Mt Hotham - Day 3 - Monday 31st October 2022

Distance: 15km
Elevation Gain: 1867m
Maps: COURSE MAP is HERE
GPX FILEDownload HERE
Where to start: At Tabare Park, Harrietville.

This is the same start as the Feathertop – Day 2 event.

On the day Registration: opens 6.15am

Toilets: Public toilet on otherside of footbridge, Portaloos.

Services: A coffee van will be open from 6.30am outside Mountain View Retreat just across the footbridge from the Race HQ.

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. 

Updated list of mandatory gear found here

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. 

We will also be implementing COVID-Safe protocols which will change the way the start works.

Participants can self select start time from 7am- 8am at 5min intervals.

Please note if you are a very competitive athlete, and want to be eligible overall titles, you will need to start in the final 8am start

Start Period 1: 7-7.30am – Walkers
Start Period 2: 7.30-8am – Runners

Participants are required to check in at the start line and will have their number recorded as they start.

The Course: Starting in Harrietville, participants leave the Tabare Park cross the Ovens River and proceed up Bon Accord Track, this trail follows the river for approx 6km and then leaves the river and climbs steeply up Bon Accord Spur to the Bon Accord Hut Ruins. There is another steep climb until you finally pass the treeline and onth The Razorback and then a further undulating kilometre to the finish at Diamantina Hut.

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

Aid along the way: There is NO AID on the course for the Mt Hotham 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.

Finish: The finish time is taken at Diamantina Hut site, prior to reaching the road. Please be careful when crossing the road to the Diamatina Hut, or when meeting your supports or shuttle bus. 


At the Finish: At Diamantina Hut there will be water and fruit available some aid to sustain you for a return trip.

A shuttle bus from the finish line at Diamantina Hut back to the starting line at Harrietville. Tickets can be purchased from here prior to the event. 

Please note, this is a 90 minute round trip minimum. Where possible, please car pool and offer rides back down to anybody in need to ensure everybody gets home as promptly and safely as possible.

Driving - There are several sections of roadwork on the Alpine Highway between Harrietville and Mt Hotham Day 3 finish. Please take care on the drive and be aware the drive will take longer than usual.

Parking- If you are being met by family or friends at the Day 3 finish near Diamantina Hut, we request drivers travel past the finish and turn around at the Mt Lock Carpark before heading back downhill and parking on the South side of the road. Conducting a U-turn directly at the Diamantina Hut site is dangerous and not worth attempting just to save a few minutes driving.
Please obey the parking signs, and be courteous of any other public using this area.

Volunteers needed for the following jobs on Mt Hotham Day.

  • 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. Midday til around 2pm.

  • General Marshalls: We need 4 general helpers to lend a hand on the day with various duties. 7am – 9am and / or 11am – 2pm.

  • Registration/Check in – 2 people are needed to help handle registrations on the day 7am – 9am

To register your interest in volunteering for the Mt Buffalo day – please contact us on 0403296516 SMS or Call or email hello@trailrunninggippsland.com.au

MAP of Hotham – click for larger version

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Next day
Mystic Hill - Day 4 -
Tuesday 1st November 2022