This month we profile Adelaide Bushwalkers.
Mark Proctor, President, has answered a few of our questions.
Mark, tell us about Adelaide Bushwalkers. What walking activities do members engage in?
Adelaide Bushwalkers is a hiking club enjoying multi-day hikes carrying packs & camping, day walks, kayaking, cycling and other activities, near Adelaide, South Australia & interstate.
How often, how long and where are your walks?
There are multi-day walks 2-3 weekends a month during April to October. These walks are often around the Adelaide Hills and Flinders Ranges. There are some long weekend and week-long walks in the Flinders, Grampians and Tasmania. There are day walks around Adelaide on Wednesdays and some weekends.
What level of fitness would one need to participate comfortably?
Walkers need to be able to carry a pack with all their sleeping gear, food and tent. This can generally weigh 12-20kg. Gear hire and gear advice is available to members.
We are holding a weekend for new members in May at Kuitpo Forest, which answers common questions people new to multi-day hiking have.
What are the benefits of joining a club like Adelaide Bushwalkers?
Adelaide Bushwalkers specialises in off-track walking in remote places. The club walks in places that are not ordinarily accessible to people, or are difficult to organise and gain permission for. Meet like-minded individuals to enjoy hiking with.
Are you open to accepting new members into your Club? Tell us how someone may join Adelaide Bushwalkers and what your current membership looks like?
Members range in age from 20s and 30s through to their 80s. There are 200 members. People can see the walking program and join up on our website at adelaidebushwalkers.org. Membership is $60 per year, hikes are user-pays system (sharing transport costs, park entry fees), and gear hire is available at reasonable prices. Public meetings are held twice monthly on Wednesdays, 8pm at North Adelaide Community Hall, 176 Tynte Street, North Adelaide.