Climb8 is an exciting combination of adventuture, citizen science and connecting with community.
On the 6th of June 2020 we will begin a long and challenging winter trek across the Australian Alps. Climb8 will follow parts of the Australian Alpine Walking Track (AAWT), the Bicentennial National Trail (BNT) and a network of other tracks and fire trails across 3 states and through 3 national parks, Namadgi, Kosciuszko and Alpine.
We are setting out to become the first winter expedition team to summit 26 named and unnamed peaks and knolls above 2,000m in Kosciuszko National Park, the highest 10 peaks in the Victorian Alpine National Park and 2 highest peaks in Namadgi National Park.
Starting from the north at the ruins of Mount Franklin Ski Chalet in Namadgi National Park, on the border of the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales, we will traverse 800 kilometres of mountains to Baw Baw Resort, Australia’s most southern mainland ski resort in Victoria.
Enroute the expedition will visit the top 8 ski resorts of Australia, Selwyn, Perisher, Charlotte Pass, Thredbo, Falls Creek, Hotham, Buller and Baw Baw.
Weather and snow conditions will influence the pace of the expedition. It will take approximately 7-10 weeks. Each day and week we will make regular risk assessments and adjust our itinerary accordingly. There will be no unnecessary risk pushing to meet a fixed itinerary. Flexibility allows us to make decisions based on safety and the team’s wellbeing. Changes will be updated through social media.
Depending on snowfall during the 2020 season, 50-70% of the expedition will be below the snowline.
River crossings can become precarious during winter, both swollen rivers and falling through snow into water are risks we will need to avoid or negotiate with great care.
We will utilise our combined experience to interpret the alpine landscape, identify risks and find the safest traverses. Ice covered boulders of many peaks which require scrambling and traversing steep snow covered ridges like Crosscut Saw and Razerback need good backcountry and mountaineering equipment and skills.
Logistical and Safety teams will be supporting the expedition team for the full length. Where safe vehicular access can be made into and out of the national parks, teams will meet for supplies and any other assistance required. Please visit The Teams pages for more details.
Climb8 is a community event and open for anyone with sufficient Australian winter backcountry, snowshoe and hiking experience and can be fully self-sufficient with gear, clothing, food and transport. Please visit the Sections page for details on where you can join the expedition team. Alpine experience is essential as we are not a guided tour or safety course.