Pyrenees Endurance Trail
NOTE: Please read the sections Should you Participate, Social Distancing and Good Hygiene and Transport before booking into this walk.
Distance: 22 kms
The Pyrenees Walking Trail is also known as the Pyrenees Endurance Walk. A long, strenuous walk through a pleasant variety of timbered forests, traversing the Pyrenees Range from west to east. The Pyrenees is also home to one of Victoria’s premier wine regions. A visit to a local winery will be in order after our hike.
The leader will provide details of when and where to meet once your booking has been approved.
Firstly, we drive for about ten minutes to the end point of the hike, which is Waterfall Picnic Ground. We aim to leave a number of cars there. We then drive for about 30 minutes to Cameron’s Track Campground. We leave one of the cars here with all of our camping gear. We then drive for another 25 minutes or so to the start of the hike at the corner of Hankin Track and Glenlofty-Warrenmang Road.
We will hike approximately 11 kilometres on the Saturday. You will need to ensure you have plenty of water, as the hike is supposedly quite tough. Please BRING TORCHES, IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT WE FINISH IN THE DARK.
We aim to arrive at Cameron’s Track Campground around 5 pm. We then set up our tents, and have dinner and a cold beer. The camping ground is very pleasant. There is a nice grassy hill for setting up tents, a sheltered area for cooking and eating as well as good toilet facilities (take your own toilet paper as it does tend to run out!).
This event takes place in May, so expect the night to be cold. We will have firewood and an open fire in the evening.
The next day will commence early; my preference is a dawn hike with a 7 am start. No real reason for this other than that a dawn hike is fun, and the refreshing cool will be pleasant to hike in.
Again, another 11 ks or so, and we should be finished around 4 hours after we start.
Please bring your lunch on Saturday, one dinner and one breakfast. Snacks should be enough to tide you over for Sunday as we expect to finish early afternoon. As this is a base camp, you can bring what you like for food!
You’ll also need to carry water – around four litres. There is a water tank at our camp site for the Saturday night, but I am unclear if water will be available. Regardless, we can leave as much water as we like in the car.
Should you Participate?
We need to follow all state government guidelines regarding COVID-19, hence if you are required to be in quarantine or isolation, live in a restricted postcode (if and when designated by state government) or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms including the following, you should NOT be doing this walk:
- Loss or change in sense of smell or taste
- Chills or sweats
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Runny nose
- In certain circumstances headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea may also be considered.
If you or anyone in your household feels sick in any way, please cancel. If you become unwell during the walk please notify your Leader immediately.
If you are in a high risk category, including being elderly or having a pre-existing medical condition, you should consider carefully whether you participate as the Club will accept no liability if you choose to participate.
Refer also to the Victoria state government Coronavirus page
Social Distancing and Good Hygiene
Before, during and after the walk, please practice social distancing and good hygiene to minimise the risk of infection:
• Carry a mask and wear it when required by the state government.
• Maintain a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and other walkers.
• Do not share food / water / equipment, or shake hands.
• Use tissues and do not dispose of these in the bush. Carry a plastic bag for disposing of tissues.
• Cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow.
• Wash hands or use sanitiser after contact with shared surfaces, e.g. gates, fences, benches, petrol pumps.
If you are not able to practice good hygiene your Leader will ask you to leave the walk.
Transport to and from the walk location is by car. The park is a good 2.5 hour drive from Melbourne via the Princes Freeway.
Please indicate your transport requirements and preferences on the booking request form when you book in.
If you don’t have a car, we can’t guarantee to provide you with a lift – this will depend on available drivers and their locations.
Drivers can choose whether they wish to take passengers or not. To maintain physical distancing, it is recommended you take no more than 1 passenger, unless you are taking family members or persons from your household.
For drivers who agree to accept a passenger, the Victorian State Government guidelines during Victoria’s CovidSafe Summer restrictions are:
You can have passengers in your car. Where possible:
- your passenger should sit in the back seat in order to maintain physical distancing
- all passengers should wear a fitted face mask in the car unless you have a lawful exemption
- increase ventilation in the vehicle by opening windows wherever possible. Avoid having air-conditioning on recirculate
- high touch surfaces in the vehicle should be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
Passengers must pay the driver their share of car-pooling costs as described on the Car-pooling page. Please bring cash for this purpose.
Booking is required for this walk. The Leader will confirm your acceptance on the walk, or not, via email. The leader will provide details of where and when to meet.
If you need to cancel, please advise the leader as soon as possible, so that someone else has the opportunity.
Members: free. Non-members: $10.
To avoid handling cash, non-members are required to pre-pay their booking fee.
Unless there are exceptional circumstances (e.g. you need to cancel because you are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms), there will be no refunds.
So please do not book unless you are fully committed to walking.
Payment by Paypal or card is the quickest method, but if you choose to pay by EFT please follow the instruction to email the Treasurer with your payment details.
What to bring
• Hand Sanitiser
• Face Mask
• Day pack
• Sufficient water for each day (2 litres, more on hot summer days)
• Lunch and snacks for each hike as specified in the walk description above
• Hat, sun screen
• Suitable outdoor clothing (no jeans/sneakers!)
• Rainwear & warm jacket
• Proper walking shoes/boots
• Full camping gear and food for the overnight camp
Refer to our Gear Checklist page, or discuss with your leader, for more details. If you are not properly equipped, the walk leader can decide not to let you participate on this walk.
Still have questions?
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May 15, 2021 11:00 am
May 16, 2021 12:00 pm