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Wed, 25 Feb 2015



Tuggeranong Hill (again)

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Sun, 22 Feb 2015



Oakey trig

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Geocaching

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Fri, 20 Feb 2015



Command and Control

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Forster trig

    Its been too long since I've attempted a trig walk -- 15 days to be exact. That's mostly because I've been really busy at work these last couple of weeks. That said, it was time for another trig, and this one was a bit of an adventure.

    Forster Trig is in the Bullen Nature Reserve and is one of the least urban trigs I've attempted so far, which is why this post is a bit more detailed than normal. Big Monks is probably the other trig walk most similar to this one. One of the challenges with this trig is that there is no track to the trig point. Reading John Evan's walk notes from his single assent of this trig, it seems that many people follow the 132kV power lines to the trig, but I consider this "cheating" as the power line is on private land and I didn't want to spend effort on getting permission to walk on someone's farm.

    Instead, I followed the Kambah Pool to Cassurina Sands track, and then turned right to bush bash to the trig when I got reasonably close. There wasn't any formed track this way, so I don't think this is a common approach. On the map you'll notice a fence marked -- that's where I had to jump a barbed wire fence, which wasn't the best plan ever. On the way back down from the summit I found a vehicle track, and I'd recommend that others follow that route (the one on the map with two gates marked and some stairs). The stairs are interesting -- a previous walker has mounded stones on both sides of the fence to make it easier to cross.

    Either way, its a bush bash up the hill itself, which is covered in reasonably dense spiky vegetation. You're going to want gaiters or long pants.

                 




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    Related posts: Two trigs and a first attempt at finding Westlake; Taylor Trig; Big Monks; A walk around Mount Stranger; Oakey trig; A quick walk to Tuggeranong Trig

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Wed, 18 Feb 2015



Confessions of a middle aged orienteering marker

    I was an orienteering marker for the kid's scout troop tonight -- I guess it could have been a trick, but I think they were genuine. The basic idea was I went and stood at where the mark on the map was, and then noted which kids found me. Nice little hill in MacArthur, with pleasant views. I think I've found a good place for a geocache as well.




    Tags for this post: blog canberra bushwalk tuggeranong
    Related posts: Point Hut Cross to Pine Island; Two trigs and a first attempt at finding Westlake; Taylor Trig; Big Monks; Geocaching; A quick walk to William Farrer's grave

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Tue, 17 Feb 2015



Little Black Mountain

    I went on a walk on Monday with the Canberra Bushwalking Club up Little Black Mountain. Its a nice area and I mostly enjoyed the walk. I say mostly because the walk leader was quite un-welcoming. There was the lecture about emergency beacons, and then the lecture about how he's never been bitten by a snake. It was quite an odd experience. I think I might avoid that leader in the future.




    Tags for this post: blog canberra bushwalk
    Related posts: Cooleman and Arawang Trigs; Point Hut Cross to Pine Island; Two trigs and a first attempt at finding Westlake; Taylor Trig; Big Monks; Geocaching

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Wed, 11 Feb 2015



Geocaching in the evening, the second

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Sun, 08 Feb 2015



Tuggeranong Stone Wall

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Sat, 07 Feb 2015



Point Hut Crossing to Pine Island

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Thu, 05 Feb 2015



Two trigs and a first attempt at finding Westlake

    I have to do HR paperwork for work at the moment, so I was looking for a quiet place to progress such things. I ended up beside Lake Burley Griffin working away on my laptop, which was quite pleasant. While in the area, it seemed like a good idea to have a quick first attempt at finding Westlake, which is the ruins of an abandoned builders camp from when Canberra was being constructed. I found some evidence, but I think I need to go further west in a subsequent wander.

               




    There was a planned walk to Davidson trig by the Facebook trig sweating group this evening, so I went along to that. Beforehand I was killing time in Yarralumla and bumped into the cub leader for my kids' troop. She's interested in trig walks suitable for cubs, so I am going to have to keep an eye out for some. Davidson was a nice on-track walk, probably suitable for cubs.

               




    Davidson finished about an hour earlier than expected, so I dropped in to walk to Mike on the way home in an entirely unplanned manner. This walk would be perfect for cubs if it wasn't almost entirely bush bashing. This is probably the lowest elevation trig I've been to so far.

       




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    Related posts: Taylor Trig; Big Monks; A walk around Mount Stranger; Oakey trig; A quick walk to Tuggeranong Trig; Urambi Trig

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Wed, 04 Feb 2015



Geocaching in the evening

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Sun, 01 Feb 2015



Big Monks

    I'm going to be honest here and say I got this one pretty wrong. Looking at Google Earth, Big Monks is about 1.7 km from the access road (which I got right), what I failed to notice is that it is super steep and that much of the walk is off the trail. So... A walk I thought would take 30 or 45 minutes took 2 hours. I didn't die though, so that's good.

    Fantastic views at the top, and found a couple of geocaches. There is obviously a lot of walking potential in Rob Roy Nature Park.

                 




    Tags for this post: blog pictures 20150202-big_monks photo canberra tuggeranong bushwalk trig_point
    Related posts: Two trigs and a first attempt at finding Westlake; Taylor Trig; A walk around Mount Stranger; Oakey trig; A quick walk to Tuggeranong Trig; Urambi Trig

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Sat, 31 Jan 2015



Cooleman and Arawang Trigs

    Doug and I went out to walk Doug's dog at short notice yesterday evening, and managed to sneak in two trigs while we were at it. A nice walk, although it took longer than I expected it to, with our average speed only being about 3.5 kilometers an hour. I wonder how much of that was the two peaks to climb, versus the puppy in tow.

    Along the way we found this super cool telegraph line, which appears to still have an active Telstra service on it. I wonder if we'll one day see fiber strung on these telegraph poles?

                           




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    Related posts: A quick walk to Tuggeranong Trig; Harcourt and Rogers Trigs; Two trigs and a first attempt at finding Westlake; Taylor Trig; Big Monks; A walk around Mount Stranger

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Sun, 25 Jan 2015



First jog, and a walk to Los Altos

    Today was a busy day, not only did I foolishly go for a jog 5 minutes after sunrise...


    ...but then I went for a walk with James in the afternoon as well.


    Let's just say my fitbit is very impressed with me.

    Tags for this post: blog walk california running
    Related posts: Walking to work; Arrived yesterday; Napa Valley; Sitting in the California DMV office; VTA station for the Santa Clara Convention Center; Packing

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A walk in the San Mateo historic red woods

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Thu, 22 Jan 2015



Harcourt and Rogers Trigs

    I needed to visit someone in deepest darkest North Canberra yesterday, and there was an hour to kill between that meeting and the local Linux User's Group meeting. It seemed silly to have driven all that way and to not see a couple of trigs, so I visited these two. Both these trigs were easy to get to and urban. Frankly a little boring.

    Harcourt trig is in what I will call a cow paddock -- it doesn't have a lot of trees happening and feels a bit like left over land. Access to the nature reserve wasn't very obvious to me from the suburban streets, but the KML file below might help others to work it out. It wasn't too bad once I'd navigated the maze of streets and weird paved areas.

                 




    Rogers was similar, except access was more obvious because it is in an older suburb. This is a nicer reserve than Harcourt's, with a nice peak and some walking opportunities around the base of the hill. I think I'll probably end up coming back to this one as my wife is nostalgic about growing up backing on to this reserve.

       




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    Related posts: Cooleman and Arawang Trigs; A quick walk to Tuggeranong Trig; Two trigs and a first attempt at finding Westlake; Taylor Trig; Big Monks; A walk around Mount Stranger

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Tue, 20 Jan 2015



Another lunch time walk

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Sun, 18 Jan 2015



Lunchtime geocaching

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Sat, 17 Jan 2015



Taylor Trig

    At the top of Mount Taylor lies the first trig point defeated by a group walk I've been on. Steve * 3, Erin, Michael *2, Andrew, Cadell, Maddie, Mel, Neill and Jenny all made it to the top of this one, so I'm super proud of us as a group. A nice walk and Mount Taylor clearly has potential for other walks as well, so I am sure I'll return here again.

                     




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    Related posts: Two trigs and a first attempt at finding Westlake; Big Monks; A walk around Mount Stranger; Oakey trig; A quick walk to Tuggeranong Trig; Urambi Trig

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