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195910 [2012/05/28 03:33]
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195910 [2016/04/13 11:06] (current)
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  ​Business Manager: Brian Harvey. Typed by Jean Harvey.  ​Business Manager: Brian Harvey. Typed by Jean Harvey.
 CONTENTS. CONTENTS.
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 Available from Paddy this month - "​Tasmanian Tramp" 1959. (Journal of Hobart Walking Club. ) Available from Paddy this month - "​Tasmanian Tramp" 1959. (Journal of Hobart Walking Club. )
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 JIM BROWN'​S WALK. JIM BROWN'​S WALK.
 "The Gent in the Tent". "The Gent in the Tent".
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 Phil Hall Wal Moore Phil Hall Wal Moore
 Kevin Ardill Geoff Ley. Alan Round Kevin Ardill Geoff Ley. Alan Round
-I have often heard articles about various walks criticised because vital statistics about the excursion are nat included in the story. Personally, I can't see that it matters much, especially if the account is well written. However, for the benefit of the curious, and those members who promised Jim that they would came and didn't turn up, the information is published above. + 
-Now to the story. As I was packing an the Friday night prior to the walk a knock'came to the door. The time was about 8.45 p m. Rather late for social visiting, but in these mAern times, one has to be prepared for any eventuality. Open the door and Jim Brown stands revealed: Kath is ill and he would not be able to take the walk tomorrow. Would I do the honours? Of course, especially as he produced a Mittagong map marked with his intended route. I hadn't been on the Upper Nattai River before. That is why I had '​phoned Jim during the week and announced my intention of going. I also knew (hoped?) that Kevin Ardill mould be going, and felt that surely the two of us could put up some sort of a show at map reading and not disappoint the ten starters who had no Jim that they'd be attending.+I have often heard articles about various walks criticised because vital statistics about the excursion are not included in the story. Personally, I can't see that it matters much, especially if the account is well written. However, for the benefit of the curious, and those members who promised Jim that they would came and didn't turn up, the information is published above. 
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 +Now to the story. As I was packing an the Friday night prior to the walk a knock came to the door. The time was about 8.45 p m. Rather late for social visiting, but in these mAern times, one has to be prepared for any eventuality. Open the door and Jim Brown stands revealed: Kath is ill and he would not be able to take the walk tomorrow. Would I do the honours? Of course, especially as he produced a Mittagong map marked with his intended route. I hadn't been on the Upper Nattai River before. That is why I had '​phoned Jim during the week and announced my intention of going. I also knew (hoped?) that Kevin Ardill mould be going, and felt that surely the two of us could put up some sort of a show at map reading and not disappoint the ten starters who had no Jim that they'd be attending.
 Saturday morning was dull anddrizzly, which probably accounted for the roll call Saturday morning was dull anddrizzly, which probably accounted for the roll call
 of only eight for the 9.30 a m. Gouiburn train, including the deputy-leader and of only eight for the 9.30 a m. Gouiburn train, including the deputy-leader and
 Alan Round, whose name was not on the "​official"​ list, Alan Round, whose name was not on the "​official"​ list,
-After an accordion recital of chiefly Gaelic airs by fellow passengers in highland dress, we changed to the rail motor at Picton. The recital was a pleasant change from music emitted by transistor radios so frequently inflicted upon helpless train +After an accordion recital of chiefly Gaelic airs by fellow passengers in highland dress, we changed to the rail motor at Picton. The recital was a pleasant change from music emitted by transistor radios so frequently inflicted upon helpless train travellers, whether they wish to listen to it or not. The train crew were quite interested ​in our proposed excursion. I promised to see them at Hill Top tomorrow night with rather forced joviality. 
-travellers, whether they wish to listen to it or not. The train crew were quite inteBested ​in our proposed excursion. I promised to see them at Hill Top tomorrow +
-night with rather forced joviality.+
 A cold westerly wind was blowing when we set out from Colo Vale, and it wasn't very long before the clouds came over with a promise ef snow. However, all wen got was a shower of sleet, and by the time we emerged from bush country at Colo settlement A cold westerly wind was blowing when we set out from Colo Vale, and it wasn't very long before the clouds came over with a promise ef snow. However, all wen got was a shower of sleet, and by the time we emerged from bush country at Colo settlement
 near Mr. Flora, it was bright and sunny. The country opens out very suddenly near near Mr. Flora, it was bright and sunny. The country opens out very suddenly near
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 We were all up fairly early next morning and got away before 9 a m., after a very definite request that the party stay together to obviate the need for a search of large areas of the Valley by myself and my advisor, K.A. The Nattai Valley is very beautiful, We were all up fairly early next morning and got away before 9 a m., after a very definite request that the party stay together to obviate the need for a search of large areas of the Valley by myself and my advisor, K.A. The Nattai Valley is very beautiful,
 in spite of evidence of heavy flooding about two weeks previously. The river bubbles and gurgles over the water worn rocks with occasional outcrops of pink granite. Then the water seems to lie in long green pools, reflecting the surrounding rocky outcrops in spite of evidence of heavy flooding about two weeks previously. The river bubbles and gurgles over the water worn rocks with occasional outcrops of pink granite. Then the water seems to lie in long green pools, reflecting the surrounding rocky outcrops
-and trees, flanked in parts by stretches of sand. It was necessary to cross several times when the bank became too steep on one side, and this led to some competition as to who could keep dry feet the longest. We traversed a couple of exbensive ​brackencovered flats before reaching a really good camp site at Reeky Waterholes Creek soon after 10 a m.. All these flats were covered with holes leading to wombat warrens, and should be treated with caution, as a misplaced ​foct in one of these holes can cause serious sprain or -worse (shades of Peggy Bransdon;) and its a long way back to transport.+and trees, flanked in parts by stretches of sand. It was necessary to cross several times when the bank became too steep on one side, and this led to some competition as to who could keep dry feet the longest. We traversed a couple of expensive ​bracken covered flats before reaching a really good camp site at Reeky Waterholes Creek soon after 10 a m.. All these flats were covered with holes leading to wombat warrens, and should be treated with caution, as a misplaced ​fact in one of these holes can cause serious sprain or -worse (shades of Peggy Bransdon;) and its a long way back to transport.
 I could now afford to relax a bit as the map shmed that we should reach McArthur 's Flat by noon. This was accomplished without difficulty, but the Lively river flat here r, has been severely mauled by a bushfire, and is only now recovering. Naturally, we had lunch here, in bright sunshine. I could now afford to relax a bit as the map shmed that we should reach McArthur 's Flat by noon. This was accomplished without difficulty, but the Lively river flat here r, has been severely mauled by a bushfire, and is only now recovering. Naturally, we had lunch here, in bright sunshine.
 The track up the point Jf the ridge from McArthur'​s Flat (Starlight'​s Trail) has been considerably washed out following denudation of the ridge by a bushfire. We spent some time looking for it in various steep gullies, until Kevin finally located it up toward the cliff line. We then made full use of it to finish the climb, even though it is not too clear in a couple of places and is overgrown by Hardenbergia vines re4dy to trip the unwary. Near the top, there are blazes on various strategic trees, made by the Coates boys we later found out, which are of considerable assistance in locating the route, The track up the point Jf the ridge from McArthur'​s Flat (Starlight'​s Trail) has been considerably washed out following denudation of the ridge by a bushfire. We spent some time looking for it in various steep gullies, until Kevin finally located it up toward the cliff line. We then made full use of it to finish the climb, even though it is not too clear in a couple of places and is overgrown by Hardenbergia vines re4dy to trip the unwary. Near the top, there are blazes on various strategic trees, made by the Coates boys we later found out, which are of considerable assistance in locating the route,
 Mr. Coates and two of the boys were doing some car repairs when we reached the top and stopped fa. a chat with them. Er. Coates told us of the bushfire which burnt right up from the Nattai River on 4th Nevember, 1957 destroying most of the bush in its progress. He also mentioned the adventures of a couple of overdue parties in the area. We set out frcm the farm at 3.45 p m. so as to be sure of catching the only train from Hill Top on Sunday night. We arrived at the station in good time to cook a couple of packaged soups and to have our ears bashed by a local while we "​swipped"​ (the soup, of course). Train time came, we escaped from the basher for a quick trip back to the city. Mr. Coates and two of the boys were doing some car repairs when we reached the top and stopped fa. a chat with them. Er. Coates told us of the bushfire which burnt right up from the Nattai River on 4th Nevember, 1957 destroying most of the bush in its progress. He also mentioned the adventures of a couple of overdue parties in the area. We set out frcm the farm at 3.45 p m. so as to be sure of catching the only train from Hill Top on Sunday night. We arrived at the station in good time to cook a couple of packaged soups and to have our ears bashed by a local while we "​swipped"​ (the soup, of course). Train time came, we escaped from the basher for a quick trip back to the city.
  
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