Peaks of Australia

Australia is a relatively flat continent, with its highest peak reaching an elevation of 2228 m above sea level. That said, there are still plenty of opportunities to practise mountaineering and rock climbing.

In the following, I have assembled a list of all the major peaks in Australia, ordered by the state. I give a short description, a photo or two and the official elevation and location. Besides, I provide the coordinates and altitude that I measured using a GPS device when climbing the peak.

James takes a photo behind the summit cairn on Mt. Jerusalem.
James takes a photo behind the summit cairn on Mt. Jerusalem.
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Ras and Timesguida - Two Peaks and an Approaching Storm

This is a report of my winter mountaineering trip to Ras and Timesguida n’Ouanoukrim. They are the second and third highest peaks in Morocco, North Africa. An approaching storm made me turn around on the summit ridge.

  • Name: Ras and Timesguida n’Ouanoukrim
  • Height: 4083 m and 4088 m
  • Location: High Atlas, Morocco, Africa
  • Date: End of November 2012
  • Conditions: Winter
  • Route: East ridge from Tizi n’Ouagane
The flat summit of Igger n'Abdeli (3815 m).
The flat summit of Igger n’Abdeli (3815 m).

Ras and Timesguida belong to the Ouanoukrim mountain chain and are the second and third highest peaks in Morocco, after Jebel Toubkal. I tried to climb them the day after I summited Toubkal. The approach is the same as for Toubkal, see the section “To the refuges” there. I stayed in the CAF Toubkal Refuge (3207 m, formerly Refuge Neltner) run by the French alpine club, the smaller and older one of the two refuges below Toubkal.

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Jebel Toubkal - Winter Mountaineering in Morocco

This is a report of my winter mountaineering trip to the highest mountain of North Africa, the Jebel Toubkal. It is located in the High Atlas in Morocco. I took the South cwm South col route.

  • Name: Jebel Toubkal
  • Height: 4167 m
  • Prominence: 3757 m
  • Location: High Atlas, Morocco, Africa
  • Date: End of November 2012
  • Conditions: Winter
  • Route: South cwm South col (up and down, see text)
  • GPS coordinates (as measured at the summit): N31°03.589’ W007°54.895’
Panorama taken at Toubkal summit.
Panorama taken at Toubkal summit.

This is a trip report of the climb to the highest mountain of North Africa, the Jebel Toubkal.

To the Refuges

From Marrakech, I took a shared grand taxi to the small mountain village of Imlil (1740 m), rented crampons and ice axe and spent the night there in a guesthouse a bit outside the village. The next morning I left my big trekking rucksack at the guesthouse, packed all the necessary gear for the climb (including warm sleeping bag!) and headed out towards the refuges. It is possible to hire a mule and muleteer and have your equipment transported to the refuges, but I decided to be the mule myself.

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Mulhacén Day 2 - Summit Push and Descent

This is the second part of the trip report of the ascent to Mulhacén, the highest mountain of continental Spain. We started at the Poquiera mountain hut and took the Western route up to the summit.

This is the second part of the travel report of the ascent to Mulhacén, the highest mountain of continental Spain. You might want to read the first part before.

On the summit of Mulhacén. View towards the South. You can even see the Mediterranean Sea in the distance.
On the summit of Mulhacén. View towards the South. You can even see the Mediterranean Sea in the distance.

After a good sleep in the Refugio Poquiera, below three layers of blankets and nearly fully clothed, I got ready, had breakfast and took a few pictures of the first sunrays illuminating the mountains. My climbing partner Pia and I had agreed to start the summit push towards Mulhacén at around 08:00, but as it was still quite dark and cold outside, we delayed the start to around 09:00.

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Mulhacén Day 1 - Capileira to Refugio Poquiera

This is the first part of the trip report to Mulhacén, the highest mountain of continental Spain. I started in the small mountain village of Capileira and reached the mountain hut Poquiera.

  • Name: Mulhacén
  • Height: 3482 m
  • Prominence: 3285 m
  • Location: Sierra Nevada, Andalucía, Spain
  • Date: April 2012
  • Conditions: mild winter
  • Route: Up: West, Down: South (see text)
View down into the valley that I came through. Refugio Poquiera is behind me.
View down into the valley that I came through. Refugio Poquiera is behind me.

This is a travel report of the ascent to the highest mountain of continental Spain, the Mulhacén. I did the trip in late April 2012. The mountain was still mostly in winter conditions. The trip report is spread over two blog posts because of its length. In this first post, I will describe the first day of the ascent, the journey from the village of Capileira to the Refugio Poquiera.

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