NOY 2: Balickera

Date: Sun. 1st May, 2016
Location: Balickera
Results: Very Easy Cass, Harriet(4) & James (7wks) 40??
Moderate Short Bill, Eleanor(6) 70??

Cass

We woke up this morning to pouring rain. I was secretly grateful as a lazy day at home sounded great. However by about 8.30am we were both keen to go, despite the rain (and the 7 week old baby!). So we through everything together and set off.

We are still trying to figure out a system that allows both Bill and I to get a run. It is a logistical challenge. I want to run (alone), Bill wants to run (alone), Eleanor wants to do a harder course, Harriet wants to do an easy course, and James wants to be with me. This week we opted to send Eleanor with Bill on the Moderate Short course, and I took the youngest (despite saying that I would not take them both together again) on the Very Easy course.

As much as the Very Easy course is, well, very easy, it was clearly the best choice for Harriet. She hates going off-track as she trips over constantly. She ends up in tears and frustrated and I have to hold her hand over every obstacle. She is really competent in general, but it all gets a bit much when she has an unbroken hour of it. Today was one of the best events I have done with her, and I think I will stick with the Very Easy for a while. Bill and I want them to enjoy it, rather than dragging them complaining around a course.

I should add, the girls are always begging to go, and I have spent the last two months responding to the question “Why haven’t gone orienteering in ages?” (because it has been Summer). They just don’t have the stamina for long distances over off-track terrain. In other words, they get sick of it at about the half-way point, like last week.

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NOY 8: Decapitated Poppethead

Date: Sun. 23rd August, 2015
Location: Balickera
Results: Cass, Eleanor(5), Harriet(3): Easy Mispunched

Cass

Well, I am pregnant, so that changes things. Well, I have been pregnant for a while, hence missing a heap of events. I dragged myself out today, it was hard. Not so bad once I was walking, but I felt retched. I knew I had mispunched but just couldn’t be bothered going back to get it.

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NOY 6: Balickera

Date: Sun. 26th July, 2015
Location: Balickera
Results: Cass: Mod. Short 47:01
Bill Mod. Short 53:26
Eleanor(5), Harriet(3): Easy 1:10:20

Cass

Today we organised things so both Bill and I got a run. I went first while he looked after the kids, and as soon as I got back he took off, and I took the girls around the Easy course. It was great fun comparing results at the end, and we have both used runkeeper to for GPS tracking, so looking forward to uploading it to the routegadget website and being able to watch our runs side-by-side.

Update: The routes uploaded very easily onto routegadget, and we had great fun watching ourselves run the course and discussing our mistakes. I was doing really well up until one of the last controls. I planned to run along a big track until the spot in which a smaller track turned of it, almost doubling back on where I was. It was such an acute angle that I decided to cut across the clearing. I thought I was making the smarter move, and it would have been smart if the smaller track had been more clearly defined. However it was so feint that I crossed it without even realising… costing me 5minutes as a hit a second track further along before I realised my mistake.It was disappointing as when I looked at the results later I could see that it cost me places, I had been ahead of a number of competitors but they caught me at that control.

Bill had a similar result. He made a blunder at one of the controls and it cost him 15minutes. It was really his first time orienteering with a compass, up until now he has just walked the easy course with the girls. I was glad to beat him as I suspect it will be one of the few times that I do!!

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Watagans Bushwalks

Date: Sat. 25th July 2015
Location: Watagans
Results: Easy Cass, Bill, Lucy, Eleanor(5), Evie(5) Harriet(3) & Sophia (3)

Cass

It has been ages since we just went for a bushwalk, something always seems to stop me, but I planned a walk with the kids for today, and happily one of my friends came along with her kids, making a nice party of 3 adults and 4 young kids. I wanted to try out a new track that I read about on

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Future Walk Idea – Yuraygir Coastal Walk

Yuraygir Coastal Walk, done as a 10 day holiday with 9 days on the track.

PLAN A

This could be done solo (but the first day would require extra travel and supply drops at the caravan parks).

Day Description Km Terrain Overnight @
Fri 18th
Day 1
Drive: Home to Red Rock
BUS: Red Rock (4:30pm) to Grafton (5:25pm)
BUS: Grafton (5:50pm) to Yamba (7:10pm)
Yamba Caravan Park
$36 + $7 per extra child (over 5)
Calypso Caravan Park. Spoke to Karen. We will be fine to just turn up on the friday night (even without booking), but not Sat.
Sat 19th
Day 2
Parkrun: Yamba (7am)
BUS: Yamba (9am) to Angourie (9:30am)
Angourie to Shelley Head
6km Undulating
Grade 2
Mostly track
Shelley Head campground
Remote Camp – NO WATER
$0
Sun 20th
Day 3
Shelley Head to Lake Arragan 7km Flat
Grade 2
Mostly track
Lake Arragan/Red Cliff
2WD access, drinking water, BBQs, toilets.
$10 (adult), $5 (child*), $20 min site fee*
Mon 21st
Day 4
Lake Arragan to Brooms Head 5km Flat
Grade 3
Beach
Brooms Head Caravan Park
$33 + $9 per extra person (over 5years)
Tues 22nd
Day 5
Brooms Head to Sandon 8km Flat
Grade 3
Beach
Sandon River Campground
2WD access, BBQs, toilets, NO WATER.
$10 (adult), $5 (child*), $20 min site fee*
Wed 23rd
Day 6
 Sandon to Illaroo  10km Flat
Grade 3
Track and beach
Illaroo campground or Rocky Point Campground
2WD access, drinking water**, BBQs, toilets.
$10 (adult), $5 (child*), $20 min site fee*
**I believe the ‘fresh water’ is actually 2km south at the Minnie Water Road.
River Crossing $10 per head. 0439 409 909
Thurs 24th
Day 7
 Illaroo to Boorkoom  7.5km Undulating
Grade 4
Track, beach, & rock platform
Boorkoom Campground
2WD access, BBQs, toilets, NO WATER.
$10 (adult), $5 (child*), $20 min site fee*
Pay attention to tidal times. Beach between Back Beach and Boorkoom is impassable at high tide.
Tides: H 4:38am L 10:21am (0.4m)H 5:09pm
Fri 25th
Day 8
 Boorkoom to Wooli  6.5km Flat
Grade 3
Track and beach
Wooli Caravan Park
$33 + $8 per extra person (over 5 years)
River Crossing $10 per head. 0439 409 909 (preferable on an incoming tide).
Sat 26th
Day 9
 Wooli to Station Creek  6.5km Undulating
Grade 4
Rock platform and track
Station Creek campground
2WD access, BBQs, toilets, NO WATER.
$10 (adult), $5 (child*), $20 min site fee*
This is the most strenuous section of the walk. It is vital to check the tides and conditions as this section is impassable in bad weather or at high tide. Note:If possible, Harriet might hitch a ride with Chrissy on this day.
Tides: H 6:24am L 12:21pm (0.2m) H 6:48pm
Station Creek camp….Elevated, trees, shaded, toilets, picnic tables & fireplaces, bring your own firewood & water, mosquitoes.
Pebbly Beach camp….Waves lapping at your door, flat & sandy, open area, toilets, bring your firewood + water, less mosquitoes.Tide tables needed.
Sun 27th
Day 10
 Station Creek to Red Rock  5.4km Flat
Grade 3
Beach
Red Rock Caravan Park
$23 + $10 per extra person (over 5)
River Crossing $10 per head. 0439 409 909
Note: We could drive straight home depending on when we reach the trackhead

*Children under 5 are free
*$20 minimium site fee during school holidays.

Yuraygir Coastal Walk – Information
Red Rock – Grafton Bus Timetable
Yamba/Angourie – Grafton Bus Timetable
Yamba tide charts

NOY 5: Southams Rd

Date: Sun. 12th July, 2015
Location: Southams Rd
Results: Easy Cass: Mod. Short 35:23
Bill, Eleanor(5), Harriet(3): Easy 1:20:43

Cass

Bill took the kids around again today, while I ran the moderate short course. I had a good run, really starting to get into the groove of these events. We take a thermos and picnic blanket and enjoy the morning. The even was close to home (Kitchener) which was great.

Minor: The Range

Date: Sun. 5th July, 2015
Location: The Range, Killingworth
Results: Easy
Mod. Long
Bill, Eleanor(5) & Harriet(3)
Cass
75:54
70:16

Cass

I was so excited to do a harder course today. Yesterday I attended a coaching day in the same area. I learnt a few new things and feel so much more confident about doing a moderate course, which requires more navigational skills. Today I did the mod. long course. It was harder, I was exhausted when I finished, I fell over a couple of times because I didn’t have the energy to pick my legs up. It really made me want to get fitter – and I was grateful for that alone.

It was so much fun trying to find my way through the bush. I messed up two control points, punched them out of order, and had to go back. I had them all sorted so that it was okay when I finished.

Bill took the girls around the Easy course. I looked at the map afterwards, it was a boring course, mostly running along a wide length of dirt underneath the powerlines. I enjoyed the Easy course at the last event, but today it was uninspiring. He agrees, it is time for us to start taking the girls around the moderate short courses. They are roughly the same length, but far more interesting and challenging for us.

I am getting more comfortable with the rhythm at the marshall point. Today I spread a picnic blanket out and poured a cup of tea while I waited for Bill and the girls to finish. Unfortunately we were too slow for the sausage sizzle, and they had just started pulling down the kid’s string course when Bill and the girls finished. She kindly put the control back in place and let the girls have a go (I should say kindly, and happily). I had a good yarn to her, all the people at the orienteering events are lovely, I am starting to meet people, learn names etc. It is nice, and I am so glad we have joined this club

Both girls were a bit sick today. Harriet was exhausted by the time we got home!

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Future walk idea: Kosciuszko NP

Hoping for a 6-7 day walk in summer. Just me and Bill.

I would like to tackle the main range track (although it is possibly a bit hard) and a few others.
All this info is from Wildwalks and bushwalkaustralia. I will tidy it and reference it properly later.

Links:
Excellent map of the walks with photos
A great blog about the main track
Huts in KNP
Book:Snowy Mountains Walks
Parkrun events – I hope to have a Saturday either side so we can do some parkrun tourism.
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Option #2

Day Description Km Time Asc./Desc. Important Notes
#1 (Friday afternoon) Drive Shoal Bay to Canberra
Overnight at Canberra
#2 parkrun tourism in Canberra
Drive Canberra to Charlotte Pass
Thredbo to campsite via Dead Horse Gap
Overnight at campsite @1780m
BWA comment
Arrive before 4pm
#2 Campsite to Mt Townsend Plateau via Dead Horse Gap, via Main Range Track
Sidetracks: Mt Kosciuszko
Overnight at Mt Townsend Plateau
#2 Campsite to Mt Townsend Plateau via Dead Horse Gap, via Main Range Track
Sidetracks: Mt Kosciuszko
Overnight at Mt Townsend Plateau

Option #1 (Draft)

Day 1

Note: Leave on a Friday night, overnight in Canberra. do some parkrun tourism on the way through Canberra.
a)
Drive from Shoal Bay to Bullocks Flat
Overnight at Bullocks Hut??
b)
Drive from Shoal Bay to Round Mountain (via Cabramurra etc)
Overnight at Round Mountain.

Day 2

Drive to Thredbo
Begin walk at Thredbo.
Thredbo to Mt Kosciuszko 10km 5hrs
via Dead Horse Gap and Thredbo River.

Mt Kosciuszko to Wilkinsons Creek 3km 1.5hrs?

Overnight at Wilkinsons creek

Day 3

Wilkinsons Creek to Foremans Hut Ruins 10km 4-5hrs
Wilkinsons Creek to Mt Kosciuszko (or walk past)
Overnight at Foremans Hut

Day 4

Foremans Hut to Illawong Lodge

Overnight at Illawong lodge (if possible, otherwise Pounds Creek Flat).

Day 5

Illawong Lodge to Mt Townsend 12.5km 5hrs

Day 6

Mt Townsend to Thredbo 10km (via the chairlift) 3-4hrs
via Rams Head North??
via express lift with a meal at Eagles Nest Restaurant to finish the walk.

Overnight at Thredbo

Day 7

Drive home.

Day 8

If we take an extra day we could do a final day of parkrun tourism on the way through Canberra.

Discarded option

Day Description Km Time Asc./Desc. Important Notes
#1 Drive Shoal Bay to Thredbo
Thredbo to campsite via Dead Horse Gap
Overnight at campsite @1780m
BWA comment
Arrive before 4pm
#2 Campsite to Mt Townsend Plateau via Dead Horse Gap, via Main Range Track
Sidetracks: Mt Kosciuszko
Overnight at Mt Townsend Plateau
#2 Campsite to Mt Townsend Plateau via Dead Horse Gap, via Main Range Track
Sidetracks: Mt Kosciuszko
Overnight at Mt Townsend Plateau

NOY 4: Hamburgers Trail

Date: Sun. 21st June 2015
Location: Hamburgers Trail
Results: Easy Cass, Eleanor(5) & Harriet(3) 66:08

Cass

This was not an easy course! Well, I am sure it was for the experienced orienteers that don’t have two kids – including a 3yo who is too small to walk far and too heavy to carry!! However, this was a fun course. We had a blast. Well, I did. Eleanor enjoyed herself moderately, and for Harriet it was just hard work. Harriet was a bit sick today (a cold has been hanging around for two weeks). The course was rough, all the tracks were blocked by fallen trees, and the fallen trees were often so big that they required a big detour to get around them. When the track was small it become hard to maintain contact with it, and with my position on the map.

Harriet fell over 5 or 6 times before we just held hands for the rest of the course – her legs were too small and she was tripping over everything in the bush. It was scrubby, I held her hand to keep her from falling. I couldn’t carry her the whole way, maybe next time I will pack the ergo in the bag. She did good though. She stopped at one point and just sat defeated on her knees. I told her we could take as long as she needed. She came good. At the half-way point I told her I would carry her through the scrub parts and she could just walk the trails. I was impressed, she did it all without whining, even though I could see how hard it was.

We got lost several times, at one point I knew we had missed the control so I kept on going to the next control (I knew where it would be) so I could get my bearings and go back. I saw a women in the scrub, I suspect she was after the same control, but I didn’t want to yell out. I kept an eye on her to see if she had found anything, I was trying to keep up (as she was headed in the same direction as me) but there was a tree full of cicadas that Eleanor wanted a photo of, and she wanted to keep one, and then another interesting tree, and then Harriet needed a toilet stop. The woman got away!! Thankfully I saw her on her way back, closer to me, and she pointed me in the right direction.

I am keen to try a course without the girls, see how fast I can go without having to stop for them. I have my eye on the moderate short course – as there are no contenders for the series prize. If I could do it for the final 4 weeks, and score about 50 points per course, I have a chance at the series prize. Next fortnight is a coaching session and a minor event, so I think I will give the moderate short level a shot. My navigation skills are getting better, I have been reading the notes on the Newcastle Orienteering Website, things are starting to make sense.

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