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194712 [2018/02/27 02:31]
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194712 [2018/02/27 02:33]
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 For nearly a week we plodded up the now covered mountains and bore down again. Everyone was happy, the days were fine and the snow was good. Despite our generous collection of bruises and many groaning muscles we managed to enjoy ourselves. Evening excursions to the Chalet were becoming more and more popular. Some wanted hair cuts, some wanted to dance, but it did not take long to discover that the bar had an attraction too. For nearly a week we plodded up the now covered mountains and bore down again. Everyone was happy, the days were fine and the snow was good. Despite our generous collection of bruises and many groaning muscles we managed to enjoy ourselves. Evening excursions to the Chalet were becoming more and more popular. Some wanted hair cuts, some wanted to dance, but it did not take long to discover that the bar had an attraction too.
  
-One rornind ​the wind and rain greeted us in very boisterous manner. Everyone thought it delieltful for the first day - it was a grand opportunity for some extra spine-bashing - this skiing is really hard work, don't ever be led to believe it isn't. Climb a few mountains with six or seven feet of board strapped on each foot, then slide swiftly down crashing here and there of course, while the spectators have a little bet on whether you'll be able to rise again under your own steam. After a few days of all this you too would welcome a day of rest.+One morning ​the wind and rain greeted us in very boisterous manner. Everyone thought it delieltful for the first day - it was a grand opportunity for some extra spine-bashing - this skiing is really hard work, don't ever be led to believe it isn't. Climb a few mountains with six or seven feet of board strapped on each foot, then slide swiftly down crashing here and there of course, while the spectators have a little bet on whether you'll be able to rise again under your own steam. After a few days of all this you too would welcome a day of rest.
  
 But alas, next day it rained just as hard and the wind blew even harder. At breakfast that morning someone had a bright idea that we might pack up and go north, to Yamba, where there is a beautiful surfing beach and warm sunshine (someone worked it all out about the sunshine). Six out of the ten of us decided to leave for this charming spot and so all arrangements were made. The other four were to go on to the Chalet for the week. There was much excitement as belongings were thrown into rucksacks and in an amazingly short time all six were set for the track. Just as the party was about to move off the wind screeched loudly and lashed the rain furiously against the first face that emerged from the door. Like a drowning man grasping at a straw he desperately urged a conference, to make sure this really was a sensible move. A round-the-stove conference was held and excitement dissolved into doubt and indecision. Eventually, the wonderful dream of surf and sunshine was put back into its box and the whole party decided to go to the Chalet. All except one, who very much wanted to make the trip and almost slipped out on to the cold, cruel, windswept snow, where she would soon have disappeared into the rain and fog. But we dragged her back and made her count ten. But alas, next day it rained just as hard and the wind blew even harder. At breakfast that morning someone had a bright idea that we might pack up and go north, to Yamba, where there is a beautiful surfing beach and warm sunshine (someone worked it all out about the sunshine). Six out of the ten of us decided to leave for this charming spot and so all arrangements were made. The other four were to go on to the Chalet for the week. There was much excitement as belongings were thrown into rucksacks and in an amazingly short time all six were set for the track. Just as the party was about to move off the wind screeched loudly and lashed the rain furiously against the first face that emerged from the door. Like a drowning man grasping at a straw he desperately urged a conference, to make sure this really was a sensible move. A round-the-stove conference was held and excitement dissolved into doubt and indecision. Eventually, the wonderful dream of surf and sunshine was put back into its box and the whole party decided to go to the Chalet. All except one, who very much wanted to make the trip and almost slipped out on to the cold, cruel, windswept snow, where she would soon have disappeared into the rain and fog. But we dragged her back and made her count ten.
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 The whole area is normally very dry, but water will generally be found in the following places, provided some rain has fallen in previous months. (Refer to Myles Dunphy'​s Warrumbungle National Monument Map.) The whole area is normally very dry, but water will generally be found in the following places, provided some rain has fallen in previous months. (Refer to Myles Dunphy'​s Warrumbungle National Monument Map.)
  
-Near the head of the Castlereagh River, just east Mopera Gap. +  * Near the head of the Castlereagh River, just east Mopera Gap. 
- +  ​* ​Mopera Gap Creek from Mopera Gap down to Wombelong Creek. 
-Mopera Gap Creek from Mopera Gap down to Wombelong Creek. +  ​* ​Wombelong Creek from Mopera Gap Creek junction downstream for about 5 miles or so. These two latter streams give the biggest flow of water this side of the range. 
- +  ​* ​Upper Wombelong Creek is dry except for a small flow at the water tank just below Pincham'​s (good camp spot).
-Wombelong Creek from Mopera Gap Creek junction downstream for about 5 miles or so. These two latter streams give the biggest flow of water this side of the range. +
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-Upper Wombelong Creek is dry except for a small flow at the water tank just below Pincham'​s (good camp spot).+
  
 All other creek beds that we examined were very porous and of the storm water channel type, particularly higher up in the mountains. But springs or soaks exist, often high up, such as the remarkably good supply in the gully just above Hurley'​s Base Camp. This spot makes a very good basecarp. Small soaks have also been found in the gullies under the Bluff and the Bread Knife, but they would be difficult to find in emergency. All other creek beds that we examined were very porous and of the storm water channel type, particularly higher up in the mountains. But springs or soaks exist, often high up, such as the remarkably good supply in the gully just above Hurley'​s Base Camp. This spot makes a very good basecarp. Small soaks have also been found in the gullies under the Bluff and the Bread Knife, but they would be difficult to find in emergency.
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 Good trips are as follow: Good trips are as follow:
  
-The Bluff via the high tops above the Broad Knife. +  * The Bluff via the high tops above the Broad Knife. 
- +  ​* ​High Top 3. 
-High Top 3. +  ​* ​Rock Mountain.
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-Rock Mountain.+
  
 All the foregoing are readily accessible from Hurley'​s Base Canp. When climbing up around Belougery Spire it is advisable to keep next to the rocky wall. This area encompasses most of the spectacular rock formations. All the foregoing are readily accessible from Hurley'​s Base Canp. When climbing up around Belougery Spire it is advisable to keep next to the rocky wall. This area encompasses most of the spectacular rock formations.
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 |Gap down into Upper Mopera Gap Creek|20 min.| |Gap down into Upper Mopera Gap Creek|20 min.|
 |Creek to top of Woorut|1 1/4 hours| |Creek to top of Woorut|1 1/4 hours|
-Woorut back to Creek|45 min.|+|Woorut back to Creek|45 min.|
 |Creek back to mopera Gap|About 25 min.| |Creek back to mopera Gap|About 25 min.|
-Mopera Gap back to tank at Pincham'​s|45 min.|+|Mopera Gap back to tank at Pincham'​s|45 min.|
  
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 __Cairns on Peaks__: Unseemly comment in record books deprecated. __Cairns on Peaks__: Unseemly comment in record books deprecated.
  
-__Annual ​Party_: Was a complete social and financial success.+__Annual ​Party__: Was a complete social and financial success.
  
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