May 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 May to the second Wednesday of June.

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 16 May: Black Range – M/E

From the Forbes Creek track head, follow the trail north through attractive open forest to South Black Range trig point with its enormous rock for morning tea, then along an open ridge to rejoin the track for a while. Swing east then south off track before returning to the cars. About 4½ hrs actual walking. Map: Bombay 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: $40 per car, ~$10–$15 per person.

16–17 May: Nattai Wilderness – M/R/X

An exploration of the Nattai wilderness. We’ll follow Starlights Track to McArthurs Flat thence along the Nattai River to the Wanganderry Creek junction. Depending on conditions, we’ll go up or down stream and attempt an ascent via a side creek to the Wanganderry Tableland area. Thereafter we’ll either descend back to the Nattai for further such explorations downstream, or head to the Allum Creek headwaters. Campsite unknown – either by a creek or atop a ridge, whatever takes our fancy. Lovely Hawkesbury sandstone country with spectacular cliffs and walls. Maps: Hilltop, Nattai 1:25,000. Leader: Ian S. Transport: tba Limit: 8

Tuesday 19 May: Border Markers between Mt Gingera and Blackfellows Gap – L/R,ptX

Climb Stockyard Spur from Corin Dam, past Pryors Hut to Mt Gingera. Follow the border south to Blackfellows Gap, looking for border markers. Return via the Mt Franklin fire trail/road. Around 25km + 1500m climb. Map: Corin Dam 1:25,000. Leader: John E. Transport:~$40 per car, ~$10 per person. Further details at Limit: 8.

Wednesday 20 May, 8pm: MONTHLY MEETING

What’s going on in our woodlands?  Presenter: Dr David Shorthouse, Fenner School for the Environment and Society, ANU

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

(22)23–24 May: Corang Plateau workparty

A working party to clear vegetation on the Corang Plateau Track, organised and assisted by NPWS rangers. This follows on from an enjoyable and productive workparty at Folly Point last year. Map: Corang 1:25,000. Leader: Rob H. Transport: $108 per car, $27–$36 per person.

(22) 23–24 May: Durras weekend – (Sat M/E, Sun S/M/X)

Leave Canberra Friday night, stay in comfortable cabins at Depot Beach Caravan Park. Saturday will be the spectacular Little Forest Plateau with views to the Budawangs, Pigeon House and beyond. Lunch at Ngaityung Falls. On Sunday, we will start at Pebbly Beach and climb Durras Mountain via the made trail and then drop down to Snake Bay via an open ridge line. Lunch is either Snake Bay or Clear Point depending on timing. Each person is responsible for his/her own meals. About 5½ hrs walking on both Saturday and Sunday. Maps: Kioloa/Durras/Tianjara/Milton 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: ~$160 per car, ~$50 per person. Accommodation: ~$50–60

23–24 May: Booth Range and Naas River – M/R

Shannahans Mtn, Booth Range, Max’s Hut, Naas River, Horse Gully Hut, Shannahans Mtn; reasonable going, beautiful country. Maps: Michelago, Colinton 1:25,000 Leader: Tim W. Transport: 150 km return, $54 per car, $13–50–$18 per person.

Saturday 30 May: Buchanans Lookout–Christmas Creek–Glow Worm Glen – M/E-M

After a latish start from Bundanoon we follow old and partially overgrown tracks north of the main tourist area to some excellent lookouts over Bundanoon Ck, before descending to the exquisite mossy gully of Christmas Ck, reminiscent of the Green Room in Monolith Valley. Then return to the Glow Worm Glen by dusk for a view of the glow worms. Back in Canberra around 8.30 pm. Map: Bundanoon 1:25,000. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~300km ret, ~$108 per car, ~$27–$36 per person. Limit: 12.

Sunday 31 May: Horseshoe Hill – M/E/X

Drive to the locked gate at the end of Woolcara Lane and walk, mainly on track, to this grassy peak for lunch and spectacular views. 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.

30 May–14 June:  West Macdonnells NP – M/M-R/X

Take advantage of the summer rains to do two trips of one week each. The routes will be chosen from Redbank Gorge to Mt Zeil (highest peak in the NT), an exploration of the north side of the Chewing Range east of Ellery Creek, Mt Giles area and Hugh Gorge – Brinkley Bluff – Standley Chasm area, depending on conditions, especially any recent rain. Map: Hermannsburg 1:250,000. Leader: Meg M. Transport: $lots.

30–31 May: Veteran’s choice Bimberi from Tantangara – S-M/E

This is yet another repeat of the first trip conducted after the CBC was formed in November 1961. Start at Gurrangorambla Creek, walk about 7 km and climb about 200 m on fire trails to camp at a picturesque clearing about half way between Oldfields Hut and Murray Gap. An optional 8 km round trip on tracks to the top of Bimberi, the ACT’s highest peak, towering 500 m above, can be undertaken either in the afternoon or the next morning. Expect a cold night, clear mild days, great alpine scenery. The trip will be conducted at a pace to suit the leader’s unfit condition, though more energetic options are also available. Maps: Rendezvous Creek & Rules Point 1:25,000. Leader: Alan V. Transport: ~$150 per car.

Tuesday 2 June: Wineglass Tor via the Shoalhaven River – L/R

Features some spectacular views and interesting rock formations above the Shoalhaven River. The walk starts near the end of Matodoro Ridge Fire Trail and descends 400 m via Assay Buttress to the Shoalhaven River. The 600 m ascent of Backbender Buttress followed by a short walk along the edge of the scarp brings us to Wineglass Tor. Return to the car is via a descent to the Tims Gully/Shoalhaven River confluence followed by an ascent of Monitor Mount. Map: Touga 1:25000 Leader: Keith T. Transport: ~$120 per car, $30–$40 per person; 4‑wheel drives are required.

Saturday 6 June: Ridge east Nursery Swamp – M/R/X

Start and finish at Orroral camp ground. Map: Rendezvous Creek 1:25,000. Leader: Rob H. Transport: ~48 km each way, $35 per car, ~$9–$12 per person.

Sunday 7 June: Uriarra Forest – M/M

About half on fire trails and half through burnt out pine forest with the possibility of fallen timber to negotiate. Climb up Uriarra Hill, Mt Blundell and Ganges Peak. About 600 metres of ascent involved. Map: Cotter 1:25,000. Leader: Roger E. Transport: ~$30 per car $7–$10 per person.

(5)6–8 June: Weddin Mountains National Park – M/R/X

Camp at Seatons Farm campground on Friday night. On Saturday we ascend Eualdrie Trig after which we head south to Weddin Gap and then east to our first water drop. The next morning we climb Weddin Mountain and visit some of the gullies to the south west, hopefully finding Black Spring on our travels. This will lead us to our second water drop. Return to the cars will be via Wentworth Gully, Black Gin Gully and Seatons Farm. Water will need to be carried each day. No campfires. Maps: Marsden, Grenfell and Bendick Murrell 1:50,000. Leader: Keith T and Irene D. Transport: ~$200 per car.

(6) 7–8 June: Royal National Park – L/E

Leave Canberra around 9am Saturday, lunch at the Robertson Pie Shop then a 1½ hr walk at Minnamurra Rainforest. On Sunday, will do Otford–North Era Beach return (15 km, 5½ hrs actual walking) along the spectacular coastline of the Royal National Park and associated features. On Monday, we will do a short walk through the rain forest below the cliffs of Macquarie Pass before lunch at the Pig and Whistle, Robertson and home. Nights at Gerringong youth hostel. Shared ‘everyone bring something’ meals both evenings. Map: to be provided. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: $180 per car, ~$60 per person, Accommodation: ~$55

Tuesday 9 June: Condor Creek and the Six Fords – S/R,WX

Explore Condor Creek upstream from the bridge at Thompsons Corner to Shannons Flat. Apparently several old fords there. Walk described in Beyond the Cotter by Allan J Mortlock and Klaus Hueneke ANU Press Canberra 1979, Condor Creek and the Six Fords. Around 8 km + 150 m climb. Map: Cotter Dam 1:25,000. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$40 per car, ~$10 per person. Further details at Limit: 8.

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