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Strange ways at the Pinnacle

By 19 May 2009 18

On one of my all too frequent jaunts around that place of beauty which is the Pinnacle Nature Reserve the other day, I noticed that the kind people of Environment ACT (I presume it to be them in any case) have signposted the tracks there. I wonder if the names were made up to enable the sign posting? Anybody know?

At least now we can be assured, that when we embark on an expedition to the deepest  depths of the wilderness of the Pinnacle, should we have the missfortune to need to shout ourselves a rescue helicopter or the like, in order to pull us out of the ice bound tundra, we can give them directions along the lines of; “I’m on the Tully Track, just next to the big barn, overlooking the main road “.

But, here’s where it gets strange. Just today, when I was out with the dogs, and at great personal risk to myself, I decided to get off the marked tracks and follow a roo trail. (Is there anything more inspiring to get you off a well marked path than the sight of way-marked track?) After a while, I came across, what I can only describe as a shallow grave! It comes complete with it’s own pickaxe, and is ready for residence.

Ok, now that is weird!

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18 Responses to Strange ways at the Pinnacle
#1
PBO1:19 pm, 19 May 09

Maybe it was a warning to Hawker bottle shop not to raise their prices.

#2
Gobbo1:28 pm, 19 May 09

It’s for the rabbits. They had all their warrens ripped out and they need shelter.

#3
niftydog1:37 pm, 19 May 09

Ahh, that’s where I left my pick!

There was always weird stuff going on up there. As a kid I saw humpy-style accomodation, collections of bones, piles of clothing etc etc.

#4
PBO1:43 pm, 19 May 09

I suppose that if we turned over every suspicious lump of dirt or weird pile of detritus we would find heaps of things up there. Lots of folk have been burying lots of stuff for lots of years.

#5
S4anta1:51 pm, 19 May 09

BMX jumps kiddies

#6
smeeagain1:54 pm, 19 May 09

I can’t read all the signs in your photos, but the Tullys own one of the neighbouring properties and Kama was originally owned by a Dowling (not sure who lives there now)

They don’t look like the sort of signs that Parks Conservation and Lands (Environment) would be putting up, they would have their logo on them

#7
smeeagain1:57 pm, 19 May 09

And macroryncha may be a walk where there are lots of stringy barks

#8
Spoono1:58 pm, 19 May 09

Not sure about the source but the very same style signs have been installed
in the Aranda Bushland over the past week or so.

#9
Grrrr2:11 pm, 19 May 09

I would suspect S4anta is right – isn’t that a jump in the top of the pick-axes photo? Dirt Jumpers are often too lazy to take their tools home with them, and instead just leave them at the site for next time they feel like building.

#10
niftydog2:42 pm, 19 May 09

S4anta, Grrrr… no imagination! ;)

#11
S4anta3:09 pm, 19 May 09

niftydog said :

S4anta, Grrrr… no imagination! ;)

Thorry ’bout that.

As for signs, I think the ‘Friends of the Pinnacle’ and ‘Friends of Aranda bushland’ got a landcare grant to stick a couple fo signs for walks etc.

smeeagain said :

I can’t read all the signs in your photos, but the Tullys own one of the neighbouring properties and Kama was originally owned by a Dowling (not sure who lives there now)

The tullys are over back behind Cook, and Kama is now owned by ACT Govt (behind Hawker), was ear marked as a rehab facility or some such odd tid bit, but surprisingly ti got rolled by the locals.

#12
G-Fresh4:42 pm, 19 May 09

S4anta said :

BMX jumps kiddies

Agreed. Obvious. Correct.

#13
I-filed10:57 pm, 19 May 09

On a similar tack, how about the fantastic Kokoda Track signage on the climb up Mt Ainslie? That was a truly inspired idea. You don’t worry about getting puffed on a hot day heading up Mt Ainslie when you’re passing Owen’s Corner, Eora Creek and Templeton’s Crossing on your way!

#14
smeeagain12:46 pm, 21 May 09

S4anta, Grrrr… no imagination! ;)

Thorry ’bout that.

As for signs, I think the ‘Friends of the Pinnacle’ and ‘Friends of Aranda bushland’ got a landcare grant to stick a couple fo signs for walks etc.

I can’t read all the signs in your photos, but the Tullys own one of the neighbouring properties and Kama was originally owned by a Dowling (not sure who lives there now)

The tullys are over back behind Cook, and Kama is now owned by ACT Govt (behind Hawker), was ear marked as a rehab facility or some such odd tid bit, but surprisingly ti got rolled by the locals.

The Tullys are just on the other side of Coulter Drive from the Pinnacle Nature Reserve. Maybe their land originally incorporated all or part of the Pinnacle? Do they own the agistment paddocks on the Western Side of Coulter drive? Or is that part of Kama? Or ACT Govt?

#15
Peekz8:16 am, 22 May 09

BMX jumps? Personally whenever I used to dig up dirt for jumps, or anything for that matter, I didn’t use a pickaxe, pretty sure I used, y’know, a shovel.

If those are in fact jumps they are the poorest attempt I’ve ever seen. That lump in the top of the photo isn’t a jump, it’s just a pile of dirt. No tyre tracks anywhere to be seen.

#16
PBO8:27 am, 22 May 09

Surely we can read more into it than this. If there is no conspiracy apparent then we should pool our minds and make one up.

#17
Pommy bastard10:47 am, 22 May 09

Why on earth with all the BMX tracks available in Canberra would someone go and dig holes in a nature reserve?

PBO said :

Surely we can read more into it than this. If there is no conspiracy apparent then we should pool our minds and make one up.

+1

#18
lrende018:41 pm, 29 Jun 10

A year on… and you should see what that pick axe has been up to!

Walking in the Reserve today I couldn’t help my curiosity and had to check out what the orange council fencing in the bush was about. I admire the work of those who did it, because it has been done well, but did they really have to build the tracks here?

There was a notice on the fencing mentioning working with the council to make mountain biking better in the ACT, but I doubt the council will ever really listen to these young people let alone make a space where a young person’s creativity and adventure can truly be expressed.

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