Ok, so now that I’ve rediscovered walking to trigs while pursuing my hobby of trying to kill Mr Carden, I am enthused to do some more urban walking.
The only urban trig I haven’t been to is YA-90 on Isaacs Ridge. There are also three geocaches along the way I’d like to collect to. I propose we stage a walk from Isaacs as there’s plenty of parking and do this one some evening when its cooler.
Total distance should be about 4km return, with about 150 meters of vertical ascent. It should take about an hour.
We did this walk on a warm afternoon on new year’s day. The walk is pleasant, with plenty of shade for most of the way. In the end we only collected two of the geocaches, as following the ridge line to the third was considered an exercise for another day. A very pleasant walk. A 4.2km walk with 169 meters of ascent.
A little over a year ago I helped host a panel session at the Paris OpenStack summit. The panel was three telco people talking about NFV, but that’s not the bit I really remember. The bit that really stuck with me was how fat I looked in photos from the event. An example:
I weighed just over 110 kilos (240 lbs). I decided something had to change — I have a new daughter, and I want to be around to see her well into her life. So, I joined a gym and started bush walking. My first walk was documented here as a walk up Tuggeranong hill. That rapidly became an obsession with climbing hills to survey markers, which then started to include finding geocaches.
I can’t give you a full list of the tangents that one photo from Paris has caused, because the list isn’t complete yet and may never be. I now run, swim, ride my bike, and generally sweat on things. Its all fun and has had the unexpected side effect that its helped me cope with work stress much more than I expected.
I’ve lost about 15 kilos (30 lbs) so far. Weight loss isn’t really the main goal now, but its something I continue to track.
I thought it would be interesting to list all the places I’ve walked in Canberra this year, but a simple bullet point list is too long. So instead, here’s an interactive map.
There are a lot more walks I want to do around here. Its just a case of finding the time.
Ok, so I want to do Mount Tennent from the “wrong” side (Apollo Road up the fire trail). The reason for this is that there is a series of 20 something geocaches along the route that I’d like to tick off as well as walking to Tennent.
I think the total route should be about 13kms, with about 800m of ascent. I propose we leave at least one car at the Apollo Road car park, and then drive the rest to the start point at the Namadgi visitor centre. We can then do the walk, and send one car back to collect the others while we wait under a tree (or something like that).
Naismith’s rule says this walk should take about 5 hours.
I’ve been meaning to do this one for ages, but finally got around to doing the walk with a few friends. We went up Tennent from the Namadgi visitor’s center, but walked back down on the far side of Tennent which seems less common. The far side is less scenic, but less steep as well I think. Along the way we collected 23 geocaches along the way, and a lovely walk was had by all.
Just over 1,000 meters vertically, and around 16km horizontally.
I went for a post lunch geocache walk in Mulligan’s flat this afternoon as I wind down towards the Christmas break. A good time was had, and a cool wool shed found. I really like this area, perfect for cub walks!
This is the last walk in this series, which was just a pass through now that the rain has stopped to make sure that we hadn’t left any markers or trash lying around after the Scout orienteering a week ago. This area has really grown on me — I think most people stick to the path down by the river, whereas this whole area has nice terrain, plenty of gates through fences and is just fun to explore. I’m so lucky to have this so close to home.
Last weekend was a walk in the Orroral Valley with a group of scout leaders. Embarrassingly, I’d never been in this area before, and its lovely — especially at the moment after all the rain we’ve had. Easy terrain, and a well marked path for this walk. The only catch is that there’s either a car shuffle involved, or you need to do a 12km return walk.
This was the GPS followup to the previous map and compass navigation exercise. A really nice walk, apart from crazy horse lady. The walk also included another visit to Forster trig. I’m not sure if its the time of year or the direction of approach, but this ascent was much nicer than my previous one, we seemed to avoid most of the prickly things. It would be interesting to recce the other side of the hill and see if I just got unlucky last time, or misread the contours.
I have a bit of a backlog of posts about recent walks which I am working through. Last week I found myself in Ainslie for an appointment which ended at lunch time, so I figured I’d go for a walk. There is a series of geocaches near Campbell Park West (a set of office buildings for non-Canberrans), so off I went.
The cache series was nice, but the most exciting part of the walking in this area was all the unexploded ordinance (UXO) warnings. I’m sure the area is totally safe, as many people walk through it each day, but it certainly adds an air of adventure to the walk.
You can find a list of the UXO reports for the ACT on the Department of Defence website, I must say that its not very impressive that the Department has contaminated so many sites around Australia without remediating them — there are heaps in New South Wales for example. The ACT gets off relatively lightly with only three contaminated sites.
Its also interesting to note that a suburb very close to me was used as a bombing practise range in World War Two. I’m not aware of anyone in my circle who knew that.
Anyway. Nice terrain, nice caches, lots of fun. I’d say this would be a good walk for cubs, but I am sure the risk management paperwork for a walk in a UXO are is complicated.
So, I didn’t get to sleep last night until 4:30am because of a combination of work meetings and small children, so today was a pretty weird day for me. I was having a lot of trouble concentrating at lunch time, so I decided a walk was the least worst thing I could do with my time. I decided to knock off some of the few remaining geocaches in southern Tuggeranong that i haven’t found yet.
This walk was odd — it started and ended in a little bit of Theodore they never got around to actually building, and I can’t find any documentation online about why. It then proceeded through a nice little green strip that has more than its share of rubbish dumped, Cleanup Australia needs to do a visit here! Then there were the Aboriginal axe grinding grooves (read more) just kind of in the middle of the green strip with no informational signage or anything. Finally, a geocache at an abandoned look out, which would have been much nicer if it wasn’t being used as an unofficial dump now.
That said, a nice little walk, but I have no real desire to revisit this one any time soon.
When I was a teenager my best mate lived in a house which backs onto this smallish reserve and we used to walk his dog here heaps. I had a few spare moments yesterday, so I was keen to do a quick explore and see what its like now. The short answer is that its still nice — good terrain, nice mature trees, and a few geocaches. I think this one would be a good walk for cubs.