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Australian Alpine Academy + Kosciuszko Climb

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Aside from its stunning natural beauty, Kosciuszko National Park and the Snowy Mountains are perfectly suited to learning technical alpine skills.

The Australian Alpine Academy with Kosciusko Climb teaches mountaineering fundamentals and backcountry travel skills to prepare soon-to-be mountaineers for more technical objectives in higher mountain ranges.

The low-angle slopes, open plateaus, and undulating terrain of the Snowy Mountains are perfect for a hands-on mountaineering experience. Along the way, one of the Seven Summits on the Bass List

A winter ascent of Mt Kosciuszko represents a unique way in which to achieve one of the Seven Summits. While the mountain itself requires no prior technical climbing experience, a winter ascent is by no means a walk in the park! This course requires a good level of physical fitness and some grit to achieve the summit.

In addition to the summit climb, course learning covers:

- Snowshoeing

- Alpine safety

- Expedition & snow camping: Site selection, tent & kitchen setup, snow block walls, camp hygiene

- Mountaineering skills: Crampon technique, self-arrest training, climbing efficiency techniques

- Ice climbing (condition dependent)

- Rappelling

- Snow anchors & running protection

Itinerary

Pre-trip/Day Zero
Complimentary Guide Briefing and Gear Checks (Accommodation this night is your responsibility)
Day 1
- Meet at the trailhead - Training session: Snowshoeing efficiency and packing - Snowshoe to Base Camp by Blue Lake - Afternoon Training session: Introduction to Expedition camping, set up camp
Day 2
Basic Mountaineering Skills Training Day OR Summit Climb to Kozi (weather dependent) - Crampon technique - Ice axe use and self-arrest - Climbing efficiency and moving in the mountains - Fixed line ascension - Rappelling - Snow anchors and running protection - Glacier travel - Knots and hitches - Ice climbing at Blue Lake (condition dependent) If the weather is more favorable today, make a summit bid on snowshoes to the top of Australia and return to camp.
Day 3
Basic Mountaineering Skills Training Day OR Summit Climb to Kozi (weather dependent) - Crampon technique - Ice axe use and self-arrest - Climbing efficiency and moving in the mountains - Fixed line ascension - Rappelling - Snow anchors and running protection - Glacier travel - Knots and hitches - Ice climbing at Blue Lake (condition dependent) If the weather is more favorable today, make a summit bid on snowshoes to the top of Australia and return to camp.
Day 4
- Final morning of training (covering more of the curriculum) - Break down camp and snowshoe return to the trailhead (approx. 4-5 pm)

Inclusion

  • Fully qualified world-class Mountain Guides
  • Education and Comprehensive Training Seminars
  • 3x nights camping in Kosciuszko National Park
  • Camping equipment (tents, toilet facilities)
  • Group equipment (stoves, gas, group technical gear including snow & ice anchors, ropes, rock, ice & snow protection, sleds, snow shovels)
  • Mountain Meals
  • Emergency equipment, first aid, satellite phone/GPS

Exclusions

  • All costs for the Australian Alpine Academy are incurred by you prior to the start date of the trip and after the end date, including accommodation in Jindabyne the night before (Day Zero) or the night the course completes
  • Personal clothing and personal climbing gear (including snow shoes, helmet, harness, carabiners, mountaineering boots, ice axe – many of these items can be rented in advance)
  • In town meals in Jindabyne
  • Transportation
  • Personal National Park entry fees
  • Expenses while on expedition that are above and beyond the normal scope of the trip such as medical treatment, evacuation, trip interruption, snacks, flight changes, alcohol, gifts for friends and family, specialty coffees, and bottled water among others.
  • Expenses incurred due to events out of the control of CTSS such as delays or interruptions, political events, natural events of disasters, events outside of our control will not be covered by CTSS. These may include circumstances such as extra hotel nights due to delays.
  • Trip Insurance including personal climbing, medical, rescue, evacuation, trip interruption, and trip cancellation insurance
  • Guide tips (customary)

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Expedition Information
$1,294
Q3
Kosciuszko 
Mountaineering, 
Trekking 
Fitness Level
2
Technical Level
1
Group Size
8-12
Ctss (climbing The Seven Summits)
Ctss (climbing The Seven Summits)
#TheSevenSummitsSpecialist
Continent:
Australasia/Oceania
Country:
Australia
Location:
Kosciuszko
Elevation:
2,228 m / 7,310 ft
GPS:
-36.4558 N°, 148.264 E°