Massive THUNDERSTORMS while hiking in Kosciuszko National Park | Cootapatamba Hut hike vlog 2022

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Day two of our hike to Australia’s 11 highest peaks ended up throwing our original plans out the window as the weather wasn’t great and we ended up having 10-hours of non-stop thunderstorms.

Our day began with a sunrise hike up to the summit of Mount Northcote (2,131m), Australia’s 11th tallest mountain. The sunrise was incredible and we had such a clear view.

Next up was Mount Kosciuszko summit, even though we summited it for sunset the night before! Mt Kosciuszko is Australia’s tallest mountain at 2,228m above sea level.

We then made our way to Etheridge Ridge (2,180m), Australia’s 5th tallest mountain before continuing on to Seamans Hut. We had lunch inside the hut as it was good break from the strong winds and decided our travel plans for the afternoon.

Our plan was to head for Cootapatamba Hut, a unique bright red survival hut out in the wilderness. It took about 1.5hours off-trail to get there but was SO worth it. We set up our tent next to the alpine hut but you’ll have to watch the video to see what happened when the storm hit!

00:00 – Sunrise at Mt Northcote
02:14 – Mt Kosciuszko summit
03:11 – Etheridge Ridge summit
04:10 – Seamans Hut
06:17 – Cootapatamba Hut

Filmed January, 2022.





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  • Great Video! We also fall in love with Hiking Outdoors while we have been in Ecuador☺
    Always amazing to see other travelers with the same passion to create Youtube Videos☺
    Ever been to Ecuador? – so beautiful. We Created a cinematic Video of it☺

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  • Fantastic trail, nicely filmed too.

  • Enjoying this hike, thanks for sharing it guys! Such a cute hut and so lucky you had it when that storm hit! Lucky you had it to yourselves too.

  • Nice video guys showcasing a beautiful part of Australia. Certainly as you highlighted, it's not the place to be in an electrical storm. Lucky you had a safe place to harbour up in. I would be interested in a review of your gear, (if possible) clothing included. Do you have a wish list for these type of hikes. Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next vid. Cheers

  • Got to love a good thunderstorm! We were fortunate to know abut the UV when we were in altitude in USA. A lot of people get caught out like yourselves. Love that part of Australia. Looking forward to next instalment.

  • Definitely one of the coolest huts in Australia’s alpine! ⛺️

  • Yes, we got extremely suburnt on this hike despite wearing sunscreen and hats 😩 the UV was extremely high up there… and apologies for the wind noise in some of these clips, the weather was pretty crazy.

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