Summit: Mt Painter
Date Completed: 8 September 2013
Accompanied by: Solo
Notes: It was time to do the first of what will hopefully be many, many hundreds of Mt Painter summits in my lifetime.
Mt Painter is a stones throw from my new home and it offers some great trail running options up to the summit. Awesome views to the Tidbinbilla and Brindabella Ranges to the south-west and the sun rising up over Black Mountain to the north-east.
I ran from my doorstep, along the Bindubi Street cycle path, under Bindubi and along the Cook fire trail before jumping on the summit trail. I stopped at the top to enjoy the views and catch my breath before going off trail to find the simplest line back to Bindubi Street. Once i was back on the Aranda side I cruised through the Aranda bushland for a while, very excited about all the trail running to be done in this area.
A really interesting thing to note about Mt Painter is that the Bicentennial National Trail (BNT) runs along the base of the mountain. The BNT is a walking / pack horse trail which runs 5,330km from Cooktown, QLD to Healesville, VIC along the Great Dividing Range. It is so inspiring to me that this trail quite literally runs past my doorstep. I’ve always envied people who live near the Appalachian Trail (AT) in the US but I live on the BNT, Australias own AT.
This is what the Backyard Project is all about!
I’ve also had alot of interest from friends who want to get involved in the BSP. One mate in particular emailed saying he would like to come along and explore the Brindies. This made me really happy and inspired and i hope to get more people involved whenever i can.
I was running, give me a break!