February 6, 2016

I Came. I Saw. I Conquered Mt Kosciuszko

I Came. I Saw. I Conquered Mt Kosciuszko - What to expect when walking Mt Kozzie - Anna Johnston https://www.shenannagans.com

All the feels washed over me! Proud, delighted, amazed, awesome, accomplished, happy and also a little damp….. I Conquered Mt Kosciuszko!

Carb loading my foodie friends, is all you need think when considering joining the fit freaks on escapades that involve a 4 hour hike to the rooftop of Australia. Not that I feel I need an excuse to stuff food in my pie hole, especially when it is birthday week, but I still made good work of eating ALL the foods to prepare myself for this 13km walk.

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Excitement levels were rising as we were hauled up the mountainside on the Kosciuszko Express chairlift (a one-way ticket is A$35 per person), though fit people can start walking from Thredbo village.

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The Walk!

We set off through granite boulders into the mist with Rams Head Range above. The path is raised metal mesh that took 17 years to construct and is designed to protect the landscape, and also to keep your feet dry.

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They say that walking is meditative and as we climb the paved hill I am aware of every step and every breath I take, as the climb gets longer I find a rhythm that allows me to take in the wild flower spotted summer hills, their prettiness is a contrast to the rugged scenery and sparse terrain. 

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‘Come on old girl,’ chirped my friends as they trotted up ahead. Cheeky beggars! ‘Altitude’, I exclaim. That’s the only way I can explain the shortness of breath. There are ups and downs, but no steep climbs. It’s true however, that you don’t need Olympian fitness to reach the top of Mt Kosciuszko.

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Streams gurgle, frogs croak.

I Came. I Saw. I Conquered Mt Kosciuszko - What to expect when walking Mt Kozzie - Anna Johnston https://www.shenannagans.com

We soon reach a rise where we get a first glimpse of Australia’s highest point. From here, the summit doesn’t really stand out, it just looks like a pile of rounded rocks, but I am beginning to get excited as we continue on through the wild and rocky landscape where bucket list ticks come thick and fast.

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We pass Lake Cootapatamba, Australia’s highest lake and one of 5 mainland glacial lakes, Rawson’s Pass that overlooks Australia’s highest permanent settlement Charlotte Pass, we take a tinkle in Australia’s highest public toilet and then the final ascent, a steady climb circling round the dome to the top.

Pina Colada = YES! Getting caught in the rain = NO!

I Came. I Saw. I Conquered Mt Kosciuszko - What to expect when walking Mt Kozzie - Anna Johnston https://www.shenannagans.comThe weather (and, the forecast) cannot be trusted. Even in the height of summer, double-digit temperatures (in Celsius) are not guaranteed. Layered clothing is a must. I was sporting long pants; a singlet, t-shirt, long sleeved top, hoodie and you’d be foolish not to have a waterproof jacket.  

On the day of our hike, I awoke to a cool overcast Canberra morning. Spirits dampened slightly on sighting the dense fog weighing down the mountain slope, visibility was next to none and did I mention we were warned about a nasty storm due to sweep through later that day. But we figured our odds were even that the weather would improve, so on we marched.

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Reaching the Summit!

Finally, after climbing through the cold, mist and wind, getting slammed by a thousand hail needles and drenched by sideways icy rain, we arrived at the peak at 1.00pm under a blazing mid-day sun. There we were standing tall on the rooftop of Australia. In that moment there was no one higher than us in the country. I could not believe it, but I conquered Mt Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest mountain. We three took in the views that swept 360 degrees, with sweeping views of the other peaks on the range, the landscape a kaleidoscope of colours, the fresh alpine air that smelt of wildflowers filled our lungs. It was magic, I felt on top of the world.

I touched the roof of Australia - I Came. I Saw. I Conquered Mt Kosciuszko - What to expect when walking Mt Kozzie - Anna Johnston https://www.shenannagans.com

Mt Kosciuszko is a true national icon standing at 2228 metres above sea level.

I touched the roof of Australia - I Came. I Saw. I Conquered Mt Kosciuszko - What to expect when walking Mt Kozzie - Anna Johnston https://www.shenannagans.com

Old mate at the top explained that despite the walk being one of the most accessible and enjoyable hikes in Australia, something like 9 out of 10 Aussies have never been to the top to experience the best views in the country.

Clear Blue Skies from the Top - I touched the roof of Australia - I Came. I Saw. I Conquered Mt Kosciuszko - What to expect when walking Mt Kozzie - Anna Johnston https://www.shenannagans.com

All Done – I Conquered Mt Kosciuszko.

And just like that, my birthday present Kosciuszko adventure was over, leaving me with a fine sense of achievement and an irresistible urge for a burger and beer to mark the occasion, because as the little broski says, ‘you burn it, you earn it!’

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Megan Jerrard - September 19, 2017 Reply

Congrats on conquering Kosciuszko!! We went to Kosciuszko last year though didn’t aim for the summit as we’d heard about the Sentinel – we got all the way to the top of the mountain to start the Sentinel hike across the ridge and then got met with 120 kph winds! It was crazy, we couldn’t even move lol tried to wait it out for an hour but had to go back down. So we’ll be back at some time soon, and the mountain will not beat us again!!

Sounds like you guys had similar weather conditions – so congrats for pumping through it! Definitely some stellar views from the top 🙂

    Anna - September 20, 2017 Reply

    The stellar views would an awesome reward Meg, and I think if I didn’t have such great friends who kept up the banter and competition to keep moving forward that day I may have turned around and decided conquering Kozzie was OK for another time. Well worth it, don’t let the mountain beat you.

Agness of eTramping - April 23, 2017 Reply

Amazing post, Anna! This is on my bucket list!

    Anna - September 21, 2017 Reply

    Yeah… it should totally and absolutely be on your list, we had a BLAST! 🙂 When you come to Australia tho, make sure you let me know. <3

Sue - March 15, 2016 Reply

Congratulations on your accomplishment! always good advice to have a rain jacket handy. It seems by your smile and your description the weather didn’t dampen the joy of the day.

    Anna - March 17, 2016 Reply

    Thanks Sue! Yes, it was one of the best days ever, the rain, hail, sleet and cold only added to the whole experience, we had so much fun, so many laughs, I might go far as to say that should it not of rained, it wouldn’t have been as exciting to reach the top. It has been named among the top days of 2016 so far.

Raw Vanilla Coconut Fig Slice - March 6, 2016 Reply

[…] with an elastic tummy that has been known to put away sickeningly large amounts of food. But since conquering Kozzie I have been on the lookout (see what I did there) for more mountains close to home to climb, and […]

Kimberly - February 19, 2016 Reply

WoW! That’s amazing that you did that. I like to hike but I honestly like the beginner routesthat are only slightly extreme.

    Anna - February 19, 2016 Reply

    I totally think so too Kimberly! 🙂 Reaching the top of Kozzie was a flippin amazing feeling.
    Normally I am a short haul hiker too, so totally appreciate where you are coming from.

Jessica - February 19, 2016 Reply

you rock! It looks so beautiful up there!

    Anna - February 19, 2016 Reply

    Hey thanks heaps Jessica! You rock too. 🙂 And the view was amazing, really amazing.

cityhippyfarmgirl - February 19, 2016 Reply

You’re a funny bugger Anna 🙂
Love Thredbo, love the Alpine country and love that walk. Last time I did that walk I had 15kilos of squirming child strapped to my back…and felt every extra kilo!

    Anna - February 19, 2016 Reply

    Teehee! Glad I made you smile lovely one. 🙂
    YOU my lady, are hardcore. You climbed Kozzie with a 15kg kid strapped to your back?! I want to say why?! That sounds hard, and painful, and not fun. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Susan Mary Malone - February 18, 2016 Reply

Impressive! And the pics are just beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

    Anna - February 18, 2016 Reply

    Thank you for stopping by Susan, I am pleased you enjoyed the post. 🙂

Jovanhanna - February 17, 2016 Reply

Amazing! What an experience and the gorgeous views.

    Anna - February 18, 2016 Reply

    It really was Jovanhanna, one of the most special days I have had in a long while. 🙂 The view from the top was totally worth getting slammed by icy rain.

Nayrha - February 17, 2016 Reply

Congratulations on your hike! I would love to do something similar but for some odd reason I get a sense of displacement that leaves me anxious when I go on long hikes or runs. I’m not sure what it is or what causes it but I often feel insecure when I’m out about in nature away from home. Maybe the late night episodes of “I shouldn’t be alive” have my nerves in a bunch…who knows. Lol but in any event I’m glad to see you were able to scratch something off your bucket list. Did you get to enjoy that burger & cool beer afterwards? Please say yes!!! Lol

    Anna - February 19, 2016 Reply

    Oh that is a total bummer you experience all that when you long haul hike, do you enjoy short walks & hikes? If yes, totes just stick with them. 🙂 I rather enjoy the fact I am able to spend time with my own thoughts and be away from the constant stream of ‘stuff’ coming in.

    I did get that burger and beer, and it was amazing. 🙂

Hitch-Hikers Handbook - February 17, 2016 Reply

Well done! I would love to hike Australia’s highest mountain too! However, I must admit, I always feel a bit disappointed with hiking trails with concrete, metal or wooden paths. If I go for a hike I just want to be close to nature and there is nothing wrong with following a natural dirt or rocky path.

    Anna - February 17, 2016 Reply

    Thanks HEAPS! We sure did have an amazing day. I loved the trail, it was nice knowing that my hike was not doing damage to the vegetation, but I sometimes do enjoy a good rocky dirt path too.

Christopher - February 16, 2016 Reply

This is an awesome post. It’s very inspiring and can be used as a motto for life’s troubles. It was very well written and it made me feel like I was with you one the climb and shared you triumph…with out having to do all the hard work…lol…congrats!!!

    Anna - February 19, 2016 Reply

    Thank you so much Christopher, what a lovely comment, I really appreciate it. 🙂 And love that you felt like you were there with me. Thank you! 🙂

Joe - February 16, 2016 Reply

I love hikes like this! They’re so much fun and you feel so accomplished afterward! Great post!

    Anna - February 19, 2016 Reply

    Me too Joe! It was a wonderful way to spend a day, and yes, the feeling of accomplishment as I hopped into my car was amazing. Thanks for stopping by, glad you enjoyed. 🙂

Himanshu - February 16, 2016 Reply

Incredible achievement. Mt Kosciuszko is very scenic indeed. The granite pathway is a good way to protect.
Thanks for shaing this and hope you have many more to share

    Anna - February 19, 2016 Reply

    Absolutely agree, I wasn’t expecting the scenery, but it was rather beautiful in a sparse kind of way. The pathway made the journey a whole lot more enjoyable. Thanks for stopping by, appreciate that you enjoyed. 🙂

Christopher - February 16, 2016 Reply

This is such a well written post. It’s like the perfect metaphor for your troubles in life. I felt like I was walking up this mountain with you 🙂 Great pictures too. 🙂

    Anna - February 19, 2016 Reply

    Thanks Christopher! Glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂

Mar Pages - February 15, 2016 Reply

Congratulations!!!!! What a feat, you definitely deserve that burger. Stunning views!

    Anna - February 19, 2016 Reply

    Appreciate the congrats Mar. 🙂 And the burger went down a treat, as did the beer. 🙂

Melanie - February 15, 2016 Reply

Looks like an amazing hike and great view from the top! Glad you are one of the Aussies who did the hike 😉

    Anna - February 19, 2016 Reply

    Thank you so much Melanie! 🙂 And yes, achieving the hike was extra special because I was one of the few Aussies to do it.

mjskitchen - February 15, 2016 Reply

I always found hiking very meditative, relaxing, and exhausting at the same time. Congratulations on making it to the summit!! That’s such a great feeling! Made it to a few summits myself giving me lifetime memories. Great post!

    Anna - February 19, 2016 Reply

    Yes, walking really is wonderful huh MJK?!
    Thanks, felt pretty great to reach the summit, one of the best days ever. 🙂

Helena - February 15, 2016 Reply

That’s such an acomplishment! Great job. I loved seeing the photos. Seems like a beautiful place. I’m definitely going to consider doing this for my next trip to Australia.

    Anna - February 19, 2016 Reply

    Thank you so much Helena! 🙂 It was a really beautiful place to walk, sort of calming. And I do hope you do get to do this walk when you are next in Australia. 🙂

Carmen - February 15, 2016 Reply

The view from the top is so beautiful! Seems like it would definitely be worth the four hour trek.

    Anna - February 17, 2016 Reply

    The view was AMAZING! I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face as I stood on top of Australia. Totally worth the 4 hour walk.

LeAnna - February 15, 2016 Reply

Too bad the weather wasn’t better, that can always make a difference in your outlook, but it seems like you had a great time, despite the rain!!

    Anna - February 17, 2016 Reply

    The weather actually ended up being absolutely perfect, I felt such a sense of achievement as I reached the top to find blue skies, the rain and hail made the experience. 🙂

Holly - February 15, 2016 Reply

Is that pricey for the chairlift? Looks great. I can see the altitude shortning the breath while going up.

    Anna - February 17, 2016 Reply

    Hey Holly! The chairlift was about $35, and I think it was just my fitness level that had me lagging, but altitude seemed a better excuse. Lol!

RaW | Ramble and Wander - February 14, 2016 Reply

Woot! Woot! Well done! One of the Seven Summits! I’ve only found out about Mt Kosciuszko recently (you can already tell I’m not an avid hiker/climber, heh!) and would love to consider doing it the next time I’m in NSW!

Katie - February 14, 2016 Reply

Hahahaha love your wit AND your blog name! I do exercise so I can eat all the food! My blog is all about getting active while traveling so you feel no guilt about eating everything! This hike looks great, sounds like it wasn’t too challenging, but definitely rewarding. Whenever I make it to Australia I will definitely be tackling this climb!

    Anna - February 19, 2016 Reply

    Wow, thank you so much Katie, your comment made my day. 🙂
    I never really considering just how great a combination eating and exercise are, until this hike. 🙂 I do hope that you do this hike when you come to Australia, like you said, it’s not too challenging but is VERY rewarding.

Shandos - February 14, 2016 Reply

Awesome to see you do this excellent hike! The weather is definitely changeable up there – I’ve done it three times and I’m certain at least 2 of the times resulted in a downpour on the return trip (the other time I was just a kid and the details are sketchy).

    Anna - February 17, 2016 Reply

    I kind of thought yeah, it might rain, but was not expecting the icy rain that pelted us for 10 minutes. Ha! But, it made the experience super fun! 🙂

tammyonthemove - February 14, 2016 Reply

The weather on mountains can be a best, can’t it? I have literally experienced all seasons in one day on a mountain before. Looks like a great hike though.

    Anna - February 17, 2016 Reply

    We got all the seasons in one day too Tammy! It was pretty awesome tho, totally made the experience! It was a great walk, hope you get to do it one of these days too.

Gourmet Getaways - February 14, 2016 Reply

WOW! Well done!
I remember doing this on a school camp (although I’m sure it was a shorter version of your hike) just between you and me, I wasn’t a fan… it was too much hard work!!
You have done a fabulous job! Great pics too 🙂

Thanks so much for sharing
Gourmet Getaways

    Anna - February 17, 2016 Reply

    Maybe you walked to the Kozzie lookout, either way, you can say you have done something that not many Aussies actually do. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed. And the pictures still make me smile!

Nancy - February 14, 2016 Reply

Congratulations! The views from Mt Kosciuszko look amazing. I can’t believe so few Australians climb to the top – well done!

    Anna - February 17, 2016 Reply

    The view was incredible, made all the more special by the clear blue skies after the epic storm. I too am surprised that so few have actually climbed the mountain, but it is nice to be that person that can say TICK!

Mags - February 14, 2016 Reply

Congrats on making it to the top. I too am a fan of carb loading, though embarrassingly enough, I don’t usually follow it up by climbing a mountain. You should be proud.

    Anna - February 17, 2016 Reply

    Cheers Mags! Hahaha… I am running out of excuses to continue my carb loading too. Haven’t done much since this walk. Lol!

Serendipity Tess - February 14, 2016 Reply

Oh dear…as I have been reading this I was stuffing my face with chocolate…haha! I feel majorly guilty now…but does chocolate count as carb-loading?! LOL. It’s a shame we didn’t make it to this part of Australia – mind you we did Perth to Brisbane in one month – which was insane. I’ll keep this in mind for my next trip to Aus as I love stunning views!! Plus after trekking in Nepal, I may even feel up to the challenge……hopefully…..it’s been a while ago LOL

    Anna - February 17, 2016 Reply

    Hahaha…. When I was ‘carb loading’ everything counted, especially chocolate. Lol!
    Yes, totally a shame that you didn’t get to Kozzie, but it sounds like you saw a whole bunch of awesome while you were here, heading over for a squiz at your stories from Aus. 🙂 Also, prob don’t compare Kozzie and Nepal, totally different walks, orrrrr….. eat all the chocolate and you might feel like you are conquering mountains in Nepal. 🙂

Megan - February 14, 2016 Reply

Kosciuszko looks like a great adventure and the chair lifts make it look like an option for a lot of different people, not just experienced hikers. Thanks for sharing.

    Anna - February 17, 2016 Reply

    The chairlift was an awesome way to start and finish the walk, you feel all excited going up and super proud and accomplished coming down. 🙂

noel - February 14, 2016 Reply

Wow, that definitely looks like a work out, loved seeing all those huge boulders, they really make the landscape so interesting to look at.

    Anna - February 17, 2016 Reply

    It was a gentle workout for the most part, I think being on a sturdy and even path the whole way made it a lot less stressful to walk. And yes, the landscape was really cool, not what I expected tho.

Glamorous Glutton - February 14, 2016 Reply

Wow! that view is stunning. Congratulations on reaching the summit. GG

    Anna - February 14, 2016 Reply

    Thanks heaps GG! We had an awesome day, and reaching the summit, especially to find the blue skies was incredible. One of the best ways to celebrate my birthday. 🙂

Tammi @ Tea for Tammi - February 13, 2016 Reply

Well done on the hike! I too sometimes take 10+km walks….to the Armenian grocer in the next suburb to buy flatbread. Haha.

    Anna - February 14, 2016 Reply

    Thanks Tammi! You made me giggle about your 10+km walks for food, couldn’t think of a better reason to exercise. Hah!

Rosemarie - February 13, 2016 Reply

Congratulations! This is so on my list… Just don’t know if I have the stamina or if I will even get up there. Would like to do it with a guide.

    Anna - February 14, 2016 Reply

    Thanks Rose! I love that the Mt Kozzie walk is on your list, and you could totally make it, especially if you carb load. Haha! 🙂 The guide would be fun, we did spend a lot of time wondering what was what, and it wasn’t until we were home that google told us all the things.

Eileen | The Food Avenue - February 13, 2016 Reply

Congrats! It’s always a good feeling when you accomplish something. And I love the photos!

    Anna - February 14, 2016 Reply

    It was an awesome feeling reaching the top, I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. 🙂 Also, thanks re the photos, I am so touched, you are the photographic queen. 🙂

Ameia - February 13, 2016 Reply

Well done! I have friends who have done this and it’s definitely on my bucket list.

    Anna - February 14, 2016 Reply

    Awesome! If you need a pal to carb load with, totes let me know. Haha!

Rosemary - February 13, 2016 Reply

Congrats on making it all the way to top! What a great story of triumph and reward at the end:) What a nice gift to give oneself!!
Never been to Australia, but will now add this on my list of things to do when I visit. Great post:)

    Anna - February 14, 2016 Reply

    The reward of blue skies after being pelted by icy rain was so amazing, I couldn’t believe that the skies cleared for us at the top. 🙂 Awesome, I agree it should be on the Australia bucket list. 🙂

Evelyne CulturEatz - February 13, 2016 Reply

Congrats on the accomplishment and such gorgeous views. Scariest part for me is the chairlift, a fear of hanging of ropes.

    Anna - February 13, 2016 Reply

    Thanks Evelyne! We had such an amazing day, and that view at the top… Woah, so good! 🙂 Haha, the chairlift was okay going up, but when you go down, I will admit, I felt a little uneasy about it too. You could avoid that and do the first half km on foot! 🙂

Renee - February 13, 2016 Reply

The view is absolutely stunning! I definitely hope that we can make that trip some day!

    Anna - February 13, 2016 Reply

    The view was amazing, especially after climbing through the storm. 🙂 I hope you get to make this trip some day soon too. 🙂

Miranda - February 13, 2016 Reply

How awesome!!! Good for you! I love that you did it, and took picture along the way. I have never been to Australia, but if I ever go, this will definitely be at the top of my list.

The picture of the stream with all the rocks is amazing, by the way!

I would love if you would link this up to my Fitness Friday link-up. It is so motivating!!http://drops-of-learning.com/fitness-friday-link-up-15/

    Anna - February 13, 2016 Reply

    Awesome, I love that visiting the top of Australia is top of your list. 🙂
    Thanks for your lovely comment, glad you enjoyed my photos, and happy for you to include this link in your Fitness Friday link up. 🙂

Phoebe Hendricks - February 13, 2016 Reply

How exciting!! Australia is on my bucket list — and now you’ve made me want to visit there even more!

    Anna - February 13, 2016 Reply

    Brilliant! Be sure to say GDay when you make it down under. 🙂

Serina aka Ms Frugal Ears - February 12, 2016 Reply

Well done for reaching your goal. Looks like fun (if a bit of work). Happy birthday!

    Anna - February 13, 2016 Reply

    Thanks my lady! It was worth every step, especially reaching the top and being able to say I was at the very top of Australia. #boom Thanks for the birthday loves. Best birthday yet. 🙂

Paula McInerney - February 12, 2016 Reply

Good on you, it is not as easy a walk as what many people say, particularly when the weather changes, and it does. It is a sense of achievement to climb Australia’s highest mountain. Well done you.

    Anna - February 13, 2016 Reply

    The walk was not so bad, for the most part, when I thought it was getting too hard, it’d even out and I would get my breath back, and the storm for me made the whole experience even more exciting and wonderful and memorable. 🙂 I feel I perhaps should have started with other climbs instead of Kozzie first, how am I going to top that? Lol! But… thanks heaps for the encouragement and kind comment. 🙂

Rebecca Bryant - February 12, 2016 Reply

This is fabulous. I will do this one day for sure.

    Anna - February 12, 2016 Reply

    Awesome Rebecca! That is fantastic, I am so pleased my post inspired you. 🙂

      Rebecca Bryant - February 17, 2016 Reply

      It really did this is amazing. the view alone is worth the work to get there.

        Anna - February 18, 2016 Reply

        The view was TOTALLY worth the hours of walking, especially when it cleared up to beautiful blue skies. Such a brilliant day. 🙂

John/Kitchen Riffs - February 11, 2016 Reply

I never need an excuse for carb loading! Alas. Anyway, awesome achievement! Fun post and I love all the photos. Thanks!

    Anna - February 11, 2016 Reply

    Hahaha! My kinda foodie, me either, but for those folk that do… exercise seems a legit way to sell it. 🙂
    Thanks for the lovely comment John, it was a fun post to write, I couldnt wipe the smile off my face.

Denise Browning@From Brazil To You - February 11, 2016 Reply

Girl, what an awesome adventure!!!! This is an exciting life — with many stories to share. I don’t know about all the walking but I’d love to stand tall at the top of the mountain. 😉 Since it is you b-day week, I am wishing you a super fun, delicious day!!!! xx

    Anna - February 11, 2016 Reply

    It was totally awesome Denise. I love that you stop in often to catch up on my latest shenannagans. 🙂 The walk itself was not so hard, any aches or pains I felt were forgotten when I reached the summit.

    Thank you for your birthday wishes, it was one amazing day / weeks. 🙂

Sarah - February 10, 2016 Reply

What an amazing day! I’m truly inspired. Looks like you had a ton of fun 🙂

    Anna - February 11, 2016 Reply

    Oh YAY! That is awesome Sarah! 🙂 And yes, we did, we had a ball, so many laughs, not event the crazy storm dampened sprites.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - February 9, 2016 Reply

You are AMAZING girl!! That is absolutely brilliant and I’m so proud of you! And Happy Birthday too-you’re an inspiration xxx

    Anna - February 10, 2016 Reply

    NAWWWH Lorraine! Thank you so much for your beautiful comment. 🙂
    Don’t tell anyone I said this, but those fit folk are onto something with that exercise business, all the food and zero guilts.

Pamela - February 9, 2016 Reply

Another high 5 on you being the baddest lady ever. So happy you kicked it’s butt!

    Anna - February 9, 2016 Reply

    Thanks beautiful lady! We sure did have an amazing day. 🙂

Ala - February 9, 2016 Reply

Omg youuuu are amazing! Also it’s been SO long since I’ve caught up here, no excuse. THIS IS AWESOME

    Anna - February 9, 2016 Reply

    Haha…. Thank you! I sure do love your enthusiasm Ala, you da best! And yes, I havent seen you in ages, will be over tonight for a catch up.

kris - February 8, 2016 Reply

You burn it, your earn it. Hhaha. I didn’t even mean for that to rhyme. Beautiful part of the world up there. Must admit I am keen to return shortly to Thredbo and have a walk around. Great read, and happy birthday.

    Anna - February 9, 2016 Reply

    Totes works Nizz! I have been saying ‘you burn it, you earn it’ all week. 🙂 It’s perfect!
    Yeah it is, was gorgeous way up there on top of Australia, especially with the blue skies and loveliness after the storm.
    You guys are gonna do the walk in the next few weeks right?
    Thanks for stopping by, for lending me all your waterproof clothing and for the birthday wishes, was ace!

Tim UrbanDuniya - February 8, 2016 Reply

And good for you!! I’m so proud of you, my friend – to achieve this is something rather special, but especially after the year you’ve had – this, I believe, is what life is all about 😀

    Anna - February 9, 2016 Reply

    Thank you so much my friend, I am lucky to have such beautiful and amazing friends in my life like you. 🙂
    It was super rad to reach the top of the mountain, even more when the skies opened up and we could see as far as the eye could see. We sure do live in one amazing country.
    Life is all about these amazing moments for sure. Will be hard to top it!

Hannah - February 8, 2016 Reply

Stupid ankle always holding me back!

I haven’t been to any of the Worlds 7 Summits 🙁

I exercise because I generally like it (I love playing sport, gym is meh) but I’m definitely guilty of the ‘I went to the gym. I deserve this entire packet of mint slice’.

I also exercise because I normally feel better afterwards and it helps me sleep and.

    Anna - February 8, 2016 Reply

    It was SUPER DUPER amazing!
    We missed you on the walk, you should tell your ankle enough already. 🙂
    I admit, I will exercise because it means more eating. Priorities. Lol!

Amanda (@lambsearshoney) - February 8, 2016 Reply

Well – you go girl, great job! And great photos too.

    Anna - February 8, 2016 Reply

    Thanks Amanda! We had an absolute ball, the weather made the experience even more fun too. 🙂

Liz (Good Things) - February 7, 2016 Reply

Yay and awesomeness! Go you! xxx

    Anna - February 8, 2016 Reply

    Thanks lovely Lizzy! It was SOoooo FUN! 🙂

Tandy I Lavender and Lime - February 7, 2016 Reply

What an amazing climb. Well done. I wish they had paths like this on the routes we walked in Scotland

    Anna - February 7, 2016 Reply

    Thanks heaps Tandy! It was awesome, we had such a fabulous day. 🙂
    Guessing you had wet feet on your walk in Scotland?

Krista - February 7, 2016 Reply

I love this so much!! 🙂 What a marvelous adventuress you are. I’d love to hike this trail.

    Anna - February 7, 2016 Reply

    It really was one of the coolest, most fun experiences I have ever had. 🙂 I hope you get to Kozzie sometime soon lovely, it was magic to stand on top of Australia and take it alllllllll in.

Jean | Holy Smithereens - February 7, 2016 Reply

Happy birthday Anna! And well done!!! What a great accomplishment. Yes , you deserve all the loading up on food before and after the hike 🙂 I’m sadly in the 9 out of 10 who haven’t climbed Mt Kosciuszko..i’ll vicariously enjoy 😉 Not much of a hiker!

    Anna - February 7, 2016 Reply

    Thanks lovely one! It was the perfect way to celebrate my birthday, and being able to happily stuff all the food in my face super cool too. Haha! I wasn’t much of a hiker until I did Kozzie, now I am looking at what other summits I can conquer around the globe. 🙂

Jess - February 7, 2016 Reply

OMG it was such an awesome,fantastic,long,cold and AMAZING adventure.Cannot wait for our next adventure 🙂

    Anna - February 7, 2016 Reply

    Hahaha! It was all those things and more, more, more. Thanks for conquering Kozzie with me chicka. Looking at the pictures of our day on top of Australia makes my heart happy. 🙂

Hotly Spiced - February 7, 2016 Reply

Great post, Anna, and well done to you. What a great achievement. I’m ashamed to say I haven’t been to the highest point in Oz. My daughter has though. She went on a school camp and was first to the summit! I really must add this to my list of priorities. How long did it take you from start to finish? xx

    Anna - February 8, 2016 Reply

    Thanks Charlie! It was the perfect way to celebrate my birthday, everything about the day makes me smile. 🙂

    I love that your kids are so involved and do really rad things, they are lucky to have such a cool mom that encourages that.

    Yes, I recommend doing the walk, and when you come through Canberra on your way, we can carb load together.

    The walk took us about 3hours. We ran a good chunk down hill to warm up which really made the adventure go quickly. But they say that on average it takes about 4hrs.

hassan - February 7, 2016 Reply

Just one word:Nice and owsome.

    Anna - February 7, 2016 Reply

    As always, thanks HEAPS Hassan. It was a pretty awesome and fun filled way to spend a day. 🙂

Gary Lum (@Yummy_Lummy) - February 7, 2016 Reply

Well Anna. Better you than me

    Anna - February 7, 2016 Reply

    Hahahahaha Gary! All the food I put away in the lead up to said walk and post walk definitely made the experience worth it. 🙂

My Inner Chick - February 7, 2016 Reply

You conquered Mt Kosciuszko! I must google that!
What an accomplishment for your birthday!
Also, how can anybody look that cute w/out makeup?

xxx Love and CONRATS again from MN.

    Anna - February 8, 2016 Reply

    Nawwwwh, thank you so much you beautiful human you. Mwah!
    It was a wonderful, awesome and amazing way to celebrate my birthday, not even the weather ruined the experience.
    Lotsa love and hugs headed back at you.

Elizabeth - February 6, 2016 Reply

Looks wonderful! Is it a 14k round trip?
It is definTely on my list too!
I’m so glad you had a great birthday Luv!!!!
Liz xxx

    Anna - February 8, 2016 Reply

    It was amazing Liz! 🙂
    Yes, thats right, 14km round trip. You should totally and absolutely get on it, when you pass through Canberra to get to Thredbo, I will help with the carb loading. Haha!
    Hope your birthday was equally as fabulous, it sure looked lovely.
    Big hugs and love. xox

Mabel Kwong - February 6, 2016 Reply

So, so, so incredibly proud of you Miss Anna for conquering the highest summit in Australia, and one of the highest ones in the world. Did not expect the weather to be so fickle on your group. It was as if nature was testing every part of you and passed the test, hence the sunshine raining down on all of you as you hit the top. Bravo and look at all those smiling faces at the end! Hope you all had a good feed for the next few days (…post birthday celebrations…).

To be honest, I am not much of an adventure freak at all. My tiny body can only handle so much physical activity. But hiking on flat surfaces is something I like to do. Usually like you, I like to fuel up prior to adventuring. After that, definitely more food to aid in the resting and recovery process 🙂

Hope your weekend is going well and have a good week ahead. As usual, lots and lots of hugs your way <3

    Anna - February 8, 2016 Reply

    You are wonderful! Thank you my fave little sis for always being so supportive and kind and caring. I love that you are in my life. <3

    Yes, the weather really did throw it's best at us, but I think it totally made the day. When we were being slammed with ice and absolutely drenched, I couldn't wipe the smile off my face, it was brilliant. Made all the more awesome as we walked to the summit to find blue skies. Woah!

    You'd prob be okay with this walk little one, especially with the flat surfaces the whole way. And really, with all the food one gets to eat prior to exercise, its worth it. Lol!

    Weekend was fun, I hope yours was too. Sending you love and hugs and happy thoughts. Mwah. xox

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