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Tuggeranong Hill (again)

I walked up Tuggeranong Hill again, this time as a geocaching run. This is the first trig I've visited twice!

   

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Related posts: Big Monks; A walk around Mount Stranger; Forster trig; Two trigs and a first attempt at finding Westlake; Taylor Trig; Oakey trig

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Syndicated 2015-02-25 16:06:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

Oakey trig

I've got to say, this trig was disappointing. It was a lunch time walk, so a bit rushed, but the trig was just boring. Not particularly far, or particularly steep, or in a particularly interesting area. That said, it wasn't terrible. It just felt generic compared with other trigs I've walked to.

         

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Related posts: Big Monks; A walk around Mount Stranger; Forster trig; Two trigs and a first attempt at finding Westlake; Taylor Trig; Urambi Trig

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Syndicated 2015-02-22 20:50:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

Geocaching

I've been trapped at home with either a sick child or a sick me for the last four or five days. I was starting to go a bit stir crazy, so I ducked out for some local geocaching. An enjoyable shortish walk around the nearby nature park.

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Related posts: Another lunch time walk; Lunchtime geocaching; Big Monks; Confessions of a middle aged orienteering marker; Geocaching in the evening, the second; Geocaching in the evening

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Syndicated 2015-02-22 01:14:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

Command and Control




ISBN: 9780141037912
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I finished this book a while ago and it appears that I forgot to write it up. This book is by the author of Fast Food Nation and it is just as good as his other book. The history of America's nuclear weapons and their security (or lack thereof) is as compelling as it is terrifying. I found this book hard to put down while reading it, and would recommend it to others.

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Related posts: Random linkage; Fast Food Nation; Starfish Prime; Why you should stand away from the car when the cop tells you to; Random fact for the day; More nuclear bunkers


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Syndicated 2015-02-20 20:27:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

Forster trig

Its been too long since I've attempted a trig walk -- 15 days to be exact. That's mostly because I've been really busy at work these last couple of weeks. That said, it was time for another trig, and this one was a bit of an adventure.

Forster Trig is in the Bullen Nature Reserve and is one of the least urban trigs I've attempted so far, which is why this post is a bit more detailed than normal. Big Monks is probably the other trig walk most similar to this one. One of the challenges with this trig is that there is no track to the trig point. Reading John Evan's walk notes from his single assent of this trig, it seems that many people follow the 132kV power lines to the trig, but I consider this "cheating" as the power line is on private land and I didn't want to spend effort on getting permission to walk on someone's farm.

Instead, I followed the Kambah Pool to Cassurina Sands track, and then turned right to bush bash to the trig when I got reasonably close. There wasn't any formed track this way, so I don't think this is a common approach. On the map you'll notice a fence marked -- that's where I had to jump a barbed wire fence, which wasn't the best plan ever. On the way back down from the summit I found a vehicle track, and I'd recommend that others follow that route (the one on the map with two gates marked and some stairs). The stairs are interesting -- a previous walker has mounded stones on both sides of the fence to make it easier to cross.

Either way, its a bush bash up the hill itself, which is covered in reasonably dense spiky vegetation. You're going to want gaiters or long pants.

             

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Related posts: Big Monks; A walk around Mount Stranger; Two trigs and a first attempt at finding Westlake; Taylor Trig; Urambi Trig; Walk up Tuggeranong Hill

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Syndicated 2015-02-20 16:39:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

Confessions of a middle aged orienteering marker

I was an orienteering marker for the kid's scout troop tonight -- I guess it could have been a trick, but I think they were genuine. The basic idea was I went and stood at where the mark on the map was, and then noted which kids found me. Nice little hill in MacArthur, with pleasant views. I think I've found a good place for a geocache as well.

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Related posts: Big Monks; Point Hut Cross to Pine Island; A walk around Mount Stranger; Another lunch time walk; Two trigs and a first attempt at finding Westlake; Taylor Trig

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Syndicated 2015-02-18 02:59:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

Little Black Mountain

I went on a walk on Monday with the Canberra Bushwalking Club up Little Black Mountain. Its a nice area and I mostly enjoyed the walk. I say mostly because the walk leader was quite un-welcoming. There was the lecture about emergency beacons, and then the lecture about how he's never been bitten by a snake. It was quite an odd experience. I think I might avoid that leader in the future.

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Related posts: Big Monks; Cooleman and Arawang Trigs; Point Hut Cross to Pine Island; A walk around Mount Stranger; Another lunch time walk; Two trigs and a first attempt at finding Westlake

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Syndicated 2015-02-17 14:21:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

Geocaching in the evening, the second

I went geocaching while the kids were at scouts. Overall, a very successful evening. The first hour was a phone call with Tristan Goode, and what I learnt is I should call Tristan more because every call (based on a data set of one walk) is 5km.

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Related posts: Geocaching in the evening; Another lunch time walk; Lunchtime geocaching; Big Monks; Point Hut Cross to Pine Island; A walk around Mount Stranger

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Syndicated 2015-02-11 15:32:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

8 Feb 2015 (updated 8 Feb 2015 at 11:19 UTC) »

Tuggeranong Stone Wall

Its not every day that your walk is to a 140 year old stone wall that you've been driving past for years without even knowing its there. That however was today's walk, inspired by a walk post by John Evans. I really enjoyed this walk, and it was a good length too. It would have been nice to return by a different route though, although such a thing was not obvious to me while doing the walk.

     

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Related posts: Big Monks; Point Hut Cross to Pine Island; A walk around Mount Stranger; Another lunch time walk; Two trigs and a first attempt at finding Westlake; Taylor Trig

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Syndicated 2015-02-08 02:03:00 (Updated 2015-02-08 11:19:14) from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

Point Hut Crossing to Pine Island

Andrew and I decided to walk from Point Hut Crossing (near our house) to Pine Island yesterday. Its a nice walk, about 4km and mostly flat with a track the whole way. We even found some geocaches along the way. I think this route would be a good one for cubs.

     

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Related posts: Big Monks; A walk around Mount Stranger; Another lunch time walk; Two trigs and a first attempt at finding Westlake; Taylor Trig; Lunchtime geocaching

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Syndicated 2015-02-07 14:26:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

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