April 2005

The program for a month usually covers walks from the second Wednesday of the month to the second Wednesday of the following month. This program covers from the second Wednesday of April to the second Wednesday of May.

For more walks, see the Program for last month or next month.

If you are not familiar with the procedures of the Club, please read the Information for Walkers for details of booking on a walk, gradings, our disclaimer, search and rescue procedures, equipment hire etc.

If you are interested in taking part in Club activities, contact

Thursday evening 14 April – Navigation Refresher #1

This is an introductory evening to map, compass and GPS. It is one of four activities, any one or more of which people are welcome to join in as a refresher. The other activities follow in the program (#2 a night dead-reckonning exercise, #3 a day trip consolidating navigation skills, #4 weekend trip off-track) Leaders: Jenny and Rob H. (Note: last year this evening was over-subscribed; please book early).

Saturday 16 April – A Canberra & District Heritage Festival event. A Walk to Andy Cunningham’s Homestead, Orroral Valley – S/E

Enjoy a walk along the bush track from Orroral campground to the old pioneer homestead in Orroral Valley. Over afternoon tea hear of the exploits and adventures of the pioneer airman Andy Cunningham, who lived at Orroral in the 1920s. Bring a gold coin for afternoon tea. Organised in conjunction with MOTH (Minders of Tuggeranong Homestead). Map: Rendezvous Creek 1:2500 Leader: Jenny H Transport: tba

Saturday 16 April – Eastern Rams Head Range Walk – M/M-X

An "exploratory" day-circuit on the opposite side of Perisher Valley to the Kossie Circuit. Crag-hopping across alpine pasture above the treeline, we will have all-day views of Kosciuszko and the Main Range. Route is from Charlottes Pass, up Kangaroo Ridge to Mt Stillwell, to several unmarked crags, to a picturesque tarn, then to top of Merritt’s Spur. Emerge on Summit Road at Merritts Creek. Map: Perisher Valley 1:25,000. Leader: Ross A. Transport ~$30 inc park entry. Limit of 6 fairly fast walkers.

16-17 April – Nattai N.P. Starlights Trail - Nattai R – S-M/E

The Nattai Valley near Mittagong has high sandstone cliffs, like the Blue Mountains. This walk is 20km, all on tracks, including packless side trips to Rocky Waterholes Lookout (5km ret, Sat) and along the river to Wanganderry Ck (4km ret, Sun) - but there is a steady climb out. Camp at Emmetts Flat. Map: Hilltop 1:25,000. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~$30-35. Limit 12.

Saturday 23 April - Mount Orroral Exploratory - M/R

We will climb to the south-east peak of Orroral from the Nursery Swamp car park and then, depending on fire regrowth, visit each of the other three peaks of Orroral. Lots of rock scrambling on huge granite boulders and shelves. Map: Rendezvous Creek 1:25000 Leader: Allan M. Transport: ~ $8.

Monday 25 April- Rob Roy- M/M

A local ramble near the south east of the suburbs; a bit of a climb, with fine views from the top. Map: ACT 1:100,000 Leaders: Jenny and Rob H (bookings no later than Wed please) Transport: TBA.

23-25 April- Morton National Park- M/M (R)

Buddawangs: Through the wonderful heartland of the Budds. to visit Fosters Mountain and Quilty’s Mountain (for the Bora Ring). We’ll start and finish on Nerriga Rd, not far from the Davey homestead. Camping at Styles Cave campsite on both Sat and Sun. Some track work and some bush bashing, topped with a little rock scrambling. Limit of 8: . Map: Endick 1:25,000 Leader: John K. Transport: ~$25

(23), 24, 25 April - Bundanoon gourmet Anzac weekend (Sunday M/M and Monday M/E) 

Early Saturday afternoon, drive to Bundanoon YHA, our base for the weekend. Do a short local walks (about 4-5pm), to one of the interesting destinations in the Bundanoon area. On Sunday, walk through the spectacular and beautiful Bargo Gorge, the exact route yet to be decided. While not difficult, will include some off track. On Monday, walk the Griffin Trail from Meryla Pass to the Yarunga Creek, through rain forest and spectacular views before returning home. The YHA is attractive and relaxing, well fitted out and we will have shared meals in the evenings. Maps: Picton and Bundanoon Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), email Transport: ~$40, accommodation: ~ $60.

Thursday evening 28 April – Navigation Refresher #2

This evening is a night dead-reckonning exercise with a preliminary review of relevant skills before-hand. It is one of three remaining activities, any one or more of which people are welcome to join in as a refresher. The other activities follow in the program (#3 a day trip consolidating navigation skills, #4 weekend trip off-track) Leaders: Jenny and Rob H.

Saturday 30 April -- Bollard Ridge- S/E-M

 Climb a fire trail east of Captains Flat to the trig station atop the Bollard Ridge with views to the west. Then follow the ridge as it descends through open forest until you cross Ballinafad Creek. Lunch on a hill above the creek, then cross wild cattle flats and back to the cars through open forest. All on trail or easy off track. About 4 hrs actual walking. Return via the purple eatery. Map: Tinderry 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568 (h), 6274 7350 (w), email: Transport: ~$20

30 April-1 May – Introductory Weekend Walk - Corang Peak – M/M

Wog Wog Carpark - Corang Peak - Corang Pool - Wog Wog Carpark. Camp below Corang Peak. This walk is an introductory walk for people who would like to try weekend walking. It is on walking tracks except for 2km between Canowie Brook and Corang Pool. The leader can provide advice on food and keeping a light pack. Map: Corang 1:25,000. Leader: Keith T. Transport: ~$25-$30. Limit 8.

Saturday 7 May – Navigation Refresher #3 – M/M

This is a day trip behind Kambah consolidating navigation skills with map and compass. The relevant skills will be reviewed en route. It is one of two remaining activities, any one or more of which people are welcome to join in as a refresher. The other activity follows in the program (#4 a weekend trip off-track) Leaders: Jenny and Rob H.

Sunday 8 May – Palerang-- M/R

We’ll visit Palerang, the central mountain of the new council with the same name. Going in from the Braidwood-Bombay end we follow the Bombay Fire Trail, visit point 1059 and transverse the rocky ridges of Palerang itself to return via the Mulloon Fire Trail.Maps: Bombay 1:25 000. Leader: Gösta L. Transport $15

Sunday 8 May – Harrison’s Peak (M/E-M) 

A walk through open forest near Captain’s Flat, initially on a fire trail to Harrison’s Peak which has views from Canberra and Mt Coree round to the Tinderries. We then walk off track to Foxlow and back to the cars on track. The off track section is easy and open. About 4hrs actual walking. Map: Captains Flat 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568 (h), 6274 7350 (w), email: Transport:  ~$15 

For more walks, see the Program for last month or next month.

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