The 3 highest mountains in Australia
Replies: 18 - Last Post: Feb 1, 2012 6:23 PM Last Post By: empathy
Jan 30, 2012 3:04 PM
15yes completely agree regarding the highest mountain on Australian soil, but this is where the whole 7 peaks thing gets tricky. Technically its the 7 highest peaks on each of the 7 continents.
People like to argue the definition of continent, and Mawson peak on Heard Island is never in the arguement, because they agree its an island. But I've heard arguments for Mt Cook in NZ and various peaks in New Guinea, with the argument the continent of Australia includes these which is rubbish.
Its quite funny when K2 and several other mountains are also harder than Everest to climb. In fact the tallest peak on most continents is by no means the hardest to climb.
Jan 31, 2012 2:56 AM
Thanks so much for the interesting replies.
#4, I would still call them mountains, but by world standards they are modest! Nevertheless, Mt Townshend is a great climb – rock scrambling with a stunning view. Kosciousko is nothing special and the experience is not helped by hordes of tourists! It is a different world above the treeline and definitely a great place to walk.
#8, I have made some good progress on my feature story (around 3000 words) and will look to get it published in “Wild Magazine” or “Great Walks” (already got a few published there). I would love to write a book one day about all the mountains I have climbed! Eg. S/E QLD in particular including every single mountain in the Glasshouse Mountains (although they are more peaks but still spectacular). So I hope there is a potentially large audience! I would like to hear more about your own book – private message me!
#9, Great story - any pics? Would love to see them
Finally, interesting historical trivia: there is some debate that Strezleki in fact climbed Mt Townshend (and not Mt Kosciousko). Some time in the 20th century the Lands Department may have swapped the names thus ensuring Kosciousko is the highest!
Feb 1, 2012 7:09 AM
17These are not mountains when you can drive up them! Mountains are like what you get in the South Island and Alps, not these bumps!
Feb 1, 2012 6:23 PM
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