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Our main reason for traveling up to the Snow Mountains with my brother was to climb Mt Kosciuszko, the highest point in Australia.  Kozi is one of the Seven Summits, which are the highest points on each continent.  They are: Aconcagua in South America, Everest in Asia, Denali in North America, Kilimanjaro in Africa, Elbrus in Europe, Vinson in Antarctica, and Kosciuszko in Australia.  Most are well over 20,000 feet in elevation, Kozi is just over 7,000 feet.  Most of those feet you don't even have to climb, there's a chair lift at Thredbo ski resort that takes you most of the way up.  The rest of the way is a raised 12 km round trip walking path that makes for a nice leisurely hike in the summer.  But where's the challenge in that?  So we threw some snow shoes on and made the trek in the middle of winter instead.  We ended up hiring a guide to go with us, and he earned his keep by making sure we didn't cross over the frozen lake.

We road the chair lift up the mountain,…