Location: Baranduda Regional Park
Event Name:Baranduda Backpack for Beginners
Leader Tony Marsh
Start Date: 28/10/2018 17:00
Finish Date:30/09/2018 12:00
Member Participants: 9
Guest Participants: 0
Distance/Time: 15km over 2.5 days
Rating:Grade 3 - Track may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface and many steps
Points of Interest: Two wonderful evenings by the fire - wildflowers and great scenery and company
Mobile phone reception: Mobile phone reception was very good along the whole route and in campsites.
Event Report: Ready to roll out of Tonys place

We started at 5pm on the Friday from Tony's and wandered through the neighbourhood before crossing the part boundary and led by Shauna, headed up a firetrail which warmed us up quickly before later following a bushwalking track straight up the slope into our campsite. Oh what a relief it was to be in camp easily before dark after a 200 metre climb.

Campsite #1

The members were greatly relieved to find water cached nearby thanks to 2 of the club's members. With our tents set up quickly Sasho got us a nice fire going quickly and dinner and socialising started. Just after dark Sean arrived to join us, followed by Tony and Myffy. It wasn't long before the fire was well underway and a great first day of pack carrying concluded by several of the members doing this for their first time.

Rolling out of Campsite #1

By morning we had a fire started at Sparrows Fart and a casual morning of breakfast, enjoying surrounding area views and packing up before starting our ascent up to the ridgeline with stops for photos and views. Later we were to rejoin a firetrail and find water a little while up the hill which had been cached by Shauna this week. We were so distracted by snow views and the excitement of rambling along a ridgeline that we at first passed our Saturday night campsite by almost 500m before realising we might have missed it. A quick check of GPS devices and a saved waypoint confirmed this and we did a u turn and soon got to camp to set up again.

Campsite on Baranduda Range

Like the last campsite there was wood in abundance for a campfire, we started on a well-earned lunch and some people had a siesta in their tents or rambled nearby the campsite. Late this afternoon Shauna took out some of the members to search for a nearby geocache, this being new for both her and some of the other members. After spotting the geocache container in a big fallen tree, this was exciting to the curiosity of the members, the group returned it to its spot and then we made our way back to camp. On the return walk we heard the Grand Final was on a knife edge and Collingwood were very narrowly defeated. Tony, who'd briefly left us to watch the game at home as a mad magpies supporter returned to us after dark to share the rest of the weekend and be commiserated in his sorrows.

Campsite #2

There was a steady breeze throughout the evening and an almost clear sky as we enjoyed a campfire, dinners and our drinks before in the morning we were to packup again and commence our return. Along the way we searched for another geocache accessed by some offtrack walking from the ridgeline to a mass of huge granite boulders, Richard exciting Kerrie's fear of reptiles as he'd spotted the container.

geocaching baranduda range

Soon after we were to continue on the ridgeline route before finding a cairn for a side-route which we were to follow along a steep descent to the parklands near Margaret Court before rambling along easy bushtrack back toward Tony's.

geocaching baranduda range

After arrival at Tony's most of us were to head home but some of us got together and went to Yackandandah for lunch and coffee.

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