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-2nd C1=RRA TRIP EAS=L+=====2nd Canberra Trip, Easter, 1944.===== 
 By Frank Leyden. By Frank Leyden.
-"​Kosciusko Express, Platform 8. There'​s Colin, ​Hal" "​Where'​s ​thc chart;? These two back carriages are full. The rest haven'​t ​'f?,11 :,Launtod in,+ 
-"Come up tho flout,"+"​Kosciusko Express, Platform 8. There'​s Colin, ​Ha!" 
 + 
 +"​Where'​s ​the others? These two back carriages are full. The rest haven'​t ​been shuunted in." 
 + 
 +"Come up the front." 
 "​There'​s Johno and the Scotlands,"​ "​There'​s Johno and the Scotlands,"​
-"Humphi+ 
-"Here she comeE:, ​Get ready",+"Humph!" 
 + 
 +"Here she comes. ​Get ready." 
 "​We'​re in. Good seats, Fancy coming an hour early."​ "​We'​re in. Good seats, Fancy coming an hour early."​
-"All out These carriages not going. Engine couldn'​t pull all these carriages"​ + 
-"Is everybody else getting ​cut? Come a couple of carriages back." "​He ​wont let us in 07)er the windows, LenPut the packs on window sills ready to go in or out,+"All outThese carriages not going. Engine couldn'​t pull all these carriages." 
-"No, she's going out ec:​ain, ​Here's a couple of scouts going to Kosci. Come with us and welli all rush it together."​ + 
-"Look! There'​s the sleepers on the other line. They'​ve got to be put down the back. '​7,:​Jat's. wnat it is +"Is everybody else getting ​out? Come a couple of carriages back." 
-"​There'​s George and Ken And Rolla in the sleeper. Doreen too." "​They'​ll all be telling, as usual, how they were asleep before the train got to Strathfield,​ son,+ 
-"Here she comes, the sleepers, tooHere's our window."​ "Hal Hal We're in. Empty carriage."​ +"​He ​won'​t ​let us in. Open the windows, LenPut the packs on window sills ready to go in or out." 
-"Colin came in with a swallow drive,+ 
-"I saw Johno with his face on the floor and his feet in the lugage ​rack." Thought my boots got someone. I heard a klunk-klunk."​ "No mine. A bunch of flowers, I think."​ +"No, she's going out again. ​Here's a couple of scouts going to Kosci. Come with us and we'​ll ​all rush it together."​ 
-"I can'​t ​stid it I tell you I can't stand it' + 
-"Shut up Scotland. The window'​s going to stay shut,+"Look! There'​s the sleepers on the other line. They'​ve got to be put down the back. That'​s ​what it is." 
-"Good on you, Johno. Keep it down,+ 
-"​Here'​s GoulburnLook out for Cosgrove."​ +"​There'​s George and Ken And Rolls in the sleeper. Doreen too." 
-"He got the early train. Reckoned this would be half empty when it got here,+ 
-"​Didn'​t know it was first stop Goulburn. Aha! Ahal+"​They'​ll all be telling, as usual, how they were asleep before the train got to Strathfield,​ son." 
-"There he goes! Out the window and get hiTJos."+ 
 +"Here she comes, the sleepers, tooHere's our window."​ 
 + 
 +"Ha! Ha! We're in. Empty carriage."​ 
 + 
 +"Colin came in with a swallow drive." 
 + 
 +"I saw Johno with his face on the floor and his feet in the luggage ​rack.
 + 
 +"​Thought my boots got someone. I heard a klunk-klunk."​ 
 + 
 +"No mine. A bunch of flowers, I think."​ 
 + 
 +---- 
 + 
 +"I can'​t ​stand itI tell you I can't stand it' 
 + 
 +"Shut up Scotland. The window'​s going to stay shut." 
 + 
 +"Good on you, Johno. Keep it down." 
 + 
 +"​Here'​s GoulburnLook out for Cosgrove."​ 
 + 
 +"He got the early train. Reckoned this would be half empty when it got here." 
 + 
 +"​Didn'​t know it was first stop Goulburn. Aha! Aha!" 
 + 
 +"There he goes! Out the window and get himJoe." 
 "What! You haven'​t even got a seat for me. I had a seat down the back. Why was I persuaded to come up here." "What! You haven'​t even got a seat for me. I had a seat down the back. Why was I persuaded to come up here."
 +
 "But you've got our company, Bill." "But you've got our company, Bill."
 +
 "Joe will give you his seat and get out in the passage."​ "Joe will give you his seat and get out in the passage."​
-  OOOOO + 
-"​Williamsdale at last. What a louse of a night."​ "There are the sleepers getting out."​ +---- 
-"Theres ​Alex on the rlatfo-om,+ 
-And with rfIGtan wt)nt civilisation. Surrounding us were those big r(-11-_,​.n.,;​ -,nd 0711; -Ten spaces, much wider than the railway +"​Williamsdale at last. What a louse of a night."​ 
-carrtbE-7, whio".-1 ,/(1 eLlbedded all nigilt, ​Beyond the sheep country + 
-rose Er:.nt c CiCOCcGu3enby K,?​.11-y ​and the Brindabella - +"There are the sleepers getting out." 
-our goa,.. So across the paddocks and down to the Murrumbidgee for breakfast. The river is somewhat like the Cox above Black Jerry'​s - good water, good + 
-3. +"There'​s ​Alex on the platform." 
-flow, but a bit silted and with bare slopes. + 
-"'​Dftving ,off in five minutes, Rolls. Come on Grge.""​Te won't be druv."​ +And with the train went civilisation. Surrounding us were those big rolling hills and wide open spaces, much wider than the railway ​carriage in which we were embedded all night. Beyond the sheep country rose a ring of 6000ftpeaks - GudgenbyKelly and the Brindabella - our goal. So across the paddocks and down to the Murrumbidgee for breakfast. The river is somewhat like the Cox above Black Jerry'​s - good water, good flow, but a bit silted and with bare slopes. 
-Crossing the low ridges to the Naas Valley we approached the 4500 ft. Tennent. This mountain is well isolated and thickly timbered, but has a rock outcrop on the summit, ,Would be interesting to climb. So would theosawtoothed ​peaks of the 5000ft Tinderry rangethe other side of Michelato, which we eoulet ​see so well in the clear morning air. + 
-Wa walked along an old roadWe went through gates. We walked along a good roadWe put on sticking plaster. Then we walked along an old road. Murmurinc;​c ​and mutterings. Tennent went through all silhouettes and grew small in the distance only as our blisters grew large in the foreground.+"Moving ​off in five minutes, Rolls. Come on George." "We won't be druv." 
 + 
 +Crossing the low ridges to the Naas Valley we approached the 4500 ft. Tennent. This mountain is well isolated and thickly timbered, but has a rock outcrop on the summitWould be interesting to climb. So would the saw-toothed ​peaks of the 5000ft Tinderry rangethe other side of Michelago, which we could see so well in the clear morning air. 
 + 
 +We walked along an old roadWe went through gates. We walked along a good roadWe put on sticking plaster. Then we walked along an old road. Murmurings ​and mutterings. Tennent went through all silhouettes and grew small in the distance only as our blisters grew large in the foreground. 
 "Here is water for lunch."​ "Here is water for lunch."​
-"No, dirty. Keep going before the others catch up or they'​ll want to stop here." "To think Michelago is just across the Mt.Clear Range there"​ + 
-"But that :climb would have been the death of us." +"No, dirty. Keep going before the others catch up or they'​ll want to stop here." 
-"​Here'​s water. Look there'​s a calf jammed between two rocks."​+ 
 +"To think Michelago is just across the Mt. Clear Range there." 
 + 
 +"But that climb would have been the death of us." 
 + 
 +"​Here'​s water. Lookthere'​s a calf jammed between two rocks."​ 
 "​Can'​t move it. Try after lunch when we're not so tired."​ "​Can'​t move it. Try after lunch when we're not so tired."​
-"Len and Joe will give it somewater. Bill ad I will go back to the farm. Ready to 'move off?"​ + 
-"​What'​s up with you now, Joe? He had three raisins more than me for lunch. Now the rubber had slipped off his hip strap. I can't do anythin:; ​with him. See what you can do with him, Frank." ​. +"Len and Joe will give it some water. Bill ad I will go back to the farm. Ready to move off?" 
-"Hurry up. Gudgenby creek is a long _one. We'll never catch 'em up." "Which track"+ 
-"To the right up the xidiKel ​of courseLen's not far behind."​ +"​What'​s up with you now, Joe? He had three raisins more than me for lunch. Now the rubber had slipped off his hip strap. I can't do anything ​with him. See what you can do with him, Frank."​ 
-"Where are you, Joe? Where areyou, Joe?"​ + 
-Me,climbed and climbed that steep ridge. We shouted to Len who shouted to Joe. We shouted to the others but our echoes died into silence as the 5/200ft Booth grew an our left and the valley sank into an abyss in the shadow of dusk and the coming storm. A tree- -clothed ridge, straight as a ruler, ran from the Nas Valley over 3,000 ft. below/ ri ht to the summit of Booth. Far away _in the depths, deep in the abyss, growiqg fainter and fainter into the all pervading silence, like the wail of the banshee or the cry of -a departed - +"Hurry up. Gudgenby creek is a long one. We'll never catch 'em up." 
-"Where aaare you, Joe? Whore aaare you Joe-000?" + 
- a IP OOOOOO ​ 0  a 4: +"Which track?
-ftWhich wayld those ahead go, Bill?"​ + 
-"​We'​ll go flat out to catch the otters ​and tell 'em we've lost the Scotlands. Look, there'​s '​George."​ +"To the right up the ridge, ​of courseLen's not far behind."​ 
-"Hey, George ​Something'​s happened."​ + 
-George watts a little whileout of respect, then plods silently on. We soon realized that, after that ridge, George was in no mood for anything happening. From the top we looked down into the wide expanse of the Gudgenby river valley. Far below us in the distance were the little black specks of those ahead. No shouts could penetrate the distance. No blisters could catch the fleet of foot. Threefold we were split. No shaft of hope in the gloom. Alas fr the lost ones/ +"Where are you, Joe? Where are you, Joe?"​ 
-When we reached the valley and the road, there was bother. Which way had they gone, up or down? Everything was in the wrong place. Map was wrong and George in a "go no further', camp right here" mood. So we rested George and went back to the farm where we learned our fate. This was Glendale and we had to walk "​4-6"​ miles to Gudgenby that night to make up lost schedule + 
-through ​climbingthe wrOng ridgeWoe to him that leads up a wrong rUge+We climbed and climbed that steep ridge. We shouted to Len who shouted to Joe. We shouted to the others but our echoes died into silence as the 5,200 ft Booth grew on our left and the valley sank into an abyss in the shadow of dusk and the coming storm. A tree clothed ridge, straight as a ruler, ran from the Naas Valley over 3,000 ft. below, right to the summit of Booth. Far away in the depths, deep in the abyss, growiqg fainter and fainter into the all pervading silence, like the wail of the banshee or the cry of a departed ​spirit ​- 
-Perspiring with cur shirts off in a freezing drizzleand ikith blister scorched ​t. wci ;:​ctinc'​.6,​5. ​it ct I1P,that steep interminable ​read in a semi- Comatose conditicpLt the t6p'​l ​then &​min ​the other side with torches in the blaCis5.1.t,​s-e,​W%--3' ​had ;​1.n6Ft ​abandoned ​hoDt,:​. ​of finding those ahead and intended camping at'tLE.,catcs:r, LO; 1=c: cecretly -believed that Roley + 
-would havc rL ar d iouLd c:7Lt7Jh thezr_ ​At RendezvousCreek they were camped ​l Johm,;,2c ey ai dK,3r, ntar the roa A:d the other people further away for a littlo qui*H-.nt,5sTie cc o.tvyl the. rcads; ​everything was abused and +"Where aaare you, Joe? Where aaare you Joe-ooo?" 
-the Scotlands ​whrever wor c74 were better off than us; especially seeing that they had boon given a map that morning. Beware of being given a map in like cirvumstances; ​+ 
-Gudgenby is a rolliHg grassy plain 3,000 ft high and surrounded by forested mountains topped with granite boulders above the tree line. Weeping willows and a clump of tall poplars, green meadows and a fine flowing stream were welcoming sights,Welrampoi cver the tussock grass and through the fine forested ​slorm of +---- 
-"I think wei,ae c.:r14:,.T.nat must be Mount Kelly on our right. Nothing as high afi that an7,​-hcre ​else."​ + 
-"But the direotion ic w:​ong, ​Look at the map."​ +"Which way'​d ​those ahead go, Bill?" 
-"The map'​s ​' + 
-Stop here fc.) 2.1.u a while we're sure of water."​ +"​We'​ll go flat out to catch the others ​and tell 'em we've lost the Scotlands. Look, there'​s '​George."​ 
-"This climb ha e been worse than AannellS ​Spur."​ + 
-"​I ​donl t like iho look of things." ​. +"Hey, GeorgeSomething'​s happened."​ 
-After lunch we climbed again with more energy,till suddenly a little plain-came into view. Snow daisies and orchids, alpine plants of iarions., ​types were scattered in profusion in the snow grass of the natural clearing. Below to the right was the Cotter country and surrounding us high mountain peaks. Everyone was not happy with the spell of these beautiful surroundings and the uncertainty of the morning banished. A high peak to thi south was + 
-,decided to be Mount telly and a section of the party proceeded to the attack. The remainder of the party headed-for Cr Cotter Homestead.:. +George watts a little whileout of respect, then plods silently on. We soon realized that, after that ridge, George was in no mood for anything happening. From the top we looked down into the wide expanse of the Gudgenby river valley. Far below us in the distance were the little black specks of those ahead. No shouts could penetrate the distance. No blisters could catch the fleet of foot. Threefold we were split. No shaft of hope in the gloom. Alas for the lost ones
-Mount Kelly is one of the most satisfYing ​peaks I have climbed.-Itis - isolated and possesres ​an" ​uninterrupted view in all directions containing ​ioreground,,middTe cli-sta:​ce ​and backgroundPhotographs from there with good telephoto ​-a7.paratoz Tould be startling. In the-east is the golden coloured ​siaeep oollA7.:​v) ​Gudgenby ​taain 3s000 ft below and Booth just behind ​i then T,Ils fa ltz,ptic sake of the Tinderry Range, like mountains in a + 
-fairy St6ryAVid naarby ​are the and ridges of the Boboyan, Gudgenby,+When we reached the valley and the road, there was bother. Which way had they gone, up or down? Everything was in the wrong place. Map was wrong and George in a "go no further, camp right here" mood. So we rested George and went back to the farm where we learned our fate. This was Glendale and we had to walk "​4-6"​ miles to Gudgenby that night to make up lost schedule through ​climbing the wrong ridgeWoe to him that leads up a wrong ridge. 
-and Scabby ​Range Tp_the ​south, Kosciusko'​s main range is conspicuous by the steep north west face of.Jagungal. From Half-Moon Peak and Bimberi, the Brindabella Range stretaheS* ​across the western horizon and deep below the thick forested slopes is the valley of the Cotter. Far to the west through the Murray gap is seen thT steep pointed peaks of the Fiery Range. Nameless peaks ir the foreground, endless ridges in the distance, all covered with a faint blue haze, but, shPrp and clear in outline and detail. This would be a great .p.15c e. 1;0 'be in winter, with the mountains' ​draped in a mantle of + 
-snow. An fines long steep ski runs,- tool are awaiting someone'​s skis. +Perspiring with our shirts off in a freezing drizzle and with blister scorched ​feet we pounded ​it out up that steep interminable ​road in a semi-comatose condition. At klast the top, then down the other side with torches in the blacknessWe had almost ​abandoned ​hope of finding those ahead and intended camping at the first waterBut we secretly ​believed that Roley would have rebelled and we would catch them. At Rendezvous Creek they were camped; ​Johnoroley and Ken near the road and the other people further away for a little quietnessThe countrythe roads, everything was abused and the Scotlands, wherever they were, were better off than us; especially seeing that they had been given a map that morning. Beware of being given a map in like circumstances! 
-The PKi..11:7 eve.:​4ually ​overtook "the rabbits"​ camped below the + 
-Cotter ​d, The raptures of Mou4t Kelly were received,with disbelief, +---- 
-criticism, ​c;,yaicism, sarcasm, ennui and eventually indifference;​ which only shows how -successful the raptures were. + 
-Next morning we beat it out down the Cotter with many desulory excursions up sundry ridges ​lookin ​for imaginery ​trchlsrand ​much flapping +Gudgenby is a rolliHg grassy plain 3,000 ft high and surrounded by forested mountains topped with granite boulders above the tree line. Weeping willows and a clump of tall poplars, green meadows and a fine flowing stream were welcoming sights. ​We tramped over the tussock grass and through the fine forested ​slopes ​of middle creek. 
-of groundsheets amid the pouring rain in the prickly undergrowth.Lunch was in the rain at a place we decided to name Kangaroo Creek, so that, at least, some resemblance would exist betwe n the country and the map. + 
-"The rabbits are checking out +"I think we've gone wrongThat must be Mount Kelly on our right. Nothing as high as that anywhere ​else." 
-"​We'​ll follow up the creek if therel8 ​a track.If not, we'll try the ridge. They'​ll have to get on the ridge."​ + 
-"The creek looks evil", +"But the direction is wrong. ​Look at the map." 
-"The ridge is going up and up:. We ought to turn back."​ + 
-"Too lateWe'll never catch them."- +"The map'​s ​useless."​ 
-"Ahl thats the finiidh,,We'​re ​separatec4. We'll never see them again now. an only keep going."​ + 
-"​Here'​s a bottleWonder if the track goes over the saddle."​+"Stop here for lunch, ​while we're sure of water."​ 
 + 
 +"This climb has been worse than Hannel'​s ​Spur." 
 + 
 +"​I ​don't like the look of things."​ 
 + 
 +After lunch we climbed again with more energy till suddenly a little plain came into view. Snow daisies and orchids, alpine plants of various ​types were scattered in profusion in the snow grass of the natural clearing. Below to the right was the Cotter country and surrounding us high mountain peaks. Everyone was not happy with the spell of these beautiful surroundings and the uncertainty of the morning banished. A high peak to the south was decided to be Mount Kelly and a section of the party proceeded to the attack. The remainder of the party headed for the Cotter Homestead. 
 + 
 +Mount Kelly is one of the most satisfying ​peaks I have climbed. ​It is isolated and possesses ​an uninterrupted view in all directions containing ​foregroundmiddle distance ​and backgroundPhotographs from there with good telephoto ​aparatus would be startling. In the east is the golden coloured ​sheep country, with Gudgenby ​plain 3,000 ft below and Booth just behind, ​then the fantastic peaks of the Tinderry Range, like mountains in a fairy storyAnd nearby ​are the peaks and ridges of the Boboyan, Gudgenby, and Scabby ​Ranges. To the south, Kosciusko'​s main range is conspicuous by the steep north west face of Jagungal. From Half-Moon Peak and Bimberi, the Brindabella Range stretches ​across the western horizon and deep below the thick forested slopes is the valley of the Cotter. Far to the west through the Murray gap is seen the steep pointed peaks of the Fiery Range. Nameless peaks in the foreground, endless ridges in the distance, all covered with a faint blue haze, but, sharp and clear in outline and detail. This would be a great place to be in winter, with the mountains draped in a mantle of snow. And some fine, long steep ski runs, too, are awaiting someone'​s skis. 
 + 
 +The "Kelly Gang" eventually ​overtook "the rabbits"​ camped below the Cotter ​homestead. ​The raptures of Mount Kelly were received with disbelief, criticism, ​cynicism, sarcasm, ennui and eventually indifference;​ which only shows how successful the raptures were. 
 + 
 +Next morning we beat it out down the Cotter with many desulory excursions up sundry ridges ​looking ​for imaginery ​tracks, and much flapping of groundsheets amid the pouring rain in the prickly undergrowth. Lunch was in the rain at a place we decided to name Kangaroo Creek, so that, at least, some resemblance would exist between ​the country and the map. 
 + 
 +"The rabbits are checking out." 
 + 
 +"​We'​ll follow up the creek if there'​s ​a track. If not, we'll try the ridge. They'​ll have to get on the ridge."​ 
 + 
 +"The creek looks evil." 
 + 
 +"The ridge is going up and up. We ought to turn back." 
 + 
 +"Too lateWe'll never catch them." 
 + 
 +"Ah! that'​s ​the finish. ​We'​re ​separated. We'll never see them again now. Can only keep going."​ 
 + 
 +"​Here'​s a bottleWonder if the track goes over the saddle."​ 
 "Not a sign of it." "Not a sign of it."
-"Gosh, that creek looks like the Upper Kowmung. Won't they be hostile."​ "Coo-eel C9o-eel+ 
-"​Listen! A reply. Can hear their voicesMust be coming up."+"Gosh, that creek looks like the Upper Kowmung. Won't they be hostile."​ 
 +"Coo-ee! Coo-ee!" 
 + 
 +"​Listen! A reply. Can hear their voicesMust be coming up." 
 "Over there. Let's keep on following the ridge."​ "Over there. Let's keep on following the ridge."​
-The voices died in the silence of the depthsA view magnificent opened up through the mists behind us. Tongues of white vapour rose from + 
-the valley of the Cotter and graced the misty diadem of the Brindabella range. Through the rifts in the mist gleamed the deep blue of the mountains ​Rna the bright shafts of the sunbeams emblazoned the ever changing scene. Huge grinite ​boulders, round as eggs, big as houses, jumbled together and bilanced ​on each other, ​toi-ped ​the ridge above US. Mount McKeahnie, ​419O0ft. Ano4-1,er peak falls to the conquerors!+The voices died in the silence of the depthsA view magnificent opened up through the mists behind us. Tongues of white vapour rose from the valley of the Cotter and graced the misty diadem of the Brindabella range. Through the rifts in the mist gleamed the deep blue of the mountains ​and the bright shafts of the sunbeams emblazoned the ever changing scene. Huge granite ​boulders, round as eggs, big as houses, jumbled together and balanced ​on each other, ​topped ​the ridge above us. Mount McKeahnie, ​4,9O0 ft. Another ​peak falls to the conquerors! 
 "Its too dark now. I'll give Doreen the torch."​ "Its too dark now. I'll give Doreen the torch."​
 +
 "I don't mind being behind. I can hear you crashing through in front."​ "I don't mind being behind. I can hear you crashing through in front."​
-"Its freezingMy hands are numb. We've been wet throl,​sh ​all the afternoon." ​mWish we knew where we really were. The others won't stand a ch nce down there. They'​ll be well and truly lost now."​ + 
-"You better take Role's seat in the train, Frank."​ +"Its freezingMy hands are numb. We've been wet through ​all the afternoon."​ 
-"The food party is split and everything. All vegetables with me, and all the meat with Colin,+ 
-"Lookl the lights of Canberra ​throuh ​the glIa." +"​Wish ​we knew where we really were. The others won't stand a chance ​down there. They'​ll be well and truly lost now." 
-"​That'​ll be our gar). Aha!"​ + 
-Then we left the ridge and plunged through the dripping jungle of a gully in search of water in the dark. Huge granite boulders formed ​Our campsite - a typical Colley campsite, but none the less a home from home with that blazing fire to quell the icy wind and rain. -7 - +"You better take Roley's seat in the train, Frank."​ 
-Next morning we found the Kangaroo Creek track in the gap and on it the footprints of our separated ones. After walking hard for seven miles down Gibraltar Creek (and the dog-proof fence) to Paddy'​s River, we discoverPa ';​hem ​a mile ahead on the Tidbinbilla RoadNo amount of shouting and waving could get them off the-safety of the road and we lost them again as we cll:​abad ​the ridge. Hours after, ​'while having lunch on the Murrumbidgee River, ​Goorg,​.? ​turned up alone. Later we met the others in the paddocks after their qut,:​r ​hour lunch. The car for Canberra was met at the appointed place. + 
-Ch. the station we met the Scotlands. They went to the Cotter via +"The food party is split and everything. All vegetables with me, and all the meat with Colin." 
-Crear37 ​Flats and returned through the Cotter Gap to Orroral, then to Naas and back to Canberra+ 
-E 304L,Afct.-1, +"Look! the lights of Canberra ​through ​the gap." 
-ToE, rf,​r,​7:​(I\)9,​(.fe,​E,​4,​fy!) /3EPI13 + 
-\ r1/41 r "TMEY 13E +"​That'​ll be our gap. Aha!" 
-o q4Zy + 
-Iona e 0 rice",​ +Then we left the ridge and plunged through the dripping jungle of a gully in search of water in the dark. Huge granite boulders formed ​our campsite - a typical Colley campsite, but none the less a home from home with that blazing fire to quell the icy wind and rain. 
-cif + 
-'--- +Next morning we found the Kangaroo Creek track in the gap and on it the footprints of our separated ones. After walking hard for seven miles down Gibraltar Creek (and the dog-proof fence) to Paddy'​s River, we discovered them a mile ahead on the Tidbinbilla RoadNo amount of shouting and waving could get them off the safety of the road and we lost them again as we climbed ​the ridge. Hours after, while having lunch on the Murrumbidgee River, ​George ​turned up alone. Later we met the others in the paddocks after their quarter ​hour lunch. The car for Canberra was met at the appointed place. 
-+ 
-ury'​LLftEvEci'​ A et, F u S +On the station we met the Scotlands. They went to the Cotter via Creamy ​Flats and returned through the Cotter Gap to Orroral, then to Naas and back to Canberra. 
-"if) + 
-7721 +---- 
-bc:,/1\ E__ Or/ R LL MAKE 7HE. + 
-(CoT1R +=====The Source Of The Thredbo ​(The Big Boggy).===== 
--a; IV 6,7/47+ 
- P +Edna Garrad
-+ 
-+There is something very fascinating about tracing a river to its source, and there is great satisfaction ​in reaching country that you have seen from afar, and conjectured ​about. 
-+ 0r,, + 
-+Last Summer, ​as we battled ​against a violent and bitter gale on the Ramshead Range, ​we had managed to pause awhile and gaze away to the east to a lovely valley that ran in vivid green strip from the depths ​below (where we knew the Thredbo flowed) to the horizonAll the year that valley was at the back of our minds, and when we planned to go to Kosciusko again this Summer it was hoped to include this portion of the district, which we had learned ​in the meantime ​was known as "The Big Boggy",​ and was the source 
-LfiAvF +of the Thredbo River. 
-Jiic + 
-+From the hut at Dead Horse Gap we set out one sparkling March morning. The frost and ice cracked ​beneath our feet, and the lovely irregular shaped tarns that were dotted along the river valley were coated with ice until about 10.30 a.m. The Thredbo here was just a small creek, but as gay and lively as the river lower down, where the fishermen catch their trout in the pools below the rapids and falls. 
-To YrtAZ + 
-trvintocT +This valley ​is very colourful and reminiscent ​of Barrington Tops. There was every imaginable ​shade of green and brown, and it seemed to us like the moorlands ​in Scotland that one reads about. No doubt after rain this valley ​would be very "boggy", and it is easily understood how the name originated, ​but when we were there it was end of Summer and the cattle pads made pleasant ​walking. The low, tree clad hills on either side had obviously made the comparison ​with the brilliant green of the swamp that had impressed us from the RangeWe wandered up and up, thoroughly enjoying the morning, and after several ​false alarms came to the gap which separates the Thredbo from the Little Thredbo. This was a glorious ​spot. It was a perfect day, with blue sky overhead and a good breezeWe sat in the midst of a carpet of snow daisies and around us grazed a number of cattle that completed the rural sceneAnd over the gap we gazed away to the Moonbah ​country, equally ​deliqhtful as that which we had been travelling all morning. After a long time we turned and commenced our return journey of about six miles to the Hut. We were nearing home, when on rounding a bend in the track, we were faced with one of the most glorious ​vistas ​imaginable. The whole of the Ramshead Range lay before us, flecked ​with large drifts ​of snow and surmounted by a blue sky across whichd raced billowing clouds. ​The wild rocky peaks of the range stood out bleakly, and at the summit ​was Kosciusko, for once looking impressive, its snow capped ​dome wreathed ​from time to time in cloudIt was a breath taking climax to a very delightful day. 
-1"​--1 + 
-,11 ,S +---- 
-It + 
-+=====So Much Chatter.===== 
-You ? \ , -Th .-\--, '- k i + 
-106-LIC1) ----:- 1::"-- \II \-1471 +Most of us in the Club, (the cynical ones, anyhow) have watched with varying emotions, the distressing spectacle of a professed "woman proof" ​bachelor ​in the throes of changing his opinions. And those of us who have been forced to listen on so many occasions, to the ranting and raving of this particular bachelor on the advantages of being single, must be forgiven if they now get a tremendous satisfaction from the fact that he has now fallen flat on his face. That is such an agreeable change from his previous attitude of leaning ​too far backwards, that it is all the more enjoyable. We are telling you that Tim Coffey is engaged to Gloria Harkness. To Gloria goes our sincere admiration and to both, our wishes for every happiness. 
--ns544':'​ + 
-. _ +We haven'​t seen Len and Dorothy Webb in the Club lately, but probably their time is taken up with their brand new son. No doubt Dorothy will bring him in soon to join the Junior parade. 
- ​{'​ ijiT) N /3 Li t3 p +
-+
-S   +
-THE SOURCE OF THE THREDBO +
-THE BIG BOGGY) EDNA GARRAD. +
-There is something very fascinating about tracing a river to its +
-source, and thc:​re ​is eat:'​_sfaction ​in reaching country that you have +
-seen ficm anfl c;​oyitu3.ed ​about. +
-Last as wo he,​.tt7el. ​against a violent and bitter gale on the +
-Ramshearl ​we nzingHd pans,: ​awhile and gaze away to the east to +
-]oveL.y tr%t can tr viva green strip from the denths ​below(where +
-we kno':i th Lhrc1 i'​lcrid) to the horizonAll the year that valley was +
-at t,F, ba. c;:t ovr Tinc3t1, and whan wa planned to go to Kosciusko again this Sumor 1J. 77;,F7 hod- to include this portion of the district, which we had +
-learned ​he Jr,​antime ​was known as The Big Boggy",​ and was the source +
-of the Th::ed:Dc.) +
-From the hilt at Dead Horse Gap we set out one sparkling March morning. The f,:Thlt end ice c rec13. 0. beneath our feet, and the lovely irregular shaped tarns that were dotted along the river valley were coated with ice until about 10,30 arn. The Thredbo here was just a small creek, but as gay and lively as the river lower down, where the fishermen catch their trout in the pC)cls ​below the rapids and falls. +
-This ,​Ialley ​is very colourful and i-emiiscent ​of Barrington Tops. There was5rery ji,​ainable ​shade of green 9,4d trown, and it seemed to us like the moors. AF in Scotland that one reads about. No doubt after rain this valley ​woulj be very "bogy, and it is easily understood how the name orirTinrIt ​but when we were there it was end of Summer and the cattle pads +
-made p]. asant walking. The low, tree clad hills on either side had obviously made -,se c oln_parison ​with the brilliant green of the swamp that had impressed us frnm the Range We wandered up and up, thoroughly enjoying the morning, and after Gevdral ​false alarms came to the gan which separates the Thredbo from the Little Thredbo. This was a glorious ​sloot. It was a perfect day, with blue sky overhead and a good breezeWe sat in the midst of a carpet of snow daisies and around us grazed a number of cattle that completed the rural sceneAnd over the gap we gazed away to the Moonbah ​countrylequally ​deliqhtful as that which we had been travelling all morning. After a long time we turned and commenced our return journey of about six miles to the Hut. We were nearing home, when on rounding a bend in the track, we were faced with one of the most glorious ​vita e imaginable. The whole of the Ramshead Range lay b(:fore ie. fleaked ​with large 6Hfts of snow and surmounted by a blue sky +
-acrose'​ who7 racej The wild rocky peaks of therange ​stood out bleakly, and at the s-r):​r-At ​was Kosciusko, for once looking impressive, +
-its snow anped dome yrg,​atheca ​from time to time in cloudIt was a breath +
-taking climax to a very delightful day. +
-8+
-SO MUCH CHATTER +
-Most of us in the Club, (the cynical ones, anyhow) have watched with varying emotions, the distressing spectacle of a professed "woman proof" ​ba,​cheloT ​in the throes of changing his opinions. And those of us who have been forced to listen on so many occasions, to the ranting and raving of this particular bachelor on the advantages of being single, must be forgiven if they now get a tremendous satisfaction from the fact that he has now fallen flat on his face. That is such an agreeable change from his previous attitude of leaning ​ton far backwards, that it is all the more enjoyable. We are telling you that Tim Coffey is engaged to Gloria Harkness. To Gloria goes our sincere admiration and to both, our wishes for every happiness. +
-We haven'​t seen Len and Dorothy Webb in the Club lately, but probably their time is taken ulo with their brand new son. No doubt Dorothy will bring him in soon to join the Junior parade.+
 Latest news from Beryl (English) is that she is with her husband in the far North droving. They are making quite a holiday of the trip although the life is not an idle one, Beryl'​s husband is out of the army as you may have gathered by the above. Latest news from Beryl (English) is that she is with her husband in the far North droving. They are making quite a holiday of the trip although the life is not an idle one, Beryl'​s husband is out of the army as you may have gathered by the above.
-One large (and notoriously argumentative) party has left for the Alpine Hut, where we understand there is nlenty ​of snow, while yet + 
-another smaller (and more reasonable) party is gettir; ​ready to +One large (and notoriously argumentative) party has left for the Alpine Hut, where we understand there is plenty ​of snow, while yet another smaller (and more reasonable) party is getting ​ready to holiday at Mt. Franklin, where there is no sign of snow yet. The latter party being ready for all emergencies have planned ​a walking trip as an alternative should the snow refuse to co-operate. 
-holiday at Mt. Franklin, where there is no sign of snow yet. The latter party being ready for all emergencies have %-;​lanned ​a walking trip as an alternative should the snow refuse to co-operate.+
 It is a long time since we have seen Joe Turner but we did see him last Friday in the Club, looking very fit. It is a long time since we have seen Joe Turner but we did see him last Friday in the Club, looking very fit.
-We are wondering if the Treasurer will have his report ready for the next deneral Meeting and if not, why not? And why Johnny Wood makes his report so long. 
-News has just been received that Dick Jackson is the father of a Son, Unfortunately Dick is in Darwin and has not seen the baby. 
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-Pc' r :AL P17.1; :7; r- #.1 ):$ & rt-ri e rr.? +We are wondering if the Treasurer will have his report ready for the next General Meeting and if not, why not? And why Johnny Wood makes __his__ report so long. 
- - + 
-tr e the SbT) trimbei+News has just been received that Dick Jackson is the father of a SonUnfortunately Dick is in Darwin and has not seen the baby. 
---. . 4;1.; + 
-,tC1crireo +---
- r)o 1 -9;e, t c, 1:- 1 o f u + 
-w he, ' rwi 6 hci !.:71.1-...2,../`,7. +=====Federation Report.===== 
-Q-.h: c3- P..;​P&'​1--e7i4r he'r t-Pe f _ + 
- t -  ​/1 7 ei buti -r -e, a-"e r parv +===Meeting held on 20th June, 1944 at 6.30 p.m.=== 
- ​4;​-- ​I:- 7L w c,;5,,,v;i11; D J. 10 4.  + 
-of,all +===Kosciusko State Park.=== 
- 1 1.7 o f  + 
- r4 -, 4 t ,  +The list of trustees appoited to manage this new park has been publishedIt was noted that MrMyles Dunphy was __not__ one of themFederation decided to write to teh Trustees asking them to appoint a sub-committee of two of their members who are in touch with such matters to meet the representatives of various recreational organizations whoses members use the Park. 
-c F:e r-at w6tiad e rate , the , C12.1) .?voiAld + 
-c 71_ --t he  +===Search and Rescue Section.=== 
- ci519Ieto otir Club-T1J0In + 
-aoj. 11,6,W: the -F;te r are r a.,tioncs +With the absence of MrSt[illegible]MrKnight reported that the Sand RSection had held a meeting and arrangements were in hand for the Practice Week-end, the date to be the 2nd and 3rd September nextPlease note. 
- a acc3uats and + 
- 4 iy..)i1 7'01( Xt +===Era Lands.=== 
-In 9 0 t a rfdonat-i'​On -tiiwaids rreuntid '​the'​ 'Ern_ ,Land s + 
-D IRTY ITLP I regret to re-oor'​t ​thatcertain membersof thi..6 ​Club have +As instructed, I read to Council Miss Byles' letter to the S.B.W. and gave a brief explanation of the position and the suggestion to donate certain funds in hand to the Department of Land towards the immediate resumption of the wholeor part ofthe Era Lands. ​then conveyed to teh Federation the Club's request that it open new subscription list for say one month so taht the donation would go to the Government from all bushwalkersand stated that the Club and contributaries to the old fund would open the new one with £225and possibly more to come
-:s lip on. thems'​eleS 'and :​1i:​he ​S,B.W ,Ijuring the di 1,3 c uE.F1 ioi O the + 
-.of the Youth Hostels' ​A.49 o an.; ,Pj1C 0 the  +The delegates present were rather staggered at the generosity ofhte S.B.Was they felt that its contribution would necessarily be the greater part of any fund available in a month'time. They decided thatin view of all the circumstancesthe Federation would co-operate with the Club and would circularise all the other clubs asking for donations to our Club fundIn additionthe HonTreasurer is to prepare details of how the Federation'​s funds are madeupshowing what amounts are in special trust accounts and what amount would be available if the Federatoin decided at its next meeting to make donation towards the resumption of the Era Lands
-C I(..-34-3a beteyrressed '​whtIer ​the.- merabc r of L..As + 
-+===Dirty campsite.=== 
-121 0 ,..1:113 .1.,,​.3-,​`rfICT:​ak-1 tit d ea. IS --ab ciu,t + 
-Fe ,=312)1111'77,​tec]trl'​Oef'​ rnbie ra% Clul; oii,​1,​3 ​:it a (~1.r-) 1 03 +I regret to report ​that certain members of ths Club have brought shame upon themselves ​and the S.B.W. During ​the discussion on teh possible future affiliation ​of hte Youth Hostels' ​Association one of hte C.M.Wdelegates expressed doubt as to whether ​the members ​of that Association would have bushwalking ideals about tidy campsitesetcThe President fo teh Federation (MrPhil Watson of the Rover Ramblers' ​Clubcommented as follows:- 
- irtrol;​i-,​11 ​interest ​everyoxie '​fa'​. ​know thRt t1-.:e last vieck---ezla wh?.11 ho, 3 + 
-alit at 137;​Dtr,​-i) ​he 'sawthe '​dirtiest ca ntoPite ​he d e n. +It would interest ​everyone to know that the lanst week-end when he was out a Corral Swamp he saw the __dirtiest campsite ​he had seen for a long time, and it was an S.B.W. ampsite!__ He as the last to leave Corral Swamp that morning and, before leaving, ​he went across to the campsite left by __"​Eminent members of the S.B.W."__ It was filthy with a litter ​of papers and scraps of food__and the fire was still smouldering!__ 
-and 'an S B ' C 3,1"11.13 e' ias the :CaS t L L + 
- ; it 1-)e :1;0 -r e 0' ​he  We nt across to the oarn.:0.=, e left +Your delegates just sat and took itThis delegate has checked campsites and fires after so many re-unions, but had always hoped that those which ere below the standards set by teh Club were those of new, inexperienced members, In this instance, the President of the Federation stated that the culprits were "​eminent members of the S.B.W." and he would not know the new members! 
-0 7 + 
--:") ? ,14 it was. filthy_ ​a' ​litter ​o-F,' e +The Committee will probably have no difficulty ​in finding out which members camped at Corral Swamp in June and saw Bill Watson ​there. They are obviously ​menace to the Club and to the bush
- AS STTLT 81\5_0C1IDE5.-DTCi'​ustC 71L'​.--;​ to,ard t(-.)ok T12, 'has checo es + 
-but. d 7.-1.-.1rtr -1101)0 ​that 0 e +That this should happen ​to the Club after nearly seventeen years of hard work and ceaseless propaganda!! Words fail me. 
--11:y 1:11E.:Club we-r-e cf r...e i 11,-; nl rf S + 
-La '7;- ,​.rP3'​aert o 11-9 t t1 CL1s +---- 
-NC -f- 'D f "t-ne ,<Er1V I andhe. c.:111! a not 1,,.c r.Ow the new rs. + 
-2.y zhev e... no (ft:kr f i e..u71...ty ​in finding out, v,​11-3,​i),​1-1 +---- 
- ''​[-i o-cf"​T'',​31 ;C rjl D.:​21:,​P ​in June ,a nd s'​v ​Bill 1 atsor there. Theya:ee +
-o. l: 1 ac CtC and. to  +
-1 ,​appen ​to theClub IL af ter nearly seventeen years pf +
-wo2kari ateles pr opaganda. .7,-,rds fail me*+
 LETTERS FROM THE LADS 'eND LASSES LETTERS FROM THE LADS 'eND LASSES
 Letters were received during ,June from the following members of the walking fraternity:​- Letters were received during ,June from the following members of the walking fraternity:​-
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