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Ikas90
25-01-07, 13:02
Hello my fellow Australians :wve: Right now, it is midnight, 26th of January, which is the day that Australia was discovered. Australia came together as a nation on January 26th 1788. It has been more than 200 years now.

It is the biggest day of celebration in Australia, and is a public Holiday, which is why I am taking the long weekend off to go to the Snowy Mountains :D

I will be taking the long 3 hour drive to the capital city of Canberra first, where we will see a display of fireworks. Then the next day, we will be headed off to the highest mountains in Australia.

I have wanted to stand at the highest point (only 2,228 metres above sea level) since I was a little kid. Now is my chance, and this trip will be very important to me. It will feel like the first step for my future mountain climbing career.

Now, I will be away in approx 10 hours from now. I will return many pictures.

Happy Australia Day!

Saki.

danitiwa
25-01-07, 13:03
Same to you. :)

laracroft2122
25-01-07, 13:04
Well, I'm not in Australia but a very Happy Australia Day and I hope you enjoy it :wve:

Ikas90
25-01-07, 13:06
Thank you both :hug:

Natla'd
25-01-07, 13:08
Happy Australia Day! And I hope you have a great time on your trip. :)

Laramania
25-01-07, 13:09
Even though I'm not an Australian...
I wish you have a happy Australia day...and a great climbing experience!!! :)

Ada the Mental
25-01-07, 13:15
Happy Australia Day and have great fun on the mountains.:D
Don't forget to take photos!;) :p

Lara Croft!
25-01-07, 13:34
Happy Australia day!!!!

Kamrusepas
25-01-07, 13:41
Is it Australia Day again already?

Well, have a happy one :wve:

paulwork
25-01-07, 13:56
Happy Australia Day! This time last year I was in Melbourne for the Comm Games, and then later Sydney. Oh... to be there again! Have a great day down under guys.

saray
25-01-07, 17:09
happy australia day! :D

star girl
25-01-07, 17:13
Happy Australia day to all the Aussies! And Ikas, good luck for your trip! :tmb:

LadyLaraC
25-01-07, 17:13
To everyone in Australia; Happy Australia Day :wve:
And have a great trip Saki :D

Anniversary Lara
25-01-07, 21:29
Can't wait to see your pictures :tmb:

Ikas90
29-01-07, 10:44
Hey everyone :wve: I'm back from my short vacation... It's time to show you the photos.

Firstly, I stayed in Canberra for two days. It was a 3 hour drive.

This is the Telestra tower. It overlooks the entire city of Canberra.
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/th_P1260433.jpg (http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/P1260433.jpg)

This is what you can see from the top.
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/th_P1260435.jpg (http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/P1260435.jpg) http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/th_P1260436.jpg (http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/P1260436.jpg) http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/th_P1260437.jpg (http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/P1260437.jpg) http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/th_P1260440.jpg (http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/P1260440.jpg)

This is a picture of me standing at the top. It was very windy up there!
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/th_P1260442.jpg (http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/P1260442.jpg)

Canberra's Parliament House (my friend is in the photo)
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/th_P1260443.jpg (http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/P1260443.jpg)

The Australian War Memorial (please excuse my mother for the bad photo angle :whi:)
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/th_P1260455.jpg (http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/P1260455.jpg)

Now, a 2 hour drive from Canberra is the mountains. No snow, because it's summer.
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/th_P1270457.jpg (http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/P1270457.jpg) http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/th_P1270461.jpg (http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/P1270461.jpg)

The view from the summit of Mt Kosciusko (Australia's Highest point)
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/th_P1280462.jpg (http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/P1280462.jpg) http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/th_P1280463.jpg (http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/P1280463.jpg) http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/th_P1280464.jpg (http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/P1280464.jpg)

Me, my friend and my sister standing on the summit
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/th_P1280468.jpg (http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/P1280468.jpg)

Just me and my friend
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/th_P1280469.jpg (http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/P1280469.jpg) http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/th_P1280471.jpg (http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/P1280471.jpg) http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/th_P1280480.jpg (http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n131/Ikas90/P1280480.jpg)

Now I have to say that Mt. Kosciusko was one hell of a climb. It took us 2-3 hours to get to the top. But I felt proud as if I have achieved something. For my whole life, I have wanted to stand on the top of Australia, (pancake, according to Mr.Burns) and I did it.

It feels like the first step for my future mountain climbing career, which Mt. Everest will be my final task.

the hooliganz
29-01-07, 10:50
happy australia day saki, that's the reason you have eye sunburn, it is hot, if i were to climb a mountain, i'll go to a mountain with snow

george_croft
29-01-07, 10:56
Great pictures Saki:D :tmb:

Ikas90
29-01-07, 11:14
Thank you both :hug: Thank you everyone who has posted :hug:

My eyes should heal themselves... hopefully.

Could a mod please change the title to "Pictures of my trip to the mountains"?

Ada the Mental
29-01-07, 12:13
Saki's back!:yah:
Great pics!You sure had one hell of a good time!

Ikas90
29-01-07, 12:17
Hey Ada :wve: I sure missed you :D

This is a trip to remember. I hope to be up there in winter one day. It takes professionals to climb it with snow.

bett
29-01-07, 19:38
lovely pics. glad you had such a great time

Ultimate_Lara
29-01-07, 21:21
Happy Australia Day!
I spent mine with my doggy! :D