Nigel and Leanne Phillips celebrate reaching the second of their peaks, the 2195 metre high Mount Twynam.
Nigel and Leanne Phillips celebrate reaching the second of their peaks, the 2195 metre high Mount Twynam.

Couple scale six of Australia's highest peaks in two days

IN JUST two days Wyreema couple Leanne and Nigel Phillips scaled six of Australia's highest peaks.

The couple have returned home after taking part in an adventure walk in Kosciuszko National Park to raise funds for the Childhood Cancer Support organisation.

Mr and Mrs Phillips were a part of a 20-strong group that raised close to $35,000 for the charity.

"It was long, snowy and cold," Mrs Phillips said of her adventure.

On the first day the group spent 13-hours trudging through thick snow to conquer the 2145 metre-high Carruthers Peak and Mount Twynam at 2195m.

They back up the next day to scale another four peaks before hitting the big one, the 2228m-high Mt Kosciuszko.

It took the couple over six hours to reach the summit.

A lofty feeling of relief came over the couple when they reached the top."I thought, 'thank God for that'," Mrs Phillips said.

"It was really good.

"We were on the top of Australia.

"We had our photograph taken and the weather was so clear and beautiful."

Leanne and Nigel Phillips celebrate climbing the highest mountain in Australia.
Leanne and Nigel Phillips celebrate climbing the highest mountain in Australia.

Each year 100,000 people scale Australia's highest peak in summer.

Unfortunately for the Phillips, the weather was unseasonably freezing.

"I had three layers on the bottom and five layers on the top," Mrs Phillips said.

"And I was not hot, nor was I cold.

"There was a lot more snow than we thought.

"It was the first time the group had used snow shoes."

The couple prepared months in advance for the two-day trek by walking the streets of Wyreema and bush trails around Redwood Park.

They now hope to continue their adventures by signing up for next year's Childhood Cancer Support walk across Tasmania.

"We learnt a lot about the charity and how they help families stay together when their children are receiving treatment for cancer," Mrs Phillips said.

Nigel and Leanne trained for the epic feat by walking bush trails around Wyreema and Redwood Park.
Nigel and Leanne trained for the epic feat by walking bush trails around Wyreema and Redwood Park. Kevin Farmer


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