Climbers gearing up for 4 Peaks

WALKERS and runners alike are preparing for the challenge of tackling the region’s most well-known mountains this month.

The 32nd annual 4 Peaks climb will be held from Saturday, 29 October – Tuesday, 1 November.

Originally the Bright Alpine Climb, this popular event first began in 1979 as a way to encourage walkers into the hills to enjoy of the superb scenery the area has to offer.

Runners have joined the climbers and added excitement to the event.

Alpine Shire Council’s Event Development Officer Melanie Tekin said the appeal of 4 Peaks was its accessibility to many ages and abilities.

“Olympians use the event for conditioning, to enjoy some high altitude training or beat that personal best previously set in the last 32 years,” she said.

“4 Peaks is a family friendly event and all who have a basic fitness level are encouraged to participate, regardless of age.

Over the four days climbers can choose to tackle Mystic Hill, Mount Feathertop, Mount Hotham and Mount Buffalo.

“We live in a stunningly beautiful part of the world and this event showcases the best we have to offer,” Ms Tekin said.

Saturday, 29 October, Mystic Hill: Runners 1hr 10min, Walkers 2hr 15min meet at Wandiligong Alpine Park.

Sunday, 30 October, Mount Feathertop: Runners 1hr 26min, Walkers 2hr 30min meet at Tavare Park, Harrietville. If you fail to reach the top you must tell the sweep you are returning. Windproof jacket required. No jacket, no start.

Monday, 31 October, Mount Hotham: Runners 2h 00m, Walkers 3hr 30min meet at Tavare Park Harrietville. Same rules as Sunday. No jacket, no start.

Tuesday, 1 November, Mount Buffalo: Runners 1hr 20min, Walkers 2hr 30min start at the entrance to Mt Buffalo National Park. Start Times: Slow walkers and children must start at 7.00-7.30am. Walkers entries will not be accepted after 8.00am. Runners start after 8.00am, with last runners away at 8.30am.

If numbers suffice, trophies will be awarded for age divisions from under 15 years to over 65 years.

Trophies will be presented at a barbecue on Tuesday at the completion of the Mt Buffalo climb.

Entry fees: Adults $10 per day or 4 days for $20.

Juniors (under 19): $5 per day or 4 days for $10.

Food will be supplied free on days 1, 2 and 3

Please note: There are no lifts back off Mt Buffalo and it is recommended climbers endeavour to arrange their own lift off Mt Hotham.

Document No. 38 authorised by: Ian Nicholls, Chief Executive Officer, Alpine Shire Council, Great Alpine Road, Bright VIC 3741.

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