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Club membership is due for renewal as it runs from July 1 until June 30, 2022

Please make your payment to Byron Hikers’ Club Inc: BSB 722744, ACC 100133889. Please note your name on the direct deposit so we know who paid.

As a volunteer club incorporated with the NSW Department of Fair Trading and affiliated with the NSW Bushwalking Association we are obligated to operate according to the following, current NSW Health Orders which are in place until December 15: People who are fully vaccinated can participate in an outdoor public gathering of up to 30 people. If you are not fully vaccinated you can participate in a gathering for sport or exercise with one other person or with your household."

Monday 27 December: Christmas Picnic, Nemarotu, Wilsons Creek

We thought we would hold a gathering after Xmas Day when social events seem to quieten down. 

Noon Lunchtime BYO everything as if you are going to a picnic, plus we will have a BBQ and cooling ice for drinks.

10am There is an opportunity to walk around the rainforest paths and up the mossy-bouldery creek on Barbara's property. There are a number of rainforest regeneration sites at various stages of development that are very interesting. There are two swimming options: in the small pool below the 5m waterfall in the mossy creek, or swimming in a large pool in the Wilsons River at the bottom of the property.

RSVP Jo: 0409538133, Paula: 0427 667 791 or Steve: 0414 312 917 

Friday- Sunday January 14-16: Family Camp, Rummery Park, Nightcap National Park

The Club will book the Goanna Group site, which can hold up to 24 people. There will be a variety of activities to suit everyone.

More details later.

March 2022: 18-day Bundian Way Hike

We will be retracing an ancient indigenous path from the Snowy River gorge through to the ocean at Eden in the southern-most part of NSW. This track was painstakingly re-discovered by author John Blay ( On Track ) with the help of local elders. Coastal people used it to walk to the high country to feast on Bogong moths in summer, and by tribes from north east Victoria to help with whale hunting each spring. The route is always on some sort of track starting in the Byadbo wilderness, breaking out into seldom-used roads leading west and east of the small border town of Delegate and through another forested range to the coast. 

This will eventually get funding to be a national hiking route, but we thought we would rather do it now before it becomes too developed. The route is not available to the general public and is only shared with hiking clubs. Numbers will be limited. Talk to Steve to express your interest. 0414 312 917

Sunday 8 May 2022 to Saturday 14 May 2022: Sea Kayak, Hinchinbrook Island to Mission Beach: Fully Booked

This will be organised, fully supported & accommodated by Coral Sea Kayaking from Mission Beach, FNQ. They come well recommended by our sources. They provide food, water, sea kayaks (single/double), tents, chairs, mattress, two navigators and transport from Mission Beach (the destination) to Lucinda the starting point on the channel overlooking the southern part of the Island. The itinerary takes in beach camping on the magnificent Hinchinbrook Island (eastern side), the largest continental island in Australia and island hops north to Mission Beach. Have a look at Coral Sea website for more info. Will suit fit and active people, ideally with some kayaking experience. A double kayak offers the opportunity to buddy up with someone less experienced. May is dry season time of year, after the wet and stinger seasons with a consistent SE tail wind. Group size is limited to 13 people, first in best dressed. Any surplus places after one week from publication of this event will be offered to NRBC. Each person will do their own booking with Coral Sea on forms I can supply. Deposit of $490 per person required with booking. Cost will be $2,450 per person less up to 15% group discount. By next year Its quite probable that participants will be required to be fully vaccinated for bookings and interstate travel.

Leader Rob Goodwill : 0410 485 969

(International multi-day walk) September 2022: Indian Himalayas

Some of our members have established a close personal contact directly with one of India's pre-eminent expedition companies.

In 2018, 12 of us trekked for 16 days at high altitude in a seldom-visited, high desert region of Ladakh where we were totally away from civilisation. After acclimatising for 5 days in Leh, we started the trek at 4700m and gradually climbed to the highest pass of 5330m, all the while surrounded by snow-capped peaks in excess of 6000m. Most of these peaks have never been climbed. We were supported by a dozen staff and 32 ponies that carried our shelter and fresh food through a barren, rocky landscape that is no longer visited even by seasonal shepherds.

In 2019 we walked amongst forests and high pasture from Manali towards Daramshala, over 2 passes of around 4800m, with most of the trek between 3000m and 3500m. On this trek, we saw a few goat and sheep herders away in the distance grazing on their high pastures. Halfway through we spent 2 nights camped opposite the last remote Indian village that is only occupied during the summer months.

We had 2 expedition groups set to do this Bara Bhangal trek in 2020 but the Covid virus put paid to that.

We have made reservations with Kapil, our expedition leader, for Septembers 2022. This will obviously be subject to the virus being under control before departure.

For further info, talk to Steve 0414 312 917

To understand more about our Walk Grading System, see below:

Grade 1

  • Tracks may have some uneven surfaces.

  • Gradients are slight to moderate.

  • Up to about 12 km.

  • Suitable for beginners with above average fitness.

 

Grade 2

  • Tracks may have some rough sections.

  • Gradients are generally moderate.

  • There may be some steep sections.

  • Up to about 15 km.

  • Walkers should have above average fitness and some hiking experience.

 

Grade 3

  • Tracks are likely to vary from moderately uneven to rough.

  • Some sections may be off-track.

  • Some gradients are likely to be reasonably steep.

  • There may be some moderate rock hopping or easy rock scrambling.

  • Above average fitness and hiking experience required.

 

Grade 4

  • Tracks are generally rough with some off-track sections.

  • Some gradients will be steep.

  • There may be some rock hopping and/or rock scrambling with some height exposure.

  • Above average fitness and bushwalking experience required.

 

Grade 5

  • Tracks are rough and may be mainly off-track.

  • Conditions similar to those described in Grade 4 but more demanding.

  • A high level of fitness and considerable hiking experience required.

 

Grade 6

  • Generally off-track.

  • Strenuous walking conditions in steep, rugged and remote terrain.

  • Includes moderate to difficult rock scrambling with moderate to high height exposure. 

  • Only for very fit and experienced hikers.

 

Grade 7

  • Off-track strenuous walk in very steep, rugged and remote terrain.

  • Challenging conditions, including difficult rock scrambling and severe height exposure.

  • Suitable only for the very fit and very experienced walkers.

 

Exploratory Walks

  • For members only.

  • May be conducted to determine conditions on a walk not previously attempted.

 

If a quoted grading does not adequately describe a planned walk, the walk leader must ensure that appropriate additional information is included in the walk description.