August 2006

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 August to the second Wednesday of September.

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 12 August: Bundanoon - Johnstones Creek from Teudts Lookout – M/R

This is an exploratory walk through the Johnstones Creek canyon. Maps: Wingello, Bundanoon 1:25000 Leader: Chris L Transport: ~$20

Saturday 12 August: Big Badja – M/R

From Pikes Saddle we first follow the Minuma Range fire trail, then walk up along that beautiful ridge to have lunch with a view over Mother Woila. In the afternoon we go west to Big Badja Hill for afternoon tea and return along the Badja fire trail. Maps: Snowball and Badja 1:25000 Leader: Gösta L Transport: ~$30

Sunday 13 August: Nursery Swamp and beyond – S/M

On track from Orroral Valley to Nursery Swamp, then off track up the hill behind it (1373m) for views to the high rocky summits of Mt Mavis and Mt Herlt. Map: Rendezvous Creek 1:25000 Leader: Jeff B Transport: ~$12

12-13 August: Picture Canyon – M/R

This trip to the rarely visited area in the NW corner of the Budawangs sketch map will traverse the Bainbrig Creek and Bulee Brook catchments, including an exploration of Picture Canyon. Maps: CMW Budawang Sketch Map; Nerriga and Endrick 1:25000 Leaders: Rene D and Keith T Transport: ~$28 Limit: 8

12-20 August: Mts Feathertop and Bogong Snowshoe Trips – M-L/M-R

The aim will be to spend a few days climbing Mt Feathertop from Harrietville and then drive over to Mt Beauty to tackle Mt Bogong. Plans will need to be flexible to allow for weather and snow conditions but expect to carry tents and stoves and to spend two or three nights out on each trip in alpine country. Glorious scenery. Map: Bogong Alpine Area 1:50000. Leader: John I Transport: to be negotiated

Wednesday 16 August: Monthly Meeting – 8:00pm at St Johns Church Hall, Reid

Corroboree Frogs: An Uncertain Future.

Saturday 19 August: Booth Hill and Brandy Flat Hut – M-L/R (X for me)

Ever since seeing the list of ACT High Peaks published in the November 2004 It, I’ve been striving to ‘bag’ them all! Let’s reach the top of Booth Hill, the 17th highest ‘named peak’ in the ACT. At 1585m, it sits east of the Boboyan Road. The walk starts from a car park off the road and a foot track leads to the Brandy Flat Fire Trail, which we will follow for a while. A tough climb through rough scrub follows. After reaching our objective, we’ll descend, paralleling the Gudgenby Creek, to Brandy Flat Hut for a well-deserved break before slogging back along the fire trail to the cars. Around 13km and 700m climb. Further details at Map: Michelago 1:25000 Leader: John E Transport: ~$10 Limit: 8

Sunday 20 August: Yankee Hats 1 and 2 – S/R

This will be a round from the Boboyan car park. Maps: Rendezvous Creek, Yaouk 1:25000 Leader: Rob H Transport: ~$11

Saturday 26 August: Namadgi National Park – M/R

From Rendezvous Creek car park we’ll ascend the ridge above its true left bank, climb through the boulders to spot height 1342 and beyond to a point somewhere along the ridgeline from whence we’ll descend to return along Rendezvous Creek. Map: Rendezvous Creek 1:25000 Leader: Ian S Transport: ~$10

Sunday 27 August: Cotter Gap - Cotter Rocks - Rock Flats – L/M

From Orroral along the Australian Alps Walking Track to Cotter Gap, off track south to Cotter Rocks and Rock Flats, then north-east across upper Rendezvous Creek and through a saddle to rejoin the track and return. Granite rock formations and good views. Maps: ACT 1:100000 or Rendezvous Creek and Corin Dam 1:25000 Leader: Jeff B Transport: ~$15 Limit: 12

26-27 August: Perisher Area, Snowshoes – M/M

An overnight trip on snowshoes into the back-country up from Blue Cow, camping out on the snow. We will travel up by snow tube and leave cars at Bullocks Flat. Map: Kosciuszko 1:50000 Leader: Steve G; bookings after July 9 Transport: ~$35 plus snow tube fare

26-27 August: Namadgi NP - Sentry Box – M/R

Saturday: A scenic walk along the Naas Valley from the Naas Car Park to Sheep Station Creek, to set-up camp. After lunch by the picturesque shearing shed, a bush-bash and long climb to Sentry Box Hill and return. Sunday: A walk along and through/over Grassy Creek, via Lone Pine Homestead (ruins), Pheasant Hill, and eventual return to Naas Car Park, by mid-afternoon. Some off-track walking but shouldn’t be too challenging. Plan to have campfire but it may be wise to bring fuel stoves - just in case. Map: Yaouk 1:25000 Leader: John K Transport: ~$16

Saturday 2 September: Mulligans Flat – S/E

This little known gem on the northern fringe of Gungahlin is perfect for a spring afternoon. Light forest, low hills and some open grassland. Meet 2:00pm in the main Mulligans Flat carpark. Go down Old Gundaroo Road (toward the western end of Horse Park Rd) until you see the car park on your right. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: drive yourself but tell me when you book if you want a ride

Sunday 3 September: Wild Cattle Ridge – M/M

A walk near Captains Flat in the Tallaganda National Park. From Wild Cattle Flats Road, follow an open ridge south toward Mt Tumanang. The mountain is too far to access this way in a day and we will lunch on an unnamed peak of 1335m. We then go west and south to the cars. Vegetation is varied but is mostly open forest with some views. About 5½ hours actual walking, mostly off track but not hard. Home via the purple eatery. Car shuffle. Map: Tinderry 1:25000 Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: ~$20

Sunday 3 September: Guthega - Gungartin on Snowshoes – E/M

Explore some classic snow country in the Main Range without the need for skiing skills. We’ll head up the Munyang Valley with snowshoes with the aim of achieving big views both ways along of Range from Gungartin. Maps: 1:50000 Kosciusko. Leader: Rupert B Transport: $30 plus Park entrance Limit: 8

(1)2-3 September: Royal National Park – M/E

This is a walk over 2 days that traverses the length of Royal National Park and covers about 27 km. We head off Friday evening and stay overnight at the Wollongong YHA. On Saturday we drive to Otford, where we leave our cars before catching the train to Cronulla to board the Cronulla- Bundeena ferry. From Bundeena we walk to Garies Beach and stay overnight at Garies Beach YHA. Have booked entire YHA for the evening. Sunday we walk out to Otford to our cars, and then head home to Canberra. Maps: Port Hacking and Otford 1:25000 Leader: Barry K Transport: $40-$50 Accommodation: Friday $25, Saturday $15 Limit: 12

Saturday 9 September: Worn Boot Bash – L/M

This year the route is Kambah, Mts Taylor, Wanniassa and Rob Roy, Murrumbidgee River, Tuggeranong Creek, Kambah. ~35 km + some hills. Map: ACT 1:100000 Leaders: Jenny H and Rob H Transport: N/A

Saturday 9 September: Ridge with a view near Captains Flat – M/E-M

Walk from the Spring Creek car park along a series of ridges through open forest to an unnamed grassy peak for lunch with spectacular views from Lake George to the Tinderries then loop back to the cars. Mostly easy off track, about 4¾ hours actual walking. Map: Captains Flat 1:25000 Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: ~$15

9-16 September: Washpool/Gibraltar National Park, Northern NSW – M/M-R

Spend 5 days in a superb part of Northern NSW with contrasting giant granite tors and heritage rainforests. The route will be flexible but will include some off-track/creek walking. Leader: Chris L Map: Tenterfield 1:100000 Transport: TBA

Wednesday 13 September: 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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