Moon Rise

Tuesday night 15 November: ‘By the light of the silvery perigee-syzygy …’ – S/E. Tonight is a super full moon when the moon is closest to the earth and appears 14% bigger and 30% brighter. It rises at 8.30pm. Let’s gather for a stroll up Red Hill to check it out. Around 5km and 50m climb on tracks and footpads. Bring a torch. Back by bed time. Map: Canberra. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877, john@johnevans.id.au Transport: Drive yourself. Please book by Monday 14.

10 of us met.


Distance: 5.2km | Climb: 220m | Time: 7.30 – 9.30pm (2hrs), including looking time | Grading: S/E; E(4)


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Track Notes

“Suffer in your jocks” that great line from the Aussie film The Castle goes. So, to you Neil Armstrong, Michael Jackson and the several hundred people on Red Hill last night, we got a slightly better deal 😆 . But I’d received an email during the day debunking the whole super moon thing and I tend to agree with it.

However, nothing spoils a walk, especially a night walk, and we did enjoy a great moon rise.

A great group of new and old friends. We (r)ambled up the track to the saddle, then puffed up the hill to Davidson trig. A couple of groups there, including a sporting team from Canada/US. Excellent young lads to talk to. A great sunset to the west.

We pressed on along the ridge to the south and east, turning on our torches at the appropriate time. We arrived at a viewing knoll right on time (pity it was the wrong knoll, a little close to the Hindmarsh Drive traffic). We sat and enjoyed a glorious (if not spectacular) moon rise.

A slight change of plans, in that I thought it safer to return in the dark via the way we’d come in.

I do hope everyone enjoyed the little walk. The Canberra Bushwalking Club runs similar (but earlier, 6.30-8.00pm) daylight savings walks most Monday and Thursday evenings, usually in the Canberra Nature Park hill top Nature Reserves. Visitors are most welcome. Check out the walks program on the CBC web site (it’s refreshed monthly).

Track Map



10 walkers – Mike B, Sue B, Isobel C, Sue G, Lucinda L, Terry O’B, Margaret O’S, Trudi S, Doug W,  me.