Sunday, December 4, 2016

Mt Perisher & Back Perisher Mtn, Kosciuszko Nat Pk, NSW, Australia


2016 December: Afternoon climb to:
   - Mt Perisher
   - Back Perisher Mountain
in Kosciuszko National Park, NSW, Australia


Prolog - A2K peaks, the 33 highest peaks in Australia

I have compiled a list of all the peaks in Australia that are 2000 meters or higher. There are 33 of them, all bunched together in Kosciuszko National Park. I am calling the list  Paul Ma's A2K peaks   :-)

Rank Name                 Elev   Grid Ref
   1 Mt Kosciuszko       2228 m  132 647
   2 Mt Townsend         2209 m  128 684
   3 Mt Twynam           2196 m  179 716
   4 Rams Head           2190 m  128 608
   5 Etheridge Ridge     2180 m  140 644

   6 Rams Head North     2177 m  137 618
   7 Alice Rawson Peak   2167 m  132 692
   8 Byatts Camp         2159 m  118 676
   9 Abbott Peak         2145 m  122 678
  10 Carruthers Peak     2145 m  157 698

  11 Tenison Woods Knoll 2136 m  166 719
  12 Mt Northcote        2131 m  146 676
  13 Little Twynam       2130 m  185 711
  14 Muellers Peak       2125 m  138 673
  15 Mt Clarke           2110 m  154 672

  16 Mt Lee              2105 m  152 688
  17 Kangaroo Ridge      2077 m  182 644
  18 Mt Tate             2068 m  214 760
  19 Gungartan           2068 m  258 835
  20 Mt Jagungal         2062 m  248 987

  21 Mt Perisher         2054 m  243 697
  22 Mt Stilwell         2054 m  187 659
  23 South Rams Head     2052 m  116 588
  24 Kerries Ridge       2050 m  262 851
  25 Little Stilwell     2030 m  190 657

  26 Merritts Spur       2030 m  160 626
  27 Toolong Range       2025 m  258 988
  28 Watsons Crags       2021 m  161 733
  29 Back Perisher Mtn   2014 m  247 708
  30 Mt Anton            2010 m  191 727

  31 The Foxhole         2010 m  198 661
  32 Mann Bluff          2005 m  208 754
  33 Dicky Cooper Bogong 2003 m  232 832


How the list is compiled:
   - If a peak has a name, and is 2000 meters or higher, then include the peak in the list.
   - If a range/ridge/spur has a name, and its highest point is 2000 meters plus, then include the highest point.

For more information on the list, including data source, please click on this link:
http://mntviews.blogspot.com.au/p/paul-mas-a2k-peaks.html


Today's A2K climb: Mt Perisher, Back Perisher Mountain

Continuing my effort to climb all these A2K peaks ... This afternoon's climb with AB is to:

Rank Name                 Elev   Grid Ref
  21 Mt Perisher         2054 m  243 697
  29 Back Perisher Mtn   2014 m  247 708


Earlier this morning, AB and I, together with DN, went climbing around Mt Stilwell and Kangaroo Ridge area. Now, DN decides not to join us for Mt Perisher & Back Perisher Mountain ... he probably had too much of a drink yesterday and wants a rest instead  :-)   And besides, he had climbed these two mountains a few months ago.

Well, I've been to both of them too ... lost count the number of times I had skied all over them in the earlier years before digital cameras and before the internet. And so, I don't have any photograph to prove I have been here. Time to make amends  :-)


Other A2K climbing trips

Scroll forward to the end of this trip report. There is a list, with links, to other A2K climbing trips that I have done.


Maps

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

The relevant part of the 1:25,000 scaled map is:


GPS tracklog file & Route

Our GPX tracklog file can be downloaded from:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B877-h5SCJaSUDdseXFWUHBWVlk/view?usp=sharing

Below is the same tracklog, red colour, clockwise direction, superimposed on the 1:25,000 scaled map.
The red arrow points to where my car is parked, by the side of Kosciuszko road, next to an access road to Mt Perisher chairlift bottom station.


Satellite image of the tracklog in red colour, clockwise direction:
Red arrow: Where my car is parked ... Refer to comment to the above map.


In summary, our route is:
- Park car by the side of Kosciuszko road, next to an access road to Mt Perisher chairlift bottom station.
- Walk on track to Mt Perisher
- Then off-track to Back Perisher Mountain
- Off-track return to car


Timeline & Distance

13:47  0.0  km  Start at Kosciuszko Rd, next to an access road to Mt Perisher chairlift bottom station.
14:34  1.85km  At Mt Perisher summit

14:46  1.9  km  Leave Mt Perisher summit
15:21  3.45km  At Back Perisher Mountain summit

15:28  3.45km  Leave Back Perisher Mountain summit
16:03  5.4  km  Back at my car by the side of Kosciuszko Rd

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Total:  2 hrs 16 mins
           5.4 km  Distance is from Google Earth
           5.7 km  Distance is from Garmin GPS


Pictures - Kosciuszko Road, where the car is parked

1)  I park the car by the side of the main road (Kosciuszko Road), close to Mt Perisher chairlift, a bit south-west of the main Perisher Valley village.
- Yellow arrow: We'll walk down this access road which leads to the bottom station of the chairlift ... see photo #2.
- Left red arrow: Mt Perisher, our first destination
- Right red arrow: Back Perisher Mountain, the next destination


Mt Perisher chairlift bottom station

2)  Mt Perisher chairlift bottom station ... we'll walk pass it.
The mountain in the background is Back Perisher Mountain.
The chairlift will operate in winter, but not now.


To Mt Perisher summit

3)  AB walking on the lower slope of Mt Perisher


4)  Snow cannon on Mt Perisher slope


5)  Looking back at Mt Perisher chairlift bottom station and at my car parked at the small red dot.


6)  Back Perisher Mountain, its south-east face ~~~
Its summit can't be seen from here. It is behind the peak that you see in this pic.


7)  Onward we walk towards Mt Perisher summit.


8)  A different type of snow making machine (The other type is snow cannon, refer to photo #4.)


9)  Back Perisher Mountain, its south face ~~~
Compare to photo #6, we can see its summit here, the red arrow.


10)  We can almost see the summit of Mt Perisher.
- Red arrow points to an antenna, the summit is to its left, blocked by the Double Chairlift top station.
- To the right of the red arrow is the Triple Chairlift top station.


11)  Now we can see the summit trig, the red arrow.
- Eyre T-Bar is on the left.
- Mt Perisher Double Chairlift top station is on the right.


12)  Closer to the summit ~~~
On the left is Eyre T-Bar.


Mt Perisher summit

13)  We reach the summit of Mt Perisher, 2054 meters.


14)  Photo time


15)  180-degree panorama from the summit (Click on the image to enlarge it.) ~~~
- The view is from north, to east (Perisher Valley village), to south.
- Also see photo #17 for the left part of this pic.
- The structures in the middle of pic are in photos #10, #11 and #12. Also, see the lower pic of photo #17.
- The 4 arrows point to, from left to right:
       1 Gungartan
       2 Blue Cow Mountain
       3 Summit of Back Perisher Mountain (towards north-north-east)
       4 This antenna is the antenna in photo #10.


16)  180-degree Panorama from the summit ~~~
- This view is from south, to west (Kosciuszko main range), to north
- Also, see photo #18 which zooms into the Kosciuszko main range.
- The 17 arrows point to, from left to right: (Click on the image to enlarge it.)
        1 Rams Head North (towards south-west)
        2 Etheridge Ridge highest peak (unnamed)
        3 Mt Kosciuszko
        4 Mt Clarke
        5 Mt Northcote
        6 Mt Townsend
        7 Alice Rawson Peak
        8 Carruthers Peak (due west)
        9 Little Twynam
       10 Mt Twynam
       11 Mt Anton
       12 Mt Anderson
       13 Mann Bluff
       14 Mt Tate
       15 Dicky Cooper Bogong
       16 Mt Jagungal (due north)
       17 Gungartan
- The peak in the mountain range in the foreground, between Mt Clarke & Mt Northcote is The Paralyser, about 1990 meters. (See also photo #18.)
- Continuation to the right of this pic is the previous one (photo #15), thus forming a 360-degree panorama.


17)  Zooming into the left side of photo #15 ~~~
- Upper pic:
       • The large antenna is the one in photo #10.
       • The 3 red arrows point to, from left to right:
            1 Gungartan
            2 Blue Cow Mountain
            3 Summit of Back Perisher Mountain (towards north-north-east)
- Lower pic (continuation to the right of the upper pic):
       • This view is looking down at the top stations of chairlifts & T-Bars.
       • The village in the background is Perisher Valley ... towards east.
       • Small red dot: Where my car is parked, by the side of Kosciuszko Road.
       • The 4 red arrows point to, from left to right:
            1 Triple chairlift
            2 Double chairlift
            3 International T-Bar
            4 Eyre T-Bar


18)  Zooming into sections of the Kosciuszko main range in photo #16 ~~~
- Upper pic:
       • The 11 red arrows point to, from left to right:
             1 Kangaroo Ridge 2077-meter unnamed peak
             2 Rams Head North (towards south-west)
             3 Mt Stilwell
             4 Etheridge Ridge highest peak (unnamed)
             5 Mt Kosciuszko
             6 Mt Clarke
             7 Mt Northcote
             8 Mt Townsend
             9 (slanting arrow) Mt Lee
            10 Alice Rawson Peak
            11 Carruthers Peak (due west)
       • The peak in the mountain range in the foreground, between Mt Clarke & Mt Northcote is The Paralyser, about 1990 meters.
- Middle pic (continuation to the right of the upper pic):
       • The 6 red arrows point to, from left to right:
            1 Alice Rawson Peak
            2 Carruthers Peak (due west)
            3 Little Twynam
            4 Mt Twynam
            5 Mt Anton
            6 Mt Anderson
- Lower pic (continuation to the right of the middle pic):
       • The 6 red arrows point to, from left to right:
            1 Mt Anderson
            2 Mann Bluff south peak
            3 Mt Tate
            4 Dicky Cooper Bogong
            5 Mt Jagungal (due north)
            6 Gungartan
- Continuation to the right of the lower pic is photo #15.


Leave Mt Perisher summit

19)  We've just left Mt Perisher summit, now looking back at it.


20)  Walking further away from Mt Perisher ~~~
Under the red arrow is its summit.


To Back Perisher Mountain

21)  Walking towards Back Perisher Mountain ~~~
Its summit is under the red arrow.


22)  As we approach the saddle between the two mountains, we can no longer see the summit of Back Perisher Mountain. What we can see here is the knoll to the south of the summit.


Looking back at Mt Perisher

23)  Looking back at Mt Perisher, where we came from. The red arrow points to its summit.


24)  The 9 red arrows point to, from left to right: (Click on the image to enlarge it.)
       1 Is this Drift Hill ?
       2 Mt Perisher summit
       3 Mt Northcote
       4 Mt Townsend
       5 Carruthers Peak
       6 Little Twynam
       7 Mt Twynam
       8 Mt Anton
       9 Mt Anderson


Towards Back Perisher summit

25)  Continuation to the right of previous pic ~~~
We can see Back Perisher's summit now - at the centre of the pic ... AB is walking towards it.
The red arrow points to Mann Bluff south peak.


26)  A few steps forward is this nice panorama combining photos #24 and #25 ... It has Mt Perisher, Kosciuszko Main Range and Back Perisher Mountain all in one pic. (Click on the image to enlarge it.)
The 13 arrows point to, from left to right:
        1 Is this Drift Hill ?
        2 Mt Perisher summit
        3 Mt Kosciuszko
        4 Mt Clarke
        5 Mt Northcote
        6 Mt Townsend, just poking its head above Mt Lee
        7 Carruthers Peak
        8 Little Twynam
        9 Mt Twynam
       10 Mt Anton
       11 Mt Anderson
       12 Mann Bluff south peak
       13 Back Perisher Mountain


Back Perisher Summit

27)  AB is almost at the summit.


28)  At the summit of Back Perisher Mountain, 2014 meters


29)  The 3 pics below form a 360-degree panorama from the summit of Back Perisher Mountain ~~~
- Upper pic:
       • Photo #30 zooms into the left part of this pic.
       • The 13 arrows point to, from left to right:
             1 Mt Perisher summit (towards south-south-west)
             2 North Rams Head
             3 Etheridge Ridge highest peak (unnamed)
             4 Mt Kosciuszko
             5 Mt Clarke
             6 Mt Northcote
             7 Mt Lee
             8 Mt Townsend
             9 Carruthers Peak
            10 Little Twynam (towards west)
            11 Mt Twynam
            12 Mt Anton
            13 Mt Anderson
       • The highest peak in the mountain range in the foreground, halfway between Mt Lee & Carruthers Peak is a 1987-meter peak marked as Sma 0318.
- Middle pic (continuation to the right of the upper pic):
       • The 6 red arrows point to, from left to right:
            1 Mt Anderson
            2 Mann Bluff south peak
            3 Mt Tate
            4 Dicky Cooper Bogong
            5 Gungartan (towards north)
            6 Blue Cow Mountain
- Lower pic (continuation to the right of the middle pic):
       • Slightly left of the centre is the village of Perisher Valley. Photo #31 zooms into it.
- Continuation to the right of the lower pic is the upper pic, thus completing a 360-degree panorama.


30)  Zooming into the left part of photo #29's upper pic:
- Yellow arrow: The route we took to come down from Mt Perisher and climb up here.
- The 6 red arrows point to, from left to right:
       1 Is this Drift Hill ?
       2 Mt Perisher summit (towards south-south-west)
       3 North Rams Head
       4 (slanting up) The Paralyser, about 1990 meters
       5 Etheridge Ridge highest peak (unnamed)
       6 Mt Kosciuszko


31)  Still at the Back Perisher summit ... zooming down at Perisher Valley village


Return to car

32)  We've descended a little from Back Perisher summit. AB is walking along the yellow arrow back to our car.
- Left red arrow: Is this Drift Hill ?
- Right red arrow: Mt Perisher summit


33)  Passing Olympic T-Bar on Back Perisher's southern slope.
In all the 3 pics below, the mountain in the background is Mt Perisher.


34)  Perisher Valley village ~~~
I can see my car as a tiny dot. DN should to be having a rest in the car. It is good to know he hasn't taken the car for a joy ride  :-)


35)  Can someone please help me with the name of this flower found on the slope of Back Perisher Mountain.


36)  Climbing down the slope of Back Perisher Mountain towards my car at the red arrow.


37)  Not far to go to my car ~~~
The red oval is Mt Perisher chairlift bottom station, same as the one in photo #2.


Post script - Other A2K climbing trips

2017 January with AB
Rank Name                 Elev   Grid Ref
  18 Mt Tate             2068 m  214 760
  32 Mann Bluff          2005 m  208 754

Photos and trip report are in my blog:
http://mntviews.blogspot.com.au/2017/01/mt-tate-mann-bluff-gills-knobs.html


2016 December with AB
Rank Name                 Elev   Grid Ref
   3 Mt Twynam           2196 m  179 716
  11 Tenison Woods Knoll 2136 m  166 719
  28 Watsons Crags       2021 m  161 733
  30 Mt Anton            2010 m  191 727

Photos and trip report are in my blog:
http://mntviews.blogspot.com.au/2016/12/tenison-woods-knoll-watsons-crags.html


2016 December (today) with AB & DN
Rank Name                 Elev   Grid Ref  Comment
  17 Kangaroo Ridge      2077 m  182 644   Morning
  22 Mt Stilwell         2054 m  187 659   Morning
  25 Little Stilwell     2030 m  190 657   Morning
  31 The Foxhole         2010 m  198 661   Morning

  21 Mt Perisher         2054 m  243 697   Afternoon - this trip report
  28 Back Perisher Mtn   2014 m  247 708   Afternoon - this trip report


Photos and trip report of this morning's climb to Kangaroo Ridge, Mt Stilwell ... etc, are in my blog:
http://mntviews.blogspot.com.au/2016/12/mt-stilwell-and-kangaroo-ridge.html


2015 October with RZ
Rank Name                 Elev   Grid Ref
  33 Dicky Cooper Bogong 2003 m  232 832

Photos and trip report are in my blog:
http://mntviews.blogspot.com.au/2015/10/dicky-cooper-bogong-granite-peaks-nsw.html


2015 March with AB, DN & Saf
Rank Name                 Elev   Grid Ref
  19 Gungartan           2068 m  258 835
  24 Kerries Ridge       2050 m  262 851

Photos and trip report are in my blog:
http://mntviews.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/gungartan-kerries-ridge-nsw-australia.html


2014 December with AB & DN
Rank Name                 Elev   Grid Ref  Comment
   1 Mt Kosciuszko       2228 m  132 647
   2 Mt Townsend         2209 m  128 684   Abbott Range
   7 Alice Rawson Peak   2167 m  132 692   Abbott Range
   8 Byatts Camp         2159 m  118 676   Abbott Range
   9 Abbott Peak         2145 m  122 678   Abbott Range

  10 Carruthers Peak     2145 m  157 698
  12 Mt Northcote        2131 m  146 676
     wrong Byatts Camp   2110 m  116 671   Abbott Range
  15 Mt Clarke           2110 m  154 672
  16 Mt Lee              2105 m  152 688

Photos and trip report are in my blog:
http://mntviews.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/lee-northcote-clarke-abbott-range.html


2014 November with AB & DN
Rank Name                 Elev   Grid Ref
   1 Mt Kosciuszko       2228 m  132 647
   4 Rams Head           2193 m  128 608
   5 Etheridge Ridge     2180 m  140 644
   6 Rams Head North     2177 m  137 618
  23 South Rams Head     2052 m  116 588

Photos and trip report are in my blog:
http://mntviews.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/etheridge-ridge-kosciuszko-rams-head.html


2014 April with DH
Rank Name                 Elev   Grid Ref
   1 Mt Kosciuszko       2228 m  132 647
   2 Mt Townsend         2209 m  128 684
   3 Mt Twynam           2196 m  179 716
  10 Carruthers Peak     2145 m  157 698
  13 Little Twynam       2130 m  185 711

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


2011 April with RE
Rank Name                 Elev   Grid Ref
   1 Mt Kosciuszko       2228 m  132 647
   2 Mt Townsend         2209 m  128 684
  14 Muellers Peak       2125 m  138 673

Photos and trip report are in my blog:
http://mntviews.blogspot.com.au/2011/04/kosciuszo-muellers-peak-townsend-nsw.html


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