September 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 September to the second Wednesday of October.

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Sunday 13 September: Mt Clear Range – M/E

With views of the Murrumbidgee Valley to the east and the Gudgenby Valley to the west, this is a spectacular but easy ramble up the northern end of Clear Range and along the ridge, following closely the ACT/NSW border. All this only 10 minutes drive from Namadgi Visitors Centre! Map: Williamsdale 1:25,000 Leader: Tom Go. Transport: ~$24 per car, $8 per person.

12–13 September: Folly Point – M/E-M

From the Sassafras car park at the entrance to Morton NP, we follow a track (which may be overgrown in places) on a cliff-surrounded plateau to one of the best viewpoints in the Budawangs, taking in Pigeon House, the Castle and much more. Suitable for reasonably fit day walkers who want to try backpacking. Map: Endrick 1:25,000. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~320 km return, ~$115 per car, ~$30–$40 per person. Limit: 8.

Tuesday 15 September: Orroral Rocks – L/M-R,ptX

Three walks from the Orroral tracking station car park. (1) Lunar Laser Rocks (2) The Cloisters from the East then South to the valley floor (3) European sites. Around 22 km + 800 m climb. Maps: Corin Dam and Rendezvous Creek 1:25,000. Leader: John E. Transport: $40 per car. Further details at Limit: 8.

18–20 (Fri–Sun) September: Over the Kerries Ridge – M/M, X, alpine, on snow

The Munyang Valley near Guthega provides a sheltered route onto a large plateau north of the Main Range. It provides great walking in summer, and should be even more rewarding with snow all around. We’ll expect to use snowshoes and tents, but at night won’t be far from the ‘Schlink Hilton’ and Tin Huts. The route could include Big Brassy, Gungartan Peaks and Boltons Hut. Maps: Mt Kosciuszko, Khancoban 1:50,000. Leader: Rupert B. Transport: +NP fee, $240 per car.

Saturday 19 September: Worn Boot Bash #8 – L/R

Boboyan car park– Sams Creek– Mt Kelly– Bogong Gap– Burbidge Ridge– Middle Creek– car park ~27 km plus a few hills. Maps: Rendezvous Creek, Yaouk 1:25,000 Leaders: Jenny and Rob H. Transport: ~64k ea way, $46 per car, $11.50–$15 per person.

Saturday 19 September: The Corn Trail – M/E-M

The Corn Trail runs (for us down hill) through Monga National Park and over its 14 km descends 600 m. The route is all on track though stretches are steep and would be slippery after rain. This lush area of forest is a local gem. There are limited but worthwhile opportunities for distant views whilst the main beauty of this walk is in the foreground. Three creek crossings, all shallow. An early rendezvous in Braidwood to allow for the car shuffle. Maps: Monga, Araluen 1:25,000. Leader: Austin K. Transport: $36 per person with 3 sharing (300 km return).

Saturday 26 September: Below Bendora Arboretum – M/M

We will walk from the Bendora car park on Mt Franklin Road to the arboretum and then Warks Road. We soon leave the track and follow a ridge through open forest to a pleasant knoll for lunch. Return via a disused logging road, overgrown in places, to Warks Road and the cars. About 5 hours actual walking. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: $40 per car, ~$15 per person.

Sunday 27 September: Gungahlin Hill, Gungaderra and Mulangarri Grasslands Nature Reserves – S/E,X

An afternoon ramble from the Barton Highway up Gungahlin Hill and across the Gungaderra Grasslands Nature Reserve. Cross Gungahlin Drive and wander about the Mulangarri Grasslands Nature Reserve. Bring arvo tea to share. Around 8.3 km and 100 m climb. Map: Hall 1:25,000 Leader: John E. Transport: ~$2. Further details at

Tuesday 29 September: Border Markers near Blackfellows Gap – L/M–R,ptX

A quick insertion to the SE spur of Mt Gingera via Stockyard Spur and the Mt Franklin Fire trail. Hunt border markers from O58 south, through Blackfellows Gap and onto ‘Ginger-Ale’. Guaranteed a long day for dedicated BM hunters. Around 29km + 1400m climb. Map: Corin Dam 1:25000. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$20 per car. Further details at Limit: 8.

Saturday 3 October: Mt Mavis and Mt Herlt – L/R,ptX

From the Nursery Swamp car park, follow the NS track then taped footpad to Rendezvous Creek. Then 600 m up to Mt Mavis (SH1711). Fabulous views and granite; some scrambling. SE down along the ridge and up to Mt Herlt, above the 1600 m contour. North down to Rendezvous and so home. Around 18km and 1100 m total climb. Physically demanding walking for a fit and experienced party. Map: Rendezvous Creek 1:25000. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$12. Further details at Limit: 8.

3–5 October: Budawang Weekend – various grades

I have booked basic accommodation near Nerriga on the edge of the Morton National Park for the long weekend, driving down early Saturday morning. The bunkhouse holds six. Others can use tents but all can use stove, refrigerator and shower. We will do three day walks, led by Jeff B. Tentatively, Sat Crossroads Pass onto Sassafras Plateau; Sun Quiltys Bora Ground via Binnari Pass and return via The Vines; Mon Fosters Mtn. Walks are short, long and medium respectively and all are 3/4 track or open country, 1/4 thick scrub. The views are stunning and the wildflowers should be near their best. Bookings to Stan please. To discuss the walks, contact Jeff. Map: Endrick 1:25,000 or CMW Budawangs Leaders: Stan Marks and Jeff B. Stan 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: $100 per car, ~$30 per person, Accommodation: depends on numbers, ~$20 Limit: 12.

Saturday 10 October: Moonlight Hollow 2 – M/E

This walk follows good tracks through lush forest, mostly unaffected by the fires. We will follow the same route from Bulls Head to Bendora Arboretum (lunch) as the walk of this name earlier in the year but with a different return to the cars via disused logging roads, with running creeks and ferny gullies. About 5¼ hrs actual walking. Map: Tidbinbilla Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Transport: ~ $40 per car, ~$15 per person.

(9)10–11 October: Two walks in the Budawangs: Monolith Valley/Green Room /The Arch – M/M–S/M

Travel down Friday, car camping at Yadboro River. Leave early Saturday morning, walk up the steepish Kaliana Ridge, along to Meakins Pass and onto Monolith Valley climbing about 550 m, passing Shrouded Gods and onto the ‘Green Room,’ a spectacular small gorge covered with mosses, fern & other greenery. Return to camp by the same route. On Sunday morning walk up another but not so steep track along the side of the Castle and onto The Arch, visiting a cathedral like cave on the way. Return back to camp after lunch and return to Canberra. This will be a joint trip with FBI. All bookings by Tues 6 Oct to allow time to sort out transport. Map: Corang 1;25000 or CMW Budawang Leader: Janet E. Transport: Cars 180 km each way $130 per car $32.50–$43 per person.

Tuesday 13 October: Corang Circuit – L/M

From the Wog Wog entrance to the Moreton National Park we follow the track to Corang Peak for great views, then down Conglomerate Slope to Canowie Brook. We will then walk downstream to the Corang River, past Many Rock Ribs, on to the lagoon and back to Wog Wog. Almost all the walk is on track, some of which is overgrown. Total climb of about 600 metres. Map: Corang 1:25,000. Leader: Philip G. Transport: $22. Limit: 8.

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