Alpine Challenge Course Notes for 36 km Participants and Support Crews

This event will challenge many runners/walkers and they will need to be prepared for all weather conditions. Detailed below are basic course notes for each stage of the event. These should not be used in place of map/compass/GPS to navigate the course. They are a guide only and address some of the more problematic parts of the course and give some idea as to track conditions.

The Alpine Challenge is a mutual support event, it is not a race in the traditional sense; participants must offer assistance to others in distress.

The 36 km course must be completed within 9 hours. It includes 1 major climb that takes place in an exposed Alpine environment that can be subject to sudden and severe changes in weather. Hot sunny days as well as rain, fog, high winds, sleet and snow can occur during November. Hypo and hyperthermia are a serious risk and runners must be prepared for any weather conditions. By entering participants are confirming their ability to read maps and navigate in difficult conditions.

Support: Support crews/pacers/drop bags are not required for the 36 km event.

Mandatory Safety Equipment

Refer to the Mandatory Safety Gear page.

Medical Evacuations are at participants cost

Participants are encouraged to join Air Ambulance Victoria. — ph (03) 9379 9155

Withdrawal due to injury/illness

Injured runners/walkers withdrawing due to illness/injury must be accompanied by a team member to the next closest support station. Withdrawal must be advised to an event organiser.

Cut offs—36 km run/walk—participants must complete the event within 9 hours (5.30 P.M. Saturday) and meet stage cut off times.

Stage 1

Falls Creek Village—Spion Kopje—Warby Corner—24 km

  1. From Slalom Square run down the Bogong High Plains Road to the start of the Packhorse Trail off the carpark on your right. Follow the Packhorse Trail for 5 km until you emerge from the trees on to the road at Howmans Gap.
  2. Cross the carpark and pick up Junction Spur Track, follow this downhill (approx 5 km until it intersects with Spion Kopje Track. Turn right and follow this down to the ford at Rocky Valley Creek—cross with caution.
  3. Proceed up Spion Kopje Fire Track, past the turnoff to Howmans Gap and after passing the Gray Hills track junction, proceed along the aqueduct, crossing where the water is dammed.
  4. Proceed along the fire trail up to Warby Corner.

NB there will be a checkpoint, radio comms, water and first aid at Warby Corner.

Stage 2

Warby Corner—Heathy Spur Track—Dam Wall—9 km

From Warby Corner turn right and continue past Mount Nelse along the Big River fire trail. Just past the signed turnoff to Edmonson Hut, the Heathy Spur Track heads off to the right cross country to Rocky Valley Dam.

Stage 3

Dam Wall—Slalom Plaza—3 km

Where the track meets the road at the dam wall, cross the wall and follow the marked trail along the aqueduct past the Nordic Bowl and Nordic Day Shelter before turning right onto the Last Hoot. Proceed steeply downhill on a grassy surface until you get to the finish at Slalom Plaza.


Course Details

Water is available along the course up to Warby Corner. Limited water is available after that point, where available, it is recommended that it be either filtered or treated.

Water locations
Falls Creek —Spion Kopje F/t—Warby Corner Rocky Valley River, streams, aid station
Warby Corner—Dam Wall Pools
Dam Wall—Falls Creek Aqueduct

Cut Offs—36 km Start 8.30 Saturday

Cut offDist
Warby Cnr   14:00 Sat 24.5 5:30 24.5 +1140 Water-Electrolyte-Fruit-Chips-Chocolate-Sweets
Falls Creek   17:30 Sat 11.5 3:30 36.0    


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