What stuck with me even weeks after this day hike at Bunyip State Park was how I felt standing next to these huge granite boulder formations, known as the Four Brothers Rocks. Of course, these are just pebbles in comparison to many other wonders in the world, but there’s just something about standing next to a mass of granite that reminds me of how small we are, and how powerfully dwarfing nature can be. The feeling of being this tiny micro speck compared to huge mountains and canyons is both frightening and exhilarating at the same time. I can (at least partially) imagine how dizzying would be looking up at K2 or into the Grand Canyon. Maybe one day I’ll find out for myself what that’s like. Probably not K2 though, we recently watched The Summit so it’s been on my mind, but I really don’t think mountaineering is for me at all!
For those unfamiliar with this event, the trail is 100km and you undertake it in teams of 4 over a maximum of 48 hours. The trailwalker event for Melbourne in 2014 followed this route: (start) Jells Park in Wheelers Hill > Churchill National Park > Lysterfield Lake Park > Ferntree Gully Picnic Ground > Olinda Reserve > Graham Colling Reserve > Woori Yallock Primary School > Warburton Golf Club > Wesburn Park (finish).
This is a pretty long read but I wanted to document it mostly for my benefit, so that I don’t ever forget my experience.
Before I begin, I would like to emphasise that despite how it may sound, it was overall a very positive experience for me. I don’t want any of the ‘gruelling’ details that follow to discourage you. To complete this feat is amazing achievement for anyone, and I admire those who have the physical and mental strength to do it year after year. The event itself was run so smoothly and professionally with many fantastic volunteers. If this is something you’ve ever considered doing, you should most definitely give it a go.
Stay tuned for some of our personal reviews on gear that we’ve used. Finding the right piece of gear is essential in making your trip outdoors that little bit more comfortable. So we thought we’d give you our insight into what works, and what doesn’t work for us.