Route: Snowy Mtns 15 Peaks (NSW, Australia)

Location
New South Wales, AU
Description

Route submitted by Anthony Alston:

Begin at the bridge where Merritt's Nature Track and Friday Drive intersect (between the express chairlift and Alpine Motel). Follow the Thredbo River Track westerly ±3 miles until Dead Horse Gap. Ascend for ±2.25 miles before leaving the trail to navigate toward South Rams Head. Follow ridge from South Rams Head to Rams Head and subsequently North Rams Head, eventually reaching Lake Cootapatamba and reconvening with the established trail. Ascend Baldwin Peak (aka Etheridge Ridge) and Mt. Kosciuszko. ±1.5 miles north of Kosciuszko, head west to reach Mt. Du Faur (aka Byatt's Camp). Abbott Peak, Mt. Townsend, and Alice Rawson Peak (Edwards Peak) require some scrambling before traversing east to Mueller's Peak. After crossing the walking track, Mt. Northcote can be gained. Similarly, Mt. Lee requires a slight detour, while Carruther's Peak is passed after having rejoined the track. Roughly ±.66 miles from Carruther's, head north for Tenison Woods Knoll (Watson's Crag Dome) and Mt. Twynam. Return to the walking trail heading south, crossing the Snowy River before climbing Mt. Stilwell. Return to the summit walking track, pass Seaman's Hut, and descend via a combination of Merrit's Nature Track and ski runs.

• Running on the grated metal track connecting the top of the chairlift to the base of Mt. Kozzie is prohibited; thus, the suggestion of following the ridge from Ram's Head. Of course, this rule was disregarded during the descent.
• Rawson Pass is a perfect place to stash food/water/clothes as it allows access both at the beginning and end of the loop.