Welcome to GRUBS! We’re a Griffith university club dedicated to having fun in the outdoors. We do all sorts of stuff: bushwalking, rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, camping and everything in between. Anyone can join, and our annual fees are just $10 for Griffith students and $20 for everyone else.

Register now to become a member, and join us on an awesome outdoor adventure!

2014 Annual General Meeting Report

On Thursday evening we held our AGM for 2014, had a few drinks, elected a bunch of new committee members and plan a swag of trips. Read on if you interested in the details!

President’s Address – Sean RMR

Sean explained the club’s need for enthusiastic new people to take up executive positions and help GRUBS continue to grow and thrive in the years to come.

Treasurer’s Report – Jono Neville

Full report to follow. Jono outlined that the club is financially in a good position, but that we did not submit any paperwork for 2014 S1 funding due to a lack of interest from the outgoing executive committee. This funding is still available in 2014 S2, so an effort should be made to apply for it and do some spending.

Executive Positions

All positions were vacated and declared open for nominations.

Key Executive Roles

  • President – Graeme ‘McCheesesauce’ Harris nominated himself. Elected unopposed.
  • Vice President – Alex Mougenot was nominated by Adam Gibson. Elected unopposed.
  • Treasurer – Alice Fleetwood nominated herself. Elected unopposed.
  • Secretary – Kimberley T-d was nominated by Sean RMR. Elected unopposed.

Specialist Executive Roles

  • Climbing – Kwan Lee was nominated by Vaughan Christie. Elected unopposed.
  • Paddling – Clayton Young was nominated by Sean RMR. Elected unopposed.
  • Bushwalking – Vaughan Christie was nominated by Kwan Lee. Elected unopposed.
  • Marketing/PR – Simran Assan nominated herself. Elected unopposed.

General Committee

Sean RMR, Jono Neville, Casey Fulton and Ryan Simmons agreed to remain in advisory committee roles.

Fees

With no opposition, annual member fees will remain at $10 for students and $20 for externals.

Sean RMR moved that climbing fees be set to $40 per semester, with $10 of this being donated to the Australian Climbing Association of Queensland (max $10 per climber per year). Alex Mougenot seconded this motion. The motion went to vote and was carried.

General Business

Jono Neville brought it to attention that the club constitution is out of date and requires fixing. This is a task for the incoming executive committee.

Sean RMR brought it to attention that there are a body of risk assessments paperwork that needs to be completed in order for GRUBS to satisfy CampusLife. He has volunteered to champion this task.

Sean RMR moved that the procedures, accreditation and skills tracking systems used by climbers within GRUBS be brought in line with those used by the QUT Cliffhangers. This would ensure that during inter-club events, everyone would be on the same footing and have mutual assurance of skills and capabilities. Adam Gibson seconded this motion. The motion went to vote and was carried.

Graeme Harris moved that a Knowledge Base be created for the club, such that the human knowledge possessed by the older executive members of the club could be transcribed to a permanent medium. Casey Fulton seconded this motion. The motion went to vote and was carried.

Adam Gibson moved that a sign-on-day sub committee be created to form a presence at the next Griffith O-Week Club Sign On day in an attempt to sign up a large volume of first year students with the intention of ensuring club succession into the future. Sean RMR seconded this motion. The motion went to vote and was carried.

Graeme Harris moved that the gear hire procedures and costs be updated, as this is a great potential revenue source for the club that is going underutilised. Jono Neville seconded this motion. The motion went to vote and was carried.

Trip Planning

  • Sean RMR suggested a Buccarumbi to Jackadgery three-day whitewater canoe trip later in the year, pending water levels of the Nymboida.

  • Casey Fulton intends to run a three-day bushwalk through Girraween and Bald Rock national parks over the Labor Day long weekend (4/5/6 Oct).

  • Ryan Simmons suggested a group come together to plan this year’s end of year Blue Mountains trip.

  • Alex Mougenot will be running a climbing trip to Mt Ngungun in the Sunshine Coast hinterland this Sunday (31 Aug)

  • Alex also suggested a mid-semester climbing and bushwalking trip to the New England Tableland.

  • Alice Fleetwood, Lothar Ledgerd, Sarah de Wit, Suzanne Louise and Graeme Harris agreed to run bushwalks at some stage this semester, with advice from Casey Fulton.

Informal Notices

Casey Fulton brought up the current under-utilisation of the shed, and what could be done to improve this. A plan was formed to move the boats and shizzwizz (boating equipment) into the main shed to clear out downstairs, then to convert this space into a bouldering cave. Casey Fulton will be championing this project.

Sean RMR floated the idea of selling off a number of the older whitewater and flatwater boats now that Goolang has closed in order to raise funds. Clayton Young agreed to look into this.

Simran Assan suggested updating the GRUBS logo to be more recognisable and modern, and has volunteered to do this.

Mt Barney Lower Portals Day hike 3/5/14

Saturday was a pretty decent day. I woke up nice and early, and had a mean as feed of cornflakes, like any other morning except it was 6:30am on a Saturday… screw that! Good thing I was heading to the GRUBS gear shed to hit up the lower portals of Mt Barney today, otherwise the parents would’ve had to face off a rather grumpy son that morning.

I headed off to the dairy to grab myself some orange juice, said hi to the blonde chick at the counter, then eventually got around to Griffith campus. There, I met everyone for the first time (except Simran who I know from school) Maren, Phil, Erwandy, Peter, and Ryan. Thankfully Ryan, our group leader, had some mean as hash browns, and gave them to me for some lucky reason. We were supposed to be there at 8, and waited for 40 minutes for enough people to rack up for the walk. Soon we were on the road knocking off the K’s to Mt Barney!

Mt Barney lower portals

Being a Mt Barney Virgin, I was keen beans to get my feet on some of it’s soil. It was a cloudless and chilly day, and all looked well for a perfect start. After a longish drive with the crew (cheers Simran and Maren for the company!), and a bit of mud on the car, we got there. It looked fresh as – we were soon hitting up the trail!

I was keeping an eye out for possible plants to practice my survival skills on, as well as good bouldering spots. We found an ant’s nest on the track, which was asking to be stirred up (which of course, we did). Good thing I watched that entomology documentary on ants last week because I wouldn’t have been able to crack that joke ‘hey guys, don’t worry, I’m an entomologist’ (yea I didn’t even know what an entomologist was). After an hour or two, we got to the river. It was a surreal spot, the river was awesome. There were all sorts of rocks which could be climbed and investigated and photographed by Simran. There was even a cool little tunnel through them.

Mt Barney lower portals

We stayed at the river for lunch. Ryan, Erwandy, and I decided to hit up the swimming hole… which was a terrible idea, as we found ourselves succumbing to hypothermia in the fresh mountain waters of Mt Barney! (Handy Mt Barney hint: do not swim in the water unless suffering from extreme heat). After the swim, we had to find emergency sunlight.

I eventually realised I could find lunch right next to the river. The grass plants by the river are in fact edible, and I could snack on the undifferentiated plant matter (the white stuff). I got Ryan, Simran, and Maren to try it out too. It tasted chicken… but more like sugar cane, minus the sugar, the chicken, and more starchy. Then I investigated some tubers, which I was pretty sure were edible, but I didn’t eat as Phil warned me about them (better to be safe than sorry). Then I carried my scavenge for food into my bag and found some sandwiches, and a half eaten muesli bar. 

Mt Barney lower portals

The walk back was also quite nice. The Lower Portals of Mt Barney is a stunning place, with spots for bouldering, and great bush bashing potential as the bush is quite thin. The terrain was not difficult was it was mostly flat, and we were able to enjoy it. It was good to get into the bush again for a day (to get out of that consistent uni life) and meet some new people at the same time :D

Mt Barney lower portals

By Vaughan Christie

A New Year, A New Website

GRUBS is launching its new website just in time for O-Week 2014 - phew, that was close!

Old and new members alike will need to register an account using the familiar registration form. Once you’ve done that, you can sign up to any of the upcoming trips, add content to the new wiki, get Event Organiser permissions to organise your own trips, and more…

The old site is still accessible if there’s any content on it you want, but we may end up taking it down soon – it had a massive problem with spam, and is already over 200mb in size!

If you find any broken links, typos, spelling mistakes or if you have any questions, comments or feedback, feel free to send me an email (casey@grubs.org.au).