Saturday 5 October: Two Walks in the Brindabellas – M/M-R. The first walk follows a very overgrown trail, which includes the burnt-out Reids Pinch North arboretum, down to the sunny corner weir on Condor Creek and geocache GC2Q54N Weird Weir VII – Sunny Corner. Around 5km and 200m climb. Next, from Piccadilly Circus, a stroll along Two Sticks Road and the ACT border to SH1326 and geocache GC4XYXP Marking our territory . Around 6km and 150m climb. Map: Cotter Dam. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877 email@example.com . Limit: 12. Transport: ∼$12 per person.
I was last here on 13 May 08.
Walk 1 Distance: 1.6km | Climb: 20m | Time: 7.45am – 8.15am (30mins)
Walk 2 Distance: 5.5km | Climb: 200m | Time: 9.00am – 11.35am (2hrs 25mins), including 25 mins of breaks
Walk 3 Distance: 4.7km | Climb: 2000m | Time: 11.50am – 2.55pm (3hrs 5mins), including 25 mins of breaks
Total Distance: 11.8km | Climb: 420m | Grading: M/M-R; M(10)
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Waypoint and Track Files
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A bit damp overnight, so in order to let the scrub dry a little (a poor excuse), we did a little caching just off the Mt Stromlo Rd. I should have come here years ago, because the first cache we did, GC7DQRJ ACT 1000 Club No. 22, celebrated 6 geocachers reaching their 1000th cache. It included me. Thanks very much cache owner sol de lune.
The showers had stopped, but I thought it best to do the higher walk next, so we drove to Piccadilly Circus and parked.
We walked in Two Sticks Rd a few hundred metres to a junction with an old fire trail shown on the Cotter Dam 1st edn map. It paralleled Two Sticks Rd and ran along thr ACT-NSW border. It was very difficult walking, as it was clear authorities wanted no one to drive or ride along it.
It was so difficult to constantly step over the trees and saplings that we spent some time walking beside it.
I had a few border markers with me, but they are becoming more difficult to find in the bush litter and grasses. However, we did find X50.
The old fire trail heading up to SH1326 and our objective was quite pretty in the mist, with wattle still in flower at this higher altitude.
It was a bit of a puff for us all.
We made the top and identified border marker R50.
contesta made the find of GC4XYXP Marking our territory 3 and we logged it. We had morning tea.
We returned down the fire trail and walked back along Two Sticks Rd to Piccadilly Circus.
I had several starting points for our next walk, but we drove to the Namadgi National Park sign at Reids Pinch and parked there. I headed down through the surprisingly light scrub directly to the waypoint W22Q54N Ex-Arboretum pipes, where we picked up a clue for our next geocache.
I didn’t have the required track turned on in my GPSr, so blindly continued along the disused access to Sunny Corner weir. Quite a surprise when we ended up just below the waypoint W12Q54N GC2Q54N Trail Head on the Brindabella Rd! (Actually, it is very difficult to see this start point down off the side of Brindabella Rd when driving. Turned the track display on in my GPSr (blush). But the error gave us the opportunity to head off track down to rejoin the access track, Again, surprisingly light scrub. We passed a bleeding tree.
The benched old access track provided a variety of going. On part of the descent, we went down to the nearby open parallel gully. Back up on the track, it was sometimes easy.
And sometimes not so easy.
Some colourful Hardenbergia trackside at one point.
At last we reached the weir, found the rest of the clues, worked out the final GZ of the cache (of course, it’s not shown on any track map) and had lunch in this lovely location.
On our return journey I followed the access track all the way back to the Ex-arboretum pipes waypoint, then we scrambled up to rejoin Brindabella Rd. I reckon the hardest part of the walk was making the last 2 metres up the gravel bank of the road verge!
Some time during the day we logged the final GZ of GC2Q54N Weird Weir VII – Sunny Corner.
Thanks to our non-cachers for putting up with our madness. A couple of reasonably ok little walks. Thanks all!
Track Walk 1
Track Walk 2
Track Walk 3
7 walkers – Tjasa (Tash) B W, Sarah S, Diana T, me.