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Update 2 - Federation Walks Weekend, 28th and 29th October, 2017
ID = 243

Booking details and Social program details have been uploaded to the Federation Walks 2017 web site at http://www.fedwalks.org.au/ The website is now ready for registration and bookings to open on Saturday 1st July. If you are planning on attending then visit the website now to plan your walks and accommodation preferences. Book early to ensure you get your preferences.

The Federation Walks Weekend is a Bushwalking Victoria (BWV) event. Each year one or more walking clubs affiliated with BWV take turns to host the event in a different location, offering the opportunity for bushwalkers to participate in walks led by walk leaders with local knowledge.

The 2017 Federation Walks Weekend will be held in the Warburton area, 75km east of Melbourne in the Yarra Valleyand hosted by Melbourne Bushwalkers over the weekend of Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October 2017.

Source: Margaret Curry, FedWalks17 Manager

Deal Island (Tasmania) - 16-20 February, 2018
ID = 242

The Kent Group consists of three spectacular islands, Deal, Erith and Dover which are situated in the middle of Bass Strait.

The club is offering another opportunity to visit these remote islands. This will be our sixth visit in 4 years. No punches are pulled in letting you know what to expect but the numbers who have already made the trip, some more than once, speak for themselves.

Please read the following information and then if you are still interested in coming along please contact Jill Allen jillyallen@hotmail.com . If we don’t have sufficient Expressions of Interest by end-June the trip may not proceed.
• Costs (approx. at this stage) - $460 pp for the boat trip, $30 for a Tasmania Parks Pass and $50 Pre-departure accommodation in Port Albert and transport costs to get there.
• We will have three days of walking and exploring on the islands and two days of sailing.
• The trip departs Port Albert, which is 3 hours from Melbourne and the boat takes 9 hours to get to the islands, it can be rough and even hardened sailors can or will get sick if the weather is rough (but these islands are worth it!) .
• The trip back takes 9 hours but feels like 19 hours!!
• There are NO facilities on the island, it is a base camp and there are NO shower or toilets. You have to take all of your own camping gear and supplies.
• You have to allow an extra day just in case the trip is delayed or extended due to bad weather, so if you are limited in leave, this is a consideration.
• A deposit of $200 is required to book on the trip and final payment will be required in December and the amount paid is NOT REFUNDABLE unless we can find someone else to take your place.

Source: Jill Allen

Cross-Country Skiing - Rovers Lodge - 12-19 August
ID = 241

The Club is lucky to be able to offer another week’s X-C skiing on the delightful Bogong High Plains. We are able to stay at the Rover Chalet which is a 12 km ski in from Falls Creek and is an excellent base for back country skiing.

The chalet has 240V power, drying room, laundry, showers and toilets and fully equipped kitchen. Food is included in the cost and is by a pre-set menu, all dry food is in the chalet and we only have to carry in fresh food. A voluntary roster is drawn up to ensure all cooking, cleaning, wood chopping, breadmaking etc. is done with minimum fuss to allow full days skiing. We sleep in the loft, mattresses and pillows provided. The chalet is warm so light weight sleeping bags can be taken in. Normal skiing clothes and a change for in the chalet are required but laundry facilities means that packs can be kept light for the ski in.

Depending on the weather we take lunch and have trips out to many parts of the Plains with generally an easy option and a longer, harder option. Favourite destinations include Mt. Jim, Rocky Knobs, Mt. Cope, Fitzgeralds Hut, Mt. Nelse, and High Plains Creek Waterfall.

The approximate cost for the week is $450 and this covers the week at the chalet, return bus trip from Mt Beauty to Falls Creek and sleeping accommodation on Friday night.

You will need to carry a reasonably heavy overnight pack on skis for the 12 km from Falls Creek to the Chalet, so experience in pack carrying on skis is recommended.

For further information or to express interest contact Doug Pocock or Merilyn Whimpey by email to xcski@mbw.org.au

Source: Doug Pocock

EoI - Mt Solitary Circuit hike in Blue Mnts. - 3-7 November
ID = 239

Mt Solitary Circuit is a one of the classic walks of the Blue Mountains. Walk is Medium (34km + side trips - all on tracks) and includes superb views, some rock scrambling and steep (up and down) walking. It is real wilderness hike and covers all the major terrain and vegetation.

The high lights of the walk are: viewing of Jamison and Kedumba Valleys, Ruined Castle (site trip) and great scenic of upper Blue Mountains.

This walk required minimum 5 days (2 days travelling and 3 days hiking). General plan is to depart Melbourne (choose any airline you like, drive up or catch train) on Friday 3 Nov morning to Sydney then catch train to Katoomba on same day, stay overnight in Katoomba (details later),

Participants are required to have some Pack Carry experience and fitness, be well equipped with all types of weather gear. Due to few camping sites numbers are limited therefore priority goes to the club members.

If interested or have any question or to lodge an Expression of Interest please contact Agajan Akbari.

Source: Agajan Akbari