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From May 2010

This page covers activities from the second Wednesday of May onwards.

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15–16 May: Mt Tennent Pack walk – S/M

Starting Saturday early-afternoon we do the short, steep (800m) walk up the Alpine Walking Track from Namadgi Visitor Centre, set up camp at the saddle about 1 km NW of the summit, view the sunset and Canberra lights and the sunrise the next morning from a rocky outcrop near the campsite. Return home by midday Sunday. Tank water is available at the summit. The walk will only proceed if the weather is reasonable. Map: Williamsdale 1:25,000 Leader: Contact after 1 May, Mike Br. Transport: ~$25 per car, ~$6 – $10 per person. Limit: 8.


South Black Range

Saturday 15 May: Black Range – M/E–M

Park the cars at the South Black Range car park. Walk on track to South Black Range trig point with its enormous rock for morning tea, then off track along an open ridge to rejoin the track. Swing east off track to lunch through attractive eucalyptus forest and return to the cars. A pleasant and relatively easy walk, about 4½ hrs walking. Map: Bombay 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: $40 per car, estimate per person~$15

Sunday 16 May: South-side ridge parallel to Apollo Road – M/R(X)

This feature climbs steeply from the lower part of Apollo Road and we would come off it to Honeysuckle Creek campground. A car shuttle is needed. Maps: Corin Dam, Williamsdale 1:25,000. Leader: Rob H. Transport: $36 per car.


Flat Rock Island

(21)22–23 May: Durras weekend – Sat M/E, Sun S/M

Leave Canberra Friday night, stay in comfortable cabins at Depot Beach Caravan Park. Saturday will be the spectacular Little Forest Plateau with views to the Budawangs, Pigeon House and beyond. Lunch at Ngaityung Falls. On Sunday, Ross will lead a walk along the coast south of Murramarang, from Wasp Head to Richmond Beach headland, thence the Olympic Pool, through the Garden of Unearthly Gums, via Oaky Beach and up to North Head and the cars. Each person is responsible for his/her own meals. About 5½ hrs walking on both Saturday and Sunday. Maps: Durras/Tianjara/Milton 1:25,000. Leaders: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au and Ross A. Bookings to Stan please. Transport: ~$160 per car, ~$50 per person. Accommodation: ~$50–$60


Split Rock

Saturday 22 May: Split Rock – L/E, R

From the Orroral Valley we walk along Cotter Hut Rd and AAWT to Cotter Gap. We then climb through thick regrowth to amazing Split Rock (in Cotter Rocks). About 20 km mostly on tracks with a 650m climb. Maps: Corin Dam, Rendezvous Creek 1:25,000 Leader: Contact after 1 May, Mike Br. Transport: $40 per car, $10 to $13.50 per person. Limit: 8

Sunday 23 May: Gorilla Rock and surrounds – Navigation Exercise – S–M/M–R

A training exercise in map and compass near Honeysuckle Creek, for prospective leaders and regular walkers who wish to learn how to navigate. Participants must bring their own map and compass. They must also purchase and read Finding Your Way In The Bush, obtainable from the club (see website), before the activity. Please don’t come if you won’t meet these conditions. This exercise will be repeated if demand warrants, so don’t be put off by the party limit, but book early if you want 23 May. Map: Corin Dam 1:25,000. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~90 km return, ~$33 per car, ~$8 per person. Limit: 3 plus leader.


Corang Arch

Tuesday 25 – Friday 28 May: Budawangs – M/M

Four days full pack hiking in the Budawangs taking in Tinderry Rocks, Corang Plateau, Corang Peak and Arch, Burrumbeet Brook, Yurnga Lookout and Monolith Valley. Returning by the same route or possibly taking in Corang Cascades. A walk hopefully in conjunction with the Shoalhaven Bushwalkers. Leader: Paul E. Map: Corang 1:25,000 Transport: ~280 km return, ~$104 per car, $26–35 per passenger. Limit; 10

Saturday 29 May: Horseshoe Hill – M/E

Drive to the locked gate at the end of Woolcara Lane and walk, mainly on track, to this grassy peak for lunch and spectacular views. About 5 ½ hrs actual walking. Map: Captains Flat 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: ~$15

Saturday 5 June: Wild Cattle Flat – S/E–M

Climb via fire trail east of Captains Flat to the trig station atop the Bollard Ridge from which views to the west. Then follow the ridge as it descends through open forest until you cross Ballinafad Creek. Lunch on a hill above the creek, then continue along the ridge to the cars through open forest. Short car shuffle. All on trail or easy off track. About 4 hrs actual walking. Return via the purple eatery. Map: Tinderry 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: ~$20

12–14 June: Jervis Bay gourmet weekend – M/E

Leave Canberra mid Saturday morning, visit the Illawarra Fly, a brilliant treetop walk ($22) and a 1½ hr walk at Minnamurra Rainforest en route to our accommodation at Gerringong youth hostel. On Sunday, walk for 4½ hrs to Steamer’s Beach, St George’s Head and Summerland Bay through coastal forest and heath with many sea views, and morning tea and lunch on beaches. On Monday morning, a 2hr walk south along the coastline with spectacular views of cliffs and the sea then lunch on the beach before returning home. Shared ‘everyone bring something’ meals both evenings. Map: Sussex Inlet 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: $60, Accommodation: ~$60

Navigation Refresher Course 2010

Members are invited to some or all of these activities,

Tues 8 Jun #1 An evening with maps

Tues 15 Jun #2 Dead Reckoning with Compass

Sat 19 Jun #3 A day, route and position-finding with map and compass

26–27 Jun #4 A weekend off-track in Namadgi with map and compass

Tues 20 Jul #5 An evening with the basics of GPS

Tues 27 Jul #6 An evening doing event #2 with way-points on GPS

TBA #7 An evening looking at PC software and GPS

Expressions of interest are requested by the end of May. Leaders: Jenny and Rob H.


For more walks, see the Program for last 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).