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+)

Hike Lerderderg River Loop 27km | 1000m ascent | 5.5 hours + a few stops | Hard

This is a fitness challenge, not your average hike. It's got crazy descents, lots of climbs, ridge line rock scrambles, river crossings, fallen trees, rock wall scaling, sheer drops and collapsed trails. We'll be going at a fast pace, you'll need either experience of fast hiking or a very good level of fitness for this event. This will suit runners that want a low impact alternative workout, and hikers that are normally at the front of the pack on standard hikes. There's a technical decent at the start that might force you to slide down on your butt, there's a good chance of getting minor cuts and bruises, and at least one (knee high) river crossing, be prepared to strip, or get wet feet. The majority of the hike will be at a fast walking pace (6km/h) along clearly defined trails. Hill climbs will be treated as a race to the top but, we will pause to regroup at each summit and trail intersection. There is a ridge line scramble and a steep, rocky climb. Moving time should be a maximum of 5 1/2 hours, 30 mins for lunch and, to allow for stops expect an additional hour, 7 hours in total. Don't go making plans for soon after the finish time, it could blow out a bit. You'll get high-fives if we finish in under 6 hours. 3 months ago we did this in 6h15m, hopefully you’re willing to beat that. Bring snacks and a minimum 2L of hydration, we will stop for a short lunch break at about 1pm. You'll need good grip and balance. Trail runners or hiking boots and hiking poles are recommended. Please DO NOT turn up in standard running shoes or street wear. (Or sandals) Check the weather conditions and come with all the necessary gear. If you're not sure what's needed or you have any questions, message me. Carpooling is encouraged, I can offer 3 spare seats. Don't trust your cars GPS, it might send you off-roading. Ensure you enter O'Brien Road via Greendale-Trentham Road. (NOT Bacchus Marsh Road) 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.

Beach Walk (Ricketts Point to Sandringham Jetty) | 15km | FAST!!!

Rickett's Point Beachside Cafe

$2.00

Join me for a very fast-paced walk along the Bay Trail whilst we watch the sunset during our walk and of course enjoy some great banter. I am expecting to be finished in less than 3 hours with a short stop before we return to our cars from the Sandringham Jetty. There will be no running at the front but, slower people will need to jog to catch up if left behind. Fingers Crossed for some beautiful weather, however the walk will still proceed rain, hail or sunshine. What to bring: Torch/Head torch Weatherproof jacket Wear running gear rather than hiking gear Water Snacks $2 Donation for Oxfam Fundraising 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.

Walk/Hike - Ada Tree Circuit (Noojee) | ~25km | FAST!!

Starlings Gap campground

$2.00

We will start at the Starling Gap Campground and make our way to the Ada Tree, where we will extend the walk to create a bit of a loop before heading back towards our starting point. This is classified as a level 3 difficulty rating according to Trail Hiking Australia. It is suggested you have a reasonable level of fitness as we are aiming for an average pace of 6km per hour. This will be completed in less than 5 hours including stops. What to bring: Weatherproof jacket Water Snacks Hiking Poles $2 Donation for Oxfam Trailwalker Teams 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.

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

Fernshaw Picnic Ground

$2.00

The $2 fee is an optional donation for our charity fundraiser events. VERY HARD TRAIL!!! Experienced hikers and runners only. 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 8-9km long and we’ll come back the same way we went up. The last km before the summit may force you on your hands and knees. You'll probably get quite dirty and you'll probably fall over at times. 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. WHAT TO BRING: A towel and change of clothing, as you may need to carpool NO RUNNING SHOES you’ll needs lots of grip. Grippy, hiking boots or shoes Weatherproof jacket Water (1-2 litres) ideally NOT hand held Light Snacks, there will NOT be a lunch stop during the event Hiking Poles if you have them Salt for leech removal $2 Donation for Oxfam Trailwalker Teams (OPTIONAL) LOCATION The meeting point is NOT at the start of the trail. Parking at the trail entrance is limited; we will need to carpool for approx. 1.5km in the most appropriate vehicles. You may be asked to volunteer a lift to and from the trail entrance. 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.

Past Events

FAST NIGHT HIKE | Sherbrooke Forest Loop | 16km

Needs a location

$2.00

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