North West Walking Club inc.
The plan is to launch from the Serpentine Dam boat ramp and spend about five days exploring the northern half of the lake. There is no fixed itinerary; it will evolve on a daily basis depending on the prevailing conditions and what the group wants to do. If the lake level is favourable there are many amazing campsites to enjoy. As with all paddle trips, if the forecast isn’t promising we’ll simply delay until it is!
Plan is to climb Cradle Mtn & Little Horn. Tremendous views. Some rock screes to scramble up. Bring two litres of water. Intention is to utilise the Dove Lake shuttle bus that operates from 8:00am to 6:00pm. If you would like to join the walk, text me on 0428 451 528.
Guest Speaker Jenny Pearce: Stories of Blandfordia
Join me for a pleasant day walking in the Badgers with wonderful views in all directions. Tracks are well maintained, slightly undulating with interesting rock formations. We will decide what tracks we will walk on the day depending on numbers as we can choose to do a car shuffle and through walk or a circuit walk. Please contact me on the Wednesday Evening to confirm attendance and car pooling.
With summer and longer days it is time to explore more parts of the PCT and see what damage repair is needed and carrying on from where we left off last year. The extreme wind and flood events of 2022 have certainly put our normal maintenance schedule out of whack. Come along for a pleasant day in the bush …. or maybe even a mountain view.
Earlier in 2022 I tried to do this as a day walk. With longer daylight hours we could have done it in a long day, but this time we are doing it at a more leisurely pace and camping over night up on the Plateau. It is a pretty area and we will have time to explore around the lakes. We will start at Meander falls track and go up the Dixon's track then it is cross country to our camp and climb the Hill. We will walk out via an old fisherman's camp complete with kettle and frypan. If you would like to join me give me a call and hope the weather is superb.
This is a car camping style trip using Edgar Pond campsite as a base. The principal objective is to climb the South West’s highest peak, Mt Anne. Last year we got to within less than a kilometre from the summit but were beaten by the weather. Consequently I won’t head down until we have a good weather window so the trip dates might change. Once Anne is conquered we could have look at The Sentinels, Clear Hill, Tim Shea or The Needles.
Meeting of the Executive members of the WALKING CLUB. Other members welcome.
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.
Paddle will start from the end of Clear hill road. Over the next four days we will climb The Pleiades, do some paddling and a bit of relaxing. Camping will be somewhere on the lake shore line. Feel free to join us just for the paddle if you like.
Grade Kayak K2 Walk 4
Map Pokana Wings
Gil Hayes will present a selection of his favourite photos.
Member photos and reviews. Walker out.
Ir's been some years since club members spent time in the historical area of the Shale Works near Latrobe. John Charlesworth is our local historian and will give interpretation with other area(s) of Latrobe walks if time allows. An easy, interesting day. I'll be leaving Ulverstone wharf 8:30am, to meet at the car park near the Axemans Hall of Fame at 9:00 a.m.
If the weather is kind there are some pretty good views from this hill. Most of the walk is along a section of the Penguin Cradle Trail although the last klick or so will be reasonably easy off track. But not Grade 4 off track. It's about 11km or so and in the order of 5 hours give or take. If the weather is rubbish we won't bother.
Leanne Hays will show photos from her Gordon River Kayaking Odyssey.
I have organized with the Maydena Bike Park a shuttle to take us to the start of the walk. Costs will be $12.50 per person for the bus. We will walk to both Abbotts and Marriott lookouts. First along a road and the second through scrub to get there. We will drive down the Saturday and do the walk on the Sunday and either people can head home then or stay the Sunday night and head home the Monday. We will do a couple of shorter walks on the Saturday and Monday in the area. I have limited the walk to 10 people as the busses are small, so if you would like to come let me know. We can camp at a few options or there is accommodation choices at Maydena.
Training Day for prospective members
We will be leaving from Scotts Peak Dam and will have a crack at the following peaks on Lake Pedder: Mt Giblin, Folded range, Secheron, Mt Llord Jones and Terminal Peak. We will be base camping on one of the beaches on the lake and walking or paddling from there. Feel free to join us if you only want to do part of the trip or just want a paddle. Day 1 will be an approx. 9km paddle to our base camp.
Grade Kayak K2 Walk 4-5
Map Scotts Solitary Mcpartlan
This will be an off track walk up on the plateau. The plateau around here is usually fairly easy going (relatively speaking) and usually not particularly scrubby. However, nothing is promised. Hopefully it will just be a good wander out to this hill and back. And one never knows when one might stub one's toe on an old hut chimney. I estimate it to be in the order of 12km or so.
Clarks Timber is a hill near Double Lagoon up on the Central Plateau. It is not a long walk if the boon gate is still open, but an off track walk. There is a bit of low scrub and a bit of a climb up onto the summit, but not a difficult walk. On the way we will stop at some stone ruins built in the 1940's by a local shepherd. If you would like to come and explore a not so visited area come and join me.
We will be base camping at Lake Burbury for this one. Head down Saturday morning and set up camp, if we have time will go for short paddle. Sunday we will paddle @ 8km over to the start of the walk and climb Marble Bluff. Monday we will head home. Feel free to join us just for the paddle if you like.
Grade Kayak K2 Walk 5
Map Gormanstom Owen
Syds and Western Creek Tracks climb onto the Great Western Tiers south of Chudleigh virtually parallel to each other and no more than 3 km apart. Syds Track offers very interesting scenery and vegetation as it meanders up to the escarpment and the open plateau. From here it is simply a matter of following the relatively easy gradient onto the Mt Ironstone - Bastion Bluff massif and thence to the summit itself. Excellent views of peaks and lakes are to be enjoyed. From the trig we could wander down to Lake Ironstone for lunch before returning via the plateau and Western Creek.
My aim is to spend a week exploring the area around Mt Hotham , Dinner Plain with maybe a day trip or two further afield.
Basing ourselves in a ski lodge at Mt Hotham we can enjoy numerous grade 2 and 3 walks including a few I have identified Cobunga Ditch , Precipice Plain , MT Loch , Mt Nelse , Mt Feathertop and the Razerback Track , there are also about 6 easy short walks around the town areas.
Being an interstate trip and not camping costs will be a little higher than normal around $1400.00 to $1500.00 is my estimate
Airfares 440.00 , mini bus 150.00 (assuming 8 walkers ),accommodation 560.00 (7 nights at 80.00) food/petrol 200.00
Have never visited this area but would like to make it a reality , if you wish to join me please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration via the website is not available in this instance.
Based on the emails that I have received from interested walkers a decision on the trip proceeding will be made on Feb 27th as we will need to lock in airline tickets and accommodation.
if you are genuinely interested please register early
I have not visited Mount Arthur since I was a 17 year old and I think the weather was pretty damp and I didn't see anything. So I thought I would visit it again and hope to get nice weather and great views. It is not a long walk, but a steep one. If you would like to join me give me a call.
Autumn, as the days are cooling a little but plenty of daylight still, is generally a pleasant time to be in the bush. Parts of the track could do with a touch up before winter and with a later 8am start, what else would you be doing on a weekend? Join us for a day out on the PCT.
It’s less than a month to the shortest day of the year. It’s getting colder and darker so climbing a freezing mountain is not in the least appealing. So I’m going to di di over to the East Coast for a spot of car camping in the Bay of Fires area and climb 2 or 3 of their nice low hills such as Littlechild, Pearson, Doctor’s Peak. Et al. The main attractions though will be the beach, hopefully better weather and O'Maras around the campfire. Will be going for a few days. You don’t have to come for all – pick & choose as you wish. If the weather is too bad even for there, I guess I’ll just stay home on the couch and watch Collingwood kick derrier.
The annual combined NWWC-LWC “Snowshoeing Surprise” is on again. 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). Note: If there is inadequate snow for this trip (heavens forbid!) I’ll endeavour to replace it with a suitable non-snowshoeing day walk.
A social activity with the Smithton walking club. We will meet at Stanley around 10 am, have a bit of a wander around then gather for a lunchtime meal at the Stanley Hotel
With the other club members we'll go for a leisurely stroll to Highfield House. Hopefully a few members will decide to stay overnight at the Stanley caravan park and confirm a walk for Sunday.