Paul Ma's A2K peaks


A2K peaks - Above 2000-meter peaks in Australia

Out on the internet and from private communication, there are lists of above 2000-meter peaks in Australia. The lists don't have any official status. They are clobbered together by climbing enthusiasts who like to bag high mountains.

But the lists don't match up with each other. Even taking into account prominence rules, why are some peaks missing from one list; and another bunch of peaks missing from another list? I don't understand.

In my case, I'm interested in climbing any peak that has a name, as a name always gives me an emotional pull. If there is a prominence rule that excludes such a peak from being regarded as a peak, well, it isn't going to stop me from climbing it !

And so with this in mind, I've compiled my own list of A2K peaks using the following 2 criteria with no regard to prominence:
   - If a peak has a name, and is 2000 meters or higher, then it is in my list.
   - If a range/ridge/spur has a name, and its highest point is 2000 meters plus, then include the highest point.


The 33 A2K peaks

And so I come up with the following 33 peaks. They are all bunched together in Kosciuszko National Park in NSW. I am calling the list  Paul Ma's A2K peaks   :-)

Rank Name                 Elev   Grid Ref  Comment
   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   Refer to Note 1 below
  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   East of Mt Jagungal
  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


Note 1: Tenison Woods Knoll (west of Mt Twynam) has the dubious distinction of having two other names:
     - One is Watsons Crag Dome.
     - The other is ... you guessed it ... Mt Dubious !  ... says Derrick Stone in his book "Walks, Tracks & Trails of New South Wales".


Data source
   - First, from LPI maps from Department of Lands
   - Then from 1:50,000 scaled Kosciuszko Alpine Area map, 1st edition, by Spatial Vision Innovations Pty Ltd.
   - Finally, in Google we trust  :-)


sshhh

Actually, the 3 highest mountains in Australian territory are:
   1  Mount McClintock, 3490 meters, Australian Antarctic territory
   2  Mount Menzies, 3355 meters, Australian Antarctic territory
   3  Mawson Peak, 2745 meters, Heard Island

But sshhh ... keep quiet about it. Else us Aussie peak baggers can't justify calling outselves peak baggers if we've never even seen one of the 3 highest Australian peaks, let alone climbing one  :-)


My A2K climbing trips

Here are my trips (and future trips) to climb all the 33 A2K peaks:

Real soon now  whatever that means  :-)
Rank Name                 Elev   Grid Ref
  20 Mt Jagungal         2062 m  248 987
  26 Merritts Spur       2030 m  160 626
  27 Toolong Range       2025 m  258 988

Out of the 33 peaks, I only have these 3 to climb ... looking forward to it !


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: Under construction ... You are welcome to contact me for information.


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 with AB & DN
Rank Name                 Elev   Grid Ref  Comment
  17 Kangaroo Ridge      2077 m  182 644   Morning
  21 Mt Perisher         2054 m  243 697   Afternoon
  22 Mt Stilwell         2054 m  187 659   Morning
  25 Little Stilwell     2030 m  190 657   Morning
  29 Back Perisher Mtn   2014 m  247 708   Afternoon
  31 The Foxhole         2010 m  198 661   Morning

Photos and trip reports are in my blog:
    - Morning: http://mntviews.blogspot.com.au/2016/12/mt-stilwell-and-kangaroo-ridge.html
    - Afternoon: http://mntviews.blogspot.com.au/2016/12/mt-perisher-back-perisher-mtn.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         2150 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 the 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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