Alpine Walkers 2018
Congratulations to our 2018 Alpine Walkers.
We are still waiting on confirmation from our final walker.
Come back soon to see photos of their lovely faces and find out how you can support their fundraising efforts!
The Alpine Walk
The Alpine Walk is a major event and fundraiser for Wollangarra and Mittagundi that occurs in the Easter school holidays each year. The walk is a huge and exciting undertaking, winding through some of Victoria’s most rugged and remote high country.
Five special young people are selected from Wollangarra and five from Mittagundi to take part in the walk, as well as a leader from each organisation. The young people selected have shown considerable support, enthusiasm and passion for Wollangarra or Mittagundi and have demonstrated their leadership and resilience capabilities on successive programs over the year preceding. Young people who take part in the Alpine Walk have a unique opportunity to grow and develop as young leaders and experience powerful personal growth.
This unique fundraising event will see them hike over 150 km through the Alpine National Park from Macalister Springs to Mittagundi (or vice versa). Over eleven days, these young people will hike over the Crosscut Saw, Mt Buggery, Mt Speculation, Mt Despair, the Razor, the Viking, through the Barry Range, over Mt Selwyn, Mt Murray, Mt Hotham, across the Bogong High Plains to Mt Nelse and finally down to Mittagundi. The country is difficult to navigate, unpredictable and unforgiving. At any time of the year a lovely sunny day can quickly turn into a freezing snowstorm.
Their packs weigh well over 20 kg and contain everything they need to live in an alpine environment for an extended period, including clothing, sleeping bags, tents, cooking gear, first aid supplies, food and water.
The young people who are selected not only have the physical challenge of this enormous hike and all the preparation involved, but also need to raise as much money as they can for Wollangarra.
Part of Wollangarra’s objective is to allow young people who couldn’t otherwise afford to come on an outdoor program to experience Victoria’s mountains and get involved in looking after them. The money the Alpine Walkers raise from undertaking the Alpine Walk goes directly towards sponsoring other young people to come and be a part of our program, as well as helping Wollangarra and Mittagundi cover the initial cost of the Alpine Walk for the following year.
So, please support our young people as they attempt to support others in the community. Donate today!