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 So off I went to Coonabarabran,​ which turned out to be quite a nice little place really, comparing favourably with many larger country towns. So off I went to Coonabarabran,​ which turned out to be quite a nice little place really, comparing favourably with many larger country towns.
  
-1st February - arrived at Coona.\\+1st February - arrived at Coona. 
 2nd February - "Night drive out and have a look at this Timor Rock." So out I went. Timor is a volcanic plug (Trachite) about 500 - 600 feet high. By its base runs Shawn'​s Creek, which in dry weather runs mostly under the stones, but provides good water if you boil it. The Rock is about eight miles from Coona. 2nd February - "Night drive out and have a look at this Timor Rock." So out I went. Timor is a volcanic plug (Trachite) about 500 - 600 feet high. By its base runs Shawn'​s Creek, which in dry weather runs mostly under the stones, but provides good water if you boil it. The Rock is about eight miles from Coona.
 Reports from the townspeople vary.\\ Reports from the townspeople vary.\\
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 This last proved to be a photo taken at the old "​Bottle Rock!' (which has now fallen) which was, I believe, about a third of the way up. However on 2.2.58 I hadn't heard these reports so I set off up. Almost up. Got to within 40 feet of the top and things got a bit dicey. Well! I might go home and come out some other time end go right up." This last proved to be a photo taken at the old "​Bottle Rock!' (which has now fallen) which was, I believe, about a third of the way up. However on 2.2.58 I hadn't heard these reports so I set off up. Almost up. Got to within 40 feet of the top and things got a bit dicey. Well! I might go home and come out some other time end go right up."
  
-8th February - "Come on Harry. Let's go un Timor Rock today."​ "​What'​s it like," says Harry. "​It'​s a bit steep on the front but we'll have a look around the back." So with Jill and Elaine as cooks at base camp we set off round the north side of Timor.+8th February - "Come on Harry. Let's go up Timor Rock today."​ "​What'​s it like," says Harry. "​It'​s a bit steep on the front but we'll have a look around the back." So with Jill and Elaine as cooks at base camp we set off round the north side of Timor.
  
 "We might get up this way." "Not b likely."​ "Ah well, let's have a look around here." "Hang on. What am I supposed to stand on." "That bit of rock there. Down a bit. Half an inch to the left." "​Hell:"​ "​Funny:​ That bit of rock didn't look to be loose."​ "Up this crack here." "We might get up this way." "Not b likely."​ "Ah well, let's have a look around here." "Hang on. What am I supposed to stand on." "That bit of rock there. Down a bit. Half an inch to the left." "​Hell:"​ "​Funny:​ That bit of rock didn't look to be loose."​ "Up this crack here."
    
-One hour later. "​What'​s holding that thumping big rock over your head." "​Can'​t get past the damned thing."​ Well,. we might as well go down. This rain might make the rock a bit slippery anyway.".+One hour later. "​What'​s holding that thumping big rock over your head." "​Can'​t get past the damned thing."​ Well,. we might as well go down. This rain might make the rock a bit slippery anyway"​.
  
-14th February, off to Sydney to buy textbooks etc. While there I bought a camera and 100 mm.lens, a couple of rolls of Kodachrome, and of course, a haze filter.+14th February, off to Sydney to buy textbooks etc. While there I bought a camera and 100 mm lens, a couple of rolls of Kodachrome, and of course, a haze filter.
  
-23rd February - back at Timor. Same crew with two new climbers, Monty and Mac, "​Let'​s try the west side." "Hell: It's sheer rock." "​Let'​s try the SX, corner on the West side." Half an hour later. "​Let'​s go back down." Quarter of an hour later. "How about the creek side at the western end?" "​We'​ll try here." "Look, Nev remarks: This must be the wayup. Come on."+23rd February - back at Timor. Same crew with two new climbers, Monty and Mac, "​Let'​s try the west side." "Hell: It's sheer rock." "​Let'​s try the SX, corner on the West side." Half an hour later. "​Let'​s go back down." Quarter of an hour later. "How about the creek side at the western end?" "​We'​ll try here." "Look, Nev remarks: This must be the way up. Come on."
  
 Half an hour later. "​Harry."​ "​Yes."​ "They are my tricoune marks. This is the way you can't get up." "​I'​m hungry, let's go back and see if lunch is ready."​ "It should be, it's 3.30." Half an hour later. "​Harry."​ "​Yes."​ "They are my tricoune marks. This is the way you can't get up." "​I'​m hungry, let's go back and see if lunch is ready."​ "It should be, it's 3.30."
  
-1st March - Timor. Same two cooks. Harry, Monty and I are climbing - Mac has been posted to Molong. We have 100 feet of rope for coming down and for belays if we need them. Harry and Monty prefer to slide down the rope rather than abseil, but are showing interest in the easier form of travel. By now we know that the way up is the western end of the creek side - the last crack almost - the crack being shaped like a C, crescent shaped. This does in fact provide a route to the top. The climbing is not what I would call easy and in a few places I felt it was much easier to think about food or anything rather than the horrible mess which would result if one fell 200 feet straight down without even the odd rock to bounce off on the way. Apart from that it was a good climb, although the pint of water we carried was not really enough. Well we were thirsty. The view from the top does not show any of the other main features except Moora, but does provide some excellent scenery when looking over Coona and across the flat with the Coolah Mountains in the distance and just a hazy glimpse of the Win Divide.+1st March - Timor. Same two cooks. Harry, Monty and I are climbing - Mac has been posted to Molong. We have 100 feet of rope for coming down and for belays if we need them. Harry and Monty prefer to slide down the rope rather than abseil, but are showing interest in the easier form of travel. By now we know that the way up is the western end of the creek side - the last crack almost - the crack being shaped like a C, crescent shaped. This does in fact provide a route to the top. The climbing is not what I would call easy and in a few places I felt it was much easier to think about food or anything rather than the horrible mess which would result if one fell 200 feet straight down without even the odd rock to bounce off on the way. Apart from that it was a good climb, although the pint of water we carried was not really enough. Well we were thirsty. The view from the top does not show any of the other main features except Moora, but does provide some excellent scenery when looking over Coona and across the flat with the Coolah Mountains in the distance and just a hazy glimpse of the Main Divide.
  
 When you try to climb a rock three times and fail, and get up on the fourth, you feel really good. Timor, I guess, rates low on the scale of difficulty, but judging by the looks on Harry and Monty and the way we felt - well - Hillary and Tensing couldn'​t have felt much better at the top of Everest. When you try to climb a rock three times and fail, and get up on the fourth, you feel really good. Timor, I guess, rates low on the scale of difficulty, but judging by the looks on Harry and Monty and the way we felt - well - Hillary and Tensing couldn'​t have felt much better at the top of Everest.
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 79 Spring Hill-Mt. Jellore-Jellore Ck-Colo Vale. Medium test walk with good views from Jellore. Patchy scrub with creek walking. Cost 32/3.\\ 79 Spring Hill-Mt. Jellore-Jellore Ck-Colo Vale. Medium test walk with good views from Jellore. Patchy scrub with creek walking. Cost 32/3.\\
 80 Glenbrook-Erskine Ck-Warragamba Dam. Medium walk with inspection of Warragamba Dam on Sunday. Cost 15/3.\\ 80 Glenbrook-Erskine Ck-Warragamba Dam. Medium walk with inspection of Warragamba Dam on Sunday. Cost 15/3.\\
-81 Windsor-car to Scheyville-Cattai Ck-Long Swamp Ck-Maralya-Scheyville. +81 Windsor-car to Scheyville-Cattai Ck-Long Swamp Ck-Maralya-Scheyville. A medium walk mostly creek walking ​ cost 16/6.\\
-A medium walk mostly creek walking ​ cost 16/6.\\+
  
  
 ====== Kossie to Kiandra on Skis ====== ====== Kossie to Kiandra on Skis ======
  
-PaddyP+Paddy P
  
 At Easter 1957 the Old Buffers added Anzac Day (and the day in between) to the Easter holiday and decided to walk from Mt. Kosciusko to Kiandra. It was, I must confess, part of a deep laid plan on my part to prospect the journey on foot before attempting it on skis. As it turned out we could almost have used skis on the first day, because we left the summit in a blizzard of wind and snow. It was so bad that by the time we got to Albina Hut my face was frozen and I could not talk. (The rest of the party being protected by Paddymade hoods thought it no loss!) At Easter 1957 the Old Buffers added Anzac Day (and the day in between) to the Easter holiday and decided to walk from Mt. Kosciusko to Kiandra. It was, I must confess, part of a deep laid plan on my part to prospect the journey on foot before attempting it on skis. As it turned out we could almost have used skis on the first day, because we left the summit in a blizzard of wind and snow. It was so bad that by the time we got to Albina Hut my face was frozen and I could not talk. (The rest of the party being protected by Paddymade hoods thought it no loss!)
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 We took food for four days (the expected duration of the journey). In addition we had, with the help of a friend in the S.M.A. laid down supplies at Boobie Hut in case we ran out of supplies by being delayed by bad weather. As large a proportion as possible of the food required no cooking, so that, should we be weather bound away from a hut, we should not need fuel to prepare food. We took food for four days (the expected duration of the journey). In addition we had, with the help of a friend in the S.M.A. laid down supplies at Boobie Hut in case we ran out of supplies by being delayed by bad weather. As large a proportion as possible of the food required no cooking, so that, should we be weather bound away from a hut, we should not need fuel to prepare food.
  
-About twenty years ago, Tom and Jean Mophett and Oliver Moriartv had done the trip from Kiandra to Kosciusko, but since that time the only party to attempt the trip nearly lost their lives by getting completely bushed. With thoughts of blizzards and nil-visibility in mind we tested the effects of steel stocks, photo electric light Meters and steel frames on a compass, and found that all these affected the compass quite considerably. After some experiment I found that a "Save." wrist compass (liquid filled) -worked. It would give a true reading if held at arms-length away from the body despite a steel frame on the back, and a light meter in the pocket. Cane stocks were carried - aluminium would have done as well).+About twenty years ago, Tom and Jean Mophett and Oliver Moriartv had done the trip from Kiandra to Kosciusko, but since that time the only party to attempt the trip nearly lost their lives by getting completely bushed. With thoughts of blizzards and nil-visibility in mind we tested the effects of steel stocks, photo electric light Meters and steel frames on a compass, and found that all these affected the compass quite considerably. After some experiment I found that a "Silva" wrist compass (liquid filled) -worked. It would give a true reading if held at arms-length away from the body despite a steel frame on the back, and a light meter in the pocket. Cane stocks were carried - aluminium would have done as well).
    
 Despite all the extra items the average Weight of our packs was less than 33 lbs when we set off. Despite all the extra items the average Weight of our packs was less than 33 lbs when we set off.
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-WHY DO WE DO IT? +**WHY DO WE DO IT?** 
-Why is it when we have a few beautiful colour slides, tinged with memories, ​admtred ​by our friends, why is it that we then expose these..to the critical and unsympathetic gaze of a competition judge? +Why is it when we have a few beautiful colour slides, tinged with memories, ​admired ​by our friends, why is it that we then expose these to the critical and unsympathetic gaze of a competition judge? 
-But there you are - we all do it. We can't help ourselves, that the time has comeround ​again, hurry away, dig out your treasuresamd ​bring them into the Club by 16th July or you'll miss having them slated-thiSt ​year.+But there you are - we all do it. We can't help ourselves, that the time has come around ​again, hurry away, dig out your treasures and bring them into the Club by 16th July or you'll miss having them slated ​this year.\\
 Oh: By the way, remember we're going to have two colour slide exhibitions and this one is for landscapes - no books, butterflies or birdies, and definitely none of Dormie'​s 5%. Oh: By the way, remember we're going to have two colour slide exhibitions and this one is for landscapes - no books, butterflies or birdies, and definitely none of Dormie'​s 5%.
  
-FROM DOROTHY ​LAMY +**FROM DOROTHY ​LAWRY**\\ 
-I am planning to fly over to Sydney on Monday, 22nd September,and to fly back to Auckland on Saturday, 18th October. As the plan is Primarily ​to see as many as possible of my old friends, I'll be popping into the Club, and going to Pete & Ray's for the Eight Hour Weekend, so I'll probably be seeing you all soon.+I am planning to fly over to Sydney on Monday, 22nd September and to fly back to Auckland on Saturday, 18th October. As the plan is primarily ​to see as many as possible of my old friends, I'll be popping into the Club, and going to Pete & Ray's for the Eight Hour Weekend, so I'll probably be seeing you all soon.
  
-Brian Harvey'​s ​walkWa srlabe114:d thpecial 'walk for new members ​and prospectives", ​but the personnel was ,2 Prospectives,​ 3 members, EIGHT members more noteworthy for senioriV,than speed:+Brian Harvey'​s walk was labelled Special Walk for New Members ​and Prospectives ​but the personnel was 2 Prospectives,​ 3 members, EIGHT members more noteworthy for seniority ​than speed.
  
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