A small group enjoyed a beautiful day visiting Palm Valley. We completed all the marked tracks namely Arankia and Mpulunkinya Walks along Palm Valley, then Mpaara Walk and Kalarranga Lookout near the campground.
We had the pleasure of assisting a couple of Countrymen who we spotted by a vehicle by the side of the road. One fellow wanted a 2km ride to a broken down car from where he planned to siphon some fuel. The other fellow, Henry, needed a ride to his home at Sandhill Camp near Hermannsburg. Over 80km driving he told us so much: Conrad Ratara TO for Palm Valley is Henry’s Uncle while Henry is TO for Boggey Hole; Papunya team Yarumpi (honeyant in Luritja) won the football, Tjupi is the Arrernte term for honeyant; there are three Arreernte tribes: Western (Hermannsburg), Central (Alice Springs ) and Eastern (Santa Teresa). Hermannsburg is Lutheran, while Santa Teresa is Catholic. Palm Valley is a good address – you can buy alcohol if that is your address.
Hermannsburg and nearby Palm Valley had three days rain (compared with only one in Alice Springs) so there was a little water along the Valley.
We stopped off at Hermannsburg to buy Apple Strudel on the way home but too late, they close the cafe at 4pm. Hermannsburg Heritage site looks like a great place for an outing.
A wonderful walk to open our autumn walk program, from the Ochre Pits, through Pioneer Gorge, with shoes off for a knee-deep wade.
A couple of kilometres along Section 9 of the Larapinta Trail, which was quite busy at this time of year, including a walker who needed to continue blaring music from her mobile device even in the peace of the West MacDonnell Ranges.
Enjoying lunch in Inarlanga Pass, it was quite overcast.
Then along the Arrernte Trail, which has interpretative signage about the mulga and its resources.
Thanks Ken and Helen for leading such a wonderful walk.
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.
This article, a curatorial response to the 2012 exhibition, was written and considered for the prestigious national magazine Art Monthly. It was not used.
Cecil Hackett – At the summit of Mt Woodroffe, June 1933 (c) Wakefield Press
When I saw the cover image of Philip Jones’s Images of the interior: seven Central Australian photographers (Wakefield Press 2011), I knew that I needed it for the hybrid art–recreation exhibition I was curating: walking country: 30 years in the arid rangelands, a photographic journey.
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