This was the third time the club has held a camp in Bright although the last time was fifteen years ago. Ninety eight members attended and five grades of walk were available each day. As usual for a big camp there were three walking days followed by a rest day and then three more walking days.
Walks varied from challenging climbs in the high country around Mt Hotham and Mt Buffalo to the valleys and rivers around Bright, Mt Beauty and Myrtleford. One day all grades went to Mt Buffalo, the A walkers walked up on The Big Walk while the others drove up and walked around the Plateau. Recent rains meant the waterfalls were spectacular which provided great settings for morning tea and lunch breaks.
A highlight of the camp was when 25 walkers reached the summit of Mt Feathertop (at 1922 metres, Victoria’s second highest mountain) and were rewarded with uninterrupted 360 degree views in glorious sunshine.
Bright is a bustling town with many bakeries, cafes and souvenir shops to frequent after each day’s walk. The Bright Spring Fair was also on and included an open garden program with several members visiting some of the most picturesque gardens.
The social activities started on the first night with a chicken dinner and happy hour. A happy hour was also held each walking day at 5pm in the local Anglican Hall to recount the day’s adventures and to finalise details for walks on the following day. The camp concluded with a dinner at a local pub on the last night.