April 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 April to the second Wednesday of May.

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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Saturday 11 April: Lake George escarpment – M/M?/X

This walk is a rekkie. I have done a bit of exploring and have decided that there is a walk along the top of the escarpment west of the highway along Lake George. Not sure how far we will go but will be a full day of walking mostly through open forest with views over the lake from time to time. Mix of track and off track. Map: Lake George 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: ~$40 per car, estimate $10 per person

10– 14 April (Easter): Jillaga–Deua circuit – M/R/W/X

About 3 km up a fire trail to Dampier Trig, 3 km along the ridge towards Tabletop, then down a spur for a further 3 km to upper Jillaga Creek to look for a camp site. On the second day we’ll descend Jillaga Creek for about 4 km then cross a ridge, with about a 350 m climb and descent, to Chinamans Cut on the Deua River. Chinamans Cut is an interesting spot where miners diverted the river, creating a small waterfall and a good swimming hole. On the third day we’ll follow the Deua River down to its junction with Jillaga Creek, then back up lower Jillaga Creek for about 4 km. On the last day we will go up an unnamed branch of Jillaga Creek, which has on the map an interesting short steep section which corresponds with what seems to be on Google Earth a small gorge, then exit by a ridge (probably the one with spot height 922) and then back to the cars along the Dampier Mountain Fire Trial. Maps: Badja, Snowball, Nerrigundah, Bendethera 1: 25,000. Leader: Linda G.  Transport: TBA Limit: 8.

Tuesday 14 April: Mt Mavis and Mt Herlt – L/R,X

From the Nursery Swamp car park, follow the NS track then taped footpad to Rendezvous Creek. Climb 600 m to Mt Mavis (SH1711). Fabulous views and granite; a little scrambling. Then SE down along the narrow ridge and up to Mt Herlt, above the 1600 m contour. North down to Rendezvous and so home. Around 18 km and 1100 m total climb. Physically demanding walking for a fit and experienced party. Route not fully known to leader. Map: Rendezvous Creek 1:25,000. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$48 per car, ~$12–$16 per person. Further details at Limit: 8.

Wednesday 15 April, 8pm: Monthly Meeting

Lhasa to Kathmandu by mountain bike.  Presenter: Leanne A.

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

Saturday 18 April: Wild Cattle Ridge – (M/E)

A walk near Captains Flat in the Tallaganda National Park. >From Wild Cattle Flat Road, we will 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 1335 m then go on to the cars. Varied vegetation, some interesting views. About 5 hours walking, almost all off track but not hard. Home via the purple eatery. Map: Tinderry 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: $60 per car, ~$20 per person.

18–19 April: Corang Lagoon–“Smilers Tops”–Crafts Crown–Barneys Hill – M/M-R

A 26 km walk from Wog Wog, via the Corang Lagoon and cascades, to a number of rarely visited Budawang summits. About half is on good track; the rest is somewhat scrubby with some short scrambles. Camp near Crafts Crown. Suitable for people with experience of medium–hardish day walks wishing to try overnight pack walking. Maps: Corang and Endrick 1:25,000. or CMW Budawangs. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~250km ret, $90 per car, $23–$30 per person. Limit: 8.

20–28 April: Walls–Ossa: the Deciduous Beech trail, Tasmania – S/M-R

Australia’s only winter deciduous native should be at its peak Autumn colour about now. Our route will take us from the intricate beauty of the Walls of Jerusalem over pristine alpine country to a unique panorama of ‘the Reserve’ from a campsite high above the Mersey. I hope to climb Ossa too, and exit down the pretty Lees Paddocks Track. Contact me by 15 April. Leader: Rupert B. Limit: 5.

Saturday 25 April: Pig Hill – M/M

This romantically named walk is in/on the eastern side of the Brindabella National Park. The hill itself provides spectacular 360 degree views. From the locked gate on Doctor’s Flat Road above Dingo Dell, walk north on an old vehicular track through forest until morning tea when we will diverge east, off track to an open knoll for lunch. Thence join the track to Pig Hill and back to the road. Short car shuffle. Four and a half hours actual walking. Map: Umburra 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: ~$40 per car, ~$10 per person.

25–27 April: Talbingo Canoe and Walk –S/R/W

A joint CBC/NPA outing. Paddle from “Sue City” (O’Hares rest Area) 4–10km to a campsite (location dependent on conditions) where we will camp for two nights. Options for day 2 include walking (steeply) up some of the many nearby hills for views over the reservoir. Map: Yarrangobilly 1:100 000 or Ravine 1:25 000, Yarrangobilly 1:25,000. Leader: Contact during April: Mike Br. Transport: $170 per car or $85–$110 per person. Limit: 8.

Monday 27 April: Black Perry Mountain and more – M-L/R/X

Circuit walk from Warogong Fire Trail. Scenic views, scrub, creek crossing, possible scrambling. 4WD needed. Map: Talbingo 1:25,000. Leader: Brian S. Transport: ~$160 per vehicle or $40–$53 per person

Tuesday 28 April: Minuma Range and beyond – L/M-R/partX

From Wyanbene Caves walk through mostly open forest to several nearby peaks. Map: Krawarree 1:25,000. Leader: Brian S. Transport: ~$108 per car, $27–$36 per person.

Saturday 2 May: A ridge with a view – 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. Return to the cars is initially on track then follow a dry creek if the weather allows otherwise probably follow a fire trail. Part on and part off track, about About 5½ hrs actual walking. Map: Captains Flat 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: ~$40 per car, $10–$15 per person.

Sunday 3 May: Nursery Swamp to Gudgenby Creek – M/E

Walk from Nursery Swamp to junction of Gudgenby and Rendezvous creeks. The first half of the walk is on minor track and within woodland. The second half is open grassland following Rendezvous Creek back to the cars. Car shuffle involved. Map: Rendezvous Creek. Leader: Mike Ba. Transport: Cost ~$38 per car. Limit: 5.

(1)2–3 May: Mt Colong–Tonalli River – M-L/M-R

Drive to Batsch Camp Fri night. Bent Hook Swamp, Mt Meier, Colong Gap, Tonalli River (camp), Tonalli Gap, Mt Colong, Kooragang Mtn, Batsch Camp. Climb the highest peak in the southern Blue Mountains, with a total of only 550 m ascent from the Tonalli River. A mixture of track and off-track walking. Great views from two of Mt Colong’s ridges and Colong Gap. Maps: Bindook & Yerranderie 1:25,000. Leader: Meg M. Transport: 460 km return, $166 per car.

Thursday evening 7 May: Mt Taylor by moonlight – S/E

No need to book. Meet on Sulwood Drive opposite Mannheim Street, Kambah at 6.30 pm. Easy walking on well graded trails in the full moonlight. Bring warm clothes, shoes with good grip and a torch in case it’s cloudy. Finish around 8.30 pm. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: drive yourself.

Saturday 9 May: Billy Billy Rocks and surrounds – Navigation exercise #1 – S-M/M-R

A training exercise in map and compass, for prospective leaders and regular walkers who wish to learn how to navigate. Participants must bring their own map and compass. They must also purchase and read Finding Your Way In The Bush, obtainable from the club (see web site), before the activity. Please don’t book if you won’t meet these conditions. This exercise will be repeated if demand warrants, so don’t be put off by the party limit, but book early if you want 9 May. Map: Corin Dam 1:25,000. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~80km, ~$22 per car, $5–$6 per passenger. Limit: 3 plus leader.

Sunday 10 May: Gollarribee Ridge – M/M

A scenic loop in the Deua National Park that takes in Gollarribee Ridge and the remains of a bridle trail that once ran between Lower Araluen and Buckenbowra. Short car shuffle. Map: Araluen 1:25,000. Leader: Terence U. Transport: ~$100/car. Limit: 8.

(8) 9–10 May: Bargo Gorge Bushwalking Bonanza – M/E

Drive to Bundanoon YHA on Friday evening, our base for the weekend. On Saturday, walk the spectacular and beautiful Bargo Gorge, twice as deep and twice as wide as Boxvale. Mostly on track. On Sunday, we will do another walk, including some off track, probably a walk from Meryla Pass along the cliff line to a lookout near Yeronga Creek with spectacular views of the gorges and ranges in the area. The YHA is a renovated early 20th century home of delightful ambience. Shared meal on Saturday evening. Saturday and Sunday about 5 hrs walking. Maps: Picton and Bundanoon. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: ~$150 per car, $40–50 per person. Accommodation: ~ $50–60.

Tuesday 12 May 2009: Hardy Range to Camels Hump – L/R, X

From the gate on Pipeline Road near Hardy Hill, SW along the Hardy Range to SH1059. Then generally S through SH1042 to SH1269. Climb the rugged spur SE to Camels Hump. Return via the Tidbinbilla Range Road. Around 19 km and 1000 m total climb. Strenuous walking for a fit and experienced party. Route not fully known to leader. Possible delays and diversions from the intended route. Map: Tidbinbilla 1:25,000. Leader: Mike Br. Transport: $20 per car or $5– $7 per person. Limit: 8.

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