Thredbo Jan 28-Feb 4 2011

Easiest way up is by chairlift

Crossing the Snowy below Charlotte Pass

Crossing the Snowy below Charlotte Pass

Here we were on top of the Australian Alps. The summer alpine meadows were full of colour and buzzing with insect life – mostly March Flies.

Twenty seven participants stayed in the comfort of the Schuss Lodge and twelve at the cosy YHA. The daily Happy Hour commenced at 5pm and next day’s B or C walks were announced and organized.

The warm-up walk was along the beautiful Thredbo River and up the Dead Horse Gap walk to the Ramshead Range (or in reverse for the Cs).  The next day was to summit Mt Kosciuszko (2228m) but, for the Bs, the obligatory cross-country challenge. Our biggest day included a lengthy car shuttle for the Charlotte Pass/Seamans Hut/Thredbo stretch (or reverse) and not all on walking trails.

We deserved our rest day and relaxed by exploring the village, replenishing groceries, coffee or just reading. That evening we had the opportunity to view the 1989 DVD “Snowy Mountains” giving a history of the high country development.

While Adelaide sweltered we had had perfect walking conditions. However things got suddenly hotter and the Palaibo Trail/Waterfall loop was shortened. We had rain for the Cascade Trail and it was warm and humid for the last venture further down-river on the Bullocks Trail. Here we viewed the Skitube alpine railway and shared the riverside trail with far too many black snakes!

Our thanks to Chris for the use of the lodge and his knowledge of the area.  Also thanks to our leaders for their dedication to keeping things running smoothly and to ensure the walkers were kept active and safe.

C walkers summit Mt Kosciuszko

B walkers grouped around the Mt Kosciuszko cairn

B walkers at Mt Kosciuszko

Enjoying the view from below Carruthers Peak

Enjoying the view from below Carruthers Peak

Passing Lake Albina

Passing Lake Albina on the Main Range Walk