Just another post on that old chestnut – campfires. It’s all been said before. CliffCare and Friends of Arapiles as well as many members of the climbing community are working together to try and get the information out there. This recent campfire was discovered last week at the Good Morning Arapiles boulder. Quite a large and recent campfire as well as a half burnt log which I can only assume was removed from the campfire at the end of the evening. Signage is at the campground. But best it be said again. Campfires at Mt Arapiles are:
Only allowed in the actual campground.
Only allowed in the campground and in the official metal fireplaces
Only allowed between 1st May and 31st October. (No fires between 1st Nov & 30th April)
Firewood collection is not allowed in the park.
Put a jacket on if you are cold.
Various reasons as to why – the main one being environmental impact. Especially so in an isolated park such as Mt Arapiles. At this point in time, people are still allowed to have campfires, albeit in the campground. It would be great if this could continue but if the incidences of campfires around the park continues to grow, we could find ourselves out of luck.
There have been numerous posts on this. A couple that I can link to immediately:
As noted in the previous blog post, the planting took place on Saturday 11th and Tues 14th June. On Saturday, members of the climbing community and park users turned up at the Pines Campground to put the callitris glaucophylla in the ground. VCC member Ollie Sherlock who originally gathered the seed from around the Plaque wall area and grew the plants, was also in attendance. Many thanks to Louise Shepherd from Friends of Arapiles and Zoe Wilkinson from Parks Victoria who directed proceedings on the morning and with the perfect weather also turning up, it made for a great event. Huge thanks to all the volunteers, those who emailed me in response to the call out and those who read the posters and just rocked up. This project is a collaboration between CliffCare/VCC, Friends of Arapiles and Parks Victoria.
On Tuesday, the young kids of the area who attend the Bush Kinder helped to plant the remaining 8 trees in the Pharos Gully track area. Some were used around the newly rehabbed area to the right of the main track and others were used along the main track to help define the track line. Another fine weather day and the kids loved having a dig, hammering a stake and watering the young plants. Thanks to Jane Wilkinson, her assistants and all the lovely kids from the Bush Kinder. I certainly enjoyed it as much as they appeared to also!
These pines are indigenous to the area and whilst they do take a while to mature, they are the first of a number of plantings that will be occurring in the campground and surrounds.
If you camp at Arapiles and usually have left over water when you leave, take the opportunity to give the plants a water by using your leftovers
Ollie Sherlock with one of the plants he grew. About to be released
Youngest volunteer Max
Campground users happy to dig in.
Local climbers Louise Shepherd, Kieran Loughran and Rox enjoying the crisp air, a shovel and dirt. Louise manages Friends Of Arapiles.
Louise and Rox up near D Minor Pinnacle
Adam Demmert near D Minor Pinnacle
Bush Kinder and Louise Shepherd
Planting in the young trees
A touch of water
Everyone got to have a go at digging, planting, watering and bashing in stakes!
Central Gully Walking Track Repair Project kicked off at Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park on Saturday, 7th May. Walter Braun, legendary stone mason, guided a small team of volunteers from the Victorian Climbing Club / CliffCare and Friends of Arapiles in the first stages of this partnership project with Parks Victoria. It will take quite a few more working bees over the next couple of years and some more fundraising but we are confident that the end result will be as magnificent as the Pharos Gully track which was recently completed by the same groups at the park. On this first work day, a temporary access track for the power wheel barrow to ferry supplies was established. The Central Gully walking track remains open whilst the works are undertaken. Please continue to use the old track and stay off the temporary access track. You can help be donating to either Friends of Arapiles which has a donation box near the Pines campground toilets or online at Cliffcare herehttps://www.givenow.com.au/cliffcare/donate?step=e1s1or volunteering for a working bee – firstname.lastname@example.org Follow the project and updates via cliffcare.org.au and Facebook CliffCare Victoria.
I know many of you have hauled a rock or two or even three. I know your forearms burned and your biceps felt like they would burst. And you thought to yourselves – not another working bee! When will this track ever be finished. And now it is! All good projects must have a good official opening. So on Saturday 6th June, we will be toasting the project and all involved. Come along to the Pharos Gully carpark where we will cut the climbers sling, have a drink, eat some cake and mutter a few words of big thanks to all involved.
Walter Braun, Stonemason,fitting the last rock in place.
Approximately 6 years down the line from the start of the project, the final rocks were put in place, and the Pharos Gully Track is now complete. This was a mammoth undertaking in a collaboration between CliffCare, Friends of Arapiles and Parks Victoria. Our artist in residence – anyone who has seen and walked the track will know what I mean – was Walter Braun. Walter is a climber and stonemason whom we employed to build the track. The rocks, of which the majority we had to bring onto the site were carried over the years by well over 1000 people. CliffCare and the Victorian Climbing Club would like to take this opportunity to thank Walter for his amazing work and to all the volunteers who believed the speel of ‘Take your training to a new level. Haul a rock’. We love you all and can’t thank you and your muscles enough. Peter Hawker the ranger at the park was also an integral part of this project and helped in whatever way he could along the way. Huge thanks also to our fellow collaborators – Friends of Arapiles and Parks Victoria. One word people. Teamwork.
I will have another article soon on the project, that gives a little more detail on project costs, volunteer hours and project timeline. Along with pictures along the years. Stay tuned.
Walter, and Peter who was also on hand to move a few rocks on the last day.
Walter explaining how large the fish was that got away. That or the size of the rock he needs Peter to haul for him. Actually, I think he may be crux miming.
Thanks to Acacia Rose and Peter from K7 Adventures for being on hand to take the photographic evidence of finished project.