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GENERAL MEETING8 pm Wednesday 21 October 2015
Paddling Beaver Creek, AlaskaPresenter: Mike Bremers
In August 2014, Mike Bremers and friends undertook a 25 day canoe trip down Beaver Creek in remote central Alaska. The journey was at a re-
laxed pace but involved some nervous moments. At the October General Meeting Mike will talk about his experiences.
The hall, Hughes Baptist Church,
32–34 Groom Street, Hughes
In this issue2 Canberra Bushwalking
Club Committee2 President’s prattle2 WalksWaffle3 TrainingTrifles3 Membership matters3 AGM 2014–15 reports
President’s report4 Walk Secretary’s report6 New allergy induced by
tick bites6 Totally Topo!6 Bulletin Board6 What to take in your
lunch pack for a summer’s day bushwalk – 1950s style
7 Activity program7 Wednesday walks12 CBC Xmas Party16 Feeling literary?
21 October General meeting
28 October Committee meeting
28 October Submissions close for November it
Canberra Bushwalking Club Inc GPO Box 160 Canberra ACT 2601
www.canberrabushwalkingclub.orgVolume: 51Number: 9October 2015
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Also some leaders of walks in the current and next month will be on hand with maps to answer your questions and show you walk routes etc
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Canberra Bushwalking Club Committee
President: Lorraine Tomli[email protected] 0456 or 0434 078 496
Treasurer: Julie Anne [email protected] 118 359
Walks Secretary: John E[email protected] 7235 or 0417 436 877
General Secretary: Cynthia Coppo[email protected] 266 501 or 6270 9010(w)
Membership Secretary: Roger [email protected] 7863
Training and Safety Officer: David [email protected] 222 154
Conservation Officer: Cynthia [email protected] 071 203
Web Manager: David [email protected] 3479
Editor: Alison Milt[email protected] 0578(h) or 6289 2717(w)
Assistant Walks Secretary: Keith Tho[email protected] 1081 or 0421 607 667
Social Secretary: Jenny [email protected] 4535
Publisher: David [email protected] 651 439
All members of the Committee can be contacted in one email to
Check in: [email protected]
Web site: www.canberrabushwalkingclub.org
Welcome to a new bushwalking year! - a New President and new Committee of experienced
members plus some new talent in various positions. The Committee and their positions are listed in the panel on this page so please take note.At its first meeting the Committee appointed the outgoingPresident, Linda, as an ex-officiomemberto continue in her role of chairing the Software Sub-Committee. Thank you to her for her important work on this task. And thanks to Linda for her contribution to the Club as President for the last 2 years.For those who didn’t come to the AGM, all is not lost you can catch up with the reports in the following pages. Finally I would like to draw members attention to the trip planned for March 2016 to Tasmania as a guest of the Hobart Walking Club. All CBC members are invited and there will be a range of walks to suit all inclinations. Come and walk for all the days or just some and combine it with visits to other Tasmanian icons like MONA.See you out walking!
Lorraine Tomlins President
Hats off to our walk leaders for producing yet another great Activity Program. Check it out – you can walk
on every day of the week! Make your choices and book as perfect walking conditions are to be enjoyed. Or plan to turn up for the very popular daylight savings evening walks (easy – no booking needed). For the adrenaline-seekers, there are some awesome canyoning trips.Congratulations to Jenny Stewartwho led her firstwalklastmonth.Withco-leaderJennyHorsfield,theparty enjoyed a very pleasant walk along the Cooleman Ridge. Talk with me if you’d like to be the next new leader. There are many experienced co-leaders/mentors available to assist you.On the same day, Linda Groom led a combined trip over the Gudgenby meadows with Alison Neil’s FARCM all-ladies walking group.The current primary contact for check-in is David Dedenczuk. However, please continue to address your pre- and post-walk check ins to [email protected] . Emails are monitored by all members of the Training and Safety sub-committee.
John Evans Walks Secretary
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Fools on the Centenary Track
In September, The Canberra Times reported a dangerous barbed-wire
strip strung across the Centenary Trail in an apparent attempt to hurt bushwalkers and cyclists. The one metre length of barbed wire was strungwith fishing line at aboutneck height. The barbed wire trap wasdifficulttoseeundertheshadeof the trees at the end of the track and was designed to cause severe damage to bushwalkers, or a moun-tain bike riders travelling at speed. The wire was swiftly removed from the trees to prevent any injuries to track users.Unfortunately, the fools who placed the wire have not yet been appre-hended by police, and may plan a repeat of the villainy. ACT Parks and Conservation regional manager Brett McNamara has asked that if anyone should see something similar in future, they should do the following:• firstofall,takeitdownorremove
it if you can;• take a photo and record any
information that you can so that we can follow it up.
• then report it through Access Canberra to make sure the rangers get out there as quickly as possible.
David Dedenczuk Training and Safety Officer
Please keep your email address up to date via your membership page on the website. Contact the Membership Secretary if you need help.
New members: Lynn Atkinson, Julie Bakalor, Anton Cook, Barbara Cook, Erica De Raadt, Michael De Raadt, Robyn Gallagher, Pat Keane, Bronwyn Kenyon, Jono Lineen, Sue Mcqualter.
Roger Edwards Membership Secretary
Training Trif les
Co-leader Jen Horsfield with first-time walk leader Jenny Stewart
AGM 2014–15 reports
President’s reportMembershipTheClubhasflourishedthisyear;our membership figures are one indication of this. We currently have 373 members; that’s the highest number yet as recorded at an AGM. Day walks have continued to be our main recruiting ground for new members and I am grateful to leaders like Stan Marks and John Evans whose walks have encour-aged many new members to join. Although any member who has ever chatted to a prospective member on a walk should share in the credit; we all help make the club a welcoming one. There are a few other contributing factors to the increase in member-ship:• The Connect and Participate
Expo last March brought in at least 4 new members
• The navigation courses bring in new members
• Another contributing factor has been the PRAMbulations and family walks, which are part of a strategy of encouraging younger members. Since they started last September, they have brought in three new younger
members, and a dozen or more repeat-participants under 18. Some of these may be Leaders of the Future!
SoftwareA major focus for the Committee this year has been the new Club software. You will recall that the last AGM approved a motion to investigate new software, and in May this year the general meeting approved a quote from Zealous System to develop the software. Work began in late July and we are on track to have the new software readyinthefirstquarterof2016.At this stage there is not much to show, but there has been a lot of hard work. I’m grateful to the Software Working Group – Lorraine Tomlins, Keith Thomas, David Briese and John Evans, for their hard work and expertise.CollaborationThe Club has continued to collabo-rate with a number of organisations over the last twelve months.In October last year, ACT Parks and Conservation Service asked us to lead some walks to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Namadgi National Park. Lorraine, Rene Davies and David Dedenczuk and I led four walks which 60 people – a very pleasing number - attended.In November, the Club answered a request for volunteers to help with a Blue Mountains Search, and four Club members – Karen Cody, David Williams, Peter and I - helped with the search. In December, the presidents of BBC, NPA and CBC held their annual coffee meeting; we talked about expansion of the number of Wednesday Walks to be offered. CBC will be increasing the number we offer, from January 2016. We will also be collaborating with the Hobart Walking Club in an exchange program. Lorraine will give you some more details in her report. Conservation activities were another major area of collaboration.Conservation A highlight has been our partnership with Greening Australia. Through them we provided people to help
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Reports from Annual General MeetingJohn Evans and myself, and the purchase of the striking new banner. In August we were delighted to welcome Alison Neil to the role of Publicity Officer. Alison has also taken on the role of Facebook administrator; the use of the Club Facebook page is growing every day.Training and safetyThe Club maintained its strong safety record this year, with no serious incidents.Rob and Jenny again conducted their annual series of navigation training sessions. These excellent courses are to my knowledge unique within the Canberra bushwalking scene.This year, we introduced Emer-gency Contact details into trip lists, and have encouraged all members to add their emergency contact details totheirmemberprofiles.And thanks to everyone who reported on the status of their First Aidqualifications–Davidnowhasan up to date list. The Totally Topo Program, while not strictly a training event, encour-ages people to expand their knowl-edge by walking in new areas. The most creative route so far seems to have been by John Evans when he led a group on to the tiny portion of the ACT that is on the Bedulluck Map. In order to meet the minimum requirements for time spent on a map, he required the party to waltz in a circle. We are about half way through this year long program – so far 203 members have walked on 56 different maps. Keith Thomas is generously doing the work of collating the results. CommunicationCommunication with members is one of the most important tasks of any Committee. Both the Club web site and the newsletter continued to play their important roles this year. The Committee decided it was time to have a Publication Policy to sup-port the Newsletter Editor and Web Manager in their roles, particularly when it is necessary to say ‘no’ to some offered content, or more likely ‘Yes but shorter’. That policy was approved last February and is on the web site under Club Documents.
with several mouse ear hawkweed surveys after its discovery on main range. Some lucky searchers had helicopter rides. Greening Australia also organised a revegetation work party at Rawsons Pass in February. Nineteen CBC members planted over 400 plants and spread mulch. I am very grateful to our Conser-vationOfficer,Cynthia,who hasnurtured this very productive rela-tionship with Greening Australia.CBC members have assisted the NPA on two weed work parties - pine clearing near Pryors Hut last October and removing the dreaded Mahonia weed at Honeysuckle Creek last May. The Club’s ‘Weedbusters’ group continued their training and began their reporting of remote area weeds this year. ACT Parks and Conserva-tion has listed the reported weeds for treatment this summer.We also assisted ACT Parks through the annual broom clearing work party, and assisted NPWS with the annual track maintenance work party in the Budawangs. Our main focus for submissions this year has been on the Wild Horse issue and the damage they cause. In February Rob Gibbs from NPWS addressed the general meeting on the issue. The March general meeting unanimously approved a position statement that ‘NPWS should be permitted to control wild horse numbers in KNP using what-ever control methods the NPWS regards as efficient and effective,including humanely-managed aerial culling’. We were expecting NPWS to call for public comment in May; it now looks like the call will be in December, and we will make a submission then. In the meantime, the Club made a submission to the Independent Technical Reference Group on Wild Horse Management.The Committee also drafted a Conservation Policy, which is on the web site for comment.PromotionAs I mentioned earlier the Club stand at the ACT Government’s Connect and Participate expo last March brought in at least four new members. Other promotion has included radio interviews on 2CC, and Artsound FM666 – by Lorraine,
We made a change last February to the way emails about Wednes-day Walks were distributed. CBC members can now control whether they receive the Wednesday Walk emails or not, through their own memberprofile.Social Secretary Cynthia Coppock has arranged great speakers at the monthly meetings, on topics ranging from New Guinea geology to walking the ACT border. The variety of topics has been excellent. The Gadgets Night at the November 2014 meeting was a very successful experiment.Thank youLorraine will be conveying, in the Walks Secretary’s report, the Committee’s sincere thanks to our walk leaders and many oth-ers who contribute to the Club’s programs. I would like to thank the Club Committee; it has been a pleasure to work with such a pleasant, enthusiastic and skilled group. In particular I would like to thank our two out-going Committee members Gabrielle and Tim Wright, for the hard work and common sense they put into their roles as General Secretary and Publisher. I am very grateful to everyone who has contributed to the Club’s very successful year.
Linda Groom Outgoing President
Walk Secretary’s report
Although the Walks Secretary probably says it each year, it’s true – it’s been another excellent year of club activities! Statistically speaking - 520 people participated in 3355 days of walking following 50 leaders. We have these leaders to thank for putting on such interesting and varied walks. Our activity levels tracked well in a year-by-year comparison. In fact, the number of participant days is only just marginally below the 2013 high of 3458 days walked.While we have had the usual regular weekly walks on offer, this year we have also been able to include some new activities thanks to leaders’ initiatives - for example – sub-24 hour walks and the PRAMbulations
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Reports from Annual General Meetingthat have already been described in the Presidents report.While on new initiatives, I will talk now about the inter club visits that are being arranged with the Hobart Walking Club. The Hobart Walking Club will host our Club in early next year – 11 to 17 March 2016. CBC members will be able to choose from walks of various grades. I expect to get more information about the walks on offer in the next month or two. This will enable CBC participants to carefully mull over them before making their activity choices. I am coordinating the trip and will be having a meeting in early December of participants to go over trip details. There will be some “no need to book” trips while the booking period for the others will open on 1 January 2016. The Hobart Walking Club will be visiting us in October 2016.As in other years, there was a good range of activities – from easier walks - • Wild Cattle Flat – provides
good walking about 1 hour from Canberra
- To harder ones -• Granite outcrops on Orroral
ridge.• The C lub con t inued to
collaborate with BBC and NPA in the Wednesday Walks program with the walks being so well attended that there are now 2 walks each Wednesday - Wednesday walkers at Booth Creek
• Happy walkers taking advantage of sub-24 hour camping at Bushfold Flats
• The Blue Mountains were visited for overnight walks - Morong Deep in the Upper Kowmung River and the Axehead Range near Yerranderie
• And hut based day walking continued to be popular – the Binna Burra trip in October 2014 had 26 participants
• While other Club members went furtherafield–SouthAmerica
• Or participated in activities other than walking – canoeing on the Shoalhaven or the Murray
• While many others have embraced geocaching with a passion.
Wine Now I have pleasure in showing the Club’s appreciation to those mem-bers who have helped the Club in important ways. I will read out the names of those members receiving bottles of wine (or soft drink) and they can see me to pick it up after the presentations.The leaders who have lead 5 or more walks are: Stan MarksLinda GroomJohn EvansIan WrightPhillip StarrNathan HoltEdwina YeeJennyHorsfieldRobHorsfieldDavid DedenczukMeg McKoneJeff BennettsTerence UrenSean SunleyOthers have helped to organise the various regular walks programs – Janet Edstein and John Danaro have organised the CBC contribution to Wednesday Walks and John Evans is the Tuesday walks coordinator. Jenny and Rob Horsfield have again run a very successful naviga-tion course, which has graduated another crop of skilled walkers. Rob has looked after our equip-ment and thanks to Quentin Moran for organising the Annual Broom Clearing and other conservation and collaboration activities.Also the Club likes to encourage new leaders and this year the ones that lead walks are:Sean SunleyBob SalijevicPeter May andMatthew HigginsAndfinally there iswine for ourhonorary auditor – John Kyatt.The Greg Buckley AwardMost of you will be aware of the genesis of this award but to recap – it is an award to commemorate the young CBC member, Greg Buckley, who died in Nepal. It is awarded to a club member who is being recognized for their contribution
to the Club. For their outstanding contribution to CBC walking pro-gram - the quality of walks led, the quantity of walks – regularly lead-ing walks over a number of years as well as for other activities that have enhanced the walking program.ThefirstawardeewasAlanVidlerand last year’s recipient was Ian Wright.The 2015 awardee has been part of the CBC since 2007. She par-ticularly likes long distance walk-ing and skiing. For instance: The Australian Alpine Walking Track, The Heysen Trail, Walking the Black Allen Line, walking the ACT Border. She plans these expeditions meticulously and she shares her experience and knowledge via Club presentations and her website. She shares information about routes, maps, logistics, food and equip-ment. Her trips have generated positive publicity for our club and added to its prestige. On several occasionsshehasgivenfirstaidtowalkers who have incurred injuries on remote bushwalks and because of her skill and know how the patients’ anxieties were calmed. She adopts new technology quickly and has encouraged and assisted mem-bers in learning how to use GPSs effectively. And she has shared her home and hospitality with the CBC walkers participating in activities she has lead in the Blue Mountains.You may have guessed already that I am talking about Karen Cody. I have been told that she is currently in the snowfields skiing and couldn’t behere tonight to receive her award. I will make arrangements to get it to her.Finally I would like to thank Linda on behalf of the Committee and Club members for her outstand-ing contribution to the CBC as its President for the last 2 years.
Lorraine Tomlins Outgoing Walks Secretary
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Bulletin BoardThe Bulletin Board is for members to advertise goods for sale, private trips or other personal bushwalking-related matters. The Club takes no responsibility for, and does not endorse, the activities or goods advertised here. Hence, if people participate in any activities advertised here, they do so as private individuals, not as members of the Club, and will not be covered by the Club’s insurance.
Victorian Section of Australian Alpine Walking TrackI will be walking the Alpine Walking Track from Walhalla to Mt Hotham, starting in the first week of November 2015. The trip will take about 15 days, with one food drop at Mt Skene. I am looking for one or two experienced and fit walkers to join me. Jonathan Miller Tel: 6161 5131. The Conservation Coun-cil for the ACT, of which the CBC is a member, is helping to coordinate ACT participation in a national day for climate action planned for Sunday, 29 November (in advance of international meetings in Paris on CC). ConsACT is seeking volunteers to help out with the event, as well as participants in the main activity of the day, a CC march. Interested indi-viduals can contact [email protected] for further details.
Full skyline traverse of Cradle Mountain from Weindorfers TowerExpression of interest. I am considering undertak¬ing this trip and would like to hear from anyone who would like to join me. Lots of rope work and exposed scrambling are involved. No date planned, just a thought at this stage. Allan Donnelly email: [email protected]
Volunteer field assistants in NamadgiWant to experience the wilds of Namadgi National park and help a PhD student investigating the effects of differing fire frequencies on vegetation structure and fauna diversity? Contact [email protected] for more information.
For saleWalking shoes, Merrell, Mimosa Lace, taupe, size Euro 41, USA 10, UK/GB 7.7, cm 27, hardly worn, vgc, bought $179, sell $80 ono. Sue 6290 0490.
Gear for sale?– place an ad!If you have any old equipment you no longer want, why not place an ad here to either sell or give it away. Please include personal contact details and asking price.
New allergy induced by tick bites
The Australian paralysis tick (Ixodes holocyclus) is found along most of the eastern seaboard of
Australia and up to 100 km inland. Historically, adults bitten by these ticks experience minor local itching and swelling, which may last a few days. In some cases there can be a sudden and severe allergic reac-tion including anaphylaxis. This occurs when the tick is disturbed by scratching, squeezing or by applying irritants such as insecticides, meths or kero, in attempts to kill the tick.However, medical research over the last decade or two has shown that tick bites can also induce ongoing allergic reactions, including delayed anaphylaxis, to the ingestion of ‘red meat’ and exposure to derived products. Initially this reaction does not show up until some months after the tick bite and usually some hours after eating such meat. Now ‘red meat’ refers here to all mammal species except Old World monkeys, great apes and humans. It has now been established that the allergen involved is a particular carbohydrate (alpha-galactose is its short name), which is not found in the cells of humans and our close relatives; instead we have large amounts of an antibody that reacts to alpha-galactose in the mammals we eat, after the tick induction.So, what to do when walking in tick-prone areas? Basically we should (a) avoid tick bites by all means possible (see web resources below) and (b) if you do get bitten, be prepared to perform the new recommended firstaid.Refertothefollowingwebdocumentsforthelatest advice.Prevention and Management pamphlet is available
on www.tiara.org.au (under Resources tab).Tick Allergy document with more detailed
information is available at http://www.allergy.org.au (under Patients & Consumers tab; Insect Allergy).
Totally Topo!As at 3 October, John Evans has only one map
(Shannons Flat) to go before he has walked on all 16 maps that cover the ACT.In the Day Walk category, John Evans has walked on 27 maps, Eric Glass on 20 and Ian Wright on 19. A good effort by these walkers. A total of 38 different maps have been used for day walks.Less maps have been used for multi-day walks, which includes weekend walks, with 36 maps listed, including a number of interstate maps.Overall, Club walks have used 68 maps in the last seven months. The most used map, Rendezvous Creek, has had 17 trips on it with 77 Club members participating. This is closely followed by the Yaouk map with 15 trips and 55 Club members participating.
What to take in your lunch pack for a summer’s day bushwalk – 1950s style
The Field Naturalist, Thistle Harris, in her book Naturecraft in Australia has a list of equipment to take on a day walk in summer, a list which we would still follow these days.How times have changed though, is evident in the list of suggested items for the lunch stop:1 chop, 1 egg, 6 slices of bread, butter in a light container, ½ pound of shelled peas, 1 small potato, 2 pieces of fruit, milk or an orange drink. Utensils – 1 knife, cup, light plate, light pan.
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Activity programArrange for your Club-related activities to be included in the program with
John Evans (Walks Secretary) Ph: 6288 7235 or 0417 436 877, Email: [email protected], Post:
38 Rocklands Street, Duffy Information for participants
Distance and difficultyDistance: (S) Short – under 12 km/day (M) Medium – 12–20 km/day (L) Long – over 20 km/dayNote: In calculating distance, 1 km is added for every 100 metres climbed.
Terrain:(E) Easy – fire trail, tracks, beaches etc (M) Medium – bush tracks, alpine areas, some scrub (R) Rough – much scrub, steep climbs, rock scrambles (W) Wet – compulsory swims, many river crossings(X) Exploratory
BookingContact the leader early rather than late so the leader has time to arrange transport. See walk description for booking deadline. Check with the leader about:
X the need to carry water, tents/fly, maps, etc X appropriate clothing, footwear X any precautions you might need to take for severe weather changes.
Ask about anything you’re unsure of, especially if you are new to our Club.
TransportCosts are 39¢/km/car, divided equally among all participants. This amount may be varied at the discretion of the leader, depending on the condition of the roads and other factors. The figures given are for the car as a whole and then, at the discretion of the leader, an estimate or range per person. Park admission and camping fees are additional costs which leaders should list separately.
Duty of careEvery person taking part in a CBC activity acknowledges that he/she does so voluntarily and that he/she may be exposed to risks that could lead to injury, illness or death, or to loss of, or damage to property. Each person is required to sign the Club’s ‘Acknowledgement of Risks’ form. Visitors are welcome to join trips. However walkers are strongly encouraged to join the Club after a maximum of three trips.
For further information see: www.canberrabushwalkingclub.org
Check-in after walksBefore a trip leaders are to email or phone through the names of their party, and by 10 am the day after their trip report their safe return or trip cancellation, to the Check-in Officer, David Dedenczuk ([email protected], 0417 222 154 leave message if no answer). The Check-in Officer or the Walks Secretary (6288 7235 or 0417 436 877), not the Police or other bodies, should be the first point of contact for worried relatives if you are late in returning.
Map scale is 1:25,000 unless otherwise statedEquipment hireTake advantage of the excellent gear that the Club has available for hire before lashing out on your own equip-ment.TheEquipmentOfficerisRobHorsfield,whocanbe contacted on 6231 4535(h) or to borrow the northside PLB, David Dedenczuk, 0417 222 154.The equipment available and current rates per weekend/week are set out below. Hirers are responsible for col-lecting and returning the equipment. The hiring charge (butnotthedeposit)iswaivedformemberswhoare‘firsttime’ weekend walkers.A deposit of $20 is required and part or all of this will be refunded, depending on the condition of the items upon return and whether they are returned late.
Item w.e./weekOlympus two person tent $15 / $40Macpac Microlight one person tent $15 / $40Snow tent $15 / $403 season bag, mat and liner $10 / $25Assorted packs $5 / $15Trangia and fuel bottle $5 / $15Snow shoes/poles $10 / $25Snow sleeping bag, mat and liner $15 / $40Personal locator beacon – nil (see website for conditions)GPS – nil (see website for conditions of use)
Check you have ALL the bits and pieces you need when collecting and returning gear.
Wednesday walksMedium walks (M/M, M/M–R, L/E–M) are conducted every Wednesday. Walks are conducted in turn by leaders from the Canberra Bushwalking Club (CBC), Brindabella Bushwalking Club (BBC) and National Parks Association (ACT) (NPA). Details about destination and meeting place are emailed to those on the Wednesday Walkers email list. Contact Janet Edstein [email protected] to get your name on the email list. Janet coordinates the CBC’s contribution to these walks.
Walk details will be advised a few days before the walk, via the Wednesday Walks email list. Walkers who are not members of the BBC, NPA or CBC must contact the walk leader before the walk to discuss the level of difficulty of the walk. (Please note that walk leaders retain the right not to accept any walker.) Non-members must be accompanied by a sponsoring member.
Due to space, walks scheduled more than three months in advance may appear only on the Club’s web site.
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Activity programIan Wright 62861473, [email protected] Transport: 106 km return. Limit: 8.
Wednesday 21 October: Wednesday walkSee the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program, for conditions on participating. BBC Contact: [email protected]
Thursday pm 22 October: PRAMbulation – Kambah Golden Bridge Circuit – S/EThis circuit, designed for parents and grandparents with kids instrollers,passesthroughplayingfieldsandpastacom-munity garden, and crosses Drakeford Drive on the golden bridge. About 1 hour actual walking, plus a short break at a playground if the group wishes. Park in the bitumen carpark opposite 57 Springbett Street Kambah, for a 1 pm start. Non-members welcome. No need to book. Leader: Linda Groom [email protected] 6281 4917. Map: Google Maps. Transport: Drive yourself.
Saturday 24 October: Mundoonen Nature Reserve – M/MThis National Park lies just south of the Hume Highway between Gunning and Yass. The area is attractive, open woodland. I plan a day of fairly light walking, about 4 hours, amixoffiretrailandofftrack.Walkdeferredfrom31May.Map: Jerrara. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568, [email protected] Transport: ~$10.
Saturday 24 October: Mt Palerang – M/MPalerang is a mountain near the Great Dividing Range south of the Kings Highway (the pointy one on the right as you approach Braidwood). Access is via Rossi and Forbes Creek. On a clear day you can see the Budawangs and the Brindabellas. The access ridges have moderate scrub and a few easy scrambles; the return trip is mostly on walking track. Map: Bombay. Leaders: Edwina Yee and Phillip Starr. Transport: $60 per car, $15–$20 per person. Bookings: Please book with Edwina by 2pm Thursday 22 October to [email protected] Limit: 12.
Sunday 25 October: Family day at Gundaroo – S/MThis tour and picnic of the family property on Brooks Creek is for accompanied children and adults. During a loop walk, we will be shown the creek and discover its little critters, climbing trees, tree house, climbing nets and gnome homes. Bringseats for luncharoundasmallBBQfire.Billy tea,damper on a stick and potatoes in foil will be supplied. Adults without children are also most welcome. A joint CBC–NPA activity. Map: Lake George. Leaders: Tulley, 9 years old and Freya, 8 years old with guidance from their mother Bronwen Scully, and Linda Groom. Bookings: to Bronwen 6236 9600 [email protected] Transport: TBA.
24–25 October: Sub 24 hour camping #5 (S24C#5) – Horse Gully – S/EDay1:AnafternoontoddlealongNaasValleyTrailpassingDemandering Hut. Camping by Horse Gully Hut. Day 2: A morning return by the same route. Ideal bush break for busy people. Suitable as an overnight pack trip for begin-ners. Map: Colinton. Leader: Sean Sunley 0433 073 959, [email protected] Transport: ~$60 per car. Book: Preferably by email before 1800 Thu. Limit: 16.
Saturday 17 October: Currockbilly – M/MLeaving the Bungendore Gunna Doo Bakery at 8 am we will drive via Mongarlowe to the track head on the Western side of Currockbilly. We will follow the trail up to the top of Currockbilly and have a leisurely time enjoying the views. Return via the same route. Map: Brooman. Leader: Allan Donnelly 0413 309 546 [email protected] Transport: $88 per car. Limit: 8.
17–18 October: Southern Highlands weekend – M/M/XWe will stay at the home of Club member Tom Gosling, now living at Bundanoon. Drive down Saturday morning and, en route, will do a walk in at the Bangadilly National Park, off to the left of the Highway just north of Marulan. The walk is in the southern part of the Park which is new to me (not the same area as Mt Penang, which we did on 15 August). We will follow a route in the Park Plan of Management, part on and part off track. There are cliffs that may provide interesting views and perhaps some walking along the Wingecarribee River, 3–4 hours total. The Sunday walk will be in the area north of Mittagong and east of the Nattai River. I have done some of this walk beside and near the Nattai River before but I recently got a new guidebook from the Southern Highlands Bushwalkers with some new stuff in it, a mixture of track (mostly) and some off track, about 4 hours walking. We will dine out at the Bundanoon Pub on Saturday evening. Accommodation: $20. Maps: Hanworth, Mittagong. Leader: Stan Marks 62549568 [email protected] Transport: ~$50.
(Fri) Sat–Tues (16) 17–20 October: The Blue Breaks Exploring Tonalli, Bimlow and Lacys Tablelands – M/R/XWe will start our 4 days walk from Yerranderie having camped there on Friday night. After accessing the plateau via Tonalli Pass, we will follow a roughly anti clockwise route, initially on Tonalli Tableland then into Lacys Creek with the possibility to explore a canyon. To continue we will needtoclimbontoBimlowandLacysTableland.Tofinishwe will retrace our outward route back to Yerranderie. There shouldbegoodviewsandaplethoraofwildflowers.Thewalking will be mostly off track with scrub and some rock scrambling. Maps: Yerranderie and Burragorang. Leader: Lorraine Tomlins, 6248 0456, [email protected] Transport: ~$180 per car. Limit: 8.
Sunday 18 October: Little Ginini and Ginini – M/RThis is a rare chance to walk to the summit of the unfairly overlooked Little Ginini. We will use the Mt Franklin road and park at the base of (big) Ginini. Then it’s an easily walk downthefiretrail,priortoabashthroughthescrubtothetop of Little Ginini. We will return by the same route, and climbupthefiretrailtothesummitof(big)Gininitoroundout the day. The walk is suitable for those who don’t mind pushing through scrub. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: David Dedenczuk 0417222154 [email protected] Book: by Friday 16 October. Transport: $40 per car.
Tuesday 20 October: Tallaganda National Park – L/R/ part XThe walk is in the northern section of Tallaganda National Park. From the junction of the Forbes Creek road and the NorthBlackRangefiretrail,wefollowthefire-trailfor8km,and then walk off-track for most of the day. We will take a long meandering route east then southwest, through forests, swamps and undulating ridge country back to the cars. This is a long exploratory trip with steep and scrubby ridges in places and some rock scrambling. Minimum distance: 20 km with ~ 600 metres of ascent. Map: Bombay. Leader:
Wednesday 21 October 2015, 8 pmMONTHLY MEETING
Paddling Beaver Creek, AlaskaPresenter: Mike Bremers
The hall: Hughes Baptist Church 32–34 Groom Street, Hughes
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COMMITTEE MEETING Wednesday 28 October 2015, 8 pm
at the home of Alison Milton 20 O'Sullivan Street, Higgins
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24–25 October: Mt Namadgi – M/RDay1: Old Boboyan Road car park, Middle Creek, Big Creamy Flat, Mt Namadgi, dry camp. Day 2 Return. Scrubby but reasonable. Map: Rendezvous Creek. Leaders: Jenny andRobHorsfield62314535,[email protected] Transport: $40 per car.
Wednesday 28 October: Wednesday walkSee the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program, for conditions on participating. NPA Contact: Mike Smith [email protected]
Saturday 31 October: North Black Range – M/M/part XThis is an exploratory walk in the area immediately to the north of the Black Range walk done on 22 August. We will driveseveralkmdowntheNorthBlackRangefiretrailtothepoint (786 302) where we normally head east toward some private property in the middle of the park. We will follow an old vehicular track, passing north of the private property to see where it goes. In due course, I expect to swing north west torejointhefiretrailatabout810309transitingsomeminorhigh points on the way before walking back to the cars. My experience of the area suggests attractive eucalyptus forest. About 4–5 hours and 8 km walking. Map: Bombay. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568, [email protected] Transport: about $15.
Sunday am 1 November: Cooleman Ridge – S/EThis circuit takes us from the northern-most end of the Cooleman Ridge Nature Reserve along a well-defined equestrian trail for much of the walk, with views from the northwest around to the south across grassy pastoral leases to the multiple mountain ranges. From the top of Mt Arawang there are spectacular views in all directions. The last part of the walk is along the ridge top and around the backs of houses, overlooking the suburb of Chapman and across to Black Mountain. The total distance is only 9 km but with some steep sections. Home for lunch. Map: Tuggeranong. Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096, [email protected] Transport: Drive yourself but tell me when you book if you need a ride. Booking: Please book by email before 2 pm Thursday 29 October. Limit: 12.
Monday am 2 November: Earlybird walk – A different Black Mountain walk – S/EStarting at 7 am, we will go for a walk for 1 to 2 hours mainly on urban bushland tracks to the summit of Black Mountain. Afterwards there will be an opportunity to go for breakfast. Map: http://www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/390595/cnpmapblackmountain.pdf Leader: Lorraine Tomlins 0434 078 496, [email protected] Meet at the gravel carpark at the junction of Clunies Ross and Black Mountain Drives (UBD 58 Q2) No need to book.
Monday pm 2 November: The Pinnacle – S/EThisisthefirstofaseriesofwalksof1½to2hoursonmostMonday and Thursday evenings during daylight saving, starting at 6.30 pm and ending around sunset. Meet at the end of Dungowan St, Hawker for a walk with views of the
Brindabellas. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568, [email protected] Transport: drive yourself.
Wednesday 4 November: Wednesday walkSee the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program, for conditions on participating. BBC Contact: [email protected]
Thursday am 5 November: Inaugural toddlers’ toddle – S/EToddlers Toddles are a new series of walks designed to bridge the gap between PRAMbulations and walks with a destination, and to help kids in the 1–3 year age range develop the skills of walking on uneven ground. This Toddle will explore the gently sloping terrain near the beginning of the Mt Tennent track. A meandering circuit of between 300 m and 1 km depending on the inclinations of the kids, with time toexaminewombatholes,flowers,feathersandwhateverwefind,tofollowanimalpathwaysandtoexploreboulders.The walk is gently uphill and off-track to start, and downhill andon-tracktofinish.Thewalkwillprobablytakeabout1.5 hours including rests and snack time, but can be easily shortened. No need to book. Meet at the bitumen car park just past the Tharwa bridge at 10 am; the start of the walk is a further 5 minutes drive. Leader: Linda Groom [email protected] 6281 4917. Map: Williamsdale. Transport: Drive yourself, but let me know if you need a lift.
Thursday evening 5 November: Lower Majura – S/EMeet at the car park on the right just past the last house on Antill St. We will walk along a track that runs around the western side of the base of Mt Majura. No need to book. Map: Hall. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568, [email protected] Transport: drive yourself.
Saturday 7 November: Gilberts Mountain – M/MStartingfromnearNerriga,thisBudawangswalkfollowsfiretrails then heads to and up the sandstone mountain west of Gilberts Gap (top of map). The cliffs are breached through a seriesofledgeswithoutsignificantexposure.Thelunchspotis on top of cliffs with grand views across the Endrick River Valley.Thereissomescrub.Map: Endrick. Leader: Jeff Bennetts 62315899 0418 662 870 mailto:[email protected] Book by 2 pm the Thursday before. Transport: 250km return, ~$95 per car, $25–$30 per person. Limit: 12.
Saturday 7 November: Queanbeyan River & Spring Creek Gorge – M/R/part XFrom the new Day Use area on Woolcara Lane, climb 150 metres through glades and scrub to Corner Hill, then descend 200 m to the large pool on the Queanbeyan River at 124E, 624N (GDA94). Then upstream, mostly about 50 metres above the river with views of its pools and rapids, to the junction of Spring Creek. The creek has a small interesting gorge and it is possible to follow itsrockybeduptoWoolcaraLane,tomeettheshuffledcars.About 8 km, rock scrambling and loose sloping ground but at a moderate pace, mostly forest with light scrub, though some thick, prickly scrub. The water quality in the river is similar to the Murrumbidgee’s. A one hour drive from Queanbeyan. Leader: Linda Groom [email protected] 6281 4917. Map: Captains Flat. Transport: $40 per car. Limit: 12. Late bookings welcome.
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Activity programSunday 8 November: Molonglo Meander and
Arboretum – M/EA walk on tracks through pine forest and woodland starting from the lake near RSPCA off the Cotter Road at Weston. We cross the Molonglo on a footbridge, proceed through pine forest, then to the south and west of the arboretum. We can return through the arboretum from its western boundary, with a stop at the visitor centre for coffee if we like, and/or an early lunch with views from the top of Dairy Farmers hill. Return to the cars south through the arboretum and the pine forest. About 14 kms with an option for a shorter route if desired. Map: Canberra. Meet at 8.00am at the car parking area by the lake below RSPCA. No need to book. Transport: Drive yourself. Leaders: David and Meredith Hatherly 6154 1513, [email protected]
Sunday 8 November: Hardy Range – M/R,XCome to the rarely visited high point of the Hardy Range. Vehicular access is viaBendoraRoad.Thewalk itself isalongthePipelineRoad,acrosstheCotterRiver,brieflyalongBurke’s Creek Road and then off track and up a scrubby ridge to the Hardy Range high point (1059m). Following return by the same route to the car, we will have a look at Warks Road to see if we can hear the famous resident Whip Birds. Moderate pace. Book with leader by Friday 6/11. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leader: David Dedenczuk 0417 222 154 [email protected] Transport: $40 per car.
Sunday 8 November: Square Rock – M/MWe follow a track through bush from the Square Rock car park to Orroral Lookout and then on to a monumental group of boulders for morning tea. Hopefully we have a clear day so that we can enjoy the great views. On the way back we peel off to join the Smokers Trail until we come to the old Smokers Trail car park and then back to Square Rock car park. Total distance is about 15 km (all on track). Total climb is about 450 metres. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 2814 096(m) [email protected] Transport: $7–$9 per person. Booking: Please book by email before 2 pm Thursday 5 November. Limit: 12.
Sunday pm 8 November: A cake walk, Black Mountain walk and afternoon tea – S/EDo some walking so you can earn your cake. Starting at 1pm, we will go for a walk for about 2 hours mainly on bush tracks around Black Mountain but including its summit. We will return to our cars to enjoy afternoon tea at the picnic area where there are also good views over Canberra City. While the walk will be short, around 6 kms, there will be some uphill walking which should work up an appetite for guilt free cake. I will supply cake; you bring the tea/coffee you want to drink (of course bring water and other usual equipment for the walk.) Map: http://www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/390595/cnpmapblackmountain.pdfLeader: Lorraine Tomlins 0434078496, [email protected] Meet: at 1 pm at the carpark/picnic area accessed half way up Black Mountain Drive. (UBD 58 K2) No need to book.
Monday pm 9 November: Cooleman Ridge – S/EMeet at the car park on Namatjira Drive just on the Kambah side of Fisher near the speed limit sign. Great views along the ridge. No bookings, just turn up at 6.30 pm. Map: Canberra. Leader: Stan Marks 62549568 [email protected] Transport: drive yourself.
Tuesday 10 November: Bullen Range Nature Reserve – M/M–RA circuit around the Bullen Range Nature Reserve. Starting from the Tidbinbilla Tracking Station cross the Bullen Range to the Murrumbidgee and follow it south to Pine Island. Back up and over the Bullen Range to the tracking station. My aim is to locate two geocaches GC4KRPR and GC62XD4
Mainly on track and through woodland but there will also be some thick scrub and steep ridges to negotiate. About 500 metres of ascent. Maps: Canberra and Cotter Dam. Leader: Roger Edwards 6288 7863, ro[email protected] Transport: ~$5–$6 per person. Limit: 8.
Wednesday 11 November: Wednesday walkSee the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program, for conditions on participating. CBC Contact: [email protected]
Thursday pm 12 November: Red Hill – S/EMeet at 6.30 pm in the car park on Red Hill, near the res-taurant. We will walk along the ridge to Hindmarsh Drive and back again. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568, [email protected] Transport: drive yourself.
Saturday 14 November: Gudgenby saddle and ridge to south-east – M/RAn interesting ridge, scrubby with several rock out-crops. Map: Yaouk. Leaders:JennyandRobH[email protected] Transport: $40 per car.
Saturday 14 November: Byangee Walls – M/M–RLeaving the Bungendore Gunna Doo Bakery at 7 am will put us at Yadboro just after 9 am. We will walk up to Castle Gap and then scramble up the gully at the back of Byangee. ThescrambleisnotdifficultandIwillputinahandropetouse if needed. We will lunch at the top and if time permits take a fast walk out towards Pickering Point. This is a good walk for those wanting to add some easy scrambling to their walking skills. Return via same route. Map: Corang. Leader: Allan Donnelly 0413309546 [email protected] Transport: $148 per car. Limit: 8.
14–15 November: Sub 24 hour camping #6 (S24C#6) – Pryors Hut – M/EDay 1: Drive in the Mt Franklin Rd to Mt Ginini car park (Corin Rd closed). An afternoon amble to set up camp by Pryors Hut, then climb Mt Gingera via the footpad. Day 2: A morning return by the same route with views from Mt Ginini. Ideal bush break for busy people. Suitable as an overnight pack trip for beginners. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: Sean Sunley 0433 073 959 [email protected] Transport: ~$60 per car. Book: Preferably by email before 1800 Thursday. Limit: 16.
Sunday 15 November: Hospital Hill – M/R,X Come to the rarely visited Hospital Hill. It is rarely visited because it is covered in scrub, there is no track and little to see from the summit. But don’t let that put you off. Access will be via the lovely Yerrabi Track, which terminates at the very scenic Boboyan Trig. Moderate pace. Book with leader by Friday 13/11. Map: Yaouk. Leader: David Dedenczuk 0417 222 154 [email protected] Transport: $40 per car.
Sunday am 15 November: Old Joe Hill circuit – S/MThis walk is within the Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve to a trig station on the ACT/NSW border. After we reach the Goorooyarroo Track we will follow it in a northerly direction for a couple of kilometers (skirting Old Joe) before turning off track to approach the trig from the north. After morning tea on the summit we will head west before turning south-west to rejoin the Goorooyarroo Track and head back to the cars. About two-thirds of this walk is off-track through grasslands and open wooded areas. About 8 km and a total climb of 270m. We will be home in time for lunch. Map: Hall. Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096, [email protected] Transport: Drive yourself but tell
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me when you book if you need a ride. Booking: Please book by email before 2 pm Thursday 12 November. Limit: 12.
Monday pm 16 November: Mt Ainslie – S/EMeet at 6.30 in car park atop Mt Ainslie on the airport side then walk to the west, north and east of the mountain. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Stan Marks 62549568, [email protected] Transport: drive yourself.
Tuesday 17 November: Headwaters of Honeysuckle Creek – M/M–R,XStarting at Honeysuckle Creek camp site, a gentle walk along the AAWT for 1.5 km, then off track for the rest of the day. Up to Gorilla rocks, then along ridges to the south and west, beforefinallyturningeasttocircumnavigatetheheadwatersof Honeysuckle creek. This is an exploratory walk and there is likely to be thick scrub. About 8 km and 500 m ascent. Map: Corin Dam. Transport: ~$40 per car. Leader: David Hatherly 6154 1513 or [email protected] Limit: 8.
Wednesday 18 November: Wednesday walkSee the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program, for conditions on participating. BBC Contact: [email protected]
Thursday pm 19 November: Weston Wander PRAMbulation – S/EAn interesting, somewhat devious route linking the parks andplayingfieldsofWaramangaandStirling,withsomepleasant stretches of solid tree shade. All paved path except for about 100 m of hard-packed soil. About 1 hour 15 minutes walking. Park in the bitumen carpark behind Fisher shops, opposite no 31 Araluen Street Fisher, for a 1 pm start. Designed for parents and grandparents with kids in strollers. Non-members welcome. No need to book. Leader: Linda Groom [email protected] 6281 4917 Map: Google Maps. Transport: Drive yourself.
Thursday pm 19 November: Black Mt hat band – S/EMeet at 6.30 pm, park at end of Frith St near electricity sub-station. Some distance from the top, there is a track around the mountain with 360-degree views. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568, [email protected] Transport: drive yourself.
(Fri) Sat–Tues (20) 21–24 November: Blue Mountains – Upper Grose Valley, Wild Dog Mountains & Newnes Plateau – M/MDay 1:BirrabangCanyon,UpperGroseValley,BMNP,(M/M) A great introductory canyon with no abseils required – no swims with scrambling you need only get wet to the top of your legs. A nice canyon and a spectacular gorge.Days 2 & 3: Splendour Rock, BMNP (M/M 28km & 1000m climb) Starting inMegalongValley (Dunphy’s carpark)we’llwalkviafire trail toMobbSwamptrack,ascend toWarrigal Gap & camp overnight at Splendour Rock to enjoy magnificent viewsofKanangraWalls and theWildDogMountains. Day 4: Goochs Crater, Upper Wollangambe River, BMNP (S/E) Spend a half day exploring the crater’s pagodas, caves, and wildflowers. Track and scramble, with mild exposure. Maps: Mount Wilson, Jenolan, Wollangambe. Leaders: Karen Cody & Bob Salijevic
[email protected] Transport: ~$90 per person with 3 per car. Accommodation: Free camping available on 7 acres of private property in Dargan, with hot showers and toilets available. Feel free to “wag” one of the walks to visit nearby tourist attractions. There will be a self catered BBQ on Saturday night. Limit: 12. Please book by: the 13th November. Further info on each walk is available at: https://sites.google.com/site/feralkaza/home under Upcoming Trips – Blue Mountains.
Sunday am 22 November: Watson–Majura Loop – S/ERelaxing meander mostly along an equestrian trail of either graded gravel or grass. This is a walk of contrasts with the firstparttakingusaroundthelowerslopesofMtMajura,through natural bush with views across the plains to northern Canberra. The second part passes through grassland on the westernsideoftheFederalHighway.Thewalkfinisheswitha stroll under multiple rows of tall trees, mostly eucalypts (including Apple Box) with some pine and oaks. Total dis-tance is only 9 km so home for lunch. Map: Hall. Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096, [email protected] Transport: Drive yourself but tell me when you book if you need a ride. Booking: Please book by email before 2 pm Thursday 19 November. Limit: 12.
Monday pm 23 November: Mulligans Flat North – S/EMeet at 6.30 in the main Mulligans Flat car park in the suburb of Forde. Go down Horse Park Drive, turn into Francis Forde Boulevard, then left into Amy Ackman St that will take you to the car park. Nice open bush. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Stan Marks 62549568 or [email protected] Transport: drive yourself.
Wednesday 25 November: Wednesday walkSee the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program, for conditions on participating. NPA Contact: Mike Smith [email protected]
Thursday evening 26 November: Black Mt reserve – S/EMeet 6.30, park at end of Frith St near electricity sub-station. We will do a walk in the reserve, through to Caswell Drive and loop back. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568 or [email protected] Transport: drive yourself.
Saturday 28 November: Broom clearing at Cotter Hut – S/EAnnual activity with ACT Parks and Conservation to monitor and remove broom (invasive weed) in Cotter Hut area. Bring gardening gloves and small tools (e.g. loppers, saws, secateurs). Leader: Cynthia Burton [email protected] Map: Rendezvous Creek. Transport: ~$44 per vehicle.
28–29 November: Max and Berts Hut – M/RDay 1: South Brandy Flat car park, Dry Creek, Booth Range, hut (beautiful campsite). Day 2: return by a different route. Scrubby but reason-able. Maps: Michelago, Colinton. Leaders: Jenny andRobHorsfield 62314535. Transport: $40 per car.
Wednesday 18 November 2015, 8 pmMONTHLY MEETING
Into the Heart of the HimalayasPresenter: Jono Lineen
The hall: Hughes Baptist Church 32–34 Groom Street, Hughes
COMMITTEE MEETING Wednesday 25 November 2015
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Activity program(Fri) Sat–Sun (27) 28–29 November:
Tantawanglo – M/R/W/partXCome see why conservationists fought, successfully, to save the forests of Tantawangalo. From 211E 271N (GDA94, Cathcart map) descend to an unnamed tributary and then explore Tantawangalo Creek. Clear water cascading among granite slabs, at least one waterfall, sandy pools, beautiful forest, ferns. Lots of rock-hopping, some very thick scrub and some unavoidable knee-deep wading in cool water. Finish atashuffledcaratPostmansCamp251E286N(GDA94,Candelo map). Depart Canberra 3.30 pm Friday for the 3 hour drive, camp with the cars Friday night. Leader: Linda Groom [email protected] 6281 4917 Maps: Cathcart, Candelo, Bemboka. Transport: $160 per car. Limit: 8.
(Saturday) Sunday–Tuesday (28) 29 November to 1 December: Old Yarrangobilly village to Goobragandra – M/ECamp at old Yarrangobilly village on Saturday night for three-day walk. Leave cars at Macs Crossing (Goobragandra) and old Yarrangobilly. Traverse Horseshoe Fire Trail (an early stock route) and Stokes Hut Trail. Informative trip with ruins of grazing huts (Long Flat Hut, Stokes Hut), existing huts(VenablesHut),agoldmine(Horseshoegoldmine)andassociatedwater-raceandflumingfromPidgeonSquareFlatwith details of former grazing blocks along the way. Maps: Yarrangobilly, Peppercorn, Brindabella, Blowering. Leader: David Lindley 62271275, [email protected] Transport:~$190–$210percar,twocarshufflerequired.Limit: 4.
Sunday 29 November: Bike Ride: Yarramundi Reach to Tuggeranong and returnThis is an enjoyable trip ride on bike paths to Lake Tuggeranong, around the lake and return via a different route. It is about 40 Kms and will take about 3 hours (or longer depending on how quickly we ride). Bring water and snacks. A helmet is compulsory. Map: Canberra Bike Path map http://files.transport.act.gov.au/cyclingmap/index.html Leader: Lorraine Tomlins 0434078496, [email protected] Meet: at 9 am in the carpark near Yarramundi ReachonLakeBurleyGriffinaccessedfromLadyDenmanDrive and in close proximity to the bike path (UBD 58 D7) No need to book.
Sunday morning 29 November: London Bridge to Washpen Crossing – S/EThis is a walk through the southern section of Googong. We will walk from the London Bridge woolshed to the old homestead then we cross Burra Creek to approach the London Bridge arch from the south. We will continue north to the junction of the Queanbeyan River and Burra Creek, visiting Washpen Crossing. Returning we will get a different view of the London Bridge arch by approaching from the north. We then return to the cars by crossing the arch. Total distance is about 9 km (mostly on track). Total climb is about 320 metres. We will be home in time for lunch. Map: Captains Flat. Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), [email protected] Transport: $2–$3 per person. Limit: 12 people. Booking: Please book by email before 2 pm Thursday 26 November.
Monday evening 30 November: Mulligans Flat East – S/EMeet at 6.30 in the main Mulligan’s Flat car park in the suburb of Forde. Go down Horse Park Drive, turn into Francis Forde Boulevard, then left into Amy Ackman St that will take you to the car park. Nice open bush, different walk from last time. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Stan Marks 62549568 or [email protected] Transport: drive yourself.
Wednesday 2 December: Wednesday walkSee the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program, for conditions on participating. BBC Contact: Peter Wellman [email protected]
Wed–Sun 2– 6 December: Canyoning – Newnes Plateau – M/R/W/X/abseilingCome for all four days or just the weekend. Four days of great canyoning and camping. I will be driving up on Wednesday 2 December and returning Sunday afternoon. The choice ofcanyonswilldependonthefitness,skillsandinterestofthegroupbutcouldinclude,HeartAttack,Surefire,Galah,Tiger Snake, Hole in the Wall and Rocky Creek. Maps: Rock Hill, Mount Morgan. Leader: Allan Donnelly 0413309546 [email protected] Transport: $214 per car Limit: 6.
Thursday evening, 3 December: YA 90 trig (‘Mt Sheaffe’) – S/EMeet at Shopping car park, Farr Place, Isaacs for a 6:30 start. The walk starts a couple of streets away but parking there is limited. We will be walking in Isaacs Ridge Nature Reserve starting with an off track climb, ascending approximately 100 metres to YA 90, then returning on track through the pine forest. Map: Canberra. Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), philli[email protected] Transport: Drive yourself, no need to book.
Friday morning 4 December: Molonglo/Uriarra forest – S/EA short early morning walk through a mixture of wooded ridge, pine forest and Molonglo river corridor. All on track, with views eastwards and over a lovely stretch of the river downstream from Coppins Crossing. This area is gradually being squeezed by the Denman Prospect development so it is a chance to see what will soon be gone. 7.5 km. Transport: Meet at 7.30am in the north-east corner of the Cooleman Court car park at Weston, near the bike path going past McDonalds. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Meredith Hatherly 6154 1513, [email protected]
5–6 December: Bimberi Peak – M/E–MThis is a good introductory trip for day walkers who would like to try out overnight camping. It also provides an opportu-nity to climb Bimberi Peak (1913 metres), the highest peak in the ACT. We’ll depart Canberra at 1:00 pm on Saturday and drive via Adaminaby to the locked gate at the northern end of Pockets Saddle Road. With overnight packs we’ll walk to OldfieldsHutwherewe’llcampovernight(3.5km).Thenextmorning, with day packs only, we’ll take the trail to Murrays Gap (4.5 km and 200 metres climb). We will ascend Bimberi Peak from Murrays Gap following an indistinct footpad to the summit (3.0 km and 390 metres climb). Following morning tea with fabulous 360 degree views we’ll return along the sameroutebacktoOldfieldsHutforlunchandthenbacktothe cars. Maps: Rendezvous Creek, Rules Point or Rooftop’s Kosciuszko Northern Activities. Leader: Gerald Dodgson 0438 119 803(m), [email protected] Transport:
CBC Xmas Party Saturday, 6.00–9:00 pm 5 December 2015
at the home of Kate and John Danaro1 Smith Street, Weetangera (entry via wrought iron gate at side)
The Club will provide: BBQs, salads and breads, You provide: meat, drinks, plates, utensils, fold-up chairs
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~350 km, $140 per car, $35–$45 per person Bookings: Please book by email before 2:00 pm Thursday 3 December.
Sunday 6 December: Bike Ride: Hockey Centre Car Park to Gold Creek and ReturnThis is another enjoyable trip ride mainly on bike paths and will take you through some relatively new suburbs and along the new bike path parallel to Horse Park Drive in Moncrieff. Youshouldbeaconfidentrider,aswewillneedtogoontheroad shoulder to connect with the bike path along Ginninderra Creek near William Slim Drive. It is about 40 kms long and will take about 3 hours (or longer depending on how quickly we ride). Bring water and snacks. A helmet is compulsory. Map: Canberra Bike Path map (http://files.transport.act.gov.au/cyclingmap/index.html) Leader: Lorraine Tomlins 0434 078 496, [email protected] Meet: at 9 am in the car park at the Hockey Centre in Lyneham south east of the junction of Ginninderra Drive with Mouat Street. (UBD 49 F2) No need to book.
Sunday 6 December: Monga rainforest adventure – S/RThis walk aims to introduce kids to the beautiful Monga rain forest, where Eucryphia trees provide deep, cool shade. The rainforest is protected by a 500 metre band of thick, sometimes prickly, scrub and tree ferns, which will take us about 30 minutes to traverse, after which we will explore the forest and a small creek and look for monkey vines. 4 km, ascent/descent 130 metres. Mostly open understory after the scrub, with some steep sections of loose soil in the forest. The pace will also suit photographers. 9am departure from Queanbeyan. Leader: Linda Groom [email protected] 6281 4917. Map: Monga. Transport if shared: $44 per car. Late bookings welcome.
Monday am 7 December: Earlybird walk – around Mt Arawang – S/EStarting at 7 am, we will go for a walk for 1 to 2 hours mainly on urban bushland tracks to the summit of Mt Arawang. Afterwards there will be an opportunity to go for breakfast. Map: http://www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/508520/Map-of-Section-6-from-Stromlo-Forest-Park-to-Tuggeranong-Town-Centre.pdf Leader: Lorraine Tomlins 0434078496, [email protected] Meet: on Lincoln Close Chapman (UBD 77 D6) No need to book.
Monday pm 7 December: Goorooyarroo Nature Park and Sammy’s Hill – S/EThiswalk ismostly on fire trails and through pleasantgrassland to a hill with views. Meet at 6:30pm on the northern side of Horse Park Drive about 1.5km toward Gungahlin from the Federal Hwy junction (Gungahlin exit). Map: Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve at www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/390580/cnpmapgoorooyaroo.pdf. Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), philli[email protected] Transport: drive yourself, no need to book.
Tuesday 8 December: Sugarloaf Creek – M/R/X possibly WA hot-weather circuit featuring creeks and rain forest. From the Misty Mountain Road (708E, 597N GDA 94) descend a ridge to Sugarloaf Creek; follow its tributary from 711E 605N upstream, then cross a ridge, roughly near spot height 435, to meet another tributary and follow it back down to Sugarloaf Creek. Around 8 km and 6 hours actual walking. 350 metres total descent/ascent. All off track, lots of rock hopping on possibly slippery rocks, possibly some wading, some sections of very thick scrub. Depart Queanbeyan 7 am for the 1.5 hour drive. Map: Monga. Leader: Linda Groom [email protected] 6281 4917. Transport: $48 per car. Limit: 12.
Wednesday 9 December: Wednesday walkSee the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program, for conditions on participating. CBC Contact: Janet Edstein [email protected]
Thursday evening 10 December: Mount Majura – S/EThis evening walk will follow the Centenary Trail to the summit of Mount Majura. After heading to the summit, we’ll head down the eastern side of the mountain, before heading back to the cars. Meet at 6:30pm at the end of the houses in Antill Street, Hackett. About 8km – please bring a torch. Map: Mount Majura Nature Reserve www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/390578/cnpmapmajura.pdf Leader: Nathan Holt [email protected] Transport: drive yourself, no need to book.
12–13 December: Tuross River and Ridges – M/R/WFrom the junction of the Tuross River and Woila Creek, walk downstream ~5kms to camp by a lovely pool. Next day, climb 500 metres to a view point to the east of Jillicambra Mtn, descend a ridge heading north and return to the Tuross via an attractive rain forested side creek, then upstream to the cars. This trip combines a beautiful river with superb ridge-top views across the Tuross to the mountains above Woila Creek. The walking is off-track and rough with steep ascents and descents on loose ground. There are several river crossings, so boots are not suitable unless you are prepared to get them wet. Forester-type AWDs are advisable for the descent into the Tuross. Map: Belowra. Leader: Meg McKone 6254 5902, [email protected] Transport: ~300 kms return, ~$114 per car, ~$29–$38 pp. Limit: 8.
Monday pm, 14 December: Urambi Hills – S/EMeet at 6:30 pm at Learmoth Drive (Turn from Athlon Drive into Learmoth Drive, pulling over to the left, about 50metres fromthetrafficlights).Wewillenjoyapleasantstrollwithviews. Map: Tuggeranong. Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), philli[email protected] Transport: Drive yourself, no need to book.
Wednesday 16 December: Wednesday walkSee the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program, for conditions on participating. BBC Contact: Peter Wellman [email protected]
Thursday pm 17 December: Mount Ainslie – S/EThis evening walk will follow the Centenary Trail around the northern and eastern sides of the mountain, before heading to the summit and down the hill back to the cars. Meet at 6:30 pm behind the War Memorial in Treloar Circuit. About 7km–shouldfinishindaylightbutpleasebringatorch.Map: Mount Ainslie Nature Reserve www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/390597/cnpmapmtainslie.pdf Leader: Nathan Holt [email protected] Transport: drive yourself, no need to book.
Monday evening 21 December: Mount Taylor Triple – M/EThe plan for this walk is to go to the summit of Mount Taylor three times via three different routes, taking in the fabulous views of Canberra, Tuggeranong, and the Brindabellas. The descents will be via another three routes. Meeting time is 6:00pm at Sulwood Drive, opposite Mannheim Street, Kambah. All up, the walk’s about 8km with around 500 metresofclimbing.Shouldfinishbyciviliantwilightat8:47(sunset is at 8:17) but please bring a torch. Map: Mount Taylor Nature Reserve www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/390593/cnpmapmttaylor.pdf Leader: Nathan
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Activity programHolt [email protected] Transport: drive yourself, no need to book.
Friday 25 December: Christmas DayDo come and join us and help us celebrate Christmas Day. We will be meeting right at the end of Black Mountain Peninsular from midday onwards. Barbecues and toilet facilities are available. Bring your lunch, shared nibbles, and a canoe, if you have one. Please contact the leaders if you want further information on the day’s arrangements. Look for the CBC signs at the end of Garryowen Drive. Leaders: Doug Wright 6281 4148 and Margaret Roseby 6166 0118 or 0428 142 733 Transport: Drive yourself. No need to book.
26 December– 2 January: Walks in the Victorian Alpine National Park – Variety of walks – S/E to L/RWe will be based in Falls Creek at the self-catering Australian Alpine Club Lodge (http://aacfallscreek.com/). There will be at least two walks available each day to choose from – one medium to hard and one easy. A sample of the proposed walks include Wallace Hut – Mt Cope Circuit; PrettyValley –CopeSaddle;HeathySpur –MtNelse –WatchbedCreek;PrettyValley–TheJaithmathangs;RockyValley–ThePark–FitzgeraldsandKellyHuts;LangfordGap – Fitzgeralds Hut; Junction Spur to Howman’s Gap; Mt Cope; Wallace Heritage Trail; and The Aqueduct Trail. May also do some walks in the Mt Buffalo area. Maps: Nelse, Fainter, Mt Wills (all 1:25,000), Buffalo, Falls Creek,VicmapOutdoor Leisure Series Bogong Alpine Area (all 1:50,000). Leader: Barry Keeley 6154 6391 or 0415 152 389 or [email protected] Book: For information and bookings contact me until 13 August and then Jill Bell on 0422677866 or [email protected] until I return at the end of September. Transport: TBA. Accommodation: Shared accommodation costs of $33 per night per person. Maximum of 2 persons to a room and each room has an ensuite. There are no Park Entry fees. Accommodation deposit will be required by end of October and full payment end of November. Please note that the walk is now full, however I can place you on a reserve list.
Monday pm 4 January: Campbell Park – S/EBe at the northern end of the airport side of the Campbell Parkofficescarparkat6.30.Thewalkfollowsthetrackalongthe eastern side of the Ainslie reserve toward Mt Majura then loops back. Map: www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/390597/cnpmapmtainslie.pdf. Leader: Phillip Starr 6161835(h), 0419 281 096 (m), philli[email protected] Transport: Drive yourself, no need to book.
Thursday pm 7 January: Frost Hollow, Cork Plantation and Arboretum – S/EMeet at 6.00 (note earlier time) in the car park accessed via the road beside 61 MacKellar Circuit, Cook. We will walk on track to the Arboretum via the Cork Plantation and the Aranda Frost Hollow. Returning to the cars on different tracks. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Diana Kirby 0421 851 212 (m), [email protected] Transport: drive yourself.
Monday pm 11 January: Farrer Ridge and Wanniassa Hills – S/EWe will stroll along Farrer Ridge then on to Wanniassa Hills. Return via a different route. Meet at 6:30 on Sulwood Drive, Wanniassa, between Sainsbury Street and Gaunson Crescent. Map: Tuggeranong. Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), philli[email protected] Transport: drive yourself, no need to book.
Thursday pm 14 January – Black Mt hat band – S/EMeet at 6.30 in the car park at end of Frith St near electric-ity substation. We will walk to the top of Black Mountain and on the way down take the track around the mountain for 360-degree views of Canberra. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Diana Kirby 0421 851 212 (m), or [email protected] (email). Transport: drive yourself.
(Friday) Saturday–Tuesday (15) 16–19 January: Blue Mountains & The Wollemi – M/MDay 1: Dumbano Tunnels BMNP (M/M/W 10km off track & 300m ascent) A series of deep, water sculpted canyons with tight bends and shallow pools, featuring examples of 3 types of tree ferns. No abseils, wet to your waist in a few places. Day 2: Devils Throat & Camp Creek, Newnes Plateau(M/M/X 10 km off track & 400 m ascent) We’ll walk around and under this unique formation which forms the base of Alacatraz Canyon. On return, we’ll do a short detour to capture some great views of the pagodas along Carne Creek. Day 3: Wollangambe River (Wollangambe One canyon) BMNP, (M/M/W 10 km & 500 m ascent) A great introductory canyon which is traversed by li-lo, walking in shallow water and scrambling over boulders. Note: each person will require their own cotton covered li-lo and wetsuit and should be con-fidentinwaterovertheirheads.Day4:RockyCreekCanyonWNP (M/M/W) A dark, deep and beautiful canyon, we will return by coming back up through the canyon. No abseils, several swims up to 50 m, wetsuit required. Maps: Lithgow, Cullen Bullen, Wollangambe, Rock Hill. Leaders: Karen Cody & Bob Salijevic [email protected] Transport: ~$90 per person with 3 per car. Accommodation: Free camping available on 7 acres of private property in Dargan, with hot showers and toilets available. Feel free to “wag” one of the walks to visit nearby tourist attractions. There will be a self catered BBQ on Saturday night. Limit: 12. Please book by: 7 January. Further info on each walk is available at: https://sites.google.com/site/feralkaza/home under Upcoming Trips – Blue Mountains.
Monday pm 18 January: Goorooyarroo Nature Park and Old Joe Hill – S/EThiswalkismostlyonfiretrailsandtothetopofOldJoeHill with a great view towards Canberra and the mountains. Meet at 6:30 on the northern side of Horse Park Drive about 1.5 km toward Gungahlin from the Federal Hwy junction (Gungahlin exit) Map: Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve at www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/390580/cnpmapgoorooyaroo.pdf Leader: Nathan Holt [email protected] Transport: drive yourself, no need to book.
Thursday pm 21 January – Aranda Bushland, Kiers Trig and Frost Hollow – S/EMeet at 6.30 in the car park accessed via the road beside 61 MacKellar Circuit, Cook. We will walk in the Aranda Bushland to the Kiers Trig point and then pick up a trail to the Aranda Frost Hollow. Returning to the cars on different tracks. No bookings. Map: Canberra. Leader: Diana Kirby 0421 851 212 (m), [email protected] Transport: drive yourself.
(22) 23–26 January: Kayaking and bushwalking at Corner Inlet – M/R/WFromPortWelshpool,Victoria, 4 days of kayaking andbushwalking based in the clear, semi-protected waters of Corner Inlet, with a commercial kayaking guide. BYO kayak or hire at Port Welshpool. Itinerary will depend on weather; for likely itinerary and approx. prices see www.seakayakaustralia.com/tours/multi-day-tours/corner-inlet-wilsons-promontory.html though we will add a day’s walking into the remote, scrubby north end of Wilson Prom NP.
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Suitfitbeginnerswithgoodupperbodystrength,aswellasexperienced kayakers. Maps: tba. Leader: Linda Groom [email protected] 6281 4917. Transport: if shared, $475 per car. Limit: 12. Expressions of interest by late November please, though earlier if possible to allow booking of shared cabin or camping accommodation Friday night.
Monday evening 25 January: Black Mountain – S/EThe walk will start from near the substation at the end of Frith Road. Please meet at 6.30pm. We’ll head to the summit, take in the Forest Track, before heading back to the cars. All on track. Map: www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/390595/cnpmapblackmountain.pdf Leader: Nathan Holt [email protected] Transport: drive yourself, no need to book.
Thursday evening, 28 January – Mt Painter S/EMeet at 6.30 in the car park accessed via the road beside 61 MacKellar Circuit, Cook. We will walk on track up Mt Painter for great views from the top. Returning via the horse paddocks and Wybalena Ridge, mostly on tracks. No need to book. Map: Canberra. Leader: Diana Kirby 0421851212 (mobile), or [email protected] (email). Transport: drive yourself.
6–7 February (TBC): Alpine weed control – Kosciuszko National Park – S/E to L/MMonitoring of invasive weeds and rehabilitation of weed-impacted areas, including weed identification training Leader: Cynthia Burton [email protected] Map: TBA. Transport and accommodation: provided by Greening Australia.
Monday–Thursday 22–25 February: Depot Beach 4 day camp – Easy grade with swimming, surfing, snorkellingAn opportunity to enjoy 4 days camp at the Depot Beach Campground. Activities include walking around to Pt Upright along a spectacular wave cut platform, walking along to Pebbly Beach to snorkel and surf, a short walk in the rainforest, and a day spent at North Head. Campers need to bring their own tent or van (powered site $23 p/site) gear + food, etc as there aren’t shops nearby. Tent sites $5–$10 per person per night, depending on number of participants. Please book asap with me so I can arrange for tent sites and for joint car travel. We will meet at Spotlight in Qbyn, 6 Bungendore Road (aka Kings Highway) by 8.30 am on Mon 22 Feb. Joint activity with CBC & BBC. Leader: Janet Edstein [email protected] Transport: ~$50 per person including travel to North Beach.
Sun 28 February to Sat 5 March 2016: Seven days on Flinders Island, Tasmania – M/M–RAllbushwalksaredaytripsfromcampsites.Visit:StrzeleckiPeak 6–7 hours, a regular but steep track 780 m of ascent and descent in 14 kms, the highest mountain on the island. Also Pillagers Peak and Mt Hauland 440 m of ascent, Mt Killicrankie traverse 4–6 hours, Patriarch Wildlife Centre, Red Bluff and Sellars Point beachwalk 5–6 hours, Wybalenna and other tourist activities. Mostly on track or beaches, some off-track. See:www.flinders.tas.gov.au andwww.parks.tas.gov.au/?base=3834. Flinders Island is 63 km long and 31 km wide. Accommodation will be mostly car based camping at free of charge campsites, with occasional cabin possible. Leader: Peter Conroy, [email protected]. ExpressionsofinterestbyearlyFeb2016.Confirmtravelby~Mon 22 Feb 2016. Maps: Tasmap 1:100 000. https://www.tasmap.tas.gov.au/do/product/100000DIG/8517DIG. Digital download for $2 or printed map for $10, digital download includesGeoTIFand .kml,kml formatfilewill load into
Google Earth. Also, at no cost, see http://www.gpsvisual-izer.com/draw/ and select, Open Cyclemap, WorldTopo4U, or Google Hybrid. Transport: Fly to Flinders Island from Launceston or From Tullamarine Airport Melbourne. See www.visitflindersisland.com.au/sharp-airlines/ We will hire cars on the island.
10–17 March 2016: Walking in Tasmania with the Hobart Walking Club – Variety of walks – M/M to M/RThe Hobart Walking Club (HWC) and the CBC are working together to arrange visits to each other’s favourite walking areas. The HWC will be hosting CBC members for a week in 2016 – Thursday 10 March to Thursday 17 March. Overnight trips (e.g. hut based day walks on Mt Field, Tyndalls and Mt Murchison Circuit) will be offered over the long weekend 11–14 March and then day walks from a Hobart base (e.g. CapeRaoul,MtWright,WellingtonFallsCircuit)onthefinalthree days. The HWC will also be offering walks with grades similar to the easy/medium Wednesday walks. There will be an initial meeting of CBC participants in early December to discuss trip details. We will be able to book on walks before arriving in Tasmania Maps: TBA. CBC Coordinator: Lorraine Tomlins 0434078496 [email protected] Accommodation: responsibility of participants. Transport: TBA Bookings: by 30 November – late bookings accepted.
Saturday 26 March: Middle Creek – M/RA walk part way up Middle Creek to a rock and a geocache, GC26Y22. Middle Creek is likely to be quite scrubby. Maps: Rendezvous Creek & Yaouk. Leader: Roger Edwards 6288 7863 (h) [email protected] Transport: ~$15.00. Limit: 8.
2–16 May 2016: Flinders Ranges in South Australia – M/M – L/RA joint CBC/BBC activity. Enjoy walking and driving in the beautiful Flinders Ranges and Heysen Trail within the Mt Remarkable and Wilpena National Parks in SA. Accommodation is mostly self-catering in cabins, your van or tent at two campgrounds, Melrose township situated at the foot of Mt Remarkable and at Rawnsley Bluff 17kms south of Wilpena Pound. There will be several group meals. Allow two days for travelling to the Flinders and return. Althoughwewalkontracksyouwillneedtobefit.Pleaseemail expressions of interest. There will be an Information Evening in March. Some of you may like to plan touring in theClareValley(wineries),KangarooIslandorelsewherein the South Australia afterwards. Tues 3 – Sun 8: Melrose Campground. Ready to start walking on Wednesday 3 May. Walks include climbing Dutchman’s Stern, walk-ing in Alligator Gorge, Hidden Gorge and climbing Mt Remarkable. Sun 8 – Sat 14: Leave Melrose for Rawnsleys Bluff Camp Ground. On the way ride on the Pichi Richi steam train (~$48) through the most scenic Pichi Richi Pass. From Rawnsleys Pk Campground day walks include climbing the steep rocky track 700m to St Mary’s Peak or just halfway to the Saddle for fab views of the Wilpena Pound, sightsee andwalkinAroonaValley,BunyerooandBrachinaGorges,Blinman Pools, Wilpena Pound Lookouts, along Black’s Gap to Wilpena Pound, Arkaroo and other spots. Leader: Janet Edstein [email protected] Transport: Most roads are sealed. Mileage, roughly 3500 kms from Canberra to Melrose /Wilpena Pound and return, plus another ~ 900 kms travelling to the walks. Transport Costs ~ $600 each person. Maps: HEMA map. NRMA have a reasonable Flinders Map. Limit: 20. Accommodation: $30–$50 per person per night in 3–4 person (1 couple + 2 singles) cabins, half that for tents.Accommodationincabinsneedstobeconfirmedasap.
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