Last updated 13Jan18

Walking in NSW and need accommodation at beginning/end? Try Farm Stay | Very responsive service from WildEarth, where I buy some bits and pieces | Thanks to Alex E of Phytlinc Physiotherapy for getting my knee going again | Are you into backcountry ski touring? Check out Feral Kaza’s new book and technobabble | OziExplorer interfaces with some internet-based maps, such as Google Maps, OpenStreetMaps, Google satellite. See my OziExplorer Tips and Tricks. Maybe an extra tool to plan and analyse trips | Looking for a walk in a particular area, or a given distance, climb or grading? Try a tag search | The Points of Interest has a Google map added | The menu has had its knickers unknotted and is fully available – you can also use the Google search on the side of every post if you know what you’re looking for | Glad that you are enjoying the blog. 2,300+ unique accesses and 20,000+ page views in the 30 days to mid-March 16 | $5,290+ raised for Beryl Women’s Shelter via the Cbr100Challenge 100km walk | Ever wonder what Sam Aboud would look like sitting on his dunny? Check him out!The Mouat Treeget the good oil on it | What are David D’s ACT’s Percies? | I have finished walking the ACT border | A couple of articles on CBC and bushwalking in the ACT in the February emag of | Someone said “great info, c#$p site”, so I’m prototyping in WordPress. Want a look? | 19 days around the ACT border (mostly solo – solo walking not endorsed by CBC, but she carried a 2-way satellite communicator), 400km, 11300m climb! Come and welcome Kaz back to civilization at Hall 3pm Monday 12 May |A list of extant ACT Border reference trees | More than 3,100 points of interest in the ACT, in various formats, for bushwalkers here. Download and look! | Rob and Jenny H have put together a huge ‘2014 active review of great walks in the southern Namadgi’, 9 day walks + 9 overnight trips. See details in the CBC walks program or contact R&J | I’m now a geocaching tragic| Very little mayhem – I have moved my web site to another hosting service (Mar 14)| Like maps? Then check out @In_The_Taratory’s blog at for a review of the National Library’s Mapping Our World exhibition and links to further information | Johnny Boy’s Walkabout Blog gets NLA PANDORA-ed (Australia’s web archive for documentary heritage) and included in the National Bibliographic Database and NLA online catalogue | Sam Abouds dunny | On 28 Oct 13 PW advised “that a footpad still exists following the route of the old fire trail down Harrys Spur, from Mount Ginini to the Goodradigbee River. A relatively slow party takes about 4 hours to the river.” My last trip report here | Garmin Oregon 650 GPSr setup and customising | Read a trip report on a 10-day walk from the source of the Murray to Tom Groggin | Hot off the Press: Rob H’s Walking the ACT Border! | How to create a (limited) NSW OZraser digital map mosaic at OZIEXPLORER TIPS AND TRICKS | 2765 ACT locations of interest in OziExplorer waypoint and custom place name formats, text file, gpx file for Garmin GPS and Google Earth kml file. See here. | Into ACT border markers? I’ve visited 1253 of them, listed here and here with photos | Any OziExplorer users? Contact me. See my OziExplorer Tips and Tricks | Check out the Canberra Bushwalking Club web site | Happy New Year! Some documented Namadgi footpads here | Happy Christmas! 2377 points of interest in the ACT here | Mt Franklin Rd open from 18 Dec | Mt Franklin Rd closed till Christmas | ROB H REPORTS AAWT FROM COTTER HUT EAST IS CLEARED TO ~2M WIDE | GOT A GUEST POST ON BUSHWALKING BLOG. ACCESS IT HERE | From walk #619, I’ve redesigned the presentation of walk reports to be more mobile phone friendly | A great new book by John and Lyn Daly – Take a Walk in Southern New South Wales and the ACT | Johnny Boy’s Walkabout Blog has moved to – please update any Bookmarks or Links you may have | Thanks to the PCUG (my ISP) Office Manager and volunteer gurus who organised more web site storage within 6 hours. Great service | The footpad from Corin Dam to Stockyard Spur is being developed into a walking track with many steps. My first use 30 Jun 12 | A new book on Lake George by Graeme Barrow – see more here | Investigation of the Canberra Centenary Trail | There’s a new developing index to the walks via the Google Map above | ACT Oracle, my listing of locations, has been updated to include all walks in the ACT to #596 | I’m playing with an app on iPhone called Bit Map. Anyone used it? My emerging thoughts here | I hear a whisper of a 2013 Centenary of Canberra celebration ACT border walk | Get my bushwalking tweets | Developing a little page on Navigation Techniques | Want to try a little map reading and navigation knowledge quiz? Click here (~2MB) and go to Section 5 | A new book available, Historic Huts and Homesteads of Kosciuszko National Park by Pauline Downing | Anyone know about bush tucker? Email me | Congrats again to NPA-ACT who have produced a magnificent Namadgi: A National Park for the National Capital coffee table book full of pics. $25, or $20 for NPA members. Click here for an NPA order form | Consultation open on CANBERRA CENTENARY TRAIL PROPOSED ALIGNMENT. See here | Lesson from the last couple of weeks – good health is a blessing, as are good friends | Want an excellent and quick fix for your sick PC? Try Home Computer Centre on 0416 251 888 in Beasley St Mawson. I did – he’s good! | Namadgi Visitors Centre has PLBs for weekly hire at very reasonable rates. Contact them on 02 6207 2900 | ACT Oracle, a list of places of interest in various formats, contains 2157 entries and is available from here | It’s worth a visit to your local ACT Parks and Conservation Service depot or a look through to pick up/tap into the huge range of brochures available which describe our natural environment and available walks. Many are linked to from this blog. An example is – A guide to eucalypts in the ACT | All 713 border markers, mile markers and blazes found to 5 Jul 11 are here | Wednesday Walks recently celebrated with a luncheon. See here for the history of Wednesday Walks | For old friends – Kathmandu will renew your Summit Club membership for $0 if you can flash your Seniors Card (otherwise renewal is $10) | Does anyone know anything about the Crowajingalong site just off Binns St Fraser? Email me | Modern communication – doing email business with ‘Feral Kaza’ at Wilpena Pound, 10 days into her epic 1000+km, 2½ month Heysen Trail stroll | Heritage Festival – this coming weekend CBC hosts Wonders of Wilderness Walking 10am-5pm Sat-Sun 16-17 April at the Crosbie Morrison Building, Australian National Botanic Gardens. Do come and bring your friends | Pago weir found – Tim the Yowie Man featured it on his CT Panorama mag article on Sat 12 March. John B chose the fine bottle of red rather than the large box of chocolates as the reward! | NATMAP Digital Maps 100K 2010 Release (plus your download of free ER Viewer) is a great resource for 1:100K and 1:250K topo views of all of Australia. See here | Fantastic – NPA ACT have made available Col McAlister’s monograph on the Twelve historic sites in the Glenburn and Burbong areas. You can download it and read/print it for no cost. Thanks Col and NPA ACT | New blog feature – the walk number is now a link to the Picasa-stored, public access map segment showing track and waypoints | Free download of 1425 (and growing) locations of interest in the ACT. Text, GoogleEarth, .gpx (directly loadable into many Garmin GPS) and OziExplorer waypoint file formats. See the ACT Oracle entry here | The CBC 50th anniversary year 50 Peaks in 50 Weeks event is well underway. Check it out here | Does anyone know anything about the location of Pago weir? I’ve had a couple of searches, 16 Nov 10 and 4 Jan 11. A large box of chocolates or a fine bottle of red if you can get me there. And get there I might – see Brindabella Weirs | It appears that the Link fire trail from Honeysuckle Creek camping ground to the Orroral Ridge collimation tower car park is closed until further notice due to heavy rains causing a washout | Thanks to Dave Bremers for a plug for Johnny Boy’s Walkabout Blog in the current Mont newsletter | Stranger than lists of border markers – ArchivesACT maintains a photopgraphic record of plaques at | The Great Walks magazine has been kind enough to publish an article of mine on pages 60-64 of the current Dec/Jan issue | Using tons of hyperbole (grin), Tim the Yowie Man featured the Dry Stone Walls above Glendale Crossing walk in his Wall of silence article in the Panorama magazine of the Canberra Times on 4 December 2010. If you want to, you can read the article here (jpg format, 2.8MB) | Results of the ‘Show Us Your Limits’ competition announced on 1 Dec 10 (sadly, Kaz, Mike nor I won a prize) – see Some truly excellent photos there | Here’s a Christmas present for you: All (currently being populated) my Namadgi locations, in several different formats, on the Data page for you to download | A great new book The World of Tidbinbilla, get it from Southern ACT Catchment Group, Tidbinbilla Visitors Centre
| Quote for the day – “strive for integrity, not popularity” | Wonderful records of Canberra urban history on Dave’s ACT – well worth a look | Have a look at for aerial photos of selected areas of Australia |

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... bushwalking in the ACT and nearby NSW. I began my love affair with the ACT bush in 2004 after completing the Canberra Bushwalking Club's annual Navigation Refresher. Seven sessions of navigation and bushcraft shared by living legends had me hooked. It's grown from a passion to an obsession. With other responsibilities it's hard to get away overnight, so I usually only day walk. I like gadgets and technobabble. Information on this blog is shared in the hope that it might encourage others to get out and breathe a bit of fresh air.
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