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ABW Great South West Walk

Ten of us walked a seven day loop in the Discovery Bay Coastal Park and Lower Glenelg National Park in the third week of February this year.

ABW Bibbulmun Track

The Bibbulmun Track is one of the world’s great long distance walk trails, stretching 1000km from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills, to Albany on the south coast, winding through the heart of the scenic South West of Western Australia.

Beating about the bush – Mt Andre’s neighbourhood

Some years ago, the publication of the Abels - the list of Tasmania’s peaks with at least 1100m elevation and 150m or more of prominence - prompted me to make a similar listing for the Flinders Ranges. The first task was to decide on the lower limits for elevation and prominence and I set these at 700m and 150m. Despite the 400m difference in elevation limit between the two lists, the same minimum value for prominence was used and this reflects the fact that, with few exceptions, the peaks in both regions rise a similar height above their surroundings.

Three Capes Track in Tasmania

Some years ago, the publication of the Abels - the list of Tasmania’s peaks with at least 1100m elevation and 150m or more of prominence - prompted me to make a similar listing for the Flinders Ranges. The first task was to decide on the lower limits for elevation and prominence and I set these at 700m and 150m. Despite the 400m difference in elevation limit between the two lists, the same minimum value for prominence was used and this reflects the fact that, with few exceptions, the peaks in both regions rise a similar height above their surroundings.

The Torrens Descent

Being a mainly factual account of an ABW canoe trip held in early March with the party consisting of Brian Slater, Tiffany Tantrum (not her real name) and the author.

Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail

This superb long-distance walking trail in Flinders Chase National Park (known as “KIWT”) was opened in October 2016, was set up by Government of South Australia, and is under the control of National Parks South Australia. Facilities are exceptional, signage and associated literature are very good: in other words, the trail has been established to high standards, and in an area of great beauty.

The Magic of the Loch

There might be many lochs in Scotland, but the only one I know of in SA is Loch Luna, in the Riverland. This trip, centred on the loch, commenced in Moorook where a motley bunch of canoeists assembled in early October and headed off upstream to look for Blackfellow’s Creek. A strong tail breeze negated the flow, which was considerable and promised that the backwaters would be flooded and open. After probing around we eventually found this pleasant creek and paddled up it for several kms, before reeds closed it off.

InReach Explorer Satellite Communicator

InReach Explorer Satellite Communicator: How-to Guides

The Club’s InReach Satellite Communicator can be borrowed at no charge when used for club activities***. It can be used to send and receive messages (via SMS or email); plan, track, navigate and share your trip and — if necessary — trigger an SOS and then correspond with emergency services.

100 percent global Iridium satellite coverage enables 2-way text messaging to any mobile phone number or email address from anywhere in the world. Interactive SOS with the ...

The Jessops – Flinders Ranges’ Prominent Peaks Over 700m High

Some years ago, the publication of the Abels - the list of Tasmania’s peaks with at least 1100m elevation and 150m or more of prominence - prompted me to make a similar listing for the Flinders Ranges. The first task was to decide on the lower limits for elevation and prominence and I set these at 700m and 150m. Despite the 400m difference in elevation limit between the two lists, the same minimum value for prominence was used and this reflects the fact that, with few exceptions, the peaks in both regions rise a similar height above their surroundings.

Be a Tourist at Home

For me, it's South Australia. While I'll be sharing my experiences here in SA with you, really I'm hoping to encourage you all to appreciate what you have on your doorstep, wherever it is you live.

The Gentle Art of Bushwalking Leadership

There can be few things more disruptive on a bushwalk than the rallying cries of an apparently anxious leader at some ungodly hour of the morning. Why some of them persist with this morning ritual is a mystery because, aside from being just plain irritating, it rarely seems to achieve the desired outcome. And let’s face it, if the countdown stated at 60 minutes, some of us still wouldn’t be ready to leave on time! The worse example that comes to mind happened on a club walk a few years ago.

Environmental Monitoring In Weetootla Gorge

Weetootla Gorge is located on the Eastern side of the Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park (V-GRNP). It is one of very few places, perhaps the only place, in the ranges where water flows more or less permanently and over some distance.

Autumn Night Skies

With lengthening nights the autumn skies will be on display before the weary walker hits the sleeping bags. This year a lot of the planetary action moves to the mornings, but Jupiter and Saturn will be on display for good evening viewing. The Moon covers the bright star Regulus in the early evening.

NatureMaps – A How-to Guide to Create Free Topographic Maps for SA

A how-to guide to use the NatureMaps website to make your own topographic maps, including marking your own routes, trails and campsites. Martin discusses how to optimise the map to print with contour lines and grids, a valuable walk planning tool.

2016 Photo Competition

Our annual photograph competition and Christmas social meeting was held this week, and we had a great selection of photos from members.

The Other Continent – South America

I have just returned from my first trip to South America where I did three walks: The Inca Trail in Peru, the Parque Nacional Torres del Paine in Chile and the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares in Argentina.

Mighty Mt Andre

‘The Powderpuff!’ That was the name I gave to Mt Andre a few years ago after a club member advised me to avoid camping near its summit because of the all-invasive powdery soil that he apparently experienced there. Not long after, I first got to see the peak while looking east across Narrina Pound from Mt Tilley and its gentle skyline profile seemed to support the rebranding. Unfortunately, I overlooked the cliff along its northern side and this was to later make me pay for my insolence.

Bushwalking Food and Cooking

As part of the Club’s 50th Anniversary, I published The Bushwalker’s Cookbook, and in the Spring 2002 edition of Tandanya, a substantial amount of the book was re-published. Now, 14 years later, and so many new members in the Club, it is worth publishing parts of it again, so following are some extracts from the book, plus a few personal comments thrown in for good measure.

Warren Bonython Memorial Water Tanks – Stage 1

After much talking and planning the first two water tanks of the Warren Bonython Memorial Water Tanks Project have been installed. The first was placed at Mainwater Well in the Gammon Ranges and the second at Yudnamutana mine site on Mt Freeling Station.

Sequoia National Park Sierra Nevada

This report describes my eight day walk in the Sequoia National Park, California as well as how to get there as a solo traveller. The attraction of the park is that it is the home of the giant Sequoias trees which I have wanted to see for a long time, has a wide variety of walking trails that connect with long distance walking trails like the Pacific Crest Trail, John Muir Trail and the High Sierra Trail and is easily accessible from Los Angeles or San Francisco.



Cleland Wild Life Park, 23 Aug
Mt Lofty, 24 Aug
Craigburn Farm and Sturt Gorge area, 30 Aug
Mt Lofty, 31 Aug
Deadman Canyon, Sequoia National Park, California, USA, 1 Sep - 15 Sep
Hiking gear for hire at reasonable rates. Try out gear before you buy your own.
Checklist of equipment, food ideas, water, first aid list, rules, minimal impact bushwalking and what to do if you get lost.
Meetings 7:30pm on the 1st Wednesday of the month, in the hall at the North Adelaide Community Centre.
Joining ABW takes you to new places you may never have heard of, off the beaten track, and to have new experiences.