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Club Activity Program

  • September 2014
  • Archive of Activities
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Wednesday Walks: Wednesday walks are run jointly with the Brindabella Bushwalking Club (BBC) and National Parks Association ACT (NPA). Details are emailed a few days before each walk. Contact Janet, co-ordinator of Wednesday Walks to be added to the email list. If you are not a member of the BBC, NPA or CBC you must contact the leader before the walk to discuss the level of difficulty and must be accompanied on the walk by a sponsoringd member. Please note that leaders retain the right not to accept any walker.

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Tuesday 2 September: Navigation refresher #5

An introduction to GPS using Etrex (2000–2004) and Etrex 20 (~2008+) at the home of Jenny and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535.

Tuesday 2 September: Tidbinbilla geocaching – L/R

From the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve Mountain Creek car park, we’ll take the Camel Back Fire Trail towards the top. A beeline to the old radio transmitter tower. Camels Hump then Pierce Trig. Return towards Camels Hump then off the side down Hurdle Creek to Nildesperandum. Return over the Tidbinbilla River to the picnic areas. 7 geocaches. Around 16 km and 800m climb. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: ~$12 per person (car shuttle required). Further details at Emergency contact details must be registered/provided to book. Late bookings considered.

Wednesday 3 September: Wednesday walk

See the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program, for conditions on participating. BBC Contact:

Saturday 6 September 10 am - noon: Camping equipment display

Experienced CBC members will demonstrate gear/equipment for overnight walks and answer your questions. Venue: Lennox Gardens, Yarralumla (near Hyatt hotel). Contact: Cynthia Burton 0488 071 203 or John Evans 0417 436 877, Bookings not required. Members of the public most welcome.

Saturday 6 September: Black Mt and Aranda Bushland – M/E

Meet at 9.45 am in the car park opposite 160 Dryandra Street, 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 the Aranda Bushland. All on track, back at the cars about 4 pm. Map: Canberra. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h),or Transport: drive yourself but please book as usual; there may be someone from your area who needs a lift.

Sunday 7 September: Day trips in the Namadgi #6 – McKeahnie Trig–Kangaroo Creek – M/R

From Smokers Gap, leave the Square Rock track on the ridge out to the trig. Descend west then north to Kangaroo Creek. Car shuttle needed. Map: Corin Dam. Leaders: Jenny and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535. Transport: ~$32 per car.

Tuesday 9 September: Nadgigomar Nature Reserve South – L/M

This is a long off-track walk in the southern section of Nadgigomar Nature Reserve, 15 km north of Braidwood. From the Euradux Road entrance we will follow a maze of spurs and gullies with many short, steep, ascents for 11 km to the northern boundary of the reserve on the Shoalhaven River. The return route is through undulating country in the east of the reserve. The going is either quite open, in dry sclerophyll woodlands or slower going through Casuarina forests. Minimum distance: 23 km with ~ 800 metres of ascent. Map: Durran Durra. Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: 200km return. Limit: 8.

Tuesday 9 September: Navigation refresher #6

An evening using GPS: Waypoints, Routes and Tracks with a short ramble. Jenny and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535.

Wednesday 10 September: Grassy Creek and beyond – M/M

Starting at Brayshaws Hut we’ll walk the first section of the Settlers Track to Waterhole Hut, then leave the track and make our way up Grassy Creek past two vestigial sites. We’ll get onto the Boboyan Divide and see several of Harry Mouat’s border survey marks dating from 1915, then make our way back down the valley to Westermans Homestead, and back to Brayshaws. Distance: 17 km, on and off track, including untracked forest. Ascent: 300 m. Maps: Yaouk, Shannons Flat. Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: $12. Rendezvous at Kambah Village, Cnr Drakeford Drive and Marconi Street (opposite service station), for 8:30 departure.

Cloud forest on Gulaga

(12) 13–14 September: Gulaga (Mt Dromedary) / Bermagui Coast Walk – L/M

The Saturday walk involves a steep ascent of about 700 metres to the summit of Gulaga. Allowing for altitude gained the walk is about 21km. We return to the starting point via the same route, descending about 700 metres. There are a couple of side trips to an old mine site and a cluster of huge granite monoliths. About 7-8 hours walking with breaks. Mostly on fire trail with some off-track stretches. Gulaga is a place of ancestral origin for the Yuin people. The summit has spectacular views to the coast and along the way we pass through beautiful rainforest teeming with life. Sunday’s walk is a scenic easy 10 km ramble which winds around Wallaga Lake and continues to Murunna Point, Camel Rock, Haywards Beach, Keatings Headland, Long Swamp and Moorehead Beach. On Friday we drive to our accommodation at Tilba Waterfront Cottages. Maps: Central Tilba and Bermagui. Leader: Barry Keeley 6154 6391 Transport: ~$185 per car, ~$50-$60 per person. Accommodation: ~$80 per person for the weekend. Accommodation payment required at time of booking to secure your place. Booking Deadline: 4 pm Thursday 28 August. Limit: 12.

Tuesday 16th September: Gillindich Nature Reserve L/R/X

This is an exploratory walk 30 km north of Crookwell. The Reserve is rugged country of about 4 km x 3 km, with steep gullies and ridges covered in dry grassy woodlands. The walk is mainly off-track with numerous steep ascents and descents. Minimum distance: 18 km with ~ 800 metres of ascent. There is a 2 hour drive each way. Map: Bigga 1:50,000 Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: 322 km return. Limit: 8

Wednesday 17 September: Wednesday walk

See the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program, for conditions on participating. BBC Contact:

Thursday evening 18 September: Navigation refresher #7 GPSr and PC

An evening looking at interfacing GPSr to PC. Use of digital mapping software (e.g. OziExplorer, Garmin’s BaseCamp) and maps (e.g. NSW LPI TopoView digitised 1:25000 topo maps for PC, OZTopo vector maps for GPS) to plan, record and analyse trips. We’ll also look at Google Earth and other software. Bookings: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: Drive yourself to UTM 55H 685271-6088292 (MGA94). Bring a little supper to share. Late bookings considered

Thursday 18 September: Weston Park PRAMbulation – S/E

A walk designed for parents, and grandparents, with kids in strollers or back-packs. A circuit of Weston Park, largely on the peaceful winding bike path next to the lake shore; this bike path gets little use during the week. About 1 hour actual walking. Near the end of the walk, an option to visit the Oaks Brasserie for a coffee. Stroller terrain includes about 100 metres of hard-packed soil; the rest is bitumen. Meet at 1 pm at the car park opposite corner of Brown Street and Weston Park Road, Yarralumla. Non-members welcome. No need to book. Map: Google Maps. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 . Transport: drive yourself if possible; let Linda know if you need a lift.

20–21 September: Weekends in the southern Namadgi #7 – Shanahans Circuit – M/R

Day 1 North from Shanahans Mtn along Booth Range then down to Max & Bert's Hut. Day 2: Naas River, Horse Gully Hut, Shanahans Falls Creek, Shanahans Mtn. Maps: Michelago, Colinton. Leaders: Jenny and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535. Transport: ~$45 per car.

Sunday 21 September 2014: Booroomba Rocks via Gorilla Rock – M/R

We will walk along the AAT from Honeysuckle Creek Camp Ground before heading off into the bush to Gorilla Rock for morning tea and then through bush to Booroomba Rocks with a steep climb and rock scrambling along the way. We will enjoy lunch, with great views, at Booroomba Rocks then return via walking track. Map: Corin Dam Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: $10 per person. Bookings: Please book by 2 pm on the Thursday prior to the walk.

Tuesday, 23 September: Geocaches above Blue Gum Creek – L/R,ptX

There are 3 geocaches in the hills 400m above the Georges Creek FT ford of Blue Gum Creek. It was a 10hr day when I was last in the area 6 years ago, so expect worse. A Google Earth file at Files/ Around 21 km and 1400m climb. Maps: Williamsdale, Corin Dam. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: ~$5 per person. Further details at Emergency contact details must be registered/provided to book. Book by 2 pm Sunday prior.

Wednesday 24 September: Wednesday walk

See the Wednesday walks information at the head of the Activity program, for conditions on participating. NPA Contact: Mike Smith

Saturday, 27 September: Pine control in Pryors Hut Area

A combined CBC/NPA work party at the old pine arboretum, adjacent to Pryors Hut, to locate/remove pine seedlings, which have broken out in the area. Bring handsaw, loppers and gloves. Meet at Kambah shops 8:15 am. Leader: Martin Chalk (NPA) 6292 3502. Bookings: Cynthia Burton Transport: 130 km, $52 per car.

Wattamolla Beach

27–29 September: Royal National Park – M/E

I have booked accommodation at Bundeena. We will drive down on Saturday morning. In the afternoon, we will walk Lady Carrington Drive, about 2½ hours along what once was a road but has long been a walking track through rainforest etc. On Sunday, we will walk from Heathcote to Audley, about 5 hours, a variety of stuff (heathland, rainforest) and on Monday morning, we will do the spectacular and beautiful walk along the coast of the park, from Bundeena to Wattamolla, 3 hours walking, before driving home soon after lunch. Maps: Port Hacking, Otford. Leader: Stan Marks 6254 9568(h), Transport: ~$60 Accommodation: ~$120.

27–28 September (changed date): Merriangaah Nature Reserve – M/R/part X

Merriangaah NR is west of Bombala, at the junction of the McLaughlin and Snowy Rivers. It contains Merriangaah Peak with views to the Snowy Mountains, native pines, and pools with platypus. Saturday: depart 7 am for 3 hour drive. An easy 3 km walk to the campsite which is on a pleasant grassy bench about 15 metres above the Snowy, on unoccupied crown land just outside the nature reserve; I have checked with NPWS and we are allowed to camp there. From there, explore a gorge section of the Snowy with daypacks. On Sunday, with day packs up 350 m to Merriangaah Peak, via some very steep, loose slopes and open forest with scrubby patches. Back to Canberra Sunday night around 8 pm? (Monday is a public holiday). Maps: Tombong, Bukalong. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917 . Transport: $160 per car, needs Foresters or above. Limit: 8. Booking: Late bookings considered.

Tuesday 30 September: The Pimple and geocaches on the Tidbinbilla Ridge – L/R

There is a cache on The Pimple, and a number of others on the Tidbinbilla Ridge – Johns Peak, Tidbinbilla Peak and Tidbinbilla Mountain; and another near the bottom of the Snowy Corner footpad. Let’s visit them. A Google Earth file at Files/Files/Proposed-The-Pimple-and-geocaches-on-the-Tidbinbilla-Ridge.kmz Around 15 km and 1000m climb. Map: Tidbinbilla Leader: John Evans – , 0417436877. Transport: ~$6 per person. Further details at Emergency contact details must be registered/provided to book. Book by 2 pm Sunday prior.


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