Weddin Wanderers to re-visit Birangan Hill

The Weddin Wanderers on the top of Mt Lively during their May trek.This Sunday, July 15, the Wanderers plan to have another look at Birangan Hill, just over Boland’s Creek from the Bald Hills Road.

We haven’t been there for a while, but this rock-strewn eminence is always worth a visit.

Last month’s stroll up to Peregrine Lookout, and then further on to the Trig on Mt Eualdrie, was called off on the day because of the uncertainty of the weather, but don’t think that it has been postponed for long; in fact it might be a good place to have our end-of-year breakfast, in November.

Croissants and coffee would taste pretty good up there!

Sincere apologies to the two intending climbers who joined Wendy last month; we don’t often cancel at the last minute, but this time it seemed the sensible thing to do.

Sunday’s walk won’t be long drawn-out; we should be back in town in time for an early lunch.

However, just because it is relatively short doesn’t mean that it lacks interest; the whole hill is littered with, for this area, unexpectedly large rocks.

In fact, a lot of them merit the name “boulders”, and there just aren’t one or two.

It’s a happy hunting-ground for geologists; back in the 1980s Dr Sara Beavis gained her PhD from A.N.U. with a thesis on the geology of the Warraderry Hills.

This rather insignificant range was pre-historically part of an inland sea, and is full of surprises, with lots of little creeks and bluffs and miniature canyon features.

We’ll be confining ourselves to a limited area this time, but just because it is not a trek doesn’t mean that you won’t have to put in a bit of effort; there will be some scrambling, most of it up hill.

You won’t have to worry about altitude sickness, however, even at the top, which provides an extensive panoramic view.

Now, for the weather – we’ll postpone the walk again, if it’s raining when we propose to set out; slogging through wet undergrowth and over expanses of wet rock is neither prudent nor enjoyable; there’ll be other days.

Today (Wednesday) has been decidedly fickle (oh dear, that’s an oxymoron, isn’t it – sorry!) but there’s every chance it might clear up nicely for Sunday.

We’ll just have to wait and see.

Good walking shoes are essential for this one, and water, and a bit of scroggin to keep up your energy levels.

So, to summarise – 8.30am on Sunday, July 15, CWA Rooms, weather permitting – see you!

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