What we're about

This is a social exercise group for anyone with an intermediate to advanced level of health and fitness.

Our hiking is fast with minimal breaks, not ideal for complete beginners but, if you're trying to improve or return to fitness, this may be a good place to be around those at a similar level to you.

If a bit of muddy mountain biking; going all out to get a personal best on a 10km run or a 4 hour, 20km hike with 1000m ascent doesn't scare you... read on!

We won’t be racing each other but, you should be up for breaking a sweat, pushing your own limits (safely) and supporting others in the group.

If you’re short on time and interested in exploring a variety of trails and scenic points of interest around Victoria on foot, bike or kayak this is the group for you.

Events will normally be no more than a 2 hour drive from the CBD, and will usually be 2-6 hours in duration. Most events are held at the weekend but, if you're keen to do mid-week events, let me know (Chris E)

Activities will include parkland and beach walks (dog friendly when possible), challenging hikes, trail running, climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, road cycling and outdoor group fitness training.

As a voluntary group, there are no subscription or event fees for the standard Meetup events. If we are entering a competition where fees apply, you'll be responsible for your own entry fees. (e.g. Oxfam100, Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, Around the Bay (Road Bike Ride), Melbourne Marathon, etc.) If an organiser needs to cover the cost of facilities, equipment hire, transport, etc. it will be clearly described for that event.

Carpooling is encouraged. When you join an event, please post a group comment if you are able to share a ride with others. We recommend the driver and passengers agree a public place to pick up and drop off at. Passengers should pay the driver before the start of the event. Rates should be $0.30 per KM from pick up to drop off, divided by the number of passengers (including the driver)

Participation in any of our events is entirely at your own risk. Organisers and event hosts will not be held responsible. If you have any questions about an event, contact the host before attending.

If you are interested in organising an event, or assisting an event organiser, please send me a private message.

Looking forward to exploring the outdoors with you all, and having a laugh along the way!

RULES

This group is for healthy, responsible, adult members (and their guests and dogs) only.

Not turning up when you've booked an event will have you removed from the group. Genuine cancellations are fine. Simply update your RSVP to 'Not Going'. If there's less than 24 hours to the start time, please also message the organiser.

If you book a place on simultaneous events and/or drop out at short notice more than once, event hosts will have the right to offer your place to other members, at their own discretion.

Promotional activity, without prior consent from the Group Owner, will have you removed from the group.

Any antisocial behaviour will have you removed from the group permanently.

By attending any event you are agreeing to the terms of our Waiver and Release;

GROUP EXERCISE WAIVER AND RELEASE

By attending an event hosted by the organisers of Melbourne Outdoor Fitness, you are enrolling in a voluntary fitness event that comes with numerous risks and requires a good level of health and fitness to participate.

You recognise that the event may involve strenuous physical activity including, but not limited to, muscle strength and endurance training, cardiovascular conditioning and training, and other various fitness activities. You affirm that you are in good physical condition and do not suffer from any known disability or condition which would prevent or otherwise limit your full participation in this physical event.

In addition, you are fully aware of the risks and hazards connected with the participation in the event including, but not limited to, physical injury or even death. Often, these events take place in adverse weather conditions, river crossings are common, slippery surfaces and trip hazards are unavoidable and there can be events that have a risk of falling from heights.

You elect to voluntarily participate in this event knowing that the associated physical activity may be hazardous to yourself, your guests, your pets and/or your property.

YOU VOLUNTARILY ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY RISKS OR LOSS, PROPERTY DAMAGE, OR PERSONAL INJURY, INCLUDING DEATH, THAT MAY BE SUSTAINED, OR LOSS OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY OWNED BY YOU, AS A RESULT OF PARTICIPATION IN THIS EVENT.

You release, waive, discharge, and covenant not to sue the organisers and/or any of its volunteers, and/or participants from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, and causes of action whatsoever arising out of or related to any loss, damage, or injury (including, but not limited to, death) that may be sustained by you, or to any property belonging to you, while participating in this event, or while on or upon the journey where the event is being conducted including, but not limited to, any claims arising under negligence.

It is your expressed intent that this waiver and release shall bind any and all members of your family including, but not limited to, spouse and heirs, assigns, and personal representatives. It is also your expressed intent that this waiver and release shall also be deemed a full release, waiver, discharge, and covenant not to sue insofar as my aforementioned family members, heirs, assigns, and personal representatives are concerned.

By attending any of this group's events, you acknowledge and represent that you have read and understand the foregoing WaiverandRelease, and agree to it voluntarily as your own free act and deed.

WE STRONGLY SUGGEST YOU GET AMBULANCE COVER or CHECK THAT YOUR EXISTING COVER IS VALID AND INCLUDES AIR AMBULANCE

Upcoming events (5+)

Spartan Race @ Melbourne MCG | 5km | 20 Obstacles

Come and join us for a bit of fun, as we complete the World’s #1 obstacle course SPARTAN. Team name is: Get Hooked Fitness We are in the MEL OPEN SPRINT 9:40am wave on Saturday 7th Dec Entry fees apply (approx. $119 including booking fees and insurance) You will need to go to the Spartan website and register. More details here: https://www.spartanrace.com.au/ This is relatively simple compared to the bigger Spartan events. This is the city sprint, a 5km run with only 20 obstacles. We’ll be starting at 9:40am but, need to be there at least an hour before. We’ll be arriving by train, meeting near Richmond Station. The Spartan Sprint: This is the shortest distance. It is perfect for athletes of all levels; from Spartan first timers to seasoned racers. The 5km Sprint may be the shortest distance but it packs more than 20 Signature Spartan Obstacles. If you think you can’t do it, you’re wrong. Get to the starting line and show yourself what you are capable of. The Melbourne City Sprint is the perfect opportunity to conquer a real challenge and commit yourself to #BeMore Spartan in 2019. Featuring and epic festival area and 20 epic Spartan obstacles over a 5k course, dropped right outside the ‘G, this will be the 5k like you’ve never seen it before! Smash this one out and you’re guaranteed to understand what it means to race like a Spartan. This year’s all about committing to bigger challenges, pushing yourself further, and striving to #BeMore Spartan in every way! So, get your mates together, join our team, and find out what it means to be part of the Spartan community at the Melbourne City Sprint!. The City Sprint will include all the feature Spartan Sprint obstacles such as the Spear Throw, the Hercules Hoist, the Rings, and so much more. You'll find yourself climbing, crawling, jumping, and swinging over, under, and through some of the best obstacles in the world. If you're thinking this is a whole new level from your usual fun run or 5k, then don't stress! The Urban Sprint is an entry into the world of Spartan, and the course has been designed so that anyone can run it. Jump on the train and come and join us as we swap the Saturday morning hangover for a new kind of challenge. If you're joining our team we expect some decent costumes! There'll be the usual DJ & epic speaker setup on site, as well as a bunch of top notch food trucks and other activations waiting for you in the Festival area. End the Spartan season with a bang at the epic 5k Sprint in the heart of Melbourne, grab a badass 2019 Sprint medal, and, if you've been joining us throughout the year, grab the missing piece of your Trifecta! Don’t forget, prices will rise as we get closer to the event so get in early to lock down your preferred start time and save the $$$ AROO More details here: https://www.spartanrace.com.au/

Oxfam Training - Checkpoint 2 to 3 loop | Grade 5 | 19km | 5-6km/h

This section is the most difficult Grade 5 section of the Oxfam trail. We meet in Olinda at Pie In the Sky. We take a slightly more direct route toward the 1000 steps cafe via some road sections and trails. This 8.3km section will involve 575m of descending. Once we arrive at the 1000 steps cafe, we will take a short 15 minute break, before we follow the Oxfam trail back to Olinda. We will be taking the Lyrebird Track up to One Tree Hill car park. From there we will continue along lots of great hiking tracks with around 760m of climb. We will arrive back at the Olinda Recreation Reserve, which is one of the checkpoints for Oxfam event day. Total Elevation Change: 964m This is the most difficult section of the Oxfam Trailwalker 100km, therefore we suggest you have a good level of fitness as we are aiming for an average pace of around 5-6km per hour. We understand that hills will be completed at a slower pace, but we will make up time by increasing the pace on the easier, flat sections. If you're not accustomed to a fast walking pace, be prepared to jog a little in order to catch up from time to time. I'm planning on putting together a team for next years event with a target pace to complete 100km in approximately 24 to 26 hours. Register your interest for this team by joining the various Oxfam training walks. Preference will be given to members that have registered interest in the Oxfam event. I will be collecting gold coin donations that will go directly towards the Oxfam charity. GROUP EXERCISE WAIVER AND RELEASE By attending an event hosted by the organisers of Melbourne Outdoor Fitness, you are enrolling in a voluntary fitness event that comes with numerous risks and requires a good level of fitness to participate. YOU VOLUNTARILY ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY RISKS OR LOSS, PROPERTY DAMAGE, OR PERSONAL INJURY, INCLUDING DEATH, THAT MAY BE SUSTAINED, OR LOSS OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY OWNED BY YOU, AS A RESULT OF PARTICIPATION IN THIS EVENT. It is your responsibility to ensure you have up to date ambulance cover, private health insurance and personal injury insurance’s.

End of year social: Casual Walk to Moon Dog World Brewery

East Camberwell Station

Celebrate the holiday season with a relaxed walk and a visit to Moon Dog World Brewery. Bring your best banter and have some fun. A chance to recount stories of tough hikes, water crossings, leeches, insane climbs or sketchy mountain biking near misses. There are 3 options to choose from Option 1: Around 2 hours walk / 11.2 km Meet at East Camberwell Station at 9:15am. Follow the Anniversary Outer Circle Trail until Park Cresc, then turn right. Follow this trail North until you meet where the Main Yarra Trail meets Darebin Creek Trail. Follow this all the way to Moon Dog World brewery. Google Maps Route here: https://goo.gl/maps/HH4xz1MD7SnJY6Vp6 Option 2 (un-hosted, but you may see us walking past): Around 40 minutes / 3.6km Arrive at Alphington Station at 10:45am Walk along Darebin Creek Trail. https://goo.gl/maps/AtNAxpmWU7NvkeBA6 Option 3: Meet at Moon Dog World at 11:30am. (Note there are two Moon Dog Breweries, and we're meeting at Moon Dog World in Preston!) There are currently no bookings, so the aim is arrive early and grab some tables close together in one area. Quote your table number and order at the bar. Do not use the table service as they hold a credit card and ID which is inconvenient with a large group. The nearest public transport from Moon Dog World is Bell Station in Preston, about 35 mins walk.

Hill Climb Mt Juliet 8.5km, 900m climb VERY HARD Grade 4

Fernshaw Picnic Ground

VERY HARD!!! It’s a nasty trail between Warburton and Fernshaw. This’ll be a test of your fitness. I'll be repeating it 3-4 per year to see how my fitness is progressing, you're welcome to join me at your own risk. Mount Juliet is among the highest peaks in the Yarra Ranges region, with a very steep single track leading to the 1120m summit. The highest summit in the park is nearby Mt Donna Buang at 1223m. You won't see it. Mt Juliet is one of several trigonometric cairns remaining from the original Geodetic Survey of Victoria. The summit climb is among the most difficult in the Ranges, with a rise in altitude from 211m to 1120m, with the final section over rocks, fallen trees, slippery mud and parts of the trail may be over grown. No views and very little reward when you reach the top. Only about 4km long and we’ll come back the same way we went up. The last km may force you on your hands and knees. There may be leaches. This is not for the feint hearted. You may be on your own at times if the group spreads out. There no chance of getting lost though. Go at your own pace. Bring food, drink, first aid kit, hiking shoes. NO RUNNING SHOES you’ll needs lots of grip. You are responsible for your own saftey and actions on this climb.

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