There is a big weekend ahead for Geelong City, with the Mountain to Mouth walk on Friday 9th May and Saturday 10th May, 2014, and the Geelong After Dark Art Festival on Friday May 9th.
What is MtoM or M~M? M~M 2014 is a 24 hour walk that starts at the You Yangs at Lara, and ends at the Barwon Heads river mouth. It is also a great opportunity for people to walk, get fit and experience art and culture along the way.
The walk covers 80 kilometres and is a two day journey that covers 12 stages. Each stage of the journey has significant events happening. For example, at station two, at 2:30pm-3:30pm there is the Gathering of the Elders Ceremony.
The journey starts at the mountain top (You Yangs, Lara) and continues to the city centre, through rural land and beaches. Along the way you can experience the arts at each stage and enjoy local produce.
Also, as part of the M~M weekend, there are lots of events happening in Geelong centre, at the Geelong After Dark event on Friday 9th May.
Stay overnight in Geelong, and continue walking at dawn to the river mouth.
Nest sculpture, Barwon Heads 2009
All funds raised go to the Karingal Foundation for inclusive environmental projects along the M~M pathway.
If you go to the Karingal website you can register for the walk. The Karingal website has information about how to register and also has a description of prices for the walk.
Station 1 or Stage 1 begins Friday 9th May 2014 at Big Rock, You Yangs Regional Park, 5 Branch Road, Lara. Station 1 opens at 1:00pm.
From 2:30pm-3:30pm watch the Gathering of the Elders Ceremony.
The first walk from Big Rock at the You Yangs to the Lara RSL Hall is 12.7km, and will take approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.
The route has 12 stages and the distances vary from 3 kilometres to 14 kilometres in length. I'm not going to outline each stage here. You can view more of the timetable of the walk at the Geelong, Australia website or you can find out more about the timetable at the Karingal website.
Dawn at Barwon Heads, 2009
The walk is divided into 12 stages, separated by 12 Stations where you can rest and refresh. Station opening times can be found on the M~M2014 Timetable.
Wear comfortable clothes, suitable footwear, a protective hat, sunscreen, and bottled water. You may want to bring money to purchase food from vendors along the way.
Drinking water will be available at all Stations. It is recommended that you carry a water bottle and refill it regularly when you get to the stations.