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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.

 

Short notice hike this Sunday 18 July, Huonbrook. Tough scramble around 3 waterfalls in the upper Coopers Creek gorge. Magnificent scenery rock-hopping up mossy boulders. Returning past the Flying Fox lookout.

Grade 4, Leader Steve 0414 312 917

Sunday 18 July: Wagawn Walk

This full-day trip will start at the Numinbah Gap border gate. It’s mostly uphill all the way there, which means downhill all the way back! Spectacular views at Wagawn, then more views at Warumblebah and Garragooba lookouts. We'll pass by Bushrangers Cave and you will discover that this is a back route into Lamington National park (O’Reilly’s and Binna Burra). It is mostly following a taped track with somewhat of a footpad. There are some quite steep sections. It's winter so this will get you warm. Having said that, it can be icy up there if it is windy and you will cool down at lunch, so bring a warm jumper and wind & waterproof jacket plus a beanie won’t go astray. Bring morning tea, lunch and 2L of water.

Uphill and views. 11km return, 600m vertical ascent, about 6 hours. Grade 3. Leader: Lucy Baker lucy.baker@path2u.com.au

Sunday 25 July: Batcave Creek, Terrania Basin -Fully Booked

Starting from near Protestor Falls we ascend above the Falls via McKays track. There a several gorgeous cascades above the 60m high Protestors Falls on the way up to the bottom of the next 100m high waterfall. Several beautiful lunch spots along this section. We then head north over the 'camel's hump' and down a sharp ridge to rejoin Terrania Creek, then an easy walk back to the Terrania picnic area.. Some track walking but about half is rough offtrack.

All day, grade 4. Leader Steve. Call 0414312917

 

Sunday, 1st August Clarrie Hall Dam Fire Trails & Nilla Nulla Creek Exploratory Walk

Starting on the fire trails leading south from Clarrie Hall Dam and the rest a loop that includes off-track walking, creek walking and rock scrambling. Climb steeply up 400m to a knoll. Return via fire trail. The walk will be exploratory for the leader so expect some map-gazing  pauses and back-tracking.

Wear non-slip shoes and be ready to get them wet. Wear long sleeves, long pants and take scrub/gardening gloves. We will meet at 9am and be out all day.

Grade 4. Approx. 10 kms. Half off-track. Leader Kirsten M. Book in with Steve 0414 312 917

 

Saturday 7 August: Mindful Meditation Walk, Location TBC

(From David) The forest is never silent and never still but it can seem that way when we crowd it out with our thoughts and words, thereby missing out on its full richness. Mindful walking offers us a way to quiet our ‘doing’ mind and rest in our ‘being’ mind. Walking mindfully in silence, we become the forest, rather than merely walking through it.

Leader Jo. SMS 0409 538 133 to book

Sunday 8 August: Amble around Mt Nardi World Heritage Area.

We'll be walking from the carpark down to the start of the Pholis Gap walk, then continue around to Mt Matheson. There are some good views across the valley to the northwest, rainforest, creeks and drier Eucalypt forest. This an easy on-track walk with occasional scrambles where large trees have fallen across the track. Bring water, lunch and cold weather gear (beanie, gloves, etc) - temperatures on the top of the mountain can change rapidly.

Grade 2. Approx 7km. Max 10. Leader Sonia sonia@snowfrog.net. 

Sunday 15 August 2021 - “Three Tops” -  Wollumbin National Park.

These peaks, of approx 600 m, are located about 3 km north of Wollumbin, Mt Warning in the Tweed Valley.  Access will be through private property (dependant on approval from the landowner) starting from Carilla Place, off Tyalgum Rd, about 14 km west of Murwillumbah.  The walk up will be mainly off-track, with some steep sections on rocky outcrops and a significant amount of pushing through scrub. The rewards are: great views (Tweed Valley & Springbook etc to the north, Wollumbin - Mt Warning up close to the south), an interesting variety of vegetation and an energetic workout! The return journey will be via two small peaks to the east, with some rock scrambling, and then down a well-defined, long-ish ridge to Hidden Valley Rd.  The final part of the walk is down Hidden Valley Rd and then a short walk along Tyalgum Rd back to the start.

Total duration will be 5 - 6 hours. Limit of 12 walkers.  Grade 5. Map – Murwillumbah, 1:25,000.

Leader: Cam, ph 0413 117 142

Sunday 5th September: 2021 Mebbin National Park Exploratory Walk 

Explore the creeks and off track areas of Mebbin National Park. This loop walk will take in creek beds, off-track bush, single track, and fire trails. You'll see filtered views of The Pinnacle & caldera walls. Some nice bush, some majestic trees, and some lantana.

The walk will be partly exploratory for the leader so expect some map-gazing pauses throughout the day. Wear non-slip shoes and be ready to get them wet. Wear long sleeves, long pants and take scrub/gardening gloves in case we encounter lantana that we need to push through. We will meet at 9am and be out all day.

Grade 4. Approx. 12kms. Max. 10. Mostly off-track. Leader Kirsten M. Call 0414 312 917

Fri-Monday 10-12 September: Sundown National Park, Qld

A weekend of forest bathing in Sundown National Park (north of Tenterfield) on 10, 11 & 12 September. We will car camp at The Broadwater in a large tree-ringed campsite beside the Severn River and use this as a base for our activities. Sundown is in granite country, and it feels remote although the park is accessible. David will offer his guidance on forest bathing on Friday evening when we will plan our activities. Activities may include walking, birdwatching, swimming in the river (cold), kayaking, photography, and enjoying the spring flowers.  We will begin each morning with meditation and yoga and remain in silence until breakfast so that we can fully experience the early morning calm. The intention is for those who have skills such as photography, navigation, birdwatching, yoga, music…to share their skills with others. On the Saturday David will lead a silent walk up one of the creek gorges (Grade 4) that is simply stunning. Others may choose to read, play music, draw, paint or do one of the shorter, easier walks.  Steve has offered to lead any alternate walks that may appeal. Sunday will be more of the same. The facilities at Sundown are basic. The nights will be cold, and we will have a central campfire to sit around. It’s fine to come for only two nights. We will try and carpool from Mullumbimby and Alstonville, depending upon where people come from. It is 4 hours’ drive time from Mullumbimby. The limit for the campsite is 25 people. Here is the link for the camp facilities https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/sundown/camping/broadwater

Please indicate your interest by emailing the Leader David Roland at djroland09@gmail.com. Detailed guidelines and instructions will be sent out to you closer to the time. 

Saturday 18 September: Basic Navigation App Training - Learn to Conceive of & Lead Walks, Nemarotu & Mount Jerusalem National Park

The aim of this day-long course is to enable people to conceive of and lead reasonably straightforward walks by the end of it. We will spend the morning at the house at Nemarotu learning how to read local topographic maps to come up with walk ideas, then in the afternoon we'll recce those ideas in Mount Jerusalem National Park using simple GPS navigation SmartPhone applications that take much of the difficulty out of navigation. If you can read and work Google Maps, you can work a SmartPhone navigation app like Backcountry Navigator, GAIA, Pocket Earth & Avenza. They're dead easy.

The mandatory requirements for this course are that 1) You've downloaded and paid for the applications as follows onto your own SmartPhone: Backcountry Navigator + Avenza for Android or Pocket Earth + Avenza for iOS as well as the Australian maps for Backcountry Navigator & Pocket Earth and the Huonbrook 9540-1N Map for Avenza. You probably won't spend more than $30 for everything.

There will be optional drinks and snacks afterwards at Nemarotu.

Grade 2. Leader: Michelle, MichelleSSMartignoni@gmail.com

POSTPONED TO OCTOBER / FULLY BOOKED: Saturday 12 - Monday 14 June: Gibraltar Range National Park Off-trail Multiday Circuit

This 3-day, predominantly off-trail circuit will explore granite country and its beautiful waterways in Gibraltar Range National Park, including Murrumbooee Cascades, Coonama Trig, Old Man's Hat & Anvil Rock to name some.

Grade 4-5. Limit 8. Must be fit and experienced. Leaders: Kevin & Michelle, MichelleSSMartignoni@gmail.com

 

(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.