Bike Training and Bike Camp

posted 29 May 2018, 15:53 by Naomi Granger
Hello Pathfinders & Families - Will you be joining us?
In Summary:

What:         Bike Training Session  mandatory for any new Pathfinder who has NOTattended a
                  Bike Camp previously 

When:        Sunday June 3 at 1:30pm

Where:       Long Trail Track - Meet Cnr Mallawa Road & Bulara Street
                   Duffys Forest

What:         Bike Camp - Wingello State Forest

When:        Saturday June 9 from 4:00pm to Monday June 11 early afternoon

Where:       Wingello State Forest - Southern Highlands

Register NOW (click on NOW link to register)

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

Held over the coming June long weekend, from 4pm on Saturday June 9 (allowing for family time and/or Church in the morning). We will ride Sunday June 10 and again on Monday June 11 but will be packed up and finished by early afternoon. 

As above, the beautiful Wingello State Forest is located in the Southern Highlands just past Moss Vale and Bundanoon approximately 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 when you register - 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 the cobwebs from your bike (take them to the bike shop if it needs a service), check your helmet still fits and get ready to become the ‘Pathfinder King or Queen of the Mountain’.

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 ride with a parent or guardian whom must both ride with their children and take full responsibility for their care and any injuries as they are not covered for insurance purposes and attend at their own risk. 

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  and level camps it is now time for our Pathfinders to extend themselves a little further. The club will provide several gas stoves for use and there is always a willing hand for those who need it. At the campground there is a long drop toilet that is serviced everyday.

It is 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. We will be able to have a roaring camp fire  - BYO marshmallows!! 


In terms of preparation for the ride - if a pathfinder that has not been on bike camp before it is mandatory to attend next Sunday's ‘bike training’ session. 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 Pathfinders will have the basic skill to complete the bike trails in Wingello. 

Bike Training Session - Long Trail Track - Sunday June 3 - meet at 1.30pm for a 1.45pm start. 
Meet at corner of Mallawa Road and Bulara Street, Duffys Forest (google Map ref below)
Our bike camps over the years have been a huge success and talked about for many years. I am sure this one will be no exception. Please contact me on or 0481 457 367 if you have any questions. 
Event Co-ordinator:  David Goodacre -
Melanie Windus & Richard Todd - Club Directors
Wahroonga Pathfinders

Melanie 0429-991147

Richard 0404-071469