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 Now when the Bridal Pair appear\\ Now when the Bridal Pair appear\\
-The "Busbies" give a rousing cheer,​\\ ​+The "Bushies" give a rousing cheer,​\\ ​
 And raise their battered hats. And raise their battered hats.
  
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 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/-. 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/-.
  
-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/-. +21-22: __Glenbrook Gorge.__ Parties will be going up Saturday by trains and Sunday in Puttmobile ​from Foveaux St. Weekend will be devoted to climbing only. Cost 10/- to 14/-. 
  
 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/-. 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/-.
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 === On Taking Life Easy. === === 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 -+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-comfort. Here are some of the features of their sojourn -
  
   - There was fully ten minutes walking from the cars to Base Camp.   - There was fully ten minutes walking from the cars to Base Camp.
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 (Now perhaps you would like to hear from Mr. Rigby how the Castle party fared) (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.+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 the 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. 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.
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 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... 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.+"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 accommodate ​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. 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.
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-===== 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, 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 Manuscript) and dives for the river. (So far he's been swimming for a month). Now read on --+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 Manuscript) and dives for the river. (So far he's been swimming for a month). Now read on...
  
-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.+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.
  
-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.+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.
  
-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 +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 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 edgeMy other hand snatched the tormenting stick of wood from between the teeth. The manuscript was clear of the water, and I could breathe again.
-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 edgeMy other hand snatched the tormenting stick of wood from between the teeth. 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. 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 colour, and as it did so the humming sound 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 breeze. It 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 see. Boulders 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 water 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.+
  
-Sitting under the tent with legs crossed yogi-fashion, ​the Admiral leant forward muttering salty incantations over a spluttering primusThis was a grouse showPssst, ​ Phutt; Another match gone west. +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 smallcrashed with continuous roar down the ridgeCrash! Splash!! Some of them were falling into the river.
-He'd spent all day hunting for paleolithic sign-postsand all he'd got for his efforts was 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.+
  
-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. 
 + 
 +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! 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. 
 + 
 +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? 
 + 
 +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 me!... 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 Admiral. 
 + 
 +Scrambling on unwilling legs, I reached the top of the embankment to see "​home"​. A golden light shone through the tent, but the illusion of home was quickly shattered by another roar from the Admiral. His shadow proclaimed dramatic activity from within. 
 + 
 +I struggled round to the open end of the tent. This might call for a bit of tact. It might look as if I was overdue a little. I lifted the flap of the tent. "Good evening!... Admiral Luckduckus, I presume?"​ Silence. The Admiral was wildly pumping at the splutterring primus. He looked up astonished. "​You?​... Where the hellIve you been? You're late again. I've been worried as the devil... I couldn'​t find the TEA!"​ 
 + 
 +The primus spluttered into a fitful flame. "​It'​s in your tobacco pouch, Admiral. I saw you putting it there this morning! I'm sorry I forgot to tell you I always carry some in the snake-bite outfit... some of the four-bob stuff... you could have used that."​ 
 + 
 +"​Hell'​s bells, I never thought of looking there!"​ The Admiral adjusted a billy on the primus: "Never mind. Very Soong we'll have a brew under way. I could do with one, and I suppose you could too! I've had a lousy day... Not one paleolithic post! How'd you go with your recce?"​ 
 + 
 +"Old Snoot is going to go crazy with delight when we get back. We've won the day, Admiral! I've found the Stumpus Charcundus and I've recovered a manuscript!"​
  
-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 
-don't get steam up in a minute',"​ I think I had found the P,dmiral. 
-Scrambling on unwilling legs, I reached the top of the embankment to see."​home"​. A golden light shone through the tent, but the illusion of home was quickly shattered by another roar from the Admiral. His shadow proclaimed dramatic activity from within. 
-14. 
-I struggled round to the open end of the tent. This might call for a bit of tact. It might look as if I was OVerdue a little. I lifted the flap of the tent. "Good evening! ---- Admiral Luckduckus, I presume?"​ Silence. The Admiral was wildly puMping at the splutterr 
-ing primus, He looked up astonished. "You? --- Where the hellIve you been? You're late again. I've been worried as the devil --- I 
-0ouldn'​t find the TEA:" 
-The primus spluttered into a fitful flame. "​It'​s in your tobacco pouch, Admiral: I saw you putting it there this morningl I'm sorry I forgot to tell you I always carry some in the snake-bite outfit --- 
-some of the four-bob stuff --- you could have used that." 
-"​Hell'​s bells, I never thought of looking there!"​ The Admiral 
-adjusted a billy on the primus: "Never mind. Very Soong we'll have a 
-brew under way. I could do with one, and I suppose you could tool I've had a lousy day --- Not one paleolithic post! How'd you go with your recce?"​ 
-"Old Snoot is going to go crazy with delight when we get back. We've won the day, Admiral I've found the Stumpus Charcundus and I've recovered a manuscript:"​ 
 "Wh a a t", yelled the Admiral! "Wh a a t", yelled the Admiral!
-It took me several seconds to fathom what had happened. The walls of the tent had suddenly shrunk ​'into a vertical plane! In the confusion I shot to my feet in time to hear the Admiral scream something + 
-about an unusual type of Primusand I realised that we would avert the danger of a fire, because he had.put his foot on itl The tent +It took me several seconds to fathom what had happened. The walls of the tent had suddenly shrunk into a vertical plane! In the confusion I shot to my feet in time to hear the Admiral scream something about an unusual type of Primusand I realised that we would avert the danger of a fire, because he had put his foot on it! The tent collapsed about us, and with us. The rain had stopped. 
-collapsed about us, and with us. The rain had stopped. + 
-The admiral was very patient, and as he concentrated,​ I gave him +The admiral was very patient, and as he concentrated,​ I gave him a detailed account of what had happened at the Stumpus. After an hour and a half he completed cutting the billy off my foot with his pen-knife. The toe was sore, but so what? Tea was supposed to be good for the hot-foot. With supper under way, we would soon be able to get to with the torches and start deciphering the manuscript. 
-a detailed account of what had happened at the Stumpus. After an hour + 
-and a half he completed cutting the billy off my foot with his pen- +"You know, it's a pity you got the MS so wet". The Admiral ​munched ​a hunk of garlic: "As it is now, it looks as if it's written in a derivative of the old Cuneiform... or, maybe even Chloroform. I'll have to get the magnifying glass on to it." 
-knife. The toe was sore, but so what? Tea was supposed to be good for the hot-foot. With supper under way, we would soon be able to get to with the torches and start deciphering the manuscript. +
-"You know, it's a pity you got the MS so wet". The Admiral ​munch- +
-ed a hunk of garlic: "As it is now, it looks as if it's written in a +
-derivative of the old Cuneiform ​--- or, maybe even Chloroform. I'll have to get the magnifying glass on toit."+
 "​Yes",​ I said, "I was worried about the effect of water when I swam across. Inside the Stumpus my first impression was that the writing was in the Munga Heiroglyphics,​ but I thought you'd be able to pick it straight away." "​Yes",​ I said, "I was worried about the effect of water when I swam across. Inside the Stumpus my first impression was that the writing was in the Munga Heiroglyphics,​ but I thought you'd be able to pick it straight away."
 +
 "​That'​s not so easy! I've been studying so many forms lately it's difficult to say which is best." "​That'​s not so easy! I've been studying so many forms lately it's difficult to say which is best."
-The Admiral reached into the pocket of his pack for the magnifying glass, "By the way Admiral ​--- That post the Prof. found in the Blue Labyrinth? Didn't he say it was marked in a new form of writing?"​ + 
-15 +The Admiral reached into the pocket of his pack for the magnifying glass, "By the way Admiral... That post the Prof. found in the Blue Labyrinth? Didn't he say it was marked in a new form of writing?"​ 
-"Yes, by cripes! I've got some notes on it in the other pocket. The Prof. had it named Rucksaeform I'll bet that's it:+ 
-a Together we worked on the breakdown of sufficient of the MS to +"Yes, by cripes! I've got some notes on it in the other pocket. The Prof. had it named Rucksaeform... I'll bet that's it!" 
-find out it's purpose. Stifling some copious yarns, I reckoned we'd have at least 18 months work ahead of us before we could actually complete the full translation. + 
-"​We'​re on the right track, you knowThis is Rucksaeform,​ but -- hell --- the first section of the MS is just about unreadable."​+a Together we worked on the breakdown of sufficient of the MS to find out it's purpose. Stifling some copious yarns, I reckoned we'd have at least 18 months work ahead of us before we could actually complete the full translation. 
 + 
 +"​We'​re on the right track, you knowThis is Rucksaeform,​ but... hell... the first section of the MS is just about unreadable."​ 
 "​Perhaps we'd better leave that part until we get it back to the Prof? He'll probably get the U.V. Lamp and the camera on it anyway."​ "​Perhaps we'd better leave that part until we get it back to the Prof? He'll probably get the U.V. Lamp and the camera on it anyway."​
-"​Yep",​ said the Admiral, "​That'​s the best idea. It'​s ​rir-bb ​piteous though, 'cos that means we can't start at the beginnIne.,:f + 
-"I guess so, AdmiralThese dam' perforations on the MS are giving me the wrong idea anyway!"​ +"​Yep",​ said the Admiral, "​That'​s the best idea. It'​s ​right piteous though, 'cos that means we can't start at the beginning.
-"Hold it fella! ​--- These two characters on the second line in + 
-the next section? ​--- I recognise those --- Man! We've got a duel+"I guess so, AdmiralThese dam' perforations on the MS are giving me the wrong idea anyway!"​ 
-"OK mate You read '​em,"​ I said, "​an'​ I'll write 'am downc,+ 
-The Admiral paused, turned a page of his Translation-guide,​ and said: "Hmmm: --- Write this down --- Be it underhob No You'd better make that '​Understood'​!"​ +"Hold it fella!... These two characters on the second line in the next section?... I recognise those... Man! We've got a clue!" 
-Swinging his glasses down so they hung on one ear, the Admiral gave a prodigious yawn. "​I'​m tired",​ he said. Diligently ​writIncl ​in my notebook, I repeated the words back: "Be it understood I'm tired"​. "NoNo:" said the Admiral. "Here, wait a minute!"​+ 
 +"OK mateYou read '​em,"​ I said, "​an'​ I'll write 'em down." 
 + 
 +The Admiral paused, turned a page of his Translation-guide,​ and said: "Hmmm!... Write this down... Be it underhob... No You'd better make that '​Understood'​!"​ 
 + 
 +Swinging his glasses down so they hung on one ear, the Admiral gave a prodigious yawn. "​I'​m tired",​ he said. Diligently ​writing ​in my notebook, I repeated the words back: "Be it understood I'm tired"​. "NoNo!" said the Admiral. "Here, wait a minute!"​ 
 After three hours of struggling with the intricacies of translating the MS, we had made a little progress. However, we were still very much in the dark as what it was all about. After three hours of struggling with the intricacies of translating the MS, we had made a little progress. However, we were still very much in the dark as what it was all about.
-"I knew we'd be in strife by not starting at the beginning",​ 
-yawned the Admiral. "To increase Madi by Terrafak is a fundarnata1 to the Fourth Requirement"​ ---? "It just doesn'​t add up!" 
- 
-"Well, I don't know"; I said, "It seems to me that these "​-lequire- 
-ments" are in relation to the Leaders of walks. If-that'​s the the MS is referring to what they should do on walks. What does a 
-Leader do before he goes on a walk?" 
-"Ohl Go Madi Terrafak your skull --- I'm getting too dam' tired to concentrate",​ moaned the Admirali 
-"​Madi",​ I yawned. "Madi, Madi --- a flamin'"​leader and his Madi. We 've gone far enough with the MS tonight anyway. Far enouFb.? ? Stump-as Carrr.umpus.!?​ Admiral I Wake up ! I've got it Madi Ma.di is the 
-Leader'​s Map Distance I" 
-Pulling a long face, the Admiral'​ excitedly slammed the p;lases 
-back off the end'of his 'nose. "​Hell'​s Bells, you're right! To increase] tile Map Distance by Terrafak Terrafak must logically be the Terrain Factorl YET! We're on to something at last!" 
-16. 
-"Give me that formula again, in the Fourth Requirement,​ Admiral:"​ "Mo-to equals Madi multiplied by Terrafak tae uuich adde Madi. Fuuhen thou hast fhis akkumplished,​ th correkt aevaluation of Mo-to shall fe 
-obtained bye again multiplying bye 0.25. Thus th Leader'​s dae shall hay sftarted on th amiable fhooting",​ 
-"OK, Admiral, Now what's that example? What's this "​Mote"​ anyhow?"​ 
-"​Dunno,​ fella",​ yawned the Admiral, "The first figure here is 14, so I spose thats the Madi for the day. Shove this on the slide-rule: 
-14 multiplied by 25 percent for Terrafak --- add 14 then multiply by 0.25 again. --- What have yougot now?" 
-"​Double vision just wait a sec! --- The answer'​s 4.375 and that's Mo-tol"​ 
-"​Allright,​ I'm none the wiser! What's the total distance for the 
-day, allowing for the terrain?"​ 
-"I reckon it at 17.5 miles, say, 18 for the full day". The 
-Admiral threw his spare boots outside the tent. "Woww! Yer clot, 
-You hit my ruddy sore toe", I bellowed at him. "​Sorry,​ sorry",​ said the Admiral, "I didn't see yer toe out there."​ 
-Both looking a little more awake, the Admiral resumed: "OK. In 
-a half-day the Leader walks 9 miles, and in a quarter-day,​ say 4.5 miles they strike this Mo-to? Mo-te must be some sort of ceremony?"​ 
-"​Ceremony be hanged! --- Man --- I've just thought of it. Mo-to is not a ceremony --- it's Morning Tea! These Paleolithic Walkers had 
-the right idea --- they'​re more human that we are!" "Look I've had 
-the MS for tonight, Admiral. How about a cuppa and then hitting the sack?" 
-awoke hazily to find a kind soul giving MB my porridge (Terrys 
-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! 
  
 +"I knew we'd be in strife by not starting at the beginning",​ yawned the Admiral. "To increase Madi by Terrafak is a fundarnata1 to the Fourth Requirement"​ ---? "It just doesn'​t add up!"
 +.
 +"Well, I don't know"; I said, "It seems to me that these "​Requirements"​ are in relation to the Leaders of walks. If that's the the MS is referring to what they should do on walks. What does a Leader do before he goes on a walk?"
  
------------------- +"Oh! Go Madi Terrafak your skull... I'm getting too dam' tired to concentrate",​ moaned the Admiral!
-**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, 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.)+"​Madi",​ I yawned. "Madi, Madi... a flamin'​ leader and his Madi. We've gone far enough with the MS tonight anyway. Far enough?? Stumpus Carrrumpus!?​ Admiral! Wake up ! I've got it Madi Madi is the Leader'​s Map Distance!"​ 
 + 
 +Pulling a long face, the Admiral excitedly slammed the glasses back off the end of his nose. "​Hell'​s Bells, you're right! To increase the Map Distance by Terrafak... Terrafak must logically be the Terrain Factor! Yep! We're on to something at last!"​ 
 + 
 +"Give me that formula again, in the Fourth Requirement,​ Admiral!"​ "Mo-te equals Madi multiplied by Terrafak tae uuich adde Madi. Fuuhen thou hast fhis akkumplished,​ th correkt aevaluation of Mo-to shall fe obtained bye again multiplying bye 0.25. Thus th Leader'​s dae shall hay sftarted on th amiable fhooting",​ 
 + 
 +"OK, Admiral. Now what's that example? What's this "​Mote"​ anyhow?"​ 
 + 
 +"​Dunno,​ fella",​ yawned the Admiral, "The first figure here is 14, so I spose thats the Madi for the day. Shove this on the slide-rule: 14 multiplied by 25 percent for Terrafak... add 14 then multiply by 0.25 again... What have yougot now?"​ 
 + 
 +"​Double vision... just wait a sec!... The answer'​s 4.375 and that's Mo-to!"​ 
 + 
 +"​Allright,​ I'm none the wiser! What's the total distance for the day, allowing for the terrain?"​ 
 + 
 +"I reckon it at 17.5 miles, say, 18 for the full day". The Admiral threw his spare boots outside the tent. "​Woww!... Yer clot. You hit my ruddy sore toe", I bellowed at him. "​Sorry,​ sorry",​ said the Admiral, "I didn't see yer toe out there."​ 
 + 
 +Both looking a little more awake, the Admiral resumed: "OK. In a half-day the Leader walks 9 miles, and in a quarter-day,​ say 4.5 miles they strike this Mo-te? Mo-te must be some sort of ceremony?"​ 
 + 
 +"​Ceremony be hanged!... Man... I've just thought of it. Mo-te is not a ceremony... it's Morning Tea! These Paleolithic Walkers had the right idea... they'​re more human that we are!" "Look I've had the MS for tonight, Admiral. How about a cuppa and then hitting the sack?"​ 
 + 
 +I awoke hazily to find a kind soul giving me my porridge (Terrys 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! 
 + 
 +---- 
 + 
 +=== Wedding Bells For Bushwalkers. === 
 + 
 +Two of our very good friends and fellow members, ​Geof 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.
  
 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.
-  ​ 
  
-===== Trip to Banda Banda and Kemp's Pinnacle. =====+----
  
-Laurie Rayner+=== The Sanitarium Health Food Shop. ===
  
-This walk on Eight-Hour weekend is breaking new and tough ground. The area which lies between the Hastitgs and the Macleay Rivers contains some of the best virgin bush forests of N.S.W. The valleys are easy and used for cattle grazing, but as you rise on the granite ridges at about 3000' a jungle takes over from the open gum forest. The reason for this change lies in the volcanic nature of the tops of which the highest is Banda-Banda with a superb view. The other peaks to be climbed are Rocky Peak, Spokes Hill, Camerons Bluff, Mt. Boss - and last but not least Kempfs Pinnacle. A huge rocky outcrop which may or may not have been climbed, it looks a decidedly tough proposition from the side I have viewed it some years ago. The rail fares 6,re 5 return to Kempsey. There will be additional car fares from lOmpsey to Kookaburra Sawmill and from Pappinbarrafto Wauchope. If ! *e have a full car this should be approximately 30/- per head. I +For health foods at their best.
-Tould not mind taking my car which would considerably cheapen the tr14p? but would mean retracing our steps instead of a continuous ridge f I do take my car I would prefer to leave straight after lunch on the Friday to avoid night driving on the road to Newcastle. +
-should like to hear from those who wish to tackle this as soon as possible to be able to complete transport arrangements for this pioneering walk,+
  
 +Ovaltine tablets - in light metal containers. Dried fruits - delicious and energy-giving. Nuts - in infinite range to suit all tastes. Biscuits - ideal for that 'tween meals snack.
 +
 +And many other exciting foods ideal for the walker.
 +
 +See our recipe page for meatless meals. All these available at our store:
 +
 +13 Hunter Street, Sydney. '​Phone:​ BW 1725.
 +
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 +
 +===== Trip To Banda Banda And Kemp's Pinnacle. =====
 +
 +- Laurie Rayner.
 +
 +This walk on Eight-Hour weekend is breaking new and tough ground. The area which lies between the Hastings and the Macleay Rivers contains some of the best virgin bush forests of N.S.W. The valleys are easy and used for cattle grazing, but as you rise on the granite ridges at about 3000' a jungle takes over from the open gum forest. The reason for this change lies in the volcanic nature of the tops of which the highest is Banda-Banda with a superb view. The other peaks to be climbed are Rocky Peak, Spokes Hill, Camerons Bluff, Mt. Boss and last but not least Kemp's Pinnacle. A huge rocky outcrop which may or may not have been climbed, it looks a decidedly tough proposition from the side I have viewed it some years ago. The rail fares are £5 return to Kempsey. There will be additional car fares from Kempsey to Kookaburra Sawmill and from Pappinbarra to Wauchope. If we have a full car this should be approximately 30/- per head. I would not mind taking my car which would considerably cheapen the trip but would mean retracing our steps instead of a continuous ridge walk. If I do take my car I would prefer to leave straight after lunch on the Friday to avoid night driving on the road to Newcastle.
 +
 +I should like to hear from those who wish to tackle this as soon as possible to be able to complete transport arrangements for this pioneering walk.
 +
 +----
  
 ===== Seven Weeks in New Zealand ​ - Part VII. ===== ===== Seven Weeks in New Zealand ​ - Part VII. =====
    
-Dot Butler+Dot Butler.
  
-Night, and the glory of the stars - all around the eternal mountain peaks piercing the sky - down there the grey-white glaciers coiled like sleeping serpents in their beds - here the tumbled moraine rocks, +Night, and the glory of the stars - all around the eternal mountain peaks piercing the sky - down there the grey-white glaciers coiled like sleeping serpents in their beds - here the tumbled moraine rocks, shadowy-soft in the starlight - here the little hut over which the darkness broods like a vast motherly hen - and within the hut four bodies safe and soundly sleeping.
-shadowy-soft in the starlight - here the little hut over which the darkness broods like a vast motherly hen - and within the hut four bodies safe and soundly sleeping.+
  
-Suddenly with shattering insistence the alarm clock whirrs and shouts and we reluctantly crawl out of our bunks, light a candle, and get the breakfast porridge on the way. We eat as we pack up. Then on +Suddenly with shattering insistence the alarm clock whirrs and shouts and we reluctantly crawl out of our bunks, light a candle, and get the breakfast porridge on the way. We eat as we pack up. Then on with the boots. We clump outside and pick up our ice axes at the doorway and in the grey light before the dawn we make our way up the moraine heap to the first snow field on Mt. De la Beche. We have taken our first steps on the day's climb, our goal the twin snow peaks of the Minarets, ten thousand feet of sheer perfection.
-with the boots. We clump outside and pick up our ice axes at the doorway and in the grey light before the dawn we make our way up the moraine heap to the first snow field on Mt. De la Bache. We have taken our +
-first steps on the day's climb, our goal the twin snow peaks of the Minarets, ten thousand feet of sheer perfection.+
  
-A steep climb up several snowfields plastered on the rocky flanks of Mt. De la Beche, and then a long plod round a steeply inclined iced slope to the high Ranfurley Glacier while dawn touches the white summits with pink fingers suffusing them with rosy life. The Minarets are a snow climb all the way. In the thickly packed snow great crevasses open to incredible depths, hung with silver stalactites,​ and peering down one can see mounds and pinnacles of ice showing out in their mysterious blue depths. Great cliffs and crags of snow make up the mountain'​s height, and hummocks and mounds of snow cover its surface like merangue heaped indiscriminately over a wedding cake. It took us all the morning to reach a spot below a snow precipice with a deep crevasse knifed all around its base. Great chunks of snow had broken off the precipice and leaned askew in rickety precarious postures right across our route. Could we go on? We settled down in a safe position and ate lunch while we gave the matter some thought. As we munched our biscuits and cheese we did a bit of prospecting. A couple of flimsy snow bridges over the schrund looked as though they might give access to the snow cliff, but they were definitely dangerous; so we looked further afield. We crept gingerly along under some of the leaning snow masses, hardly daring to speak in case the vibration of our voices brought the thousands of tons of snow toppling down on us, and we managed to find an inclined bank of snow which gave access to the higher snowfield. From here we could see our summit peaks standing up like white pyramids from the rounded snowfield, and we knew that success would be ours. It was now getting fairly late in the afternoon so we lost no time in making for the highest summit. We successfully +A steep climb up several snowfields plastered on the rocky flanks of Mt. De la Beche, and then a long plod round a steeply inclined iced slope to the high Ranfurley Glacier while dawn touches the white summits with pink fingers suffusing them with rosy life. The Minarets are a snow climb all the way. In the thickly packed snow great crevasses open to incredible depths, hung with silver stalactites,​ and peering down one can see mounds and pinnacles of ice showing out in their mysterious blue depths. Great cliffs and crags of snow make up the mountain'​s height, and hummocks and mounds of snow cover its surface like merangue heaped indiscriminately over a wedding cake. It took us all the morning to reach a spot below a snow precipice with a deep crevasse knifed all around its base. Great chunks of snow had broken off the precipice and leaned askew in rickety precarious postures right across our route. Could we go on? We settled down in a safe position and ate lunch while we gave the matter some thought. As we munched our biscuits and cheese we did a bit of prospecting. A couple of flimsy snow bridges over the schrund looked as though they might give access to the snow cliff, but they were definitely dangerous; so we looked further afield. We crept gingerly along under some of the leaning snow masses, hardly daring to speak in case the vibration of our voices brought the thousands of tons of snow toppling down on us, and we managed to find an inclined bank of snow which gave access to the higher snowfield. From here we could see our summit peaks standing up like white pyramids from the rounded snowfield, and we knew that success would be ours. It was now getting fairly late in the afternoon so we lost no time in making for the highest summit. We successfully got over the bergschrund at its base, then cramponed up the steep side of the pyramid and stood on the top of our first 10,000 footer. George took photographs,​ urging Snow and myself, as unwilling "human interest",​ out on to the edge of an overhanging cornice with who knows how many thousand feet of nothingness below it, the idea being that this would make a more spectacular picture. But I'm sorry to say the infinity of space below didn't come out in the picture and all that is to be seen is Snow and I crouching apprehensively on what appears to be a perfectly safe level snowfield, lashed on to a couple of ice axes in the foreground by various lengths of nylon rope. It is as difficult to photograph infinity as it is to describe it in words.
-got over the bergschrund at its base, then cramponed up the steep side of the pyramid and stood on the top of our first 10,000 footer. George took photographs,​ urging Snow and myself, as unwilling "human +
-interest",​ out on to the edge of an overhanging cornice with who knows how many thousand feet of nothingness below it, the idea being that this would make a more spectacular picture. But I'm sorry to say the infinity of space below didn't come out in the picture and all that is to be seen is Snow and I crouching apprehensively on what appears to be a perfectly safe level snowfield, lashed on to a couple of ice axes in the foreground by various lengths of nylon rope. It is as difficult to photograph infinity as it is to describe it in words.+
  
-It was too late in the afternoon to think of climbing Mt. De la Beche whose rocky summit rose out of the snowfield near by. It would probably have taken another hour or so, which time we could not spare +It was too late in the afternoon to think of climbing Mt. De la Beche whose rocky summit rose out of the snowfield near by. It would probably have taken another hour or so, which time we could not spare if we were to be off the mountain before dark, and in any case we felt it would be something in the nature of an anticlimax after the Minarets, so we followed back in our tracks and at sundown arrived back at the steep snow slopes above the hut. Here Whaka suggested glissading, and I watched him shoot down with the speed of a mail train till he came to a stop below looking as small as a grain of wheat. Snow and George scooted after him with terrific enthusiasm, and then I launched myself on the most thrilling and glorious glissade of a lifetime. "​Glissading sure puts skiing in the shade!"​ says Snow.
-if we were to be off the mountain before dark, and in any case we felt it would be something in the nature of an anticlimax after the Minarets, so we followed back in our tracks and at sundown arrived back at the steep snow slopes above the hut. Here Whaka suggested glissading, and I watched him shoot down with the speed of a mail train till he came to a stop below looking as small as a grain of wheat. Snow and George scooted after him with terrific enthusiasm, and then I launched myself on the most thrilling and glorious glissade of a lifetime. "​Glissading sure puts skiing in the shade!"​ says Snow.+
  
-Back to the little hut, full of contentment after our successful day. We planned to cross over Grahams Saddle next day, to the Almer hut on the Franz Josef Glacier, so after our evening meal of pemmican +Back to the little hut, full of contentment after our successful day. We planned to cross over Grahams Saddle next day, to the Almer hut on the Franz Josef Glacier, so after our evening meal of pemmican stew and potato powder, and dried apricots to follow, we packed up in readiness for an early start in the morning. And as we busied ourselves with these tasks, night crept quietly over the mountains and another day soundlessly slipped away.
-stew and potato powder, and dried apricots to follow, we packed up in readiness for an early start in the morning. And as we busied ourselves with these tasks, night crept quietly over the mountains and another day soundlessly slipped away.+
  
-Dawn saw us on our way, loaded with our heavy packs which by now had become part of us, creeping over the heaped moraine boulders, looking for a way down their steep slope to the Rudolf Glacier. Although it didn't look more than a half hour's climb, it took us two or three hours to get down to the glacier level. Then we followed up the glacier, the terrain getting steeper and steeper till in places it +Dawn saw us on our way, loaded with our heavy packs which by now had become part of us, creeping over the heaped moraine boulders, looking for a way down their steep slope to the Rudolf Glacier. Although it didn't look more than a half hour's climb, it took us two or three hours to get down to the glacier level. Then we followed up the glacier, the terrain getting steeper and steeper till in places it seemed not many degrees from the perpendicular. A guided party had come across the previous day, so we kept on the lookout for their footprints, but they were not always easy to see in the hard snow and rocky sections. It was not yet necessary to rope up. We had spread out looking for tracks. I was alone on a snow slope about seven thousand feet up when I heard a soft swishing noise above. Thinking it was George I looked up, to see a huge fallen pillar of rock the size of a grey nurse shark sliding swiftly towards me: the heat of the sun had melted the ice which had held it to the snow face, and now it was on its way to join other avalanche rocks way down on the glacier below. I thought, if I rush wildly to one side I might run right into the track of it, with consequences too catastrophic to contemplate. It was not obvious which way it was going to slide, so I stood my ground and watched it come at me, as a hunter would watch a charging rhinocerus, then when it was just a couple of yards off I jumped to one side and watched it whistle right through the track of my footprints which I had made only a couple of seconds ago. Wow!! The others heard it crashing down to its doom but didn't see it. Snow told me later, with a note of disappointment in his voice, that he had thought it was my pack.
-seemed not many degrees from the perpendicular. A guided party had come across the previous day, so we kept on the lookout for their footprints, but they were not always easy to see in the hard snow and rocky sections. It was not yet necessary to rope up. We had spread out looking for tracks. I was alone on a snow slope about seven thousand feet up when I heard a soft swishing noise above. Thinking it was George I looked up, to see a huge fallen pillar of rock the size of a grey nurse shark sliding swiftly towards me: the heat of the sun had melted the ice which had held it to the snow face, and now it was on its way to join other avalanche rocks way down on the glacier below. I thought, if I rush wildly to one side I might run right into the track of it, with consequences too catastrophic to contemplate. It was not obvious which way it was going to slide, so I stood my ground and watched it come at me, as a hunter would watch a charging rhinocerus, then when it was just a couple of yards off I jumped to one side and watched it whistle right through the track of my footprints which I had made only a couple of seconds ago. Wow ! The others heard it crashing down to its doom but didn't see it. Snow told me later, with a note of disappointment in his voice, that he had thought it was my pack.+
  
-Graham'​s Saddle is a very high pass, at about 8,000 ft, which leads from the Tasman Glacier over the Main Range to the West Coast of N.Z. Enormous masses of snow from the western slopes of the range collect in a huge basin called the Franz Josef neve, and push downwards towards the sea, consolidating to form the steep Franz Josef GlacierFrom the top of the pass about midday we looked out over vast leagues of solitude. In the wide snow basin we could see MacKay rocks rising starkly like a black island out of a white sea of foam, and beyond that a rocky outcrop where the Almer hut is situated - about a thousand feet above the ice of the Franz. We were very jubilant at seeing our way so clearly laid out but were brought back to earth by the realisation that we didn't quite know where to start the descent to the snow basin. All the places we had inspected so far looked remarkably steep. Just then we heard a faint hum that grew +Graham'​s Saddle is a very high pass, at about 8,000 ft, which leads from the Tasman Glacier over the Main Range to the West Coast of N.Z. Enormous masses of snow from the western slopes of the range collect in a huge basin called the Franz Josef neve, and push downwards towards the sea, consolidating to form the steep Franz Josef GlacierFrom the top of the pass about midday we looked out over vast leagues of solitude. In the wide snow basin we could see MacKay rocks rising starkly like a black island out of a white sea of foam, and beyond that a rocky outcrop where the Almer hut is situated - about a thousand feet above the ice of the Franz. We were very jubilant at seeing our way so clearly laid out but were brought back to earth by the realisation that we didn't quite know where to start the descent to the snow basin. All the places we had inspected so far looked remarkably steep. Just then we heard a faint hum that grew louder and louder and then we saw, coming up the Tasman Valley, the MtCook Tourist plane - a bright blue humming bird looking incredibly tiny and brave against the stark rocky walls and icy avalanche precipices of the MtCook RangeIt came through the pass, right over our heads, and three times it circled us and dipped its wings in greeting before flying off towards the west coast Fox Glacier. For a while we thought it was trying to show us the route through the pass, but on inspection we found that this was not so. A bit more prospecting around eventually showed us the easy way down.
-louder and louder and then we saw, coming up the Tasman Valley, the MtCook Tourist plane - a bright blue humming bird looking incredibly tiny and brave against the stark rocky walls and icy avalanche precipices of the MtCook RangeIt came through the pass, right over our heads, and three times it circled us and dipped its wings in greeting before flying off towards the west coast Fox Glacier. For a while we +
-thought it was trying to show us the route through the pass, but on inspection we found that this was not so. A bit more prospecting around eventually showed us the easy way down.+
  
-All through the long afternoon we walked through the timeless ​had, the only living beings in the world which seemed just snow and sun and sky, and Whaka recited a poem - slowly - line by line so that I could learn it:+All through the long afternoon we walked through the timeless ​land, the only living beings in the world which seemed just snow and sun and sky, and Whaka recited a poem - slowly - line by line so that I could learn it:
  
 There is much comfort in high hills\\ There is much comfort in high hills\\
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 With loftier images from their life apart.\\ With loftier images from their life apart.\\
 They set our feet on curves of freedom bent\\ They set our feet on curves of freedom bent\\
-To snap the circles of our discontent.\\+To snap the circles of our discontent. 
 Mountains are moods of larger rhythm and line\\ Mountains are moods of larger rhythm and line\\
 Moving between the eternal mode and mine\\ Moving between the eternal mode and mine\\
 Moments in thought of which I am but part.\\ Moments in thought of which I am but part.\\
-I lose in them my instant of,brief ills.\\+I lose in them my instant of brief ills.\\
 There is great easing of the heart\\ There is great easing of the heart\\
 And cumulance of comfort in high hills. And cumulance of comfort in high hills.
  
-The words said themselves over and over again in my mind and soaked themselves into the landscape, and the landscape gave them back with part of itself incorporated inthem, so that now when I hear the words I see again the wide white solitude, the golden air, the shining breathless circle of the mountains reaching for the sky; I know again the rich companionship that imperceptibly grows - that binds a mountaineering party together as all about them the tremendous majesty of the peaks gathers closely and the glorious dreams and heroisms of all the climbers gone before them make the air seem bright with more than summer sun.+The words said themselves over and over again in my mind and soaked themselves into the landscape, and the landscape gave them back with part of itself incorporated in them, so that now when I hear the words I see again the wide white solitude, the golden air, the shining breathless circle of the mountains reaching for the sky; I know again the rich companionship that imperceptibly grows - that binds a mountaineering party together as all about them the tremendous majesty of the peaks gathers closely and the glorious dreams and heroisms of all the climbers gone before them make the air seem bright with more than summer sun.
  
 The last half mile to the hut was through deep snow. We sank into it almost up to our knees, and an inquisitive kea arrived from nowhere and padded along beside us like a little old man of the mountains, cocking his head to one side and squarking derisively whenever we would flounder forward on our faces. If we succeeded sometimes in getting ahead of him he would take to the air and fly to a spot just in front of us. Then he would turn and give us a cocky look as much as to say, "See how easy that is? I don't know why you're making such a labour of it." George threw a chunk of snow at him at last, but they tell me this is bad luck. The last half mile to the hut was through deep snow. We sank into it almost up to our knees, and an inquisitive kea arrived from nowhere and padded along beside us like a little old man of the mountains, cocking his head to one side and squarking derisively whenever we would flounder forward on our faces. If we succeeded sometimes in getting ahead of him he would take to the air and fly to a spot just in front of us. Then he would turn and give us a cocky look as much as to say, "See how easy that is? I don't know why you're making such a labour of it." George threw a chunk of snow at him at last, but they tell me this is bad luck.
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 There was a reception committee of several more keas to greet us as we reached the hut, and they skated along the ridge pole and slid down the iron roof on their claws as we stamped inside and dumped our packs. Here I will leave us, making ourselves at home, and the final instalment next month will tell how we fared on the Franz Josef Glacier and the few days remaining of our holiday before returning to Sydney. There was a reception committee of several more keas to greet us as we reached the hut, and they skated along the ridge pole and slid down the iron roof on their claws as we stamped inside and dumped our packs. Here I will leave us, making ourselves at home, and the final instalment next month will tell how we fared on the Franz Josef Glacier and the few days remaining of our holiday before returning to Sydney.
  
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 ===== July Walks Report. ===== ===== July Walks Report. =====
  
-Brian Anderson - Walks Secretary.+Brian Anderson - Walks Secretary.
  
-Our walking activities during July were very quiet compared to that of the previous months. This was probably due to the Spastic Centre Working Bee which reduced 18 active bods from the field of +Our walking activities during July were very quiet compared to that of the previous months. This was probably due to the Spastic Centre Working Bee which reduced 18 active bods from the field of walking and also the failure of the Sports Carnival which was to be held at Era.
-walking and also the failure of the Sports Carnival which was to be held at Era.+
  
 Of the ten programmed walks, three failed to get under way due to insufficient starters. In all seventy-eight Walkers had joined the seven trips, the seventy-eight comprising 51 members, 21 prospectives and 6 visitors. Of the ten programmed walks, three failed to get under way due to insufficient starters. In all seventy-eight Walkers had joined the seven trips, the seventy-eight comprising 51 members, 21 prospectives and 6 visitors.
  
-There were three changes in the seven programmed walks. David Brown led his walk to Splendour Rock a week earlier, Edna Garrad changed her walk from Scouters Mountain to go via Morella Karong and David +There were three changes in the seven programmed walks. David Brown led his walk to Splendour Rock a week earlier, Edna Garrad changed her walk from Scouters Mountain to go via Morella Karong and David Ingram'​s walk proceeded via the pipeline road, missing out on Woronora Trig.
-Ingram'​s walk proceeded via the pipeline road, missing out on Woronora Trig.+
  
 David Brown has reported from his Splendour Rock walk that three members of the party had pulled out at Deberts Knob to return to Carlons Farm. From the Grand Canyon, Jack Gentle has reported all the direction arrows have been repainted a beautiful white thus making the area safe for white ants. David Brown has reported from his Splendour Rock walk that three members of the party had pulled out at Deberts Knob to return to Carlons Farm. From the Grand Canyon, Jack Gentle has reported all the direction arrows have been repainted a beautiful white thus making the area safe for white ants.
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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.
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 S ydney people everywhere, wonder who they are,\\ S ydney people everywhere, wonder who they are,\\
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 Y ou wonder if they are "all there" to carry such a swag\\ Y ou wonder if they are "all there" to carry such a swag\\
 B ut you don't know the pleasures that they find in these bushwalks \\ B ut you don't know the pleasures that they find in these bushwalks \\
-T ill you've shared their company, their camp fires and their talk\\+U ntil you've shared their company, their camp fires and their talk\\
 S hould a walker become lost - no matter where or when\\ S hould a walker become lost - no matter where or when\\
 H oopers Search & Rescue crew will be out in force again\\ H oopers Search & Rescue crew will be out in force again\\
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 "S ydney Bush Walkers",​ that's their name, so let them be your guide. "S ydney Bush Walkers",​ that's their name, so let them be your guide.
  
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 +=== 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.
  
-Take thought, therefore, before investing money in camp gear and get the advice of the old hands first. Paddy made camp gearfor ​Walkers offers a wide range of joys to suit individual requirements. The prices +Take thought, therefore, before investing money in camp gear and get the advice of the old hands first. Paddy made camp gear for Walkers offers a wide range of joys to suit individual requirements. The prices asked are the lowest prices practical for the quality of goods offered. These prices are in many cases lower than "​bargains"​ offered elsewhere.
-asked are the lowest prices practical for the quality of goods offered. These prices are in many cases lower than "​bargains"​ offered elsewhere.+
  
 Paddy is the largest manufacturer of light weight camp gear in Australia and the resulting economies are passed on to the customer. Wherever you meet Walkers you will see Paddy made gear. Paddy is the largest manufacturer of light weight camp gear in Australia and the resulting economies are passed on to the customer. Wherever you meet Walkers you will see Paddy made gear.
  
-Phone: DM 2685PADDY PALLIN PTY. LTD.\\ +Paddy Pallin. Lightweight Camp Gear.
-PADDY PALLIN\\ +
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-201 CASTLE REACH St SYDNEY+
  
 +201 Castlereagh St., Sydney. '​Phone:​ DM 2685.
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