General event information, and members’ responsibilities regarding our events are below these updates.

EVENT UPDATES

1.   Thursday, 10th October 2019.  Seniors' Week Special: Train/Bus/Walk/Ferry – Bellarine Peninsula.   Ron P will provide details (including a booking sheet) at the September club meeting on Wednesday the 11th of September.   Refer to the current program or contact Ron for more details and booking.

2.   2019 Marathon, Saturday the 26th October 2019.   Click here for information about the annual marathon.

NEW EVENTS

1.    Monday 23th September 2019, (first weekday of the school holidays.).   GRANDPARENTS WALK, Yarra Bend Park, 5-6 km, Easy.    There will be a circuit along the Merri Creek Trail stopping at various playgrounds then onto Dights Falls and returning along the Yarra River to the Fairfield Boat house for a well earned coffee or Ice cream.
All grandparents with grandchildren are welcome.  This is a great idea, so please support Greg by attending this event so it can be a regular option for grand parents to spend time outdoors with their family during the school holidays.  Contact Greg P for more details and booking.

2.   Thursday, 3rd October 2019, Dinner at IPOH  Garden Kitchen (Asian Restaurant)  Contact Inge L for further details and for booking.

CANCELLED EVENTS

 Nil

RESCHEDULED OR AMENDED EVENTS

1.   Wednesday, 18th September 2019.  Bungal State Forest - Changed to Spring Gully and Break Neck Hill (via Murderers Flat), EM, 12 kms. 

This walk is to replace the Bungal State Forest walk due to high Creek and River levels this season.
The walk passes through Spring Gully Mines, considered important archaeologically and historically. Hopefully spring flowers will be out and wattles still flowering. There are undulations but only one significant hill. As the terrain is rocky in places, boots are recommended and poles if you use them.Contact Greg P for more details and booking.   Contact Marg W as per the program for more details and booking.

2.   Saturday, 12th October 2019.  Scarsdale Circuit - Changed to Saturday, 5th October 2019.   Other details remain as per the program. Contact Louise W as per the program for booking.

PROGRAM CORRECTIONS

 Nil.


The Club Strongly Recommends Ambulance Membership to all Walkers.

REMEMBER: - IT IS A REQUIREMENT THAT PARTICIPANTS CONFIRM WITH THE LEADER THAT THEY WILL OR WILL NOT BE ATTENDING THE EVENT AT LEAST 3 DAYS PRIOR TO THE DEPARTURE DATE.

TEMPORARY MEMBERS (i.e. VISITORS) AND NON – FINANCIAL MEMBERS

All temporary and non – financial members will be charged a small fee for each walk they attend.

Temporary members/visitors are expected to join the Club after the completion of the Club requirements relating to the completion of the qualifying walks within a twelve-month period.

Note: Temporary members/visitors may only attend 1 NQE activity and 2 NQE walks graded E before applying for membership.

Upon completion of the qualifying walks and submission of the Membership Form with fee to the Secretary, a pending member may participate in Club activities without having to pay the visitors fee. However, they still need to complete the “Acknowledgement of Risk” form until their membership is approved.

BOOKING ON A WALK.

Participants normally book their intention to do a walk at the Club monthly meeting prior to the walk, or by phoning the leader. It is a requirement that participants confirm with the leader that they will or will not be attending the walk at least three days prior to the walk departure date.

Note: All leaders have a “duty of care” to ensure the safety of all participants and may refuse to take any person on any activity if a leader considers that the person or the person’s equipment is not fit or not suitable for the activity, or emergency contact details have not been provided.

ACTIVITY DEPARTURE POINTS.

Unless otherwise advised, all Saturday and Sunday activities leave at 8.00 am. from the car park opposite the Moonee Ponds Bowling Club in Mt. Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds (Melway Map 28 H6). For all other activities, the leader will advise departure points and time.

EMERGENCY SERVICES (FOR AN OVERDUE PARTY, OR INJURY).

To report an overdue party, call 000 (Triple Zero). Have the party details at hand before calling, including walking route, start and finish points, numbers in the party and vehicle registrations (if known).   This number can also be used by the leaders to initiate the rescue of an injured walker.

GRADE DEFINITIONS

The following definitions are a guide only and are referenced against the abilities of fit experienced walkers. A grade can be a combination of any individual factors listed. Weather conditions on the day can also affect the grading of the walk.

EASY [E]   MEDIUM [M]   HARD[H]
Suitable for beginners. Suitable for fit and more experienced walkers. For fit, experienced walkers.
Mostly on formed tracks. Some sustained climbs. Some scrub bashing, and some rock scrambling. Long steep climbs, heavy scrub bashing, hard rock scrambling.
Gently undulating terrain.    

Participants have a “duty of care” to inform the leader in advance of any walk or activity, of any condition or disability that may affect their ability to participate safely in the activity. This discussion is confidential.

 TRAVELLING AND TRAVEL COSTS.

A carpooling fee is charged to passengers attending walks in vehicles used on Club activities. The leader of the designated walk determines the cost to passengers as per current carpooling fee. The current carpooling fee applies. However, an individual driver may lower the fee if they wish. The fee may not be raised above the designated fee.   Organize efficient sharing of vehicles, and for safety, remember to break a long journey; particularly on the way home after a strenuous walk.   Extra fees may apply for entry, parking or toll costs where applicable.

About Essendon Bushwalking Club

The Club was formed in 1975, and is a major club servicing the Northern and Western suburbs.

The main theme of the club is to enjoy the great outdoors and through participation learn new skills and have FUN!