Snowy Mountain High pt.1: Mt Coree

Easter may be my favourite time of the year. The weather is warm, the days are long and you have a four day weekend up your sleeve to get out an have a good, hearty adventure.

This year we decided to mix it up a bit and head south to the Snowy Mountains (via the ACT) for some hiking, camping and climbing in the Main Range of the Kosciuszko National Park.

Here’s Part 1 of my long weekend rundown where we take a little detour into the ATC for some camping and climbing to break up the journey down south.

After a harrowing peak-hour departure after work on Thursday we made our way down to Canberra where we decided to head west into the Namadgi National Park. The sun had well and truly set as we began to make our way cautiously down dark, dusty roads fringed with the bright, beady eyes of suicidal kangaroo and the emergence of Coree Campground in our headlights was a welcome sight. We made our arrival with little fanfare and in no time at all we parked, set up camp and rolled into our sleeping bags for the night.

Morning at Coree Campground

After a bit of a sleep in and obligatory camp-stove coffee, we packed up our gear an headed up the rough dirt road to to summit of Mt Coree, a nearby peak within the National Park. Perched at its top was a craggy, exposed, sandstone face overlooking the forested surrounds, an ideal setting for some fun sport climbing.

The rock was surprisingly solid, and though only one pitch its mountain top location and generous bolt spacing made for some exposed, exciting and thoroughly enjoyable face climbing. I’ll definitely be back for some more next time I’m in the area.

Kath’s first outdoor climb on Climb F (9)
Zali negotiating the beautiful sandstone slab of St Vitus Dance (18)
Me on Jerusalem (19)

After a full day of climbing we were well and truly spent, but after soaking a stunning moon-rise we jumped back in the car and shot off down to Jindabyne that night, to be ready to go bright and early for our next adventure.

Taking a moment to enjoy the moon rise

Click here to read part 2 of the long weekend adventure.

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