Five intrepid mountaineers gathered in the post dawn light contemplating the challenge ahead – the summit of Mt St Leonard. The Beechworth bakery base camp was the venue for assembling gear and a last minute check of supplies for the task ahead. Silent prayers were offered to Saint Leonard, the patron saint of imprisoned people and women in labour. Our prayers were answered when after a mad dash in the Subaru Forester, a twenty minute huff and puff, we were delivered of an impressive view!
|Not a photo of Mt St Leonard.|
We enjoyed the unique perspective of the landscape from the lookout tower, the folds and rises of the Yarra valley, the expanse of the mirror like Port Phillip bay stretching to the horizon, the skyscrapers of Melbourne looking like a tiny toy town. We took some time to record the moment and practise self-timer photos before starting down.
|But this is!|
We walked down through the bracken, tree ferns and the mighty Mountain Ash to join the open sections of the Bicentennial National Trail. Great views down into the valleys and out to the surrounding areas. Lunch time gave us opportunity to look back to where we had descended from – very impressive. More downhill after lunch until we arrived at Donnelley’s Weir. Celebrations all round as we had achieved our lofty goal – the summit of Mt St Leonard and a safe return.