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Mon, 23 Mar 2015



A quick walk through Curtin

    What do you do when you accidentally engaged a troll on twitter? You go for a walk of course.

    I didn't realize there had been a flash flood in Canberra in 1971 that killed seven people, probably because I wasn't born then. However, when I ask people who were around then, they don't remember without prompting either, which I think is sad. I only learnt about the flood because of the geocache I found hidden at the (not very well advertised) memorial today.

           




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    Related posts: Cooleman and Arawang Trigs; Goodwin trig; Stromlo and Brown Trigs; Point Hut Cross to Pine Island; Two trigs and a first attempt at finding Westlake; Taylor Trig

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Sat, 21 Mar 2015



Narrabundah trig and 16 geocaches

    I walked to the Narrabundah trig yesterday, along the way collecting 15 of the 16 NRL themed caches in the area. It would have been all 16, except I can't find the last one for the life of me. I'm going to have to come back.

    I really like this area. Its scenic, has nice trails, and you can't tell you're in Canberra unless you really look for it. It seemed lightly used to be honest, I think I saw three other people the entire time I was there. I encountered more dogs off lead than people.

     




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    Related posts: Cooleman and Arawang Trigs; Goodwin trig; Stromlo and Brown Trigs; Two trigs and a first attempt at finding Westlake; Taylor Trig; Big Monks

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Thu, 19 Mar 2015



A quick trip to Namadgi

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Wed, 18 Mar 2015



Goodwin trig

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Sun, 08 Mar 2015



Stromlo and Brown Trigs

    So, the Facebook group set off for our biggest Trig walk yet today -- Stromlo and Brown Trigs. This ended up being a 15km walk with a little bit of accidental trespass (sorry!) and about 600 meters of vertical rise. I was expecting Stromlo to be prettier to be honest, but it wasn't very foresty. Brown was in nicer territory, but its still not the nicest bit of Canberra I've been to. I really enjoyed this walk though, thanks to Simon, Tony and Jasmine for coming along!

                         




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

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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.




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    Related posts: Cooleman and Arawang Trigs; Goodwin trig; Stromlo and Brown Trigs; Point Hut Cross to Pine Island; Two trigs and a first attempt at finding Westlake; Taylor Trig

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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.

                 




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    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; Goodwin trig; Stromlo and Brown Trigs; Two trigs and a first attempt at finding Westlake; Taylor Trig

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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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