Great Gold Walk (Monday 6th March)
For those interested in long-distance walking by day, but without roughing it overnight, the newly created Great Gold Walk could be for you. The Great Dividing Trail (GDT) walk was set up nearly 20 years ago, linking the major towns of Victoria’s Goldfields region north west of Melbourne. It features fine views, plenty of historical interest and a route that isn’t overly strenuous, but its potential is still languishing while newer treks such as the Great Ocean Walk find their way onto lists of the world’s best hikes. The reason: a lack of facilities for camping or other services to support those wanting to do more than a section or two as a day walk.
Jeff Floyd, our guest speaker for March sought to redress this by establishing a walk modelled along the popular ones of Europe and the USA that provide accommodation, baggage transfer and transport booking services along the route. A former CEO of Parks Victoria and Tourism Victoria, Jeff felt that the government agencies were lacking when it came to creating experiences that appeal to the international walking market and so went about it himself. Roughly following the GDT route between Ballarat and Bendigo, the 13-day Great Gold Walk will be officially launched in April 2017. Find out more about the story behind it, Clubnight Monday 6th March.
Camino del Apu Ausangate (Monday 3rd April)
April’s Clubnight feature presentation is of a five day trek in the Andes of Southern Peru during October 2016. The talk includes a slideshow of the landscapes and wildlife encountered on the trail in the vicinity of Mount Ausangate which, at 6,372 m above sea level, is the highest mountain in the Cusco region of Peru. The trail is located in the glaciated terrain of the Vilcanota Range of the Andes, with landforms including glaciers, moraines, glacial lakes and hanging valleys. The elevations of high passes climbed during the trek were up to 5,200 m.
Clubnights are held at the Celtic Club (second floor, corner Queen and Latrobe Sts, CBD). Presentations begin around 7.30pm, there is also an option to enjoy dinner beforehand in the ground floor bar. A table is reserved for YHA Bushwalking from 6pm, ordering a meal by 6.30pm allows sufficient time to finish before the presentation starts. For more details, please visit the Clubnight page.