March 2009

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.

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 requirement that all walkers sign an acknowledgement of risks and obligations, search and rescue procedures, equipment hire, etc.

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Thursday evening, 12 March: Mt Painter – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm in the car park accessed via the lane beside 57 MacKellar Circuit, Cook and visit this nearby peak with great views. Afterwards, a BBQ at the home of Carol A, Aranda. BYO everything incl your chair. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: drive yourself

12–17 March: Stage 1, Black–Allan Line Revisited – L/R

Dead Horse Gap– Tin Mines Hut–Forest Hill–Berrima, Ingeegoodbee, Snowy Rivers. A very beautiful trip. Four  days walking with part-days for travel at start and finish. Maps: Thredbo, Suggan Buggan 1:50,000. Leader: Jenny H. Transport: TBA.

Saturday 14 March: Ridge to east of lower Orroral River – M/R/X

This is the rocky feature west of the Gudgenby River and just past the Orroral Valley road junction, seen from the Boboyan Road Map: Rendezvous Creek 1:25,000. Leader: Rob H. Transport: ~$35 per car, $9–$12 per person.

Sunday 15 March: Northern end Mt Clear Range, morning ramble – S/M

Start and finish on Angle Crossing (Sunshine) Road following the border along a scenic ridge. Map: Williamsdale 1:25,000. Leader: Rob H. Transport: ~$28 per car, ~$7–$9 per person.

Tuesday 17 March: Snowy Flats, Mt Gingera and Brumbys Flats – L/M-R,partX

Ascend Stockyard Spur from Corin Dam. Wander south down Snowy Flats to meet the Mt Franklin Road. Up to Mt Gingera and, from half way along its ridge, west to Brumbys Flats. Return via Pryors Hut. Around 18km and 1300m climb. Map: Corin Dam 1:25,000. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$120 km return, ~$43 per car, ~$10.50–$14 per person. Further details at Limit: 8.

Wednesday 18 March: Monthly Meeting, 8pm

Black Allan Line (NSW-Victorian Border east of Murray River) Presenter: Karen C.

Main meeting room, St John’s Church Hall, Constitution Avenue, Reid.

Saturday 21 March: Russell’s Needle – M/M?/X

This walk is a rekke. This walk is best accessed via private property but the farmers are not co-operative so we have to find another way. We will park in the Jellore State Forest and from there, cross a tributary of the Nattai to access the fire trail to the Needle. I am told that the views up the Nattai Gorge are spectacular but the bit through the creek might be difficult. Climb around 250m. About 4½ hrs actual walking. Map: Hilltop 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568 (h), 6274 7350 (w), Transport: ~$100 per car, ~$25–$30 per person.

Sunday 22 March: Boboyan Hill, Grassy Creek and Bulls Flat – M/R

From the Old Boboyan Road car park to Boboyan homestead (ruin) and then cross country to Boboyan and Pheasant Hills. This is an interesting and unburnt dense woodland area with good canopy and grassy understory in places. We then descend to Grassy Creek and follow the 4wd track to Bulls Flat for a easy walk back along Old Boboyan Road. Approximately 1/2 walk off track. Map: Yaouk. 1:25,000. Leader: Mike Ba. Transport: $60 per car, ~$15– $20 per person. Limit: 5.

21–22 March: Budawangs – Bibbenluke walls via the Razorback – M/R

See the Budawangs from a different angle. From the Yadboro River we climb up to the base of the towering lower Bibbenluke cliffs via a highly scenic and aptly named ridge. Sleep somewhere along the cliff base overlooking the Yadboro forests. Map: Corang 1:25,000. Leader: Chris L. Transport: ~$120 per car, $30–$40 per person.

Saturday 28 March: Monga Forest – painting and/or photography – S/E

A short walk into Monga N.P. where soft light seeps into lush rainforest, inspiring your brushes and your cameras. Map: Monga 1:25,000. Leader: Gösta L. Transport: ~$80 per car, $20–$27 per person.

Saturday 28 March: Monga Forests – M/M

In conjunction with the Two Fires Festival to commemorate the poet Judith Wright, this will be a stroll into a large patch of ancient Eucryphia and tree fern forest near Milo Road. This walk will complement and happen at the same time as Gösta’s painting and photographic walk. Maps: Monga, Araluen 1:25,000. Leader: Chris L. Transport: ~$80 per car. $20–$27 per person.

Sunday 29 March: Moonlight Hollow – M/E

We will follow Moonlight Hollow Rd through open forest from Bulls Head to Bendora Arboretum (lunch) and return via a disused vehicular track along the ridge which forms the ACT–NSW border and has some good views. About 5¼ hrs walking. Tell me when you book if you want to co-lead. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: $40 per car, $10–$15 per person.

28–29 March: Wyanbene Caves–Escarpment–Deua River circuit – M/R

A spectacular descent to the Deua. Map: Krawarree 1:25,000. Leader: Ian S. Transport: ~300 km return, $108 per car, $20–$36 per person.

(27)28–29 March: Budawangs Two walks, The Green Room and The Arch, Monolith Valley – M/M, S/E

A chance to visit two of the highlights of the Budawangs.On Friday afternon/evening drive down and car camp at the Yadboro River. On Saturday a longish walk up Kaliana Ridge and along past Shrouded Gods (huge rocks) and into Monolith Valley to the fabled Green Room—a must for all bushwalkers to see. This is a spectacular small gorge covered with mosses, ferns, and other greenery. Enjoy Saturday evening by cooking dinner on a fire (weather permitting). On Sunday morning walk, up another ridge, through the Cathedral Room to a small rock arch. Need to be a bit fit as the climb is over 650 m, in places steep and rough on Saturday &15 km. This w/e would be suitable for those wishing to start camping. Map: CMW Budawang Leader: Janet E. Transport: $120 each car, $30–$40 per person.

Tuesday 31 March: Bogong Peaks – L/R

Peak bagging in the Talbingo area. Rugged terrain, scrub, great views. Early start. Map: Talbingo 1:25,000. Leader: Brian S.  Transport: ~$160 per car, $40–$53 per person.

Saturday 4 April: Mt Orroral – M/R

A long climb, some scrub, spectacular summit. Maps: Rendezvous Creek, Corin Dam 1:25,000. Leader: Rob H. Transport: ~$40 per car, ~$10–$13 per person.

Sunday 5 April: Ginger Ale – L/E-M

Ginger Ale is the informal name assigned (not by me) to the peak next south of Mt Gingera. At 1760 m it is as high as Mt Ginini and I think equal 7th in the ACT. It is a long walk of 24 km return (all but 3km on fire trail), and 600 m altitude gain spread throughout the day, from the Ginini locked gate. Early start, late finish. The pace will be moderate but a reasonable degree of fitness is required. The views in fine weather should be excellent. Map: Corin Dam 1:25,000. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~160 km return $60 per car, $15–$20 per person. Limit: 12.

(3)4–5 April: Talbingo Area – Saturday L/M, Sunday S/E

Stay in cabins at Talbingo (Friday and Saturday) and enjoy two contrasting day walks in this beautiful area of the Snowys. On Saturday a short drive to the walk start point. We walk from the banks of Blowering Reservoir to Buddong Falls following part of the Hume Hovell track. Meadows, open woodland and finally a steep ascent to the impressive Buddong Falls and lunch. A gradual return on a broad easy track providing more views of the mountains. Twenty kilometres plus 400 m total ascent all on track but with one long steep section. Sunday a shorter walk all on track (11 km) to the top of Warogong Sugarloaf. Another climb of 400 m rewarded by spectacular views. Lunch at the top. Back at the cars by about 3.00 pm. Talbingo Mountain Retreat has twin room accommodation and full self catering in dated but clean and smart cabins. Alternatively depending on numbers we may book cabins at the caravan park. Maps: Saturday -Talbingo, Yarrongabilly, Courabyra. Sunday: Blowering 1:25,000. Leader: Austin K. Transport: ~ $165 per car, $55 per person with 3 sharing. Accommodation ~$25 per person per night. Need to have booked by 20 February.

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