Long-standing Friends Honorary Member, Doug Leane, died this week, aged 82.
He had been in poor health for the last few months, and died in hospital, following a turn at home.
He will be remembered by the Friends and walkers for his dedication and enthusiasm for maintenance of the section around the Warren/Hale Conservation Park, Mount Crawford and Freeman’s Hut.
He was also a very keen walker (until relatively recently).
For many years he took his team out every Thursday for maintenance and was often involved in helping other section leaders.
There are few huts along the Trail that do not have something of Doug’s handiwork in their maintenance or in their furnishings.
The Friends extend sincere sympathy to his family.
The Friends of the Heysen Trail office and shop will be closed from Friday 12 December 2008 and reopen on Monday 12 January 2009. Bookings for walks during this period can still be submitted by registering online.
Twight walk around Mount Osmond will be lead by David Rattray.
Another End-to-End walking group will commence at the start of next year’s walking season (May 2009). End-to-End 4 will follow in the footsteps of the previous three groups walking the whole 1,200km Heysen Trail from the start at Cape Jervis to the end at Parachilna Gorge. Details of dates are available in the downloadable 2009 Walk Season Programme.
More info about End-to-End walks.
Kokoda – The Return has been cancelled due to lack of participants.
Nevertheless, I plan to undertake the trek in June as part of one of BackTrack’s Team groups.
I would welcome others to join me and I can be contacted through the Friends office.
We are planning another Kokoda Trek in 2010
Twilight walk was CANCELLED on 19th Nov
Well I never â Heysen Trail has international recognition –
Adventure Journey â The Extreme Travelerâs Handbook â picks 7 treksâ¦
7) Heysen Trail – Cape Jervis to the Parachilna Gorge, South Australia
6) Pacific Northwest Trail – Cape Alava, WA to Glacier National Park
5) Tarifa, Spain to the border of Switzerland
4) Nouakchott, Mauritania to Timbukto, Mali
3) San Carlos de Bariloche to Rio Gallegos, Argentina
2) Jammu > Srinagar > Leh > Shimla, India
1) North-south full traverse of Madagascar
A 1.6km section of the Heysen Trail has been upgraded at a cost of $90,000. The area near King Head provides easier access to the long expanse of spectacular coastal cliffs between King Head and Waitpinga Beach.
View Advertiser article from Wednesday, 12th November, 2008 (page 31).
When the specific route infomation is made available, a map of the re-route will be added to the re-routes page.
The Heysen Trail passes through 4 Fire Ban Districts, as detailed below (and on http://www.heysentrail.asn.au/
heysen_trail/fire_danger_season.htm). Most sections of the trail are closed during the Fire Ban Season.
1. Mount Lofty Ranges – brought forward to 15 Nov 08 (normally 1 Dec)
2. Adelaide Metropolitan – brought forward to 15 Nov 08 (normally 1 Dec)
3. Mid North – 15 Nov 08
4. Flinders – 1 Nov 08
CFS Fire Danger Season web url: www.cfs.org.au
Kapunda Great Success.
What looked like a steamy weekend turned into a milder one, with some great walking, great people and some very good food.
As with all end of the year affairs, the weather can play a big part in messing up the best laid plans.
For those that wimped out, you can catch-up with E2E4 in 2010!!