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Update 3 - Federation Walks Weekend, 28th and 29th October, 2017
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Thanks for your support so far in volunteering to help, or booking in for Federation Walks weekend, October 27–29 in Warburton. Bookings are going well, however, for those that haven’t yet booked don’t forget that:
• excellent accommodation is available at Arrabri Lodge with a range of convenient accommodation options – no driving, stay with friends or share a dorm room with other bushwalkers right at the centre of the event
• there are a range of 20 fantastic walks to choose from though some are already booked out (no Sunday club walk that weekend)
• book in for the delicious Saturday night dinner with special guest speakers Mike McCarthy (local author and historian) and Monica Mains (senior parks officer for the Warburton area) A great chance to socialise with members of clubs from all over Victoria

Book online via http://www.fedwalks.org.au at the end of the Bookings section.

We hope to see many of you at Fedwalks 2017 Warburton, hosted this year by our very own, Melbourne Bushwalkers.

Source: Margaret Curry, FedWalks17 Manager

Helping out at Camp Eureka
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Our friends at Camp Eureka, Yarra Junction, have a monthly "Collective Weekend" where users and supporters of the Camp roll up their sleeves and help with maintenance, gardening, whatever.

The Bushies have been fortunate to use the place for the past two Christmases, so we are definitely in their debt. (It is already booked for this year, too.)

The next one is on 8-9th September. Further details on their website or: http://campeureka.org.au/calendar.php

Source: Susan Maughan

Cross-country skiing – short notice trips
ID = 247

Well, the snow season started off wonderfully well with several good falls in the weeks before and after Easter and leading up to the Queens Birthday weekend. However since then it’s been balmy weather in the mountains and we’re not sure when the next snow will come. Hopefully well before our annual Bogong High Plains trip at the Rover Chalet from 12-19 August!

As it is difficult at this stage to plan day trips to Lake Mountain or further afield, I am setting up an email list of potentially interested skiers to help organise trips at short notice, similar to the system Doug Pocock has run in the last few years. If a trip has sufficient numbers it can be registered as a club activity.

If you would like to be on this email list, please send your contact details to xcskishort@mbw.org.au.

Source: John Terrell

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