To the top of Mt. Kosciuszko
Category:Hiking around the world - Published on
During my wanderings in Australia, one of my hiking destinations was obviously the summit of Mount Kosciuszko, the highest peak in continental Australia.
I was previously hiking around the Alpine National Park, and I decided to make my ascent starting from Thredbo, a popular mountain resort.
Although the initial part of the climb was particularly interesting, along the path that leads from the village to the arrival of the ski lifts along the Merritts Creek, once I came upstream I was stunned. A metal platform continued from that point on to the summit.
I wondered what sense it could have had to install 4 kilometers of footbridge to make one of the seven summits reachable by anyone, when this summit is part of a national park that is supposed to protect the environment.
I did not find an answer, but I took note of the fact that during the ascent from Thredbo to the top of the chairlift I met only two people, while from the chair lift to the summit I witnessed a real procession.
Luckily I left early in the morning, and I had time to enjoy the beautiful landscape without the confusion caused by the afternoon crowds.