I recently read an account of a team of men attempting to set a record for climbing the highest peak in each of Australia’s six states and two mainland territories (Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory) in the shortest time.
It reminded me of something about Australia being the world’s flattest country, but that was soon dispelled by Google telling me that the Maldives, 1192 islands with a total area of 298 square kms, has no point higher than four metres! (which of course makes the Maldives extremely vulnerable to rising sea levels). Australia couldn’t beat that! I soon discovered that what my memory should have told me is that Australia is the world’s lowest continent. Our average elevation is 330 metres. As a comparison, the average elevation of the USA is 762 metres.
In case you’re interested, the eight Australian peaks which the intrepid climbers were attempting to climb were:
Queensland Mt Bartle Frere 1622 m
New South Wales Mt Kosciuszko 2228 m
Victoria Mt Bogong 1986 m
South Australia Mt Woodroffe 1435 m
Western Australia Mt Meharry 1253 m
Tasmania Mt Ossa 1614 m
Northern Territory Mt Zeil 1531 m
Australian Capital Territory Bimberi Peak 1912 m
Here’s a picture of Mt Meharry. I reckon I’d have a go at that after lunch.
I suspect that none of these are going to challenge your average mountaineer, but some readers can no doubt report their personal mountaintop experiences. Please tell us.