Event Phone: 02 9170 4655
TRAC Gold AJ Dec 2-10
December 2, 2021 - December 10, 2021
6:15 am - 6:30 pm
THE RIVERINA ANGLICAN COLLEGE GOLD ADVENTUROUS JOURNEY
***THIS PROGRAM IS FOR TRAC STUDENTS ONLY***
REGISTRATIONS FOR THIS PROGRAM CLOSE AT MIDDAY ON FRIDAY, OCT 14, 2021
YOUTHADVANCE ADVENTUROUS JOURNEYS
YouthAdvance pride itself on developing challenging and rewarding adventurous journeys (AJs) for all participants. Our qualified and highly experienced program coordinator and guides will work with you through the required preparation and training prior to your first AJ. They will teach you skills including navigation and camp craft on your practice expedition, and finally assess your skills on your qualifying expedition.
Our staff do not lead from the front, they mentor and instruct from the back of the group to ensure that you and your group have the opportunity to work as a team and make sound judgements based on your training and our staff’s leadership. You’ll be required to take responsibility and make decisions for yourself while under supervision from experienced and qualified outdoor professionals.
TRAC PROGRAM AIM AND CHALLENGE
YouthAdvance has developed a challenging expedition that is based in the highest part of the Australian wilderness. Specially designed for the TRAC students, a 9 day journey through the Kosciuszko High Country culminates in a sunrise summit to the highest point of Australia.
Each day, participants will hike the trails carrying their pack and all their own equipment. Students are encouraged to start training and develop their fitness in preparation for these physical requirements, including weekly walks carrying their pack and wearing their hiking boots/shoes.
This program satisfies the time requirements of the AJ stipulated in The Award Handbook by the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. In addition, we strive to make our AJs lots of fun as well as imparting knowledge on the Australian bush to help our participants make lasting memories, new friends and new experiences.
SAFETY AND RISK
YouthAdvance’s partner company Remote Safety Solutions is a leading remote area risk and emergency management specialist. Safety is paramount for all of our AJs.
Emergency communication and first aid equipment along with satellite tracking will be carried by each YouthAdvance staff member while on the program.
- Transport to and from the venue;
- All camping and National Park/State Forest fees;
- Instruction and supervision from our experienced and qualified outdoor educators;
- Group communication devices i.e. InReach, EPIRBs and satellite phones;
- Group remote area first aid kit;
- Preliminary training;
- Breakfast and dinner on hike;
- On trip pre and post briefing;
- Participant maps, map cases and compasses (1 per participant)
PROGRAM OVERVIEW – Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales
This specially designed 9 day Gold Adventurous Journey will run out of Kosciuszko National Park, in the Snowy Mountains region which is a unique alpine wonderland of rivers, mountains, ski fields, caves, and glacial lakes. The journey will begin near Round Mountain and head through The Jagungal Wilderness. This a large wilderness region is north of the main range in the centre of national park. This area is full of animals and you can hike amongst the plains and snow gums and take the time to absorb the views of Mount Jagungal and the beautiful snowy region.
During the early part of this adventurous journey we will be intending to summit the great Mount Jagungal. With an elevation of 2,061 metres above sea level, it is the seventh-highest mountain in Australia and surpasses any elevation in the nearby region other than the main range with spectacular views out over the region. The adventure continues passing through, and staying at, some of the more than 200 hut scattered throughout the region.
After a break and refuel at Grey Mare Hut, the expedition heads to the Main Range passing Blue Lake and towards Mt Kosciuszko which is Australia’s height mountain at 2,228 metres above sea level. You’ll pass some of the oldest snow gums in the Park, heath, and boulder fields that are home to rare mountain pygmy possums. The trip will conclude with a sunrise summit of the mountain on final day which is sure to be a highlight of the hike.
All participants must be dropped off to The Riverina Anglican College.
DROP OFF: 6.15am, Day 1, at The Riverina Anglican College.
PICK UP: Between 6.00pm and 7.00pm, Day 9, at The Riverina Anglican College.
If you are going to be late, please let us know on +61 487 003 440 so we don’t depart without you.
NOTE: The expedition WILL NOT be postponed because of forecast “unsettled” weather. However, in the event of unseasonably bad weather, or if a weather warning is issued in the program venue, the expedition may be postponed ensuring the safety of our participants. You will be notified of this via email.
Please be aware that the program rundown may alter slightly, particularly drop off and pickup times, and these will be confirmed prior to each program via email.
Day 1 – Round Mountain to O’Keefe’s Hut (626230, 6001400)
Day 2 – O’Keefe’s Hut to Derschkos Hut (621733, 5999410) (side trip to summit Mt Jagungal)
Day 3 – Derschkos Hut to Pretty Plain Hut (616493, 5996558)
Day 4 – Pretty Plain Hut to Grey Mare Hut (620293, 5991710)
Day 5 – REST DAY @ Grey Mare Hut
Day 6 – Grey Mare Hut to Schlink Hilton (624400, 5984660)
Day 7 – Schlink Hilton to Illawong Swing Bridge (621605, 5971250)
Day 8 – Illawong Swing Bridge to The Grand Stand (near Muellers Pass)
Day 9 – The Grand Stand to Dead Horse Gap (sunrise summit of Mt Kosciuszko)
Your child using appropriate gear is instrumental in ensuring that they have an enjoyable and comfortable experience – we cannot stress this enough! If you are unsure whether your child’s equipment is suitable, please contact us for clarification.
A trip specific equipment list, focusing on light weight and space saving, is being collated and will be shared ASAP.
Please note we do have a number of mandatory items and these will be checked by guides on the morning of departure:
- Sleeved shirt (for walking) – no singlet tops
- Waterproof Rain Jacket (preferable Gortex – no ponchos or wind breakers);
- Sleeping bag suitable to the season of the year;
- Shoulder Season & Summer – zero rating;
- Sleeping mat;
- Second set of clothes stored inside waterproof bag (thermal top and bottom)
- First aid and blister kit
- 3L of water (3 x 1L water bottles)
- Water purification tablets
- Hat and sunscreen
- Stove & Gas Bottle
If you are hiring equipment, your order MUST be completed 5 days in advance of your programs.
MEALS AND WATER
During the hike, YouthAdvance will be providing participants with breakfast and dinner. Mid-way through the AJ a food drop will be delivered to the Grey Mare Hut which will mean participant will only need to carry up to 4 days of food at one time.
Separate to the provided meals, participants will be responsible for planning, supplying and preparing their own lunches and snacks for the duration of the hike. At least one day’s emergency rations should be carried by participants.
In regards to water, all participants must start with at least three full 1L water bottles. In dry weather periods, water can be difficult to source so this is a minimum amount. You are required to bring water purification tablets for this
program. During the evenings, water bottles can be refilled at the huts.
NOTE: Pots and stoves are available for hire – YouthAdvance Store.
PRELIMINARY TRAINING & INFORMATION SESSIONS – PRACTICE STUDENTS ONLY
- Understanding of the AJ planned to be undertaken;
- First aid and emergency procedures (relevant to the type of environment for the Journey);
- Safety and safe practice;
- Route planning and navigation (use of maps, compass/navigation aids or street/urban directories);
- Camp craft/accommodation and hygiene;
- Teamwork, problem-solving and leadership training;
- Meal planning, preparation of food and cooking (options will be provided in the even of a total fire ban where cooking is not possible);
- Environmental awareness and care;
- Necessary equipment and how to use it;
- Technical skills in the mode of travel (i.e. knot tying, tent repairs etc);
- Observation and recording skills.
Kosciuszko National Park spoils you with snow sports, walks and mountain biking in the Snowy Mountains. Go camping, explore caves or climb Australia’s highest mountain.