Christopher Birch

Chris on the track in Italy



Why do you bush walk?


I love the bush, walking is my favourite form of exercise, and I love camping, sitting around the fire and watching the sun set and rise.


When did you join SBW?



What's your favourite piece of gear in your pack and why?

As a gearaholic this is a hard question.  A toss up between my One Planet Goondie one person tent,  and my Suunto GPS watch.


What is the average weight of your overnight pack, without water?

About 13 kilos – (no ultra-light for me) weekend pack weight, excluding



What's one piece of advice you can offer new walkers that you wish you knew when you started?

Multi-layering socks of different thicknesses is a great way to get the boot fit just absolutely right,  and reduces the risk of blisters or sore fee.

A memorable walk?

Easter in the Snowy Mountains about three years ago, a walk led by Owen Kimberley.

What kind of walks do you like?

Multi-day walks, especially in the Blue Mountains, Kanangra and the Snowy Mountains.


Do you have a walks philosophy or motto?

A walk should be a trip or a journey, not just down to the bottom and back up again.  I like to feel when I come back from a trip that I have been somewhere different and remarkable.

What's on your walking wish list?

Still have not done most of the Australian Alpine Trail.  The Rees-Dart Track in New Zealand, and a return to the Dolomites in North Italy.


Any other passions/interests?

Cross-country skiing, especially with the Nordic Ski Club of New South Wales, cycling, natural history, and philosophy.



New Members Information Night
New Members Information Nights are held every month except January, at 16 Fitzroy Street Kirribilli, 7:30pm - 8:30 pm on the second Wednesday the month.


February 2017 - Autumn Program released!

The Autumn Program for 2017 is now out and has been emailed to members. Check it out for lots of great walks around Sydney and beyond. If you haven't got your copy, it can be downloaded from the Member's Area of the website. You'll need to login to access it.


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Are you a Prospective Member and have completed your Qualifying (Q) day walks and overnight trip as well as the first aid and navigation training requirements? If yes, then you're eligible to become a Full Member!


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