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195601 [2012/05/25 03:50]
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195601 [2016/01/15 00:14] (current)
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 would not get all they wanted. would not get all they wanted.
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-THOSE TEST WALKS. + 
-Jim Brown. +===== Those Test Walks ===== 
-All right, this is a crusade. If you're not interested in + 
-cruaades ​don't read any further. +Jim Brown. 
-I have a decided impression that the Club wants more actively walking members. Agreed? ​Rightl ​Well, we recruit them as prospectives and we tell them they are required to do three test walks and an Instructional week-end. We provide the Instructional + 
-walks at intervals of three months so that a prospective will have +All right, this is a crusade. If you're not interested in crusades ​don't read any further. 
-the choice of two in any six-month period. That is very reasonable0 + 
-Are we being as fair with them where their test walks are concerned? I doubt it. +I have a decided impression that the Club wants more actively walking members. Agreed? ​Right! ​Well, we recruit them as prospectives and we tell them they are required to do three test walks and an Instructional week-end. We provide the Instructional walks at intervals of three months so that a prospective will have the choice of two in any six-month period. That is very reasonable. ​Are we being as fair with them where their test walks are concerned? I doubt it. 
-During the last two walks programmes, covering the best walking + 
-' ​time of the year, there was afair sprinkling ​'of test walks starting +During the last two walks programmes, covering the best walking time of the year, there was a fair sprinkling of test walks starting out Friday evening, but only six 1 1/2-day test walks, and only 4 day test walks. In a period of 34 week-ends that's rather dismal reading, It's been like that for several years now. 
-out Friday evening, but only six *day test walks, and only 4 day test walks. In a period of 34 week-ends that's rather dismal reading, It's been like that for several years now. + 
-Of course, our keenest walkers want to do Friday night trips. I quite understand that - I Prefer ​them too. The trip starting on Friday allows much wider scope: ventures into fairly distant and untrodden country. Of course, it also needs less imagination to devise a novel and interesting 2-day trip than it does to think up a suitable ​li-day or day walk. +Of course, our keenest walkers want to do Friday night trips. I quite understand that - I prefer ​them too. The trip starting on Friday allows much wider scope: ventures into fairly distant and untrodden country. Of course, it also needs less imagination to devise a novel and interesting 2-day trip than it does to think up a suitable ​1 1/2-day or day walk. 
-But for the prospective,​ especially the newcomer to walking, the Friday nighter poses some problems. In some cases parental opposition, the difficulty of taking walking gear along to office ​or workshop, the minor but very real troubles of providing for and packing gear and food for two whole days and nights, the doubt if their condition will allow them to go well on Saturday and still be equal to a long day on Sunday - all these things make the Friday trip seem formidable. + 
-It seems to me that if we sincerely want to maintain our walking strength, we should do more to cater for the prospective. +But for the prospective,​ especially the newcomer to walking, the Friday nighter poses some problems. In some cases parental opposition, the difficulty of taking walking gear along to office or workshop, the minor but very real troubles of providing for and packing gear and food for two whole days and nights, the doubt if their condition will allow them to go well on Saturday and still be equal to a long day on Sunday - all these things make the Friday trip seem formidable. 
-It is pure selfishness to ignore the beginner until he or she has graduated up to the stage of doing week-end walks without fear or anguish. By that time they can either take care of themselves or have ceased caring about joining the Club. In other words, it isn't much use beginning to take interest in the apprentice ​When he has + 
-already reached the third year of his time. +It seems to me that if we sincerely want to maintain our walking strength, we should do more to cater for the prospective. It is pure selfishness to ignore the beginner until he or she has graduated up to the stage of doing week-end walks without fear or anguish. By that time they can either take care of themselves or have ceased caring about joining the Club. In other words, it isn't much use beginning to take interest in the apprentice ​when he has already reached the third year of his time. 
-Very noticeable, too, is the paucity of test walks in the + 
-summer months. It must be agreed that many of our orthod2SX ​test +Very noticeable, too, is the paucity of test walks in the summer months. It must be agreed that many of our orthodox ​test walks would be very severe, perhaps even dangerous, under conditions of extreme heat. Planning a summer test walk is a disappointing business....trying to build up adequate ​mileage ​without too much hill climbing or bush-pushing,​ close enough to civilization to be able to curtail the trip under heat wave conditions....but many beginners believe that summer is the proper walking season (I used to think so myself, years ago). At present we have a considerable list of prospective ​members, including some very promising material, but it's a poor outlook for the newcomer of October who finds scarcely a suitable walk until March or April. 
-walks would be very severe, perhaps even dangerous,, under conditions of extreme heat. Planning a summer test walk is a disappointing business....trying to build up adequate ​milage ​without too much + 
-hill climbing or bush-pushing,​ close enough to civilization to be able to curtail the trip under heat wave conditions....but many beginners believe that summer is the proper walking season (I used +Obviously it's too late to do much about the January/April programme which will be distributed before this is read, although some enterprising member may care to volunteer ​a suitable trip in January or February, and I'm sure Committee will endorse it as a test, and the widest possible publicity be given it. But please, ​**not a Friday nighter**! 
-to think so myself, years ago). At present we have a considerable + 
-17. +It is not too late to start thinking now about the next winter programme, which must be ready for committee to consider ​prior to the Annual General Meeting in March. It is not too late to consider whether we can afford a better deal for the struggling ​prospective
-list ofsprospective ​members, including some very promising material, + 
-but it's a poor outlook for the newcomer of October who finds +===== CORRESPONDENCE. ​===== 
-scarcely a suitable walk until March or April. +
-Obviously it's too late to do much about the January/Arbil programme which will be distributed before this is read, although some enterprising member may care to vulunteer ​a suitable trip in January or February, and I'm sure Committee will endorse it as a test, and the widest possible publicity be given it. But please, +
-not a Friday nighter! +
-It is not too late to start thinking now about the next +
-winter programme, which must be ready for committee to consider ​prioto ​the Annual General Meeting in March. It is not too late to consider whether we can afford a better deal for the struggling ​prospec- +
-tive+
-CORRESPONDENCE.+
 MITERS ARISING. MITERS ARISING.
 The Hon.Secretary,​ SYDNEY BUSH WALKERS The Hon.Secretary,​ SYDNEY BUSH WALKERS
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