Shooting in Namadgi (with cameras!)

Trip type: 
Bushwalking
Difficulty: 
Medium
Start date: 
Saturday, 5 October 2019 - 9:30am to Sunday, 6 October 2019 - 6:00pm

An overnight trip close to home in wonderful Namadgi National Park. This trip is beginner and photographer friendly. :)

Do you like taking photos while bushwalking? Do you usually rush to get a few snaps in and never get to that perfect shot? Has your camera been collecting dust and are your photo skills getting a bit rusty? Or do you simply feel like a wintery bushwalk and overnight camp? ....If you answered yes to any of these questions, this trip is for you!

Trip Overview: Walk a few short easy trails on Saturday (Yerrabi Track, 3.5km; Shanahans Mt Track, 3.4km + lookouts on Booboyan Rd), taking the time to take photos & take in the views. Set up camp at Mt Clear Campground by 4/5pm, have dinner in front of a warm campfire, star gaze, and, if the sky is clear, take a few photos of the stars too! On Sunday, early-ish start, packing tents by 8.30am, and the day consist of walking along a management trail along Naas Valley, all the way to Horse Gully Hut (16km – 7hrs return). Aiming to be back in Canberra by 6.30pm at the latest.

The Naas Valley to Horse Gully Hut walk travels through a few vegetation types, including some beautiful frost hollows, wetland areas and spectacular stands of Eucalyptus stellulata (Black Sallee). The plains will be amazing especially in the morning, when the tussocks will be frosty! We will also visit Demandering Hut and Horse Gully Hut. We will return along the same trail – oh, but the light will be different

Difficulty: the trails  on Saturday are easy and short. The Naas Valley to Horse Gully Hut walk follows a management trail which meanders through Naas Valley. This walk has only a few steep sections, so it is fairly easy, but it is a long walk so a little endurance is required (pack a few extra snacks and “she’ll be right!!”).

Please include your bushwalking and camping experience (or ‘beginnership’) in the notes section when signing up. Beginners are welcome!

Happy to drive a few people in your car for the trip? Please say so in the note when signing up.

The trip leader has walked these trails and camped at Mt Clear before.

Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday 1st of October, 6pm at ANUMC gearstore.

Pretrip Meeting Details
Pretrip date: 
Tuesday, 1 October 2019 - 6:00pm
Pretrip location: 
ANUMC Gearstore
Costs: 
$25 (fuel & firewood) (if you cannot cover this cost, please discuss with trip leader and we can arrange something for you to come anyway)
Intended plan: 
Leave ANU Sport by 9:30am Saturday 5/10. Arrive @ Yerrabi Track by 11am. Walk Yerrabi, then drive to Mt Shanahans Track by 1pm (or earlier), park car, walk track. Drive Mt Clear campground by 4:30, set tents before gets dark (contact & book campground through Namadgi Visitor centre in advance). Use firewood bought from petrol station for campfire at Mt Clear campground. Sunday 6/10: pack tents by 8:30am. Walk Naas Valley to Horse Gully Hut walk along management trail (visit Demandering hut on the way). Return to cars by 5.30pm at the latest. Drive back to ANU Sport & drop off participants by 6.30-7pm at the latest.
Departure and intended return times: 
Departure: Saturday 5/10 , 9.30am; Return Sunday 6/10 , 6.30pm
Local knowledge: 
I have walked the tracks & trail before and I have camped @ Mt Clear campground.
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