Vertical Sky12 – Schedule of Events

The Course – Vertical Sky 12k

Date: Friday 8th April 2016

The Buffalo Stampede Vertical Sky 12 course takes runners on a tough 12.5km  challenge taking in the unique scenery of Mt Porepunkah which overlooks Bright township. Starting in the picturesque and welcoming township of Bright at the foothills of some of Australia’s most impressive mountains, the Vertical Sky12 covers well known climbs such as “The Zapper” and climbs up telegraph spur. Runners finish back in the centre of Brights Howitt Park with the sound of cowbells and excited spectators cheering them on.

Buffalo Stampede 2015, Ultra Trail Run VIC

Buffalo Stampede 2015, Bright VIC

la sportiva line


Distance: 12.5km
Ascent: 1106m
Descent: 1106m

la sportiva line


la sportiva line

Course Description

This course is fully marked – well marked! We do not want to loose you more than you don’t want to get lost!!

Leg 1: Bright to Mt Porepunkah

Runners leave the start chute in Howitt Park and take a left after 100m – cross the Ovens River and take a sharp left onto the Canyon Walk. Runners then travel along a further 800m and turn right – cross a grassy paddock and cross Back Porepunkah Rd. Runners then pick up the 4WD track which meanders along the hillside before turning right and ascending steeply for approx 800m. At the top of this hill runners turn right on to Briggs Rd and follow this down to Quins Gap. At Quins Gap runners turn left onto Quins Gap Rd (becomes Roberts Creek Rd). 1.6km after Quins Gap runners cross a bridge and turn right onto “Spots Track”. Runners then do a dog leg – left then right and begin their climb up Telegraph Spur – aka – “the Zapper”. Runners then pop out onto the trail just below Mt Porepunkah and make their way (right) to the summit fire tower.

Distance: 12.5km
Elevation: 1106m


You do not need to remember this – the course will be marked “line of sight”. You will be shown your course markers before you start on Friday at the race briefing.

Aid Stations are at:

Mt Porepunkah Summit – 12.5km and up to 4 hours.


guded course tour

Friday 8th April 2016.

7am Check In Starts for Vertical Sky12 and Sky26er.
7:55am Check in finishes for Vertical Sky12 and Sky26er.
7:55am Race Briefing for Sky26er and Vertical Sky12 (Howitt Park – compulsory)
8am Sky26er and Vertical Sky12 Starts (Howitt Park)
10:30am Buses start to depart from Mt Porepunkah to the event hub. 10:30am – 12:30pm.
12noon Vertical Sky12 Course Closes

5:15pm Prize & Medal Presentation – Vertical Sky12, Sky26er, Kids SkySprint 4.5k and Kids SkySprint 1.5k

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