Noel Ward on Dihedral Corner - Blue Lake

Noel Ward on Dihedral Corner – Blue Lake

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Blue Lake in Kosciuszko National Park is a rare and beautiful cirque lake, one of only four in mainland Australia.  It has some of the clearest waters of any Australian lake, and the area nearby provides some wonderful traditional climbing and the only ice climbing/alpine climbing area in Australia.

A climbing guide for rockclimbs in the Kosciuszko area (including Blue Lake) was first produced in 1971, and a revised and updated edition of this guide was created by Craig Kentwell in 1989:

Blue Lake climbing guide (PDF 693KB)

2012 Blue Lake climbing guide

An updated colour printed Blue Lake guide was produced in 2012, thanks to the hard work and tireless dedication of Brian Mattick. The guide lists over 80 rock climbs as well as valuable information on ice climbing in the area.

The 2012 guide can be purchased at either Mont or online via Climbing Anchors. CCA members can buy the guide directly for a reduced cost of $27.00, either by contacting Steve Halpin () and making a payment via the details below, or paying in cash at a CCA meeting.

Payments can be made via electronic funds transfer to:

Canberra Climbers’ Association
Service One Credit Union
BSB 801009, account number 1064291

or via cheque to:

Canberra Climbers’ Association
PO Box 208
Campbell ACT 2612

Comprehensive information about climbing at Blue Lake is also available at Blue Lake on

Launch of the 2012 Blue Lake climbing guide

The 2012 climbing guide produced by long-time CCA member Brian Mattick had a very well-attended launch in Canberra at The Kingston Hotel on 25 July 2012, with numerous CCA members purchasing a signed copy. One member was heard to remark that the only disappointing thing was having to wait out the snow to try out all the routes in the guide!

Brian Mattick signing copies of the new Blue Lake climbing guide, July 2012.

Brian Mattick signing copies of the new Blue Lake climbing guide, July 2012.