CANBERRA BUSHWALKING CLUB ACTIVITY PROGRAM

November 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 November to the second Wednesday of December.

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.


If you are interested in taking part in Club activities, contact walkinfo AT canberrabushwalkingclub.org
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Where an email address is given below in the form [email to mickeym] the actual email address is mickeym@canberrabushwalkingclub.org 

Thursday evening, 12 November: The Cotter – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm in the car park where the Cotter Pub once was. Go down the Cotter Rd, cross the Murrumbidgee (long, white bridge) and the Cotter (short bridge) and the car park is just on the left. The walk has views over the Cotter Dam and then follows contours back to the cars. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: drive yourself.

Friday–Saturday 13–14 November: Middle Creek – Rotten Swamp – Licking Hole Creek to Cotter River – Broom Clearing – AAWT – L/R(X)

Walk up Middle Creek to Rotten Swamp. Follow Licking Hole Creek from where it rises to its confluence with the Cotter River. Camp overnight at Cotter Flats. Join in the broom clearing the next morning. Walk out via the AAWT on Saturday afternoon. Around 34km and 850m total climb. Strenuous walking for a fit and experienced party. Maps: Rendezvous Creek and Corin Dam 1:25,000. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$30 (multiple cars). Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au Limit: 6 (camping permit restriction).

Saturday 14 November: 17th year broom clearing at Cotter Hut

The club’s long-term environmental project aimed at removal of this invasive species from the Upper Cotter area will take place again this year. Each year club members go to the area around the Cotter Hut and locate and clear any new broom plants that can be found. The seeds of this species can stay in the soil for well over 20 years and each plant can produce thousands of seeds. Our contribution has involved searching the area to locate infestations, removal by lopping or digging and detailed mapping. You will have the opportunity to travel to the Upper Cotter by vehicle and spend the day in a remote part of Namadgi. No special skills needed. Map: Rendezvous Creek 1:25,000. Leader: John T. Transport: $12.

14–15 November: Nursery Swamp – S/M

From 5pm Saturday we will walk on track from Orroral Road to upper Nursery Swamp (1 hour) to camp. On Sunday morning, with day packs and off track, we climb 200m to a hill (758500 WGS84) overlooking Rendezvous Creek, the granite face of Mt Herlt, and Mt Mavis, before descending to lower Nursery Swamp and then returning to the campsite for lunch. Another hour to the cars for an early finish. Suitable for people participating in the broom clearing (as I will be) and/or those wanting to try an easy overnight walk (though there may be some scrub). Cold dinner or stoves required; Namadgi rangers prefer that fires not be lit at Nursery Swamp. Map: Rendezvous Ck 1:25,000. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~$10–$15. Limit: 12.

Monday evening, 16 November: Red Hill – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm in the car park on Red Hill, near the restaurant. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: drive yourself.

Tuesday 17 November: Tuesday Twilight #5, Melrose Hill/Environa – S/M

Park in Henry Melville Crescent, Gilmore (Phone book Map 99 K2) to meet at 6.30pm in Corbett Park for access under the Monaro H’way to Melrose Hill and/or a foray interstate to the proposed suburb of Environa. Leader: Margaret R.

Thursday evening, 19 November: Mt Ainslie – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm in the car park atop Mt Ainslie on the airport side then walk to the west, north and east of the mountain. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: drive yourself.

21–22 November: Southern ACT Border – M/R(X)

Trace the border from the Old Boboyan Road, over Sentrybox returning via Naas/Sams Creek fire trail. Map: Yaouk 1:25,000 Leader: Rob H. Transport: 170 km return, $16–$21 per person.

Saturday 21 November: Grassy Creek/Old Boboyan Road – M/E–M

Enjoy a wander through the grasslands and forests of the southern ACT. See some of the old homesteads in the area. About 4.5 hrs actual walking. Map: Yaouk 1:25,000. Leader: Tom Go. Transport: ~$60 per car, ~$20 per person.

Sunday 22 November: Mount Aggie – S/E

Postponed until 2010 (date to be set).

Monday evening, 23 November: Black Mt Hat Band – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm. Park at end of Frith St near the electricity sub‑station. Some distance from the top, there is a track around the mountain with 360 degree views. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: drive yourself.

Tuesday 24 November: Mt Mavis and Mt Herlt – L/R(ptX)

Yet another scheduling to try to complete this grand walk. 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: ~$12 per person. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au Limit: 8.

Tuesday 24 November: Tuesday Twilight #6, Mt Taylor – S/M

Park (considerately) around the loop of Parkhill Street Pearce (Phone book map 78 C9) by 6.30 pm for a wandering circuit and ascent of Mt Taylor. Leader: Margaret R.

 Thursday evening, 26 November: Mulligan’s Flat – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm in the Mulligan’s Flat car park. Go down Horse Park Rd until you get to the suburb of Forde and follow the signs to the Mulligan’s Flat car park. Nice open bush and interesting views from the hills. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: drive yourself.

Saturday 28 November: Ryans Creek – M/M(part X)

Ryans Creek runs through littoral rainforest in the Kioloa hinterland between Mt Agony Road and Livingstone Creek. Several crossings made during a trip in the area earlier this year suggested it was worth returning for a closer look. Map: Kioloa 1:25,000. Leader: Terence U. Transport: $120 per car. Limit: 6.

Sunday 29 November: Mt Major – L/M–R(X)

From near Forbes Creek we will head east mainly along fire trails to a ridge north of Mount Major. If there is not too much scrub and lawyer vine we will then climb to the top. Map: Bombay 1:25,000. Leader: Roger E. Transport: $40 per car, $10–$15 per person.

Sunday afternoon 29 November: Ramble to Calvary – S/E

Visit a pisé (rammed mud) homestead site built c1870. It’s located in the south Bullen Range just a (long) stone’s throw from the suburb of Greenway. Around 10 km and 200 m total climb. Map: Tuggeranong 1:25,000. Leader: John E. No need to book. Meet at Parkway, cnr Sulwood Drive and Tuggeranong Parkway, Kambah at 1.30 pm. Transport: ~$5 per person. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au

Monday evening, 30 November: Coppins Ridge – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm. Park at the junction of Coppins Crossing Road and Uriarra Road with your car pointing west. We will drive to the start point of the walk in the area between these roads and the Molonglo River. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: drive yourself.

Tuesday 1 December: Tuesday Twilight #7, Tuggeranong Hill – S/M

Up, over and around Tuggeranong Hill, with views all the way around. Congregate in the easement off Mehaffey Crescent Theodore (Phone book Map 98 P12) at 6.30 pm for access past the reservoir. Not all on tracks. Leader: Margaret R.

Thursday evening, 3 December: Aranda Frost Hollow – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm in the car park accessed via the lane beside 57 MacKellar Circuit, Cook and we will walk through the Aranda bushland, clip the corner of Black Mt Reserve and return to the cars via the Aranda frost hollow. No bookings. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: drive yourself.

(4)5–7 December: Veteran’s Choice #2: Merrica River – Nadgee Wilderness Nature Reserve – S/E

Drive to Ranger Station at the entrance of the Reserve on Friday night and on the following morning walk the 4 km track to camp Saturday and Sunday nights at Merrica River Beach to swim, explore the coastline and sea caves of this area. Return to Canberra Monday. Drinking water has to be carried in to the camp site. Maps: Nadgee and Narrabarba 1:25,000 Leader: Doug W. Park fees $5/night Transport: ~$60 Limit: 8

5–6 December: Genoa River – S/M–R

From Hopping Joe Ck, walk downstream for several kms and back again. Plenty of time for swimming in beautiful pools. Minimal ups and downs. River crossings – boots not suitable. Map: Nungatta 1:25,000. Leader: Meg M. Transport: ~$44 (distance ~480km return).

Saturday 5 December: Bells Camp – M/R(X)

From Hume Sawmill in Brindabella NP we climb the ridge of the Brindabellas, mostly on tracks. The Kenya Fire Trail and some bushbashing brings us from Bells Camp over Yago Creek back to Doctors Flat Road. Map: Umburra 1:25 000. Leader: Gösta L. Transport: ~ $30–$40 per car.

Sunday 6 December: Mt Gingera – M/E

Enjoy Gingera with the wildflowers. Walk on track from Ginini car park to the summit for lunch, then follow the Gingera ridge for a time before dropping off track back to Pryor’s Hut and back to the cars. Given the elevation – Gingera is 1857 m – the walk will probably be comfortable even if the city is warm. Climb is about 200 m. A spectacular view. About 4 hrs actual walking. Map: Corin Dam 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: ~$60 per car, ~$20 per person.

Monday evening, 7 December: Mt Stromlo – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm. Park at the junction of Coppins Crossing Road and Uriarra Road. We will walk on some of the old trails on the side of Mt Stromlo with some views. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: drive yourself.

Tuesday 8 December: The Rolling Ground & East Tate Ridge via Guthega Trig – M–L/M

A view of the alpine flora in bloom. Departing from the Guthega ski resort, we’ll ascend to Guthega Trig and then The Rolling Ground. Depending on the weather and the party we may extend the time we spend on The Rolling Ground and travel on to The Granite Peaks. Returning to Consett Stephen Pass, we’ll then ascend Mt Tate to enjoy the 360 degree views of the Main Range and descend East Tate Ridge to the suspension foot bridge that crosses the Snowy River, returning along a fire trail to the cars. Mostly off track, 17 to 21 km depending on whether we do the extended walk to The Granite Peaks, with a total ascent of approximately 550 m. An early 6 am start from Kambah shops. Maps: Mount Kosciuszko 8525–II&III, or Perisher Valley 8525-2S & Geehi Dam 8525-2N 1:25,000. Leader: Karen C. Transport: $150 per car, Park entry $16 per car. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au Limit: 8.

Tuesday 8 December: Tuesday Twilight #8, Urambi Hills – S/M

Starting from the old woolshed on the corner of O’Halloran Circuit and Springbett St, Kambah, (Phone Book Map 87 L2) we will google the fitness track, follow green bits through to Urambi Hills reserve, hop across Tuggeranong Creek and saunter back over the top. Leader: Margaret R.


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