Trip List

Note: Some MSS trips have limited numbers where priority is given to their members, please contact the trip leader to register your interest.

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6th June (Saturday): Catherine Hill Bay Coastal Walk
Circuit daywalk, 12km, mainly on tracks. Start from the Caves Beach carpark, just south of the surf club departing at 8:30. Maximum of 10, please remember social distancing protocols and please do not attend if you have a fever etc. Booking is required.

The plan is to do about 4hrs walking, visit the WW2 radar station and use some of the Coastal walk. Views of Catherine Hill bay, some interesting wave platforms and other bits of geology will be included, no guarantee but whales might be sighted. Please bring brunch/early lunch as the finish will be ~12:30. The coffee shop at Caves Beach Lsc has been open on weekends.

If the coastal weather is inclement but ok inland, i will come up with a different walk. Trip Leader: Peter Downes peter.downes1953@gmail.com

24th- 26th July: Cross Country Skiing
Travelling to the Snowy Mountains on the 23rd. Arrive late Thursday afternoon 23rd – and depart for home about midday on Sunday 26th July. For people arriving on Friday morning or evening (because they can’t get Thursday or Friday off work), we can make arrangement to catch up.

If we travel down south on Thursday morning and arrive late afternoon in Cooma (meet and stay overnight in a rest area – details later), those hiring skis could get them in Jindabyne Friday morning on the way through to the ski field. With this scenario participants will have Friday, Saturday and half Sunday to practice skiing.

However, if participants can’t get the extra 2 days off work and travel down on the Friday evening, then they will get 1.5 days of skiing in.

So if you would like to participate, then also indicate if you can get the Thursday and Friday off work. We can still make arrangements to cater for everyone, if some participants would like to do the extra day (Friday) and others can only participate on Saturday and half Sunday.

Camping will be at Island Bend next to cars, in the top camping area near the toilet facilities. I will provide a map for participants. There are no showers at the camp ground. We would have day trips for learning to cross country ski and you will get away from the crowded downhill slopes and see some spectacular mountain scenery. If you have never done this before then this is the perfect opportunity to learn. Please don’t hire skating skis, you need “back country skis” preferably with NNN BC bindings. I will send out more info to participants, including a suggested equipment list of things to take. It will be lots of fun, so come along and join in the adventure. Trip Leader: Garry K Smith. Contact: Email gksmith29@icloud.com

Date to be announced: Timor Caves
It will be the perfect chance to see all of the Lake Cave, which for the most part can’t be fully explored when the water level is up. We will also look at removing the lock (grinder) and getting into the other part of the Lake Cave which has been inaccessible for about 20 years.

We will also put a barrier in Rockme cave to stop the bats reentering. This cave was originally not open because the entrance was dug out. Recently some bats have decided to utilise the cave and the pristine formations are being damaged.

Staying at the Glen Dhu Hut which has been recently improved with the addition of a verandah!

The cost will be $5 per person per day which will go to the property owners, plus $3 per day which will go to NHVSS. The NHVSS component tops out at $10 for families.

I think it would be a very nice gesture if we could pay a little more to the property owners on this occasion as they have been purchasing hay and water for some time now to feed cattle – I would suggest those who are agreeable could put in $10 per day to help out during the harsh conditions on the land. So it would be really nice if we had a good roll-up on this trip.

Please contact Trip Leader Garry gksmith029@gmail.com and CC to Melissa lis.hadley@gmail.com if you would like to participate.

October …TBC: Upper Hunter Caving
Staying at the Orchard Lodge just north of Moonan Flat. Arrival Monday 20th April 2020 & depart Thursday 23rd April  2020. Caving is easy, visiting caves we don’t get to very often. Permission is still pending on some properties and subject to road conditions etc.
Cost is $30.00 per adult per night & $15.00 per school aged children per night. Check out the lodge, it’s awesome! theorchardlodge.com.au
Contact Jodie to register: jodie@rutco.com.au

??: Glenrock Caves
One of the club’s favourites! Why not move along to Glenrock after leaving Moonan Flat (it’s only half an hour further up the road). You can expect small vertical caves mostly, but lots of opportunity to find new caves and we do find the occasional big one!. Basic bush camping, 1.5hrs north of Aberdeen. Contact Brian Reeves: 0402 099329.