Trips in planning

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Canoe Polo

Hi All,

Im interested in playing canoe polo this year and wanted to get peoples thoughts (and those who would know more about it than I would) on either forming an ANU team, or gathering some players to go and join the Burley Griffin Canoe Polo Club in Tuggeranong.

Here is a link to the club for more information:

I played a number of years ago and really enjoyed it, but as its been a while since Ive played, I would probably consider myself new to the sport again. So if there are more experienced paddlers out there, feel free to contact me and offer your two cents worth.


Bouldering in the ACT

Hello All,

My Name's Luke. Im an American exchange student here for the semester. I do a fair amount of bouldering back in the states and was wondering if anyone is interested in doing some bouldering day trips around the ACT, or for that matter anywhere I just don't have a car.

I found this link on Canberra Climbers Association's website and it looks like there is a a lot to check out locally. Most of you probably have a better idea of the area so any recommendations would be appreciated. I wouldn't call myself an expert by any measure but i would be more than happy to share my knowledge with those who have never climbed, bouldered or only climbed indoor. Bouldering is a great way to get used to the real rock!


Luke Shalan

Glacier walk at Mt Cook

A week stay at Empress Hut.
This involves a 2 or 3 day walk up the Hooker Glacier.
(theres no flights up this valley)
The hut is fantastic. Its pretty new with water supply and toilet. (no fuel or stoves).
Check out this story
Its fun trying to navigate the slots and get to Gardiner in late summer but if taken over 3 days, its easier.
I did it in a team of 4 over 2 days. The approach into Gardiner was a challenge so late in the day.!
(the typical 2 day walk-in means reaching Gardiner Hut late with a difficult rock ascent to get in the door.)
This trip might go in April holidays - cooler weather, so snow on the climbs will harden over night.
Heavy packs will be the norm considering food and fuel for a week plus the walk-in/out.
First day of walk is on the lateral morraine. (sleep under the stars)
2nd day is glacier - dry and slot city (up to Gardiner)
3rd is upper glacier - smooth sailing.
Its a fun trip if your keen. Theres great climbs straight from the hut. easy and hard.
Its mostly snow/ice climbing around the hut, so no rock gear needs to be dragged in.
Good trip for putting skills to the test in a remote location.
Sunny, Nov 2012

Mt Taranaki in Winter

Snow / Ice climbing in NZ.
Mt Taranaki (or the old name Egmont) is a rocky walk in Summer but in Winter, it gets the cold blasts from the Tasman and creates lovely smooth ice on its slopes. The trip might involve a week long stay on the mountain in Syme Hut.
Walk-in here -
See it here -
From the hut, its a direct ascent to the summit. The hut is simple but does have a toilet.
A week would allow time to try this ice slope in various weather conditions.
It would be a good opportunity to put gear and skills to the test close to civilisation.
Sunny, Nov 2012

Kosciusko Moonlight Summit

There's a trip back in NZ called the Moonlight Crossing. It involves doing the Tongariro Crossing, reputably one of the best day walks in the world, in winter under the full moon. Suffice to say it's one of the most surreal thigns I've done. Being home sick, I'd like to do a similar thing in the Snowy Mountains, it doesn't have to be a summitting trip, maybe a through trip if we can get enough cars, or a loop trip. Ideas welcome. The clincher is that we need somewhere to sleep when we arrive at 3/4/5am. I'd like to avoid having to setup tents in the snow at that hour.

I don't know what the conditions are around here, but I imagine it'd get pretty icy overnight, so I was thinking of using crampons. I'm open to the idea of using skis, I've never XC skied before so don't really know what snow conditions you can do it in. I'd be happy to teach those who've never used crampons before, we'll have plenty of time on the day before the trip. You must have done at least done two trips remotely in the snow (i.e. skiing at Perisher doesn't count)

Also, the conditions for this trip are winter and full moon and weekend and good weather. It'll be one of those trips where you wouldn't know if its going ahead until 2 days before hand.

NZ glacier ski tour

Telemarking / alpine touring trip to NZ 11-26 August.
Small group - plans uncertain but may include the New Zealand style 'Haute Route' from the murchison to Fox Glaciers staying at high alpine huts on the west coast of new zealand. People should be experienced skiiers, New Zealand summer mountaineering experience would also be a good idea. The itinerary will depend on weather, snow and avalanche conditions. If you might be interested let me know.

Bush survival training: SE Coast of AUS

This will be an all-round introduction to bush survival over four days. The location will be in southeast coastal NSW, both in the bush and near the beach. Group size will be limited to about five. The instructor will lead a bush walk and point out things to group members whilst passing along, for instance edible and useful plants, and how and which parts to prepare, shelter building, and so on. There will be no living off the land, just showing, demonstrating, and getting members to have a go at everything. On arrival the first step will be to set-up a base camp with bivvie, and gear will be left there. A short circuit day walk will then take place, during which the instructor will point out bushlore. Everything will be taught and demonstrated and members will work as a team to fulfill tasks.

Syllabus will include:
Edible and useful plants, identification, uses, and how to prepare
Other foods in unlikely places
Finding water in an emergency
Fire without matches
Making shelters
Fishing without hook and line
Natural navigation
Spinning cord
Making traps
Strategies of reducing impact and being sustainable, maximixing gains per unit time, travel

Permits will be sought for beforehand. The four days will involve journeying to-and-from a base camp in search of resources and so on to fulfill immediate needs. This may include the need to shift base camp, or to be on the move. There may be potential for an overall goal to get to a certain other location from the arrival point. This will require the group to acquire knowledge and skills in order to get to the end location, with recourse to survival methods only, and sustaining oneself from the wilds only. Again, this will be instruction and practise only, not a living off the land trip. Members will have food and gear as per a normal bushwalk trip, but very light and minimal.

Intro to Trad Climbing

I want to learn trad climbing... I can't be the only one! So I'm hoping to get a few people like me, find a leader or two and get a trip happening. Once we get some potential participants and leaders, will figure out dates (mostly to suit leaders)/places/logistics. This is an expression of interest only at this point.

Participants: People who have done a bit of gym and outdoor sport climbing and know how to lead belay and lead sports climbs. Maybe the leaders would like a grade cut off?

Leaders: Any volunteers who know the content? I'm willing to do all the logistics and planning, but obviously need a bit of guidance from the experienced people about what to get from the gear store and where to go... Please let me know if you can be a leader by email (I think the link only allows an EOI without comments).


  • Anchors setting (beyond sports and top-rope anchors)
  • Protection selection and placement
  • Anything else the leaders think is relevant

Location: Up to the leaders, but hopefully the easiest trad routes around - I'm hoping the trip will be about learning gear and technique, not hard climbing.

Climbing in Chad and Mali

I was looking at going to Africa sometime just after New Years and was interested in doing some climbing in the Ennedi Desert area in Chad and the Hand of Fatima rock formation in Mali. I will be doing travel and work elsewhere on the continent but would love to get some climbing in also.
Looks to be big sandstone arches and spires rising red and tall out of the desert.
A North Face climbing team tackled some of the Ennedi arches last year (see here: and the Hand of Fatima has some fairly well-established trad routes on all five fingers.
Minimum for Fatima routes is 18. Alot of the Ennedi arches will be first ascents bar the ones which the North Face team climbed last year.
Cheaps flights with Ethiopian Airways fly out of Lagos, Nigeria to Bangkok so my trip would likely end in Lagos coming from Mali and Niger.
Check out these websites for info and get back to me if your interested either by contact below or at the climbing wall on climbing nights.

Downhill mountain biking

I'm thinking of heading to Mt. Buller some time on December to do some downhilling. Would anyone be interested in joining me?
I am not sure about my schedules at the moment so everything is open for the time being and suggestions of the date are very much welcome.

You can find info about Mt. Buller here:

It is also possible to do some downhill awesomeness at Thredbo as well but after talking to the bike shop guy there I found out that the bike & gear rental is as high as 300 dollars a day! At Mt. Buller a downhill bike & helmet rental is $120 a day and $90 for the second day.


Larapinta Trail

I'm looking at hiking the Larapinta Trail again in August 2010. Any takers? I've done lots of hiking in lots of countries and Larapinta is my all time favourite hike.

It will be a 19 day walk. You can actually do it in 14 but blitzing it through without stopping to do sidetrips and swim in the gorges seems like missing the point. 19 days leaves time to camp in the mountain tops and even have a rest day to swim and explore around day 10.

It's not an especially easy walk, nor is it that hard. We'll start off at an easy pace and so long as you've got at least average fitness and above average determination, you can walk yourself fit in the first 4 to 8 days at a pace that won't build blisters. The walk covers 230km of the West McDonnell Ranges and finishes at Alice Springs The West McDonnell Range is the second highest mountain range in Australia and will have you gasping for the first few days (unless you'll already marathon man) but by the end of 19 days you'll be skipping up hills like a mountain goat :-)

Cost is moderate. Most expensive part will be your flights to Alice. Some land transport and rations should work out to about $400 per person plus $30 or so for the last night at a backpackers.

And last but not least...
A mate and I hiked it a couple of years ago and are planning to do it again to make a documentary (or 6 docos actually) of the hike so looking for people who aren't worried about seeing their face on Discovery Channel (if we should be lucky enough to have it actually end up there :-).
We're also planning on doing some 'before and after' fitness testing (VO2 max and the like) plus blood cholesterol etc to get some stats on the benefits of pack-walking.

Still interested? Drop me a line at

It's a great hike!



Tanzania and Mount Kilimanjaro

Hi all,

I'm going to be in Tanzania caretaking an exploration camp for 3 months or so and I'm planning on visiting a few game parks as well as hiking Mt Kilimanjaro so I just thought I'd put it out there to see if there was any interest from ANUMC club members. I'm not sure the exact logistics yet but pretty sure I'll have spare room at the camp and I'll do some local recon when I get there to find out details re Kili.

I'll be there from 28OCT09 to... (not sure yet but probably January or even Feb).

Drop me an email if you're even vaguely interested. No need for firm commitments, I'm just floating the idea to see if there is any interest.

Best contact for me is



Horse Riding Trip

I know this is somewhat outside the normal activities the ANUMC covers, but it is something that i'd really like to do some time and having spoken to a few people in the club about this it seems there may be a few other members also interested.
I'm quite keen to see if it may be possible to organise some sort of trip which involves a horse 'trail ride', maybe with an overnight camp. It would need to be suitable for people who have never riden a horse before (i haven't), so i'm thinking that perhaps if there were enough interested people it may be possible to approach some kind of company and get a group discount. This may also get around any potential insurance problem that is likely with this kind of thing.
Does anyone know of anything around Canberra that would do this, and is anyone else interested?

Tassie walking trip - frenchmans cap

I'd like to go to tassie to do frenchman's cap through route in the next month or so. A desciption is found at I'd be looking to take a week off work as the walk takes 5-6 days. The walk is quite difficult, at times being very muddy and with indistinct tracks, and has been recommended to me by a couple of friends. It may be a long shot but is anyone interested?

Munda Biddi trail - cycling in WA

This looks like an incredible trail. I know very little about cycle touring, but for some reason this looks like a cool thing to do and a bit of a challenge.

though my type of challenge (at the moment) would still involve finding a bed and shower at the towns we pass through (unless i toughen up).

there is some fine singletrack in the town of Jarrahdale - I often dream about it.. (yeah, I'm a perth girl!).

supposedly the first stage should take 7-10 days. part of stage 2 is also open.

would you start south and work north, saving singletrack goodness 'till the end?!

vaguely interest anyone? thinking it'd have to be spring this year or autumn next...

Darrans Fiordland NZ

The Darrans are an astonishingly beautiful and rugged area of the South Island, inland from Milford Sound in Fiordland. Huge granite towers offer unlimited long Alpine rock climbing at all grades. Check out, for example, to get an idea of what's involved.

The Sabre is a must-climb peak, with feasible routes up it for the ordinary weekend rock climber; it's just that the routes are 500m long! The walk in isn't trivial either as any look at a topo map will attest.

Unfortunately, all this splendour is in possibly the wettest area of a wet island. Don't be fooled by the pictures in the link above, the weather in these mountains can be spectacularly foul. I reckon any trip in to these regions either relies on a helicopter to grab weather windows (and there are some permitted landing sites in the Darrans) or packs enough food and gear to sit out the weather. Either way this must-do trip wll take some planning and commitment.

Late summer 2009 (Feb-Mar) would be a good time.

Mount Feathertop

Mount Feathertop is a beautiful peak in the Victorian Alps. Under snow it can have some real climbing, especially in the steep couloirs on the northern side. The summit and back is a good day's walk from Harrietville (pretty little place with a real pub) and there are also traverses along the Razorback, probably involving overnighting at or near Federation Hut. Given the right weather this is as close to mountaineering as you're going to get this side of the Tasman. More detail at and googling Mount Feathertop will give lots of useful hits.

It's quite a way, about 500 km to Harrietville, so to do justice to the area would need several days in late winter when the snow is established.

There might even be some downhill skiing available at the Victorian resorts!