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  • November 2016
  • Archive of Activities

Not yet a member? You are welcome to participate in up to three activities before joining. To express interest to a leader whose contact details are not displayed, email - the leader will contact you. If you are not familiar with the procedures of the Club, please read the Walk Information.

Wednesday Walks: Two walks, one 'Medium-Easy' and one 'Medium-Hard', are conducted most Wednesdays. Walks are conducted in turn by leaders from the Canberra Bushwalking Club (CBC), Brindabella Bushwalking Club (BBC coordinators are Peter and Kathy ) and National Parks Association ACT (NPA coordinator Mike S, 0412 179 907). Destination and meeting place details are emailed a few days before each walk. Control your receipt of Wednesday Walk emails via your membership profile. Contact John, co-ordinator of Wednesday Walks, via for general enquiries. If you are not a member of CBC, BBC or NPA you must contact the leader before the walk to discuss the level of difficulty and must be accompanied on the walk by a sponsoring member. Please note that leaders retain the right to not accept any walker.

Short-notice walks and Wednesday Walks are added to this list. Club members who wish to be alerted by email when Short Notice walks are added, please logon and edit your profile accordingly.


Thursday 3 November: Cypress Pine Lookout and the cascades – S/E

This is the first of a series of 1.5–2 hours evening walks during daylight saving, suitable for young, old and in between, whether experienced or new to bushwalking. No need to book. Meet 6.30pm at the outer car park at Namadgi Visitor Centre just south of Tharwa. We will follow the Australian Alps Walking Track to a lookout over the Murrumbidgee Valley and the nearby granite cascades. Bring hat, sunscreen, and water bottle. Expect to finish before dark but bring a torch just in case. Map: Williamsdale – not required. Leader: Jeff Bennetts, 62315899, 0418662870 or Transport: drive yourself.

Saturday 5 November: Mt Gingera – L/M

Steeply climbing from Corin Dam we negotiate Stockyard Spur on to a well-earned morning tea break at Pryors Hut. Our next challenge is to summit Mt Gingera to enjoy magnificent views whi le a lunch break is taken. We will then go off track along a high, open ridge for about a kilometre before a steep 200 metre descent through light scrub back to Pryors Hut. By retracing our earlier route we return to our cars. Apart from the return from the summit to Pryors Hut the terrain is foot track, fire trail and foot pad. Expect snow gums and alpine meadows with viewpoints along the route. About 20 km and a total climb of 1150 m. A good level off fitness required. Map: Corin Dam, Leader: Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or Transport: $10 per person. Bookings: Please book by email before 2 pm Thursday 3 November.


Saturday–Sunday 5–6 November 2016: Sub 24 hour camping #6 (S24C#6) – Seven Huts – M/E

Combining the best parts of S24C#2 and S24C#4, car shuffle required. Day 1: An afternoon promenade along Old Boboyan Road from Yankee Hat Picnic Area visiting Foresters Hut, Frank & Jacks Hut, and Hospital Creek Hut. Camping by Lutons Shed (WT). Approx 13 km 100m climb. Day 2: A morning ramble along Waterholes Fire Trail visiting Waterhole Hut, Westermans Hut, and Brayshaws Hut. Approx 13 km 100m climb. Ideal bush break for busy people. Suitable as an overnight pack trip for beginners. Map: Yaouk. Leader: Sean Sunley 0433 073959 Transport: ~$60 per car. Book: Preferably by email before 1800 Thu. Limit: 16.

Saturday–Sunday 5–6 November: Shoalhaven River and Rainbow Ridge – M/R/W

From Badgerys Lookout, descend ~600 metres to the Shoalhaven, ascend Mt Pollock ~400 metres, then descend via Rainbow Ridge to a lovely campsite on the river. On Sunday, walk ~5 kms downstream and return up Badgerys Spur. Easy–medium walking along the river beneath the casuarinas with several river crossings, steep and rocky over Rainbow Ridge. Great ridgetop views, swimming opportunities in the river. Approx 7 kms each day. Joint walk with Coast and Mountain Walkers of NSW. Map: Caoura. Leader: Meg M. Transport: ~$25.

Saturday–Sunday 5–6 November: Kayak Tallowa Dam and Shoalhaven River – M/R/W

From the Tallowa Dam wall, paddle across into the spectacular Shoalhaven gorge system, and continue upstream about 13 km to campsite. Explore further upstream on foot before returning next day. Approx 13 kms flat water paddle each day, plus any short walk side trips. Maps: Burrier, Caoura. Leader: Rowan P. Transport: ~$170 per car.

Monday evening, 7 November: YA 90 trig ('Mt Sheaffe') – S/E

Meet at shopping car park, Farr Place, Isaacs for a 6:30 am start. The walk starts a couple of streets away but parking there is limited. We will be walking in Isaacs Ridge Nature Reserve starting with an off track climb, ascending approximately 100 metres to YA 90, then returning on track through the pine forest. Map: Canberra. Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: Drive yourself, No need to book.


Tuesday 8 November: Horse paddocks Cook PRAMbulation – S/E

Walking slowly up the path in the nature strip in Cook to the horse paddocks near Mt Painter. With any luck the horses will be there to greet us (sometimes they are less obliging!). We will walk back via the Pat Rubly play park. About an hour of actual walking with a couple of road crossings. This walk is designed for parents and grandparents with kids in strollers. Non-members welcome, no need to book. Meet at the little car park in De Gillern Place, off Allman Circuit, Macquarie at 10 am. Map: Google Maps. Leaders: Diana K. Transport: drive yourself.

Wednesday 9 November: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by CBC Terrylea Reynolds terryleainwashington@hotmail.com and Linda Groom lbgroom@gmail.com.

Wednesday 9 November: Upper Blue Gum Creek circuit – M–L/R/X

A circuit taking in two rocky open areas which I hope will have views, and the grasslands of upper Blue Bum Creek. From Smokers Trail east to Spot Height 1378, then SSE across a tributary of Blue Gum Creek to the granite slabs at 771 E 660N (AGD 66). Returning west to re-join Smokers Trail. Note that, though the 'grasslands' are pleasant scenery, they are tussocky and sometimes swampy – not easy walking. This walk also has extensive scrubby sections and some steep slopes. Around 15 km, total climbing for the day around 600 metres. Exploratory for this leader. Part of the Wednesday Walk series; meet at Kambah shops for an 8.30 am start. Wednesday Walk participation rules (see top of activity program) apply. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917, 0474 507 259 Transport: $28 per car.

Thursday 10 November: Mt Taylor – S/E

No need to book. Meet 6.30 pm on Sulwood Drive Kambah 100 m west of the Mannheim St intersection, so we keep separate from the many others who climb the mountain. We will let those others take the main summit track while we instead ascend the steep but good south face track, explore the tops, and descend the zig zag track overlooking Woden. Good views. Bring hat, sunscreen and water bottle. Expect to finish before dark but bring a torch just in case. Maps: Canberra, Tuggeranong - not required. Leader: Jeff Bennetts, 62315899, 0418662870 or Transport: drive yourself.

Saturday 12 November: Pryors Hut from Corin Dam – L/M

From Corin Dam we climb the new track to Stockyard Spur and then continue along the ridge joining the Mount Franklin Road beneath Little Ginini Mountain. We then follow the road south to Pryors Hut for lunch. Return via the same route. Approx 15 km and 880 m climb. Special requirements: Walking poles might be helpful for the steep descents along Stockyard Spur. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: Terrylea Reynolds 0408 715 218 Transport: $11 per person. Limit: 8.

Saturday–Monday 12–14 November: Mt Namadgi and the NW Spur – M/R

This old codger is nearly beyond a day trip to Mt Namadgi, so let’s take our time on this year’s birthday walk. 3 days to and on the top, with a foray along the NW spur to the granite bulb overlooking Little Creamy Flats for two remote geocaches. Around 35 km and 1000 m climb over 3 days. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: $12. Limit: 8.

Sunday 13 November: Ginini Falls – M/R

Starting at Mt Franklin car park we go down a scrubby spur towards Stockyard Creek. Then it’s along the scrubby Ginini Creek to the base of the Falls. Return via same route. Around 15 km and 900m climb. Meet at Cooleman Court at 7am. This walk is being run in conjunction with the BBC and the NPAACT. Map: Corin Dam. Leader: David Dedenczuk 0417 222 154, Transport: $40 per car. Book by Friday 11 November.

Monday evening, 14 November: Red Hill – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm at the car park near the cafe at the end of Red Hill Dr, Red Hill. We will walk along the ridge to Hindmarsh Drive and back again. Wear a hat and sunscreen and bring a bottle of water. No need to book. Map: Canberra. bit.ly/RedHillCafe Leader: Transport: drive yourself.

Tuesday 15 November: Forests of Snowy Flat Creek, Namadgi National Park – L/R/X

From Corin Dam we follow the Stockyard Spur walking track for 4.5 kms then spend most of the day off-track in the steep catchment of Snowy Flats Creek, before rejoining the walking track. We will visit some attractive tall forests of Alpine Ash and a prominent granite outcrop. The off-track section will be slow going, with some steep and rocky scrambles and sections of thick scrub. Minimum distance: 15 km with 1050 metres of ascent. Map: Corin Dam Leader: Ian Wright 6286 1473, Transport: 102 km return. Limit: 8.


Tuesday night 15 November: 'By the light of the silvery perigee-syzygy …' – S/E

Tonight is a super full moon when the moon is closest to the earth and appears 14% bigger and 30% brighter. It rises at 8.30 pm. Let's gather for a stroll up Red Hill to check it out. Around 5 km and 50 m climb on tracks and footpads. Bring a torch. Back by bed time. Map: Canberra Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, Transport: Drive yourself. Please book by Monday 14.

Wednesday 16 November: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by BBC Kathy Handel and Peter Wellman.

Thursday 17 November: Bullen Range – S/E

No need to book. Meet 6.30 pm at Cotter; to get there drive down Cotter Road, cross both the Murrumbidgee and Cotter River bridges then meet at the car park on the left. On the walk we will cross the ford at Paddys River (bring footwear that can get wet, and dry shoes for the drive home) then ascend Bullen Range fire trail. Good views. Bring hat, sunscreen and water bottle. Expect to finish before dark but bring a torch just in case. Map: Cotter Dam – not required. Leader: Jeff Bennetts, 62315899, 0418662870 or Transport: drive yourself.

Saturday–Sunday 19–20 November: Currockbilly – M/M

Leaving the Bungendore Gunna Doo Bakery at 8 am we will drive via Mongarlowe to the track head on the Western side of Currockbilly. We will follow the route up Currockbilly and set up camp just to the Northern side of the Trig station in a relatively clear area. We will explore the plateau for water, views, photo opportunities and a route for a future traverse of Wirritin Ridge. Don’t let the short distance fool you. The climb up is steep and rocky and descending is slow and tedious especially with a camp pack. The plateau has very thick scrub with broken ground underfoot. Return via the same route. Camp stove only area. Total distance approx. 12 kms. Up and down approx. 580m. Map: Brooman. Leader: Allan Donnelly 0413 309 546 Transport: $88 per car. Limit: 8.

19–20 November 2016: Sub 24 Hour Camping #7 (S24C#7) – Rendezvous Creek – M/E

For something different we are not camping by a hut, car shuffle required. Day 1: An afternoon turn along Orroral Heritage Walk from Orroral Picnic Area visiting Orroral Homestead and Woolshed. Camping by Rendezvous Creek (no facilities). Approx 13 km 300 m climb. Day 2: A morning return along Rendezvous Creek Fire Trail. Approx 13 km 100m climb. Ideal bush break for busy people. Suitable as an overnight pack trip for beginners. Map: Rendezvous Creek. Leader: Sean Sunley 0433 073959 Transport: ~$60 per car. Book: Preferably by email before 1800 Thu. Limit: 8.

Sunday 20 November: Shepherds Lookout, Murrumbidgee River – M/E

From Shepherds Lookout in Belconnen follow the trail down to the Molonglo River, cross the river, follow the Uriarra Loop Walk, and then climb back up to Shepherds Lookout for a final view of the Murrumbidgee River towards the ACT/NSW border. About 10 km and a total climb of 300 m. We will be home in time for lunch. Map: Umburra. Leader: Phillip Starr 0419 2814 096 Transport: Drive yourself but let me know if you need a lift. Booking: Please book by email before 2pm Friday 18 November.

Monday evening, 21 November: Kama Nature Reserve – S/E

Meet at 6:30 pm. Kama Nature Reserve is located off William Hovell Drive opposite the suburb of Hawker; about 2.5 km from Coppins Crossing turnoff if travelling towards Belconnen and about 2.5 km from Belconnen Way if travelling towards Glenloch Interchange. You can park on either side of the road. My white Land Cruiser YEP03Y will be parked at the entrance to the car park on the Eastern side. We will walk through an underpass then to the Molonglo River. Map: http://www.environment.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/906377/Kama-Nature-Reserve-Self12.pdf Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: drive yourself, No need to book.

Tuesday 22 November: Gavells Hut and Gang Gang Mountain – L/M–R/X

After an early start and a long drive our walk commences at the locked gate on Boundary Trail just off the Snowy Mountains Highway. Along Boundary Trail and Gavells Hut Trail to Gavells Hut then the rest of the day off track through unknown vegetation which may be very scrubby for the last few kilometres. Brilliant vistas if the weather permits. At various stages of the walk we may have views to Mt Nungar then across the plain to the ACT mountains, Mt Tantangara, Tabletop, Jagungal, Lake Eucumbene and Adaminaby. Total climb of 800m. Distance: 20km. Map: Denison. Leader: Phillip Starr 0419 281 096
Transport: To be calculated on the day. Bookings: Please book by email before 2pm Monday 21 November. Limit: 12.

Wednesday 23 November: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by CBC John Danaro danaro@bigpond.net.au and NPA Mike Smith.


Thursday 24 November: Broom Clearing: Cotter Hut –S/E

Annual activity with ACT Parks and Conservation to monitor and remove broom (invasive weed) in Cotter Hut area. Bring gardening gloves and small tools (e.g. loppers, saws, secateurs). Map: Rendezvous Creek Coordinator: Cynthia Burton 0488 071 203, conservation@canberrabushwalkingclub.org Transport: ~$44 per car. Booking: Please book by 2 pm Wednesday 23 November. Please note date for this activity has changed from that published in October it (26 November).

Thursday evening, 24 November: Old Joe – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm where the Centenary Trail crosses Horse Park Drive just west of the National Hwy exit. We will loop around the mountain, following the border to the top with great views, then return more directly. An 8.5 km walk with 200 m climb. Wear a hat and sunscreen and bring a bottle of water. No need to book. Map: Hall bit.ly/CentenaryCrossing Leader: Transport: drive yourself.

(Thurs 24) Fri–Tues 25–29 (Wed 30) November: AAWT Highlights – Mt McDonald to Mt Speculation – L/M

This walk will traverse the Australian Alpine Walking Track over some of the best walking country in Victoria. The walk includes a visit to Macalister Springs and hopefully a high camp on Mt Speculation. The exit from the AAWT will be over Mt Koonika and down to King Hut. Map: SV 1:50 000 Buller–Howitt Alpine Area 2nd edn. Leader: Lorraine Tomlins 0434 078 496, Transport: TBA – cost will include return transport to Mansfield and then walker transport to start and finish. Limit: 4. If you are interested let me know ASAP.

Friday 25 November: Toddlers' Toddle Gibraltar Creek – S/E

From the Woods Reserve car park we will follow a new track made by ACT Parks for a couple of hundred metres to the creek, where there are places for water-play in semi-shade. Meet at the junction of Point Hut Road and Tidbinbilla Road at 9.45 am; from there it is a 15 minute drive all on sealed road. Should finish by 12 pm. Non-members welcome, no need to book. Map: Tidbinbilla. Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917, 0474 507 259 Transport: Drive yourself.

Saturday–Sunday 26–27 November: Sentry Box Mountain – M/R

This is a re-run of Navigation refresher #4, by request. Non-navigators are also welcome, just for the trip. Around 25 km, mostly off-track and a 600 m climb – latter as side trip with day packs. Map: Yaouk Leaders: Jen and Rob Horsfield 6231 4535(h) or Transport: $48 per vehicle , $12 or $ 16 per head.

Monday evening, 28 November: Urambi Hills – S/E

Meet at 6:30 pm at Learmonth Drive (Turn from Athlon Drive into Learmonth Drive, pulling over to the left, about 50 metres from the traffic lights). We will enjoy a pleasant stroll with views. Map: http://www.environment.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/390600/cnpmapurambihill.pdf Leader: Phillip Starr 6161 3835(h), 0419 281 096(m), Transport: Drive yourself. No need to book.

Tuesday 29 November: Big Oaky Creek, Monga NP – L/R/X/W

A circuit with rainforest and probably cascades. Starting from Macquarie Road we will descend very steeply to Big Oaky Creek, via 3 km on the mostly overgrown Oaky Creek fire trail and then 1.5 km off track. We will then rock-hop upstream as far as time permits – ½ to 3 km – and exit with a 600 m climb probably via a ridge but possibly partly by a rain-forested tributary. The last 3 km will be up the Boundary Fire Trail, which has tree-filtered views of the Araluen Valley. Total 850 m descent & ascent, 11 to 14 km. Graded 'W' just in case, but I am hoping to keep our feet dry. Approx 1 hour 50 min drive from Queanbeyan; the last 45 mins best done in AWD/4WDs. Map: Araluen Leader: Linda Groom , 02 6281 4917, 0474 507 259 Transport: $100 per car. Limit: 8.

Wednesday 30 November: Wednesday Walks

Coordinated by NPA Mike Smith.

Thursday evening, 1 December: Oak Hill – S/E

Meet at 6.30 pm at the car park on Mulligans Flat Road 200 m north-east of the roundabout for Henry Williams Street. We will walk directly up the hill and return via the Centenary Trail. Wear a hat and sunscreen and bring a bottle of water. No need to book, just turn up. Map: Hall. bit.ly/OakHillCarPark Leader: Transport: drive yourself.

 

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