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Club Activity Program

February 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 page covers activities from the second Wednesday of February until the second Wednesday of March.

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


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Thursday evening, 11 February: Goorooyaroo Nature Park – Garroo Hill – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm in the parking area on the northern side of Horse Park Drive about 1.5 km toward Gungahlin from its junction with the Federal Highway (the Gungahlin exit). Will do Garroo Hill. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: drive yourself

(12)13–14 February: Mt Tingaringy and the lost cairns of the Black Allan Line – M/R/X

Join the search for the missing cairns on Mt Tingaringy. The search on the western face of Mt Tingaringy will involve scrambling up, down and around dry forest/scrub and loose rocks, in country so rough that one of the cairns was last reported seen in 1872! The eastern face of Mt Tingaringy is decidedly different, with our search descending through a series of old growth forest communities. Most of the trip will be off track, with around 20 kms of walking and 700 m ascent. The trip will proceed subject to favourable weather. We camp at the Delegate River on the first night and then at the top of Mt Tingaringy on the second night. 4 pm start on Friday from CIVIC. Maps: Tombong 8624-S 1:50,000 and Delegate 8623-S 1:50,000 Leader: Karen C. Transport: $178 per car Limit: 8

Saturday 13 February: Belowra Creek – S/R/W

A walk along and partly in the lower reaches of a creek just south of the Budawangs. Some gorge and some casuarina sections, and a waterfall. After the walk, return to Canberra, or car camp at Blue Gum Flat (optional swim in the Clyde River) if also doing the Pigeon House walk the next day. Map: Corang 1:25,000. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~400 km return ~$144 per car, ~$36–$48 per person, plus park entry. Limit: 12.

(13) Sunday 14 February: Pigeon House sunrise – M/E–M

Do this walk in conjunction with Belowra Creek, or drive up Saturday evening and camp. Up at 4 am to climb to the top of Pigeon House and see the sun rise out of the ocean and light up the Budawang cliffs in brilliant red (well, if the weather’s right). After a mountaintop breakfast we circumnavigate the base of the cliffs with their huge overhangs and return via scenic Longfella Pass. Early finish. Mostly on track with some steep sections and ladders to the summit. Maps: Corang, Milton 1:25,000. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~400 km return, ~$144 per car, ~$36–$48 per person, plus park entry. Limit: 12.

14–22 February: Tasmania – Wilmot and Frankland Ranges – L/R(X)

These ranges lie to the west and south of Lake Pedder. This is a rare opportunity to walk off track in Tasmania through some excellent alpine country. Some rock scrambling. This is a joint trip with Sydney Bush Walkers. Maps: Olga, Wedge and Old River 1:100,000 Leader: Ian H. Transport: TBA Limit: **TRIP FULL**.

Monday evening, 15 February: Cooleman Ridge west – S/E

Meet at the very end of Kathner St, Chapman for a walk along the ridge. No bookings, just turn up at 6.30. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: drive yourself

Tuesday 16 February: Shoalhaven River – M/R/W/pt X

Badgerys Spur – Shoalhaven River – Canoe Flat – Fossickers Flat – Funnells Pass – Funnells Creek Fire Trail. Short car shuffle. Scenic, river crossings, swimming options. If time permits we will have a quick look at Billy Bulloos Canyon. Map: Caoura 1:25,000. Leader: Brian S. Transport: ~$100 per car, $25–$33 per person

Thursday evening, 18 February: Bruce and O’Connor Ridges – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm in the car park opposite 160 Dryandra St, O’Connor for a walk in these two pleasant areas. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: drive yourself.

(19)20–21 February: Mt Twynam and Mt Tate – (Sat M/E–M, Sun M/M/X)

Drive down Friday night and stay at the Southern Alps Ski Club Lodge at Charlotte Pass. The Saturday walk is Charlotte Pass to Blue Lake junction on good track then a basic track to Twynam and off track to Guthega. Shared meal Sat night. Plan to do Mt Tate from Guthega on Sunday via East Tate ridge. I did go to Mt Tate some years ago but I am treating this one as a rekkie as I haven’t led it. Brilliant Alpine walking. Map: Perisher, Geehi Dam 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: ~$140 per car plus park entrance, ~$50 per person,  $70–$80.

20–21 February: Tuross River – S–M/R

From the Woila–Tuross junction, walk ~five kms downstream to camp by a delightful pool. Next morning, climb ~500 metres up the slopes of Jillicambra Mtn for great views of the Woila, then descend to the river via an interesting ridge and side creek. All off-track, lots of swimming, creek crossings (wet feet – wear suitable shoes). Map: Belowra 1:25,000. Leader: Meg M. Transport: ~340 kms return, ~$32. Limit: 8.

Saturday 20 February: Li-Lo trip, Toads Folly to bottom of Red Rock Gorge – S/R(W)

Bring your own li-lo or body board, life-jacket and hat. Map: Tuggeranong 1:25,000 Leaders: Jenny and Rob H. Transport: drive self to meeting point. Limit: 8.

Monday evening, 22 February: Gossan Hill – S/E

Meet 6.30 pm, park in the car park behind the old Aranda shops in Bandjalong Crescent, Aranda. We will see what Gossan Hill has to offer. 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 February – 2 March: Tasman Peninsula – S/E– L/M

Escape the heat to Tasmania’s spectacular Tasman Peninsula. Stay in a comfortable beach house and enjoy a variety of day walks on the peninsula. Maps: see Peninsula Tracks, Peter & Shirley Storey. Leader: Mark H. Please book by 15 January. Transport: direct flight Canberra to Hobart and collect rental car(s). Accommodation: $800 per week split between participants. Limit: 8.

25 February – 6 March (approximately): Western Arthurs or SW Cape, Tasmania – S/M–R/W

Dates and destination subject to discussion; it’s all memorable country worth (re)visiting. Leader: Rupert B. Limit: 5.

Thursday evening, 25 February – Burley Griffin S/E

Meet at in the car park on the right of the road outside the Governor General’s residence on Dunrossil Drive for a wander along the lake to Weston Park and back. No need to book. Map: n/a Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: drive yourself

27–28 February: Oldfields Hut – Mount Murray – Gourmet Dinner – M/M

From a locked gate on the Pockets Saddle Road north from the Tantangara Dam we pack walk along an easy fire trail for 3 km to Oldfields Hut where we camp. Saturday afternoon we walk without packs up to Murrays Gap/Mount Murray to work up an appetite for a bow tie gourmet dinner. On Sunday we will explore the Upper Goodradigbee River area. Maps: Rules Point, Rendezvous Creek 1:25,000 Leader: Doug W. Transport: 280 km $100 per car

Sunday 28 February: Bullfrog Creek, Ettrema Gorge, Rock Slabs Creek – S/R(W)

A walk visiting the upper part of beautiful Ettrema Gorge and two of its western side creeks. Be prepared for a lot of rock scrambling and hopping, possible wading, and some scrubby sections. Waterproof packs in case water levels are high. About 8 km with 300 m climbing. Map: Nerriga 1:25,000. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~320 km return, ~$120 per car, ~$30–$40 per person. Limit: 12.

Monday evening, 1 March: Black Mt Hat Band – S/E

Meet 6.30, park at end of Frith St near 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

Thursday evening, 4 March: Mt Ainslie – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm in 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

(5)6–8 March (Canberra Day LWE): Blue Mountains – M/M

Leave Canberra Friday night and stay in a comfortable 4 bedroom house in Blackheath for the long weekend. Saturday: along the cliff top from Gordon Falls, Leura to Scenic World, Katoomba, and possibly into the valley (4–5 hours). Sunday: into and along the valley floor below Wentworth Falls, returning via the Valley of the Waters (6 hrs walking, plenty of steps). Monday: Govetts Leap to Pulpit Rock (3 1/2 hours). Map: Katoomba 1:25,000. Leaders: Jeff B and Edwina Y. Transport: ~$70 per person, Accommodation: ~$75 for the weekend. Limit: ~10 *** TRIP FULL ***

(5)6–8 March: Ettrema Gorge – M/R

Three to four days (negotiable) Friday/Saturday to Monday. Entry into the Gorge by Transportation Spur and then proceeding downstream with some side trips. Exit via Tullyangela Creek and Dungeon Canyon. Those who may be interested are asked to contact the leader before the end of February. This is a most beautiful area with crystal clear pools for swimming. Entry to, and exit from the gorge is steep. 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. Map: Touga 1:25,000. Leader: Eric P. Transport: TBA.

6–7 March: Veterans’ Choice #3, Shoalhaven Crossover – Walk and Canoe the Shoalhaven in one trip – M/M

This popular trip is again on the program. It traverses a picturesque stretch of the Shoalhaven. It involves a canoe paddle of fifteen kilometres and a fourteen-kilometre walk with a descent/ascent of 500 metres. While no canoeing experience is necessary, a reasonable level of fitness and water skills will be required to ensure all participants enjoy this wonderful experience. Half the party will descend to the Shoalhaven from Badgery’s Lookout then walk downstream to camp at Fossickers Flat. The other half will paddle hired canoes from Tallowa Dam to Fossickers Flat. On the Sunday, the walkers and paddlers will swap roles. You can get a pre-trip briefing with photos at www.peterhenderson.com.au/shoalhaven A car swap is required. Please book early, as canoes need to be organised. Map: Caoura 1:25,000, Burrier 1:25,000. Leaders: Gösta L or Peter H. Approximate cost: Transport: $32–$43 Canoe hire: $45 (car to Kangaroo Valley gets $162, car to Badgerys Spur gets $95).

Sunday 7 March: 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. [Note: This is a repeat of the training session run on 31 January] Map: Corin Dam 1:25000 Leader: Terence U. Transport: ~$35/car. Limit: 8.

Autumn 2010 – Australian Alps Walking Track, Walhalla to Tharwa

Expressions of interest are invited for people to join this walk for some or all of the stages, I (8–15 March, to Mt Skene), II (15–23 March, to Hotham Hts), III (23–29 March to Mitta Mitta River), IV (29 March–5 April, to Dead Horse Gap), V (5– 11 April, to Kiandra), VI (11–16 April, to Tharwa). Leader: Karen C. Transport: TBA.

Tuesday 9 March: Ridge SE of Gudgenby Saddle – L/R,ptX

Head SW from the Yankee Hat car park on fire trail and footpad to the saddle SE of Mt Gudgenby. Turn SE and wander along the 6 knolls down to Breakfast Creek and the Old Boboyan Road. Return via Hospital Creek Hut, some nearby granite tors and an indigenous rock shelter. Around 21 km and 550 m climb. Map: Yaouk 1:25,000. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$50 per car. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au.



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


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The picture at the top of this page is of the Murramarang National Park on the South Coast of New South Wales. Club walks extend to the coast and the area around Mt Durras (on the right of the photo) is a favourite destination for cabin-based walking weekends (photo David Briese).