Cocktails on the Castle

Trip type: 
Start date: 
Friday, 12 April 2019 - 5:00pm to Sunday, 14 April 2019 - 8:00pm

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Coming this April

The most anticipated ANUMC event of the Year

Insured by ANU Sport

With original music by Northbourne Flats

Hosted By Joel Brieger and James Bailie


Cocktails on the Castle 2019


Join us as we battle our way to the top of the Castle, through deep jungle, thick foliage and sheer cliff faces. All to access the greatest party known to man. The Cocktails on the Castle.

Come equipped with your finest formal wear, most expensive and exotic beverages, and your strongest of wills. As you conquer, the Cocktails on the Castle.

Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime annual event.

The original Cocktails on the Castle


We will leave Friday afternoon from Canberra and camp at Long Gully campground. On Saturday morning, we will start our short but steep (nearly 800m ascent over 5km) hike up to the Castle. The walk is exposed, with some scrambling. Once we summit, there will be spectacular views of Pigeon House, Byangee Walls and Mt Talaterang. After a quick change from hiking clothes into formal attire, the festivities will begin. Have a look at ex-president Jess’ write ups for descriptions of the previous events and information about the hike: here and here

This is a great social event for all club members. While you don’t need to have any experience, please let me know your hiking experience when signing up, and vehicle details (or lack thereof). You will need to be reasonably fit and have a head for heights. Let me know if you have any doubts and we can have a chat.

This trip is only 3 weeks away! Sign up now! Pretrip is on the Tuesday before (9th April).

List of essential gear:

  • Formal dress
  • Cocktail food and drink (think martinis, champagne with rasberries, mulled wine ... the more extravagant the better)
  • Any tables, chairs, musical instruments, photography equipment, eskis etc. that you can lug up the mountain
  • Camping/hiking gear (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, clothing, hat, pack, stove + fuel + matches, plates + cutlery, toiletries, torch, sunscreen, water - you will need to carry all your water with you)
  • Warm clothes (over your formal dress when it gets dark)
  • Good pair of walking shoes/boots

This walk involves EXPOSED SCRAMBLING and requires a good head for height. Please get in contact if this may be an issue - it doesn't mean you can't come, but we can make a plan.

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Pretrip Meeting Details
Pretrip date: 
Tuesday, 9 April 2019 - 6:00pm
Pretrip location: 
Gear store (please hire gear before pretrip!)
Fuel ($110 divided per car) + gear hire (if needed)
Intended plan: 
See trip description. Depart Friday night. Camp at Long Gully campsite. Depart Saturday morning 8:30am from Long Gully carpark -> Kalianna Ridge -> Meakins Pass -> The Castle, following the castle walking trail. Map: Corang 1:25k. We will split into two groups from the start. We will have dedicated leaders (who are experienced and capable to lead the trip on their own with first aiders, EPIRBS, first aid kits, etc.) for each group. Leaders will be worked out closer to the date.
Departure and intended return times: 
17:00 from Canberra on Friday. Returning by 8pm Sunday.
Local knowledge: 
James has run this trip thrice. Joel has done the trip before.
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