July 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 July to the second Wednesday of August.

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 July: Bushfold Flats – M/E-M

Follow the Australian Alps walking track from the Booroomba Rocks car park to Bushfold Flats, an area of open forest and grassland. Transit the flats, then follow the track until lunch on a rocky outcrop with views north, east and west. Follow the track to the Mt Tennant fire trail and then drop down, off track, to the Flats and return to the cars. 5 hrs actual walking, all on track. Map: Williamsdale 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: ~$30 per car

Sunday 12 July: Boomerang Pass and Churinga Head – S/R

Drive via Tarago and Nerriga. This walk will be scrubby but it is only 7–8km long and mostly flattish. The views along the clifftops overlooking Ettrema Gorge are fantastic and we will have time for plenty of stops to savour them and for an optional rekkie of Boomerang Pass as a possible route into Ettrema Gorge for a day walk next summer. Maps: Nerriga & Touga 1:25,000. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~320km return, ~$115 per car, ~$30–$40 per person. Limit: 12.

12–15 July: Northern Budawangs: Sluice Box Falls, Styles Creek & Hidden Valley – M/R

Day 1 from Sassafras to camp at Folly Point on track. Day 2 Sluice Box Falls, Mt Elliott Pass to camp at Styles Creek. Off track, thick scrub in places, approximately 300 decent and 300 climb. Day 3 Explore from camp Hidden Valley, Sturgiss Mountain and Dark Brothers Cave, as time and energy permit. Day 4 return on track to cars via Vines and Newhaven Gap. Map: Endrick 1:25,000. Leader: Mike Ba. Transport: ~$35per person. Limit: 6. Good fitness required.

Saturday 18 July: Brindabella N.P. Wombat Ridge – M/R/X

North along Kangaroo Flat, then down to Mountain Creek and climb Wombat Ridge northern end. After following the ridge we go back along Link Road. Map: Umburra 1:25,000. Leader: Gösta L. Transport: ~ $30–$40 per car.

(17)18–19 July: Gulaga (Mt Dromedary)/Bermagui Coast Walk – M/E

Drive to Central Tilba Farm Cabins Friday evening. Climb Dromedary Sat. Sunday’s walk is a scenic ramble about (10k) which offers vistas of mountain (Gulaga), lake (Wallaga) and island (Montague), headland and beach. The track winds around Wallaga Lake and continues to Murunna Point, Camel Rock, Haywards Beach, Keatings Headland, Long Swamp and Moorehead Beach. Maps: Wandella, Central Tilba and Bermagui 1:25,000. Leader: Barry K. Transport: ~ $170 per car, ~$55 per person. Accommodation: ~$20 per person per night.

Tuesday 21 July: Lower Sams Ck – L/R, X

 Boboyan car park– Gudgenby Saddle– SE along Sams Ck Fire Trail– W along Lutons Fire Trail– N along Sams Ck to Sams Ck Fire Trail – car park. About 24 km including 5km off-track or overgrown fire trail and about 700m total climb. Route not fully known to leader. Map: Yaouk 1:25,000. Leader: Mike Br. Transport: $46 per car, $11.50 to $15 per person. Limit: 8.

Tuesday evening 21 July: Navigation Refresher #5: Basic GPS

Basic set-up and use of GPS, including how to make sure GPS datum and position formats match the map you are using. Venue: Terence U’s. 7.20 pm for 7.30. Please book early through Jenny/Rob H.

Saturday 25 July: Black Mt and Aranda Bushland – M/E

Meet at 9.30 in the car park opposite 160 Dryandra St, O’Connor. This walk traverses the Bruce Ridge then crosses into the Black Mt Reserve. Traverse the reserve, following the track part way up the mountain, then along the lake to Yarramundi Peninsula for lunch. Home via the Aranda Bushland. All on track, about 5 hours walking. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: drive yourself but tell me when you book if you need a ride.

Saturday 25 July: Chimneys and Thrones of the Southern ACT – M/E-M,ptX

(In conjunction with a Parkway church ramble.) From the Mt Clear Camping Ground car park trot along the W side of Back or Grassy Creek to visit Potters Chimney. Then across the creek onto the Long Flat Fire Trail to try to find an old hut site. The fire trail will take us past a stockyard site and on to Sam Abouds Dunny. From a nearby ford, cross country to Chalkers Chimney. Then NW through the bush to the Naas Valley Fire Trail and John Brayshaws two hut sites. West along the fire trail to the Mt Clear homestead site complex and back to the car. Around 11 km + 200 m climb. Maps: Colinton and Bredbo 1:25,000. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$20. Further details at

Sunday 26 July: Bradleys Creek – M/M

Bradleys Creek runs from the Queanbeyan Escarpment to Googong Reservoir. We’ll approach its middle reaches from the north on a fire trail before following its (dry) bed to the reservoir. From here our return to the cars will be partly off track with some short steep climbs. Map: Hoskinstown 1:25,000. Leader: Terence U. Transport: $20 per car Limit: 8.

Tuesday evening 28 July: Navigation Refresher #6: Night exercise with GPS

A practical activity using way points and route functions on a GPS. Venue: Jenny & Rob H’s, 7.20 pm for 7.30. Please book early.

Saturday 1 August: Orroral Valley/Legoland – M/M-R

From the Orroral Valley carpark cross the creek and climb fairly steeply, about 400 m up the firetrail towards a huge rocky outcrop known as Legoland. Explore the cave underneath and eat lunch dangling legs from the rock’s edge. Continue along this ridge and then we descend to the valley below, this can be slippery and steep , returning to the cars. Map: Corin Dam 1;25,000. Leader: Janet E. Transport: $48 car

Saturday 1 August: Maginot Line – M/E/X

A walk in the Brindabella National Park. >From its junction with Doctor’s Flat Road west of Dingo Dell, we will follow the Maginot fire trail until morning tea then head off track through open forest for about ½ hrs to the Hickory Ridge with its spectacular views. We will then drop down to the Mullion Creek valley floor thence back to the cars. The bush near Doctors Flat Road in this area is spectacular. Map: Umburra 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568 (h), 6274 7350 (w), email: Transport: ~$30–$40 per car.

1–2 August: Mt Twynam snowshoe trip – M/M-R

From Guthega climb 400m to a semi-sheltered campsite below the summit of Mt Twynam. Enjoy wandering around the Twynam/Sentinel/Watsons Crags area with its superb alpine views and vertiginous slopes. Crampons optional for the adventurous. Bring a 4-season tent or snow caving gear (provided there’s enough snow). Map: Mt Kosciuszko 1:50,000. Leader: John I. Transport: $144 per car plus park entry.

Tuesday 4 August: Gigerline Nature Reserve and Gorge to Mt Rob Roy – L/M-R,X

From Tharwa, up the Murrumbidgee past the De Sallis cemetery in the Gigerline Nature Reserve. Cross the river to Gigerline Hill. Back through the Murrumbidgee gorge then up Guises Creek into the Rob Roy Nature Reserve. Rose trig, Mt Rob Roy, Big Monks and down to a second car in the SE corner of Banks. Around 23 km and 750 m climb. Route not fully known to leader. Maps: Williamsdale and Tuggeranong. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$5. Further details at Limit: 8.

Tuesday 4 August: Navigation Refresher #7: Advanced GPS

This presentation covers the use of Garmin and Magellan GPS and associated software in the planning, execution and post-walk stages. It uses a case study approach to highlight available features and we’ll discuss their capabilities and limitations. Presenters: Karen C and John E. Please ring early to book through John E.

Saturday 8 August: Brindabella N.P. Grevillea Ridge – M/R

From Baldy Range we drop down into the Mountain Creek valley and climb a spur up to Grevillea Ridge. After lunch we follow the ridge North and exit at Top Crossing. Car shuffle will save some road walking. Map: Umburra 1:25,000, Leader: Gösta L. Transport: ~ $30–$40 per car.

Sunday 9 August: Mt Gudgenby – M-L/M-R

From the Yankee Hat car park we walk on trails for 4km through the former pine plantation, then go another 3 km (700 m ascent) through the scrub to the open rocky summit of Mt Gudgenby (1739m) with glorious views of rocky peaks and the Snowy Mountains. Return the same way or via Gudgenby saddle depending on conditions. Overall a fairly hard day because of the climb and regrowth but the pace will be moderate. Map: Yaouk 1:25,000. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~140km return, ~$50 per car, ~$13–$17 per person. Limit: 12.

(7)8–9 August: Southern Highlands Bushwalking Bonanza

This weekend based at the Bundanoon YHA includes two contrasting southern highlands walks. Drive down Friday night. Mt Carrialoo (to be led by Barry K on Saturday) is always brilliant and if you like spectacular views and a bit of a challenge, you will love it. Sunday’s walk is a mixture of ridges with views and a bit along a rain forest creek before we emerge along an ancient logging road back to the cars. About 5 hrs walking and a mixture of track and off track on both days. On Saturday evening, an ‘everybody bring something’ meal. The YHA is an early C20 structure of delightful ambience. Maps: Bundanoon and Mittagong. Leaders: Stan Marks and Barry K. Bookings to Stan: 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), email (work) Transport: ~$90 per car, Accommodation: ~$60 per person for the weekend.

8–9 August: Beginners’ overnight pack trip – S/R

Nursery Swamp car park– N. Hill– Rendezvous Creek–  N. Swamp car park Map: Rendezvous Creek 1:25,000. Leader: Rob H. Transport: ~53 kms each way, ~$38 per car, $9.50–$12.50 per person.

8–16 August: Victorian Alps snowshoe trip – L/M-R

Drive to Harrietville and climb 1200 m up Bungalow Spur to Federation Hut, where we will probably be camping for 3–4 days. Climb Mt Feathertop and explore Avalanche Gully (could be breathtaking) and other areas according to individual skills and desires. Crampons optional and MSR-type snowshoes desirable. Return to Harrietville and drive to Mt Beauty before setting off up Victoria’s highest hill, Mt Bogong, via the easy but long Staircase track (1400m). Camp at Cleve Cole Memorial Hut (tents essential) and explore according to whims and weather. Descend via Eskdale Spur. Maps: Mt Feathertop-Hotham and Bogong Alpine Area (or equivalent). Leader: John I. Transport: $320 per car.

Tuesday 11 August: Coronet Peak – L/M

An early start for this day walk from Orroral Valley carpark to Coronet Peak via the AAWT. Total distance of 27km mostly on track but there may be some thick regrowth in the off-track sections. Total climb of 1000m. Note: Limit: 8. Walk will only proceed if the weather is fine. Maps: Corin Dam, Rendezvous Creek 1:25,000. Leader: Mike Br. Transport: $40 per car, $10–$13.50 per person.

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