Bad Weather Contingency – Little Feathertop

Instead of Mt Hotham – the route on Monday 2nd November 2015 will be up the North West Spur onto Little Feathertop – finishing at Federation Hut.

Date: Day 3 – 2nd November
Distance: 9km
Elevation Gain: 1300m
Maps: The course will be adequately marked and you will not require a map – see course description.
Where to start: At Tom Kneen trackhead, adjacent to the Mountain Fresh Trout and Salmon Farm, Stony Creek Rd, Harrietville, just off Great Alpine Road, 4.5km before Harrietville village.

To find the start location on Google Maps – search “Mountain Fresh Trout and Salmon Farm, Harrietville”

You can register on the day.

Start Time: The Bright Alpine Climb is a staggered start. This is due to both the nature of the trails being run and also the diversity of speed that participants travel.

Start Period 1: 6am – 7am – Ultra Slow Walkers
Start Period 1: 7am – 7:30am – Slow Walkers
Start Period 2: 7:35am – 8am – Experienced and Faster Walkers
Start Period 3: 8:05am – 8:45am – Runners.

Participants are required to check in at the start line and will have their number recorded as they start. Participants leave every 5minutes in small groups.

The Course: Parking is on the grass adjacent to Stony Creek Road. Starting at the clearing beside the Mountain Fresh Trout and Salmon Farm, participants travel adjacent to Stony Creek Road along the the Tom Kneen Track for approximately 3km before starting an ascent up what bush walkers fondly refer to as “The Wall”. The track follows North West Spur, giving participants a uniquely rugged approach to Mt Feathertop. Todays adventure takes participants to Federation Hut, next to Little Mt Feathertop, where times are taken. Descent will be via Bungalow Spur down to Harrietville and along the bike path to the Start line where BBQ awaits.

Expected Performance for Walkers: Walkers need to aim to summit by Midday. This gives slow walkers 6 hours. A minimum pace of approx 25 – 30 minutes per kilometre.

Aid along the way: There is NO AID on the course for the Little Mt Feathertop event.
You need to set out with the intention of being self sufficient for the duration of time you will be out on the course. For slow walkers this could be in excess of 7-8 hours.

Mandatory Gear: Conditions in Alpine Country can change quickly. The weather at the bottom of the mountain may also be different than at the top. In light of this – the following gear MUST be carried. Jacket – it must be waterproof! Beanie or Buff, Gloves, Space Blanket, Whistle and 2L of fluid and a snack or energy food. We also would like you to have a phone with you at all times and ensure it is charged and has credit. These things will be checked before you reach the high ground, if you are not carrying these items you will be asked to go stop ascending and descend to the start/finish.

FINISH The finish time is taken at Federation Hut, adjacent to Little Mt Feathertop. However you then need to return to the start to have your name checked off at the park (for safety reasons).
At the Finish: There will be Fruit, Water and Electrolyte provided free of charge. A BBQ lunch will be for sale.

Volunteers needed for the following jobs on Little Mt Feathertop Day.

** Timing – we are looking for a timing crew of 2-3 people to ascend Feathertop and stay in Federation Hut the night before the event. This crew will then hike to the top of Feathertop and take all times as participants arrive. Sweeping: There are two jobs available for fit people who would like to be the Sweepers. It is preferred the sweepers have first aid experience and can keep up with the back of packers. Descend and sweep the course at around midday.
** De-Marking: There are two jobs available for fit people who would like to accompany the sweepers and de-mark the course. 8:30am – 12:45pm
** General Marshalls: We need 4 general helpers to lend a hand on the day with various duties. 6am – 8am and / or 11am – 2pm.
** Registration/Check in – 2 people are needed to help handle registrations on the day 6am – 8am

To register your interest in volunteering for the Mt Feathertop day – please contact us on 0415 308 977. SMS or Call or email