers Peak

07:51    5.8 km  leave Carruthers Peak
08:15    7.2 km  at Mt Lee summit

08:25    7.2 km  leave Mt Lee
08:50    8.8 km  at Mt Northcote summit

09:02    8.8 km  leave Mt Northcote summit
09:19    9.6 km  at Mt Clarke

09:22    9.6 km  leave Mt Clarke
10:07   11.7 km  at Muellers Pass
11:42   14.5 km  at wrong Byatts Camp

11:51   14.5 km  leave wrong Byatts Camp
12:11   15.3 km  at Byatts Camp

12:19   15.3 km  leave Byatts Camp
12:33   15.9 km  at Abbott Peak

lunch

13:07   16.0 km  leave Abbott Peak
13:45   17.0 km  at Mt Townsend

13:56   17.0 km  leave Mt Townsend
14:31   18.0 km  at Alice Rawson Peak

14:40   18.0 km  leave Alice Rawson Peak
15:35   21.1 km  at Muellers Pass
16:15   23.6 km  at Mt Kosciuszko

16:34   23.6 km  leave Mt Kosciuszko
18:52   25.3 km  at Rawson Pass toilet

18:55   25.3 km  leave Rawson Pass toilet
18:30   32.7 km  at Charlotte Pass carpark

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Total  32.7 km;  12 hr 30 min  (Distance is from Google Earth.)

Pictures

1)  We parked the car at Charlotte Pass and walked on the Main Range Track. This picture is taken not long after we started walking.
- The lower river is the Snowy River.
- The upper river is Club Lake Creek.
- The trail at the junction of the 2 rivers and heading towards the top of the picture is the Main Range Track.



2)  Daniel crossing the Snowy River ~~~
When I was here in April 2014, the water level was higher and I needed to summon all my acrobatic skill to get across without getting my feet wet, or worse, like slipping into the river.



3)  Not long after we crossed the Snowy River, we can see Hedley Tarn in the distance. It is one of only five glacial tarns in mainland Australia. The other four are Blue Lake, Club Lake, Lake Albina and Lake Cootapatamba. In today's walk, besides Hedley Tarn, we'll also get to see Blue Lake, Club Lake and Lake Albina. Lake Cootapatamba is the only one we won't see.



4)  Blue Lake ~~~
In April 2014, I walked towards Blue Lake and climbed Little Twynam (the dark coloured mountain which rises on the opposite bank of Blue Lake) and Mt Twynam (the broad flat mountain on the left edge of the photo). Today, we walk in the opposite direction towards Carruthers Peak.



5)  Mt Sentinel ~~~
It is not particular high, only 1905 m, but handsome looking. One day, I hope to climb it.

( PS: I climbed Mt Sentinel 3 months later. Photos and write up of the trip is in my blog: http://mntviews.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/sentinel-nsw-australia.html )


6)  Carruthers Peak ~~~
In a moment, we'll be climbing it.



7)  Daniel, Adam and I at peak #1 of the day: Carruthers Peak, 2142 m, Australia's 10th highest peak.



8)  From Carruthers Peak looking at Abbott Range ~~~
- Left arrow points at Mt Townsend, 2nd highest mountain in Australia.
- Right arrow points at Alice Rawson Peak, 7th highest mountain.
Later on, we will be walking from the left, along the top, all the way to Alice Rawson Peak.



9)  At Carruthers Peak looking towards where we will soon be going ~~~
- We are heading towards Mt Lee next, right red arrow.
- Then to Mt Northcote, middle red arrow.
- Then to Mt Clarke, left red arrow
- Right blue arrow points Mt Kosciuszko, highest mountain in Australia. We will climb it today as peak #9.
- Left blue arrow points to an unnamed peak in Etheridge Ridge, 5th highest peak in Australia. The same 3 of us climbed the 2 blue arrow peaks in Nov 2014.



10)  Passing Club Lake, one of only five glacial tarns in mainland Australia



11)  Heading towards Mt Lee



12)  Close to the summit of Mt Lee



13)  At peak #2 of the day, Mt Lee summit, 2105 m ~~~
The background is Abbott Range - later on, we'll be walking along its entire ridge top.



14)  At Mt Lee summit looking towards where we will soon be going ~~~
- We are heading towards Mt Northcote, right red arrow.
- Then to Mt Clarke, left red arrow.
- Right blue arrow points Mt Kosciuszko whose dark green colour is almost indistinguishable from that of Mt Northcote.
- Left blue arrow points to an unnamed peak in Etheridge Ridge.



15)  We've come down from Mt Lee and passing beautiful Lake Albina, one of only five glacial tarns in mainland Australia.



16)  Heading towards Mt Northcote



17)  At peak #3 of the day, Mt Northcote summit, 2131 m ~~~
The mountain on the left side of the pic is Mt Kosciuszko. We will climb it today as peak #9.



18)  Heading towards Mt Clarke



19)  At peak #4 of the day, Mt Clarke summit, 2100 m ~~~
This summit is flat as a pancake!
The mountain on the left side of the pic is Mt Kosciuszko.



20)  We've come down from Mt Clarke and heading towards Abbott Range via Muellers Pass. Shortly after passing through Muellers Pass, we come across this nice scene of Wilkinsons Creek.



21)  A nice blue pool of water ~~~
- The peak at the centre of the photo is Byatts Camp.
- On its right is Abbott Peak.
But first, we head for the pyramid-shaped peak on the left side, believing wrongly that it is Byatts Camp.



22)  Heading towards the wrong Byatts Camp (the middle one of the 3 peaks).



23)  Heading towards the wrong Byatts Camp



24)  At the wrong Byatts Camp summit ~~~
There was a trig at this summit, but it had fallen down for sometime.
The high peak near the centre of the photo is Mt Kosciuszko.



25)  Cairn at top of wrong Byatts Camp ~~~
Most of the Abbott Range peaks are in view here:
- We'll head for the real Byatts Camp next, the left arrow.
- Then to Abbott Peak, right arrow.
- Then to Mt Townsend, Australia's 2nd highest mountain, the middle arrow (behind Abbott Peak).
The fourth mountain in the Abbott Range is Alice Rawson Peak. It is hidden behind Mt Townsend and cannot be seen in this pic.


26)  We've come down from the wrong Byatts Camp and is now near the real Byatts Camp summit.



27)  At peak #5 of the day, Byatts Camp summit, 2159 m, Australia's 8th highest peak ~~~
The red arrows from left to right are:
- Unnamed peak in Etheridge Ridge
- Mt Kosciuszko
- North Rams Head
- Rams Head
- South Rams Head
(The 3 of us climbed them all in - November 2014. Photos and write up of that trip are in http://mntviews.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/etheridge-ridge-kosciuszko-rams-head.html .)
- The blue arrow on the right side of the pic points to the wrong Byatts Camp which we had just climbed.



28)  Next, we head for Abbott Peak, the mountain in front.
Mt Townsend, the higher mountain, is behind and to the left of Abbott Peak.



29)  Close to the summit of Abbott Peak.



30)  At peak #6 of the day, Abbott Peak, 2145 m, Australia's 9th highest peak ~~~
The background is where we came from:
- On the left half the pic, the middle one of the 3 humps is the wrong Byatts Camp.
- On the right half, the highest peak there is the real Byatts Camp which we had just climbed.



31)  Photo taken near the top of Abbott Peak ~~~
Mt Townsend is in front.  We'll first descend to the saddle, then a steep climb to the summit.



32)  Almost at Mt Townsend summit, but first, need to scale up this steep cliff of rocks ! (This is the south-west side of Mt Townsend.)



33)  Mt Townsend summit



34)  At peak #7 of the day, Mt Townsend summit, 2209 m, Australia's 2nd highest peak ~~~
This is the 4th time I am up here. But it is the first time I climb it from the south-west side. In all the previous trips. I climbed it from the north side.



35)  View from Mt Townsend summit towards the south ~~~
- The big mountain near the centre is Mt Kosciuszko.
- The close by mountain near the left edge is Muellers Peak which Ricky and I climbed in April 2011.
- In between the two is Etheridge Ridge.



36)  View from Mt Townsend summit towards the north-east at Alice Rawson Peak ~~~
At the centre of the pic is a dark coloured mountain range ... Alice Rawson Peak is the high peak on the right.



37)  Adam coming down a steep cliff of rocks from Mt Townsend summit (This is the north side of Mt Townsend.)



38)  We've just came down this steep cliff of rocks from Mt Townsend summit.



39)  Near where the previous pic was taken is this precariously poised rock - the signature rock formation of Mt Townsend.



40)  Now heading to Alice Rawson Peak which is not visible here because it is behind these 2 peaks. We'll walk through the gap in the middle.



41)  After passing through the gap of the previous pic, Alice Rawson Peak is now in view (the high peak on the right).



42)  Alice Rawson Peak ~~~
You can see Adam climbing up the slope on the left side.



43)  At peak #8 of the day, Alice Rawson Peak, 2167 m, Australia's 7th highest peak ~~~
From left to right, the arrows point to:
- Unnamed peak in Etheridge Ridge
- North Rams Head
- Mt Kosciuszko (We are heading there next.)
- Mt Townsend (We just came from there.)
- Byatts Camp (Peak #5 we climbed today.)
Abbott Peak is hidden behind Mt Townsend and hence no visible here.



44)  From Alice Rawson Peak looking towards the south-east, we can see Lake Albina.
From left to right, the arrows points to:
- Mt Northcote (above Lake Albina), peak #3 we climbed today.
- Muellers Peak
- Unnamed peak in Etheridge Ridge
- North Rams Head
- Mt Kosciuszko, our next target



45)  From Alice Rawson Peak looking towards the north ~~~
- Alice Rawson Peak is at the northern end of the Abbott Range. There is no higher peaks to the north.
- Near the middle of the pic is Lady Northcote Canyon through which flows Lady Northcotes Creek.



46) We've come down from Alice Rawson Peak and are on our way towards Mt Kosciuszko ... and looking at Abbott Range. It is really pleasing to see that we've walked the entire length of its ridge top.
- The peak on the left edge is the wrong Byatts Camp.
- The next high peak on its right is the real Byatts Camp; peak #5 we climbed today.
- The next peak along the range is Abbott Peak, peak #6 of the day (left hump of the 2 humps at the centre of the pic).
- The peak on the right edge is Mt Townsend, peak #7.



47)  Heading towards Mt Kosciuszko ~~~
- The peak on the left edge is Muellers Peak.
- The mountain in the centre is Mt Kosciuszko.
- In between is Etheridge Ridge.



48)  Near Muelllers Pass and getting close to the dome-shaped Mt Kosciuszko



49)  Adam on the left and Daniel on the right at a hairpin turn to Mt Kosciuszko



50)  Mt Kosciuszko summit



51)  At peak #9 of the day, Mt Kosciuszko summit, 2228 m, Australia's highest mountain ~~~
I've lost count of the number of times I've been here. But it is a fitting end to today's long walk.
In the pic, I am pointing to the Abbott Range. The highest peak there is Mt Townsend.



52)  I am not the only one feeling tired. Just look at Daniel. He is dead   :-)



53)  From Mt Kosciuszko summit looking back at the peaks we climbed today ~~~
From left to right, the arrows point to:
- The Wrong Byatts Camp
- Byatts Camp, peak #5 we climbed today
- Abbott Peak, #6
- Mt Townsend, #7
- Alice Rawson Peak, #8
- (blue arrow) Muellers Peak, which I climbed with Ricky in April 2011, not today
- Carruthers Peak, #1
- Mt Northcote, #3
Mt Lee (#2) is behind Mt Northcote, hence not visible.
Mt Clarke (#4) is further to the right of Mt Northcote, hence not in this pic.



54)  Time to return to the car ~~~
You can see the trail we'll soon be walking on (from the right edge to the centre of the photo). It is called Summit Walk and will take us to our car at Charlotte Pass.



55)  We are close to Charlotte Pass where our car is parked. You can see a faint trail in the middle of this pic. It was the trail we walked on first thing this morning.
From left to right, the arrows point to:
- Carruthers Peak which is the 1st peak we climbed this morning.
- Mt Twynam (3rd highest mountain in Australia) which I climbed in April 2014, not today.
- Little Twynam which I climbed together with Mt Twynam (not today).



At this time of the year, early summer, there are many interesting fauna and flora on the mountain ...

Fauna

56)  A fat worm ~~~ We saw a few of these lying on the ground in the morning. Why are they out in the open, ready prey for the birds and other predators?



57)  Burrowing Wolf Spider - photo taken on the way to the wrong Byatts Camp



58)  Zooming onto the Burrowing Wolf Spider - the 4 tiny black dots between the 2 eyes and the mouth are also eyes !



59)  A Monistria concinna (Spotted Mountain Grasshopper) at the summit of Mt Lee
- Only occurs in the Australian Snowy Mountains region.
- They can’t fly and are not strong hoppers, so cannot readily flee from predators.
- Their skins contains noxious chemicals – skinks will avoid them after a single encounter.
- They manufacture their own anti-freeze and are very cold-tolerant. Nevertheless, they like to seek sunny rocks and bare ground on which to bask and mate.



Flowers

Flowers are blooming throughout the mountain ...

60) Ken advised that this is Richea continentis (Candle Heath).



61)  Ken advised that this is Richea continentis (Candle Heath). They are lovely.



62)  Ken advised that this is Richea continentis (Candle Heath).



63)  Billy Buttons



64)  Leucochrysum albicans (Hoary Sunray)



65)  Are these Euphrasia collina (Purple Eyebright)? Please let me know.



66)  Does anyone know the name of this flower?



67)  Does anyone know the name of this flower?



68)  Does anyone know the name of this flower?



69)  Does anyone know the name of this flower?



3 comments:

  1. 60 and 61 is Richea continentis, a relative of the scoparia in Tasmania which is Richea scoparia, both of which are unpleasant to walk through.

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  2. Thank you Ken, I've updated the blog accordingly. You must have walked all over Australia :-)

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  3. Welcome.
    I invite you also to the English version of this www.mtkosciuszko.org.au website. You will find there a lot of information about the conquest of Mt Kosciuszko the highest peak of Australia, and about sir Paul Edmund de Strzelecki the explorer who gave the mountain its name.
    Thanks

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