The annual combined NWWC-LWC “Snowshoeing Surprise” returns for its fourth iteration. Assuming that we get good snowfalls every two years then this year should be great. As previously, the “Surprise” is that I won’t decide where we are going and what time we’ll start until probably just a few days before the trip date when we’ll have a better idea as to where the best snow and likely weather conditions exist. Perhaps it’ll be to Cradle, the Central Plateau, the Walls or the Ben. Beginner snowshoe users are welcome – if you don’t have your own pair maybe you could borrow some from a friend. Alternatively, they can be hired from both Paddy Pallin and Aspire Adventure Equipment in Launceston (contact me for details).
A pleasant and relatively easy stroll at Rocky Cape National Park. Proposing to walk from Sisters Beach along the inland track to Anniversary Bay with a couple of side trips along the way to Broadview Hill and Doone Falls. I'm intending to be at Anniversary Bay for lunch before heading along the beach (tide permitting) to pick up the track to Banksia Grove and thence back to Sisters Beach. Unfortunately high tide is around 1pm or so which may - or may not - be an issue for the beach section of the walk. We'll see. Hopefully we won't have too many people swept out to sea. ?.
Fasten your seatbelts for an amazing flight over Tasmanian snow covererd Mountains.
Gary McArthur (Wandering Foxbat ) is our pilot. Hostess is Lesleigh Griffin.
Dixons Track follows Staggs Creek from the Meander Falls carpark up to the plateau. It is a pretty track and sheltered for a good winter's leg stretch. If visibility is good and the weather conditions kind we will walk over to one of the pretty tarns on the plateau for lunch, so come prepared for some off track walking and the possibility of cold conditions.
As winter is with us the working bees will more than likely be closer to the coast, especially with shorter daylight hours. Come join us for an outing, with some gentle exercise along the way.
Winter time is a great time to visit waterfalls. I plan to have a Grade 2/easy grade 3 walk to visit up to four waterfalls depending on time and enthusiasm of the group. Wet weather gear essential and photographic gear/tripod recommended. A good series of walks for Prospective members.
I want to walk up into the Walls and camp in the Snow again. So hopefully we get some snow and do just that. There are several options on where to camp and depending on how much snow there is will determine where we camp. If there is only a small amount of snow and the weather is nice I would like to camp at the East end of Lake Ball. If you would like to test out your winter gear then come and join me for a night in the Walls of Jerusalem.
Meeting of the executive of the Club
Meet at 8am York St Latrobe and drive via Dairy Plains and Western Creek to Westrope Road and the start of the Higgs Track. The walk takes about 2 hours of up with a morning tea stop on the way! Rug up and good gear is required as on reaching the plateau it can either be very cold or turn cold very quickly! We will have a look around Lady Lake before heading to the Hut for a well earned lunch inside sitting in an armchair or out on the verandah, depending on what weather we get!
Ring in on the Sunday night please!
Training day for prospective members
This is another walk in one of my favourite local areas; the Meander Forest Reserve. As with most walks in this region, it features nice rainforest, crystal clear creeks, small waterfalls and hopefully superb views from the alpine plateau that forms the summit. There is a little scree to negotiate but it is not a long walk so there will be plenty of time to enjoy the whole experience.
We'll be using the Arm River Outdoor Education Centre as a base "camp" for day walks in the area. Paula will be in the left hand seat for this trip so we'll come up with some suitable day trips depending on numbers and ability. The Centre has been booked for 3 nights but you don't have to come for the entire time - up to you. Accommodation will be a choice of dormitory with bunks and mattresses, camping or campervan. (BYO campervan - just to be crystal). Costs are: $15.40 per person per night in the dormitory. $5.50 per person per night if you're camping or campervanning (is that a word?). The place has electricity, hot showers, a stove and a fridge. You have to bring all cooking utensils, plates, cutlery etc plus sleeping bags or whatever. And yourself - you'd have to be a bit daft to forget yourself dontcha think?
Guest Speaker: -Jason Stephens will give us some photographic tips & hints on photo editing. Then we may all be able to take some fantastic photos.
Time to try and complete this walk and gain some walk fitness. This is a very variable walk with ancient rainforest, alpine scrub and button grass. Conditions range from boardwalk to rough and root-strewn tracks with mud (depending on the weather) and even a little rock scrambling. I plan it as a relaxed walk and there are no big hills, Come and join me for my resumption of coordinating walks.
The North West Region suffered an extreme wind event in July and we know there are trees down. Also with spring vegetation growth starting to bloom there will be some pruning required. We are hopeful of starting some trial poisoning of the foxgloves at Loongana and along the Leven River. Come along for a day out and help keep the Club’s track open for the summer season.
We will travel up to Wilmot to visit forth falls.
A 5.5km return trip that heads down to and then along Lake Barrington. We will look at the upper and lower falls as well as some cascades so bring your camera.
There are some attractive names of some Hills and Places in Tasmania and two of these I would like to climb as a day walk. The first is Starvegut Hill and the second Windmill Top. These are both situated near Sandbanks Tier and the walk to them is via non tracked country that consists of some open country as well as a bit of scrub and some rock hopping and scrambling. Although this walk is on the program as a day walk I intend to spend a few nights in the area exploring. Any one interested in joining me are welcome, but be aware that there will be some rough walking. Please contact me if you are interested in this adventure.
Paddle will start from Cynthia Bay at Lake St Clair where we will have a 10km paddle to Ida Bay where we will base camp for the weekend. The next two days we will climb Mt Ida, do some paddling and a bit of relaxing. Feel free to join us just for the paddle if you like.
Grade Kayak K2 Walk 4
Map Rufus Olympus
Every time I've visited Mt Campbell we haven't had the time for a relaxed exploration of the plateau atop this mountain. This is the time to try it. The pace should be relaxed as this will be my first decent climb for quite a long time and the walk isn't a long one. If the weather is foul we can try for the more sheltered Dove Canyon walk.
Guest speakers: Paula & Adrian McCulloch will discuss their trip into the Southern Ranges.
This will be longish walk in the lovely Rocky Cape National Park. Apart from a section of rocky beach it will all be on a good formed track. Starting at Rocky Cape we’ll follow the Blandfordia Cct track down to the beach near Cathedral Rocks. A couple of klicks along the beach will bring us to Anniversary Bay. From here we’ll go inland to pick up the Sisters Hills Traverse track back to the start. There will probably be not much change out of 20km.
Day trips to Mt Anne, Schnells Ridge & the Sentinels. Camped at the Edgar Pond camp ground at Lake Pedder. Very scenic. Mt Anne includes steep airy scrambling. Text me on 0428 451 528
Walk off your Annual Dinner with this short Grade 3 walk in the Marakoopa area. It does involve a steep climb, however the bonus is looking down into two impressive huge dolines (sinkholes) and a nice waterfall. All will be on-track/route.
Gary Hayes from Aspire Adventure Equipment will talk about his trip when he cycled across Tibet. He will also bring a range of sleeping bags and talk about them.
This is a walk of about 12km or so. Give or take. Probably give. It starts from the end of Blairs Rd at Mole Creek. We follow an old road up to the top of the Tiers and from there we'll either follow the old Yeates Track. Or simply just go along the escarpment edge. Whatever. We'll get there somehow as it's pretty open going of about 4-5km or so return on the plateau.
This will be a repeat of last year’s highly successful trip. Highlights include: -- three rides on quiet back roads through our spectacular rural countryside, lunch at the Raspberry Farm, two relaxing nights at Quamby Corner, dinner at a pub and a guaranteed fun time. If you intend going you need to book your own accommodation. Any bike will do, well almost; touring bike, road bike, mountain bike, gravel bike, ebike, hybrid bike, recumbent bike, cyclocross bike….. but perhaps not a penny-farthing!
The weekend will begin with a leisurely drive down to Lake St Clair on Friday so that we can begin walking just before lunch. We will set up camp at one of the lakes on the way, depending on the weather and group we may camp on Hugel Plateau, but camping on the plateau is limited and exposed. Sunday we'll summit both peaks and Monday home.
I have wanted to get back up onto the Plateau again and thought November would be a good time to go. Hopefully we have clear sunny weather and no snow. I intend to explore the Eastern and Southern parts of the Plateau and have two nights camping up there. It is all off track and there are some long boulder fields to scramble across. It can get extreme with the weather up there as there is not a lot of sheltered spots. Please contact me if you are interested in this adventure.
Theme Night: Photo Competition Presentation
Hopefully third time lucky with this one. Early start on Wednesday for a drive down pass Lake St Clair to Rufus Canal Road where the walk starts at the end of the road. Over the next few days we will climb 3 Abels, The Chimera, The Hippogriff and Mt Gell. We have plenty of options for camping along the way. If the Franklin River is to high we will do Pelion West etc instead.
Map Rufus Colingwood
Executive meeting of the WALKING CLUB
Howells Bluff is accessed off the Walls of Jerusalem track. A little bit past Trappers Hut we'll head off track and make our way to the bluff high point. The part of the walk from the Walls track to Howells Bluff will be about 4km or so return and hopefully not too scrubby. Or rough. Or steep. Or hot. Or cold. Or muddy. Or dry. But we'll see - hence the Grade 4 rating.
Mt Seal ia accessed from the Frenchmans Cap track. The track is left near Philp Lead; off track through the scrub of cross lightning plains. As well as Mt Seal, I'd like to visit O'Boyles SL, Mt Counsel, Christmas Rock and Milligans Falls. Text me on 0428 451 528.
Training day for Prospective members
Olegas Bluff is on the Southern end of the Prince of Wales Range. I previously visited Olegas Bluff in 2003. It was scrubby; I expect it to be now very scrubby. The Denison River must be forded near the entrance to Marriotts Gorge; please be aware of this risk. The walk used to be three or four days, but due to the anticipated extra scrub, I have allowed six days. Please text me on 0428 451 528.