October 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 October to the second Wednesday of November.

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.

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Saturday 15 October – Tidbinbilla: Devil's Peak and Gibralter Rocks – M/M

A leisurely day exploring the three peaks at the north eastern side of Tidbinbilla. Starting from the Birragai Time Trail and heading up to Mount Eliza, and through to Gibralter Rocks for some good views. We'll head along the Gibralter track for awhile and then across country to Devil's Gap and Devil's Peak for lunch. Bush bash down to the the ring road and return to the vehicles. Time permitting - a drive to the tracking station for a bit of awe and afternoon tea. There'll be a short car shuffle. Map: Tidbinbilla 1:25000 Leader: John K Transport: ~$8 Limit: 12

Sunday 16 October – Square Rock to McKeahnie Trig – M/M

A walk in Namadgi. We will start from the car park near Smokers Gap and follow the track to Square Rock. Square Rock provides good views of Mts Gingera, Ginini, Franklin and other Brindabella peaks. From Square Rock we will go cross country along a ridge to McKeahnie Trig where we will have lunch. We will drop back to the Corin Road near where Kangaroo Creek crosses the road. There will be a short car shuffle. Map: Corin Dam 1:25000. Leader: Gerald D Transport: ~$9

(14), 15-16 October – Barren Grounds Reserve Weekend – L/E

Leave Canberra Friday evening. On Saturday we will do a 20km walk through heath country to the edge of the escarpment and enjoy several spectacular views of the coast and nearby ranges. Sunday will be a shorter walk (10km) to Geringong Falls, before returning home Sun afternoon. The Reserve is famous for its bird life and wildflowers. Two cabins have been booked for two nights at The Ben Ricketts Environmental Preserve ( Rating: Sat L/E, Sun S/E Map: Kangaroo Valley 1:25000 Leader: Barry K Transport: ~$32 Accommodation: $15-20 per night

15-16 October – Deua NP: Woila Creek and Euranbene Mountain – M/R

The proposed route in is via Pike’s Saddle, Big Badja, "rock ground", and a ridge to the Woila/Breakfast Creeks junction. Return via a ridge to Euranbene Mountain and then the Minuma Fire Trail. Maps: Snowball and Badja 1:25000 Leader: Chris L Transport: ~$22

Saturday 22 October – Geodetic Observatory Site and Mt Orroral – M/M-R

Walk via the Granite Tops Walking Track to NmC 106 and have a look at the old geodetic observatory site overlooking the southern end of Orroral Valley. Then cross country to explore the rocky Mt Orroral (on first edition maps called NmC 107), the ACT’s 15th highest named feature at 1609m. To return, we’ll head via Spot Height 1447 to intersect the Nursery Swamp Walking Trail. Down the track to Orroral Road and a final wander back up the valley along the Orroral Heritage Walking Trail to return to the cars. More information at Map: Rendezvous Creek 1:25000. Leader: John E Transport: ~$10

Sunday 23 October – Mt Foxlow – M/E-M

Walk along the Spring Creek trail from Woolcara Lane to Foxlow Flats then up Foxlow itself for lunch. Return briefly along the Macfarlane fire trail then swing off track mostly along a ridge through attractive light forest back to the cars. About 5Ό hrs actual walking. Map: Captains Flat 1:25000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: ~$10

22-23 October – Western Budawangs – M/M

Corang entrance - Alum Fire Trail - Flat Top Mtn - Square Top Fire Trail - Round Mtn - Square Top Mtn - Corang entrance. A fairly easy walk during the spring wildflower season mainly on fire trails with a few off-track sections. We will visit two or three flat-topped hills to explore the cliffs around them and ascend them for the views (there are no big climbs). Bring a very light day pack for water and nibbles for our visit to Round Mtn, and enough water bottles or a wineskin to fetch water for Sat night, as we may be camped several hundred metres from Sallee Creek. This trip is suitable for people who would like to try camping out on a weekend walk for the first time. Maps: CMW Budawangs, Endrick 1:25000 Leader: Meg M Transport: ~$29

(28) 29-30 October – Durras Mountain -Beaches - Lake weekend – L/E, M/MX

Beaches all morning and bush all afternoon on Saturday, in a 22km anticlockwise circuit (Depot, Pebbly, Pretty Beaches then climb 300m up Durras Mountain and walk back along forest tracks to Depot Beach). We will car-camp at the NPWS camping ground at Depot Beach on Friday and Saturday, for an early start. BBQ possibilities on Saturday night. On Sunday we climb over Point Upright (named by Capt Cook) to look for whales, then walk along North Durras Beach and along the northern shore of Durras Lake, then explore a new way back to Depot Beach through the bush, both on and off-track, a distance of about 16km. Maps: Kioloa and Durras 1:25000 Leader: Ross A Transport: ~$33 plus camping and park fees. Limit: 10

Tuesday Evening 1 November – Dairy Farmers Hill – S/E

This is the first of a series of evenings walks that I plan to lead on Tuesdays to enjoy the daylight saving. The walks will last from about 6:00 to 8:30pm and there is no need to book, simply turn up with water and something to eat. Most walks will have a hill and be from 5 to 8 kms long. First Walk: Park at the National Aquarium on Lady Denham Drive by 6:00pm. We’ll follow the track to the top of the Dairy Farm Hill and look at the views towards Civic while enjoying our tea. No need to book, just turn up with water and food. Leader: Janet E

Thursday Evening, 3 November – Pinnacles Nature Park – S/E

This is the first of a series of walks of 1½ to 2 hours duration during daylight saving, ending around sunset on most Thursday evenings. Meet at 6:30pm at the end of Dungowan Street, Hawker for a walk with views of the Brindabella Ranges at sunset. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: self drive

5 November 2005 – Broom Clearing XIII at Cotter Hut

Please assist with this important task. Further information can be found in the article located elsewhere in this copy of IT. Map: Rendezvous Creek 1:25000 Leader: John Thwaite 6254 3193(h) Alternative Contact: Allan M Transport: ~$11

5-6 November – Coronet Peak and Cotter Rocks – M/M

An excellent introduction to the granite tors of the Bimberi Wilderness in Namadgi. We’ll walk a variety of locations including Orroral Valley grasslands, fire trail, the Australian Alpine Walking Track and some off-track bush. An (optional) side trip to the unique Split Rock, then camp at Pond Creek Flats. On Sunday, we’ll climb Coronet Peak (1494m), and then return to our camp site to pick up packs and walk out. This will be a great trip for new (and old) club members. If you haven’t got all the gear, hire from the club. More information at Maps: Corin Dam and Rendezvous Creek 1:25000. Leader: John E Transport: ~$10 Limit: 8

Tuesday Evening 8 November – Around and up Mt Taylor – S/E

We shall follow tracks and the firetrail around and up Mt Taylor from the Kambah side. It's not so steep! Great 360 degree views include from Civic around to the Brindabellas and Tuggeranong. Park your car at the corner of Badimara Street and Nemarang Street near the underpass by 6:00pm. Map: Phone Book Map 77 P4. Bring water and food. Leader: Janet E

6-11 November – Blue Mountains – M/E

Explore the ferny glades, magnificent cliff lines and rainforest gullies of this Mecca for walkers. The plan is to use a cottage in Katoomba as a base for day walks in the area. Choice of walks, all on track, will be determined by the weather and inclinations of the group. Maps: TBA Leader: Mark H Transport: ~$50

9 November – Wednesday Walk

The regular mid-week walk series continues, close to Canberra with a destination to be decided. Contact the leader before 8:00pm Tuesday to find out destination and meeting place. Leader: Allan M

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

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