4 PEAKS CHALLENGE REPORT ... what a fabulous day was had by all 43 signed up participants .. plus a few extra .. who met at the base of Mt Leura at 9.45am for what will become an annual event for the Friends of Mt Leura. We would like to thanks all those who participated whether they conquered all four peaks or just the ones they had the time or energy to conquer. Some came long distances .... some came training for the Kokoda Track .... for many it was their first visit to at least one of our chosen peaks. The sun eventually came out early afternoon but it was perfect walking weather all day. Finally our thanks to Val and Chris Lang for opening up Mt Elephant early for us. I have included a few photos from the day. Graham Arkinstall on behalf of the organising team ... thanks Fran, John, Becky and Belinda ... See MoreSee Less
Thanks Gav and the team at ABC South West Vic and ABC Ballarat for the interview yesterday morning and for the post below about our upcoming Four Peaks Challenge, Sun 22 April! Setting up to be a great day out to explore our unique volcanic landscape.It's not exactly the Seven Summits challenge, where adventurers climb the tallest peak on each continent (Everest, Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Vinson Massif, Elbrus, Denali, Kosciuszko).
However hikers are being invited to tackle south west Victoria's four peaks challenge: "summiting" Mt Leura, Mt Sugarloaf, Mt Noorat and Mt Elephant all on the same day.
If you are "up" to it, you need to meet at the base of Mt Leura at 9.45am on April 22, armed with sturdy footwear and a camera.
Once the "big four" have been conquered, what other local landmarks could be added to the to-do list?
Pictures courtesy Graham Arkinstall, Friends of Mt Leura Inc ... See MoreSee Less
Wanted! Interested people to join the Mt Leura & Mt Sugarloaf Reserves Committee and help lead and oversee their management. Commit as much as you’re able- we’d love some new blood to work alongside our experienced crew! Applications extended and will close end of business (5pm) Tues 3 April (next Tues). Details below, forms on Corangamite Shire website. Any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us, & please help spread the word! ... See MoreSee Less
Rubbish haul from around the top car park this arvo. Big thanks to those who use the Reserves and dispose of their rubbish/dog poo/butts in the bin up top or take it home with you. We salute you! 💩💩 Also the Reserves are not the place to dispose of your fire ash, phantom ash dumper person....it’s really good in your compost, & if you don’t have a garden/compost yourself, I’m sure a friend of yours will happily turn your waste into growing vegetables for you! ... See MoreSee Less
Maybe we should name & shame the people that don't pick up dog poo it is everywhere. Also the people that walk their dogs "Off" the lead, there is one guy that drives a ute with 2 large dogs that walks them up the track on a lead just for show & once he thinks he is out of sight he lets them off to crap everywhere & god forbid kill wildlife 🙁
One of many images to come. After judging the inter-camera club competition, I was on my way back from Colac to Port Fairy. There were warning of grass fire pretty much in the entire Southwest VIC. My heart goes out to those that all the people affected are safe. A lot of roads were blocked, trees on the ground, fire glow red in the sky, thunder and lightning...it was apocalyptic!
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