Surviving the Snowy Wilderness: Aussie 10 Expedition – Part 2
In the heart of the Australian Alps, where the wilderness remains untamed and the elements unforgiving, our Climate Expedition: The Aussie 10 continued its relentless pursuit of the ten highest peaks in Australia. Part 2 of our journey proved to be an exhilarating chapter filled with snow-covered landscapes, chilly nights under the stars, and the triumph of conquering not one, not two, but four remarkable peaks on day 2 of our adventure. Watch part 2 below.
The Snowy Challenge
As we ventured deeper into the wild terrain, the temperature plummeted, and the landscape transformed into a winter wonderland. The first peak on our list was the formidable Alice Rawson Peak. With snowshoes strapped to our boots and determination in our hearts, we set out to conquer this snow-covered giant. The pristine, untouched beauty of the snowy wilderness was awe-inspiring and humbling. On our way to this peak Beau & Reece were very apprehensive of whether or not they could achieve the amount of peaks planned for this day. Leighton using his skills of encouragement and adaptability was able to make them focus on just achieving the peak in front of them and then they would decide after that. Of course once on top of the peak they felt like they could do anything and they were up for reaching the goal.
The Peaks achieved on Day 2:
Alice Rawson Peak
Our feet were sore from day 1 and staring up at this peak felt like that was all we could do at the start of day 2. However we pushed through and once at the top felt like we could definitely achieve the goal of at least 3 more this day.
The second highest mountain in Australia and we were glad we weren’t starting from ground zero that’s for sure. Even with being elevated on the Ridgeline it was still a hard slog to get to the top. Seeing the stone placed onto of the peak was very rewarding and we took a moment to take in the breathtaking view surrounding us.
Unnamed Peak – South/West of Abbott Peak
Our third (technically fourth peak of the day due to doing Muelers peak first up to drop our bags at) Peak for day 2 and we didn’t waste time at the top, determined to fit the fourth peak in with enough time to make camp before dark.
Abbott Peak, fourth for day to and a total of 7 peaks so far of the Aussie 10. The ascent was challenging, but the reward was a panoramic view of the snow-draped landscape that stretched as far as the eye could see. The sense of accomplishment at its summit was unparalleled. The only thing that brought us down a little was the thought of doing Muelers peak again.
Muelers Peak – Twice The Challenge
In an adventurous twist, we found ourselves back at Muelers Peak, for the second time that day. We rested for a bit then it was on to find a secluded spot to make camp for the night. The extra effort was worth every step as we were treated to breathtaking vistas and a deeper connection to the rugged wilderness around us.
Camping in the Snow
Nights on this expedition were no less thrilling than the days. We camped beneath the star-studded sky, with the moon casting an ethereal glow over the snowy landscape. We set out to build a snow cave this night to cook our meals in as the wind was really picking up amidst the almost sub-zero temperatures. The hard work paid off and we had a cosy little snow cave dining room to take shelter in.
Apple Watch data:
Calories burnt: 2,582
Steps taken: 30,416
Distance walked: 23.5km
Flights climbed: 234
Part 2 of the Climate Expedition: The Aussie 10 was an expedition of endurance, perseverance, and the unbreakable spirit of exploration. We battled the elements, embraced the unexpected, and conquered peaks that stood as a testament to our determination.
But our journey is far from over. Stay tuned for the next installment as we continue to push our limits and explore the wild landscapes of Australia’s highest peaks. There are more adventures, challenges, and discoveries waiting to unfold.
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