Looking out the Backdoor (31 Aug 2015)

Total distance: 1.99 km
Max elevation: 281 m
Min elevation: 163 m
Total climbing: 211 m
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A nice afternoon bushbash on the Southern side of Warrimoo to find GCPVP3.

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The Bad Man & Bad Gurl – Pimp Your Cache (10 Jun 2015)

Total distance: 5.37 km
Max elevation: 258 m
Min elevation: 141 m
Total climbing: 197 m
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Joe and I headed out this afternoon to find GC5X0G9. It was a nice quickish adventure combining riding, bush-bashing and a bit of rope work.20150610_16402220150610_164508

Splendour Rock (5-6 Oct 2014)

Total distance: 34.73 km
Max elevation: 973 m
Min elevation: 569 m
Total climbing: 3531 m
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Mount Riverview Rambles (3 Sep 2014)

Total distance: 6.05 km
Max elevation: 229 m
Min elevation: 127 m
Total climbing: 770 m
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A nice exploration walk around Mount Riverview to find GC42NAA and GC47XXQ. Both great caches and well recommended.

Heathcote Rambles (3 July 2014)

Total distance: 14.03 km
Max elevation: 207 m
Min elevation: 40 m
Total climbing: 885 m
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A great exploration around Heathcote National Park to find a couple of caches. A nice bit of bush bashing along from Woronora River to the top of Tamaroo Ridge and then onto Scouters Mountain. There was the occasional can but didn’t appear to be a very defined trail. Definitely recommend if you have a day and up for a challenge.

Pryors Hut (31 May 2014)

Total distance: 10.68 km
Max elevation: 1673 m
Min elevation: 1559 m
Total climbing: 392 m
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A nice shortish walk out to Pryors Hut from the carpark whilst down in Canberra to meet a friend.

It is a lovely old hut and definitely worth the walk out.

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At the beginning of the walk there is a trip intention book to sign; a brilliant idea which should be implemented in NSW.

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Next time we will walk from Corin Dam up to Mount Gingera via Stockyard Sour and back. It would be a great hike definitely in the snow.

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Donkey Mountain (5-6 Apr 2014)

Total distance: 15.48 km
Max elevation: 995 m
Min elevation: 589 m
Total climbing: 2598 m
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Despite the predicted bad weather Sarah and I headed off to Donkey Mountain in the Gardens of Stone National Park for the night. The weather ended up being lovely with only a couple of spots of rain falling. The views were fantastic from the top and well worth the bash up the hill. Lots of exploring was done with the help of the sketch maps by Geoff Fox (which can be found here). IMG_5791Sarah on the fence style at the start

More photos can be found here.

Callendina Loop (20 Sep 2013)

Total distance: 32.7 km
Max elevation: 596 m
Min elevation: 190 m
Total climbing: 1159 m
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Trip Report:

We set off bright and early from the locked gate on Glossop Road, Linden (06:00). We set up the bikes and double checked our gear and headed off along Linden Ridge firetrail. After 7km we reached the overgrown junction, we then rode a further 3km before deciding the train was too overgrown to continue (07:15). This was where the fun began, the track became quite overgrown, and we had to rely on taking bearings and our phones (for grid reference).  We continued along the ridge to GR 718 755 before turning NNW towards the creek. We followed the somewhat dry unnamed creek down to Dawes Creek. Heading in a northerly direction we followed Dawes Creek until we met the junction of Wentworth Creek and the bottom of Callendina Loop.

After a short stop for lunch we headed the eastern side of the Callendina Loop in search of the cache ‘In the loop‘. This was tough going, with very thick scrub, and very steep incline. We eventually made our way up to the top of the ridge and quickly found the cache (12:00). Time was running out, we knew it would be a long trip back so we didn’t spend long at the cache location before our return trip. We had difficulty coming back down the eastern side, encountering 10 meter rock faces we couldn’t make our way down, my advice is to attack the ridge closer to the southern point.  Once we reached Dawes Creek the weather turned sour, it wasn’t raining heavily but it made life quite difficult heading back up the now slippery creek back to Linden Ridge.

As always, the sun came back out when we reached Linden Ridge, we returned to the bikes just as it was getting dark (18:00). This made the ride back home quite interesting as we only had lights suitable for walking. Luckily it was a full moon so visibility was quite high. After a bit under two hours we arrived back at our cars (19:45), exhausted but pleased that we had made the trip.

It was quite the adventure, definitely recommended to anyone that likes to push themselves a bit further than they should.

A bit of advice for anyone wishing to complete this:

  • Take your time, wouldn’t hurt to do this as an overnight hike
  • Wear a long sleeve shirt and long pants/gaiters
  • Take appropriate equipment, maps, gps, PLB
  • Plan your route ahead, notify police of your trip intention

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