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193802 [2015/12/15 02:29]
emmanuelle_c [Melbourne Men Walkers 43 Years Old and Still Young.]
193802 [2015/12/16 00:17]
sbw
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 |Editor:​|Marie B. Byles| |Editor:​|Marie B. Byles|
 |Business Manager:| J.W. Mullins| |Business Manager:| J.W. Mullins|
-|Publication Staff:​|Misses Clare Kinsella, Dot English, Flo Allsworth, Kathleen McKay, Messrs John R. Wood, Brian C. Harvey, W.L. (Bill) Piggott.|+|Publication Staff:​|Misses Clare Kinsella, Dot English ​[Dot Butler], Flo Allsworth, Kathleen McKay, Messrs John R. Wood, Brian C. Harvey, W.L. (Bill) Piggott.|
  
 ===== Contents. ===== ===== Contents. =====
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 |Are Bushwalkers Mad? |Marie B. Byles |1| |Are Bushwalkers Mad? |Marie B. Byles |1|
-|Bush Walkers in New Zealand|Dot English |2|+|Bush Walkers in New Zealand|Dot English ​[Dot Butler] ​|2|
 |Wading Harry'​s River|Jack Debert |5| |Wading Harry'​s River|Jack Debert |5|
 |Antonio - A New Dolly Ballad | |8| |Antonio - A New Dolly Ballad | |8|
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 ===== Are Bushwalkers Mad? ===== ===== Are Bushwalkers Mad? =====
  
-By M.B.B.+By M.B.B. ​[Marie Byles]
  
 Most people would reply emphatically,​ "​yes",​ and in a democratic society the opinion of the majority goes. Most of us are delighted to admit to a streak of madness, merely pointing out that the only difference between us and ordinary madmen is that we know we are mad; ordinary madmen don't. Most people would reply emphatically,​ "​yes",​ and in a democratic society the opinion of the majority goes. Most of us are delighted to admit to a streak of madness, merely pointing out that the only difference between us and ordinary madmen is that we know we are mad; ordinary madmen don't.
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 ===== Bush Walkers in New Zealand ===== ===== Bush Walkers in New Zealand =====
  
-by Dot English. +by Dot English. ​[Dot Butler]\ 
-25 Mile Hut,+25 Mile Hut,\\
 28/12/1937. 28/12/1937.
  
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 We have had swims in all the lakes and rivers and the sea encountered on our way. The water is absolutely frigid - the sea no less than the snow fed lakes and rivers - its current sweeps up direct from the South Pole. We dived in pink and supple and come out blue and stiff without our breath. "In and out" is the order of the bath. We have had swims in all the lakes and rivers and the sea encountered on our way. The water is absolutely frigid - the sea no less than the snow fed lakes and rivers - its current sweeps up direct from the South Pole. We dived in pink and supple and come out blue and stiff without our breath. "In and out" is the order of the bath.
  
-There'​s a big discussion going on below about dangerous climbers - and the various casualties and fatalities occasioned by such. I must ceaso writing for a while as I can't concentrate.+There'​s a big discussion going on below about dangerous climbers - and the various casualties and fatalities occasioned by such. I must cease writing for a while as I can't concentrate.
  
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 Gordon and Bert and I (Dot) climbed a hill overlooking Milford Sound, so as to get a view of the waters of the Sound. The hill was about 2,500 ft. and this we expected would take us at the most a couple of hours, which we had to fill in before tea. So we set out, following up a watercourse then cut off into the bush. Gee, did you ever imagine bush could be so dense and matted - it grew up almost perpendicular slope so that we practically climbed up from tree to tree. We slipped up perpendicular rock faces - erstwhile waterfalls - burying our hands and toes in the thick featherbed moss to which we clung, (We think this must be a misprint! Ed. ) then followed a steep tree-clad ridge where the ground underfoot was feet thick with fallen trees and branches so moss-covered that we couldn'​t see whether we were walking on terra firma or six feet above it on rotten wood. It was inevitable that we slipped through on numerous occasions, Gordon going through up to the waist-line, cursing and swearing and nearly breaking his legs and Dot frequently vanishing from sight all of a sudden down a green mossy hole. Nevertheless it was the best bush I have ever climbed in - nice and soft on the bare feet and nothing to cut or scratch the flesh. I wish we grew such in good old N.S.W. Gordon and Bert and I (Dot) climbed a hill overlooking Milford Sound, so as to get a view of the waters of the Sound. The hill was about 2,500 ft. and this we expected would take us at the most a couple of hours, which we had to fill in before tea. So we set out, following up a watercourse then cut off into the bush. Gee, did you ever imagine bush could be so dense and matted - it grew up almost perpendicular slope so that we practically climbed up from tree to tree. We slipped up perpendicular rock faces - erstwhile waterfalls - burying our hands and toes in the thick featherbed moss to which we clung, (We think this must be a misprint! Ed. ) then followed a steep tree-clad ridge where the ground underfoot was feet thick with fallen trees and branches so moss-covered that we couldn'​t see whether we were walking on terra firma or six feet above it on rotten wood. It was inevitable that we slipped through on numerous occasions, Gordon going through up to the waist-line, cursing and swearing and nearly breaking his legs and Dot frequently vanishing from sight all of a sudden down a green mossy hole. Nevertheless it was the best bush I have ever climbed in - nice and soft on the bare feet and nothing to cut or scratch the flesh. I wish we grew such in good old N.S.W.
  
-You should see our cooking arrangements over here. We started out with a knife, spoon plate and mug apiece, but have now little by little lost various items of cutlery so that we take it in turns with spoon for our porridge and Dot eats from the pot with a knifes, while, Brenda ​ acts her best to dispose of soup with a crust of braad and a fork. The day before yesterday Jack Aitkin surpassed us all in economical cooking. He warmed up the tinned sausages in a billy of water and then made tea with the said water. All would have been well if the tin had not been varnished on the outside. Even Gordon, thirsty as he was, declined to drink the varnish flavoured beverage.+You should see our cooking arrangements over here. We started out with a knife, spoon plate and mug apiece, but have now little by little lost various items of cutlery so that we take it in turns with spoon for our porridge and Dot eats from the pot with a knifes, while, Brenda ​ acts her best to dispose of soup with a crust of bread and a fork. The day before yesterday Jack Aitkin surpassed us all in economical cooking. He warmed up the tinned sausages in a billy of water and then made tea with the said water. All would have been well if the tin had not been varnished on the outside. Even Gordon, thirsty as he was, declined to drink the varnish flavoured beverage.
  
 There is a poor lone lad with an enormous pack down in the valley unable to cross the flooded river. Bert and Roy have just gone down with the rope and ice-axes to help get him over - great excitement. There is a poor lone lad with an enormous pack down in the valley unable to cross the flooded river. Bert and Roy have just gone down with the rope and ice-axes to help get him over - great excitement.
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 Our next address will be c/o The Hermitage, Mt. Cook (till 28th. January) after which it will be c/o G.P.O. Wellington. Our next address will be c/o The Hermitage, Mt. Cook (till 28th. January) after which it will be c/o G.P.O. Wellington.
  
-Hoping to hear from some or all of you, and kin regard and the Compliments of the Seasot ​to the Mob.+Hoping to hear from some or all of you, and kin regard and the Compliments of the Season ​to the Mob.
  
 From the Whole Pack,\\ From the Whole Pack,\\
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 I am, etc.,\\ I am, etc.,\\
-J. Gibson per H.M. Whaite.\\+J. Gibson ​[Jack Gibson] ​per H.M. Whaite. ​[Harry Whaite]\\
 Hon Secretary,​\\ Hon Secretary,​\\
 Warrigal Club of N.S.W. Warrigal Club of N.S.W.
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 ==== How Hikers Bushwalk in Potomac. ==== ==== How Hikers Bushwalk in Potomac. ====
  
-Perhaps we do not often stop to think how differently the hiking or bushwalking or +Perhaps we do not often stop to think how differently the hiking or bushwalking or tramping (or whatever you will) movement has developed in Australia as compared with other lands. The objects of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club show that difference more clearly than do many articles: 
-tramping (or whatever you will) movement has developed in Australia as compared with other lands. The objects of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club show that difference + 
-more clearly than do many articles:- +"To open, develop, extend and maintain trails for walkers, mountain-climbers and nature-students in wooded and mountain regions - - and more particularly the Appalachian Trail - to construct and maintain camp sites, open shelters and permanent camps - - to collect data of interest to users of the trail concerning history, geology-, botany, forestry and wild life - - to prepare maps etc." - the rest of the objects are similar to our own. Bushwalkers often feel very superior because they need no tracks or shelters, but how many would be willing to give up one Sunday a month for a "work trip?" And do we take the trouble to acquaint ourselves with the botany, geology and forestry of the bush we pass through? This American Club has regular "​nature ​trips" which aim at walking a mere five or six miles so that the members may really learn about things on the way. As usual each club may learn from every other. Probably we should find their walks ridiculously tame, but they could certainly run rings round us in other respects. Bulletin Potomac Appalachian Trail Club - October 1937.
-"To open, develop, extend and maintain trails for walkers, mountain-climbers and nature- +
-students in wooded and mountain regions - - and more particularly the Appalachian Trail - to construct and maintain camp sites, open shelters and permanent camps - - to collect data of interest to users of the trail concerning history, geology-, botany, forestry and mild life - - to prepare maps etc." - the rest of the objects are similar +
-to our own. Bushwalkers often feel very superior because they need no tracks or shelters, +
-but how many would be willing to give up one Sunday a month for a "work trip?" And do we take the trouble to acquaint ourselves with the botany, geology and forestry of the +
-bush we pass through? This American Club has regular "​nature ​triRs" which aim at +
-walking a mere five or six miles so that the members may really learn about things on +
-the way. As usual each club may learn from every other. Probably we should find their +
-walks ridiculously tame, but they could certainly run rings round us in other respects. Bulletin Potomac Appalachian Trail Club - October 1937.+
  
 ==== Live Wires. ==== ==== Live Wires. ====
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