Bike Camp - Training Days

posted 22 May 2017, 17:27 by Naomi Granger

Hello Pathfinders & Families - Will you be joining us....
In Summary:

What:         Bike Training Sessions - (2 Options Available)
                   Mandatory for any new attendee who has NOT attended a
                   Bike Camp previously 


When:        Sunday:  28/5/17   or   Sunday:  4/6/17  -  Meet 1:30pm

Where:       Long Trail Track - Meet Cnr Mallawa Road & Bulara Street
                    Duffys Forest
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What:         Bike Camp - Wingello State Forest

When:        Saturday: 10/6/17 from 4:00pm to
                    Monday:   12/6 (approximately early afternoon)

Where:       Wingello State Forest - Southern Highlands

Bike camp planning is now well underway. Based on the great feedback and fantastic fun from last year we will be following the same format and heading to Wingello State Forest. 


WHEN
It will be held over the coming June long weekend. Start time will be from 4pm on Saturday 10th June allowing for family time and / or church in the am. We will ride Sunday 11th June and again on Monday 12th June but will be packed up and finished by early afternoon. 

WHERE & WHAT
As above, the beautiful Wingello State Forest is located in the Southern Highlands just past Moss Vale and Bundanoon approx. 2 hours drive time if you go via the M7 from Wahroonga. We will provide more detail on the getting there and what you need to bring in the next week or so - but the obvious one is you will need a bike that is in good condition with gears ie. a mountain bike plus a helmet that fits well. So this week dust off those cobwebs from your bike (take them to the bikeshop if it needs a service), check your helmet still fits and get ready to become the ‘Pathfinder King or Queen of the Mountain’.

WHO
Registration will be open in the next few days with costings. Please aim to register as soon as you can.  We need to put approximate numbers down for attendance in order to get our permit to enter the forest.

Families are welcome to attend however we do not encourage children younger than pathfinder age to ride - they will have their turn when they are old enough for Pathfinders. Children below Pathfinder age may of course ride with a parent or guardian whom must both ride with their children and take full responsibility for their care and any injuries. Non-Pathfinders are not covered for insurance purposes and attend at their own risk. 

NEED TO KNOW
At Wingello, there will be a base camp with tents. The Club will NOT be catering for this event - meaning breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner is going to be up to the Pathfinders. Having attended family camp, camporee and level camps it is now time for our Pathfinders to extend themselves a little further. The club will provide several gas stoves for people to use and of course there is always a willing hand for those that need it. At the campground there is a long drop toilet that is serviced everyday.

Last year it was VERY COLD at night…just below zero temperatures were experienced so everyone will need a good quality sleeping bag and warm clothing layers for sleeping at night. Subject to fire restrictions we will be able to have a roaring camp fire, which will be great - BYO marshmallows!! 

 
MANDATORY BIKE TRAINING SESSION FOR FIRST TIME BIKE CAMPERS - IMPORTANT

In terms of preparation for the ride - if a pathfinder that has not been on bike camp before it is mandatory to attend at least one of the following two ‘bike training’ sessions. The unfortunate reality is that we cannot assume that Pathfinders can ride competently and we need to know everyone’s skill level before they go on camp. It is just no fun for a Pathfinder or their parents / leaders / guardians if they are on a ride and out of their depth. 

The trail below is an excellent beginners, nice and wide, fire trail ride. It is a ‘4kms there (with a lovely view of Cowan Creek for a break) and 4km’s back’ track. Completing this track means parents and children should have enough basic skill to complete the bike trails in Wingello. 

 
Bike Training Session 1 - Long Trail Track - Sunday 28th May - Meet at 1.30pm for a 2pm start. 
Meet at corner of Mallawa Road and Bulara Street, Duffys Forest (google Map ref below)

Please advise David Goodacre on ‘davygoods22@icloud.com which session you will attend so we don’t leave without you. 

Meet at corner of Mallawa Road and Bulara Street, Duffys Forest (google Map ref below)
Sunday 4th June - Meet at 1.30pm for a 2pm start. Bike Training Session 2 - Long Trail Track - 

OR

Our bike camps over the years have been a huge success and talked about for many years afterwards. I am sure this one will be no exception. Please contact me on davygoods22@icloud.com or 0481 457 367 if you have any questions. 
Event Co-ordinator:  David Goodacre - davygoods22@icloud.com
Andrea and Arthur Hudson - Club Directors
Wahroonga Pathfinders
 

Mobile:
Arthur 0415-400798

Andrea 0408-241391
Email:  directors@wahroongapathfinders.org



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