Climb8 is an 800km team snowshoe expedition across the Australian Alps during winter 2020 bringing together adventure, science, community and conservation.
It will start at Mount Franklin Ski Chalet ruins and memorial site inside Namadgi National Park in the Australian Capital Territory and finish at Mount Baw Baw in Victoria, Australia’s most southern mainland ski resort.
We aim to be the first winter team to summit all 26 named and unnamed peaks and knolls above 2,000m in the Kosciuszko National Park, plus the highest 10 peaks in the Victorian Alpine National Park and 2 highest peaks in Namadgi National Park.
Leading up to the expedition, we are collecting climate change data, research, interviews and surveys from communities, clubs, small businesses, resorts and recreational backcountry enthusiasts. The results will be presented through public formats including film, scientific reports, blogs, mainstream and social media in a way everyone can understand and use to help make informed choices for the future.
As part of Climb8 we hope to interview the top 8 Australian ski resorts, 4 in New South Wales and 4 in Victoria, to learn about their climate change strategies and conservation policies.
It is our hope Climb8 will set a new winter summit benchmark in Australia while becoming a platform for sharing scientific, factual and unbiased information which will promote positive change for our mountains.