New contact for King’s Canyon walk this weekend, with Monday 5th August holiday for Picnic day: Sue 0417 814 745
Cancellation of Nick’s 2-day walk on August 17th-18th.
Due to conflicting commitments, Nick is unavailable to lead the walk.
However, there are two day walks to choose from on Sunday, the 18th. See the schedule for details.
Nanette will lead Mt Sonder sunset & full moonrise. Leave noon Saturday 14th September Sat noon, setup camp, walk to top, walk back in full moon light. Back Sunday 15th September noon. Contact Nannette on 0409 377 545
Walking schedule July to October 2019 has been uploaded under current schedule.
Petroglyphs at N’Dhala Gorge
Burnt woodload with slow regrowth on Section 3
Sunset on the ranges
The Tyuretye/West MacDonnell National Park was extensively burnt at the beginning of 2019.
Much of the Larapinta Trail has been damaged, but has been cleared and is now re-opened.
The red gums and cycads are all sprouting again. The country is still beautiful to walk through.
Southern entrance to Hugh gorge; Larapinta Trail section 5
Hugh gorge along section 5 of the Larapinta Trail
Fallen river red gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) across the track, Hugh gorge
There is much beauty, still, to appreciate, despite the destruction.
Lunch under the Corkwood (Hakea lorea) ; Ghost Gum Flat, Larapinta trail section 6
Burnt track adjacent to untouched track – Larapinta Trail section 6
Unburnt track – Larapinta Trail section 6
Inarlanga pass – Cycads (Macrozamia macdonnellii, or (a)tywekekwerle) untouched by fire.
It was sad to see grand old trees – entire ecosystems – burnt and fallen and cliffs and hill-sides blackened and singed, but over millenia they must’ve burnt multiple times (maybe less intensely before buffel). They will survive and re-generate.
Mt Sonder (West MacDonnell Range)
Peak baggers in Scotland have the Munros – the high peaks over 3000 feet (910 metres) in elevation. In response Bill Wilkinson devised the Tasmanian Abels – the high peaks of Australia’s mountainous southern isle over 1100 metres with a distinct fall of at least 150 metres on all sides.
And now, the Northern Territory has the McDoualls – the high peaks over 1000 metres in elevation with a distinct fall of at least 150 metres on all sides. Read more.
The latest edition (Volume 11, June 2015) of Bushwalk Australia’s e-magazine is now out, featuring bushwalking in the Territory. Included are features on the best walks in the NT, a profile on our bushwalking club, and much more.
Enjoy the read. Download the e-mag here.
It may seem like common sense, but all drivers have a duty of care to their passengers. This applies on our bushwalks too. To clarify this, the following has been added to the Leader Guidelines:
In terms of the potential of major injury or death, driving to and from the walk is probably the riskiest part of bushwalking. Drivers should put the safety of their passengers (their fellow bushwalkers) first. Stop or share the driving if tired or unwell.
Due to post-walk fatigue, drivers should be ‘Sober Bob’ and refrain from alcohol and other drugs.
As a passenger, please inform the driver to slow down or pull over if you feel uncomfortable or unsafe.
You can download the full guidelines here.