Mount Townsend

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Mount Townsend
Mount Townsend from Watson Crags.jpg
Dawn on Mount Townsend, viewed from Watsons Crags, October 2011.
Elevation 2,209 m (7,247 ft) AHD[1]
Prominence 189 m (620 ft)[1]
Listing Seven Second Summits
Mount Townsend is located in New South Wales
Mount Townsend
Mount Townsend
Location in New South Wales
Location New South Wales, Australia
Range Main Range of the Snowy Mountains
Coordinates 36°25′21″S 148°15′32″E / 36.42250°S 148.25889°E / -36.42250; 148.25889Coordinates: 36°25′21″S 148°15′32″E / 36.42250°S 148.25889°E / -36.42250; 148.25889[1]
Easiest route Hike or ski

Mount Townsend is the second highest peak of mainland Australia. Located in Kosciuszko National Park in the Main Range of the Snowy Mountains and part of the Great Dividing Range. With a height of 2,209 metres (7,247 ft) above sea level,[1] it is the second highest mountain in Australia. Mount Townsend is 3.68 kilometres (2.29 mi) north of Australia's highest mainland peak, Mount Kosciuszko.

Although lower than Mount Kosciuszko, Mount Townsend has a more craggy peak and is arguably more dominant than the relatively round-topped Mount Kosciuszko. Due to ease of climbing Mount Kosciuszko, and the much lower accessibility of Mount Townsend, a tradition has emerged of each person who climbs Mount Townsend carrying a rock from the bottom in their pack, and leaving it at the top, with the goal of making Mount Townsend the taller of the two relatively similar in height peaks.

The names of Mount Townsend and Mount Kosciuszko were originally attached to the other mountains. Measurements of the peaks originally called by those names showed Kosciuszko to be slightly lower than its neighbour, and rather than re-educating the populace that the highest mountain was Mount Townsend, the names were transposed by the New South Wales Lands Department, so that Mount Kosciuszko was renamed Townsend and vice versa.[2] In light of the recent tests have questionable information [3]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Mount Townsend". Retrieved 2012-07-22. 
  2. ^ "Mountain systems of Australia". Year Book Australia, 1901-1909. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 
  3. ^ "Mount Kosciuszko - Our Highest Mountain". Web page 

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