Post: PO Box 7878, Alice Springs NT 0871
President/ Public Officer
Hello I have just moved to Alice and am looking to join a walking/ hiking club. Do I need much experience and how do the walks/ hikes work? I’d appreciate any info you could give me. Thank you.
Thanks for you enquiry, Kylie. Our walks are a mix of on-track and off-track walking, some overnight walks, but mostly day walks. The walking in Central Australia is very different to pretty much anywhere else in the country. It is very rocky, quite hard underfoot, lots of spinifex, not much shade, and the dry air makes it seem so much hotter. But then the views and open ranges make it worthwhile.
If you have not done much bushwalking before, then first try out some of the easier and shorter track walks in national parks: Telegraph Station, Woodland Trail at Simpsons Gap, Ormiston Pound walk. If you have some experience and want to come on a club walk, then call the nominated leader and have a chat. They should be able to guide you in choosing whether the grade of the walk is suitable for you. In terms of walks coming up on our schedule, the walks on May 6 (Mt Gillen to Heavitree Gap), June 2 (Mt Sonder), June 9 (Section 8 of Larapinta Trail) and June 23 (Ormiston Pound walk) are great introductions to the type of walks we do.
This time next year my family of four (our two children will be 2.5yrs and 5) will be doing a week long hike in Nepal ( Khopra Danda). Of course we will need to have trained well (perhaps the hardest part will be the fact that the heat of the summer months is when we will need to ensure our mountain and walking fitness is good. Anyway, I realise that hiking is not necessarily what most young families do but wanted to ask if you have any club walks that you think may be suitable and or any family focused hikes? Am just thinking getting involved in the club may provide some valued support in the way of motivation, training etc… but it also may not work (feel pressured on the track, be too needy, too slow etc??)
I can totally understand if you don’t think it would work. Just a thought I thought I should explore
Have just joined the club. Would like to climb Central Mt Stuart with friends in mid-year, and make contact with someone who has done it to discuss logistics and route etc. Regards to all, especially Nick whom I know slightly. Michael Shanahan
I was just wondering if any of you guys visit Portals canyon.
Would love to visit it.