What we're about

The group will be for those that want to to hike, run, ski, scramble, climb and explore Australia's alpine and sub alpine environment with enthusiastic and like minded people. The group can cater to beginners who want to learn more about safely travelling in the mountains and those more experienced people who want to share their skills. Both types and everyone in between is welcome and encouraged to take an active part in this group.

What, Australia doesn't have any mountains worth exploring??? Step into this group to have your illusions shattered. Australia, this ancient and weathered continent still has breathtaking vistas and summits from Tasmania's south west to the Australian Alps to challenge any explorer if you know where to look!

This group will be a major step up from a standard hiking/bushwalking group, this group will cater to those people looking to interact at a higher level of competency, technical skill and experience and the desire to learn, so this will suit people looking to expand their abilities and skills beyond just walking. We will have an active training component for people to improve their skills and experience both technical and leadership using 3rd parties or from internal capabilities.

Ultimately this meetup will be for a group of people that want to share their passion for the mountains and the skills needed to safely travel within this environment with each other. We will be a diverse collection of people that not only want to have fun and great experiences in the outdoors but also look at developing our own fitness, expertise, experience and skills in the mountains of Australia and overseas.

Vision

At its core will be a the view that the safety and training of members and trip leaders are key attributes of the group at the individual and organisational level. We will be seeking to incorporate and acquire insurance and establish training pathways. This is an ethos that has a great importance in mountain travel as the mountains require a depth and breadth of skills and experience to fully enjoy them and stay safe.

Some meetup groups have an unstated commercial purpose, others clearly state their commercial intent. This group will always be a dedicated not for profit group, developed on social enterprise principles. After costs any money will always be returned to improve the skills and development of members of the group, its leaders and trainers.

Sometimes if skills are lacking internally it may be necessary to bring in 3rd party commercial providers to provide training and development for group members, if possible this will be done at cost and hopefully for a discount for group members.

As this is a new group, I am looking for suitably experienced people to help lead trips and contribute to the organisation and development of the group to create not only great adventures but connect amazing people to each other.

Look forward to meeting and connecting with you all.

Regards, Mark

More Information about the group
Policies (https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Mountain-Meetup/messages/boards/)

Organisation Goals (https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Mountain-Meetup/pages/26191467/Organisation_Goals/)

What you can expect (https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Mountain-Meetup/pages/25795767/What_can_I_expect/)

Conditions of Membership (https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Mountain-Meetup/pages/25795739/Conditions_of_Membership/)

Social Media Community Areas
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AustralianMountainMeetup/
(Members Only)

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AustralianMountainMeetup

Sydney Mountain Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Sydney-Mountain-Meetup/

Upcoming events (5+)

Cape Schanck and Bushrangers Bay Hike & Swim - Mountaineers Rest Day - Grade 3

It's hard work, climbing, hiking and scrambling in the mountains in the heat of an Australian summer, so for something different I'll try a beach walk and a lazy day relaxing, sunbathing and swimming in what are supposed to be the best ocean rock pools in Victoria. We'll start at Cape Schanck lighthouse which is about 90 mins drive from Melbourne and walk 3km to the beach which will take about an hour. Take sunscreen, lunch towels etc. I've not been there before so this is exploratory :) More information https://www.weekendnotes.com/bushrangers-bay-walking-trail/ https://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/mornington-peninsula-national-park/things-to-do/bushrangers-bay No Shows - You must manage your RSVP's. No shows are not looked upon favourably in this group No Show Policy (https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Mountain-Meetup/messages/boards/thread/51457830) NOTE: RSVP's close 24 hrs before the start of the trip, people not attending or dropping out will be classed as a "No Show" unless notification is received. Having a recent No Show against your name will disqualify you from most activities. Including this one, your attendance record will be checked. Car Share Policy https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Mountain-Meetup/messages/boards/thread/51445427 Don't forget to join https://www.facebook.com/groups/AustralianMountainMeetup/ Important to know (Please read the links below before RSVPing) Conditions of group membership (https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Mountain-Meetup/pages/25795739/Conditions_of_Membership/) What to expect (https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Mountain-Meetup/pages/25795767/What_can_I_expect/) Waiver of Liability - It is a condition that you agree to the waiver to go on this activity) (https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Mountain-Meetup/pages/25795807/Waiver_of_Liability/) ( It's a good idea to have some reasonably cheap Ambulance Cover as well (http://www.ambulance.vic.gov.au/membership)in case of injury

Alpine Lake Tali Karng Via Wellington River- 36km - Grade 4 Hard - Overnight

Tali Karng is a hidden jewel nestled deep in the mountains of Gippsland, fed by snowmelt waters of the Wellington Plains. The lake is believed to have been formed about 1500 years ago when a massive rock slide collapsed into the valley damming the waters of Nigothoruk Creek above Wellington River. The water runs underground from the lake to emerge as the infant Wellington River 150m below in the Valley of Destruction. The views and landscape of Tali Karng and its surrounds are so magnificent it is easy to appreciate its special cultural significance. With a depth of up to 50 metres and fed by the Snowden and Nigothoruk Creeks and by the melted snow that runs off the Wellington Plains, the water in the lake is very cold. We'll be going up the Wellington river, crossing it around 16 times. Rock hopping all the way. I've not gone up this route before so expect some challenges. After Lake Tali Karng we'll slog up to the Wellington Plains via 2 peaks, Spion Kopje and Mt. Wellington, there may be some minor off trail to get up Spion Kopje but it's a pretty and scenic Alpine plateau once we get out of the trees! This is dependant on organising a car shuffle from the start of the track to the end. This trip is weather dependant and will be cancelled if there is any sign of rain on that weekend due to flood and river level danger. We will be entering high alpine country, amongst other things it can still snow in summer, check the weather and be prepared, as this is summer extreme weather policies apply, Extreme heat, Total Fire Ban, Electrical Storms etc https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Mountain-Meetup/messages/boards/thread/51445424 This trip is not really suitable for beginners and those without overnight experience, it can be quite strenuous as long and hard descents and ascents into the lake are involved so moderate fitness is required. However if you've got some previous experience this is a fantastic trip to start exploring more challenging terrain and environments. Be aware this is in very remote country so getting injured is going to pose a problem getting out of there. This is a long drive (5 hours+) to the start of the track and it's best to leave Friday night and camp at the car park on Friday night to have a good start by 9 a.m on Saturday. I'm happy to car share using the ROC model. I'm based in Carlton. Let me know either in comments or personal message. I can fit 3 people in reasonable comfort. Car Share Policy https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Mountain-Meetup/messages/boards/thread/51445427 Don't forget to join https://www.facebook.com/groups/AustralianMountainMeetup/ β€’ What to bring Refer to the suggested Multi day trip gear list https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Mountain-Meetup/pages/25805130/Gear_-_Multi_Day_Trips_%28Summer_-_Spring_-_Autumn%29 More Information https://kgrahamjourneys.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/awesome-hikes-lake-tali-karng/ http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/alpine-national-park/things-to-do/tali-karng β€’ Important to know (Please read the links below before RSVPing) Conditions of group membership (https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Mountain-Meetup/pages/25795739/Conditions_of_Membership/) What to expect (https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Mountain-Meetup/pages/25795767/What_can_I_expect/) Waiver of Liability - It is a condition that you agree to the waiver to go on this activity) (https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Mountain-Meetup/pages/25795807/Waiver_of_Liability/) ( It's a good idea to have some reasonably cheap Ambulance Cover as well (http://www.ambulance.vic.gov.au/membership)in case of injury

Mountain Meetup 2019 Launch and BBQ - Afternoon Social Event

Studley Park Boathouse

This will be a meet, greet, eat and drink event where you can get to know some people, find out what might be coming up, have some input into what can be arranged within this group and have a relax for a couple of hours by the river. Bring your own BBQ meat, drinks etc or buy from the cafe, feel free to hire the canoes for a paddle or just chill and chat. I'll try and organise some speakers who can recount some of their adventures with the group or around the world and well as other tips people might have when exploring the mountains. If people wish I'll do a bike ride from Rushall station/Piedmonte supermarket in North Fitzroy to the Boathouse via Merri creek bike trail leaving at 1 p.m. Let me know if you want to bike it in to the boathouse from the train station in a personal message or in the comments. Once speakers are confirmed I'll post on this page.

Expressions of Interest - Technical Scrambling & Ropework Workshop

Edinburgh Gardens Skate Park

This workshop is a qualifier for any technical scrambles that are performed in this group i.e those that may require a rope to protect either yourself or your team members. The next Alpine scramble (technical) will be scheduled around late Feb/March. This workshop is a good review of knots and techniques for those with some knowledge and fundamental for anyone considering doing technical climbing, leading and mountaineering, i.e. The sort of stuff that will be occurring in this group. Cross my fingers 😊 My Mt. Buller technical scramble trip demonstrated that people should have a basic set of knowledge to be able to protect themselves and others when engaged in this activity with minimal equipment. Instead of doing this at Buller most of the theory can be done much closer to home. https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/Melbourne-Mountain-Meetup/events/257090648/ The day will be divided into two session 9-12 and 1-5. We'll perform the activities in a nice park. Lunch can be bought at the nearby shops or taken. There will be much to learn and i suspect there will only be time to learn the basic knots and maybe some technique, so I may extend the session to another day, in the field at Buller etc. I will probably limit the workshop to around 6-7 people. I'll need 2 to 3 people min to make it worth my while. What you get: I'll compile a technical scrambling techniques and ropework booklet for people who go on the workshop as your reference. About the organiser: https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Mountain-Meetup/pages/26374113/About_the_Organiser/?_locale=en-AU The theory you need to know to enable safe scrambling. Knots etc: Clove Hitch Munter Hitch Bowline Basket Hitch Overhand EDK (European Death Knot) Larks head Sheet Bend No Knot Slip knot Double Fishermans Tape Knot Figure eight knot (rethreaded & on a bight) Alpine Butterfly Alpine Clutch Friction Knots - Classic Prussik, French Prussik, Klemheist (for slings as well) Coiling Ropes - Backpack Coil, Mountaineers Coil (Long & Short), Kiwi Coil Racking cord and slings (daisy chain and cord bundles) Techniques (If there is time): Improvised Abseil (Dulfersitz and Australian Technique) Improvised backpack rescue using mountaineers coil Improvised sit harness Improvised waist loop (single and double - non constricting) Improvised Belay and friction devices (Using trees, carabiners etc.) Improvised Chest Harness Waist and Shoulder Belays - Improvised top belay Climbing the rope using prussiks Controlled lowers Assisted Hoist and Z drag hoist Safety Lines / Hand Rails, descent and protected traversing techniques Quick pack hauling Basic Simulclimbing and Natural Anchors (Pro & cons) Advanced Knowledge: Building safe anchors, single and double point anchors (e.g No knot) Protected hybrid abseil/safety line anchor Difference and safety considerations between dynamic and static ropes/slings Fall Factors What you need to bring Prussik cord (140cm, 280cm) x 5mm Slings - 140cm, 400 cm Locking Carabiner x 2 Snap Link carabiner x 2 Recommended: Scrambling Rope - 30+ metres (dynamic rope preferred) Requirements (This is tentative - depends what interest there is) 1 - As I am attempting to build some capability within this group for more technical activities and encouraging potential trip leaders for this group I will not be accepting group or event organisers from other meetup groups, clubs or organisations. I don't think my time is best spent investing in other groups capabilities. If you are one of these I will be happy to perform this workshop on a commercial basis. I must be able to see what groups you are affiliated with in your personal meetup profile to enter this activity. 2 - That you have been on at least one activity in this group. Any questions let me know.

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