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-**THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER. +====== The Sydney Bushwalker ====== 
-**+
 A monthly bulletin of matters of interest to the Sydney Bush Walkers, The N.S.W. Nurses'​ Association Rooms, "​Northcote Building",​ Reiby Place, Sydney. Box No. 4476 G.P.O. , Sydney. 'Phone JW1462. A monthly bulletin of matters of interest to the Sydney Bush Walkers, The N.S.W. Nurses'​ Association Rooms, "​Northcote Building",​ Reiby Place, Sydney. Box No. 4476 G.P.O. , Sydney. 'Phone JW1462.
 Editor Don Matthews, 33 Pomona Street, Pennant Hills. WJ3514 Editor Don Matthews, 33 Pomona Street, Pennant Hills. WJ3514
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 |Typed by         |Jean Harvey | |Typed by         |Jean Harvey |
     ​     ​
-**January 1961 313 Price 1/- 
-** 
  
-**^Contents ​                  ​^Author ​          ​^Page^ +===== January 1961 ===== 
-**+ 
 + 
 +^Contents ​                  ​^Author ​          ​^Page^
 |Editorial ​                  ​| ​               |    1  | |Editorial ​                  ​| ​               |    1  |
 |Social Calendar  ​    ​|  ​             |    2  | |Social Calendar  ​    ​|  ​             |    2  |
-|At Our December Meeting ​    ​| ​ Alex Colley ​  ​|    2  | +|At Our December Meeting ​    |Alex Colley ​    ​|    2  | 
-|The Long Weekend ​                 ​+|The Long Weekend ​           ​| ​               |    ​ | 
-|Swimming Carnival - 1961         ​+|Swimming Carnival - 1961    ​| ​               |    ​ | 
-|Watch Out For The Indians ​   Keith Renwick 4 +|Watch Out For The Indians ​  |Keith Renwick ​  |     | 
-|The Christmas Party      Social Reporter 7 +|The Christmas Party         |Social Reporter ​|    ​ | 
-|A Sad Month              Stuart Brooks 9 +|A Sad Month                 |Stuart Brooks ​  |    ​ | 
-|North Carolina Hospitality ​  ​M. Bacon  ​      11 +|North Carolina Hospitality ​ |M. Bacon        ​|   11  | 
-|Walking Guide                        12 +|Walking Guide               |                |   12  | 
-|The Kokoda Trail      Roy Craggs        15 +|The Kokoda Trail            |Roy Craggs ​     ​| ​  15  | 
-|Skiing?                      Eric Adcock +|Skiing? ​                    |Eric Adcock ​    |   ​17 ​ |
  
-**Advertisements +^Advertisements ​                              ^Page^ 
-**+|Hatswell'​s Taxi & Tourist Service ​           |    7  | 
 +|Sanitarium Health Food Shop                  |    9  | 
 +|Paddy'​s  ​                             |   ​13 ​ |
  
-Hatswell'​s Taxi & Tourist Service  ​       7 
  
-Sanitarium Health Food Shop                 9 
  
-Paddy'​s  ​                                      13 
  
- +===== Editorial ​=====
-**Editorial** +
  
 "​During recent weeks SBW's have been bushed all over the place."​ (No, that doesn'​t sound too good. Try again.) "​During recent weeks SBW's have been bushed all over the place."​ (No, that doesn'​t sound too good. Try again.)
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-**Social Calendar 
-** 
  
-__JANUARY 18TH +===== Social Calendar ===== 
-__ Don't miss this ! + 
-                  +==== January 18th - Don't miss this !  ==== 
 +               ​
 America - Keith Renwick. America - Keith Renwick.
  
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 "Watch Out for the Indians"​ starts in this issue and continues his American journey. "Watch Out for the Indians"​ starts in this issue and continues his American journey.
  
-__JANUARY 25TH__  ​ Mt. Isa. Bill Gillam.+==== January 25th ====
  
-__FEBRUARY 15TH__  ​ Australian Birds - an illustrated talk by MrWaterhouse.+MtIsa. Bill Gillam.
  
 +==== February 15th ====
  
-**At Our December Meeting +Australian Birds - an illustrated talk by Mr. Waterhouse. 
-**By Alex Colley.+ 
 + 
 + 
 +===== At Our December Meeting ​===== 
 + 
 +By Alex Colley.
  
 Our meeting commenced with a welcome to what must be pretty nearly a record number of new members. The President departed from precedent by summoning the new members present to the front and welcoming them en masse, a scene reminiscent of a naturalisation ceremony. Those who joined our distinguished circle were Stuart Brooks, Reg Meakins, Jerry Quinn, Cherry Bignold, Ina Weeks and Alice Smith. Our meeting commenced with a welcome to what must be pretty nearly a record number of new members. The President departed from precedent by summoning the new members present to the front and welcoming them en masse, a scene reminiscent of a naturalisation ceremony. Those who joined our distinguished circle were Stuart Brooks, Reg Meakins, Jerry Quinn, Cherry Bignold, Ina Weeks and Alice Smith.
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 In correspondence was a letter from Bert Carlon, accepting and thanking us for our offer of Honorary Membership. In correspondence was a letter from Bert Carlon, accepting and thanking us for our offer of Honorary Membership.
  
-The Minister for Lands wrote to tell us that the lease of a site at Govett'​s ​Leap to the Govett'​s ​Leap Pty. Ltd. had been thoroughly considered and assuring us that the 5 chains between the hotel and the cliff edge would be ours to enjoy.+The Minister for Lands wrote to tell us that the lease of a site at Govetts ​Leap to the Govetts ​Leap Pty. Ltd. had been thoroughly considered and assuring us that the 5 chains between the hotel and the cliff edge would be ours to enjoy.
  
 The Secretary of the Metropolitan Water Board also wrote. He informed us that he could not accede to our request to make the waters of Warragamba available for the enjoyment of tourists. In the absence of "full treatment"​ of stored water, every possible control must be exercised, but if "full treatment"​ became necessary, the position would be re-examined. Whether "full treatment"​ means more of the sort of treatment the water now received at Lithgow, Katoomba, Goulburn and other centres, as it passes through their sewerage systems on the way to the dam, was not elucidated. The Secretary of the Metropolitan Water Board also wrote. He informed us that he could not accede to our request to make the waters of Warragamba available for the enjoyment of tourists. In the absence of "full treatment"​ of stored water, every possible control must be exercised, but if "full treatment"​ became necessary, the position would be re-examined. Whether "full treatment"​ means more of the sort of treatment the water now received at Lithgow, Katoomba, Goulburn and other centres, as it passes through their sewerage systems on the way to the dam, was not elucidated.
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 At the end of the meeting the President wished us a Merry Christmas and the meeting reciprocated,​ in unison. At the end of the meeting the President wished us a Merry Christmas and the meeting reciprocated,​ in unison.
  
-**ERRATA:​** ​December 1960, p.3.+ 
 + 
 +===== Errata ===== 
 + 
 +December 1960, p.3.
  
 Bob Duncan'​s Kowmung trip on January 20-21-22 goes via Christy'​s Creek, not Christmas Creek (topical though this might have been). ​ Bob Duncan'​s Kowmung trip on January 20-21-22 goes via Christy'​s Creek, not Christmas Creek (topical though this might have been). ​
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-**The Long Weekend + 
-** +===== The Long Weekend ​===== 
-__AUSTRALIA DAY JANUARY ​27-28-29-30. + 
-__+==== Australia Day January ​27-28-29-30 ​==== 
 Waterfall - bus to Governor Game Lookout - Burning Palms - Garie - Bus to Waterfall. Camp at Burning Palms, above the Ranger'​s Hut. Waterfall - bus to Governor Game Lookout - Burning Palms - Garie - Bus to Waterfall. Camp at Burning Palms, above the Ranger'​s Hut.
 SWIMMING, FISHING, SPINE BASHING, COASTAL SCENERY. SWIMMING, FISHING, SPINE BASHING, COASTAL SCENERY.
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 Also, on the long weekend, Wilf lead an exploratory trip in the Yalwal - Ettrema area (27 miles, Rough, with scrub bashing). Also, on the long weekend, Wilf lead an exploratory trip in the Yalwal - Ettrema area (27 miles, Rough, with scrub bashing).
-Yalmal Creek- Old Duffer'​s ​Trail - Timboolina Trig - The Badlands - Moss' Camp - Tallowal Trig - Ettrema Gorge - Yalwal.+Yalmal Creek- Old Duffers ​Trail - Timboolina Trig - The Badlands - Moss' Camp - Tallowal Trig - Ettrema Gorge - Yalwal.
 Purpose of the trip is to explore more fully the plateau bounded by the Shoalhaven River and Ettrema Creek. See the Yalwal Military Map (emergency edition) and read Reg Meakins'​ article “Yalwal to Tallong"​ (November 1960) which touches on this area. Purpose of the trip is to explore more fully the plateau bounded by the Shoalhaven River and Ettrema Creek. See the Yalwal Military Map (emergency edition) and read Reg Meakins'​ article “Yalwal to Tallong"​ (November 1960) which touches on this area.
 Check with leader for further details. Check with leader for further details.
  
-**SWIMMING CARNIVAL ​1961. +===== Swimming Carnival ​1961 ===== 
-** + 
- This year's Club Annual Swimming Carnival will be held on the weekend of 18-19th February at Lake Eckersley, a wide sandy bend of the Woronora River, approached from Heathcote Station by an easy 2½ miles walk, mostly along the unused Water Board road. The official trains are the 12.50 pm on Saturday and 8.50 am on Sunday. Tickets to Heathcote. Those folk who can't come for the weekend will be very welcome on the Sunday - we'll hold up the start of the events until they arrive - but don't dawdle on the way, please! Cuppa tea waiting!+This year's Club Annual Swimming Carnival will be held on the weekend of 18-19th February at Lake Eckersley, a wide sandy bend of the Woronora River, approached from Heathcote Station by an easy 2½ miles walk, mostly along the unused Water Board road. The official trains are the 12.50 pm on Saturday and 8.50 am on Sunday. Tickets to Heathcote. Those folk who can't come for the weekend will be very welcome on the Sunday - we'll hold up the start of the events until they arrive - but don't dawdle on the way, please! Cuppa tea waiting!
 There are two Annual Trophies to be won - the Henley Memorial Cup for the highest point-score and the Mandelberg Cup Mixed Relay Handicap. Come and try your luck! There are two Annual Trophies to be won - the Henley Memorial Cup for the highest point-score and the Mandelberg Cup Mixed Relay Handicap. Come and try your luck!
  
 The events will be:- The events will be:-
  
-Men's Open Championship Women'​s Open Championship ​Men'​s ​Breaststroke +  * Men's Open Championship Women'​s Open Championship ​Mens Breaststroke 
-Women'​s Breaststroke +  ​* ​Women'​s Breaststroke 
-Mixed Relay Race +  ​* ​Mixed Relay Race 
-Teams Race +  ​* ​Teams Race 
-Long Plunge - Gents +  ​* ​Long Plunge - Gents 
-Long Plunge - Ladies +  ​* ​Long Plunge - Ladies 
-Peanut Scramble.+  ​* ​Peanut Scramble
  
 The point score will be decided on the open races, breaststroke races and the long plunge. For the uninitiated,​ the "long plunge"​ consists of running down a bank, landing on the water like a torpedo and floating out as far as possible without arm or leg movement, with the face submerged. S'​easy. Prospective members and visitors will be welcome but, of course, cannot be awarded places or points. The point score will be decided on the open races, breaststroke races and the long plunge. For the uninitiated,​ the "long plunge"​ consists of running down a bank, landing on the water like a torpedo and floating out as far as possible without arm or leg movement, with the face submerged. S'​easy. Prospective members and visitors will be welcome but, of course, cannot be awarded places or points.
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-**WATCH OUT FOR THE INDIANS. + 
-**+===== Watch Out For The Indians ===== 
 By Keith Renwick. By Keith Renwick.
  
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 After lunching and setting up camp in the campground nearby, I walked along the rim track to Yarapoi Lookout. There was still a lot of snow about, particularly under the trees, and of course the north rim off in the distance was well covered, being nearly 1000 feet higher than the south rim. It doesn'​t show up in photographs of the canyon because it is very much warm, as we shall see later, and doesn'​t hang around the edge for very long after it has fallen. Once again making the most instructional use of their parks, the Americans had set up at the lookout a large room with lots of diagrams and charts showing the geological history, the flora and fauna to be found in the canyon. The vegetation runs from Arctic types along the rim to tropical types in the Canyon itself. After lunching and setting up camp in the campground nearby, I walked along the rim track to Yarapoi Lookout. There was still a lot of snow about, particularly under the trees, and of course the north rim off in the distance was well covered, being nearly 1000 feet higher than the south rim. It doesn'​t show up in photographs of the canyon because it is very much warm, as we shall see later, and doesn'​t hang around the edge for very long after it has fallen. Once again making the most instructional use of their parks, the Americans had set up at the lookout a large room with lots of diagrams and charts showing the geological history, the flora and fauna to be found in the canyon. The vegetation runs from Arctic types along the rim to tropical types in the Canyon itself.
-Apart from the  + 
-charts etc. all along the view windows in front of the building were fixed binoculars covering all the interesting geological features in the canyon malls from top to bottom.+Apart from the charts etc. all along the view windows in front of the building were fixed binoculars covering all the interesting geological features in the canyon malls from top to bottom.
  
 It was here that I spent nearly 20 minutes unravelling a woman'​s troubles - with a stereo camera which she had just bought. What a pity her husband was nearby expressing his disapproval of cameras in general. It was here that I spent nearly 20 minutes unravelling a woman'​s troubles - with a stereo camera which she had just bought. What a pity her husband was nearby expressing his disapproval of cameras in general.
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 (To be continued..) (To be continued..)
  
-**CONGRATULATIONS** to Mary and Bob Abernethy, now proud parents of a son (this makes one of each). They would be pleased to see any Bushies in Tasmania, can be contacted by post (Robert Abernethy, Taraleah, Tasmania) and could meet parties at Derwent River Bridge. 
  
-FOR ALL YOUR TRANSPORT FROM BLACKHEATH 
  
-CONTACT +===== Congratulations =====
-HATSWELL’S TAXI & TOURIST SERVICE+
  
-RINGWRITEWE OR CALL +To Mary and Bob Abernethynow proud parents of a son (this makes one of each). They would be pleased to see any Bushies in Tasmaniacan be contacted by post (Robert Abernethy, Taraleah, Tasmania) and could meet parties at Derwent River Bridge.
-ANY HOUR - DAY OR NIGHT+
  
-'​PHONE:​ Blackheath W459 or W151       ​BOOKING OFFICE: 4 doors from Gardners Inn Hotel (LOOK FOR THE NEON SIGN)    ​ 
-                                      ​ 
-SPEEDY 5 or 8 PASSENGER CARS AVAILABLE 
-LARGE OR SMALL PARTIES CATERED FOR 
  
-FARES: ​ 
-KANANGARA WALLS         30/- per head (minimum 5 passengers) 
-PERRY 'S LOOKDOWN ​      ​3/​- ​  " ​  " ​     " ​    " ​    "​ 
-JENOLAN STATE FOREST ​   20/-  " ​  " ​     " ​    " ​    "​ 
-CARLON'​S FARM           ​10/​- ​ " ​  " ​     " ​    " ​    " ​ 
  
-WE WILL BE PLEASED TO QUOTE TRIPS OR SPECIAL PARTIES ON APPLICATION+===== The Christmas Party =====
  
- 
- 
-**The Christmas Party 
-** 
 By "​Social Reporter"​. ​ By "​Social Reporter"​. ​
  
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-**DOES YOUR CAR NEED THRILL ​+ 
-**+===== Does Your Car Need Thrill ​===== 
 Then see the Club Notice Board, or contact David Ingram or Jim Brown. Then see the Club Notice Board, or contact David Ingram or Jim Brown.
  
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-**NEWS FROM ABROAD 
  
-**By Dorothy Brigden.+===== News From Abroad ===== 
 + 
 +By Dorothy Brigden.
  
 "I had a great trot round and about the Continent during the summer, and thoroughly enjoyed it. If I'd known of anyone with or using or hiring a car I'd have been in on it, but I just didn't happen to strike anyone. I was at the Olympics at Rome, and later saw the Passion Play at Oberammergau,​ and have visited Germany and Austria, Italy Switzerland (gorgeous mountains and snow caps) and a bit of France, and have planned for Greece and Turkey and Spain in the Spring and early Summer next year; then Russia and Czechoslovakia (I hope) and the Italian Lakes and the Matterhorn (though I'm not proposing to climb it!) which I missed last summer. At present I am being fairly quiet, though I get about on bus trips occasionally,​ when it doesn'​t rain too hard; am mighty sick of the wet weather - there are floods all over the country - worst in many years, and still it rains! This last week it didn't actually rain for 2 whole days! I am staying with very nice people here - it's out of the London area and there are some pleasant walks about. The leaves have just about all fallen now, but there wasn't a great deal of Autumn beauty this year - too wet. "I had a great trot round and about the Continent during the summer, and thoroughly enjoyed it. If I'd known of anyone with or using or hiring a car I'd have been in on it, but I just didn't happen to strike anyone. I was at the Olympics at Rome, and later saw the Passion Play at Oberammergau,​ and have visited Germany and Austria, Italy Switzerland (gorgeous mountains and snow caps) and a bit of France, and have planned for Greece and Turkey and Spain in the Spring and early Summer next year; then Russia and Czechoslovakia (I hope) and the Italian Lakes and the Matterhorn (though I'm not proposing to climb it!) which I missed last summer. At present I am being fairly quiet, though I get about on bus trips occasionally,​ when it doesn'​t rain too hard; am mighty sick of the wet weather - there are floods all over the country - worst in many years, and still it rains! This last week it didn't actually rain for 2 whole days! I am staying with very nice people here - it's out of the London area and there are some pleasant walks about. The leaves have just about all fallen now, but there wasn't a great deal of Autumn beauty this year - too wet.
  
  
-Sanitarium 
  
-HEALTH FOOD SHOP and VEGETARIAN CAFÉ+===== A Sad Month =====
  
-DRIED FRUITS! 
- 
-SUMMER CAMPING AND WALKING DEMAND SEASONABLE FOODS 
-THE SANITARIUM DRIED FRUITS FULFILL THAT DEMAND! 
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-13 HUNTER ST SYDNEY. BW 1725. 
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- 
-**A SAD MONTH. 
-** 
 By Stuart Brooks. By Stuart Brooks.
  
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-**DO YOU WANT TO WALK THE KOKODA TRACK?** + 
 +===== Do You Want To Walk The Kokoda Track =====
  
 See Roy Craggs story which started in December 1960 Magazine and is concluded in this issue. See Roy Craggs story which started in December 1960 Magazine and is concluded in this issue.
  
  
-**The Owen Stalney’s + 
-**+===== The Owen Stanleys ===== 
 By Ray Craggs. By Ray Craggs.
  
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-**North Carolina Hospitality + 
-**+===== North Carolina Hospitality ​===== 
 By M. Bacon By M. Bacon
  
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-**Walking Guide + 
-** +===== Walking Guide ===== 
-__WEEKEND JANUARY ​20-21-22__: + 
-Kanangra - Christy'​s ​Creek - Kowmung - Kanangra.+==== Weekend January ​20-21-22 ==== 
 +Kanangra - Christys ​Creek - Kowmung - Kanangra.
 Extensive views from Kanangra Walls in the heart of the Blue Mountains. Rock hop and swim through the Bulga Denis Canyon of the Kowmung (spectacular rock bluffs) climb onto Gingra Range and return to Kanangra. Extensive views from Kanangra Walls in the heart of the Blue Mountains. Rock hop and swim through the Bulga Denis Canyon of the Kowmung (spectacular rock bluffs) climb onto Gingra Range and return to Kanangra.
 See leader Bob Duncan re transport. See leader Bob Duncan re transport.
 Maps: Myles Dunphy'​s '​Kanangra Tops & Environs’,'​Gangerang and Wild Dogs' and the Blue Mountains and Burragorang Tourist. Maps: Myles Dunphy'​s '​Kanangra Tops & Environs’,'​Gangerang and Wild Dogs' and the Blue Mountains and Burragorang Tourist.
  
-__JANUARY ​21-22.__ +==== January ​21-22 ====
 Heathcote - Lake Eckersley - Heathcote. ​ Heathcote - Lake Eckersley - Heathcote. ​
 Good camping and swimming. Easy walking. Good camping and swimming. Easy walking.
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 Maps: Camden Military & Port Hacking Tourist. Maps: Camden Military & Port Hacking Tourist.
  
- +==== January 22 ====
-PADDY MADE +
- +
-+
-HAPPY +
-NEW YEAR +
-TO +
-YOU ALL! +
- +
-Anyone who has emerged from the Christmas Season with anything left to spend may well toddle down to Paddy'​s and '​do'​ what's left on himself. +
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-For the aged, the luxury type, human camels or car campers we have a nice range of Sea-Esta air beds. These high quality products are definitely your best buy in air beds and you can choose from several models. +
- +
-The popular: +
- +
-"Loch Rannoch" ​    ​78"​ x 30" ​    ​£5.4.6 +
-"​Scotland" ​        ​80"​ x 30" ​    ​£6.18.6 +
-"New Giant" ​       81" x 36" ​    ​£10.6.9 +
-"​Double" ​          ​78"​ x 60" ​    ​£11.3.6 +
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-Pumps to quickly inflate your Sea-Esta air bed 19/9. +
- +
-Another luxury must for the car-owner-camper:​ +
- +
-Portagas cooking and lighting gear. You will buy one eventually so why not nor. ALL models, cylinders and fittings are available. Ask about them next time you're in the shop. +
- +
-P.S. We still have gear for Bushwalkers,​ and skiers please note we open our ski hire bookings on 1ST FEBRUARY. +
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-PADDY PALLIN Pty Ltd +
-Lightweight Camp Gear +
-201 CASTLEREAGH S SYDNEY +
-BM2685. +
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-**Walking Guide (Cont’d) +
-** +
-__JANUARY 22__.+
 Heathcote - Heathcote Creek - Waterfall. Heathcote - Heathcote Creek - Waterfall.
 Easy walking, good swimming. Traverses part of Heathcote Primitive area. Easy walking, good swimming. Traverses part of Heathcote Primitive area.
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 Maps: Camden Military & Port Hacking Tourist. Maps: Camden Military & Port Hacking Tourist.
  
-__FEBRUARY ​3-4-5 +==== February ​3-4-5 ==== 
-__Morong ​Creek - Kowmung Gorge - Boyd Ridge.+Morong ​Creek - Kowmung Gorge - Boyd Ridge.
 Commando trip. Rough. Commando trip. Rough.
 Gear will be pruned to the bare minimum. Gear will be pruned to the bare minimum.
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 Maps: Myles Dunphy'​s '​Kanangra Tops and Environs',​ and Blue Mountdns and Burragorang Tourist. Maps: Myles Dunphy'​s '​Kanangra Tops and Environs',​ and Blue Mountdns and Burragorang Tourist.
  
-__FEBRUARY ​+==== February ​==== 
-__Jamberoo ​- Gerringong Falls - Jamberoo.+Jamberoo ​- Gerringong Falls - Jamberoo.
 Easy walk across the Budderoo plateau adjacent to the Barren Grounds reserve. Easy walk across the Budderoo plateau adjacent to the Barren Grounds reserve.
 Good camping, and swimming in the pools above the falls. Plenty of opportunity for exploration. Good camping, and swimming in the pools above the falls. Plenty of opportunity for exploration.
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 Map: Kiama Military. Map: Kiama Military.
  
-__FEBRUARY ​5.__ +==== February ​====
 Glenbrook - Glenbrook Gorge - Nepean Lookout - Euroka - Glenbrook. ​ Glenbrook - Glenbrook Gorge - Nepean Lookout - Euroka - Glenbrook. ​
 Rockhop dawn the Gorge. Swimming along the Creek and at the Nepean Junction. Scramble up to the lookout, pleasant walk into Glenbrook via Euroka. Rockhop dawn the Gorge. Swimming along the Creek and at the Nepean Junction. Scramble up to the lookout, pleasant walk into Glenbrook via Euroka.
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-**SAYS TARO** ​+ 
 +===== Says Taro =====
  
 Every time I see our Alick alicking a rock melon - a feeling of great sadness descends on me - it is such a meloncholy spectacle. Every time I see our Alick alicking a rock melon - a feeling of great sadness descends on me - it is such a meloncholy spectacle.
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 On the nutrient, side - there are a few roots and beans. On the nutrient, side - there are a few roots and beans.
  
-PLEASE NOTE: MAGAZINE ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS EXPIRE WITH THIS ISSUE. 
  
  
-**The Kokoda Trail (Continued)+**PLEASE NOTE: MAGAZINE ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS EXPIRE WITH THIS ISSUE.
 ** **
 +
 +
 +===== The Kokoda Trail (Continued) =====
 +
 By Roy Craggs. By Roy Craggs.
  
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 Our boys mumbled "Him be bad pella true" and shot off fast. After spending a second or two to evaluate the situation John and I retired ungracefully to a more respectable distance. From here we threw stones at the reptile who got the clue and blew through, After several miles we observed Abuari on the opposite side of deep gorge so we knew we were very close to Isurava on our side. We arrived there at 5 pm, The local missionary was over at Abuari, but the native constable looked after us here. This village is right in the heart of the Owen Stanleys and is about 8,000 feet elevation. Already it was cold here and fog was closing in. Again we got tons of fruit and vegetables. Our boys mumbled "Him be bad pella true" and shot off fast. After spending a second or two to evaluate the situation John and I retired ungracefully to a more respectable distance. From here we threw stones at the reptile who got the clue and blew through, After several miles we observed Abuari on the opposite side of deep gorge so we knew we were very close to Isurava on our side. We arrived there at 5 pm, The local missionary was over at Abuari, but the native constable looked after us here. This village is right in the heart of the Owen Stanleys and is about 8,000 feet elevation. Already it was cold here and fog was closing in. Again we got tons of fruit and vegetables.
-The wood was very bad fi + 
-rewood. John says it grows too fast and doesn'​t absorb sufficient, oxygen. To me it's just plain wet and awful mean. Smoke filled our hut and because of cold and rain we could not get outside for relief. The night was extremely cold, not at all like the tropics I had heard of.+The wood was very bad firewood. John says it grows too fast and doesn'​t absorb sufficient, oxygen. To me it's just plain wet and awful mean. Smoke filled our hut and because of cold and rain we could not get outside for relief. The night was extremely cold, not at all like the tropics I had heard of.
  
 November 6th: Daybreak came cold and fine, a beautiful day with the sun peeping over the Owen Stanley Ranges, touching the mountains with gold. Fifteen miles to the North lay the Yodda Valley and Kokoda. The valley was full of cloud. The trail was downhill all the way to Kokoda. The villagers said it was 6 hours walk to our destination. After a very smokey breakfast we were once again ready to depart. But for the first time we had trouble obtaining bearers. The long hard downhill for roughly 15 miles deterred us from carrying our packs. The trouble was that one native owned a coffee and cocoa plantation and the people worked there so he didn't want them to leave. I tackled the constable and asked him "What kiond Policeman you?" I told him I had "​strong one-talk true" (very good friend) in the police force in Pt. Moresby. This was all eyewash of course, actually my relationship with the Papuan Police is rather dubious at best. However many mild threats as to what I would say had the desired effect and the constable even volunteered his own services in an effort to win back our favour. We found ourselves with three carriers at 10/- each the trip. November 6th: Daybreak came cold and fine, a beautiful day with the sun peeping over the Owen Stanley Ranges, touching the mountains with gold. Fifteen miles to the North lay the Yodda Valley and Kokoda. The valley was full of cloud. The trail was downhill all the way to Kokoda. The villagers said it was 6 hours walk to our destination. After a very smokey breakfast we were once again ready to depart. But for the first time we had trouble obtaining bearers. The long hard downhill for roughly 15 miles deterred us from carrying our packs. The trouble was that one native owned a coffee and cocoa plantation and the people worked there so he didn't want them to leave. I tackled the constable and asked him "What kiond Policeman you?" I told him I had "​strong one-talk true" (very good friend) in the police force in Pt. Moresby. This was all eyewash of course, actually my relationship with the Papuan Police is rather dubious at best. However many mild threats as to what I would say had the desired effect and the constable even volunteered his own services in an effort to win back our favour. We found ourselves with three carriers at 10/- each the trip.
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-**Skiing ? + 
-**+===== Skiing ? ===== 
 By Eric Adcock. By Eric Adcock.
  
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