December 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 December to the second Wednesday of January.

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
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Thursday Evening 14 December: Cooleman Ridge – S/E

Meet at the car park on Namatjira Drive just on the Kambah side of Fisher near the speed limit sign. There are great views along the ridge. No bookings, just turn up at 6.30pm. Map: N/A Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: drive yourself

Saturday 16 December: Mt Gingera – M/E

Enjoy Mount Gingera with the wildflowers. Walk on track from the Mount Ginini car park to the summit for lunch, then follow the ridge for a time before dropping off track to Pryors Hut and back to the cars. Given the elevation – Mount Gingera is 1857m – the walk will probably be comfortable even if the city is warm. The climb is about 200m. A spectacular view. About four hours actual walking. Map: Corin Dam 1:25000 Leader: GeorgeP Transport: minimum $18

16–17 December: Many Rock Ribs – M/MR

Gem of a Budawangs area. Access from Wog Wog entrance and Corang Cascades. Surprise campsite, then to Many Rock Ribs with daypacks and cameras. Memorably lovely small-scale scenery, plus vistas from the hills. Sunday activities negotiable dependent upon the weather. To swim may be pleasant. No fires or trekking poles. Map: Corang 1:25000 Leader: JamesA Transport: minimum $26 Limit: 8

Tuesday 19 December: Orroral Tor and The Spinnaker – M-L/M-R/X

A route that can be easily tailored to suit the desires of the party and the temperature of the day. From Honeysuckle Creek camping ground, we’ll head 3km south into the open creek lines. Then up to the ridge and round the back of Orroral Tor to inspect this grand feature up close and personal. North to the Orroral Valley-Honeysuckle Creek fire trail, which will take us back up the ridge. NE through the bush to the back of The Spinnaker (aka Honeysuckle Crag). At maximum, 14km and 700m climb; at minimum, a gentle stroll of a couple of km and a bit of a climb to the granite face of The Spinnaker. Further details at Maps: Corin Dam and Rendezvous Creek 1:25000 Leader: JohnE - contact the leader by 6:00pm the previous Sunday to discuss options. Transport: minimum $10 Limit: 8

Thursday Evening, 21 December: Mt Ainslie Quarry – S/E

Meet in the car park at the back of the War memorial, on the eastern side. We will do a walk in the Mount Ainslie reserve, including a visit to the disused quarry, thence to the top and down the easy way to the cars. No bookings, just turn up at 6:30pm Map: N/A Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: drive yourself

Monday 25 December: Christmas Day Lunch

CBC members and their friends are invited to join the traditional picnic (BYO) lunch, hopefully at Springbank Island, Lake Burley Griffin. Meet at noon at the lakeside end of Lawson Circuit, Acton Peninsular. There is no need to book but please contact the leader should you want any further information and do let him know if you are able to provide a further boat or canoe to be used to ferry people to the island. Leader: DougW Transport: drive yourself

27-31 December: Charlottes Pass – S/E, M/M

Some accommodation has been booked at the self-catering Southern Alps Lodge at Charlottes Pass. Should you wish to enjoy the wild flowers in the mountains or the end of the year, for the whole time or just one or two days please contact the leader for further information as soon as possible so that extra beds can be requested if necessary. Leader: DougW Transport: minimum $40, plus Park entrance

27-31 December: Gungartin, Jagungal, and Kerries Ridge – M/M/X

A circuit of that remote northern end of the Main Range, including the intriguing cascades of Valentine Falls, and the lonely peaks of Jagungal and Gungartin. Much will be off track, but it is mostly open rolling country with delightful campsites, a couple of old huts, alpine flowers and big views. Maps: Kosciuszko 1:50000 Leader: RupertB Transport: minimum $40, plus Park entrance. Limit: 6

27 December - 1 January: Genoa River – M/R

Hopping Joes Creek – Genoa River – Black Jack Gully – Genoa River – Hopping Joes Creek. A pleasant river walk. No compulsory swims, but wet feet. Various optional side trips, including an attempt on Mount Coopracambra. Maps: Nungatta and Yambulla 1:25000 Leaders: ReneD and KeithT [email to KeithT] Transport: minimum $50

27 December - 1 January: Kowmung River – M/M-R/W

Uni Rover Trail – Despond Ridge – Kowmung River – Christys Creek – Spinebender Ridge – Uni Rover Trail. A chance to do a long section (about 20km) of the Kowmung. Lots of river crossings. There is one compulsory swim in Christys Creek and we may swim around some obstacles in the Kowmung. If the Park is closed due to flood, fire or any other hazard, we’ll try to find another river. Maps: Kanangra and Yerranderie 1:25000 Leader: MegM Transport: minimum $45 + Park entry fee Limit: 8

30 December - 3 January: Walls of Jerusalem, Tasmania NP, M/M-R

A chance to spend New Year’s Eve in one of Tasmania’s lovely alpine areas. The trip will be a circuit, approaching from the south west and leaving via the main route. Two days with full packs to get there followed by two relaxing days exploring the main walls area with day packs. Expect all weather conditions from snow to searing heat. Plenty of tarns to swim in for those used to southern water temperatures. Fuel stove only area, no fires. Park fees apply. Map: Walls of Jerusalem National Park 1:25000 Leader: AndrewM Transport: own arrangements Limit: 8

31 December - 1 January: Orroral Ridge and Booroomba – S/E

Late afternoon start. Escape the noisy New Year parties with a pleasant overnight stay just 1km from the cars near Honeysuckle Ck. Watch the sunset from a high outcrop then do a short walk in the fullish moonlight. Return to the cars after breakfast on New Years morning then do a short drive and walk up Mt Booroomba. Back home by lunchtime. Don’t be deterred if you don’t have your own tent or WE pack. Map: Corin Dam 1:25000 Leader: JeffB Transport: minimum $10 Limit: 8

Tuesday 2 January: The Ridge of Stone – S/E

I so enjoyed this little wander led by Jeff Bennetts last year that I’ll take my overseas visitors this year. Come and join us and clear the head of New Year revelry. Drive to the top of the ridge and explore north and south. Tower Rocks, Legoland, Trojan Wall, Sentinel Rocks, The Belfry and The Cloisters. Excellent granite. Around 6km and a little easy scrambling. With an early start to beat the heat, it’ll be all over by lunchtime. Further details at Map: Corin Dam 1:25000 Leader: JohnE - contact the leader by 6pm the previous Sunday to discuss options. Transport: minimum $10 Limit: 8

Thursday evening, 4 January: Kowen Forest – S/E

Go down Sutton Road about 1½ km from its intersection with Pialligo Road and Yass Road to the Kowen Road. Go down Kowen Road until the junction where the road to Molonglo Gorge goes off to the right. Park in the car park on the left. We will head through the forest to the Blue Tiles recreation area. Start time 6:30pm. No need to book. Map: N/A Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: drive yourself

6 January: Clyde Gorge from Little Forest Plateau – M/R

This is a 3-day circuit with magnificent Budawang scenery, a touch of adventure and time to enjoy the pools in the Clyde River. The tree cover in the gorge provides pleasant relief from the sun for much of the way. We will descend into the gorge via Wombat Ridge and Landslide Canyon, follow the river upstream from Pigeon House Creek (first camp) to Claydons Creek (second camp) and climb out via a tributary of Claydons Creek and Jailhouse Pass. Maps: Tianjara, Milton and Corang 1:25000 (or CMW Budawangs) Leader: GeorgeC Transport: minimum $40 Limit: 8

Wednesday 10 January: Wednesday Walk

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

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