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 by "​Prolix"​ by "​Prolix"​
  
-Eventually we came to a point directly opposite ​Currock +Eventually we came to a point directly opposite ​Currockbilly ​and struck in its direction, to camp at the first good creek between us and our destination. Our turn-off point is easily recognised as there are two farm houses fairly close together, one (nearer Currockbilly) almost surrounded by English ​trees and hedges.
-billy and struck in its direction, to camp at the first good +
-creek between us and OUT destination. Our turn-off point is +
-easily recognised as there are two farm houses fairly close +
-together, one (nearer Currockbilly) almost surrounded by Eng. lish trees and hedges. +
-That evening the customary cloud bank slowly welling up from +
-the seaward side settled down over Currockbilly and the ranges, shrouding them in a vaporous mantle. Now this cloud makes its +
-appearance nearly every day and at any time between 2.30 p m. and 4 p m. when any hope of a view from the tops has to be abandoned. +
-Note this fact well - for this tine of the year anyhow to save +
-disappointment,​ and make an early start or camp on top. +
-Our glorious weather still held and bright and early next +
-morning we moved off up the nearby slope. Strangely enough +
-we noted evidence, most of the way up, of the previous party'​s headlong des cent -0 hobnail marks, trampled bracken and small +
-bushes, disturbed undergrowth and soil cover. Strange, too, +
-how we walkers seem to follow very similar paths in new country we had had no idea where the previous party had descended. +
-At the end of the tree line, from which the bare head of +
-Currockbilly rises sheer and gaunt, we dumped packs about 12.30 +
-and scrambled up to get a view before the mist cane over. tTwas +
-well. To seaward and to the North low clouds were fast approach. +
-ing, some heavy with rain. Pigeon House itself was making con- +
-tact with these, as were the higher points to the North. The trig offered a cyclorama, the eastern and northern half of which +
-was in cloud shadow and rain, while behind us to the West was warm sun and broken sky a wonderful contrast in weathers, +
-either of which could be enjoyed by merely turning round. +
-We had proposed to camp somewhere on top, probably two or +
-three miles to the north had seemed likely. Little did we know. +
-Our previous party had spoken of water running everywhere on top, +
-but this idea must have taken root from their observations along the base of the ranges. True, plenty of water flows out of the +
-mountains in deep gorges well below, the top, but, apart from one (Wog Wog Creek) which begins just northeast of Currockbilly,​ and +
-which we subsequently used, there is little in the way of water +
-within easy reach of the tops between Currockbilly and the Twins. Our advisers also suggested good camping should be available. Little did they know. There is no more inhospitable place, to +
-my knowledge, to rest a weary rump, let alone a body (two in this +
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-This is the map promised in last month'​s issuo. The original map and stencil arrived at l'itt St. from Coogee six days after posting. (The trans-l!acific Air Mail also takes six days). It then went to_Neutral Bay and was directed to Armidale. Failing to intercept it at any of these, points we asked "​Prolix"​ fclr another map and Dennis Gittoes reproduced it on the stencil. +
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 +That evening the customary cloud bank slowly welling up from the seaward side settled down over Currockbilly and the ranges, shrouding them in a vaporous mantle. Now this cloud makes its appearance nearly every day and at any time between 2.30 p.m. and 4 p.m. when any hope of a view from the tops has to be abandoned. Note this fact well - for this tine of the year anyhow to save disappointment,​ and make an early start or camp on top.
  
- A+Our glorious weather still held and bright and early next morning we moved off up the nearby slope. Strangely enough we noted evidence, most of the way up, of the previous party'​s headlong descent - hobnail marks, trampled bracken and small bushes, disturbed undergrowth and soil cover. Strange, too, how we walkers seem to follow very similar paths in new country - we had had no idea where the previous party had descended.
  
-ic al 3 +At the end of the tree line, from which the bare head of Currockbilly rises sheer and gaunt, we dumped packs about 12.30 and scrambled up to get a view before the mist came over. 'Twas well. To seaward and to the North low clouds were fast approaching,​ some heavy with rain. Pigeon House itself was making contact with these, as were the higher points to the North. The trig offered a cyclorama, the eastern and northern half of which was in cloud shadow and rain, while behind us to the West was warm sun and broken sky a wonderful contrast in weathers, either of which could be enjoyed by merely turning round. 
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-1.5. +We had proposed to camp somewhere on top, probably two or three miles to the north had seemed likelyLittle did we knowOur previous party had spoken of water running everywhere on top, but this idea must have taken root from their observations along the base of the ranges. True, plenty of water flows out of the mountains in deep gorges well below the top, but, apart from one (Wog Wog Creek) which begins just north-east of Currockbilly,​ and which we subsequently used, there is little in the way of water within easy reach of the tops between Currockbilly and the Twins. Our advisers also suggested good camping should be available. Little did they know. There is no more inhospitable place, to my knowledge, to rest a weary rump, let alone a body (two in this case). Round, square, oblong and every conceivable variation of quartzite boulders large and small are strewn for the whole length of the range, on top and sides, making walking very tiring. But the views are worth it. 
-Of quartzite boulders large and small are strewn for the whole length of the range, on top and sides, making walking very tiing. Butthe views are worth it. + 
-Lunched and harnessed we upped to the top with weary tread. The cloudbank now began to roll over from the East to the plateau +[Map titled "​Approaches To Mount Budawang.] 
-side and disperse in the warmer air. Later it had its way and + 
-ipttled ​in. A very interesting observation on Currockbilly is +This is the map promised in last month'​s issue. The original map and stencil arrived at Pitt St. from Coogee six days after posting. (The trans-Pacific Air Mail also takes six days). It then went to Neutral Bay and was directed to Armidale. Failing to intercept it at any of these points we asked "​Prolix"​ fclr another map and Dennis Gittoes reproduced it on the stencil. 
-the sudden line of demarkation between rain forest jungle and + 
-stark bare rocks and tussocks. The eastern, or rainy side, of +Lunched and harnessed we upped to the top with weary tread. The cloudbank now began to roll over from the East to the plateau side and disperse in the warmer air. Later it had its way and settled ​in. A very interesting observation on Currockbilly is the sudden line of demarkation between rain forest jungle and stark bare rocks and tussocks. The eastern, or rainy side, of the mountain is thick with typical rain forest jungle right up to the top, and yet on our side, as already described, it was relatively bare. Later we noticed a similar example this time in trees. 
-the mountain is thick with typical rain forest jungle right up to the top, and yet on our side, as already described, it was + 
-relatively bare. Later we noticed a similar example this time +Some miles north of this point, and about the top line of the range, to the West, were trees black and rough of bark and to the East, only a few feet away, smooth tall blue trunked gums - and neither species had mingled with the other, as though nature had said "this far and no farther"​. 
-in trees. + 
-Some miles north of this point, and about the top line of the range, to the West, were :trees black and rough of bark and to the East, only a few feet away, smooth tall blue trunked gums - and neither species had mingled with the other, as though nature had said this far and no farther"​. +Now, surrounded by vaporous swirling cool mist, breaking at intervals to allow us a glimpse of the sunny valley below in late afternoon, we headed north, feeling on top of the world, the ground falling away sharply on both sides - to the East little being visible except cloud. Evening began to close in and still we were nowhere near our proposed camp and water. Luckily, through a break in the cloud, I looked down on the eastern ​side and noticed what seemed like the shine of water in a couple of pools on the floor of an upland ​valley ​which separated the nearby parallel ridge from us. "This do?". "Yes!" - and down we went. It was a delightful spot, about 150 ft. below the top - no trees, sheltered, and falling away to the North into a tree lined, V-shaped frame of clouded distance. It was somehow like Kosciusko country in minature. The mist passed over our heads and thinly around us. 
-Now, surrounded by vaporous swirling cool mist, breaking at intervals to allow us a glimpse of the sunny valley below in late afternoon, we headed north, feeling on top of the world, the ground falling away sharply on both sides - to the East little being visible except cloud. Evening began to close in and still + 
-we were nowhere near our proposed camp and water. Luckily, through a break in the cloud, I looked down on the eastern ​sido and noticed what seemed like the shine of water in a couple of pools on the floor of an upland ​Valley ​which separated the nearby +A camp spot? Wellnot really. Luckily again, after much searching, a clump of hard tussocky grass gave sufficient space. It was the only spot available and was close to a tiny clear running ​stream ​and pools. The stream was so well established and free from erosion that it was invisible in most places but it could be heard gurgling deep in its channel beneath a closely woven mat of grassy vegetation. This proved to be the headwaters of Wog Wog Creek. 
-parallel ridge from us. "This do?". "lbs.!" - and down we went. + 
-It was a delightful spot, about 150 ft. below the top - no trees, sheltered, and falling away to the North into a tree lined,' ​V- +Wood, both for tent poles and fire had to be got from the tree area about a quarter of a mile below us. The firewood on hand consisted of a few meagre dried-out roots and trunks (if one may call them such) of old scrub protruding from around the nearby pool and showing black signs of a byegone bushfire. 
-shaped,frame of clouded distance. It was somehow like Kosciusko + 
-country in minature. The mist passed over our heads and thinly +[Two maps] 
-around us. + 
-canp spot? Wellnot really. Luckily again, after much searching, a clump of hard tussocky grass gave sufficient space. It was the only spot available and was close to a-tiny clear +(As originally drawn, with particular reference to the Twins areaIn this map it would appear that there is direct access from teh Twins to Wog Wog Mt
-running ​streari ​and pools. The stream was so well established and free from erosion that it was invisible in most places but it could be heard gurgling deep in its channel beneath a closely + 
-woven mat of grassy vegetation. This proved to be the headwaters +As noted, the Twins are not quite so far apartThe creek and gorge around Northern ​Twin are as shown aboveDescent and follow ​down where shown as fence so as to avoid the gorgeThe Twins aer actually part of the range and not as isolcated as previously shown.) 
-of Wog Wog Creek. + 
-Wood, both for tent poles and fire had to be got from the tree area about a quarter of a.Mile below us. The firewood on +Next morning we followed the range towards the Twins and enjoyed a continuous series of grand views over the eastern ​side, with Pigeon House a prominent landmark - moving ever southward as we progressed. 
-hand consisted of a few meagre dried-out roots,and trunks (if one may call them such) of old scrub protruding from around the nearby pool and showing black signs ofa byegone bushfire. + 
-ORIGIIVAL4.Y DRekW +This trip was noteworthy for the variety of fungi observed. We saw at least 30 different ​kinds, varying in size, type and colour: ​many had not seen before. They were soft, delicate, pink rather shapeless ones; orthodox types were there too - of every hue. Yet others were very individual - such as one with a crimson coloured top and a fine yellow cellular construction beneath. One particular specimen was almost transparent amethyst shade, shimmering at the slightest touch. Everywhere were masses of tiny sulphur-yellow button sized fungi, ​the biggest barely half an inch in diameter, with just a few of the characteristic radiating membranes. On the road back big grey-white ones poked their domes up out of the hard road - yet they themselves were soft and delicate. 
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-re/WS Aki..5.4 +When we reached the second knob of the Twins doubt as to the correctness of the map became a certainty. We used the Clyde River valley ​map issued by H.S. Freeman - Bushlanders' ​Club. It is O.Kas far as the Twins, but on to Wog Wog Mtn? No Sir! Wog Wog Mountain is on the other side of a very steep gorgewith a creek at the bottom, towards which the sides descend very steeply. This gorge starts ​right round at the western side of the Twins, in a rapid descent, and this is not shown on the map. (See sketch map). It is necessary to take the spur shown going to the left towards Corang Creek by descending near the first Twin to a saddle from which descend the headwaters of the gorge referred to above. A wire fence at present gives a lead down the side of the Twins and is worth following. 
-1.1 + 
-45 /V07-50 +Another night on one of the numerous creeks and an early brisk walk took us to the mail car. There was a canopy of heavy mist which lifted later giving us glimpses of the range and the urge to return for further exploration. 
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-Cennes o dis avei'd 9orye-. +=====Social Notes For September.=====
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-Next morning we followed the rangetowards the Twins and enjoyed a continuous series of grand views over tha eaStern ​side, With Pigeon House aprominent landmark - moving ever southward as we progressed. +
-This trip was noteworthy for the variety of fungi observed. +
-We saw at least 30 different ​kirlds, varying in size, type and +
-'colour: ​manTI had not se6n before,., , They were soft, delicate, ​'pink rather shapeless ones.; orthodox types were there too - of +
-every hue. Yet others were very individual - such as one with a crimson coloured top and a fine yellow cellular construction beneath. One particular specimen was almost transparent amethyst shade, shimmering at the slightest touch. Everywhere were masses +
-of tiny sulphur-yellow button sized fungi, ​t he biggest barely +
-half an inch in diameter, with just a few of the characteristic radiating membranes. On the Toad back big grey-white ones poked +
-their domes up out of the hard road - yet they themselves were soft and delicate. +
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-When we reached the second knob of the Twins doubt as to the correctness of the map became a certainty. We used the Clyde River valley ​nap issued by H.S. Freeman - aushlanderst ​Club. It is 0.Kas far as the Twins, but on to Wog Wog Mtn? No Sinl +
-Wog Wog Mountain is on the other side of a very steep gorgewith +
-a creek at the bottom, towards which the sides descend very este eply. This gorge starts ​rightround ​at the western side of the Twins, in a rapid descent, and thisis ​not shown on the rap. (See sketch map).. It is necessary to take the spur shown going to the left towards Corang Creek by descending near the first Twin to a saddle from which descend the headwaters of the gorge referred to above. A wire fence at present gives a lead down the side of the.Twins and is worth following. +
-Another night on one of the numerous creeks and an early brisk walk took us to the nail car. There was a canopy of heavy mist which lifted later giving us glimpses of the range and the urge to return for further exploration. +
-SOCIAL NOTES FOR SEPTEYBER+
    
-First of all a reminder for those luCky people who are on the Social ​QaMmit tee donft forget the meeting on thelFonthly ​meeting night at 7 p.,m. And dor-lit ​forget it on succeeding months ​eitherl ' +First of all a reminder for those lucky people who are on the Social ​Committee - don'​t ​forget the meeting on the Monthly ​meeting night at 7 p.m. And don'​t ​forget it on succeeding months ​either! 
-We have proved that most Bushwalkers are morons, but' ​at least they are strong ​norons.' ​This will be proved beyond a shadow ​ct doubt at the Exhibition of Weight Lifting on Friday 19th Soptonbor.Watch Ray Dargan remove the shadow of doubt - + 
-with the assistance of his lusty confreres. There will be a display of masculine strength which will 'rock the building, shatter the stories about the deoadence ​of the race, knock splinters'​oft ​the female heart. (If you have any atoms, bring them along and +We have proved that most Bushwalkers are morons, but at least they are strong ​morons. This will be proved beyond a shadow ​of doubt at the Exhibition of Weight Lifting on Friday 19th September. Watch Ray Dargan remove the shadow of doubt - with the assistance of his lusty confreres. There will be a display of masculine strength which will rock the building, shatter the stories about the decadence ​of the race, knock splinters ​off the female heart. (If you have any atoms, bring them along and the boys will split them.) 
-Do you know the crotchetty, cranky ​incOnsiderate ​Public Servant who tells you at-tines ​in the Summer that you must not light fires in the open? If not, it is YrKingsvill ​(at least+ 
-he has something to do with it, anyway) and he has kindly consented to give us a lecture on some aspects of this same problem on the 26th. of themonth. The title of his lecture is "Bush Fire Prevention. +Do you know the crotchetty, cranky ​inconsiderate ​Public Servant who tells you at times in the Summer that you must not light fires in the open? If not, it is MrKingsmill ​(at least he has something to do with it, anyway) and he has kindly consented to give us a lecture on some aspects of this same problem on the 26th. of the month. The title of his lecture is "Bush Fire Prevention". 
-There are one or two things in October which deserve special mention so that you can book up your boy or girl'​frien'​d, or someone else'​s. On the 8th and 9th., at History House, ​Yo. 8 Young St. - down near the Quay - the S.B.W. Dramatic Group are presenting several one act plays for the Federation funds. Joan Savage is producing, so there is no need to elaborate. + 
-On the 24th. Oct. there is a lecture by Yr. McNeill from the Museum on he Barrier Reef. This lecture, which will be illustrated with slides, is guaranteed to be super extra. +There are one or two things in October which deserve special mention so that you can book up your boy or girl friend, or someone else'​s. On the 8th and 9th., at History House, ​No. 8 Young St. - down near the Quay - the S.B.W. Dramatic Group are presenting several one act plays for the Federation funds. Joan Savage is producing, so there is no need to elaborate. 
-the boys will split them.)+ 
 +On the 24th. Oct. there is a lecture by Mr. McNeill from the Museum on "​The ​Barrier Reef". This lecture, which will be illustrated with slides, is guaranteed to be super extra. 
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