Trip Details

Wollongambe Crater Overnight Walk - this is NOT a beginner trip

Date:13/08/2016 - 14/08/2016
Leader:Yuxiao (Natalie) Wang
Email:yuxiao [this one is meant to be a dot] w [replace this stuff with the at symbol] hotmail [this one is meant to be a dot] com [that completes the address and now comes a subject suggestion] Wollongambe Crater Overnight Walk - this is NOT a beginner trip
Wollangambe Crater is an interesting formation in the Wollangambe Wilderness. While there are many volcanic necks in the Blue Mountains, this "crater" appears to be a large bowl formed simply by the erosion of several small creeks. We will start from Bell station, and it's a 9km walk each way to get to the crater where we will camp. We will have a nice campfire for cooking and to warm ourselves up before going to bed. We might do a bit of exploration along the upper Wollongambe river on Sunday morning before retracing our steps back to Bell.

A large chunk of the walk is offtrack, but should be manageable by anyone who has previous overnight walking experience. It's also a very good opportunity to practice navigation skills.

The walk is accessible by train but would be much easier with a car. I will try to organise car pool, if that fails, we can take the train.

You need to organise your own gear (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, cooking utensils, etc) These gear can be borrowed from the club on thursday gear session. Bear in mind it's going to be quite chilly in the mountains during the night, so take the gear suitable for the season.

Unfortunately, the water in Wollongambe River has been polluted in a coal spill last year thus not safe to drink any more. I would recommend taking water for both days (about 4L).

Track notes for the walk:

Places on the walk will be limited.

This is NOT a beginner trip. We will be walking with heavy pack carrying all the camping gear with us, and there is NO walking track and we will be walking over rough rocks and bashing through bushes. YOU MUST HAVE PREVIOUS OVERNIGHT/CAMMPING EXPERIENCE TO JOIN THIS TRIP!!!
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