March 2007

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 March to the second Wednesday of April.

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

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Thursday Evening 15 March: Yarramundi Peninsula – S/E

Meet at 6:30pm in the National Zoo and Aquarium car park on Lady Denman Drive. We will wander along the lake and around the peninsula. No need to book. Map: N/A Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: drive yourself

17-19 March (Canberra Day LWE): Kowmung River – M/M-R/W

A classic three day trip through Bulga Denis Canyon (a gorge, not a narrow canyon). From Kanangra Walls, descend to the Kowmung via Cambage Spire, walk approx 12 kms downstream, return via Hughes Ridge. Lots of river crossings and possible swims with packs. Superb Blue Mountains ridge and river scenery with approximately 800 metres descent and ascent. Map: Yerranderie 1:25000 Leader: MegM Transport: minimum $45 + Park entry fee Limit: 8

17-19 March (Canberra Day LWE): Kanangra Base Camp – M/E

Kanangra Walls is an isolated sandstone plateau, with outstanding views across Kanangra Gorge and over the southern Blue Mts. We will camp beside the cars at Boyd Crossing both nights. Saturday’s walk will be to Coal Seam Cave and Cottage Rock (9km), Sunday’s to Crafts Wall, Pages Pinnacle and Mt Berry (13km), and Monday’s to Tuglow Caves and Box Ck Falls (8km). All walks on track. Leader: JeffB Transport: minimum $40 + Park entry fee Limit: 12

17-19 March (Canberra Day Long Weekend): Ettrema – M/R

This modified version of the weekend walk allows more time for leisurely rock hopping, exploring Jones Creek and enjoyment of Ettrema. It would make a good introduction to weekend walking. We go down Transportation Spur, camp both nights on Jones Creek and exit via Myall Creek. The walk in will be a bit scrubby. Jones Creek is an easy day walk. Rated M/R because of terrain, but short in length. Maps: Touga and Nerriga 1:25000 Leader: RobertB Transport minimum $25 Limit: 8

17-19 March: Ettrema Creek/Jones Creek – L/R

Quiera Clearing - Transportation Spur - Hamlet Crown - Cinch Creek - Upper Jones Creek - follow Jones Creek to Ettrema Creek - Myall Creek. Maps: Touga, Yalwal, Sassafras and Nerriga 1:25000 Leader: ReneD and KeithT [email to KeithT] Transport: minimum $25 Limit: 8

17-19 March: Cave Creek Canyon, Bimberi Peak – L/R

We drive in via Tantangara then walk from Gurrangarambla Creek to Blue Waterholes (visiting Pocket Hut en-route). From here we walk through the magnificent Cave Creek (limestone) Canyon to camp where it meets the Goodradigbee River. On day 2 we climb onto Rolling Ground Ridge and work our way up to camp at 1700m near Dead Horse Gap. On day 3 we cross Bimberi Gap and do the final ascent of Bimberi (1911m). From there it’s mainly downhill to Murrays Gap, Oldfields Hut and back to the cars. Map: ACT 1:100000 Leader: GeorgeC Transport: minimum $40 Limit: 8

Monday 19 March: Gingera – M/M

Corin Dam, Stockyard Spur, Gingera and return. Map: Corin Dam 1:25000 Leaders: JennyH and RobH Transport: minimum $10

Tuesday Evening 20 March 6:00pm-7:30pm: Urambi Hills Nature Park – S/E

Sadly this will be the last of my Tuesday walks as Daylight Saving ends. Meet at the Learmonth Street carpark (Map 87 K8 Yellow Pages Phone Book) by 6:00pm and we will head up the slope and around the hills. Bring a light meal to eat somewhere scenic. No need to book, just turn up. Map: N/A Leader: JanetE

Wednesday 21 March: Monthly Meeting – 8:00pm in Main Meeting Room at St Johns Church Hall, Constitution Avenue, Reid

20 days without seeing a wheel: a long walk in the Rolwaling Valley, Nepal. Four intrepid Club members trek in remote Nepal through tropical monsoon forest, over glaciers, facing precipitous slopes, ice clad peaks, abseiling down rock faces, etc. This has it all! Presenter: LenC

Thursday Evening 22 March: Aranda Bushland – S/E

Meet at 6:30pm in the car park accessed via the lane beside 57 MacKellar Circuit, Cook and wander around the bushland. Great views. As this is the last evening walk of the year, there will be a BBQ after the walk at CarolA's place in Aranda. No need to book. Map: N/A Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: drive yourself

Saturday 24 March: Corn Trail – M/M

Follow parts of the trail used in the 1830s from near the Clyde Mountain down to the Bolero Valley (descend 500m in 15km with some up hill). Part of the trail goes through rain forest with huge crows nest ferns, tree ferns and cabbage palms. There are also distant views of the Castle, Pigeon House and the coast. Passengers will be dropped off at the start of the trail (new Forest Road entrance) and commence walking immediately while drivers do a car shuffle (80 minutes) and catch up to the first party at lunchtime. Be prepared for leeches and a possible knee deep walk through the river at the end of the trail. Maps: Monga and Araluen 1:25000 Leaders: MichaelG (All Bookings) and Stan Marks Transport: minimum $32

24-26 March: Kosciuszko National Park - Valentine Falls and Mt Gungarten – M/M(R)

Saturday: Guthega power station to Schlink’s Pass via the Aquaduct Track, and onto Valentine Hut to camp. Sunday: a morning walk along Valentine Creek to Valentine Falls, the largest falls in Kosciuszko National Park. Return to Valentine Hut to packup and then head to Mawsons Hut. Monday: Mawsons Hut cross country to Gungarten, the Schlink Hilton, and return to Guthega. The mountains are magic this time of the year but come prepared for all types of weather. Fuel stoves required. Maps: Geehi Dam and Jagungal 1:25000 Leader: JohnK Transport: minimum $50 with park fees Limit: 8

24-25 March: Kosciuszko National Park - Main Range - Charlottes Pass, Blue Lake, Crummer Spur, Mt.Twynam, Mt.Anderson, Tate East and Guthrie Ridges – M/M

A pleasant circuit entirely above the tree line on top of Australia. Fuel stoves only and camp will be “en-route”. Map: Mount Kosciusko 1:50000 Leader: ChrisL Transport: minimum $45

Tuesday 27 March: Rock Flats – L/R/X

Rock Flats is the area south of Split Rock. We’ll approach it from the east, coming in across the top of Prairie Dog Creek and Sawpit Creek from off the Granite Tops Walking Track. After visiting the rock shelter at Spot Height 1391 near the source of Rendezvous Creek, we’ll trend W and S through Rock Flats. I’d expect scrub, views and granite. To get home we’ll go SE down a convenient spur on the SW side of Rendezvous Creek, across and up the taped footpad to the saddle and so back via the Nursery Swamp Walking Track. Around 21km and 800m total climb. Very strenuous walking for a fit and experienced party. Further details at Map: Rendezvous Creek 1:25000 Limit: 8 Leader: JohnE: contact him by 6:00pm the previous Sunday to discuss options. Transport: minimum $10

Saturday 31 March: McKeahnie Trig – M/M

Smokers Gap, Square Rock track, McKeahnie Trig, Kangaroo Creek. Short car shuttle required. Map: Corin Dam 1:25000 Leaders: JennyH and RobH Transport: minimum $9

Sunday 1 April: Tinderry Range – M/R

The walk is via the Keewong fire trail. 12km is on track, 4km through bush and the climb is 600m. Map: Tinderry 1:25000 Leader: RogerE Transport: minimum $12

(30), 31 March-1 April: Bargo Gourmet Weekend – Saturday M/M and Sunday S/M

Drive to Bundanoon YHA on Friday evening, our base for the weekend. On Saturday, walk the spectacular and beautiful Bargo Gorge from the Mermaids Pool to its junction with the Nepean River. Mostly on track. On Sunday, probably walk from Meryla Pass along the cliff line with magnificent views, a mixture of on and off track. The YHA is a renovated early 20th century home of delightful ambience. Shared meal on Saturday evening. Maps: Picton and Bundanoon 1:25000 Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: minimum $40 Accommodation: ~$50

Friday 6 April: Moonlight Hollow – M/E

A variant on my usual Moonlight Hollow walk. We will follow Moonlight Hollow Road through forest mostly unaffected by the fires from Bulls Head to Bendora Arboretum (lunch) and return via a disused vehicular track along the ridge which forms the border between ACT and NSW (roughly parallel to the Mt Franklin Road) which has some good views. About 5¼ hours walking. Map: Tidbinbilla 1:25000 Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w) or Transport: minimum $15

Saturday 7 April: De Salis Knobs – L/M-R

If you think the view is grand from Split Rock, then the vista from De Salis knobs is fabulous. A long day with much fire trail, but worth every step. Out via the Orroral Valley (with views up to the Ridge of Stone), Smokers Trail and Cotter Hut Road. Before Eighty Acres we head bush and climb 350m up to a knob or two. Views to the north (to Mt McKeahnie and Dutchies Peak), south (to Split Rock, Coronet Peak and Bimberi Wilderness peaks) and west (to the Brindabellas) from wonderful granite slabs. We then trek SE to Cotter Gap, pick up the Australian Alpine Walking Track and endure more of Cotter Hut Road to get home. Around 24km and 800m total climb. Energetic walking for a long-stepping party. Further details at Maps: Corin Dam and Rendezvous Creek 1:25000 Leader: JohnE Transport: minimum $10 Limit: 8

Monday 9 April (Easter Monday): Mount Coree from Blundell’s Flat – L/E

A 19km-plus walk along the fire trails to the summit of Mount Coree. Have lunch at the top and enjoy the great 360 degree views. Return to Blundells Flat via a different route. See the forest regenerating itself after the 2003 bushfires. Please note that solid fuel fires are not allowed in this area as the authorities are giving the bush the best possible chance to recover from the 2003 fires. Map: Cotter Dam 1:25000 Leader: TimW Transport: minimum $10

6-8 April (Easter): Kosciuszko, Townsend and Club Lake – M/M

A three-day Easter trip to take a different route through some wonderful country. A circuit from Dead Horse Gap over the Ramsheads, camping on Swampy Plain River, over Kosciuszko from the south-west and along the range to camp alongside Club Lake Creek. Up hill and down dale to get back to the cars. Mostly off tracks. Map: Mount Kosciusko 1:50000 Leader: SteveG Transport: minimum $45

6-9 April (Easter): Northern Budawangs – M/R

Sassafras - Galloping Jims Route - Quiltys Mountain - Sturgiss Mountain - Mount Elliott - Sluice Box Falls - Folly Point - Newhaven Gap - Sassafras. There may be minor alterations to the route to adapt to scrub and weather conditions. Maps: CMW Budawang Sketch Map 1:50000; Endrick 1:25000 Leaders: ReneD and KeithT [email to KeithT] Transport: minimum $28 Limit: 8

6-9 April (Easter) - Byadbo Wilderness, Black Jack Mountain, Snowy River Falls – M/M/X

The middle Snowy River area west of Delegate offers walking country with interesting variations, and valleys not too deep and ridges not too high or scrubby. There are also peaks with big views (Black Jack Mountain is a side trip), a heated swimming pool as big as a river, and a satisfying sense of remote exploration for the 40km of this walk. And now Google Earth has revealed some unmapped tracks so I know the easy way out! Maps: Tombong 1:25000; Numbla 1:100000 Leader: RupertB Transport minimum $60 Limit: 6

Tuesday 10 April: Mavis Ridge - Overlook Little Creamy Flats – L/R/X

One day I’ll find a weekend to get to Creamy Flats Creek, but until then I’ll have to be satisfied overlooking it. In via the Nursery Swamp Walking Track, the taped footpad to the saddle and down across Rendezvous Creek. West and up nearly 500m to the Mavis Ridge to overlook Little Creamy Flats. I have no idea of what’s there, except I’d suspect scrub, granite and views! Back down via the north side of the drainage line and home to a hot shower. Around 16km and 900m total climb. Strenuous walking for a fit and experienced party. Further details at Map: Rendezvous Creek 1:25000 Leader: JohnE; contact him by 6:00pm the previous Sunday to discuss options. Transport: minimum $10 Limit: 8

Wednesday 11 April: 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  

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