How to book an activity

For members: Information on walk and contact details are in the newsletter which will be found in the 'Members' area.

For visitors:

See the 6-months program Walk_Program_Aug_2018_to_end_Jan_2019   then contact our Activities coordinator, give the day, date and location of the activity you are interested in, your name, phone number and email address. The activity leader will contact you with further details:

Meeting places

There are 2 places in Geelong where we meet before a walk. We then share cars to drive to the walk location. Sometimes  other meeting places are organised.

‘Vytas' carpark, Corner of Bayview Parade and Carey Street, Hamlyn Heights 

Map Vytas

 

 

Barwon Community Centre, 33 Mount Pleasant Road, Belmont

 

Costs

We share car driving. Every driver is given 33 cents per kilometre driven. This is shared between all those who get a lift. The activity leader will say how much you are due to pay.

After walks we often gather for refreshments at a local café.

Bring these

Print and fill in this Emergency Form Form_Emergency_Information.pdf and bring it with you;

print and fill in this Visitors Form and give it to the activity leader GBC_Visitors_attendance_form.pdf.

Guidelines are listed below for what to bring with you on walks.

6-months activity program, 1st August 2018 to 1st January 2019

Walk_Program_Aug_2018_to_end_Jan_2019

Walk Gradings

Grading

Definition of grade

Family

The track will be a prepared surface with few if any steps and no steep grades. It is suitable for strollers and prams. There are very few unknowns and very little uncertainty. Examples are Eastern Beach to Rippleside, Barwon River Walk

Very Easy

The track will a prepared surface with few if any steps and no steep grades. There are very few unknowns and very little uncertainty. Examples are Kalimna Falls from Sheoak Picnic Ground, You Yangs Branding Yard Trail, Cherry Tree Creek Circuit

Easy

 The track will have a prepared surface possibly with steps and some steep grades. There are few unknowns and little uncertainty.  Examples are Sheoak Falls, Henderson Falls, Kalimna Falls from GOR,   You Yangs - Flinder Peak Trail.

Medium

 Suitable for regular walkers.   Tracks may have sections with rough surfaces, steep hill sections and sustained climbs. Creek crossings may have to be negotiated and rock scrambling may be involved.  Uncertainties relate to track conditions but are minor and easily provided for.   The Werribee and Ironbark Gorge Circuit, Milenesia Track to The Gables, Allambee Beek, and Lerderderg East Walk are examples. 

Hard

 Requires good aerobic fitness and / or agility for safety and enjoyment.  Sections of the tracks may be footpads marked by wear and may be indistinct or very rough, steep and overgrown.  Some substantial portion may be off paths of any sort.  Sufficient agility to scramble or negotiate fallen timber and difficult river crossings is needed.  Occasional judgement will be required to assess best approaches to obstacles and routes through micro-terrain. Uncertainties relate to route conditions and choices between alternate routes. They may require judgement based on experience.  The Lerderderg Scenic Rim, Allambee Beek including Black Velvet Falls, and Four Falls Circuit are examples.

Experienced

 For GBC, these are member- initiated activities that fall outside regularly scheduled Tuesday, Thursday and weekend walks.    High levels of fitness are required for safety and enjoyment. These walks are on routes rather than paths and will generally involve extensive and sustained effort associated with thick vegetation, scrambling or extremely steep grades. Specialist skills such as complex navigation, rock scrambling, snow and ice techniques or bush survival may be required.  Note that this grading may relate to extreme conditions as well as to extreme terrain.  Uncertainties abound.  High country cross-grain walks, high country ridge walks in winter and bagging some remote peaks in the Grampians are possible examples.

 

 What to bring on a day walk

This list is a guide only.

  • food, for morning break and for lunch.
  • water bottle (minimum I litre, more in hot weather)
  • day pack
  • good boots
  • waterproof jacket
  • Warm jacket
  • First-aid kit: personal medications, sunscreen, insect repellant, note paper and pencil
  • Emergency Information Form (the link to this is above in "Bring these")
  • sunhat
  • whistle (for emergencies)
  • toilet paper
  • waterproof pants (if rain is expected)
  • woollen beanie, gloves (in cold weather)
  • maps
  • change of clothes for trip home - left in the car during the walk
  • plastic bag for muddy boots

What to bring on an overnight walk

Whatever time of the year you go, you need to be prepared for the full range of weather conditions, It is vital not to skimp on safety items but also don’t overload your pack, this would greatly detract from your enjoyment of the walk. Between one fifth and one third of your body weight (depending on fitness) is a comfortable carrying load for most people.

The gear check list below should be used as a guide only. Experience will teach which items are less necessary for particular walks. Check with the leader for specific equipment requirements.

Accommodation

  • tent, poles and pegs
  • groundsheet, sleeping mat/Thermarest
  • sleeping bag (down or equivalent insulating value, at least to -5°C), inner-sheet
  • rucksack
  • waterproof pack liner (e.g. heavy duty plastic bag)

First-Aid

  • First-aid kit: personal medications, sunscreen, insect repellant, note paper and pencil
  • Emergency Information Form (the link to this is above in "Bring these")

Clothing

  • thermal underwear (woollenIsynthetic - not cotton)
  • shirt (woollen, synthetic)
  • trousers (woollen synthetic - NO jeans)
  • shorts
  • lightweight inner socks
  • heavy woollen socks
  • sun hat and warm hat, e.g. balaclava
  • sunIsnow glasses
  • woollen jumper or fibrepile jacket
  • mittens/gloves
  • overmittens (waterproof)
  • rain jacket (waterproof with hood, Goretex japara fabric, knee/thigh length)
  • overtrousers (waterproof)
  • gaiters
  • boots and sandshoes
  • towel (lightweight travel towel)
  • change of clothes for wearing in tent

Cooking

  • fuel stove and fuel
  • 1 or 2 billies, pot grab
  • waterproof matches
  • knife, fork, spoon (1 or 2), plate, cup, (and dish?)
  • water bottle or wine cask inner
  • scourer for washing up

Food

  • high energy food (scroggin, chocolate, etc.) for eating on the track, main meals (eg rice, or noodles, fresh vegies, cheese, freeze dried or other lightweight foods; avoid heavy items especially tins; remove any excess packaging)
  • do not attempt to diet while walking

Navigation

  • compass
  • topographic map
  • whistle

Incidentals

  • note paper and pencil
  • lip salve
  • toilet paper (unbleached - degrades faster)
  • tooth brush, paste
  • lightweight hand trowel (for burying faecal waste)
  • camera
  • rope (for pack hauling and safety on some walks)
  • torch and batteries
  • plastic bags (to keep your gear dry)
  • spares (shoelaces, needle & thread, cord, etc.)
  • toilet soap (motel issue size)
  • comb

Travel home

  • change of clothes for trip home - left in the car during the walk

 

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