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This page covers activities for a month starting from the second Wednesday of August. For more walks, click on the Future Walks and Walks Archive tabs.

If you are a non-member interested in taking part in Club activities, and want information about activities in the program click on to contact the club. Click on if you are seeking other information about the club.

Please note: Bookings for all walks on a weekend must be made to the walk leader by 2pm on the Thursday immediately before. Some walks may be fully subscribed before this time so early booking is advisable.

If you are not familiar with the procedures of the Club, please read the Walk Information (see menu at left) for details of booking on a walk, gradings, our requirement that all walkers sign an acknowledgement of risks and obligations, equipment hire, search and rescue procedures, etc. For membership enquiries click on .

This symbol indicates a walk that will count towards points in the 50 Peaks in 50 Weeks event.

Wednesday August 10: Wednesday Walk: Bonnum Pic – L/M–R

Bonnum Pic is a point that juts out spectacularly from a dry sandstone plateau that lines the Wollondilly River in the Nattai National Park. It is surrounded by magnificent cliffs that tower over the valleys below. The walk will include scrambling up and down sandstone slabs; lowering yourself about three metres on a hand-line down a rock face and walking along tracks. The plateau supports a variety of flowering shrubs and plants. Late in August 2010, the area was a picture of spring flowers so we are hoping some of them will be on show for this trip. Walk: about 16.4 km. Climb: undulating 400 m. Water: none - you have to carry enough for the day. Meeting place: Watson Arts Centre carpark, 1 Aspinall Street, Watson ACT. Time: 6:30 am. Map: Hilltop. Leaders: Ann G and Steve R Transport: ~$155 per car

Saturday 13 August: 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 hours actual walking. Map: Captains Flat. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: ~$40 per car, ~$15 per person

Sunday 14 August: Blue Range Hut to Sherwood Forest – M/E

From Blue Range Hut, wander along management trails to visit the Sherwood Homestead site built in 1860s or 70s and occupied by Henry and Eliza Phillips. A small patch of exotic trees survives as well as an impressive daffodil and snow drop field. Hopefully it will be flowering. We will have a picnic amongst the daffodils then return via the same way to the cars. We may do a side trip from there but if not it will be 8 km return. Map: Cotter Dam Leader Lois P.  Transport: TBA

Tuesday 16 August: Namadgi National Park between Naas Creek and Mt Boboyan – M/R

Several spot heights, hopefully with granite tors on them located between Naas Creek and Mt Boboyan. Map: Yaouk. Leader: Roger E. Transport: ~$60.00 per car.

Wednesday 17 August: Wednesday Walk (FBI) – M

Leader: Doug F.

Saturday 20 August: Black Mountain and Aranda Bushland – M/E

Meet at 9:30 am in the car park opposite 160 Dryandra St, O’Connor. This walk traverses the Bruce Ridge then crosses into the Black Mt Reserve. Traverse the reserve, following the track part way up the mountain, then along the lake to Yarramundi Peninsula for lunch. Home via the cork plantation and Aranda Bushland. All on track, about 5 hours walking. Map: TAMS Black Mountain Nature Reserve and Aranda Bushland Nature Reserve Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: drive yourself but please book as usual; there may be someone from your area who needs a lift.

Tuesday evening 23 August: Navigation refresher #1: An evening with maps

7 to 9 pm, please book, Jenny or Rob H.

Wednesday 24 August: Wednesday Walk (NPA) – M

Leader: Mike .

Saturday 27 August: Southern ACT Heritage Walk – L/E–M

Start at Old Boboyan Road and cross country to the Settlers Track. On to Waterhole Hut and Lone Pine Homestead. If time permits a side trip to Lutons Crutching Shed before returning to cars on Old Boboyan Road. Most of this walk is on tracks. Linear distance is approximately 19 km with a total climb of around 400m. Early departure from Canberra. Maps: Yaouk and Shannons Flat. Leader: Tim W. Transport: ~$60 per car.


Saturday 27 August: Map and compass navigation exercise – S/M

If your leader becomes incapacitated, or you become separated from the party, would you be able to find your way out of the bush? Regular bushwalkers should have at least basic skills in map and compass, even if they are not leading walks. I will be conducting a training exercise for prospective leaders and regular walkers who wish to learn how to navigate. Participants must bring their own map and compass. I strongly recommend that they also purchase and read Finding Your Way in the Bush, obtainable from the Club (see website), before the activity. Map: TBA. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: TBA Limit: 6

Sunday 28 August: Gilberts Mountain – M/M–R

Gilberts Mountain is immediately west of Gilberts Gap in the Budawangs – it is an isolated sandstone mesa with views up and down the Endrick River and over Bulee Brook. Access is from Nerriga, partly on track and partly through the scrub. There is a pass through the cliffs with a short section of scrambling. Map: Endrick. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~300 km return, ~$108 per car, ~$27–$36 per person. Limit: 12

(26) 27–28 August: Southern Highlands bushwalking bonanza

Drive down Friday night to the Bundanoon YHA, where we stay the weekend. Mt Carrialoo (led by Barry Keeley on Saturday) is brilliant and if you like spectacular views and a bit of a challenge, you will love it. On Sunday, we will walk the spectacular and beautiful Bargo Gorge, twice as deep and twice as wide as Boxvale, on track. The YHA is a renovated early 20th century home of delightful ambience. Shared meal on Saturday evening. About 5 hours walking each day. Maps: Bundanoon and Picton. Leaders: Stan Marks and Barry Keeley. Bookings to Stan: 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Note that I will be away during July. Email bookings will be dealt with on my return. Transport: ~$60 per person, Accommodation: ~$60 per person for the weekend.


Cloudmaker

(26) 27–28 August: Cloudmaker and 100 Man Cave – L/M–R

Drive to Kanangra Walls Friday night. Lengthening days and cool weather are ideal for climbing Cloudmaker, and 100 Man Cave offers a protected campsite for the night. Mostly on track, but with broken quartzite along some of the ridges, off track near the Cave and a scramble to get off the end of the Walls. Superb southern Blue Mountains views and early spring flowers. Approx. 700 m ascent/descent each day (not all at once). Map: Kanangra. Leader: Meg M. Transport: ~500 km return, $185 per car, $46+ per person. Possibly a NP entry fee of $7 per car per day. Limit: 8

Tuesday 30 August: Sentry Box Rock from the North – L/R,ptX

We'll try again after the previously scheduled trip in June was snowed out. A long and fast insert from Yankee Hat car park via Gudgenby saddle, Sams Creek fire trail and Maurice Luton fire trail to the ACT border N of the objective. Hunt border markers up to(wards) Sentry Box Rock. Provides a chance to check out some of next Saturday's 12 hour long time walkabout. Around 28 km and 950 m climb. Map: Yaouk. Leader: John Evans 6288 7235(h), jevans@pcug.org.au Transport: ~$12 per person. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au

Tuesday evening 30 August: Navigation refresher #2: night dead-reckoning exercise – S/E

A night journey with mud-map and compass establishing dead reckoning skills for night, blizzards, close scrub etc.

Please book, Jenny or Rob H.

Wednesday 31 August: Wednesday Walk (NPA) – M

Leader: Henry H.

Saturday 3 September – long time walkabout – 12-hour walk – L/E–M

Do you want to gently extend your walking limits? The aim of this trip is to just walk for 12 hours. A circuit from the Yankee Hat car park via Gudgenby saddle to join Sams Creek fire trail. Down the beautiful Naas Creek valley to Lutons Crutching Shed, a short walk down the Grassy Creek fire trail, then return via the Old Boboyan Road. View many sites of historical interest. All on fire trail and footpad. Guaranteed breaks each hour and a very manageable 3 km/hr average speed. Around 30 km and 600 m climb. Map: Yaouk Leader: John Evans 6288 7235(h), jevans@pcug.org.au Transport: ~$12 per person. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au

Saturday 3 September: Maginot Line – M/E

A walk in the Brindabella National Park. From its junction with Doctors 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 ½hour to the Hickory Ridge with its spectacular views. We will then drop down to the Mullion Creek valley floor thence back to the cars. Map: Umburra. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: ~$40 per car.

Sunday 4 September– Navigation refresher #3: Walking a route and position fixes– M/E

A journey in the hills west of Kambah consolidating map and compass skills. Map: Tuggeranong Leaders: Jenny and Rob H. Transport: N/A

Sunday arvo 4 September – Urambi Hills Nature Reserve – S/E

A ramble over Urambi Hills. Around 6 km and 100 m climb. Map: Tuggeranong. Leader: John Evans 6288 7235(h), jevans@pcug.org.au Transport: Please drive yourself, to meet by 1:15pm at the open area leading to the Nature Reserve in the SE corner of Meredith Cct Kambah. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au


For more walks, return to the top of the page and click on the Future Walks and Walks Archive tabs.


Page last modified on Wednesday 8 June, 2011
This page covers activities from the second Wednesday of September onwards. For more walks, click on the Future Walks and Walks Archive tabs.

If you are a non-member interested in taking part in Club activities, and want information about activities in the program click on to contact the club. Click on if you are seeking other information about the club.

Please note: Bookings for all walks on a weekend must be made to the walk leader by 2pm on the Thursday immediately before. Some walks may be fully subscribed before this time so early booking is advisable.

If you are not familiar with the procedures of the Club, please read the Walk Information (see menu at left) for details of booking on a walk, gradings, our requirement that all walkers sign an acknowledgement of risks and obligations, equipment hire, search and rescue procedures, etc. For membership enquiries click on .

This symbol indicates a walk that will count towards points in the 50 Peaks in 50 Weeks event.

Wednesday 7 September: Wednesday Walk (FBI) – M

Leader: Doug F.

Saturday 10 September: In the shadow of Palerang – S/E–M

A walk in the Tallaganda National Park. From the Forbes Creek track head east of Hoskinstown, follow trails to Mulloon Creek, then along the Palerang fire trail before swinging west off track for about an hour to the creek and the Mulloon fire trail back to the cars. Mostly on track. The forest is different from that near Canberra. About 5 hours actual walking. Map: Bombay. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: ~$45 per car.

10–11 September: Piercy Clearing – S/E

A walk in the Budawangs below impressive sandstone cliffs to a nice campsite near Piercy Creek. The basic walk is about 9 km each way, level and on good tracks, so is suitable for people wanting to try pack walking as well as others wanting an easy trip. There will be optional side trips to plateau viewpoints near Tea Tree Creek cascades, and via Crossroads Pass (next NW of Piercy Creek); if also taken, the walk grade would become M/M. Map: Endrick. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~300 km return, ~$108 per car, ~$27–$36 per person. Limit: 8

Tuesday 13 September: The Onion – M/R,ptX

Visit 'The Onion', south of Tinderry Peak. In via the S of Roberts Creek, with Linda's tor for morning tea. Out further to the S. Expect eucalypt forest, granite scrambling and huge views if the day is fine. Around 10km and 450m climb. Map: Tinderry. Leader: John Evans 6288 7235(h), jevans@pcug.org.au Transport: ~$10 per person. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au

Wednesday 14 September: Wednesday Walk (CBC) – M

Leader: TBA


Boxvale Gorge

17–18 September: Bundanoon gourmet weekend – M/M

Drive to Bundanoon YHA on Friday evening, our base for the weekend. On Saturday, we will walk the Nattai Gorge from the Mt Waratah (Hidden Ck) car park to the Boxvale exit. Spectacular scenery. On Sunday, we will do the Four Lookouts walk, overlooking valleys in the area. When we were last there, on this weekend a few years ago, the place was covered in pink flowers. Barry Keeley will lead this day. The YHA is a renovated early 20th century home of delightful ambience. Shared meal on Saturday evening. About 6 hours walking on Saturday; 4 hours on Sunday. Maps: Picton and Mittagong. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), Stan.Marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: ~$150 per car, $50 per person. Accommodation: ~ $60.

Wednesday 21 September: Wednesday Walk (FBI) – M

Leader: Barrie R.

Saturday 24 September: Tinderry Peak – M/R,ptX

Insert via the Round Flat Fire Trail, then continue north at its east bend. Use Roberts Creek as a hand-rail to gain the Tinderry ridge. Then N to Tinderry Peak with fabulous views over Michelago. Exit via the top of Roberts Creek, but then E via the N of the 1450+ m feature and so to the pig trap at the end of the unmarked track down from the East Tinderry Fire Trail. Off track, this is rough going. Around 14 km and 500 m climb. Map: Tinderry. Leader: John Evans 6288 7235(h), jevans@pcug.org.au Transport: ~$10 per person. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au Limit: 10.


South Black Range

Saturday 24 September 2011: 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, 12 km, 200 m climb. Map: Bombay. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), 6274 7350(w), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au Transport: ~$40 per car, estimate per person~$15

24–25 September: Navigation refresher #4: A weekend off-track in the Namadgi – M/R

An overnight pack trip in the southern Namadgi consolidating map and compass skills. Map: Yaouk  Leaders: Jenny and Rob H. Transport: ~$50 per car.

Tuesday Evening 27 September: Navigation refresher #5: An evening introducing GPS

Please book, Jenny and Rob H.

Wednesday 28 September: Wednesday Walk (NPA) – M

Leader: Mike S.

1–3 October: Budawang Weekend – M/M

I have booked basic accommodation near Nerriga on the edge of the Morton National Park for the long weekend. We will leave Canberra on Saturday morning and walk to Churinga Head for lunch with a spectacular view over Ettrema Gorge and, if like 2010, wildflowers in abundance (2½ hours easy off track) then go to our accommodation. On Sunday, we will walk to the Vines, a beautiful and varied walk (6 hours all on track); those interested can go on to the bora ground on Quiltys Mountain (another hour, on track except for one short, steep section) weather permitting. Return home Monday morning. The cabin holds four and has a basic stove. Others can use tents but all can use the shower at the Stone Cottage. Map: Endrick and Touga. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(w), 6274 7350(h), stan.marks@infrastructure.gov.au. Transport: ~$120 per car. Accommodation: depends on numbers, ~$20 camping, $40 inside.


Corang

1–3 October: Corang Peak, Corang Arch, Yurnga Lookout, Mt Tarn – M/E–M

A walk mainly on tracks in the Western Budawangs, starting at Wog Wog. There are excellent viewpoints and interesting rock formations. We will camp near Burrumbeet Brook both nights and visit Mt Tarn, with its lake and views over Holland Gorge, with day packs. Map: Corang. Leader: Jeff B. Transport: ~270 km return, ~$100 per car, ~$25–$33 per person. Limit: 8

Sunday 2 October: Mt Gingera – bushwalking promotion – L/E–M

Mt Gingera from Corin Dam, returning via Snowy Flats. An opportunity to do an interview from Mt Gingera to promote CBC/50 Peaks in 50 Weeks, bushwalking in general and Johnny Boy's Walkabout Blog. Around 20 km and 1000 m climb. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: John Evans 6288 7235(h), jevans@pcug.org.au Transport: ~$10 per person. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au

Tuesday evening 4 October– Navigation refresher #6: A night dead-reckoning exercise with GPS – S/E

Please book, Jenny or Rob H.

Navigation refresher #7: Looking at PC software for GPS

Details TBA

Wednesday 5 October: Wednesday Walk (FBI) – M

Leader: Steven R.

(7) 8–10 October (Canberra 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 Narrow Neck cliff top with views over the Megalong and Jamison Valleys. Sunday: into and along the valley floor from Furber Stairs to Ruined Castle (7 hours walking, plenty of steps). Monday: Grand Canyon from Evans Lookout (3½ hours). Map: Katoomba. Leader: Edwina Y. Transport: ~$280 per car Accommodation: ~$75 for the weekend. Limit: 12

Wednesday 12 October: Wednesday Walk (CBC) – M

Leader: John D.

15–16 October: long long time walkabout – 24-hr walk – L/E–M

The aim of this trip is to just walk for 24 hours. Starting from Corin Dam, climb via Stockyard Spur to Pryors Hut. Follow the Mt Franklin fire trail, with a side trip to Mt Gingera, to Cotter Hut. Walk out via the AAWT to the Orroral Valley, then via Smokers Trail and the Square Rock Walking Track to the Smokers Gap car park. All on fire trail and footpad. A couple of longish breaks with a hot drink, as well as short breaks. Around 55 km and 2200 m climb. Maps: Corin Dam and Rendezvous Creek. Leader: John Evans 6288 7235(h), jevans@pcug.org.au Transport: ~$10 per person. If a couple of non-walkers could help with transport, I'd be very grateful. I also need a PC and mobile phone equipped walk controller in Canberra. Further details at http://jevans.pcug.org.au Limit: 8.


Broom

Saturday 5 November: Broom clearing 19th year 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 although it will be a bit earlier in order not to clash with the 50th anniversary celebrations. 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 Leader: John T. Transport: $12.


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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).