Up and Downers Bushwalking Club

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Please check out the following guidance.
(17 May)

Hi Everyone,
Based on the current guidelines we are now able to get involved in outdoor activities in groups up to 10 people. Therefore, we wish to restart club activities within the following guidelines:
1. We will work strictly within the NSW government guidelines and rules. Our approach will adapt as the easing of restrictions goes through the stages.
2. We will open the opportunities for walks through the club website
3. The walks will be official walks.
4. We will not limit the number of walkers interested in a particular walk however we will limit the number of walkers to 10 people in a group. This may entail breaking into groups of less than 10 people separated by around 10 minutes. Each group will have a leader.
5. If you are interested in a walk you need to post your name on the website by Thursday night. This will give the leader sufficient notice to arrange for a second leader if needed.
6. We will do walks that do not entail car shuffling. The leaders are looking at changes to the walks to comply with this limitation.
7. It is still a personal choice whether to participate or not.
8. We will continue the Saturday afternoon virtual drinks hosted by Peter Tuckwell until stage 3.
9. Leader(s) for each date between now & the AGM will come up with a no car shuffle walk for that date that goes on web site in the week prior. We will not develop a New Activities list so please check the website for the walk details.

Leaders for each week:

23 May - Justin and Wendy
30 May - Garry and Julie
13 June – Dave and Val
20 June – Michael
27 June - Eva
4 July - Dave and Val
11 July - AGM

I look forward to seeing you on the track or meeting at our Zoom drinks,

We have booked Abernethy House in the Hunter Valley for 14/15/16 August for our weekend away. So keep your diaries clear.

Last walk

The Blowhole at Snapper Point was impressive.
Flat Rock Point, where we had lunch
Saturday May 23.
This walk was defined by 2 factors:
1. COVID-19- the Munmorah SRA was closed to vehicles, with the gates locked more than 2 klm from the start point for the walk. An alternative was hastily located and the walk re-assembled. The group was split in to 2 to comply with regulations, with members swapping around at lunch time.
2. Heavy seas, crashing over the rock shelves and running fast up the beaches saw us dancing around in ways we didn't know we were still capable of. There were a few wet legs at times, but no damp spirits. It did mean that the blow hole was really pumping! The size of the seas also made the proposed walk to Timber Beach impassable without SCUBA equipment, so yet another alteration was made to the plan.
Interesting sights on the walk included 2 white faced herons strutting their stuff on Moonee Beach and some unusual seaweed, also on Moonee Beach.
Everyone faced the challenges with good spirit and understanding. Working as a group achieved results- an interesting walk in good company. Up and Downers are now definitely out of hibernation!

More photos in the gallery.

Upcoming Events

Next Walk

Saturday : 30 May Blue Mountains National Park - Winmalee. Shaws Ridge - Bee's Nest Hill - Grose Head South- Bee's Nest Hill - Blue Gum Swamp Creek Track. Lovely forests and views of the lower Grose Valley. Optional walk up to trig site for an even better view. Fair bit of fire trail.
Distance: 14 km or 17km (if you do the optional extra leg up to the trig)
Grade: Medium.
Risk Assessment: Nothing of note
Meeting Point: End of White Cross Road, Winmalee

Leaders: Julie, Garry

Walking: Julie, Garry, Jo-Anne,Justin, Wendy, Michael, Val, David , Chris H, Dawn, Greg, Eva, Pam, George, Ross Johnson, Dave C,

General News & Information

Article at bottom of page re ticks is very informative. Please read. Val does carry a can of stuff to freeze them off on walks, but depending on where you live you might like to obtain your own.

A new program will be prepared for the second half of the year

Member Updates

Deep (& Meaningful?) Thoughts from Members

Tick Guidelines Allergic-Reactions-to-Tick-Bites-presentation-17_3_13-pdf_(1).pdf