June 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 June to the second Wednesday of July.

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 13 June: Wild Cattle Flat – S/E-M

Climb via fire trail east of Captains Flat to the trig station atop the Bollard Ridge from which views to the west. Then follow the ridge as it descends through open forest until you cross Ballinafad Creek. Lunch on a hill above the creek, then cross wild cattle flats and back to the cars through open forest. All on trail or easy off track. About 4 hrs actual walking. Return via the purple eatery. Map: Tinderry 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: ~$60 per car.

13–14 June: Kioloa and Benandarah – M/M

With the phasing out of timber harvesting on parts of the NSW South Coast, former logging and snig tracks are being reclaimed by the forests. These vanishing (and often unmapped) tracks will be used to explore Kioloa’s littoral rainforests on Saturday and Benandarah’s spotted gum and stringybark forests on Sunday. Overnight in a cottage at South Durras. Maps: Kioloa, Durras 1:25,000. Leader: Terence U. Transport: ~$120/car + park entry fees. Limit: 8.

Tuesday evening 16 June: Navigation Refresher #1: An evening with maps

A review of the basics of maps for bushwalking. Venue: Jenny & Rob H’s. Please book early.

Wednesday 17 June, 8pm: MONTHLY MEETING

Rugged Beyond Imagination, a presentation on the northern end of the Australian Alps by Matthew Higgins.

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

Saturday 20 June: Molonglo Gorge – S/E

Surprise yourself at the attractiveness of this nearby gorge. Walk on track beside the gorge, returning through the forest, perfect for a winter afternoon. Be at the track head (down Kowen Rd which comes off Sutton Road a short distance from the Piallago Rd/Yass Rd/Sutton Rd junction near Queanbeyan) at 2pm. About 2½ hrs actual walking. Map: Bungendore. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: drive yourself but tell me when you book if you need a lift.

Sunday 21 June: Buckenbowra Tops – M/M-R

A walk along the escarpment in Monga National Park, including its highest point (MR 658 541 1966 datum, 1028m) with views to the coast and the Budawangs. Wet forest – there may be leeches – and some rocky sections along the way. Map: Monga 1:25,000. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~220 kms return ~$80 per car, ~$20–$27 per person. Limit: 12.

Tuesday 23 June: Prairie Dog Creek and the Orroral Valley – L/M-R,ptX

Striking W from the Granite Tops Walking Track, we’ll visit some significant granite tors then head to the source of Prairie Dog Creek. Follow it down across Cotter Hut Road and to its confluence with Sawpit Creek. Stroll down the Orroral Valley and visit a couple of sites of European settlement and use. Around 21km + 700m climb. Maps: Rendezvous Creek and Corin Dam 1:25000. Leader: John E. Transport: $20 per car. Further details at Limit: 8.

Tuesday evening 23 June: Navigation Refresher #2: Dead Reckoning exercise

Review of the use of the compass and distance measurement for situations with low visibility. Venue: Jenny & Rob H’s. Please book early.

 Saturday 27 June: Faunce Hill – M/E

Faunce Hill is on the eastern side of the Queanbeyan River gorge on the northern end of Googong Dam. The walk is a mixture of on and off track, starting at the end of Wanna Wanna Rd (off Captain’s Flat Rd) thence through open forest to the Hill and south to lunch on an open ridge before wandering back to the cars. Plenty of variety and good views including Gingera and Bimberi. About 5½ hrs walking. A mixture of on and off track. Map: Hoskinstown 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: $30 per car.

Saturday 27 June: Navigation Refresher #3: Route following & position finding – M/E

A day’s walking in the hills west of Kambah using map and compass. Map: Tuggeranong 1:25,000 Leaders: Jenny & Rob H.

Sunday 28 June: Smokers Gap to Orroral Valley Crossover – M/E

We walk about 20 kms on track, through the attractive Orroral Valley. One group starts at Smokers Gap and walks down through the forest to the creek where they meet the other group walking from Orroral Valley car park. We eat lunch at the creek (Rend. Ck Map GR 7560) and exchange car keys so that all walkers return to their own cars. It is necessary for car owners and passengers to change cars before the walk. The overall climb is 400 m. I need a leader for one way. Map: Corin Dam and Rendezvous Ck 1;25,000. Leader: Janet E. Transport $48 per car.

Sunday 28 June: Billy Range – M/R/X

Start and finish from the Boboyan Road over Fitz’s Hill. Maps: Williamsdale, Michelago 1:25,000 Leader: Rob H. Transport: ~44k each way, $32 per car, ~$8–$11 per person.

Saturday 4 July: Harrison’s Peak – M/E

A walk through open forest near Captain’s Flat, initially on a fire trail to Harrison’s Peak which has views from Mt Coree to the Tinderries. We then walk off track along a lovely open ridge, looping round to another ridge with spectacular views and then back to the cars. About 5¼ hrs actual walking. Map: Captains Flat 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: ~$45 per car

Sunday 5 July: Brindabella N.P.–California Creek – S/R

From Top Crossing we follow Doctors Flat Road to Hume Sawmill, then SW to a ridge leading down to California Creek for lunch. Via Mountain Creek we get back to the cars. Map: Umburra 1:25,000. Leader: Gösta L. Transport: ~ $30–$40 per car.

4– 5 July: Navigation Refresher #4: Off- track in the Namadgi with map and compass – M/R

A weekend pack-trip route-finding using map and compass. Map: Yaouk 1:25,000. Leaders: Jenny & Rob H. Transport: $58 per car, $14–50– $19 per person.

Tuesday 7 July: Mt Coree and the Brindabella Range – L/M-R,ptX

Climb Mt Coree from Blundells Flat. Descend the steep S spur, following the border, to the intersection of Two Sticks and Curries Roads. Undulate along the border (who knows what we’ll find) to S of SH1326. Follow a convenient spur back down to Blundells Flat. Around 12 km + 900 m climb. Map: Cotter Dam 1:25000. Leader: John E. Transport: $15 per car. Further details at Limit: 8.

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