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 There were five successful nominations,​ Euroka Clearing, Moorabinda, Menangle, Era and Bare Creek (at the head of Middle Harbour). A further nomination - the loathsome, overcamped, dingy scrubland of Macquarie Fields - failed for want of a second. We almost proceeded to vote on the question. Indeed hands had been raised in support of Euroka, when Rene Browne requested a stay of proceedings to point out that the old members and those with families should be given some consideration. Was Euroka too inaccessible?​ What was the position concerning Bare Creek? After discussion the decision was shelved, and various members offered to investigate the possibilities and report to the next general meeting. There were five successful nominations,​ Euroka Clearing, Moorabinda, Menangle, Era and Bare Creek (at the head of Middle Harbour). A further nomination - the loathsome, overcamped, dingy scrubland of Macquarie Fields - failed for want of a second. We almost proceeded to vote on the question. Indeed hands had been raised in support of Euroka, when Rene Browne requested a stay of proceedings to point out that the old members and those with families should be given some consideration. Was Euroka too inaccessible?​ What was the position concerning Bare Creek? After discussion the decision was shelved, and various members offered to investigate the possibilities and report to the next general meeting.
  
-It was resolved that the Annual Report this year would be disguised with a cover, a respectable attire ​similarto ​the magazine cover, provided that the expenditure would not exceed £4. +It was resolved that the Annual Report this year would be disguised with a cover, a respectable attire ​similar to the magazine cover, provided that the expenditure would not exceed £4. 
  
 Brian Harvey reminded all and sundry that the annual subscription for the magazine was due, and Rene Browne added that she held a billy lost by someone at the Kiddies'​ Treat. After which the meeting closed at 8.37 - about 3 minutes later than the December effort, leaving members to talk in large numbers instead of one at a time. Brian Harvey reminded all and sundry that the annual subscription for the magazine was due, and Rene Browne added that she held a billy lost by someone at the Kiddies'​ Treat. After which the meeting closed at 8.37 - about 3 minutes later than the December effort, leaving members to talk in large numbers instead of one at a time.
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 The Panel is made up, largely, of persons representing various Governmental Departments interested in the Protection of Fauna - Education, Agriculture,​ Tourist, Conservation,​ Lands and Chief Secretary - but there are four seats for "​outsiders"​ - one for a representative from the University and three for organisations interested in Nature Protection matters. I have been surprised at the sincere interest manifest by the government officials and their readiness to see eye to eye with our points of view. Whether this will continue as "the plot thickens",​ is of course another matter. The Panel is made up, largely, of persons representing various Governmental Departments interested in the Protection of Fauna - Education, Agriculture,​ Tourist, Conservation,​ Lands and Chief Secretary - but there are four seats for "​outsiders"​ - one for a representative from the University and three for organisations interested in Nature Protection matters. I have been surprised at the sincere interest manifest by the government officials and their readiness to see eye to eye with our points of view. Whether this will continue as "the plot thickens",​ is of course another matter.
  
-One should mention that Mr. E.J. Hallstrom is Deputy Chairman whilst Messrs. Kinghorn and Troughton, both of the Museum Staff and avid fighters for our Native Fauna, are members of the Panel. The Chairman and Chief Guardian of Fauna is Mr. F.J. Griffith, a member of the staff of the Chief Secretary'​s ​Deprtment.+One should mention that Mr. E.J. Hallstrom is Deputy Chairman whilst Messrs. Kinghorn and Troughton, both of the Museum Staff and avid fighters for our Native Fauna, are members of the Panel. The Chairman and Chief Guardian of Fauna is Mr. F.J. Griffith, a member of the staff of the Chief Secretary'​s ​Department.
  
 The first important matter that the Panel had to deliberate upon was this direction from the Premier'​s Department :- The first important matter that the Panel had to deliberate upon was this direction from the Premier'​s Department :-
  
-"The Premier and Colonial Treasurer desires that the question of providing Government Assistance for the development of Koala Park as a medium for the preservation of Koalas and as a tcurist ​attraction, be referred for consideration by the Protection Panel"​.+"The Premier and Colonial Treasurer desires that the question of providing Government Assistance for the development of Koala Park as a medium for the preservation of Koalas and as a tourist ​attraction, be referred for consideration by the Protection Panel"​.
  
 The special sub-committee investigated this matter and decided to recommend the use of a portion of Ku-ring-gai Chase (in the vicinity of Mt. Colah) in lieu of the site at Pennant Hills. It will be under direct control of the Chase Trust, but the Panel will be responsible for the safe keeping of the Bears. Of course, from the angle of Koala regeneration,​ I can hold no optimistic opinions about the new sanctuary. It will serve to keep the Bears from fires and predatory animals and supply them with a sure food source. The public will, maybe, want to have money expended upon the animals when they see their unique importance; this is being done at Taronga as well. But I was pleased to notice that other members of the Panel realised that this sanctuary (and others too of a similar kind) was no real answer to the problem of the Koala'​s imminent extinction. It was merely a reply to the direction from the Premier'​s Department. Subsequently these steps have been taken in the real path of regeneration :- The special sub-committee investigated this matter and decided to recommend the use of a portion of Ku-ring-gai Chase (in the vicinity of Mt. Colah) in lieu of the site at Pennant Hills. It will be under direct control of the Chase Trust, but the Panel will be responsible for the safe keeping of the Bears. Of course, from the angle of Koala regeneration,​ I can hold no optimistic opinions about the new sanctuary. It will serve to keep the Bears from fires and predatory animals and supply them with a sure food source. The public will, maybe, want to have money expended upon the animals when they see their unique importance; this is being done at Taronga as well. But I was pleased to notice that other members of the Panel realised that this sanctuary (and others too of a similar kind) was no real answer to the problem of the Koala'​s imminent extinction. It was merely a reply to the direction from the Premier'​s Department. Subsequently these steps have been taken in the real path of regeneration :-
  
-1. __A Koala Census__: has been comnenced ​in an effort to determine where stocks of Koalas am not located, the extent of the colonies and where Koalas once existed in numbers. Wireless broadcasts, the assistance of various ​govrnment ​officials and the co-operation of the general public have been brought into this field.+1. __A Koala Census__: has been commenced ​in an effort to determine where stocks of Koalas am not located, the extent of the colonies and where Koalas once existed in numbers. Wireless broadcasts, the assistance of various ​government ​officials and the co-operation of the general public have been brought into this field.
  
 2. __Breeding Koalas__: Mr. E.J. Hallstrom has established a private sanctuary for Koalas at Mona Vale where he has been carrying out experiments in breeding and food habits. Scientists from the University and the Museum will continue this work for the Panel and if stocks are increased, such increases will be taken to controlled reserves and natural sanctuaries particularly where the animals once existed and where fire and predatory animals can be reasonably controlled. The Forestry Commission wi11 co-operate in raising suitable food trees. 2. __Breeding Koalas__: Mr. E.J. Hallstrom has established a private sanctuary for Koalas at Mona Vale where he has been carrying out experiments in breeding and food habits. Scientists from the University and the Museum will continue this work for the Panel and if stocks are increased, such increases will be taken to controlled reserves and natural sanctuaries particularly where the animals once existed and where fire and predatory animals can be reasonably controlled. The Forestry Commission wi11 co-operate in raising suitable food trees.
  
-It has been agreed amongst ​menbers ​of The Panel that our fundamental tasks are :-+It has been agreed amongst ​members ​of The Panel that our fundamental tasks are :-
  
 1. The establishment of Faunal Reserves (called Wild Life Refuges in America) which should be properly managed and controlled. 1. The establishment of Faunal Reserves (called Wild Life Refuges in America) which should be properly managed and controlled.
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   - Exportation of birds.   - Exportation of birds.
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-One other point in recent activities ​reeqires ​mention. This is the Interstate Conference on the preservation and protection of native fauna which was held at Hobart from 7th to 10th December, 1949. N.S.W. was represented by Messrs. Griffith and Hallstrom of the Fauna Panel and there were representatives from S.A., W.A., Vic., and Tas. An extensive agenda was covered; I'can do litt13 ​else but mention some of the eighteen matters discussed:-+One other point in recent activities ​requires ​mention. This is the Interstate Conference on the preservation and protection of native fauna which was held at Hobart from 7th to 10th December, 1949. N.S.W. was represented by Messrs. Griffith and Hallstrom of the Fauna Panel and there were representatives from S.A., W.A., Vic., and Tas. An extensive agenda was covered; I can do litt1e ​else but mention some of the eighteen matters discussed:-
  
   - Uniform policy regarding control of Marsupials in portions of States which adjoin.   - Uniform policy regarding control of Marsupials in portions of States which adjoin.
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   - Sanctuaries and National Parkes.   - Sanctuaries and National Parkes.
   - Faunal Reserves.   - Faunal Reserves.
-  - The use of Traps and other means of taking ​anillials.+  - The use of Traps and other means of taking ​animals.
  
 A further meeting of the conference has been planned for Adelaide in 1951. A further meeting of the conference has been planned for Adelaide in 1951.
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-TEE DAVEY TRIP'.+=====The Davey Trip.===== 
 By Kevin Ardill. By Kevin Ardill.
-George Dibley, Roley Cotter and the various ailaways are responsible for a group of' seven walkers parading in Hobart on a sunny Saturday afternoon in December. As well as the two mentioned the party consisted of Gladys Martin, Marie Walsh, Peg, Bransdon, Len Fall and your raconteur. Most of you would have been surprised to see a fearsome object included in the group, to wit - a half axe. 
  
-I felt rather out of place with the axe but my friend John de Bavay of Hobart Walking Club had practically insisted on its inclusion, and, thou7h I assured him by letter that I had a tomahawk lined up, he wrote rather a blunt reply warning me that a tomahawk +George DibleyRoley Cotter ​and the various airways are responsible ​for group of seven walkers parading ​in Hobart ​on sunny Saturday afternoon in DecemberAs well as the two mentioned ​the party consisted ​of Gladys MartinMarie WalshPeg BransdonLen Fall and your raconteurMost of you would have been surprised to see fearsome object included ​in the group, to wit - a half axe.
-was only an abomination ard can only exasperate, besides proving inadequate most of the time". Strong words, youth]. agree, so, startled out of my usual collia, I sallied into town and, I would say, was one of the few shoppers looking ​for an axe in the Yuletide period. +
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-The axe explained, wo still find our group in Hobart ​but by this time all ferried across the Derweni; to Bellerive. There we are intpduced to Mr. Dale, his son, Sid, and very neat fishing boat, the Derwent Hunter, "which we hoped would take us to Port Davey, the starting point of our walkFor the benefit of those who, like myself, have vague notions of the whereabouts of Pt. Davey, I'll give you a rough idea of its location. Davey is situated a little to the west of the southernmost part of Tasmania and is the most accessible seaboard entrance to the area known to walkers ​as the II south west". The only residents are a family named King who operate a tin mine. Apart from periodical visits by fishing boats and mad walkers, the area is virtually deserted. Our object was to spend some time at Port Davey and then walk some sixty odd iniles in a rough semi-circle to Kalista, the rail head of a line into Hobart. +
-Before describing the walk, I'd beCter get the party down to +
-. the starting point, so once more back to Hobart Where we had changed clothes and were pacing the deck of the"​Derwent Hunter"​ like born sailors and fishermen. I suppose sailors couldat a stretch of imaginationbe equipped with hob-nailed boots. We left the safety of the wharf at 6.30 p m. and had our first meal at sea. For some it was the last, but that's half the fun to us seafaring folk, and, as I fancy Roley is going to describe the voyage, we'd better skip through to Davey w ith a fleeting remark that some were good sailors, some indifferent and some were, well, most indifferent. +
-We arrived at Long Bay, in Pt. Davey, and had landed with food supplies by 1 p m. next day. It was drizzling rain and on Mr. Dale's suggestion we made camp alongside a creek. Please don't imagine a pleasant camp site, but we had wood and water and, if the selection was rather wet and boggy, on a slopaard a likely home for leeches, at least it afforded us some protection from the wind. We had an early tea and George and I had a look around for a better camp spot. We saw a couple of places but tDose of you Whoiknow Holey will not be surprised ​that he was "happy where he was and had no intention of moving"​. (N.B.) Don't wonder that we were in our sleeping bags at 6 p m. Most of us had had little sleep the previous night and though the rain had ceased we were happy to turn in. A couple of leeches intruded on our privacy and after removing one from my forehead I went to deep. +
-Next morning promised ​fine day. We had the respective eating getiestfood ​in cases/and taking advantage of the weatherwe opened our case and proceeded ​to check and divide the food. Gladys, Len and myself were sharing nose bags and the division of food went smoothly until that part of our list that read seven onions. Tho obliging grocer in Hobart who packed our order did great job, bit when he packed seven POUNDS of the smell y fruit, did he wonder what sort of walkers he was catering for? In any case we got more than our moneys worth by looking at Gladys'​ face while she inspected the bag.+
  
-Later we walked around to the next creek where we saw the grave of Critchley Parker, ​with a brief inscription to the effect that he died on a walking trip in 1942. I am getting sidetracked on the relating of this trip but so many things intruded that its darn hard to write a decent record ​of it. ITd bettPr tell you What Mr. Dale told us of Parker. He was staying at the Kings place further +I felt rather out of place with the axe but my friend John de Bavay of Hobart Walking Club had practically insisted ​on its inclusion, ​and, though I assured ​him by letter that I had tomahawk lined up, he wrote rather ​blunt reply warning me that tomahawk "was only an abomination ​and can only exasperate, besides proving inadequate most of the time"Strong words, you'll agreeso, startled out of my usual coma, I sallied into town and, I would say, was one of the few shoppers looking ​for an axe in the Yuletide period.
-he Port and on the other side of Long Day. Alter doing some tAps around Davey he decided he would like to do the walk to Kalista. +
-Mr. Ting boated him across to where the track comuences ​and supplied ​him with gear. Several months later 7r. Dale oa3Le hore at Long Bay and found the raains of Parkc:r in sleeping bag by the creek. His diary told the story. He journeyed as far as the Crossing River. After rain the river was up md he sat there for five days unable to cross. Then he decided to return to Long Bayhaving ​prearranged plan to light signal fire and the King's would bring the boat across for his returnYou've probably had it happen to yot. Parker left his match box openstruck a match and up went the lot in flames. No signal fireno help. A river to the north that was impassablo. for him; Parker ate what food he had and then lay in his sleeping bag where Dale found him some time later. While we wore thinking ​of Parkerts misfortune ​the"​Derwan t LTuntoT4'​was observed returning down the bay from the direction of King'​s. Mr. Dale came close inshore, queried as to our well being, posed with boat for George'​s camera and then around ​the bend went theperwent Hunter"​ - and comparative safety.+
  
-George and Marie were first to return for lunch and by the time we returned George had on exhibit a decent specimen of the Tassie tiger snake. Marie had first located the snake half way into George'​s tent and a typical feminine squeal presaged the finis of the intrudsr. That tiger snake should have been bottled and placed in a revered spot in the clubroom. Suggested title - 'The only thing that moved Cotter'​. Before the echoes of Marie'​s squeal had died away, Cotter plus tent was on a ridge about sixty yards away. George was about two smkelengths behind and when Gladys "​thought"​ sho saw another snake, there were three tents on the ridge. Comfortably settled on a spot where the only thing thtit could creep on us would be a gale, we decided to climb Mt. McKenzie, a relatively mall ascent which we completed ​in about an hour. The views of the waterways and surrounding mountains were magnificent,​ ard at this stage I Ii,arn you that you +The axe explained, we still find our group in Hobart but by this time all ferried across the Derwent ​to BelleriveThere we are introduced ​to MrDalehis sonSidand very neat fishing boat, the "​Derwent Hunter," ​which we hoped would take us to Port Davey, the starting point of our walkFor the benefit ​of those wholike myselfhave vague notions of the whereabouts ​of PtDavey, I'll give you rough idea of its locationDavey is situated ​little ​to the west of the southernmost part of Tasmania ​and is the most accessible seaboard entrance ​to the area known to walkers as the "south west". The only residents are a family named King who operate ​tin mineApart from periodical visits by fishing boats and mad walkers, the area is virtually desertedOur object was to spend some time at Port Davey and then walk some sixty odd miles in a rough semi-circle ​to Kalista, the rail head of a line into Hobart.
-will be deluged with superlativ es a number of"​magnificentls,​g +
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-colossal. The clumb on to Mt. Misery and Mt. Berry looked easy from where we were, but time was against us, so we returned t9 camp, had a swirl, tea, and after waiting for a sunset that didn't appear we went to bed. +
-Rain spattering on the tent heralded the dawn but by 6 n m. the sun was shining and we proceeded north across sloppy button grass: ​to a likely rid ge for the ascent of MtBerry. Though steep in parts the climbing was easy and we arrived just below the summit in time for lunch before the final climbI had noticed large lumps of a jellylike substance seatred about and when T',01,..)y shot to his foot half-way through the meal I wasn't surprised to see jellied backside to his pants. As Peggy hastened to remove ​the Iriess we were indiscreet enough to laugh, which moved Roley to retort that bit may +
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-be funny to you but its darn uncomfortable for me". Clouds were now drifting across the peak, but we continued the clumb. I would like to record that we reached the peak but about 2/0 yards from the top we came across an amazing series of caves and crevicesand as cloud was now obscuring ​the view below we didn't persevere to the ultimate peak, 1 could nearly Ta,c e you cry with the story of our descentThe wind had increased and the naxture ​of hail and rain boat us with gale force and several times we almost wandered off the ridge. Apart from being wet to the bottom of our raincoatswe returned without further incident to the camp and, to my amazement, the tents were still standing. For the first time the axe was used and we built some sort of a breakwind to shield our tentsThe wind was terrific but we managed a fire in a hollow by the creek and a hot meal practically revived the party. +
-Rain ard wind persisted through the night and by some irr,1:0F,I.cle the tents withstood the blasts. Being so far south the light comes early and at 5 m.,with the day well advanced,we crawlafrom our bags. With the aid of the axe we promoted the breakfast fire and the company was beginning to regard the implement with a more favourable eyeAfter breakfast, surplm food was made as weatherprocf as possible, and after attaahing ahhelp yourself'​ noticeto it we -were on our wayup the valley. There is no track hut we kept a,reasonably strai t--;ht course parallel ​to the shores ​of Long Bay. After more or less successfully traversing several pockets of bauera we followed a ridge to the end of Long Bay. There we found first signs of previous walkers, a log across a creek. +
-The track commenced at this point and one pocket of bauera encountered left no doUht that a wevious walker'​s advice, to go round such pockets, was very sound. Such pockets are terriW.y thick patches of scrub laced with vines ard cutting grass, at least head high. It's tougher going than the Colo. We lunched about noon but rain drove us on our way soon afterwards. We lost the faint track several times but always managed ​to recover it. The rain cleared but numerous creek crossings denied us the pleasure of dry feet. +
-The evening camp was a vast improvement on Long Bay and there was even bracken fern to cushion ​the coudh. +
-The promise of sunny day had the photographers astirearly and thoughts of porridge had the same effect on the carriers of the axeHowever, our spirits, ​and lower extremitieswere dampened with more rain accompanied by the southerly wind1201;4o of the party had equipped themselves with New Zealand parkas a hip length waterproof garment with separate cover for pack, and the rest of ur had garmeds on similar lines. Those intending to do trips in the area would be well advised ​to follow suit as ground sheets would have been a hindrance rather than a help. We carried them for camping purposes +
-but the howling winds we encountered on this trip made them usGless as rainproof covering. On the subject of clothingwe all wore long +
-pants through ​the trip, and as at least two trousers went on the +
-scrap heap at the end of the trip, you can imagine how our legs would have fared in shorts. +
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-The track was most difficult to follow,an4 after losing it for some time ,George found it just in time toJead us from the plateaa up through a range of mountains. Up and up we went with views obscured by what George describbd as "​mist"​,/ SoMeone suggested that whatever it was, it wouldnrst be Nftssed. The rest of the day was rotten. No apologies for the descriptionand leaving the mountains we slopped across button grass plains ​once more. A camp spot looked pretty hopeless but Len tried a look at a clump of trees and happily found a small elevated spot in the lee of the trees. That evening ​we slept on Tassie style beds, three or four long poles crisscrossed with sticks ​and then spread with gum leaves. With the tent pitdhed on top we spent p most comfortable night with the one fear that a change ​of wind might carry tent and bed into the surrounding ponds. Making of such beds is tolerated in these regions as the wetness promotes leaf growth very rapidly and conservation of one's health is essential. +Before describing ​the walkI'd better get the party down to the starting pointso once more back to Hobart where we had changed clothes ​and were pacing ​the deck of the "Derwent Hunter" ​like born sailors and fishermen. I suppose sailors could, at a stretch ​of imagination, be equipped ​with hob-nailed boots. We left the safety ​of the wharf at 6.30 p.m. and had our first meal at seaFor some it was the last, but that's half the fun to us seafaring folk, and, as fancy Roley is going to describe ​the voyage, we'd better skip through to Davey with a fleeting remark that some were good sailorssome indifferent ​and some were, wellmost indifferent.
-The track continued through button grass next morning but the weather was clearing and the mountai no on all sides began to impress -us. By the time we approached the Crossing River the day was fine and th6 scenery kept improving at every step. Arrival at the Crossing River gave us another shock. It really was a river and after the rai n was running a banker. A search upstream failed to show us wheTe-we were advised we could "jump across" ​so we decided it was _swim or sitThough running fast we decided to cross at a bend ard went over first with a cord. With this cord and a similar length in the hands of the blokes on the other side we ferried our packs over wrapped in groundsheetsand then the human baggage wrapped in underwear. +
-Crossing the Crossi ng River took us three hours and we had lunch on the other side. Remembrance of Parker sitting ​at this barrier for five days brought ​great feeling ​of sympathy to as all and an understanding of his predicament. +
-The afternoon walk was a memorable one. Magnificent mountains on all sides and the sun shining. I consider the mountains in this area far superior to those in the Whole of the Cradle Mount - Lake St.Clair reserve. Making camp was a pleasant affair and this one day of views made the previous day's discomfort well worth while. +
-After tea the sky became cloudy and shortly after crawling off to bed the wind began to rise. A spot of tent pegging was +
-indi cated so we orawled out of bedcut some stakes and did the job. George and Holey had si milar tasks but George applied just that extra pressure on the guy ropes and down fell the tent on top of Marie. Someone was indecent enough to lagh. +
-It rained all night. It blew all night. A hot breakfast made the hearts _ a littler lighter but the weather gave no signs of improvement. We roved off, ard, climbing a series of low ridges, soon lost sight of the mo c_rtains that had such appeal on the previous day. Rain combined with the unfriendly southerly made for slow going and a further dampening experience was in stare for us. I happened +
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-to be in front when the track entered a pocket of scrub, and next thing I was waist deep in water. There was little indication of this hidden creek,but probing ​with a st(i ck showed it about 0 feet deep and the same distance across. The axe was produced and a couple of large bushes were placed across the/gap, but when attempting a crossing I dunked myself again, this time being hauled out by Len, whose only thought, I fear, was to save our food being soaked. +
-A further attempt was made upstream where a sapling was felled across the creek. I crossed, then Len, with Roley following closely. I should say Roley attempted to follow, because after much arm waving and balancing, be very gracefully duck dived. I think tIeorge had the haulage contract and, acoovipanied by yards of advice and lots of splashing, the old bloke was landed. The rest of the party crossed with dry shirts and we plodded on a little more cautiously. The next creek bad a log crossing and, safely across, we continued over button grass to have our first look at the Junction River. On6 look was sufficialt. This was one river we couldn'​t swim, so a conference of wet walkers decided to follow the Craycroft Track. This track led to Geeveston and Huonville and was longer than the -Kalista track, but we hoped we could progress as far as the Craycroft River in the wet conditions. +
-The crossing of two unmapped creeks gave us an idea of the job ahead of us. The rain was still pouring down and when we reached the first creek on the map our worst fear were realised. IA dry '​conditions it would be an easy jump but now there was an expanse of water about 60 yards wide. We all had a bit of a scatter around and I went upstream to have a look. The water here was only knee deep and I paddled quite a fair distance before I found the main channel. After climbing out of seven feet of water I rejoined the party for lunch in a semd sheltered clump of trees. +
-After lunching tho ma. e team all did a little wading and after lengthy search, found a place where we hoped to cross. When we left dry ground we had to ploughqhrough head high scrub with water to or,-.r knees. After about 30 yards of this we edged across a tree that had fallen over the main channel then did another 30 yards wading to terra firma. I think we were all relieved to cross safely as a slip itto the racing channel could have caused trouble. +
-In sleet and howling wind we headed for the next creek. The track was lost and with a snow pole every mile we decided not to persevere with the search. When we arrived on a ridge overlooking the creek it was getting late, so we decid6d,to camp. There was some protection from the wind and we went to sleep with the howl of the wind as slumber msic. +
- ​Awakening with the thought of a possible swimming programme abead of us didn't make me htlopy. Showers were still driving down from the Arthur Range'​but after breakfast we decided to look for the track. Len and I went south and after about a mile we fluked a sight of the only snow pole ard followed the track down to the creek. We returned to camp and when we arrived back at the creek +
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-a few blows with the axe put a satisfactory bridge over the tam. +
-4 The weather was improving, the wind nca blowing at only 70 mopoho so we set sail for the next creekThe track net the creek down close to its junction with the Huon River and we had lunch within View of the torrent. A couple of dead saplings were dropped across the creek ca)yl one more obstacle was belAnd us. At this stage, we felt ready to tackle anything. We walked across button grass plains with the Arthur Hang towering above us. This range has to be seen to be appreciated and though the caLleras were busy I feel that they would be unable to do justice to this ,ugnificent range of mountains. I heard Gladys murmuring gloriouses by the dozen and I agreed. The skyline is the most rugged and impressive I have seen, end, from a -ridge, ​our flint viow of Fed er,Aion Peak added lustre to the scene. The sun was shining as we drorped down the other side of the ridge, but losing sight of the Arthur'​s was ccgvcn_sated somewhat by a fine +
-view of Mt. Picton, with the Craycroft River in the foreground. +
-Our first dlose-up of the river came late that afternoonOne look was sufficient for that day. Sixty yards wide and dark and deep it was a different proposition to the creeks. We made camp in a sheltered spot ard went to sleep on the problem. In the morning the river seemed to be dropping a little. Len and I went downstreamRoley and '​leorge upstream, leaving the ladies to report on the rate of fall. George returned with news of a possible crossing p1ao9 so upstream we bashed through bracken and scrub. The place had possibilities. Several gigantic trees lay practically across the river and on the other side was a tree that should bridge tie 6ap if the axe was applied. I was all set to swim over with the axe but the courage ebbed when I considered the force of the current and probability of snags, I may have showed good judgement because when we felled a tree further upstream the current whirled it away as if it was a matchstick. We made the afternoon a rest day with clothes-vashing the mai n occupation. +
-The river was falling at the rate of two inches an hour,and in the morning we found it was down about two feet. Down cane a fair sized tree. Four strong men took a firm grip but the tree refused to move. With a cord we :measured the exact distarce to be bridged and the tree w as out accordingly. Four strong men on the heavy end, three strong girls on the lighter end, -nulled, pushed and levered. The log was maneuvered almost into position9 balanced for a glorious moment of uncertainty,​ slipped from our grasp into the river and sank like a ston,30 We want upstream for another try. Need +
-say that choPped another tree. This time our effol;ts were successfuLand when the first walker placed his foot on the other side of the river a cheer went up that wouldn't have disgraced a Rugby League match of the day. +
-Instead of going downstream ​to look for the track we decided to shoot straight up to a bare looking hill above us. A horrible experience of bauera and cutting grass0 Moans of progress - face flat on the scrubregain the feet and walk the distance flattenerl. Ditto repeat. The going was steep and when we reached the open +
-Robs +
-ground I felt I had done a half days walk in 00 yards +
-We found the trackthen followed it up a succession of ridges, with many backwards glances at Federation Peak 9nd the Arthur Range. +
-- Lunch was a welcome break, with panoramic views to the south and west. think we climbed Over 4,000 feet tat afternoon and camped at the foot of Mt. Picton, looking ruffed and 3:Lajestic in the late afternoon sun. +
-The camp spot was wet ,butwith built up beds we were comfortable. AL least, everyone else was, but when Len built the bed he somehow didnft put enough packing on Jey side. After sliding out of the tent several times I was forced to complain. An elbow applied to the ribs of tentmates ​is recomi.:​_ended as celitain ​to attract attention btL the lack of sympathy left much to be desired. Rearrangeme:​nt of packs downhill was an improvement;​ and I at last slept. +
-Though mist and low aloud shrouded the eanp we were awake early and neved off- with thepromise of a fine day. Skirting around the foot of Mt. Picton, still covered in cloud, we came to North Lake. On the northern side of the lake we found evidence of the Hobart Walking Club. The track was blazed and marked with expired car number plates, some painted rod and yellow, end with pieces of rag and yellow chalk marks. Weliessed every one of then, Those of you who like walking off the beaten track would be ecstatic on this section without the markers. We were now heading down towards the Huon River, losing all the height we had laboured to obtain the previous day. We went down through ​a mile of rain forest, best '​described by someone who likened it to a blazed obstacle race, A ticklish _climb down 60 feet of what the map described as a usearpli presaged the end of the forest and then we were following a track marked ​with 'snow poles which soon brought us to the Fuon River and Mak& Opening, +
-The Forestry COraliSsiOn has out six- foot track through to this point and the Picton River and Picton Hut were about three hours walk ahead. Roley, George, Marie and Fe f decided to camp by the Huon, but as our food bags were very light Gladys, Len and myself headed for the hut. The trabk was a lolly, and we made good time to the Picton Rivercrossed over the fine new suspension bridge ​and walked straight into an advance party of Melbourne Uni students on the way to attempt to climb Federation Peak. Wishing then luck we pushed on to Picton Hut arriving there about 7 p m. Fresh potatoes in the hut were welcome andafter teabuckets of hot water and a big dish made the end of a perfect day. +
-9efore leaving next morning we padded our feet with elasto plast. Another tip from John de Bavay, and it proved one of the hest. After following the track over Bog Tall, aptly named, we hit a jeep track whidh led us to a sawdust dump where exaotly 5.1 miles of hard road led to Geeveston. We had an hour and a half bofe7:e the bus left fa' Hobart. ThLs was where the elasto plast proved its worth and with the dogs barking a chorus we climbed on the TillS with n minute to spare. There was no brass band to welcome us back to Hobart, but a +
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-change of Glean clothes and a beckoning cafe was a ,​eatisfaetery substitute. The rest of the party? They arrived in Hobart later in the evening, being fortunate enoupP_ to get a lift from a utility truck returning frcwi taking storeLt to the Iniversity +
-Well, that's the trip. The editor der-anded a report and its cost me miles of pad paper, chewed pencils, and more than one headache. I think we would be unanimous in saying that an axe is essential on this trip, a wall tent with good proofing is desirable, and a. waterproof garrent with sleeves and a separate cover for the pack is advisable. Oh, ard last but not least, if going down Davey way, 7,ut in an order for fine weather and leave the swimming till you get back hone.+
  
-(Two long articles were received for this month'​s magazine, both divided into two parts, one part for each of two issues. As both were descriptions of difficult trips in n.L.-w ​country we decided to publish them in full, but to put one whole article in this Magazine and the other in the next. Don't miss next month'​s thrilling full length description by RonKnightley of a New Zealand climb. Ed,)+We arrived at Long Bay, in Pt. Davey, and had landed with food supplies by 1 p.m. next day. It was drizzling rain and on Mr. Dale's suggestion we made camp alongside a creek. Please don't imagine a pleasant camp site, but we had wood and water and, if the selection was rather wet and boggy, on a slope and a likely home for leeches, at least it afforded us some protection from the wind. We had an early tea and George and I had a look around for a better camp spot. We saw a couple of places but those of you who know Roley will not be surprised that he was "happy where he was and had no intention of moving"​. (N.B.) Don't wonder that we were in our sleeping bags at 6 p.m. Most of us had had little sleep the previous night and though the rain had ceased we were happy to turn in. A couple of leeches intruded on our privacy and after removing one from my forehead I went to sleep. 
 + 
 +Next morning promised a fine day. We had the respective eating parties'​ food in cases, and taking advantage of the weather, we opened our case and proceeded to check and divide the food. Gladys, Len and myself were sharing nose bags and the division of food went smoothly until that part of our list that read - seven onions. The obliging grocer in Hobart who packed our order did a great job, bit when he packed seven POUNDS of the smelly fruit, did he wonder what sort of walkers he was catering for? In any case we got more than our moneys worth by looking at Gladys'​ face while she inspected the bag. 
 + 
 +Later we walked around to the next creek where we saw the grave of Critchley Parker, with a brief inscription to the effect that he died on a walking trip in 1942. I am getting sidetracked on the relating of this trip but so many things intruded that its darn hard to write a decent record of it. I'd better tell you what Mr. Dale told us of Parker. He was staying at the King's place further the Port and on the other side of Long Bay. Alter doing some trips around Davey he decided he would like to do the walk to Kalista. Mr. King boated him across to where the track commences and supplied him with gear. Several months later Mr. Dale came ashore at Long Bay and found the remains of Parker in a sleeping bag by the creek. His diary told the story. He journeyed as far as the Crossing River. After rain the river was up and he sat there for five days unable to cross. Then he decided to return to Long Bay, having a prearranged plan to light a signal fire and the King's would bring the boat across for his return. You've probably had it happen to you. Parker left his match box open, struck a match and up went the lot in flames. No signal fire, no help. A river to the north that was impassable for him; Parker ate what food he had and then lay in his sleeping bag where Dale found him some time later. While we were thinking of Parker'​s misfortune the "​Derwent Hunter"​ was observed returning down the bay from the direction of King'​s. Mr. Dale came close inshore, queried as to our well being, posed with boat for George'​s camera and then around the bend went the "​Derwent Hunter"​ - and comparative safety. 
 + 
 +George and Marie were first to return for lunch and by the time we returned George had on exhibit a decent specimen of the Tassie tiger snake. Marie had first located the snake half way into George'​s tent and a typical feminine squeal presaged the finis of the intruder. That tiger snake should have been bottled and placed in a revered spot in the clubroom. Suggested title - 'The only thing that moved Cotter'​. Before the echoes of Marie'​s squeal had died away, Cotter plus tent was on a ridge about sixty yards away. George was about two snakelengths behind and when Gladys "​thought"​ she saw another snake, there were three tents on the ridge. Comfortably settled on a spot where the only thing that could creep on us would be a gale, we decided to climb Mt. McKenzie, a relatively small ascent which we completed in about an hour. The views of the waterways and surrounding mountains were magnificent,​ and at this stage I warn you that you will be deluged with superlatives a number of "​magnificents",​ oodles of "​beautifuls",​ a couple of "​gloriouses"​ and at least last one "​colossal"​. The climb on to Mt. Misery and Mt. Berry looked easy from where we were, but time was against us, so we returned to camp, had a swim, tea, and after waiting for a sunset that didn't appear we went to bed. 
 + 
 +Rain spattering on the tent heralded the dawn but by 6 a.m. the sun was shining and we proceeded north across sloppy button grass to a likely ridge for the ascent of Mt. Berry. Though steep in parts the climbing was easy and we arrived just below the summit in time for lunch before the final climb. I had noticed large lumps of a jellylike substance scattered about and when Roley shot to his feet half-way through the meal I wasn't surprised to see a jellied backside to his pants. As Peggy hastened to remove the mess we were indiscreet enough to laugh, which moved Roley to retort that "it may be funny to you but its darn uncomfortable for me". Clouds were now drifting across the peak, but we continued the climb. I would like to record that we reached the peak but about 20 yards from the top we came across an amazing series of caves and crevices, and as cloud was now obscuring the view below we didn't persevere to the ultimate peak. I could nearly make you cry with the story of our descent. The wind had increased and the mixture of hail and rain beat us with gale force and several times we almost wandered off the ridge. Apart from being wet to the bottom of our raincoats, we returned without further incident to the camp and, to my amazement, the tents were still standing. For the first time the axe was used and we built some sort of a breakwind to shield our tents. The wind was terrific but we managed a fire in a hollow by the creek and a hot meal practically revived the party. 
 + 
 +Rain and wind persisted through the night and by some miracle the tents withstood the blasts. Being so far south the light comes early and at 5 a.m., with the day well advanced, we crawled from our bags. With the aid of the axe we promoted the breakfast fire and the company was beginning to regard the implement with a more favourable eye. After breakfast, surplus food was made as weatherproof as possible, and after attaching a "help yourself"​ notice to it we were on our way up the valley. There is no track but we kept a reasonably straight course parallel to the shores of Long Bay. After more or less successfully traversing several pockets of bauera we followed a ridge to the end of Long Bay. There we found first signs of previous walkers, a log across a creek. 
 + 
 +The track commenced at this point and one pocket of bauera encountered left no doubt that a previous walker'​s advice, to go round such pockets, was very sound. Such pockets are terribly thick patches of scrub laced with vines and cutting grass, at least head high. It's tougher going than the Colo. We lunched about noon but rain drove us on our way soon afterwards. We lost the faint track several times but always managed to recover it. The rain cleared but numerous creek crossings denied us the pleasure of dry feet. The evening camp was a vast improvement on Long Bay and there was even bracken fern to cushion the couch. 
 + 
 +The promise of a sunny day had the photographers astir early and thoughts of porridge had the same effect on the carriers of the axe. However, our spirits, and lower extremities,​ were dampened with more rain accompanied by the southerly wind. Two of the party had equipped themselves with New Zealand parkas, a hip length waterproof garment with separate cover for pack, and the rest of us had garments on similar lines. Those intending to do trips in the area would be well advised to follow suit as ground sheets would have been a hindrance rather than a help. We carried them for camping purposes but the howling winds we encountered on this trip made them useless as rainproof covering. On the subject of clothing, we all wore long pants through the trip, and as at least two trousers went on the scrap heap at the end of the trip, you can imagine how our legs would have fared in shorts. 
 + 
 +The track was most difficult to follow, and, after losing it for some time, George found it just in time to lead us from the plateau up through a range of mountains. Up and up we went with views obscured by what George described as "​mist"​. Someone suggested that whatever it was, it wouldn'​t be missed. The rest of the day was rotten. No apologies for the description,​ and leaving the mountains we slopped across button grass plains once more. A camp spot looked pretty hopeless but Len tried a look at a clump of trees and happily found a small elevated spot in the lee of the trees. That evening we slept on Tassie style beds, three or four long poles crisscrossed with sticks and then spread with gum leaves. With the tent pitched on top we spent a most comfortable night with the one fear that a change of wind might carry tent and bed into the surrounding ponds. Making of such beds is tolerated in these regions as the wetness promotes leaf growth very rapidly and conservation of one's health is essential. 
 + 
 +The track continued through button grass next morning but the weather was clearing and the mountains on all sides began to impress us. By the time we approached the Crossing River the day was fine and the scenery kept improving at every step. Arrival at the Crossing River gave us another shock. It really was a river and after the rain was running a banker. A search upstream failed to show us where we were advised we could "jump across"​ so we decided it was swim or sit. Though running fast we decided to cross at a bend and I went over first with a cord. With this cord and a similar length in the hands of the blokes on the other side we ferried our packs over wrapped in groundsheets,​ and then the human baggage wrapped in underwear. 
 + 
 +Crossing the Crossing River took us three hours and we had lunch on the other side. Remembrance of Parker sitting at this barrier for five days brought a great feeling of sympathy to us all and an understanding of his predicament. 
 + 
 +The afternoon walk was a memorable one. Magnificent mountains on all sides and the sun shining. I consider the mountains in this area far superior to those in the whole of the Cradle Mount - Lake St. Clair reserve. Making camp was a pleasant affair and this one day of views made the previous day's discomfort well worth while. 
 + 
 +After tea the sky became cloudy and shortly after crawling off to bed the wind began to rise. A spot of tent pegging was indicated so we crawled out of bed, cut some stakes and did the job. George and Roley had similar tasks but George applied just that extra pressure on the guy ropes and down fell the tent on top of Marie. Someone was indecent enough to laugh. 
 + 
 +It rained all night. It blew all night. A hot breakfast made the hearts a little lighter but the weather gave no signs of improvement. We moved off, and, climbing a series of low ridges, soon lost sight of the mountains that had such appeal on the previous day. Rain combined with the unfriendly southerly made for slow going and a further dampening experience was in store for us. I happened to be in front when the track entered a pocket of scrub, and next thing I was waist deep in water. There was little indication of this hidden creek, but probing with a stick showed it about 8 feet deep and the same distance across. The axe was produced and a couple of large bushes were placed across the gap, but when attempting a crossing I dunked myself again, this time being hauled out by Len, whose only thought, I fear, was to save our food being soaked. 
 + 
 +A further attempt was made upstream where a sapling was felled across the creek. I crossed, then Len, with Roley following closely. I should say Roley attempted to follow, because after much arm waving and balancing, be very gracefully duck dived. I think George had the haulage contract and, accompanied by yards of advice and lots of splashing, the old bloke was landed. The rest of the party crossed with dry shirts and we plodded on a little more cautiously. The next creek had a log crossing and, safely across, we continued over button grass to have our first look at the Junction River. One look was sufficient. This was one river we couldn'​t swim, so a conference of wet walkers decided to follow the Craycroft Track. This track led to Geeveston and Huonville and was longer than the Kalista track, but we hoped we could progress as far as the Craycroft River in the wet conditions. 
 + 
 +The crossing of two unmapped creeks gave us an idea of the job ahead of us. The rain was still pouring down and when we reached the first creek on the map our worst fears were realised. In dry conditions it would be an easy jump but now there was an expanse of water about 60 yards wide. We all had a bit of a scatter around and I went upstream to have a look. The water here was only knee deep and I paddled quite a fair distance before I found the main channel. After climbing out of seven feet of water I rejoined the party for lunch in a semi sheltered clump of trees. 
 + 
 +After lunching the male team all did a little wading and after lengthy search, found a place where we hoped to cross. When we left dry ground we had to plough through head high scrub with water to our knees. After about 30 yards of this we edged across a tree that had fallen over the main channel then did another 30 yards wading to terra firma. I think we were all relieved to cross safely as a slip into the racing channel could have caused trouble. 
 + 
 +In sleet and howling wind we headed for the next creek. The track was lost and with a snow pole every mile we decided not to persevere with the search. When we arrived on a ridge overlooking the creek it was getting late, so we decided to camp. There was some protection from the wind and we went to sleep with the howl of the wind as slumber music. 
 + 
 +Awakening with the thought of a possible swimming programme ahead of us didn't make me happy. Showers were still driving down from the Arthur Range but after breakfast we decided to look for the track. Len and I went south and after about a mile we fluked a sight of the only snow pole and followed the track down to the creek. We returned to camp and when we arrived back at the creek a few blows with the axe put a satisfactory bridge over the stream. 
 + 
 +The weather was improving, the wind now blowing at only 70 m.p.h. so we set sail for the next creek. The track met the creek down close to its junction with the Huon River and we had lunch within view of the torrent. A couple of dead saplings were dropped across the creek and one more obstacle was behind us. At this stage, we felt ready to tackle anything. We walked across button grass plains with the Arthur Range towering above us. This range has to be seen to be appreciated and though the cameras were busy I feel that they would be unable to do justice to this magnificent range of mountains. I heard Gladys murmuring gloriouses by the dozen and I agreed. The skyline is the most rugged and impressive I have seen, and, from a ridge, our first view of Federation Peak added lustre to the scene. The sun was shining as we dropped down the other side of the ridge, but losing sight of the Arthur'​s was compensated somewhat by a fine view of Mt. Picton, with the Craycroft River in the foreground. 
 + 
 +Our first close-up of the river came late that afternoon. One look was sufficient for that day. Sixty yards wide and dark and deep it was a different proposition to the creeks. We made camp in a sheltered spot and went to sleep on the problem. In the morning the river seemed to be dropping a little. Len and I went downstream, Roley and George upstream, leaving the ladies to report on the rate of fall. George returned with news of a possible crossing p1ace so upstream we bashed through bracken and scrub. The place had possibilities. Several gigantic trees lay practically across the river and on the other side was a tree that should bridge the gap if the axe was applied. I was all set to swim over with the axe but the courage ebbed when I considered the force of the current and probability of snags. I may have showed good judgement because when we felled a tree further upstream the current whirled it away as if it was a matchstick. We made the afternoon a rest day with clothes-washing the main occupation. 
 + 
 +The river was falling at the rate of two inches an hour and in the morning we found it was down about two feet. Down came a fair sized tree. Four strong men took a firm grip but the tree refused to move. With a cord we measured the exact distance to be bridged and the tree was cut accordingly. Four strong men on the heavy end, three strong girls on the lighter end, pulled, pushed and levered. The log was manoeuvred almost into position, balanced for a glorious moment of uncertainty,​ slipped from our grasp into the river and sank like a stone. We want upstream for another try. Need I say that we chopped another tree. This time our efforts were successful and when the first walker placed his foot on the other side of the river a cheer went up that wouldn'​t have disgraced a Rugby League match of the day. 
 + 
 +Instead of going downstream to look for the track we decided to shoot straight up to a bare looking hill above us. A horrible experience of bauera and cutting grass. Means of progress - face flat on the scrub, regain the feet and walk the distance flattened. Ditto repeato. The going was steep and when we reached the open ground I felt I had done a half day's walk in 80 yards. 
 + 
 +We found the track, then followed it up a succession of ridges, with many backwards glances at Federation Peak and the Arthur Range. Lunch was a welcome break, with panoramic views to the south and west. I think we climbed over 4,000 feet that afternoon and camped at the foot of Mt. Picton, looking rugged and majestic in the late afternoon sun. 
 + 
 +The camp spot was wet, but with built up beds we were comfortable. At least, everyone else was, but when Len built the bed he somehow didn't put enough packing on my side. After sliding out of the tent several times I was forced to complain. An elbow applied to the ribs of tentmates is recommended as certain to attract attention but the lack of sympathy left much to be desired. Rearrangement of packs downhill was an improvement and I at last slept. 
 + 
 +Though mist and low cloud shrouded the camp we were awake early and moved off with the promise of a fine day. Skirting around the foot of Mt. Picton, still covered in cloud, we came to North Lake. On the northern side of the lake we found evidence of the Hobart Walking Club. The track was blazed and marked with expired car number plates, some painted red and yellow, and with pieces of rag and yellow chalk marks. We blessed every one of them. Those of you who like walking off the beaten track would be ecstatic on this section without the markers. We were now heading down towards the Huon River, losing all the height we had laboured to obtain the previous day. We went down through a mile of rain forest, best described by someone who likened it to a blazed obstacle race, A ticklish climb down 60 feet of what the map described as a "​scarp"​ presaged the end of the forest and then we were following a track marked with snow poles which soon brought us to the Huon River and Blake'​s Opening. 
 + 
 +The Forestry Commission has cut a six foot track through to this point and the Picton River and Picton Hut were about three hours walk ahead. Roley, George, Marie and Peg decided to camp by the Huon, but as our food bags were very light Gladys, Len and myself headed for the hut. The track was a lolly, and we made good time to the Picton River, crossed over the fine new suspension bridge and walked straight into an advance party of Melbourne Uni students on the way to attempt to climb Federation Peak. Wishing then luck we pushed on to Picton Hut arriving there about 7 p.m. Fresh potatoes in the hut were welcome and, after tea, buckets of hot water and a big dish made the end of a perfect day. 
 + 
 +Before leaving next morning we padded our feet with elasto plast. Another tip from John de Bavay, and it proved one of the best. After following the track over Bog Hill, aptly named, we hit a jeep track which led us to a sawdust dump where exactly 5.1 miles of hard road led to Geeveston. We had an hour and a half before the bus left for Hobart. This was where the elasto plast proved its worth and with the dogs barking a chorus we climbed on the bus with a minute to spare. There was no brass band to welcome us back to Hobart, but a change of clean clothes and a beckoning cafe was a satisfactory substitute. The rest of the party? They arrived in Hobart later in the evening, being fortunate enough to get a lift from a utility truck returning from taking stores to the University climbers. 
 + 
 +Well, that's the trip. The editor demanded a report and its cost me miles of pad paper, chewed pencils, and more than one headache. I think we would be unanimous in saying that an axe is essential on this trip, a wall tent with good proofing is desirable, and a waterproof garment with sleeves and a separate cover for the pack is advisable. Oh, and last but not least, if going down Davey way, put in an order for fine weather and leave the swimming till you get back home. 
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 +(Two long articles were received for this month'​s magazine, both divided into two parts, one part for each of two issues. As both were descriptions of difficult trips in new country we decided to publish them in full, but to put one whole article in this Magazine and the other in the next. Don't miss next month'​s thrilling full length description by Ron Knightley of a New Zealand climb. Ed.) 
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 +=====Notes On Era.=====
  
-NOTES ON ERA. 
 By Kath. McKay. By Kath. McKay.
-Well, we've done it again: Christmas has come round, New Year has come round, and now we're coming round, after the intoxication of freed m, fresh air and sunshine in our annual visit to Era + 
-And how green was our valley this summer, with extra springs in the creek, in the braGken-bedding and in the cows and ilel,r?s whe-Je ​leapt nimbly between our tents, snatching the foed-bags of the unwary(The leeches also, be it whispered, were springing about more than usual.) +Well, we've done it again: Christmas has come round, New Year has come round, and now we're coming round, after the intoxication of freedom, fresh air and sunshine in our annual visit to Era
-The barbed wire enclosure takes away some of the charm froirt ​the view towards the sandhills, but will be suffered ​glad17 ​by all who note the growth of young trees within it. It will not be the fault if a tropical forest does not arise there shortly, what with all the mango and pawpaw seeds that were planted; not to me-Iti en slips of oleander, jacaranda and pomum citreum. (The answer is a lemon.) + 
-A party of non-walkers plodded perspiring beside the barbed wire fence, and one was heard to remark, as they crawled laboriously beneath it, crossed the enclosure and wriggled out the other side: hLook, Fred Flomebody's bought this block and they'​ve fenced it in". +And how green was our valley this summer, with extra springs in the creek, in the bracken-bedding and in the cows and horses which leapt nimbly between our tents, snatching the food-bags of the unwary(The leeches also, be it whispered, were springing about more than usual.) 
-6 + 
-Musing upon the virtues of this our Erawe bogan to wonde how it got its name. The editor ​T:ay at thpoint ​interpolate any information he has on the subject, while we took a look at the dictionarya +The barbed wire enclosure takes away some of the charm from the view towards the sandhills, but will be suffered ​glad1y ​by all who note the growth of young trees within it. It will not be the S.B.W.'​s ​fault if a tropical forest does not arise there shortly, what with all the mango and pawpaw seeds that were planted; not to mention ​slips of oleander, jacaranda and pomum citreum. (The answer is a lemon.) 
-it says (2flong ​other things) is an important ​doteJow right it is - a data we Lo ve kept for some ypars now, locking forard,to it from ,​-Tuary ​to DocoY1)73ut the dictionary goes On hEra is from a late Latin viaPd, aera, moaning ​a number, originally '​counters',​ pieces of cGrpor ​used in countinaora beiry the neuter plural of Res, aeris c,opper+ 
-Now, the word corpor inconjunctiop ​with Ern- calls to 71ind only one thing - Our Nudists. Time was ihen coppers crawled about the scrub in a shoc1dnF17 ​overdressed state - long pints; ​flannel shorts (we think) ties (possibly) ​vdth surar bP.g ofspare parts thrown over the shoulder, and fild glasses with which to -)pot the erring ​nortals The boasted no cnvoring ​save their own skin. +A party of non-walkers plodded perspiring beside the barbed wire fence, and one was heard to remark, as they crawled laboriously beneath it, crossed the enclosure and wriggled out the other side: "Look, Fred somebody's bought this block and they'​ve fenced it in". 
-These days are pas, and this year one solitary nudist remained to crry the torch of hi faith. We tripped over him hero end there, but he persevered, ​f.11(5 ​we fool he deserves a little ditty, (what worse punishr ent?) vith vtia, dear readerwe close. + 
-IA nudist down at Era +Musing upon the virtues of this our Erawe began to wonder ​how it got its name. The editor ​may at this point interpolate any information he has on the subject, while we took a look at the dictionary. 
-Fq-331ined ​upon a dune, + 
-Ho crouthed ​beneath his eeshado ​On a rainy afternoon,. +Era, it says (among other things) is an important ​dateHow right it is - a data we have kept for some years now, looking forward ​to it from January ​to DecemberBut the dictionary goes on "​Era ​is from a late Latin word, aera, meaning ​a number, originally '​counters',​ pieces of copper ​used in countingaera being the neuter plural of aes, aeris - copper. 
-Or peered through darkened glasses, At the fierce light of the :moon, + 
-He skipped from rock to rmndliill ​With ijath towel waving free; Ho skirmished round the bus be To doge our ca,-Tany+Now, the word copper in conjunction ​with Era calls to mind only one thing - Our Nudists. Time was when coppers crawled about the scrub in a shockingly ​overdressed state - long pants, ​flannel shorts (we think) ties (possibly) ​with sugar bag of spare parts thrown over the shoulder, and field glasses with which to spot the erring ​mortals who boasted no covering ​save their own skin. 
-- What hi4,​1-1 ​all the interruptions ​-1-4-e ​was 1,​7:​11e ​as pale could be + 
-Some sat (1H0 's just a moron",​ +Those days are past, and this year one solitary nudist remained to carry the torch of his faith. We tripped over him here and there, but he persevered, ​and we feel he deserves a little ditty, (what worse punishment?) with which, dear readerwe close. 
-Some + 
-il- +nudist down at Era\\ 
-s_aould ​be ruf) in: +Rec1ined ​upon a dune,\\ 
-Has no on... told hill +He crouched ​beneath his eyeshade\\ 
-That nudity'​s a +On a rainy afternoon,\\ 
-0 lo12dy, what pother +Or peered through darkened glasses,\\ 
-About a bit of skins +At the fierce light of the moon
-JUST TO REMIND + 
-annual ​subscribers who have not paid this years sub0 that their subscription expired with January issue. It is 6/6 to have the magazino ​posted, or 5/- to have it reserved and hold for you in the club room. +He skipped from rock to sandhill\\ 
-_ +With bath towel waving free;\\ 
-+He skirmished round the bushes\\ 
- IV+To dodge our company.\\ 
-"Wild Life Preservation Society of Australia, ​unara", +- What with all the interruptions\\ 
-Coepernook ​:Avenue, +He was pa1e as pale could be
-Gymoa Bay, Nosow+ 
-January- 25t1-1 ​1950. +Some said"He's just a moron",​\\ 
-The Editor, +Some - "He should ​be run in:\\ 
-"The Sydney ​Bu_sliwalker 3 55 Eirribilli -h venueYILSON IS POINT +Has no one ever told him\\ 
 +That nudity'​s a sin?"​\\ 
 +O lordy, what pother\\ 
 +About a bit of skin! 
 + 
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 + 
 +====Just to remind.==== 
 + 
 +Annual ​subscribers who have not paid this year's sub. that their subscription expired with January issue. It is 6/6 to have the magazine ​posted, or 5/- to have it reserved and held for you in the club room. 
 + 
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 + 
 +=====Letter From The Wildlife Preservation Society.===== 
 + 
 +"Wild Life Preservation Society of Australia,\\ 
 +"Miara",\\ 
 +Coepernook Avenue,\\ 
 +Gymea Bay, N.S.W. 
 + 
 +January ​25th 1950. 
 + 
 +The Editor,\\ 
 +"The Sydney ​Bushwalker",​\\ 
 +55 Kirribilli Avenue,\\ 
 +__Milsons Point__.  
 Dear Sir, Dear Sir,
-My Society is very grateful for the publicit7,that 7ou have given to our 30th Report through the Editorial of 87,5licy Bush walker. I have toexpress our thanks and to intliYa:e ts-riar-, ​I would be pleased to supply copies of the report and to contau'​r, ​interested ​Persons ​if enquiries are made to the above addresso + 
-It is important however, following upon your comments, that I should be permitted to enlarge upon the Society'​s policy of Ofommonwealth ​control in "​Conservation and Allied ​Afft..rs"​. ​Connervation ​is a national matter and demands ​rusponsibillty ​on the part of the National Parliament. It seems doubtful that any governmental body (or any body for that matter) will accept responsibility and substantiate large suns of money (nothing less is needed) without ​Some measure of control or co-ordinatim. That Interstate ​Thnferences ​are difficult to organise, no one doubts - but then anything concerning Conservation is difficult to organise; and you should know that an Interstate Conference on matters affecting Faunal Preservation has just concluded at YTobart, Tasmania. Let us resist this desire to be parochial; ​bushwalers ​tend to feel justified ​41mn their favourite "​stamping ground is set aside for "​recreation ​tmrposes"; but there are scientific and economic angles as well as the recreational and cuittural ​aspects. Might I remind your rnaders ​that our Report says: our major biological problems are of national ​tAnd at times international importance.... four States control the conservation of the Koala and the Platypus.....need for a national policy of Fire Control and hrosion ​in adjoining States ​-and for biological surveys ​con merning ​the provision of additional Sanctuaries or National Parks as in the case of the Kosciusko State Park, in Which two adjoining States are interested"?​ +My Society is very grateful for the publicity ​that you have given to our 30th Report through the Editorial of "The Bushwalker"​. I have to express our thanks and to intimate that I would be pleased to supply copies of the report and to contact ​interested ​persons ​if enquiries are made to the above address. 
-Perhaps your readers will be led to believe that this Society suggests a remote central control from an impregnable ​Can)oerra; but there is no such suggestion. Local demands must have local attention. Even with State control we still have extreme differences of treatment necessary - what of Western ​W.S.W. and the eastern coastline? Yet nobody would suggest that local " 'Councils or shires are the adequate authority! We should be wary of the rather futile belief "that practical conservation must depend upon voluntary efforts,"​ Particularly if it means plant- + 
-1R. +It is important however, following upon your comments, that I should be permitted to enlarge upon the Society'​s policy of Commonwealth ​control in "​Conservation and Allied ​Affairs"​. ​Conservation ​is a national matter and demands ​responsibility ​on the part of the National Parliament. It seems doubtful that any governmental body (or any body for that matter) will accept responsibility and substantiate large suns of money (nothing less is needed) without ​some measure of control or co-ordination. That Interstate ​Conferences ​are difficult to organise, no one doubts - but then anything concerning Conservation is difficult to organise; and you should know that an Interstate Conference on matters affecting Faunal Preservation has just concluded at Hobart, Tasmania. Let us resist this desire to be parochial; ​bushwalkers ​tend to feel justified ​when their favourite "​stamping ground" ​is set aside for "​recreation ​purposes"; but there are scientific and economic angles as well as the recreational and cultural ​aspects. Might I remind your readers ​that our Report says: "our major biological problems are of national ​and at times international importance.... four States control the conservation of the Koala and the Platypus.... need for a national policy of Fire Control and Erosion ​in adjoining States and for biological surveys ​concerning ​the provision of additional Sanctuaries or National Parks as in the case of the Kosciusko State Park, in which two adjoining States are interested"?​ 
-ing trees with gusto but little scientific ​understaning ​of the real problems of conservation. ​Ifay I be permitted ​,to ask your readers to defer acceptance of the assertion that 6Consorvation ​is, and will rennin, a. natter ​of pvedominantly ​local interest"​ until they have thought ​de(-ply ​on the "​ratter, considered the value of a Land U1--,​ilisation ​Survey (on a National footing), the tremendous scope of land 318-use ​in adjoining ​Stal-es ​such as :.S0Yee + 
-S.A. and Queensland, ​rend for themselves that section of he report which deals with Coonwealth ​Control, and perhaps also considered the success of Y.V..ft. only because it was a National ​Schene? Anyhow, isn't the Snowy Scheme national? +Perhaps your readers will be led to believe that this Society suggests a remote central control from an impregnable ​Canberra; but there is no such suggestion. Local demands must have local attention. Even with State control we still have extreme differences of treatment necessary - what of Western ​N.S.W. and the eastern coastline? Yet nobody would suggest that local Councils or shires are the adequate authority! We should be wary of the rather futile belief "that practical conservation must depend upon voluntary efforts,"​ Particularly if it means planting ​trees with gustobut little scientific ​understanding ​of the real problems of conservation. ​May I be permitted to ask your readers to defer acceptance of the assertion that "​Conservation ​is, and will rennin, a matter ​of predominantly ​local interest"​ until they have thought ​deeply ​on the matter, considered the value of a Land Utilisation ​Survey (on a National footing), the tremendous scope of land misuse ​in adjoining ​States ​such as N.S.W., S.A. and Queensland, ​read for themselves that section of the report which deals with Commonwealth ​Control, and perhaps also considered the success of T.V.A. only because it was a National ​Scheme? Anyhow, isn't the Snowy Scheme national? 
-All this need not (and indeed, does not, as your comments show) stay us froi_. ​action now; and whr,t is more, on mat bars that affect all the Mates of the Co=onwealth. Once again I think the real soluticn ​to your readers'​ knowledge of our ofl'​orts ​will + 
-be as you yourself ​rceplmend ​- "a reading of the Seciety!Mu2nal ​as a means of learning the complete story.('+All this need not (and indeed, does not, as your comments show) stay us from action now; and what is more, on matters ​that affect all the States ​of the Commonwealth. Once again I think the real solution ​to your readers'​ knowledge of our efforts ​will be as you yourself ​recommend ​- "a reading of the Society'​Journal ​as a means of learning the complete story.
 Yours sincerely, Yours sincerely,
-Allen A-. Strom 
  
-HONORARY SECRETARY +Allen A. Strom, Honorary Secretary 
-(We have not yet sen any instances quoted of interstate conservation matters which could not be co-ordinated by agreement ​beteen ​interested ​sttes. But our lain concern is that the + 
-Wild Tiife Preservation Society will waste its limited ​Yoo agh +(We have not yet seen any instances quoted of interstate conservation matters which could not be co-ordinated by agreement ​between ​interested ​states. But our main concern is that the Wild Life Preservation Society will waste its limited ​enough ​effective resources in striving for an almost unattainable objective of doubtful benefit - Ed.) 
-effective resources in striving for an almost unattainable objective of doubtful benefit - Ed.) + 
-FEDMATION NOTES +---- 
-by Briaa G. Harvey + 
-A CODE 0-7 ETHICS ​is now being published and will be sent,to every member of every club. A modified version will be printed for g,en- +=====Federation Notes.===== 
-oral distribution amongst the bushwalking public, which step should make the bush a better place for all concerned. + 
-AN ATTNinirENT TO THE CONSTITUTIC ​to tighten up the investigation +by Brian G. Harvey 
-of new applicant clubs was carried without dissent, the River Canoe + 
-Club abstaining from voting. The Canoe Club thought it was un- +__A Code of Ethics__ ​is now being published and will be sent to every member of every club. A modified version will be printed for general ​distribution amongst the bushwalking public, which step should make the bush a better place for all concerned. 
-necessary,that the Fefteration ​had nothing to offer a new bushwalking club, that affiliation should be made easy and that the club should be (-)ducated" after admission. They objected to ban on + 
-tree-cutting and shooting in the "Code of Ethics"​ because they wanted to be free to chop out offending trees in navigable rivers and take pot shots at rabbits ad lib. +__An Amendment to the Constitution__ ​to tighten up the investigation of new applicant clubs was carried without dissent, the River Canoe Club abstaining from voting. The Canoe Club thought it was unnecessary, that the Federation ​had nothing to offer a new bushwalking club, that affiliation should be made easy and that the club should be "​educated" after admission. They objected to ban on tree-cutting and shooting in the "Code of Ethics"​ because they wanted to be free to chop out offending trees in navigable rivers and take pot shots at rabbits ad lib. 
-SEARCH ND RTP.SCME reorted ​that a young lady had been left by a party to fend for herself in the National Park, Tasmania, such information being obtained from the Polion ​Hut log-book. ​Investi- + 
-gation ​of allegation is in hand. +__Search and Rescue__ reported ​that a young lady had been left by a party to fend for herself in the National Park, Tasmania, such information being obtained from the Pelion ​Hut log-book. ​Investigation ​of allegation is in hand. 
-A VICTORAN FEDERATION ​exists, we were informed, but to datethere ​had been no liaison. Letters addressed to Victorian Walking Clubs suggesting interstate co-operation had not been replied to. + 
-THE CONSERVATION BUREAU ​announced the incluSion ​of Allen Strom on the Bureau. The Bush-man's Handbook had been considered and the main conclusion was that balancing the improbable need of survival knowledge against the destruction necessary to its acquisition,​ the Conservation Bureau does not recommend study of the Bushman'​s Handbook to bushwalkers."​ +__A Victorian Federation__ ​exists, we were informed, but to date there had been no liaison. Letters addressed to Victorian Walking Clubs suggesting interstate co-operation had not been replied to. 
-HOW TO GET TO THE SWIMMING CARNIVAL + 
-c J +__The Conservation Bureau__ ​announced the inclusion ​of Allen Strom on the Bureau. The Bushman's Handbook had been considered and the main conclusion was that "balancing the improbable need of survival knowledge against the destruction necessary to its acquisition,​ the Conservation Bureau does not recommend study of the Bushman'​s Handbook to bushwalkers."​ 
-As mentioned in the Social Notes the Swimming ​(jqrnival ​will be held at O'​Hare'​s Creek on Feb 18-194 The organisers urge you yo forget the idea that you have to be a champThrl_ ocon:petbe.- cause there will be events to suiteverybody initiE ​novelty events you can win as long as you can 'just keepaao r had above water, and non-swimmers are welcome to act as_pdgesi + 
-etc. +---- 
-e. .P... $ ? + 
-1.29', 3.30, 4.30 and 5 p m. Trains leave/' \':-4- t g ?, tf, Campbelltown on Sunday at 2.12,​3.14,​4.14+====How To Get To The Swimming Carnival.==== 
-+ 
-, 4.44,5.14 and 6.15. A bus meets some trains +As mentioned in the Social Notes the Swimming ​Carnival ​will be held at O'​Hare'​s Creek on Feb 18-19. The organisers urge you to forget the idea that you have to be a champion to competebecause ​there will be events to suit everybody, including ​novelty events you can win as long as you can just keep your head above water, and non-swimmers are welcome to act as judges, ​etc. 
-4-+ 
-fare1/-. Taxis are 4/for the trip. 000 Cowie+Trains depart from Central on Saturday at 10.30 and 11.30 a.m, and at 12.28, 1.29, 3.30, 4.30 and 5 p.m. Trains leave Campbelltown on Sunday at 2.12, 3.14, 4.14, 4.44, 5.14 and 6.15. A bus meets some trains - fare 1/-. Taxis are 4/for the trip. 
-( r.4.tce,f4 + 
-OP +---
-Trains depart from Central on Saturday at 10.30 and 11.30 a m, and at 12.2Q, + 
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-of annual subscribers to this magazine +Of annual subscribers to this magazine who cheerfully pay for their copy in advance - and save a shilling into the bargainIf you want your magazine posted to your home address, just fill in the form with this copy and send it together with 6/- to the Business ​Manager, or a copy can be held for you in the club room for the reduced sum of 4/6. Be in it - 114 others can't be wrong(These amounts will cover issues March 1950 - Jan. 1951.) 
-who cheerfully pay for their copy in advance - and save a shilling into the bargainIf you want your magazine posted to your hdme + 
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-copy and send it together with 6/- to the Bustnesa ​Manager, or a copy can be held for you in the club room for the reduced sum + 
-of 4/6. Be in it - 114 others can't be wrong(These amounts will cover issues March 1950 - Jan. 1951.) +__Nature ​Study in America__: 
-Nature ​Study in America+ 
-QHow can you tell the age of a snake? Barbara ​LoebensteLg, 1575 Harding, Detroit. +QHow can you tell the age of a snake? Barbara ​Loebensteig, 1575 Harding, Detroit. 
-A.It issextremely ​difficult to tell the age of a snake unless you knowexactly when it was born - Detroit News. + 
-20THE FAIL BAG +A. It is extremely ​difficult to tell the age of a snake unless you know exactly when it was born - Detroit News. 
-As may be imagined, Paddy'​s mail bag produces letters from many of the odd corners of Australia. It produce ​some curious requests and quite a few pats on the back. Here is an extract from a letter received from Warwick, Queensland,​which has a particularly Australian flavour. + 
-"I have been using your gear for some years with complete satisfaction. You may be interested in this story of a tour to the Diamentina country in the far west of Queensland last winter. In this country a "​swag"​ is "de rigueur" ​ful every +---- 
-travoller. I duly packed mine - a down sleeping bag, japara groundsheet and one ma tent. The last I used like the westerners use their swav-rover, half laid out over the groundsheet and the othet, haif thrown over the top. The locals rocked with unrestrained mirth when I produced my swag - a pckage ​a little larger than a gallon ​'​mint ​tin. Hoiidever + 
-slept as well and as warmly as they in their huge ones. +=====The Mail Bag.===== 
-So Paddymade gear goes on penetrating into far-off places Chosen by thcm whose dent1-1-, ​are most exacting, as the dependable light weight camping gear.+ 
 +As may be imagined, Paddy'​s mail bag produces letters from many of the odd corners of Australia. It produces ​some curious requests and quite a few pats on the back. Here is an extract from a letter received from Warwick, Queensland, which has a particularly Australian flavour. 
 + 
 +"I have been using your gear for some years with complete satisfaction. You may be interested in this story of a tour to the Diamentina country in the far west of Queensland last winter. In this country a "​swag"​ is "de rigueur" ​for every traveller. I duly packed mine - a down sleeping bag, japara groundsheet and one man tent. The last I used like the westerners use their swag-cover, half laid out over the groundsheet and the other half thrown over the top. The locals rocked with unrestrained mirth when I produced my swag - a package ​a little larger than a gallon ​paint tin. However, I slept as well and as warmly as they in their huge ones.
 + 
 +So Paddymade gear goes on penetrating into far-off placesChosen by those whose demands ​are most exacting, as the dependable light weight camping gear. 
 Paddymade is the choice of the experienced bushman. Paddymade is the choice of the experienced bushman.
 +
 Paddymade Camp Gear for Walkers. Paddymade Camp Gear for Walkers.
-PADDY PALLIN, 
-327 George St., Phone 
-BX3595 SYDNEY. 
  
 +Paddy Pallin,
 +
 +327 George St., Sydney. Phone BX3595.
 +
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