Walks

Walking Activities

Introduction

Walks will expose members to some of nature around and within Canberra, as well as getting some exercise. Most walks will be designed to be undertaken within 3-4 hours from start to finish including breaks and be no more than 10-15Km and include climbs of no more than 200 metres in total. However there may be an occasion where we could go to Namadgi and do a half day walk including longer overall climbs. Generally walks will be held every two weeks on a Thurs with walks alternating between easy social strolls around simple locations like Belconnen versus more challenging scenic walks. Please read BEFORE WALKING on things you need to do and bring for walking. See the Checklist and also check the BOM Canberra forecast. Please read the information on the Shed Insurance issues and its limitations. Non Shed members must understand the policy does not apply to them and thus if they walk they do so at their own risk

CCT Tuggers

Walking the CCT down in Tuggers

Social Walks: See web page

Click here for Walks Program current & past in Excel format (Note: if you open from this link rather than download you will see a Google Docs version)

During the first 9 FYs: 2010/11 through to 2018/19 we held a total of 207 walks, averaging 23 per year, plus we have had at least 28 Social Walks by mid 2019

Walks Contacts and Time of Walks

Below is the program of walks. If you have any comments or suggestions please email the shed email or direct to Greg. These are all scheduled on a Thursday. If you feel like you could lead one or more walks, or suggest walks please contact Greg (Mob 0447 292 699 ) Email: actelan@gmail.com, or Drew McDonald (Mob: 0467 615 760) Email: drew.mcdonald@gmail.com, or the committee.

Walkers will need to meet at the shed 30 minutes before the start time of a walk unless otherwise stated, and share transport or make their own way to the starting point. If you intend the latter please email first so that you can be allowed for as well as obtaining the exact start location. Please also ensure you have the correct meeting place

Visitors. Your welcome to join us as long as your capable. We are not power walkers (most of us are retired older gents) but please read up things you should consider & carry on a walk. If in doubt call one of the numbers above

Canberra Centenary Trail (CCT) – we did the trail in sections between 2014 & May 2016. Information on the trail and links to our files

Maps shown are either GPS Map View from Oziexplorer using OzRaster Maps with permission of © BKK Enterprises Pty Ltd, http://www.gpsoz.com.au for newer style maps or using the older TopoView Maps with permission of NSW Land & Property Information for display. We also use Open Street Maps (OSM) for NSW especially the cycle version as it shows paths better. This is an open source product

Currently walks start from the commencement location of the walk at: 8.00/8.30AM for Dec-Feb, 8.30AM for Mar-May & Sep-Nov, 9.00/9.30AM for Jun-Aug (meeting time is usually 30 minutes earlier at the Shed. Sometimes it may be earlier or later or another meeting place. Check each walk for details)

Feb 2019 –  Social Walks suspended until early in 2020 | Album of pictures containing Don Gruber on Shed Walks. This covers from July 2010 until Feb 2016

A walk in nature can be good for your head, your happiness and your relationship – Thanks to John Arundel for this

 

Things to Consider before Walking

See below

 

Scheduled Walks
Walks start at 8.00/8.30AM for Dec-Feb (Meet by 7.30AM at the Shed)  (Check each walk for actual meeting time & place)
Date Location Description Pictures, Maps
2020
23 Jan Thu
7.30AM
start
Kippax Social Walk Meet at the Shed by 8AM. We will do a walk to Kippax and back along each side of Ginninderra Ck. Maybe coffee at Lucky Shot café. Apprx 9Km. Weather warm max 31C  Not Required
30 Jan Thu
7.30AM
start
TBA Social Walk

 

 

 

Planning Possible Walks for 2020
Date Location Description Pictures, Maps
Harder More Scenic Walks
  Map of walk  | gpx file
  Spring Ck Gorge, Yanunubean NR off Captains Flat Rd, Access Woolcara Lane, Rock Hopping, some bush, 10.6Km. Medium-Hard (John Evans) Map of walk | gpx file
  Cuumbeun Nature Reserve near Qbn  Around 17km and 600m climb, Medium-Hard. Some old mining sites (John Evans) Map of walk | gpx file
Goorooyaroo NR NSW Off Yass Road. Medium-Hard walk along border in restricted area due to possibility of unexploded ordinance (UXO)
Easier Walks
Location Description Map of walk  | gpx file
McLeods Ck NR Just east of Gundaroo. ~ 5Km, Easy
BNT Tallaganda La Between Mulligans Flat Rd & Murrumbateman Rd. ~12Km along country road. Part of National Trail. Easy-Medium
Zoo Pines Mountain bike area. Needs recce. Can walk along Molonglo from bridge at Scrivenor Dam
Along Molonglo from above Coppins Crossing to Coombs and back. Needs recce

 

 

Current Walk Requests from Members

 

 

Deferred Walks
Date
Location Description Pictures, Maps
 

 

 

Guide to Grades

Grade Description
Easy should be fairly simple walks on tracks or grassy ground with minimal altitude change. Typically would be a max of 2 hrs and 4-7Km walking
Easy-Medium should be similar to Easy but might involve some small amount of climbing or slightly longer distance. Typically would be a max of 3 hrs and 8-10Km walking
Medium really aimed at the Scenic type of walk with some climbing, maybe more difficult navigating. 3 hrs or 10-12Km walking
Medium-Hard is probably the hardest we should attempt. Essentially similar to Medium but with more intense climbing or longer distance. Good examples are Mt Majura, Mt Taylor, Max 4.0 hrs or 15Km
Hard for the experienced. Typically a lot of off track walking in difficult terrain or long distances or a lot of altitude change ie 25Km or 6 hrs ie Mt Tennent, Cotter Gap

Guide to Social Trips or Scenic Harder Trips

Grade Description
Easy Social trips need to be Easy or Easy-Medium and involve minimal climbing or minimal off track walking taking no longer than 2.5 hrs and 8Km length
Scenic trips will mostly be Easy-Medium to Medium-Hard with some climbing involved and maybe some off track walking. Possible might take up to 3.5 hrs and be 12Km length

Guide to Locations

Area Description
Belconnen that area normally part of Belconnen
Gungahlin that area normally part of Gungahlin
Central that area that covers North Canberra, South Canberra, Woden, and Civic
Tuggeranong that area south of Weston and Mt Taylor
Queanbeyan that area east of the Lake, Fyshwick and Monaro Highway
Weston-Stromlo that area south of the Molonglo and west of the Parkway down to Kambah Pool
Namadgi Namadgi National Park and Tidbinbilla

 

 

Things to Consider Before Walking

The shed offers members the opportunity of participating in some occasional walks as a supplement to our usual activities. The aim of this is to expose members to some of the delights of nature around and within Canberra, as well as getting some exercise. Most walks will be designed to be undertaken within 3 hours from start to finish including breaks and be no more than 10-15Km and include climbs of no more than 250 metres in total. However there may be an occasion where we could go to Namadgi and do a half day or more walk.

Generally walks will be held every two weeks on a Thurs with walks alternating between easy social strolls around simple locations like Lake Ginninderra versus more challenging scenic walks to places such as Cooleman Ridge. These latter walks will tend to be more the medium and sometimes medium/hard type of walk. Most walks will be on tracks or easy open country with minimal scrub bashing or cross country style walking.

Checklist of Things to Do and/or Consider

  1. check the grade and distance of the walk and ensure you are capable of doing it. If in any doubts call the leader
  2. check the start time and meeting place
  3. wear sturdy walking shoes with good grip (essential for steep slopes or rocky creeks etc) (you don’t normally need heavy & expensive ie $300 Scarpa bushwalking boots or similar)
  4. wear sensible clothes including warm clothes in winter
  5. wear a wide brim hat in summer, autumn & spring
  6. bring a water bottle (You could use staminade or similar. However water is more functional and can be used to e.g. to wash a wound). See notes below for CamelBak options
  7. bring a raincoat when its threatening
  8. use sunscreen cream in non winter months (Sept-Apr) especially SPF 30+, 50+
  9. bring a snack if we are taking more than 2 hours
  10. bring a mobile phone (Sep 2015 – This Canberra Times article on finding Kathleen Bautista highlights the benefits of carrying a mobile. Walkers should take special note)
  11. consider a well built walking stick (or pair of sticks) if your frail or with damaged knees. A lot of people use them all over the world and swear by their assistance value
  12. advise the leader if you have had any serious condition that might be exacerbated by a vigorous walk (i.e. stroke, heart condition, dementia, asthma, etc)
  13. ensure your contacts details & those of your emergency contact are on the Walking Contact Sheet (we don’t publish this)

Before Walking

Insurance Issues – The Shed has AMSA Insurance which does cover us for “Excursions, including by bicycle or foot, on designated tracks, pathways and other outside locations”. So generally we are covered for public liability issues as long as we don’t get into significant off-track adventures or rock climbing, etc. For personal injuries we should first seek medical assistance through using Medicare and any private medical cover we may have. Refer to this page for the Shed policy and FAQs.

Note that any non-members who walk with us are not covered by the Shed’s policy. Thus any non-members will be required to accept that they walk at their own risk.

Members should have an ability to walk at least 3Km in 1 hour. Some scenic walks may require climbs such as Black Mountain, Mt Ainslie, or Mt Taylor where the altitude change may be up to 200m (660 feet). This is likely to be the maximum. If undertaken slowly most can do this. However members should carefully assess their abilities for any walks before turning up. If in doubt seek advice. Most of these walks should be fairly safe and we will take enough time to allow for adequate rests.

You need adequate footwear. Sneakers with a good soul and grip would be mostly suitable. Also you need comfortable trousers, shirt and jumper. You will need a polar fleece lightweight jacket or similar in winter. You definitely need a good hat in the warmer months.

Dehydration can impact anyone. Ensure you keep well hydrated especially in summer.A small water bottle <300ml is adequate from May-Sept, Oct-April 1000ml (i.e. 1 litre) or more is recommended. Note we now have had 2 people feint due to dehydration. Both of these occurred just after the walk finished. If you are carrying water you also have to drink it. You don’t bring it to carry it home again. You can also use a Camelbak type of pack that comes with an inbuilt 1.5 to 2.5L water capacity with a tube you can suck water out of. Some of their packs double as a day pack and can be used with the reservoir in or out. See Camelbak Australia. Greg now has a Camelbak Rogue which comes with a 2.5L reservoir and some compartments for snaks and emergency gear. Its probably more for cycling than hiking. The Cloud Walker model might be best for hikers only.

Simple snacks ie apple, banana, muesli bar or similar is adequate for such walks. Sometimes if we go for full half day or more to Namadgi you may need to carry lunch plus snacks.

Other items to consider: Camera, Mobile phone, strong headache pills, band aids, sunscreen cream in non winter months (ie Sep-Apr) preferably SPF 30+ or better, and a small 50ml bottle of hand sanitiser. The leader will carry a mobile and small first aid kit, as well as have knowledge of the route. It’s unlikely that anything more than a small day pack would be needed. In fact if you can place things in the pocket or bum bag then this would be best.

Weather: If the weather is bad on the morning we will postpone. Cool weather above 5C is good for walking, however strong winds with rain or drizzle is not suitable when combined with cold weather. Over 30C is also too hot in the middle of the day. In summer we will consider early morning walks.

Walking Grades: Please understand that some walks are harder than others due to distance or the amount of altitude change, or rocks, or steep slippery surfaces or just the gradient of the walk (ie steepness). See the grades used here

Car Costs & Other Fees: For some walks to places further away such as Namadgi, Tidbinbilla, Googong, etc it is suggested members should help share the cost of petrol with others in the car. The concept of sharing can be based on an average vehicle using approx 10litres/100km and $1.50 per litre. This equates to $15 per 100Km. Thus for a trip of about 65Km each way, ie. total 130km trip, suggest passengers consider sharing cost of petrol; say 13 litres, ie about $20 to split in average sized vehicle. For 55Km each way. total 110 Km, about $18; for 75Km each way, total 150Km, about $23, etc. We should also share entry charges as these occur, as they will at Tidbinbilla or car parking costs which will probably occur around Central Canberra.

Snake Protection – The best protection is avoidance. However if your paranoid about these critters then good boots and gaiters may give you piece of mind. You might like to read this: Snake Facts Which You Probably Didn’t Know – thanks to Mike Munk. Product details. Here is a YouTube video on the product. These Protex Snake gaiters look well made but may cost around $144. Availability of these gaiters is through safety places such as Protector Alsafe, Unit 1, 80-82 Kembla St, Fyshwick 6290 0155, or Fyshwick Outdoor Power Centre, 6 Wiluna St 6280 5203. Normal gaiters can be sourced through Macpac | Paddy Pallin | BCF, 47 Newcastle St, Fyshwick, 6280 8888, now also at Nettlefold St, Belconnen, Anaconda, 36 Iron Knob St, Fyshwick, 6123 3600; Kathmandu, Belconnen Mall, 6251 7678. Mont of 18 Pirie St, Fyshwick, 6162 1661 also has lots of excellent items and is worth checking. Note Macpac has been bought by the Super Group. Mountain Designs has been bought by the owners of Anaconda, the Spotlight Group and have been closing stores.