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-THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER +====== The Sydney ​Bushwalker======
-A monthly bulletin of matters of interest to the Sydney ​Bush Walkers, c/- Ingersoll Hall, 256 Crown Street, Sydney. Box No. 4476, G.P.O., Sydney. '​Phone:​ JW 1462. +
-t, 273 SEPTEMBER, 1957 Price 9d, +
-Editor: Frank Rigby, 70 Beach Road, Reprbduction:​ Jess Martin +
-Darling Point, MU 4411 (3) Sales & Subs: Jess Martin +
-Business Manager: Jack Gentle Typed By: Elsie Bruggy +
-CONTENTS. +
-Page.+
  
-At our August Meeting -- Alex Colley +monthly Bulletin ​of matters of interest to the Sydney Bush Walkers, c/Ingersoll Hall256 Crown St.SydneyBox No. 4476, G.P.O. Sydney. 'Phone: JW 1462.
-Tale for a Couple ​of Wag(g)s Blue Gum 3 +
-Hatswells Taxi & Tourist Service (Advt.) 3 +
-Your Walking Guide 4 .  +
-Climbing Expedition ​Pidgeon HouseThe CastleTallatarang 5 +
-White Ant Borings 10 +
-Report of Ski Lodge Committee -- Colin Putt 11 +
-The Kowmung Manuscript - Part II -- Jim Hooper 12 +
-The Sanitarium Health Food Shop (Advt.) 18 +
-Trip to Banda-Banda & Kemp's Pinnacle - Laurie Rayner 18 +
-Seven Weeks in New Zealand - Part VII -- Dot Butler 19 +
-July Walks Report- Brian Anderson 22 +
-Leica Photo Service (Advt.) 23 +
-Our Club -- Blue Gum 23 +
-A Word to Prospectives (Paddy's Advt.) 24+
  
-SPECIAL EXTRA -- +---- 
-WURRUMBUNGLES SLIDES + 
-COMMITTEE MEETING NIGHT, WED2nd OCTOBERTO COMMENCE AT ABOUT 8.30 P.M+=== No. 273September1957Price 9d=== 
-Don't stay home because there'​s only a Committee Meeting, because there'​s something more on --. come in and zee some very interesting slides of these fantastic mountains. ​Frank Rigby, ​Dave BrownHenry Gold and Don Newis recently spent a week in the Wurrumbungles,​ and + 
-they had plenty of adventures in which you can share, Don't forget -- next Committee Meeting Night+|**Editor**|Frank Rigby, ​70 Beach RoadDarling Point. MU 4411 (B).| 
-2.+|**Business Manager**|Jack Gentle.| 
 +|**Reproduction**|Jess Martin.| 
 +|**Sales ​and Subs**|Jess Martin.| 
 +|**Typed by**|Elsie Bruggy.|
  
-====== At Our August Meeting ======+===== In This Issue: ​===== 
 +  
 +| | |Page| 
 +|At our August Meeting|Alex Colley| 2| 
 +|A Tale for a Couple of Wag(g)s|Blue Gum| 3| 
 +|Your Walking Guide| | 4| 
 +|Climbing Expedition - Pidgeon House, The Castle, Tallatarang| | 5| 
 +|White Ant Borings| |10| 
 +|Report of Ski Lodge Committee|Colin Putt|11| 
 +|The Kowmung Manuscript - Part II|Jim Hooper|12| 
 +|Trip to Banda-Banda & Kemp's Pinnacle|Laurie Rayner|18| 
 +|Seven Weeks in New Zealand - Part VII|Dot Butler|19| 
 +|July Walks Report|Brian Anderson|22| 
 +|Our Club|Blue Gum|23| 
 + 
 +===== Advertisements:​ ===== 
 + 
 +| |Page| 
 +|Hattswell'​s Taxi & Tourist Service| 3| 
 +|Sanitarium Health Food Shop|18| 
 +|Leica Photo Service|23| 
 +|A Word to Prospectives (Paddy'​s Advt.)|24| 
 + 
 +---- 
 + 
 +__Special - Extra__ 
 + 
 +=== Warrumbungle Slides. === 
 + 
 +Committee Meeting night, Wed. 2nd October, to commence at about 8.30 p.m. 
 + 
 +Don't stay home because there'​s only a Committee Meeting, because there'​s something more on - come in and see some very interesting slides of these fantastic mountains. Frank Rigby, Dave Brown, Henry Gold and Don Newis recently spent a week in the Wurrumbungles,​ and they had plenty of adventures in which you can share. 
 + 
 +Don't forget - next Committee Meeting Night. 
 + 
 +---- 
 + 
 +===== At Our August Meeting. ​=====
    
 Alex Colley Alex Colley
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 Two new members, David Bennett and Jack Giblett were welcomed. Two new members, David Bennett and Jack Giblett were welcomed.
  
-Tom Moppett gave us a full report of the conservation conference. Motions had been carried favouring the appointment of representatives of non-governmental organisations on the fauna panel, calling for a ban on the export of fauna, requesting the organisation of a flora and fauna exhibition, and defining a primitive area for the purpose of legislation. Our own motion - requesting the reservation of the Blue Labyrinth north of Erskine Creek - was recast by the conference, who wanted to have the whole area north of the Water Board reservation (including Erskine Creek) reserved. Tom said this was an unwise request +Tom Moppett gave us a full report of the conservation conference. Motions had been carried favouring the appointment of representatives of non-governmental organisations on the fauna panel, calling for a ban on the export of fauna, requesting the organisation of a flora and fauna exhibition, and defining a primitive area for the purpose of legislation. Our own motion - requesting the reservation of the Blue Labyrinth north of Erskine Creek - was recast by the conference, who wanted to have the whole area north of the Water Board reservation (including Erskine Creek) reserved. Tom said this was an unwise request as it would not be acceded to and, at his suggestion we deferred a decision on whether we would support a deputation to be organised by the F.A.C. on the matter. Tom had unofficial news of a 1000 acre camping reserve near the Barrington guest house, and the creation of a flora reserve along the valley of the Williams. This reserve would not be used for logging while it was used for recreational purposes.
-as it would not be acceded to and, at his suggestion we deferred a decision on whether we would support a deputation to be organised by the F.A.C. on the matter. Tom had unofficial news of a 1000 acre camping reserve near the Barrington guest house, and the creation of a flora reserve along the valley of the Williams. This reserve would not be used for logging while it was used for recreational purposes.+
  
 The report of the ski-lodge committee was read by Alex Colley, in the absence of the convenor, Colin Putt (see page 11). The report of the ski-lodge committee was read by Alex Colley, in the absence of the convenor, Colin Putt (see page 11).
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 The President said that the Federation Ball came shortly after the date of our thirtieth anniversary and several of the old members intended to form a party to celebrate the anniversary,​ as we had organised no special function for this purpose. The President said that the Federation Ball came shortly after the date of our thirtieth anniversary and several of the old members intended to form a party to celebrate the anniversary,​ as we had organised no special function for this purpose.
  
-At the conclusion of the meeting, Jim Brown drew attention to the lack of objects of beauty in the clubroom, with the possible exception of the bone and the gong, and moved a vote of thanks to John Scott +At the conclusion of the meeting, Jim Brown drew attention to the lack of objects of beauty in the clubroom, with the possible exception of the bone and the gong, and moved a vote of thanks to John Scott for the resplendent new notice board. It was carried with acclamation. 
-for the resplendent new notice board. It was carried with acclamation.+ 
 +---- 
 + 
 +=== New Arrivals. ===
  
-**NEW ARRIVALS** 
  
 Our congratulations to Clem and Enid Hallstrom on the birth of a baby daughter on 1st August. Our congratulations to Clem and Enid Hallstrom on the birth of a baby daughter on 1st August.
-From Canberra comes the news that Ian and Pat Wood have also been blessed with a brand new boy - good work, Woodies. We know that we couldn'​t tender you both a better wish than that 
-these now tender blossoms grow up into strong healthy bushwalkers in the years to come. 
  
 +From Canberra comes the news that Ian and Pat Wood have also been blessed with a brand new boy - good work, Woodies.
  
-====== A Tale for a Couple of Wag(g)s ​======+We know that we couldn'​t tender you both a better wish than that these now tender blossoms grow up into strong healthy bushwalkers in the years to come. 
 + 
 +---- 
 + 
 +=== Hattswell'​s Taxi and Tourist Service. === 
 + 
 +For all your transport problems contact Hattswell'​s Taxi and Tourist Service. Ring, write, wire or call any hour, day or night. 
 + 
 +Telephone: Blackheath 129 or 249. Booking Office - 4 doors from Gardner'​s Inn Hote1 (look for the neon sign.) 
 + 
 +Speedy 5 or 8 passenger cars available. Large or small parties catered for. 
 + 
 +Fares: 
 + 
 +  * Kanangra Walls - 30/- per head (minimum 5 passengers) 
 +  * Perry'​s Lookdown - 3/- per head (minimum 5 passengers) 
 +  * Jenolan State Forest - 20/- per head (minimum 5 passengers) 
 +  * Carlon'​s Farm - 10/- per head (minimum 5 passengers) 
 + 
 +We will be pleased to quote other trips or special parties on application. 
 + 
 +---- 
 + 
 +===== A Tale for a Couple of Wag(g)s=====
    
-Blue Gum+Blue Gum.
  
 A Wag(g) called Geoff and a lass named Grace,​\\ ​ A Wag(g) called Geoff and a lass named Grace,​\\ ​
-Have named the day, the time and place. \\+Have named the day, the time and place.\\
 We wish them well. We wish them well.
  
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 Attired in shorts and hob nailed boots, \\ Attired in shorts and hob nailed boots, \\
-With empty packs to carry loot  \\+With empty packs (to carry loot -\\
 There'​s sure to be some grub.) There'​s sure to be some grub.)
-And bring your mugs and billies too, \\ + 
-In case there is Some potent brew (For drinking toasts)+And bring your mugs and billies too,\\ 
 +In case there is some potent brew (For drinking toasts)\\ 
 +(For drinking toasts)
  
 Now when the Bridal Pair appear\\ Now when the Bridal Pair appear\\
 The "​Busbies"​ give a rousing cheer,​\\ ​ The "​Busbies"​ give a rousing cheer,​\\ ​
-And raise their battered hats,\\+And raise their battered hats
 Newsreel cameras and television\\ Newsreel cameras and television\\
 Will then record with great precision\\ Will then record with great precision\\
-The "Wgidding ​of the Year".+The "Wedding ​of the Year".
  
-Best Wishes to the Wag(g)s we send Happiness and Joy that never end throughout ​the coming years. ​+Best Wishes to the Wag(g)s we send\\ 
 +Happiness and Joy that never end\\ 
 +Throughout ​the coming years. ​
  
 +----
  
-====== Your Walking Guide ======+===== Your Walking Guide=====
  
-Wheeny ​Ck. Walking is medium to rough. Wheeny Ck. is a mixture of rock-hopping and sandy banks with an interesting canyon thrown in. Good test walk although it's not an ideal +=== September. === 
-walk for your first trip. Excellent views of areas north of the Grose. Combined fares approx. 23/-.+ 
-Salvation ​Ck. Medium to easy type of walking. Mixture of creek and ridge walking. Excellent view of Broken Bay area +20-21-22: __Wheeny ​Ck.__ Walking is medium to rough. Wheeny Ck. is a mixture of rock-hopping and sandy banks with an interesting canyon thrown in. Good test walk although it's not an ideal walk for your first trip. Excellent views of areas north of the Grose. Combined fares approx. 23/-. 
-and Pittwater. Wildflowers. Ferry ride pleasant end to + 
-trip. Could be a little scratchy on ridges. Fares approx 10/- +21-22: __Salvation ​Ck.__ Medium to easy type of walking. Mixture of creek and ridge walking. Excellent view of Broken Bay area and Pittwater. Wildflowers. Ferry ride pleasant end to trip. Could be a little scratchy on ridges. Fares approx 10/-. 
-Glenbrook ​Gorge. Parties will be going up Saturday by + 
-trains and Sunday in Puttimbile from Foveaux St. Weekend will be devoted to climbing only. Cost 10/- to 14/-. Cox River-Blackheath Ck. area. Easy to medium walking. +21-22: __Glenbrook ​Gorge.__ Parties will be going up Saturday by trains and Sunday in Puttimbile from Foveaux St. Weekend will be devoted to climbing only. Cost 10/- to 14/-.  
-Very pleasant open type country. Parts of Blackheath Ck. and Centennial Glen particularly ​preety. Good river photography. Medium test walk. Train cost 24/9. Car approx 10/-. Dr. Barnard Homes. For up to date details of this trip check wifETohn ​White XW 6526. Cost 15/11 + 
-Woola Falls - Winifred Falls. Easy to medium track walking. +27-28-29: __Cox River-Blackheath Ck. area.__ Easy to medium walking. Very pleasant open type country. Parts of Blackheath Ck. and Centennial Glen particularly ​pretty. Good river photography. Medium test walk. Train cost 24/9. Car approx 10/-. 
-WildflowersFairly easy test walk for prospectives. Fares 5/-. + 
-Eavag_z_22111.11.21EAL2a. Easy to medium walking in very +28-29: __Dr. Barnard Homes.__ For up to date details of this trip check with John White XW 6526. Cost 15/11
-scenic and interesting country - although part of Blue Mts. this section is distinctly different. Three day trip should + 
-mean a moderate pace only. Ideal for those who enjoy pleasant scenery in a leisurely manner. Fares approx. 40/-. +29: __Woola ​Falls - Winifred Falls.__ Easy to medium track walking. WildflowersFairly easy test walk for prospectives. Fares 5/-. 
-Kemps9y ​Trip -- See page 18 for details. + 
-Wollondillz_a_.=_NattaLl. Easy to medium river and creek walking. Very photographic area. One major climb over Beloon Pass. Good views of Burragorang and Nattai from +=== October=== 
-Pass. Fares approx. 36/3. Note this walk is leaving Saturday morning. Don't forget your swimming costume. + 
-11-12-13 ​Mt. Renwick. Mainly medium walking with a little rough. Transport will be by Puttmobile. Cost to be advised. Trip more of an exploratory nature. Could be very interesting +4-5-6-7: __Newnes - Wolgan Gap Area.__ Easy to medium walking in very scenic and interesting country - although part of Blue Mts. this section is distinctly different. Three day trip should mean a moderate pace only. Ideal for those who enjoy pleasant scenery in a leisurely manner. Fares approx. 40/-. 
-new country. + 
-13 Cowan Waz. Medium ridge and creek walking. A little +4-5-6-7: __Kempsey ​Trip.__ -- See page 18 for details. 
-scratchy. Views of Berowra CkWildflowersCost 5/-.+ 
 +5-6-7: __Wollondilly R- Nattai R.__ Easy to medium river and creek walking. Very photographic area. One major climb over Beloon Pass. Good views of Burragorang and Nattai from Pass. Fares approx. 36/3. Note this walk is leaving Saturday morning. Don't forget your swimming costume. 
 + 
 +11-12-13: __Mt. Renwick.__ Mainly medium walking with a little rough. Transport will be by Puttmobile. Cost to be advised. Trip more of an exploratory nature. Could be very interesting new country. 
 + 
 +13: __Cowan Way.__ Medium ridge and creek walking. A little scratchy. Views of Berowra CkWildflowersCost 5/-
 + 
 +---- 
 + 
 +=== On Taking Life Easy. === 
 + 
 +Ask the four recent Wurrumbungles Trippers about the New Look in bushwalking. You'll agree that they'​re Past Masters at the Art when it comes to the Last Word in ultra-confort. Here are some of the features of their sojourn - 
 + 
 +  - There was fully ten minutes walking from the cars to Base Camp. 
 +  - Base Camp was not shifted all week, therefore no packs were humped. 
 +  - Nearly 1 cwt of food (and at over 3 lbs/​man-day,​ my friends, there must indeed have been some luxuries!!) was taken in. 
 +  - One member had two sleeping-bags. 
 +  - A chess set and a pack of cards were considered essential items of equipment.
  
-ON TAKING LIFE EASILY 
-Ask the four recent Wurrumbungles Trippers about the New Look in 
-:​bushwalking. You'll agree that they'​re Past Masters at the Art when it comes to the Last Word in ultra-confort. Here are some of the 
-'​features of their sojourn - 
-, 
-1) There was fully ten minutes walking from the cars to Base Camp. 
-2,i, Base Camp was not shifted all week, therefore no packs were humped. 
-3.1 Nearly 1 cwt of food (and at over 3 lbs/​man-day,​ my friends, there' must indeed have been some luxuries:​LI) was taken in. 
- 4. One member had two sleeping-bas. 
- '​ 5. A chess set and a pack of cards were considered essential item of equipment. 
 What next? What next?
-4, 
-SEPTEMBER. 
-20-21-22 
-21-22 
-21-22 
-27-28-29 
-2-29 
-2 
-0 TOBER. 4t5-6-7 
-4-5-6.77 
-5-6-7 
  
-====== Climbing Expedition - Pigeon House, The Castle, Tallatarang ​======+---- 
 + 
 +===== Climbing Expedition - Pigeon House, The Castle, Tallatarang. June 14/​15/​16/​17. ​=====
  
-JUNE 14/​15/​16/​17.\\ 
 By Malcolm, Digby, Geof and Dot. By Malcolm, Digby, Geof and Dot.
  
-Strange things happened to this trip before ever it left the Club roomTo begin with it was down on the programme as an official walk, but this fell through at the last minute owing to prohibitive transport costs, so the official leader ​tool, her party to Katoomba. But, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, a new party emerged - a party of considerable magnitude as it took the Puttmobile and four private cars to transport them all to Drury'​s farm. To Druryts, did I say? No. That is not quite right. Snow managed to take a wrong turning in the dark and finished up on the edge ofa precipice ​some- +Strange things happened to this trip before ever it left the Club roomTo begin with it was down on the programme as an official walk, but this fell through at the last minute owing to prohibitive transport costs, so the official leader ​took her party to Katoomba. But, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, a new party emerged - a party of considerable magnitude as it took the Puttmobile and four private cars to transport them all to Drury'​s farm. To Drury'​s, did I say? No. That is not quite right. Snow managed to take a wrong turning in the dark and finished up on the edge of a precipice ​somewhere ​or other - for the whole weekend he was never quite sure just where it was and pointed us out two or three different plateaux on the edge of which his car was reputed to be roosting. However, sufficient to the day is the evil thereof, and when Snow and Henry eventually met up with us after taking a bee-line across the landscape he told us he didn't plan to give another thought to where his car might be until it was time to find it on the last day. George also, unintentionally or otherwise (probably otherwise if I know George) took an unknown road which landed him up practically within coo-ee of the camp spot it took the rest of us most of Saturday to reach. It didn'​t ​take us long to get settled in, and when the Saturday night meal had been put in its proper ​place, plans were made for Sunday. Who better able to tell of this pleasant camp scene than the old fox, McGregor. (Over to you Malcolm.) 
-where or other - for the whole weekend he was never quite sure just + 
-where it was and pointed us out two or three different plateaux on the edge of which his car was reputed to be roosting. However, sufficient to the day is the evil thereof, and when Snow and Henry eventually met up with us after taking a bee-line across the landscape he told us he +The main aim of the trip into this area was to climb Tallatarang from the Clyde River side; Last Easter John Manning had seen a spot which he thought would go, so he was appointed leader. The party was kept small to give it every chance of success. The five to accompany John were Dot and Grace, Geoff, Mike Elphick and the Dalai Lama. Why put Dalai Lama in? You might ask. It was suggested that prayers might be needed and who better than Dun Kahn for that job? 
-didn't plan to give another thought to where his car might be until it was time to find it on the last day. George also, unintentionally or + 
-otherwise (probably otherwise if I know George) took an unknown road +Now the Castle Party - we would try the Eastern cliff faces from Byangee Gap - just to make it hard, and ten bods with Putto as leader decided to give it a go. Digby was one who said he'd be in it as he sat by the fire chewing his bit of dessert ironbark. ​White anted before we started, still - 
-which landed him up practically within coo-ee of the campspot ​it took the rest of us most of Saturday to reach. It didntt ,take us long to get settled in, and when the Saturday night meal had been put in its proper ​pla:ce, plans were made for Sunday. Who better able to tell of + 
-this' ​pleasant camp scene than the old fox, McGregor. (Over to you +"Now to give us plenty of time" said Colin, "​we'​ll all pile out at a.m.". 
-Malcolm.) + 
-The main aim of the trip into this area was to climb Tallatarang from the Clyde River side; Last Easter John Manning had seen a spot which he thought would go, so he was appointed leader. The party was kept small to give it every chance of success. The five to accompany John were Dot and Grace, Geoff, Mike Elphick and the Dalai Lama. Why put Dalai Lama ih? You might ask. It was suggested that prayers might be needed and who better than Dun Kahn for that job? +"​Righto"​ says Digby "​5.a.m. we'll all hop - eh", his ironbark branch twig dropped from nerveless fingers. His jaws bit on air - "​5 ​o'​clock ! no sane man would think of... " "​That'​s O.K." ​says Colin "you aren't sane." 
-Now the Castle Party - we would try the Eastern cliff faces from Byangee Gap - just to make it hard, and ten bods with Putto as leader decided to give it a go. Digby was one who said he'd be in it as he sat by the fire chewing his bit of dessert ironbark. ​Whiteanted ​before we started, still - + 
-"Now to give us plenty of time" said Colin, "​we'​ll all pile out at Z.a.m."​. +So it was settled, Colin was appointed alarm clock for 5.a.m. Grace was to get Geoffo moving, Heather was listed to start George going, ​Digby to take the Dalai Lama his breakfast in bed; Dot would probably wake up anyway and old Malc. was in the same tent as Colin so he had no excuse. As for the others, they were young enough not to notice the early rising. 
-"​Righto"​ says Digby "​5.a.m. we'll all hop - eh", his ironbark branch twig dropped from nerveless fingers. His jaws bit on air -+ 
-"​5 ​otclock11 ​no sane man would think of ----" "​That'​s O.K." ​swys Colin "you aren't sane."​ +About ten the goodnight brew was brewed and shortly after the camp settled down. The fires dimmed and Jack Frost spread his icy fingers over the flats. 3 a.m. - a lone figure crept from a tent and threw a log on a fire - it disappeared - again all was quiet. 
-So it was settled, Colin was appointed alarm clock for 5.a.m. Grace was to get Geoffo moving, Heather was listed to start George going, ​Di.gby ​to take the Dalai Lana his breakfast in bed; Dot would probably wake up anyway and old Male, was in the same tent as Colin + 
-6. +Five to five... 
-so he had no excuse. As for the others, they were young enough not to notice the early rising. + 
-About ten the goodnight brew was brewed and shortly after the camp q. settled down. The fires dimmed and Jack Frost spread his icy fingers over the flats. 3 a.m. - a lone figure crept from a tent and threw a log on a fire - it disappeared - again all was quiet. ​a +"Get up you lazy loafers"​ roared Colin'​s voice. What willpower! what fortitude! He stamped ​around the tents and bellowed in at each making sufficient noise to waken the Dalai Lama. Groans followed in his wake; again he gave his call; the young'​uns ​tumbled out; a shrill squeal announced Grace'​s ejection from her cozy bag, Digby rose grumbling from his quarters, Heather and George appeared like wraiths, only old Malc stayed in his bag. This cunning old so and so had pitched his tent right by his fire, by now blazing happily due to Colin'​s ​effort. 
-Five to five -- + 
-"Get up you lazy loafers"​ roared Colin'​s voice. What willpower!what fortitude! He atamped ​around the tents and bellowed in at each making sufficient noise to waken the Dalai Lama. Groans followed in +"Put my billy on please"​ he says. Someone placed a billy on the fire. Digby is too benumbed by this early rising to say or do anything - yet - and the Dalai Lama is clamouring for his breakfast. "Why are we up now?" says Heather vaguely, "I don't know" says Grace. "Where are we going?"​ Snow chimes in. "To the hills" roars Colin. 
-his wake; again he gave his call; the youngtuns ​tumbled out; a shrill squeal announced Grace'​s ejection from her cozy bag, Digby rose grumbling from his quarters, Heather and George appeared like + 
-wraiths, only old Male stayed in his bag. This cunning old so and so +"Take my billy off its boiling"​ says Malc., still in his sleeping bag. Colin glares at him, "​Aren'​t you up yet" he says. "​No",​ says Malc. 
-had pitched his tent right by his fire, by now blazing happily due to Colints ​effort. + 
-"Put my billy on please"​ he says. Someone placed a billy on the fire. Digby is too benumbed by this early rising to say or do anything - yet - and the Dalai Lama is clamouring for his breakfast. +"Hey, Digby",​ Colin calls and Dig. trots up; "call yourself a white ant, look at this bloke"​. Digby goes green with envy. "The old... ", ​he murmers. 
-"Why are we up now?" says Heather vaguely, "I don't know"​says + 
-Grace. "Where are we going?"​ Snow chimes in. "To the hills" roars Colin. +Bushwalkers at 5.a.m. on a mid-winter morning are a strange lot. I don't know how to describe them. The moans and groans, the - Oh! I wish I had a tape recorder. The comments were priceless. 
-"Take my billy off its boiling"​ says Male., still in his sleeping bag. Colin glares at him, "​Aren'​t you up yet" he says. "​No",​ says Male+ 
-"Hey, Digby",​ Colin calls and Dig. trots up; "call yourself a whiteant ​look at this bloke"​. Digby goes green with envy. "The old --- he nurmers+The clock ticked on and food of one sort and another was consumedAll of the two parties were moving except one - the old - was still in his bag. 
-Bushwalkers at 5.a.m. on a mid-winter morning are a strange lot. +
-I don't know how to describe them. The moans and groans, the -- Ohl +
-I wish I had a tape recorder. The comments were priceless. +
-The clock ticked on and food of one sort and another was consumed+
-All of the two parties were moving except one - the old -- was still  in his bag.+
 Six o'​clock and still only 15 bods were mobile, Digby was speechless by this time at being up while another was down. Six o'​clock and still only 15 bods were mobile, Digby was speechless by this time at being up while another was down.
-"Get up 1" he cried + 
-"​Why?"​ said Male. Colin raced around and restored order. +"Get up !" he cried
-Breakfast was nearly finished and at 6,30 came the call.+ 
 +"​Why?"​ said Malc. Colin raced around and restored order. Breakfast was nearly finished and at 6.30 came the call. 
 "​Moving off in 5 minutes."​ "​Moving off in 5 minutes."​
-Now think of what has happened. Fifteen Dushwalkers are up, fed and dressed ready to go, and one fed ready to go - to sleep - 
-Not - the whips are cracking and old Malc, slides from his bag at last. There they are, sixteen bods in mid-winter, ready to leave camp at 6.30 a.m. Not bad, eh! At twenty to seven the remaining 
-7. sleepers had the camp to themselves: The parties gore away on time. 
-(Now perhaps you would like o hear from Mr. Rigby how the Castle party fared) ​ 
-The Very Early Morning Kookaburras rubbed their sleepy unbelieving eyes and looked again. In the first wan light of day ten hazy half- conscious figures sleepwalked across the meadow, their frozen feet crunching into the firm white frost which lay like a giant sheet, spread over tho slumbering river flats. This was incredible! Bush- walkers afoot at this ungodly hour and in this temperature:​ After the initial shock was over, no normal strain of Kooka could be expected to restrain itself. A whole bunch of rascals combined in a torrent of rollicking raucous laughter, which had, we felt, a fair share of nasty derision mixed up with it. Such was the beginning of the day the S.D.W.0 Castle Climbing Contingent, set off to do battle with that famous landmark. 
-When the light had brightened up a trifle, the shadowy figures could no longer hide their true identities. Out tn front and eging us on as per usual, loped the Putt Machine, brandishing a spanking new 
-red and blue nylon climbing rope. Malcolm and Heather started skipping along together in some sort of Mad Goblin'​s Dance,, allegedly designed for a quick thaw-out. But the rest of us, still a la comatose, would not be bustled and so Alan Abbott, George, Bookie, Jack Perry, Heiry Gold, Snow and Digby ambled along in silent single file. A little way further and the Castle Climbers passed a Y.M. Ramblers'​ Camp where nary a soul had bestired himself from the warmth of the icicled tents. Oh, how the pangs of White Antism, sleeping-bag variety, suddenly swept through our party like a plague. Miracle of miracles, we pressed on with barely a hesitating step - perhaps it was the fiery light in the ferocious eyes of the Putt Machine which won the dayi And so up Yadboro Ck, we went our way and shortly Colin led off up the ridge which would land us at the Castle - Byangee Walls Saddle. 
-The plan was to 'climb the Castle from the eastern side, where a "​possible"​ route was alleged- to exist a little way back along the Castle-walls behind the saddle. The sun had by now sailed up into A cloudless, windless vault of blue - it was a morn made specially for bushwalkers - and as we warmed up all over to a tingle, we began to savour the real anticipation of the unknown adventure ahead ---- 
-At 0900 hours we stood in the saddle and surveyed the sandstone 
-cliffs towering above us - well, it certainly. wouldn'​t "​go"​ just there, not for us, anyway. So on we pushed along the base of the walls until we found the first promising chink in the Castle'​s armour, a broad 
-gully in which some good climbing rock sloped upwards at a respectable angle. So great was our enthusiasm we were soon all over it like a rash. After the first pitch, ideal for loosening up lazy muscles, 
-the angle became steeper and it was time to bring out the rope for a 
-spot of belaying. Up went the bods, one by one, cautiously feeling their way in steady climbs, until it was the turn of that really 
-outstanding mountaineer,​ Mr. John Ants-in-the-Pants Dookluck. And what a fantastic performance he put on, l Bookie fairly tore up that 
-pitch as though the very Devil were at his heels, arms and legs 
-ing in all directions at once, footholds and handholds being used and 
-8. 
-abused in extra-rapid succession. The proverbial rat in the drainpipe would be considered a tired old slowcoach compared with our hero - one could only bring to mind those movies which are speeded up to 
-such an extent as to provoke uncontrollable laughter in the observer - 
-for such indeed was the effect. Of course there is a rumour that certain persons at the top of the rope helped the show along, to say the least, but this was certainly not apparent from below. And so 
-ended the brightest piece of comedy of the whole weekend. 
-After this episode a wee bit of exploration was called for as the next step of the mountain loomed ominously and awkwardly above. Several routes which might go were investigated by Alan, Jack and Digby but were wisely rejected in favour of the "​recognised"​ way just then discovered by Colin further round the face. Hob marks and a cut sapling leaning into a weak gully formation pointed the way. 
-The party having negotiated this obstacle (with some more frantic antics by Bookie), the rest of the climbing route was obvious - there were no alternatives whichever way you looked at it. Several interesting pitches of moderate severity, a pleasant mixture of chimneying scrambling and straight face climbing, with just the right amount of challenge, finally brought us to the top of the first big sandstone step of the mountain. The final step still remained. So far it had been good clean fun in the warm sunshine, despite a few cold shivers down several spines. 
-Malcolm had enjoyed the leading most of the time., but First Prize for the best laissez-faire attitude to the whole adventure must go to Snow. During the waits he would stretch out on a sunny ledge without a care in the world and dream the dreams that only Snow can dream. Only when his turn finally came to climb a pitch would he give the slightest attention to the mountain. Perhaps this is the best attitude after all if one can cultivate that sort of mountaineering temperament. 
-The old Enemy had by this mooched along to about 1300 hours - and with ten bods using the one rope this was not surprising. Lunchtime - and what better place for lunch than beside a tiny stream running across this wide forested ledge, with a glorious 180panorama of that 
-rugged and beautiful landscape to feast the eyes upon. Our gaze wandered down onto the Byangee plateau, now well below us, then across to 
-Pidgeon House and finally to the Pacific on the horizon. And from 
-there the eye came slowly back to the Clyde Valley way down in the blue depths on our left and then shot up the cliffs of Tallatarang on the other side, and we wondered how our comrades were '​facing in their new adventure over there. 
-A human shout from the summit of the Castle brought us back to the near-at-hand and we wondered how this could be until we remembered the other walking parties in the area - they had apparently come up by the "​accepted"​ route on the other side. We should be on our way, but one glance at our watches was quite sufficient to convince us that we must skirt along our ledge to the beginning of the Castle "​tail"​ and reach the summit by the orthodox route; the final step would be saved up for another day, that was for sure. At length this plan was achieved, and 
-9. 
-as we climbed to the top of the fantastic tp-ail, wp ran into a Y.H.A. party on their way down; the odd places you meet up with bushwaikerst It was a surprise to recognise familiar faces - some of us had encountered them before in all the last outposts of walking realms, even in far-off Tasmania: After a quick sojourn on the top, in which several of the very active ones made a hasty trip to the Byangee end, our party started down again at the rather latish time of 1500 hours. We would not want to dawdle but now we would descend by the usual west- side route, through that remarkable squeeze-hole passage which tunnels right through the tail, and then on down through the cursed sapling forest with its scratchy undergrowth and the torn and twisted 
-creek courses with their obstropolis boulder beds. Cries of "Never 
-again - give me rock-climbing any day" could be heard from front to rear, even from those who can't really make up their minds about climbing and its risks. 
-Finally, as the last light of day flickered and went completely 
-out, we thankfully set foot once again in the more friendly Yadbor'​s 
-Creek and of course there were the usual false and frustrating leads. After crossing the Creek for the umpteenth time (we can't feel our 
-toes any more), Colin called a halt to collect the bods together in the inky blackness. "​Number off", says Colin, but even after two attempts we can't get past nine. Whose voice was absent? Where was the missing 
-link? Missing link? Ah, yes, it must be Bookie. "Where are you, Bookie?"​ we chant. For a moment the bush was silent. Then from the direction of the creek the chill night air was split asunder by an 
-oathful, wrathful shout  ​ 
-"How the blinkin'​ blazes did you so-and-so'​s get out of this 
-b--- hole?" Well, of course, not one of us had seen hide nor hair of a "​hole",​ let alone one which would accomodate a whole body. 
-Poor Bookie - the gods were agin'​him again. We went back and. rescued him and then hit it for home. - and 'never did the warm fires 
-and tents of our camp look more like home to us. Their glow seemed 
-to match an inner glow deep inside us, the glow of success, the 
-glow from a day of happy fulfilment and from a job well done. It was 
-time to have a laugh at.the Kookaburras. 
-(And speaking of kookaburras takes us back-again to the early 
-hours of this same day, because we have yet to hear how the Tallatarans party fared. Next month we'll drop our fishing line into thee deep  pool of Geoffo'​s mind and see what treasures we bring forth). 
-COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHERS --- PLEASE NOTE  
-FOR SALE. 
-Beaded-glass screen material, 48" x48", in excellent 
-condition. Going cheaply. 
-If you're interested, please see -- 
-Frank Rigby, 'Phone MU 4411 (Business) 
-10. 
  
-====== White Ant Borings ​======+Now think of what has happened. Fifteen Bushwalkers are up, fed and dressed ready to go, and one fed ready to go - to sleep - no! - the whips are cracking and old Malc. slides from his bag at last. There they are, sixteen bods in mid-winter, ready to leave camp at 6.30 a.m. Not bad, eh! At twenty to seven the remaining 7 sleepers had the camp to themselves. The parties were away on time. 
 + 
 +(Now perhaps you would like to hear from Mr. Rigby how the Castle party fared) 
 + 
 +The Very Early Morning Kookaburras rubbed their sleepy unbelieving eyes and looked again. In the first wan light of day ten hazy half-conscious figures sleepwalked across the meadow, their frozen feet crunching into the firm white frost which lay like a giant sheet, spread over tho slumbering river flats. This was incredible! Bushwalkers afoot at this ungodly hour and in this temperature. After the initial shock was over, no normal strain of Kooka could be expected to restrain itself. A whole bunch of rascals combined in a torrent of rollicking raucous laughter, which had, we felt, a fair share of nasty derision mixed up with it. Such was the beginning of the day the S.B.W., Castle Climbing Contingent, set off to do battle with that famous landmark. 
 + 
 +When the light had brightened up a trifle, the shadowy figures could no longer hide their true identities. Out in front and egging us on as per usual, loped the Putt Machine, brandishing a spanking new red and blue nylon climbing rope. Malcolm and Heather started skipping along together in some sort of Mad Goblin'​s Dance, allegedly designed for a quick thaw-out. But the rest of us, still a la comatose, would not be bustled and so Alan Abbott, George, Bookie, Jack Perry, Henry Gold, Snow and Digby ambled along in silent single file. A little way further and the Castle Climbers passed a Y.M. Ramblers'​ Camp where nary a soul had bestired himself from the warmth of the icicled tents. Oh, how the pangs of White Antism, sleeping-bag variety, suddenly swept through our party like a plague. Miracle of miracles, we pressed on with barely a hesitating step - perhaps it was the fiery light in the ferocious eyes of the Putt Machine which won the day. And so up Yadboro Ck, we went our way and shortly Colin led off up the ridge which would land us at the Castle - Byangee Walls Saddle. 
 + 
 +The plan was to climb the Castle from the eastern side, where a "​possible"​ route was alleged to exist a little way back along the Castle walls behind the saddle. The sun had by now sailed up into a cloudless, windless vault of blue - it was a morn made specially for bushwalkers - and as we warmed up all over to a tingle, we began to savour the real anticipation of the unknown adventure ahead... 
 + 
 +At 0900 hours we stood in the saddle and surveyed the sandstone cliffs towering above us - well, it certainly wouldn'​t "​go"​ just there, not for us, anyway. So on we pushed along the base of the walls until we found the first promising chink in the Castle'​s armour, a broad gully in which some good climbing rock sloped upwards at a respectable angle. So great was our enthusiasm we were soon all over it like a rash. After the first pitch, ideal for loosening up lazy muscles, the angle became steeper and it was time to bring out the rope for a spot of belaying. Up went the bods, one by one, cautiously feeling their way in steady climbs, until it was the turn of that really outstanding mountaineer,​ Mr. John Ants-in-the-Pants Bookluck. And what a fantastic performance he put on, Bookie fairly tore up that pitch as though the very Devil were at his heels, arms and legs flailing in all directions at once, footholds and handholds being used and abused in extra-rapid succession. The proverbial rat in the drainpipe would be considered a tired old slowcoach compared with our hero - one could only bring to mind those movies which are speeded up to such an extent as to provoke uncontrollable laughter in the observer - for such indeed was the effect. Of course there is a rumour that certain persons at the top of the rope helped the show along, to say the least, but this was certainly not apparent from below. And so ended the brightest piece of comedy of the whole weekend. 
 + 
 +After this episode a wee bit of exploration was called for as the next step of the mountain loomed ominously and awkwardly above. Several routes which __might__ go were investigated by Alan, Jack and Digby but were wisely rejected in favour of the "​recognised"​ way just then discovered by Colin further round the face. Hob marks and a cut sapling leaning into a weak gully formation pointed the way. 
 + 
 +The party having negotiated this obstacle (with some more frantic antics by Bookie), the rest of the climbing route was obvious - there were no alternatives whichever way you looked at it. Several interesting pitches of moderate severity, a pleasant mixture of chimneying, scrambling and straight face climbing, with just the right amount of challenge, finally brought us to the top of the first big sandstone step of the mountain. The final step still remained. So far it had been good clean fun in the warm sunshine, despite a few cold shivers down several spines. 
 + 
 +Malcolm had enjoyed the leading most of the time, but First Prize for the best laissez-faire attitude to the whole adventure must go to Snow. During the waits he would stretch out on a sunny ledge without a care in the world and dream the dreams that only Snow can dream. Only when his turn finally came to climb a pitch would he give the slightest attention to the mountain. Perhaps this is the best attitude after all if one can cultivate that sort of mountaineering temperament. 
 + 
 +The old Enemy had by this mooched along to about 1300 hours - and with ten bods using the one rope this was not surprising. Lunchtime - and what better place for lunch than beside a tiny stream running across this wide forested ledge, with a glorious 180 panorama of that rugged and beautiful landscape to feast the eyes upon. Our gaze wandered down onto the Byangee plateau, now well below us, then across to Pidgeon House and finally to the Pacific on the horizon. And from there the eye came slowly back to the Clyde Valley way down in the blue depths on our left and then shot up the cliffs of Tallatarang on the other side, and we wondered how our comrades were facing in their new adventure over there. 
 + 
 +A human shout from the summit of the Castle brought us back to the near-at-hand and we wondered how this could be until we remembered the other walking parties in the area - they had apparently come up by the "​accepted"​ route on the other side. We should be on our way, but one glance at our watches was quite sufficient to convince us that we must skirt along our ledge to the beginning of the Castle "​tail"​ and reach the summit by the orthodox route; the final step would be saved up for another day, that was for sure. At length this plan was achieved, and as we climbed to the top of the fantastic tail, we ran into a Y.H.A. party on their way down; the odd places you meet up with bushwalkers! It was a surprise to recognise familiar faces - some of us had encountered them before in all the last outposts of walking realms, even in far-off Tasmania! After a quick sojourn on the top, in which several of the very active ones made a hasty trip to the Byangee end, our party started down again at the rather latish time of 1500 hours. We would not want to dawdle but now we would descend by the usual west-side route, through that remarkable squeeze-hole passage which tunnels right through the tail, and then on down through the cursed sapling forest with its scratchy undergrowth and the torn and twisted creek courses with their obstropolis boulder beds. Cries of "Never again - give me rock-climbing any day" could be heard from front to rear, even from those who can't really make up their minds about climbing and its risks. 
 + 
 +Finally, as the last light of day flickered and went completely out, we thankfully set foot once again in the more friendly Yadbora Creek and of course there were the usual false and frustrating leads. After crossing the Creek for the umpteenth time (we can't feel our toes any more), Colin called a halt to collect the bods together in the inky blackness. "​Number off", says Colin, but even after two attempts we can't get past nine. Whose voice was absent? Where was the missing link? Missing link? Ah, yes, it must be Bookie. "Where are you, Bookie?"​ we chant. For a moment the bush was silent. Then from the direction of the creek the chill night air was split asunder by an oathful, wrathful shout... 
 + 
 +"How the blinkin'​ blazes did you so-and-so'​s get out of this b... hole?" Well, of course, not one of us had seen hide nor hair of a "​hole",​ let alone one which would accomodate a whole body. 
 + 
 +Poor Bookie - the gods were agin him again. We went back and rescued him and then hit it for home and never did the warm fires and tents of our camp look more like home to us. Their glow seemed to match an inner glow deep inside us, the glow of success, the glow from a day of happy fulfilment and from a job well done. It was time to have a laugh at the Kookaburras. 
 + 
 +(And speaking of kookaburras takes us back-again to the early hours of this same day, because we have yet to hear how the Tallatarang party fared. Next month we'll drop our fishing line into thee deep pool of Geoffo'​s mind and see what treasures we bring forth). 
 + 
 +---- 
 + 
 +=== Colour Photographers - Please Note. For Sale. === 
 + 
 +Beaded-glass screen material, 48" x 48", in excellent condition. Going cheaply. 
 + 
 +If you're interested, please see Frank Rigby, 'Phone MU 4411 (Business). 
 + 
 +---- 
 + 
 +===== White Ant Borings=====
  
-HOW MANY KILOWATTS TO KILL A WART? At the Dalai Lama's castle at Camden there is a solid concrete building, situated in an isolated cow pasture, wherein is housed the electrical equipment our friend Duncan uses to fill in the gaps in his knowledge of the ionisphere, luna doings, siderial twilight and such like. At a recent "​hooley party" held there the Dalai Lama entertained his guests by luring them into this structure, then, relying on the thickness of the concrete walls to drown their screams, he applied high frequency currents to such warts as they possessed, the idea being that fast-growing cells just can't stand high frequency currents, and curl up and die. He predicted that there would be a blinding flash, a searing pain and  Bingo! No wartBut his own wart is still as large as life after the treatment, and so, alas, is mine, -and Oh, the painThe pain:+__How many kilowatts to kill a wart__? At the Dalai Lama's castle at Camden there is a solid concrete building, situated in an isolated cow pasture, wherein is housed the electrical equipment our friend Duncan uses to fill in the gaps in his knowledge of the ionisphere, luna doings, siderial twilight and such like. At a recent "​hooley party" held there the Dalai Lama entertained his guests by luring them into this structure, then, relying on the thickness of the concrete walls to drown their screams, he applied high frequency currents to such warts as they possessed, the idea being that fast-growing cells just can't stand high frequency currents, and curl up and die. He predicted that there would be a blinding flash, a searing pain and Bingo! No wartBut his own wart is still as large as life after the treatment, and so, alas, is mine, - and Oh, the painThe pain!
  
-The Acme of Diplomacy: Snow had stretched out luxuriously and lay basking in the sunshine on the summit of Beoulagerie Spire. The shadow of another member of the party fell across him. Snow waited with patience, but the shadow did not budge. "You know", says Snow, "​isn'​t it marvellous? The sunshine travels 93 million miles to reach me - and to think that it should be baulked in the last yard:"+__The Acme of Diplomacy__: Snow had stretched out luxuriously and lay basking in the sunshine on the summit of Beoulagerie Spire. The shadow of another member of the party fell across him. Snow waited with patience, but the shadow did not budge. "You know", says Snow, "​isn'​t it marvellous? The sunshine travels 93 million miles to reach me - and to think that it should be baulked in the last yard!"
  
 We hear that Kath Gibbs has resigned her post at Dunedoo Memorial Hospital and will shortly be in Sydney for a month or so. Hope to see you joining your old friends again out on the track, Kath. We hear that Kath Gibbs has resigned her post at Dunedoo Memorial Hospital and will shortly be in Sydney for a month or so. Hope to see you joining your old friends again out on the track, Kath.
 +
 The Admiral has at last confessed. In a signed statement (obviously prepared in a moment of weakness) he has painted a sorry picture of his boat's nautical navigation on that Friday night of the recent boat trip from Bobbin Head. The revelations are so fantastic that we're saving them up for another month just to stretch out your curiosity. The Admiral has at last confessed. In a signed statement (obviously prepared in a moment of weakness) he has painted a sorry picture of his boat's nautical navigation on that Friday night of the recent boat trip from Bobbin Head. The revelations are so fantastic that we're saving them up for another month just to stretch out your curiosity.
  
 Keith Renwick showed us a close-up of a bat during his recent slide night on Caving. We don't altogether agree with Keith'​s cryptic remark "Not bad looking for an old bat, eh?". We have seen much more attractive "​bats"​ than this one in caves, even allowing for the muddy trog suits in which they'​re usually attired, Keith Renwick showed us a close-up of a bat during his recent slide night on Caving. We don't altogether agree with Keith'​s cryptic remark "Not bad looking for an old bat, eh?". We have seen much more attractive "​bats"​ than this one in caves, even allowing for the muddy trog suits in which they'​re usually attired,
  
-The "Panel of Experts"​ thought up some of the corniest answers bushwalkers have ever heard for the "Any Questions"​ escapade at the Fun and Games night last month. Alan Wilson thought he would craftily stump the Experts when he ventured his trick question, "And what is the Panel'​s opinion of the double sleeping bags now being sold in New Zealand?"​. The Dalai Lama didn't bat an eyelid, didn't even show a trace of embarassment. "This is a bad thing" was the unfaltering reply, "Fancy encouraging all those bludging types who are only too ready and willing to leave their weight at home, knowing there'​ll probably be a spare berth for them when they get out on a trip." The Admiral was much more direct and tried to hoist the engineer with his own petard when he glared at the questioner and scathingly roared "This is just the sort of question that Wilson ​would ask:" All in all, the Panel squirmed quite nicely out of the trap, thank you,+The "Panel of Experts"​ thought up some of the corniest answers bushwalkers have ever heard for the "Any Questions"​ escapade at the Fun and Games night last month. Alan Wilson thought he would craftily stump the Experts when he ventured his trick question, "And what is the Panel'​s opinion of the double sleeping bags now being sold in New Zealand?"​. The Dalai Lama didn't bat an eyelid, didn't even show a trace of embarassment. "This is a bad thing" was the unfaltering reply, "Fancy encouraging all those bludging types who are only too ready and willing to leave their weight at home, knowing there'​ll probably be a spare berth for them when they get out on a trip." The Admiral was much more direct and tried to hoist the engineer with his own petard when he glared at the questioner and scathingly roared "This is just the sort of question that Wilson ​__would__ ​ask!" All in all, the Panel squirmed quite nicely out of the trap, thank you.
  
-====== Report of the Ski Lodge Committee ======+----
  
 +===== Report of the Ski Lodge Committee. =====
 +
 +- Colin Putt - Convenor.
  
--- Colin Putt - Convenor. 
 The Committee, appointed mainly for the purpose of making inquiries on the feasibility of erecting a hut in the Kosciusko area, had held six meetings, and is of the opinion that it is not constituted to go further - i.e. to start erecting the hut. The Committee, appointed mainly for the purpose of making inquiries on the feasibility of erecting a hut in the Kosciusko area, had held six meetings, and is of the opinion that it is not constituted to go further - i.e. to start erecting the hut.
-Four visits have been made to the Kosciusko State Park - one to inspect a hut for sale, two to select a site and one to see the site in winter, Two of these visits were made for the sole purpose of the Committee'​s business. Members of the Committee have had frequent interviews with the Manager and Secretary of the Park Trust and h,,,re sought information from those with experience in the snow country. 
-Following the Committee'​s recommendations a site in the Perisher area - 3/4 mile off the main Kosciusko Road and 200 yards from the 
-Snow Reveller'​s hut - has been selected and applied for. 
-The cost of a hut which would conform to the minimum requirements of the Trust was estimated at 957, exclusive of labour cost. 
-Laurie Rayner, architect, has consented to design a suitable hut 
-and has conferred with the Trust architects on their requirements. A preliminary plan has been prepared by him. John Scott, builder/ has agreed to cost Laurie Rayner'​s plan. 
-The steps to be taken in the construction of a hut ara: 
-1. Agreement on final plan, submission of same to Trust and approval 
-of Trust. 
-2. Formation of a Co-operative Society, 
-3. Collection of funds. 
-4. Organisation of building. 
-To carry the project to a conclusion hut officials are required 
-for the following tasks: 
-1. Chairman of the Co-operative Society, who will presumably 
-organise and guide the project. 
-2, Treasurer. - 
-3, Secretary 
- 4., Builder 
-5, Architect. 
-The Committee has no suggestions for any of these officials except the latter two. One person could, of course combine two or 
-more of these functions, but this would mean increased work 
  
-RECENT ACQUISITIONS BY THE LIBRARY+Four visits have been made to the Kosciusko State Park - one to inspect a hut for sale, two to select a site and one to see the site in winterTwo of these visits were made for the sole purpose of the Committee'​s business. Members of the Committee have had frequent interviews with the Manager and Secretary of the Park Trust and have sought information from those with experience in the snow country. 
-"​The ​Dafut Beagles"​ -- Durrell; "​Exploration Fawcett"​ -- Fawcett; "A Reporter in Africa"​ (Birds & beasts) -- Morehead:+ 
 +Following the Committee'​s recommendations a site in the Perisher area - 3/4 mile off the main Kosciusko Road and 200 yards from the Snow Reveller'​s hut - has been selected and applied for. 
 + 
 +The cost of a hut which would conform to the minimum requirements of the Trust was estimated at £957, exclusive of labour cost. 
 + 
 +Laurie Rayner, architect, has consented to design a suitable hut and has conferred with the Trust architects on their requirements. A preliminary plan has been prepared by him. John Scott, builder, has agreed to cost Laurie Rayner'​s plan. 
 + 
 +The steps to be taken in the construction of a hut are: 
 + 
 +  - Agreement on final plan, submission of same to Trust and approval of Trust. 
 +  - Formation of a Co-operative Society. 
 +  - Collection of funds. 
 +  - Organisation of building. 
 + 
 +To carry the project to a conclusion hut officials are required for the following tasks: 
 + 
 +  - Chairman of the Co-operative Society, who will presumably organise and guide the project. 
 +  - Treasurer. 
 +  - Secretary. 
 +  - Builder. 
 +  - Architect. 
 + 
 +The Committee has no suggestions for any of these officials except the latter two. One person could, of course combine two or more of these functions, but this would mean increased work. 
 + 
 +---- 
 + 
 +=== Recent Acquisitions By The Library. === 
 + 
 +"​The ​Bafut Beagles"​ -- Durrell; "​Exploration Fawcett"​ -- Fawcett; "A Reporter in Africa"​ (Birds & beasts) -- Morehead
 Remember our appeal for suitable book donations to the Club Library a couple of months back. Well, the response has not been exactly overwhelming,​ so how about it, walkers? Remember our appeal for suitable book donations to the Club Library a couple of months back. Well, the response has not been exactly overwhelming,​ so how about it, walkers?
-12, 
  
-====== The Kowmung Manuscript Part II. ======+---- 
 + 
 +===== The Kowmung Manuscript Part II. =====
  
 Jim Hooper Jim Hooper
  
-Last month we saw an archaeologist,​ of the Guess-who variety, +Last month we saw an archaeologist,​ of the Guess-who variety, who was guessing his location on the Kowmung River. During his "​exacting"​ survey, he discovers the Stumpus Charcundus (the Black Stump) on other side of River. After throwing himself inside the Stumpus during a wild electrical storm, "​arch"​ has an altercation with a Paleolithic bushwalker (fleshless variety); grabs a roll of Papyrus (The Manuscriptand dives for the river. (So far he's been swimming for a month). Now read on -- 
-who was guessing his location on the Kowmung River.:During his + 
-"​exacting"​ survey, he discovers the Stumpus Charcundus (the Black Stump) on other side of River. After throwing himself inside the Stumpus during a wild electrical storm, "​arch"​ has an altercation with +Suddenly I was swept sideways and down --- into the dip of a pressure-wave. Desperately I trod water to try and keep the manuscript up a bit higher. The stick was just too long for a comfortable "​balance",​ and my jaws were already ​beginning to ache. Lightning flashed, and in the instant I was striking out again for the opposite bank. I seemed to be in part of a channel where the current was strongest. 
-a Paleolithic bushwalker (fleshless variety); grabs a roll of Papyrus + 
-(The Manuscriptand dives for the river. (So far he's been swimming for a month). Now read on -- +Gasping for air between tightly clenched teeth, I knew the manuscript would have to go if I couldn'​t make the other side quickly. Down I went again --- another pressure-wave ---- more treading water. Jaws aching relentlessly,​ and only getting half the air I needed, it was obvious the manuscript would have to go in a few seconds. I'd try swimming with only one hand, but the current was too strong. ​I'​d ​never last the distance. 
-Suddenly I was swept sideways and down --- into the dip of a pressure-wave. Desperately I trod water to try and keep the manuscript up a bit higher. The stick was just too long for a comfortable + 
-"​balance",​ and my jaws were alrearly ​beginning to ache. Lightning +Down I went again --- another pressure-wave --- tread, tread, tread, furiously. The manuscript might still be dry. My foot touched a rock. In a flash of light I could see two rocks jutting out of the 
-flashed, and in the instant I was striking out again for the opposite +water just a few feet away. I lunged hard towards them. Water trickled down the back of my throat. Spluttering and half-choking,​ I grabbed blindly at the nearest rock. My fingers round a crevice where the rock was sloping nearly flat into the water'​s edge, My other hand snatched the tormenting stick of wood from between the teeth. The manuscript was clear of the water, and I could breathe again. 
-bank. I seemed to be in part of a channel where the current was strongest. +  
-Gasping for air between tightly clenched teeth, I knew the manuscript would have to go if I couldn'​t make the other side quickly. Down I went again --- another pressure-wave ---- more treading water. +A searing flash of lightning filled the air, and then darkness. Glancing across to the bank I saw an enormous blueish cloud of vapour shimmering and swirling in an intense circle of light about the Stumpus.
-Jaws aching relentlessly,​ and only getting half the air I needed, +
-it was obvious the manuscript would have to go in a few seconds. I'd try swimming with only one hand, but the current was too strong. +
-lid never last the distance. +
-Down I went again --- another pressure-wave --- tread, tread, +
-tread, furiously. The manuscript might still be dry. My foot touched a rocks In a flash of light I could see two rocks jutting out of the +
-water just a few feet away. I lunged hard towards them. +
-Water trickled down the back of my throat. Spluttering and half- choking, I grabbed blindly at the nearest rock. My fingers ​,round a crevice where the rock was sloping nearly flat into the water'​s edge, My other hand snatched the tormenting stick of wood from between theteeth. The manuscript was clear of the water, and I could breathe again. +
- A searing flash of lightning filled the air, and then darkness. +
-Glancing across to the bank I saw an enormous blueish cloud of vapour +
-shimmering and swirling in an intense circle of light about the Stumpus.+
 The rock upon which I was resting gave a sudden tremor and from around the Stumpus I could hear an ugly grating sound. A dull and distant rumbling drowned the growl of the river. Thoroughly awe-struck I gazed across from my little island of rock. I held tight to the manuscript. The rock upon which I was resting gave a sudden tremor and from around the Stumpus I could hear an ugly grating sound. A dull and distant rumbling drowned the growl of the river. Thoroughly awe-struck I gazed across from my little island of rock. I held tight to the manuscript.
-The Stumpus itselfit's encompassing gigantic boulders and + 
-even the ridge behind it seemed alive and as if under some terrific subterranean tension. A low humming sound drifted across the river. +The Stumpus itselfit's encompassing gigantic boulders and even the ridge behind it seemed alive and as if under some terrific subterranean tension. A low humming sound drifted across the river. 
-The blueish vapour around the Stumpus changed its hue to a greenish + 
-13. colour, and as it did so the humming ​sqund increased rapidly in pitch. +The blueish vapour around the Stumpus changed its hue to a greenish colour, and as it did so the humming ​sound increased rapidly in pitch. The vapour-cloud seemed to writhe violently about the Stumpus and then it changed abruptly to a vivid yellow burst of light accompanied by a high-pitched screaming whine  Cr-r-aa-ack ​Zooomm. 
-The vapour-cloud seemed to writhe violently about the Stumpus and then it changed abruptly to a vivid yellow burst of light accompanied + 
-by a high-pitched screaming whine  Cr-r-aa-ack ​Zzw oo omm; +All hell seemed let loose ---- A blast of light and air flattened the water in front of me, and then, strangely, the blast-wave passed overhead and across the rock like a gentle breezeIt must have been deflected upwards from the water by the far end of the rock on which I was lying. Trees gesticulated violently, and nearly bent themselves double in answer to the blast. Water surged up along the opposite river-bank. A swirling tumultuous red cloud rose up above the Stumpus ---- The Stumpus? ​  Where is it? Is it gone?   I can't seeBoulders large and small, crashed with a continuous roar down the ridge. Crash; 
-All hell seemed let loose ---- A blast of light and air flattened the water in front of me, and then, strangely, the blast-wave passed overhead and across the rock like a gentle breeze' ​It must have been deflected upwards from the wa7er by the far end of the rock on which I was lying. +---- Splash. Some of them were falling into the river. Pssst; ​ Psst; Phutt; The yellow flame spat again, flared up, then died. Darkness. Pssst; Darkness again. Pssst; The flame flickered, grew in intensity, waned, became brighter, then suddenly increased in size. Fingers despairingly closed themselves about the flame. 
-Trees gesticulated violently, and nearly bent themselves double + 
-in answer to the blast. Water surged up along the opposite river-bank. A swirling tumultuous red cloud rose up above the Stumpus ---- The Stumpus? ​  Where is it? Is it gone?   I can't seeBoulders +Sitting under the tent with legs crossed yogi-fashion,​ the Admiral leant forward muttering salty incantations over a spluttering primus. This was a grouse show. Pssst, ​ ​Phutt;​ Another match gone west. 
-large and small, crashed with a continuous roar down the ridge. Crash; +He'd spent all day hunting for paleolithic sign-posts, and all he'd got for his efforts was a sting from a bee; Everything was wet.,. the other bloke had apparently forgotten to come back to camp, and it was raining cats and bloody dogs. 
----- + 
-Splash. Some of them were falling into the river. +Slipping, sliding, cussing and bumping through the dark undergrowth,​ I sat down exhausted on a rock. That last effort had nearly cost me the manuscript, and now I sported an obominably sore toe. I had put my foot under a rock and fallen headlong towards the water'​s edge. The manuscript had been within inches of another watery journey. So far it was only damp, very damp, but pushing through the wet undergrowth like this would soon have it a pulpy mess. On the feet again. Forward ---- Stumble ​ Swish, and the branch of another bush bit me viciously behind the ear. The river growled back. This was no longer funny. Where was the camp, anyway? 
-Pssst; ​ Psst; Phutt; The yellow flame spat again, flared up, + 
-then died. Darkness. Pssst; Darkness again. Pssst; The flame flickered, grew in intensity, waned, became brighter, then suddenly increased in size. Fingers despairingly closed themselves about the flame. +Sand; Surely camp must be somewhere near at hand. We had a small beach "​frontage"​ about 40 feet down from the tent ---- wherever it was now? Confound the ruddy dark ---- every rock looked the same:
-Sitting under the tent with legs crossed yogi-fashion,​ the Admiral leant forward muttering salty incantations over a spluttering primus. This was a grouse show. Pssstl- ​ ​Phutt;​ Another match gone west; +
-He'd spent all day hunting for paleolithic sign-posts, and all he'd got for his efforts was a sting from a bee; Everything was wet.,. the other bloke had apparently forgotten to come back to ,camps, and it was raining cats and bloody dogs. +
-Slipping, sliding, cussing and bumping through the dark undergrowth,​ I sat down exhausted on a rock. That last effort had nearly cost me the manuscript, and now I sported an obominably sore toe. I had put my foot under a rock and fallen headlong towards the water'​s edge. The manuscript had been within inches of another watery journey. So far it was only damp, very damp, but pushing through the wet undergrowth like this would soon have it a pulpy MBSS. On the feet again. Forward ---- Stumble ​  ​Swish, and the branch of another bush bit MB viciously behind the ear. The river growled back. This was no longer funny. Where was the camp, anyway? +
-Sand; Surely camp must be somewhere near at hand. We had a small beach "​frontage"​ about 40 feet down from the tent ---- wherever it was now? Confound the ruddy dark ---- every rock looked the same:+
 An ear-splitting roar tumbled down the slope: "​Scupper me!. Scupper mel   ​I'​ll smash yer main bloody mizzen with a rock, if yer An ear-splitting roar tumbled down the slope: "​Scupper me!. Scupper mel   ​I'​ll smash yer main bloody mizzen with a rock, if yer
 don't get steam up in a minute',"​ I think I had found the P,dmiral. don't get steam up in a minute',"​ I think I had found the P,dmiral.
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 Meal) by pouring it from a billy into the top of my sleeping-bag. Meal) by pouring it from a billy into the top of my sleeping-bag.
 Another kindred spirit had energetically grabbed my big toe through the bag and was pulling my leg --- just like yours! Another kindred spirit had energetically grabbed my big toe through the bag and was pulling my leg --- just like yours!
-,..1 
  
-WEDDING BELLS FOR BUSHWALKERS. + 
-Two of our very good friends and fellow members, Goof Wagg and Grace Aird, will jump into the common melting pot of matrimony on the +------------------ 
-night of Wednesday, 18th September. The S.B.W. sincerely wishes you, Goof and Grace, all the happiness that life can bring in your journey +**WEDDING BELLS FOR BUSHWALKERS** 
-together through the years ahead. We know that bushwalking and the + 
-outdoor life will always play a big part in attaining that happiness, ​ so we rest contentedly with the thought that you will still be actively +Two of our very good friends and fellow members, Goof Wagg and Grace Aird, will jump into the common melting pot of matrimony on the night of Wednesday, 18th September. The S.B.W. sincerely wishes you, Geof and Grace, all the happiness that life can bring in your journey together through the years ahead. We know that bushwalking and the outdoor life will always play a big part in attaining that happiness, ​ so we rest contentedly with the thought that you will still be actively among us just as you always have been in the past. (P.S. We'll allow you a little time off now and then for home-building and certain other things ​Ed.
-among us just as you always have been in the past. (F.S. We'll allow + 
-you a little time off now and then for home-building and certain other t thinp;s) - Ed. +Congratulations to Club Member Allen Strom, whose marriage to Miss Edwina Gray of the Caloola Club took place on 22nd August.
-Congratulations to Club Member Allen Strom, whose marriage to +
-Miss Edwina Gray of the Caloola Club took place on 22nd August.+
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-====== Trip to Banda Banda and Kemp's Pinnacle ​======+===== Trip to Banda Banda and Kemp's Pinnacle=====
  
 Laurie Rayner Laurie Rayner
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-====== Seven Weeks in New Zealand ​ - Part VII ======+===== Seven Weeks in New Zealand ​ - Part VII=====
    
 Dot Butler Dot Butler
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-====== July Walks Report ​======+===== July Walks Report=====
  
 Brian Anderson - Walks Secretary. Brian Anderson - Walks Secretary.
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 Of course the exception to all these supposed quiet trips was Peter Stitt'​s Boat Race. However, in my very humble opinion, after examining all the facts I feel the less said about that weekend, the better for some certain parties concerned. Of course the exception to all these supposed quiet trips was Peter Stitt'​s Boat Race. However, in my very humble opinion, after examining all the facts I feel the less said about that weekend, the better for some certain parties concerned.
  
-====== Our Club ======+===== Our Club=====
  
 Blue Gum Blue Gum
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-====== A Word to Prospectives ​======+===== A Word to Prospectives=====
  
 It is quite a common thing for Walkers to come into Paddy'​s shop bewailing the fact that they have been tempted into buying "​cheap"​ walking gear. For what seemed a bargain price they have picked up a tent or rucksack or sleeping bag only to find that under the searching test of hard conditions the article did not measure up to requirements. It is quite a common thing for Walkers to come into Paddy'​s shop bewailing the fact that they have been tempted into buying "​cheap"​ walking gear. For what seemed a bargain price they have picked up a tent or rucksack or sleeping bag only to find that under the searching test of hard conditions the article did not measure up to requirements.
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