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The Sydney Bushwalker.

A monthly Bulletin of The Sydney Bush Walkers, C/- Ingersoll Hall, 256 Crown Street, Sydney.


No. 153. September, 1947. Price 6d. Subscriptions Oct. - Jan 2/-. Postage 6d.

EditorAlex Colley, 55 Kirribilli Av., Milsons Point
Assistant EditorDot Butler
Walks ReporterKevin Ardill
IllustrationistDennis Gittoes
Business ManagerMaurie Berry
ProductionBrian Harvey
Production AssistantPeter Price
Sales and Subs.Christa Calnan
Assistant Sales and Subs.Bill Horton
TypisteGweneth Roots

In This Issue:

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Editorial - No Conservation Bureau 1
At Our August Meeting 2
Are Bushwalkers Getting Sissy?Marie B. Byles 5
Column 9 6
Rover Ramblers' Barbecue 7
The QuizDot Butler 8
It Was a Good Walk“Mumbedah”10
The Page Holiday Camp 10
Federation NotesBrian Harvey11
Budawang and Currockbilly“Prolix”12
Social Notes for September 16
Federation Reunionillustrated by Dot Butler17

Advertisements:

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Rolfe's Advt.11
Backyard Bushwalking - Paddy's Advt.18

EDITORIAL No Conservation Bureau Page 2 5 6 7 8 10 11 11 .12 16 17 The Federation Annual Report for 1.946-7 commences as follows: it cannot be said that the year now chronicled has seen encouraging progress in the cause of Conservation. Although Federation has some place as a forum for the ex- presion of ,club andbushwalking opinion, the preservation of privileges of bush walkers and similar pur- poset, the'organization was formed to promote the es- tablishmentrand preservation of national parks and primitive areas and reserVes for the protection of native flora and fauna, to prevent the spoliation of the bush, natural 2. scenery and wild life and to educate public opinion to appreciate and preserve these things.“ Later on the report states: It is regretted that the (Conservation) Bureau has not yet commenced to function after its wartime quiescence. Conservation., the main reason for the existence of this organisation, requires skilled and tireless workers, prepared to devote a great part of their leisure to its cause. Suitable personnel, preferably volunteers, are badly needed. We are indebted, however, Tor services in this cause by members of the S.B W Why is it that all the conservation work, is left to the Fed.L. eration Secretary and a few-of the older members of the F.T.C. or S.B.W? In our Glub there is quite a lot of interest in the subject - about half the time in our meetings is spent in discussing conservation, yet the net result is almost nil. One good reason for this is the terribly involved and long winded procedure we have thought up. A conservation-natter is brought up in a Club meeting, referred to the,Foderation, referred to the Conservation Bureau, if in existence, or, if net, somewhere else;,” then back to the Federation and thence to the Club for further. consideration. But this is not alit Take, for indtance, the case of National Park. After about three months the Federation decided on a policy, but then, faced with the aw ful prospect of doing something, it decided instead that someone should make a report on it. Nobody would do so until the ,Secretary reluctantly took on this redundant task. That was in January. Federation is now consider- ing the report. To the bushwalkers we award a special certificate in triplicate for' performing the remarkable feat of weaving their own red, tape and then tying themselves up in it. Perhaps this is the reason why none of the old conservation workers will volunteer for the Conservation Bureau (the very name is dus.6.7). Experience has taught them that they must fight their way through the mesh of red tape and overcdme the inertia of eighteen clubs before they can even start to do conservation work. AT OUR AUGUST MEETING In the absence of the ?resident, who was on his way to the _Alpine Hut, one of the Vice-Presidents, Alex Colley, was in the chaix_. There were about 70 members present, and in an argument- ative mood. Some addressed the Chair, some turned their backs to it, some confined their observations to a close circle of friends, others addressed the floor; but all had something to say. The first business of the evening was to welcome a new member, Kath Hardy. s. Next the minutes were read - and voted wrong. The Walks Secretary was not, as stated in the draft minutes and the magazine, to be elected at the Half Yearly meeting, but at this meeting. Later in the evening the election was held and Bill Horton made the new Walks Secretary. In the correspondence Was a letter asking whether the Sydney Bush Walkers wanted any resolutions discussed at the Forestry Advisory Council conference. Laurie Rayner thought that fire watch-towers should be erected, and, if necessary, 4]anned by club menbers during the 'week-end. Marie Byles pointed out that telephone communication and other equipment was also necessary. The meeting was in favour of the watch-towers, but judging by disgruntled murmurs, would not have been so keen on a week-ends pole sitting. Nicely judging the temper of his audience by its undertone, Laurie refrained from putting the watch-towers issue to the test., We were very pleased to hear that the National Park's, and Prmitive Areas Council had added another success to its' conservation-efforts by having the Beecroft Peninsula (the Northern Headland of Jervis Bay), reserved. The plan proposed by the N.P.P.A.C. had been followed closely. After :t reading of the Federation Report the sale'of Crown Lands on Narrow. Neck was discussed at length. Marie Byles said that she and Dr. Dark (who had told her: of the sale) would advance the purchase money - 600. -_if the Federation would undertake td raise the funds later. Ilowever the Federation and the S.B.W. delegates seemed uluke warm“ about the idea.' After a little discussion Ruby Payne-Scott, following a suggestion by Paul Barnes, moved that the Federation should try to obtain an option over the land. There followed some discussion, initiated by Eric Rowen, as to our right to cross the land.. It was, Marie explained, a..'Tnicen ?,oint. 'Under the old system of land tenure a explained, of user” could be established'. Under Torren:s'Title the title was defined,..but, if people were allowed to walk“ over a track for some time perhaps the owner had dedi cated it for that purpose. It was decided to try to Obtain the option., 'However, there was still no expression of opinion as to whether or not we minded houses, farms, roads etc. on the area. We could not help feeling that any farmer who could cultivate those rocks' would deserve every encouragement, but a “scenic road is a good bet for the next depression, arid by that time it might be possible to build a house that would withstand :tie,mountain gales' that roar across the headland. Ruby' Payne-Scott again obliged with a motion to the effect that we.'deplored the alienation Of land on Narro Neckr* and the Club 6ators got down to business. 'Allan Hardie pointed out that we could not be prevented' “from crossing the land an there must be right of access to the parts beyond. Ron Knightley made. the hair of, the older members stand on end by saying that the walk 4. out to Clear Hill was rocky and unpleasant and that a road would do away with it, allowing us to get out to the country beyond, where the real beauty of the mountains lay. Bushwalkers were against the alienation of every bit of land that was not cultiv- ated or used for timber, or they wanted to buy it. Laurie Rayner said he felt sick when he went through a street (too bad). But he would like a scenic road to Clear Hill, so that people who couldn't walk could enjoy the scenery, It was houses and farms that meant ruined scenery and ringbarked trees. Gordon Ballard said the land was 1-2 miles from the railway - it was too far away from shopping centres and too windy - it would not be used for building. Kath Hardy, attending her first meeting as a member, spoke for the walkers of posterity. If we let scenic places go to the builder there would be no places at all for walking in 56 years time, Narrow Neck was one of the grandest places. A scenic road would spoil the views and the place was already easy of access. Phil Hall was also thinking of the next generation. If there were a road they would n,-,t have to stumble and curse and swear, or at any rate stumble their way down to the Cox on Friday nights. Then walkers could get into the really interesting country on Friday night instead of having to spend, hours in the pansy stuff. Think too how delightful it would be to enjoy scones and cream when you had arrived at the top of Clear Hill? Dorothy Lawry said that this proved it - the present generation of Bush- walkers were morons. As soon as large numbers of people got out beyond tEe-rox there would be fires, just as there were in the nearer areas. John Noble, who had volunteered to take the notes for the meeting, took time off to point out that the road down to Narrow Neck was already being prepared with a bull-dozer. Ruby Payne-Scott, replying to critics, first dealt with the cream and jam heresy. If on Clear Hill, why not Solitary too or anywhere and everywhere? We didn't want to buy every bit of land not already built on - houses were often built in most impossible places and there was every likelihood of them being put out on Narrow Neck. It was not far for a bus run. The use of land should be wisely controlled in the interests of the people. The motion was then put to the vote and it was resolved that we did deplore the alienation' of the land. The next major issue was that of how to lock the Club room on Friday nights. On the previous Friday night it had been left open. Various proposals were put forward - Allan Hardie proposed a roster such as was adopted for the work to be done in Churches. Eric Rowen thought the caretaker should do it. Then a roster of the committee was proposed. All proposals were defeated and it was decided to leave it to the committee. This was the last contentious matter and the meeting closed at 10.15 p m. 5. ARE BUSHWALKERS GETTING SISSY? By Marie B. -Pyles As I listened to the discussion as to the desirability of a road along the Narrow Necks and houses on the way to Clear Hill, ^ I began to wonder, Only a few years ago I remember expressions of horror at such a suggestion. It would ruin the beauty and the fun, they then said; fortunately it would be a difficult road to make, 'Thank Goodness: they sighed with relief. But now quite a number of bushwalkers seriously urged that a road to Clear Hill would save their poor feet from the long stony path. It is true that there is no 'longer the adventure in the Narrow Necks as there was when Frank Duncan was mak:i_rz the First Descent of Clear Hill. But the beauty is still n-ler. Are they blind to it? Perhaps so. A forester once took a party of bushwalkers out for a week end. He found that they were splendid companions; but he marvelled that they never looked at anything: Perhaps these bushwalkers who find the track to Clear Hill so long and stony have never seen the wonder of the mist across the walley on a moonlight'night, or the splend- our of a sunrise on the distant or the loveliness of the tiny flowers beside that stony path. But in any case where would be the adventure of the Gangerangs if you could reach them easily? Why the very harm of these hills and, of the Dog Ranges and the Cox is just that you cannot reach them easily and that the walk there is long and very beautiful. And where is this road extension gong to end? After all the walk along the Dog Ranges is far less spectacular than that along the Narrow Necks, and once the road is out to Clear Hill, oh: won't their poor feet get weary tramping out along those uninteresting Dogs, with hardly any views. Let's take the road right down to the Cox and be done with it. And then we shaT1 be right on the doorstep of the Kowmung yes, and the adventure of the Kowmung gone, and the Country nicely opened Up between Katoomba and Ginkyn. Perhaps a scenic road to Clear Hill will be inevitable one day. But I always thought it would be the N.RY.A. that would want it, and that the bushwalkers would put up a strenuous opposition, perhaps ending in a compromise with a road to Diamond Falls and down the cliffs into the Yegalong - such a road has in fact been planned, but not by bushwalkers - so far: It is bz*Le that motorists are entitled to their fair share of scenic roads, and in the past it has been I who have said that bushwalkers should not be selfish. But at the same time there is a happy medium, and it was generally agreed that it was a fair thing to expect a few ridges to remain free of tourist roads, and that these should be the Yount Hay Ridge beyond Table Hill and Rocky Tops. the Mount King George Ridge beyond Mount King George, and the whole of the Narrow Necks Ridge. Does the younger generation of br shwalkers want to see roads out along all the ridges? Do they want merely ease of access to the rivers where they can loaf and swi m? It gave ne a pang to see that it was the younger bushwalkers who /vainly spoke for making ease of access to the Dogs and the Gangerangs. Is the rising generation of bushwalkers getting sissy? I have had more than my fair share of exploring seldom or never-trodden country, not only in New Zealand and China, but in Australia, too, and I shall now probably never go into wild untrodden lands again. So the vandalism proposed by some of the younger bushwalkers will not affect me personally. But I am sad, none the less, for those expeditions into far-off country have been the high-lights of my life, and I ehould be sorry to think there was no far-off country for adventure any more - and to have had the adventure taken away by bushwalkers and not by motorists well: well well' The wonder of the world is o'er; 11The magic from the sea is gone: There is no unlnagined shore, tNo islet yet to venture on.I' A.E. COLUMN 9 McNicoll conducts a column. All the best papers do like- wise. Why canit we? What has McNicoll gctthat I haven't Leaving out a wife and friends I canit see a thing. So here goes. Allan Hardie (Dormie to you) hits the headlines in his own inimitable style. Railway officials held up a train for seven hours on Sunday evening, but awing to a minor clerical error Dormie didnit appear until Konday afternoon. His equipment included two cameras, sundry axes, trenching tools etc. Maps were not considered necessary as Dormie refreshed his memory. by - glancing at them prior to leaving home. A peep at the Class- ified Columns shows an axe and trenching tool for sale. Etiquette Section:- Would someone ask the bushwalker, attired in becoming green shorts and matching socks, if it is cor- rect procedure to hold hands with a very personable prospective when pointing out pretty panoranas. You wont believe this, but from an unimpeachable source we are advised, and surprised, that Ron Knightley arose at 5.30 a m. and was on the track at 7.20 a m. I need hardly tention that a womanis influence was responsible. As Yr. Knightley would say - astounding, what.; Just received word that a syndicate is bidding for Dormiels axe. When it is acquired it is to be presented to Ken Meadows. On future excursions to viow abo. carvings Keni being sent on a day early with the axe to carve a few. The unfortunates who eorge Russell} accompanied. him on his walk didn't soe anything that resemblod a carving. It may rmve been retribution or just a new form of greeting, but Bernie requested Ken to put out his hand and then crushed a fresh, or practically fresh egg, in the outstretched palm. I don't know 11)w eggsactly what happened afterwards bat can yolk imagine Ken's face. …… The bruises displayed by various males were not sustained' in bashing through scrub or falling off mountains. On a recent Sunday walk a pretty Prospective mentioned she might have a blister. The charge of the Light Brigade paled into insignificance beside the rush of zealous sticking plaster appliers. One fortunate managed to grogp the foot before the others and went to work. The leader held the party up for half an hour torsooth the patient's nerves, which were in a,bad state after:the on- slaught. …… Some sage once remarked that “There is a time -and place' for everything”. Shirley King decided noon was the correct time to collect tadpole spectmens for her naturalist sister, but few will agree with her' choice of place. Would you collect tadpoles halfway through a Test Walk ? Latest bulletin is that the lady is sound in wind andclimb, but the tadpoles couldn't keep up with the pace and arrived home in a stdB of rigor mortis or ,whatever tadpoles become when they cease tadpoling. on …. , Dormie jUSt m*, the stop-press with the explanation of how' his two-day walk developed into three. days. It seem S that someone moved a house from'a,turn7-off in a. gulIy,.or moved the gully away from the house Pr the,turn..off'dway from Anyhow th4's how, it happened.' ROVER RAMBLRRS BARBECUE, 12th 8: 14th September Location : Junction VVood1s Creek and Grose River. Special_Buses, li- each way, meet the following trains at Richmond:- SATURDAY : Cantra19:22..a r. arrives RichMond 10..53.a ili. '.1.,b0 p m. : -”'” . ” : , 2.32 p m. … 1.40 P.m. ,li .m :-%16 P.1/1, SUNDAY : Trains leaVe'RidOmond at 5.19, 5.50 &.6.59Ap m. ,,: The charge of 2/- per head will benefit the Boy Scout & Girl Guide Yemorial Appeal THE.QMIZ By Dot Butler. Frankly I was disappointed in the Quiz, (possibly because I was one of the contestants and couldn't answer the questions). Having debated the subject last month and agreed that Bushwalkers are morons I was expecting to be asked questions compatible with our mental development, but it eemed as if the Quiz-raster went out of his way to ask questions demanding at least a Q.C. standard of education. To be asked in grin earnest what was the date of the founding of South Australia, and what was the date of the founding of Western Australia, and what was the date of the discovery of gold in Australia, I felt was putting too much of a strain on our limited mental capacities. The men's team 'of three was the chosen cream of half a roomful of males: whereas the unlucky women's team had to be selected from the “re 6 or 8 girls present, so naturally they started at a diONvantage. At * time the score was 3 for the men and i for the women. (Strong in the legs bUt weak in the mind” murmured a spectator.) Brian Ilarvey, who seemed to be most familiar with the blah put out by the daily papers, disapPointed the audience by not being able to supply the name of the vessel which brought home the three girl deportees from the U.S. Neither could he give their names, nor their 'phone numbers: And I thought he said the fire in “River Clarence' was caused by the explosion of a drum of Sodium Chlordde, The judge gaVe him full marks so he mai have said Sodium Chlorate. Anyhow, Chloride or Chlorate, what's the difference? Throughput the Quiz Vavis Jeans sought mental refuge in her knitting, much to the annoyance of the cross-examiner who said testily that he didn't see how she could knit and think at the same time. But Yavis had the complete an-iilier to that one; she had asked sweetly before being selected as a contestant “Do you mind if I knit while you ask me questions, then I won't feel that my time is being completely_ wasted:” Somehow this seemed vaguely disparaging to Thecal'oss- - examiner; it rankled but gave him nothing to get his teeth into. However when Kevin.Ardill, finding, the questions-too - overwhelming, adopted the usual mall-boy method of escape by raising his hand and asking permission to leave, the roam, his examiner snapped out an emphatic “Nol” The questions on astronomy had everyone tricked. The women's team didn't know that Yira,is in the constellation of Cetus. As a matter of fact the lass who was given that question answered it by posing another: “What”, she asked the Quiz-master, “is a constellation?” I could have answered that one: a constellation is the prize you get for having tried to answer the questions but failed. 9. The men's tear didn't know that Acheron is in the constellation of Osram, coiled-coil and all. The examiner didn't know either, and neither apparently did the audience, and neither, for that matter, did I, (and neither, at the time of writing, does the Oxford and Cambridge Dictionary.) When a representative of the men's team was asked, “What are leonids?” (the dictionary says fleonides'), prompted by the opposition he answered “lion cubs” and wa: courted out. The Quiz-raster said they were a shower of' meteorites from the constellation Leo. This answer has worried us considerably. We don't know much about astronomy but somehow with Leo such a helluvanuthber of light years away we wonder how its meteorites are visible fro/b. the Earth. rerhaps saleone who is more versed in astronony night elucidate. (There's nothing hanging on the answer as far aS the Quiz results are concerned.) . A representatihe of the girl's team showed her native intelligence when asked-what date the Sydney Bush- walkers was founded - (You heard me! No, I didn't say what date it founderedi) As she was prospe'ctiV.e member and hadn't any idea she filled in the fifteen seconds allowed for the answer by saying “1920, 1921,,1922, 1923 and so on till she was told time was up, but she had just managed to get in 1927 before the gong went so was awarded full narks. I had tried the same lurk with the discovery of gold in N.S.W., but, 15 seconds didn't give me time to get from 1770 to 1851. “What are the Christian names of Yr. Attlee?” The contestant hesitated'. “Go on”, said the Q.M. encouragingly, “Try all the A's 'first, then the B's, and so on”. Time was up The gents scored by various guesses a total of 7 whereas the ladies, who only answered when they really-knew what they were talking about, totalled Prizes were awarded to the gents, but it was a baok-handed blow because, as the prizes were chocolates they were politely handed round to the ladies first, and as there weren't very many the winning team had to go without. Virtue is its awn Reward. We are pleased to welcome back John and Dora Harvey after their long sojourn in Tasmania, where, we hear, they ',did” quite a bit of the country. They hope again to appear on the active list, and we look forward to seeing then renew their acquaintance with the N.S.W. bushlands again. How about giving us your impressions of walking in Tasmania, John, and what the Hobart Walking Club is doing about conservation over there? 10. IT WAS A GOOD WALK by “Igumbedah” “Did you have a good walk?” was the query the “Friday night after”. “Yes”, says I, “We had to stand all the way as far as Leura, and then the trair -1f an hour late at Black- heath. Camped down in Green GuLy '1(11' was the frost a beaut ioe round the heads of our sleeping b?.ss the next morning. Out at the Dogs we had to carry the water over a quarter of a mile to the standing camp. Snowed during lunch time at Splendour Rock on the Sunday - noses and ears dropped off in the bitter wind. That night a largish piece of glowing charcoal hopped into the cuff of my second-best grey pants and promptly put an airhole therein. Then 1 trod on my spectacles with my heaviest pair of hobnails on the Monday' morning - cost me 25/- for the experiment Arrived back in Kat.-,omba to see the red tail light of the 6.13 p m. disappear behind j,e JOalifOrnia” and learnt, (with some regret) that the next was 2,17,a m. - eight hours to wait. Saw a rotten picture at local -show where we passed away three hours, then back to the hard seats of the waiting room till 2.17. Home - and an hour in bed and so to work, to find I had 'to work back that night. Yes, it was a good walk h Should be more of them. THE PAGE HOLIDAY CAMP After six month's holiday, during which they have entertained many of their bushwalker and other friends, Peter and Rae Page are now prepared to offer camping facilities to paying guests. Their place, in cas,e you haven't heard about it, is on the Jamberoo Pass. They now have tao army tents for hire com- plete with stretchers, mattresses and linen. They will also hire out walkers tents and have them ready pitched, and provided with firewood, if required. These facilities are available for one night or for a long stay, so that anyone wanting to do a light weight walk could spend the night there and return to Jam- beroo, Kiama or Berry by any one of a number of routes. Saturday evening meals will be provided for small parties if arranged in advance. They will procure food, including milk, bread, meat and fresh fruit and vegetables for campers. They will also meet parties in the.”jeep' at Jamberoo or Kiama. These are the main services available at present, but cabins are on the way for those who do not want to camp. Paddy knows all about it if any one wants to know more., Intending visitors should write to Peter (address Mountain Road, Jamberoo) a fortnight in advance. Have you heard about the Federation Party to be held at North Sydney Town Hall on Friday 21st Noverber?- Details later - reserve the date. 11. FEDERATION NOTES by Brian Harvey The last neng of the Council of the Federation of Bush- walking Clubs was happy to admit the University Bush Walking .Club to its long list of affiliated clubs. The objects in their constitution leave nothing to be desired in their attitude towards conservation cf o flora and faunal and we hope they will lend the full strength of their specialised University learning in support of our ideals, ' The Adelaide Bush Walking Club also has been affiliated with the Federation raking an interstate link in the movement. It may not be long befoo we see the folAlation of a Federal bbdy representing the walking conservationists - this will be particularly necessary in the event of the abolition of State Govern- ments. , The Annual Health Exhibition willstaged shortly at the Sydney Town Hall; the 'Federation conducting a section as in past -years. Two special requests have been made, one for the loan of 16mm. films depicting bushwalking and relevant scenery, etc. A theatrette is being provided with a trained operaor so that walkers loaning films need have no qualMs for the safety of their records. Secondly, helpers Are wanted to man the Feder- ation Exhibit during the day time. Will ANYONE able to assist please let Ron Knightley have their films or their name as a prospective assistant at the Stand. The show is on from 28th October until 6th November. It was with much regret that the resignation of Marie Byle,s was accepted and a motion was recorded expressing the Councills deep appreciation of the long association, steadfast interest and hard work on behalf of the bushwalking movement. Our delegate, Paul Barnes, was elected Vice-President, in her. stead. !Phone 102 Est, 1891 ROLFE'S MOTOR SERVICE =1www.-mou..n.. . GOVETTTS LEAP ROAD BLACKHEATH BUSHWAIKERS WE CATER FOR LARGE OR STALL PARTIES REQUIRING TRANSPORT FRU BLACKHEATH FOR QUOTE RING OR WRITE TO THE ABOVE ADDRESS BURI-1bANG & CURROCKBILLY (continued) by “Prolix” Eventually we came to a point directly opposite Currock 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 case). Round, square, oblong and every conceivable variation , OIte C6\rrOCkbill.9 R 0 P\C: H ES TO -AAOUNT BUDPWANG CYRovi-e7 (up eind Ti vv, be r TrcL 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. ON CAR LO WE , z d; 44, A \ e, scr.9f' ..7–1. -1-.-. iivs, 1 -s (2 . - …r.,.,.., IF:. :.,…., .1% '.7-f-,- -,..':ci j lk ' ild,, Tittr? );“-., .”… 0) …..,\s'… 4-7.6rordsvood . 41(.. 7- If, `,ff My' Gorye . 7F, C2, “7-4 - \\PA 4.– A, 44.0 \ 4/1.) t 1:Th U 0 awa n9 . = A ic al 3 2 vro I es 1.5. Of quartzite boulders large and small are strewn for the whole length of the range, on top and sides, making walking very tiing. But. the 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 side and disperse in the warmer air. Later it had its way and ipttled 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. 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 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 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- shaped,frame of clouded distance. It was somehow like Kosciusko country in minature. The mist passed over our heads and thinly around us. canp spot? Well; not 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 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 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 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 7-1/ C6'./A/Z- R &PER ivc re/WS Aki..5.4 1.1 45 /V07-50 7Xe rwins Of-817674 qvi/ri. SO 71.7e apOrt. cree4 and 9or9e aroand tvortherr? Twin a-re, as shown ahove. Descend cmd follow dowd, mhivre ;town Cenne. s o dis avei'd 9orye-. 7winsatroche/4.1 porotWe =Irv/ 1;0i o)S, isolaled as preo'ocxsly showy,. 15. Scwe: `;iry1=1Coct-, /17 /1/2 1 5 1 019 /* kvo/cv,Pee r Mat 7cce;-s /2.-4 n1/ i;“ b). 1”, ;(1, Alt Next morning we followed the range. towards the Twins and enjoyed a continuous series of grand views over tha eaStern side, With Pigeon House a. prominent 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. r '1 1 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.K, as far as the Twins, but on to Wog Wog Mtn? No Sinl Wog Wog Mountain is on the other side of a very steep gorge) with 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 ' 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 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 Yr. Kingsvill (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. the boys will split them.) ()pi Ce.ES v 5 Vi LE-5 LFP5y W.ALt FROM (OOCOURRI E FIELDS STP-ari 0A/ -33R ING- 1-)-1/5 f<ilDS SE LoC AT/ON Mn p IN ctuB OR, PA DD tS IN r.1415s !3/LL bOILI NG– COM P. y I fi.ND. -rENT P 17-c H -.”….. mus tc PROVIDED SUP P i R X7-1 03-17/dAiS QFR (-6 WO BACKYARD BUSHWALKING. We all tend to value our possessions at the price we pay fdr them. When one has hewn several tons of stone from the Mother 'rock and split it into slabs to act as retaining walls for beds on the steep slope of a bush garden or watched for months over seedbeds till at last micro- scopic seedlings appear and then potted and repotted these precious morsels until they could be planted out. When one has had these same plants eaten by snails or rabbits, crushed by kids or dogs or scorched up by some sudden simmer westerly and then had to start all over again. When one has done all these things over the years somewhat meagre results are magnified into major achievements and every seedling sUccess- fully established into a young tree or shrub tells its own story. Paddy was delighted to have an acquaintance ask ,if he might see the bush garden and proudly did the honourS showing off thic and that. Alas! the acquaintance was not impressed and politely remarked that it would be niceiql en it was properly ectablisheq. Heighol To the uninitiated it does look very like any other 'bit of bushl - Maybe it lc! WHAT HAS PADDY GOT IN STOCK-, Ruckdacks'all patterns in stock. Sleeping bags Still in short supply generally available on*first Saturday in the month (the early bird gets the worm). Tents still a bit short, orders taken at beginning of each month. Plastic proofed cape groundsheets are gaining many triends. 61X4T type 21/3 and 23/-. Special pattern mall type at 17/3. Aluminium billies 4 nesting sizes'available. 'Phone B3I01. FADDY 327, George. Street SYDNEY. AlyT GEAR ?CR WALKERS..

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