When I think of trail running, beauty and challenge all in one, I think of the 25 km/16 miles run around the highest mountain in Australia, Mount Kosciuszko. With an elevation of 2230 m /7310 FT, it has everything: technical aspects, steep climbs, fast flat sections and never is the run the same. I just love it.
The best way I tell people to do it is to run with someone else. I run it with my fiancé (who also happens to be a professional athlete) because the beauty of the mountain is incredible to take in together. We love in general not knowing what is coming up around the next bend and this is certainly one of those runs. It is truly an adventure and as you get higher, not only does it get more beautiful but also more full of surprises. It’s one of the only places in all of Australia that can have snow any time of year – definitely a big deal!
Spring, summer and autumn are usually when the trail up via Charlotte Pass is at its “easiest” but don’t be fooled – the way to the top still has everything needed to challenge all types of runner.
There are always parts where you’ll be scrambling down rocky slopes, steep climbs up slippery paths and technical down hills that really test a trail runner’s abilities.
In winter, heavy snow and ice often make running to the summit an impossibility, but summer really is perfect for those longs runs up.
There’s nothing like standing at the top and breathing in that crisp air, looking out across the beautiful Snowy Mountains region at neighboring Mt.
Townsend or at the National Park below and just feeling like you’re in a world of your own.