COOTAPATAMBA HUT - Acrylic on Canvas 910mm x 910mm
The hut was originally built by the SMA as a survey shelter. It is unique in that the snow entrance is via a roof top tunnel. There is a summer entrance into the side of the "tower". The fireplace is external to the hut.
Cootapatamba is a genuine survival shelter, designed to catch people leaving the summit of Kosciusko during poor weather. The path down this valley would appear to head to safer areas, but in fact heads deep into wilderness.
Along with Seaman's this is the only other remaining survival hut above the snow line in KNP. Recently 19 people survived a storm inside the hut, a number it is almost impossible to imagine actually getting in!
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Raised in the Southern Highlands Of NSW growing up each year my brothers and I would be bundled into our parents VW beetle at 4am for our annual one day trip to the Snowy Mountains. I fell in love with the textures, the temperature, the landscape and beauty of the Alpine region and later spent some seasons working as a snowboard instructor amongst many other jobs I had to do for the privilege of living on the Mountain in Thredbo. Many years have passed but the impression and culture are deeply ingrained within me.