CANBERRA BUSHWALKING CLUB ACTIVITY PROGRAM

January 2010

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 January to the second Wednesday of February.

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
For other enquiries including membership, email membsec AT canberrabushwalkingclub.org

Where an email address is given below in the form [email to mickeym] the actual email address is mickeym@canberrabushwalkingclub.org 

Thursday evening, 14 January: Mulligan’s Flat East – S/E

Meet 6.30 pm in the main Mulligan’s Flat car park. Go down Horse Park Rd, turn into Francis Forde Drive as per sign, then left into Amy Ackman Drive which will take you to the Mulligan’s Flat car park. Nice open bushland. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: drive yourself.

16–17 January: Gungartan, Dicky Cooper Bogong – M/M

A moderate walk, ideal for: people with medium day trip experience wanting to start pack walking; photographers wanting extra time for their shots; or anyone wanting an unhurried alpine trip. Sat am: 7 km on the west aqueduct track from Guthega Power Station to the campsite near Whites River Hut (the hardest part over in the first hour). pm: Gungartan (2068 m) off-track with day packs, 300 m climb. Sunday am: Dicky Cooper Bogong (2004 m) with day packs, 250 m climb, then return to the cars via the east aqueduct track to be back by about 2–3 pm. Either or both side trips can be skipped if desired, though they give great views; the grade without them is S/E but with an hour’s steep climb on the fire trail. Map: Geehi Dam 1:25,000. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~400km return. ~$148 per car, ~$37–$50 per person, plus park entry. Limit: 8.

Saturday 16 January: Border Marker Hunting in the Brindabellas – L/R, ptX

Everyone should experience the joy of border marker hunting. From Aggie Gap to Mt Franklin to the northern slopes of Mt Ginini. Then east to upper Ginini Falls, around Ginini Flats and back along the Mt Franklin Road. Around 17 km and 700 m climb, shortened if hot (see Walks Waffle in previous it). Maps: Brindabella and Corin Dam. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$55 per car. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au

Sunday 17 January: McKeahnie Trig, Basic GPS Navigation Training – M/R

An interesting trip through some fairly scrubby country with a focus on integration of map, compass and GPS navigation. Early start to avoid the worst of the heat. Map: Corin Dam 1:25,000 Leader: Terence U. Transport: ~$35 per car. Limit: 8.

Monday evening, 18 January: Goorooyaroo Nature Park again – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm in the parking area on the northern side of Horse Park Drive about 1.5km toward Gungahlin from its junction with the Federal Hwy (the Gungahlin exit). Will probably do Old Joe. 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 19 January: Ettrema Day – L/R

This trip will give Tuesday walkers a chance to see why weekend walkers rave about Ettrema. After a steep and rough descent into Ettrema via a creek near the upstream end of Sentry Box Canyon, we bludge from pool to pool downstream to Myall Creek. Exit is via Myall Creek with its magnificent waterfalls and pools. An early start is required. Maps: Nerriga and Touga 1:25,000 Leader: Keith T. Transport: ~$33 Limit: 8.

Thursday evening, 21 January: Ainslie/ Majura – S /E

Be at the entrance to the park on Mackenzie St, Hackett, just north of the Grayson St intersection. Be there at 6.30 pm for a walk in the area between Mt Ainslie and Mt Majura. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: drive yourself.

23–25 January: Kosciuszko weekend – various ratings

I’m assuming people will take the Monday off, the holiday is on Tuesday this year. Leave Canberra mid morning Saturday. That afternoon we will do an off track walk of about 2hrs in the vicinity of Mt Stillwell plus an alternate, route not yet decided, possibly Spencer’s Ck. On Sunday, we will offer the Blue Lake–Main Range–Kosciuszko circuit (6hrs walking all on track) and an alternate mainly off-track across the Rams Head Range led by Ross A. On Monday, we will follow the Cascades trail for about 30 minutes then left onto the track along the Thredbo River. Back at the cars about 3pm and home. Two ‘everyone bring something’ meals in the evenings. Maps: Perisher Valley and Chimneys 1:25,000 Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: ~$50–60 incl park entry. Accommodation: (Southern Alps Ski Club Lodge, Charlottes Pass) ~$50–70 for weekend.

23–26 January: Budawangs: Yadboro–Kalianna Ridge–Green Room–Mt Cole camping caves–Crooked Falls–Holland Gorge–Clyde Valley–Castle Gap–Long Gully – M/R

A very beautiful walk that can be done in 3 days but we will be taking 4. I did the walk with the CBC at the end of 2008 and it was so enjoyable that I thought it would be good to do again. The first day may be hot as we will be climbing Kalianna Ridge but there will be water and opportunities to swim on the other days. It will be an early start from Canberra on Saturday 23 January. Map: Corang 1:25,000 and the CMW Budawangs Sketch map. Leader: Lorraine T. Transport: ~ $150 per car.

23–27 January: Ettrema Gorge – M/R

Five days Saturday to Wednesday. Joint walk with FBI. Exact route to be decided. Entry into the Gorge possibly by Transportation Spur or Howards Pass and then proceeding downstream with some side trips. Those who may be interested are asked to contact the leader for further details. This is a most beautiful area with crystal clear pools for swimming. It is rated hard because of the steep entry and exit. Once in the gorge walking is relatively flat but involves rock-hopping with a pack. Side trips are likely to involve rock-scrambling as well as rock-hopping. Maps: Touga, Caoura 1:25,000. Leaders: Eric & Pat P. Transport: TBA.

Thursday evening, 28 January: Cork Plantation and nearby – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm in the Black Mt Reserve car park which is accessed only from William Hovell Drive. Just follow the signs but, if going west (eg from Parkes Way or the Tuggeranong Parkway), you will need to do the U-turn west of the interchange but before you get to Bindubi St. We will wander through the cork plantation and past the Himalayan Cedars then west of the arboretum. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: drive yourself.

30–31 January: Paint or photograph the Shoalhaven – S/M

We’ll camp at the Shoalhaven, south of Bungonia to find some choice spots to paint from or to photograph this spectacular river. On the Sunday, we’ll make an excursion to the Blockup Gorge for more views. Map: Caoura 1:25,000 Leader: Gösta L. Transport: ~$100 per car, $25–$33 per person.

Saturday 30 January: A Night At Red Rocks (a once in a blue moon walk) – S/E–M/W

From Kambah Pool we walk beside the Murrumbidgee River in the late afternoon to scenic Red Rocks Gorge. After some exploration, swims and our evening meal, we return to reach the cars about 10pm under the light of the blue moon. All on a good track apart from the gorge itself. (Although disputed, the usual definition of a blue moon is a second full moon in a calendar month. It doesn’t really look blue! In Australia’s time zone we get a blue moon in January 2010 instead of December 2009.) Map: Tuggeranong 1:25,000 (not really needed). Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~$3–5. Limit: 12.

Sunday 31 January: White Horse Rocks, Basic GPS Navigation Training – M/M–R

An interesting trip to a series of elevated points offering fine views with a focus on integration of map, compass and GPS navigation. Early start to avoid the worst of the heat. Map: Corin Dam 1:25,000 Leader: Terence U. Transport: ~$35 per car. Limit: 8.

Monday evening, 1 February: Aranda Bushland – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm in the car park accessed via the lane beside 57 MacKellar Circuit, Cook and wander around the bushland. Great 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 2 February: Border Marker Hunting to Canberra’s North – M/M

A half-day wimpy wander around the northern section of Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve, then to Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve to do from Old Joe Hill to the Federal Highway. Around 13 km and 200 m climb. Map: Hall 1:25,000. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$10 per person. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au

Thursday evening, 4 February: Mulligans Flat – S/E

Meet 6.30 pm in the main Mulligans Flat car park. Go down Horse Park Rd, turn into Francis Forde Drive as per sign, then left into Amy Ackman Drive which will take you to the Mulligan’s Flat car park. Nice open bushland. There are loads of walks in this area, we won’t duplicate the last one. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: drive yourself.

Sunday 7 February: Mt Nungar–Gulf Plain – M/M

A walk just south of Tantangara Dam, in cool sub alpine/montane valley country all above 1200m. After a short car shuffle we climb 1710m Mt Nungar (steady 400m ascent) to see the views which bad weather has previously denied us three times. Then descend to Schofields Hut and walk north to Circuits Hut and the sinkholes of Gulf Plain. Map: Tantangara 1:25,000. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~330km return, ~$120 per car, ~$30–$40 per person. Limit: 12.

Monday evening, 8 February: Mt Ainslie east ridge – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm in car park atop Mt Ainslie on the airport side then another route on and around 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.


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