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Club Activity Program

June 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 June until the second Wednesday of July.

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


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Saturday–Sunday 12–13 June: Overnight Corin Dam to Mt Gingera – M/M

The challenging walk up Stockyard Spur (about 700m ascent) from Corin Dam is beautiful with a number of scenic lookouts. Upon reaching Mt Franklin road we turn south to Pryors Hut for lunch. The hut, named after Lindsay Pryor is close to the ACT/NSW border and was built in 1952 as a shelter during work on the Alpine Botanical Gardens. We will have an opportunity to look at the adjacent arboretum of pine species and some stone border markers. We then continue south to Mt Gingera for great views overlooking the Coolamine area in NSW. To allow us to explore this beautiful country, there will be some side trips the extent of which will be determined by weather and daylight. While the walk is challenging the pace is set to allow you to take in the scenery and make the most of your camera. With luck we might see some snow, so remember to bring warm gear. Map: Corin Dam 1:25,000. Leader: Led by Peter J and co-led by Quentin M. Bookings to Quentin. Transport: $10$15 per person. Limit: 12.

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

Saturday 12 June: Picnic at Hanging Rock – S/E or M/M

Starting at Berlang Rest Area south of Braidwood, we cross the Shoalhaven River (usually dry feet or shallow wade), then walk through open forest and swampy country to the base of Hanging Rock. Either have a long relaxed lunch, or an optional pre-lunch extra 3km/+200m off-track climb through the conglomerate cliffs (there is a relatively easy scramble) to the top of Hanging Rock for views down the Deua Valley. Return via the Big Hole. (If you are interested in staying on for a car camping rekkie trip in the Diamond Creek Falls/Bendethera Mountain area for the rest of the long weekend, let the leader know when you book.) Map: Kain 1:25,000. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~200km ret, ~$74 per car, ~$18$24 per person (extra if staying on for the rekkie). Limit: 14.

Navigation Refresher Course 2010

Members are invited to some or all of these activities,

Tues 15 June #2 Dead Reckoning with Compass

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

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

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

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

Tues 3 August #7 An evening looking at PC software and GPS

Leaders: Jenny and Rob H.

 Saturday 19 June: Buchanans Lookout, Christmas Creek, Glow Worm Glen – M/E–M

A repeat of a popular trip last year. From Bundanoon we follow old and partially overgrown tracks north of the main tourist area to some excellent lookouts over Bundanoon Ck, before descending to the exquisite mossy and dark gully of Christmas Ck, reminiscent of the Green Room in Monolith Valley. We will allow much more time to explore the gully than we had last year. Then return via the Glow Worm Glen at dusk for a view of the glow worms. Back in Canberra around 8.30pm. Photographers are advised to bring a lightweight tripod. Map: Bundanoon 1:25,000. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~300 km return ~$108 per car, ~$27$36 per person. Limit: 12.

Sunday 20 June: Black Mountain and Aranda Bushland – M/E

This walk has been moved to Sunday 15 August, due to the unavailability of the leader.

Sunday 20 June: Grassy Creek – S–M/E–M

Postponed from 25 May. Enjoy a stroll through the open grassy valleys of southern Namadgi visiting settler buildings and yards including Brayshaw’s, Westerman’s and Waterhole. There is some walking on management trails and some on a marked route. Approx 10 kms walking in total. Maps: Shannons Flat, Yaouk 1:25,000. Leader: Lois P. Transport: ~$60 per car, $15–$20 per person. Limit: 16

Tuesday 22 June: Yankee Hats – M/R, ptX

Up Yankee Hat South using the SE spur. Down to the saddle between them and up Yankee Hat North (the real Yankee Hat). Return via its SE spur and the indigenous rock art. Very scrubby regrowth. Around 12km and 650m climb. Maps: Rendezvous Creek and Yaouk 1:25,000. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$12 per person. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au

Saturday 26 June: Faunce Hill – M/E

Faunce Hill is on the eastern side of the Queanbeyan River gorge on the northern end of Googong Dam. The walk is a mixture of on and off track, starting at the end of Wanna Wanna Rd (off Captain’s Flat Rd) thence through open forest to the Hill and south to lunch on an open ridge before wandering back to the cars. Plenty of variety and good views including Gingera and Bimberi. About 5½ hrs walking. Map: Hoskinstown 1:25,000 Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: ~$10 per person.

Sunday 27 June: Orroral Valley – S/E

Discover History in the Orroral Valley by walking along the Orroral Valley from the former Orroral tracking station to the Orroral campground. On the way, we also pass Orroral Homestead. New signage has recently been installed along the track. 68 km of walking (if the mood takes us, we might wander up the valley sides to get a different view of the valley but the walk is mainly flat along a marked trail) (around 4 hrs with breaks) and a short car shuffle is needed. Map: Rendezvous Creek 1:25,000. Leader: Lois P. Transport: ~ $40 per car.

Sunday afternoon 27 June: Point Hut Crossing – Pine Island – Tuggeranong stone wall – S/E

A combined CBC and Parkway church ramble. Wander the Murrumbidgee River Corridor from Point Hut Crossing to Pine Island, then further N to the Tuggeranong stone wall. Bring arvo tea to share. Options to place cars at Pine Island or Tuggeranong. Around 9 km and 50 m climb. Map: Tuggeranong. Leader: John E. Please book with me, but make your own way to the meeting point. Transport: Meet at Parkway church, cnr Sulwood Dr and Tuggeranong Parkway, at 1.00pm and we’ll car pool from there ~$2 per person. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au

Tuesday 29 June: In the steps of Scott and Amundsen! – skiing – S/E

Something new for Tuesday’s intrepid explorers – cross country skiing! This trip is for absolute beginners – no speeding nor steep terrain allowed. We’ll meander along the flat, groomed cross country ski trails that lie to the east of Smiggin Holes, with informal guidance and assistance with gear provided. See map at: http://www.perisherblue.com.au/winter/nordic/index.html These trails are made for beginners and are clearly marked with tall poles and signage. If it all proves too much there’s respite in the nearby pub! No need to hire gear beforehand, we will stop along the way to pick up gear. If foul weather presents itself we’ll go for a walk locally. Map: Mount Kosciusko 1:50,000 or Perisher Valley 1:25,000. For info contact the Leader: Karen C. For bookings contact John E. Transport: $150 per car, Park entry $27 per car, Ski gear $35 per person Limit: 8. Note: If there is an intermediate/advanced cross country skier who wishes to assist on the day, please let me know.

Saturday 3 July: A Ridge with a View – M/E–M

Walk from the Spring Creek car park along a series of ridges through open forest to an unnamed grassy peak for lunch with spectacular views from Lake George to the Tinderries. Similar return. Part on and part off track, about 5½ hrs actual walking. Map: Captains Flat 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568 (h), 6274 7350 (w), email: stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: ~$40 per car, ~$15 per person.

Sunday 4 July: Upper Ettrema Creek – S–M/R(X)

A walk visiting the top end of Ettrema Gorge (south of Bullfrog Creek) where it cuts narrow crevasses through the Nowra sandstone. Be prepared for rock scrambling and scrub. Map: Nerriga 1:25,000. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~320km ret, ~$120 per car, ~$30$40 per person. Limit: 12.

Tuesday 6 July: Jacks Lookout – M/M, pt X

Sites of Significance near the Tidbinbilla Tracking Station. Approach over the Bullen Range from Kambah Pool. Around 13 km and 550 m climb. Maps: Tuggeranong and Tidbinbilla 1:25,000. Leader: John E. Transport: ~$2 per person. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au

10–11 July: Brogo – M–L/R

The Brogo River lies to the east of Cooma on the escarpment. We will walk along the Razorback Fire Trail and then on the ridge on the eastern side of the Brogo before descending to the Brogo River to camp. On Sunday we will climb out of the Brogo River, over Kydra Trig and then follow a fire trail back to the car. There will be some spectacular views into the deep and rugged gorges in this area. The leader would welcome people new to overnight walking and invites them to contact him to discuss whether the trip is a suitable one for them. Leader: Ian H. Transport: ~$140 per car. Limit: 8.

Saturday 10 July: Maginot Line – M/E(X)

A walk in the Brindabella National Park. From its junction with Doctor’s Flat Road west of Dingo Dell, we will follow the Maginot fire trail until morning tea then head off track through open forest for about ½ hour to the Hickory Ridge with its spectacular views. We will then drop down to the Mullion Creek valley floor thence back to the cars. The bush near Doctors Flat Rd in this area is spectacular. Map: Umburra 1:25,000. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: ~$10–$15 per person.

Saturday afternoon 10 July: ‘Show Us Your Limits’ Talk and Walk – Border Markers on the N Urban Fringe – Mulligans Flat – S/E

Following the successful Talk and Walk at Mt Franklin, the ACT Government has requested that CBC conduct another. One CBC member is required for every 6 members of the public participating, so join me in providing general shepherding and witty repartee. Or just sign on for the walk. Hear wonderful background information from Matthew Higgins too. Around 3 hours walking in Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve. Map: Hall 1:25,000. Leader: John E. Please book with me. Transport: TBA. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au

Sunday 11 July: Split Rock – L/E, R

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



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The photo at the top shows a CBC party climbing a saddletopped with large granite tors on the way to Mt Gungartan in Kosciuszko National Park. The club regularly offers walks in this wilderness area (photo Jeff Bennetts).