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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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Tags for this post: blog pictures 20150225-tuggeranong_hill photo canberra tuggeranong bushwalk trig_point
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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Tags for this post: blog pictures 20150223-oakey_trig photo canberra tuggeranong bushwalk trig_point
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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Tags for this post: blog canberra tuggeranong bushwalk geocaching
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.

Tags for this post: book eric_schlosser nuclear weapons safety
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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