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 === Don't Miss This!! === === Don't Miss This!! ===
  
-Colin Putt, leader of the 1961 New Zealand ​Apine Club Expedition to New Guinea, will describe the party'​s adventures. In the words of the official report "The Expedition visited the Carstensz Mountains of Netherlands New Guinea (highest peak 16500 ft) in June and July 1961 with the objects of climbing the major peaks of this range and carrying out scientific work. Because of an acute shortage of suitable aircraft in the country at the time, the planned airdrop of food and equipment were not made, but the expedition, using native food and minimum equipment, covered a walking distance of approximately 200 miles through little known country, established a feasible route to and up the North wall of the range, climbed two minor peaks, carried out botanical, meteorological and topographic work, and made geological discoveries of theoretical and practical importance.+Colin Putt, leader of the 1961 New Zealand ​Alpine ​Club Expedition to New Guinea, will describe the party'​s adventures. In the words of the official report "The Expedition visited the Carstensz Mountains of Netherlands New Guinea (highest peak 16500 ft) in June and July 1961 with the objects of climbing the major peaks of this range and carrying out scientific work. Because of an acute shortage of suitable aircraft in the country at the time, the planned airdrop of food and equipment were not made, but the expedition, using native food and minimum equipment, covered a walking distance of approximately 200 miles through little known country, established a feasible route to and up the North wall of the range, climbed two minor peaks, carried out botanical, meteorological and topographic work, and made geological discoveries of theoretical and practical importance.
  
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 The years went by. Shacks cropped up here and there,\\ The years went by. Shacks cropped up here and there,\\
 a road was made, and people from the town\\ a road was made, and people from the town\\
-began to drive - magnificent ​advtnture! -\\+began to drive - magnificent ​adventure! -\\
 down to the virgin beach. The pine tree grew,\\ down to the virgin beach. The pine tree grew,\\
 stretched out its arms above the settler'​s roof\\ stretched out its arms above the settler'​s roof\\
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 and barren earth appeared. Truck rattled in\\ and barren earth appeared. Truck rattled in\\
 and dumped their loads of rubbish, to reclaim\\ and dumped their loads of rubbish, to reclaim\\
-the sunken ​shbre, and noisome odours soured\\+the sunken ​shore, and noisome odours soured\\
 air once as fresh and salty as the sea. air once as fresh and salty as the sea.
  
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 the settlers died long since, the slab hut fell\\ the settlers died long since, the slab hut fell\\
 in melancholy ruin and was burnt:\\ in melancholy ruin and was burnt:\\
-parts non-codbustible ​were hauled away\\+parts non-combustible ​were hauled away\\
 to help fill-in the future promenade. to help fill-in the future promenade.
  
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 There being no social activities since the last meeting there was no Social Report, but a report was received that Pam Baker was going to teach at Cooma and would have to resign in consequence. The President thanked Pam for the very good work she had done in organising some wonderful social activities. There being no social activities since the last meeting there was no Social Report, but a report was received that Pam Baker was going to teach at Cooma and would have to resign in consequence. The President thanked Pam for the very good work she had done in organising some wonderful social activities.
  
-Next we spent some time in the selection of a reunion camp site. Eric Adcock told us that Herman Kanters had invited us to use his 30 acre property next to the Ourimbah State Forest. It was 75 miles away by car and had a good camping area and plenty of firewood, but no swimming. It was decided, however, to go to the nearer place we all knew - Woods Creek. Choosing an alternate camp site (in case of floods) was not so easy. Burning Palms, Era aud Euroka were nominated, and Euroka chosen. Thereupon Ron Knightly, foreseeing that if the Nepean were flooded, so would be Glenbrook Creek, nominated a tertiary camp site, and for this purpose, Burning Palms was chosen.+Next we spent some time in the selection of a reunion camp site. Eric Adcock told us that Herman Kanters had invited us to use his 30 acre property next to the Ourimbah State Forest. It was 75 miles away by car and had a good camping area and plenty of firewood, but no swimming. It was decided, however, to go to the nearer place we all knew - Woods Creek. Choosing an alternate camp site (in case of floods) was not so easy. Burning Palms, Era and Euroka were nominated, and Euroka chosen. Thereupon Ron Knightly, foreseeing that if the Nepean were flooded, so would be Glenbrook Creek, nominated a tertiary camp site, and for this purpose, Burning Palms was chosen.
  
 On a motion from Greg Grennan it was decided to ask Committee in consultation with the Magazine Business Manager, to consider the purchase of a new duplicating machine. With very little dissent it was decided to entrust Committee with the task, it being pointed out that we already had a donation of £50 for such a purpose and that a good machine was more useful than money in the bank. On a motion from Greg Grennan it was decided to ask Committee in consultation with the Magazine Business Manager, to consider the purchase of a new duplicating machine. With very little dissent it was decided to entrust Committee with the task, it being pointed out that we already had a donation of £50 for such a purpose and that a good machine was more useful than money in the bank.
  
-In general business Frank Ashdown moved that the magazine be published every second month. His reason was that much of the space was being filled with material from old magazines. This material could be seen by members who looked up old magazines for themselves. Perhaps a smaller magazine would suffice. What did the editor think? The editor hadn't thought, and was somewhat stunned by the proposal, but, as his faculties recovered, he expressed the opinion that Frank was a "​prophet of doom". The reason that old articles were used was the lack of activities of members. As a result old articles were more entertaining. Jack Gentle said he found accounts of old trips very interesting and a help in planning of today'​s trips. It was up to present members to support the magazine. Wal Roots said that he could well remember that the magazine was going downhill fast in 1935. Wilf Hilder thought we were letting the editor down. He thought that monthly announcements and reports were a service to the Club. David Ingram pointed out that the magazine was one of our few activities that showed a profit. In reply to these remarks, Frank Ashdown said that we already had a collection of old mzazines ​that members could refer to, and a big notice board for monthly announcements etc. The active members came in and used these facilities. The magazine was a non-glorified notice board and a collection of remnants of old articles. If members were not enthusiastic enough to support the magazine we could print a news sheet. The motion was defeated. (see Editor'​s comments below).+In general business Frank Ashdown moved that the magazine be published every second month. His reason was that much of the space was being filled with material from old magazines. This material could be seen by members who looked up old magazines for themselves. Perhaps a smaller magazine would suffice. What did the editor think? The editor hadn't thought, and was somewhat stunned by the proposal, but, as his faculties recovered, he expressed the opinion that Frank was a "​prophet of doom". The reason that old articles were used was the lack of activities of members. As a result old articles were more entertaining. Jack Gentle said he found accounts of old trips very interesting and a help in planning of today'​s trips. It was up to present members to support the magazine. Wal Roots said that he could well remember that the magazine was going downhill fast in 1935. Wilf Hilder thought we were letting the editor down. He thought that monthly announcements and reports were a service to the Club. David Ingram pointed out that the magazine was one of our few activities that showed a profit. In reply to these remarks, Frank Ashdown said that we already had a collection of old magazines ​that members could refer to, and a big notice board for monthly announcements etc. The active members came in and used these facilities. The magazine was a non-glorified notice board and a collection of remnants of old articles. If members were not enthusiastic enough to support the magazine we could print a news sheet. The motion was defeated. (see Editor'​s comments below).
  
-Wilf Hilder reported further water hazards at the beginning of the month. His walk to the Kowmung had been attended by 4 membefs ​and they had found the River dangerous to cross. Eileen Taylor'​s walk to Woolwash had been re-programmed. Jack Gentle'​s Heathcote-Waterfall walk had been attended by 8 members and they had enjoyed tea in the bush - a custom that could well be revived. The 10th Dec. was an active day, with 18 members and 20 children at the Kiddies Christmas Party organised by Clem Hallstrom, and 8 members and 1 prospective on Dick Child'​s Waterfall-Kangaroo Creek walk. Four parties had done portions of the Kowmung over the holidays and had been restricted by the high level of the river. The parties were led by Frank Leyden, Jack Wren, Colin Putt and Wllf Hilder.+Wilf Hilder reported further water hazards at the beginning of the month. His walk to the Kowmung had been attended by 4 members ​and they had found the River dangerous to cross. Eileen Taylor'​s walk to Woolwash had been re-programmed. Jack Gentle'​s Heathcote-Waterfall walk had been attended by 8 members and they had enjoyed tea in the bush - a custom that could well be revived. The 10th Dec. was an active day, with 18 members and 20 children at the Kiddies Christmas Party organised by Clem Hallstrom, and 8 members and 1 prospective on Dick Child'​s Waterfall-Kangaroo Creek walk. Four parties had done portions of the Kowmung over the holidays and had been restricted by the high level of the river. The parties were led by Frank Leyden, Jack Wren, Colin Putt and Wilf Hilder.
  
 Wilf then brought up the question of fire trails. He said that the present trails were just a beginning. A contract had been signed for a trail along the Gingera Range from Kanangra to Cedar Creek. The trail would run down the Kowmung to the Road at White Dog. There would also be a fire trail along to Cloudmaker to join the road up the Cox. Wilf moved that Federation be asked to protest to the Premier'​s Department. Frank Ashdown said that the Forestry Commission was responsible - many of its areas were devastated by fires. He didn't think the roads spoilt the country. Jack Wren thought we couldn'​t stop the roads, but that we could agitate that they be closed to the general public. Jim Brown referred to previous efforts to bring into being an effective fire fighting organisation. He thought we should first find out who was the body organising road construction. Gradients of 1 in 3 or 4 would make many roads inaccessible to ordinary motorists. The motion was then put and carried. Wilf then brought up the question of fire trails. He said that the present trails were just a beginning. A contract had been signed for a trail along the Gingera Range from Kanangra to Cedar Creek. The trail would run down the Kowmung to the Road at White Dog. There would also be a fire trail along to Cloudmaker to join the road up the Cox. Wilf moved that Federation be asked to protest to the Premier'​s Department. Frank Ashdown said that the Forestry Commission was responsible - many of its areas were devastated by fires. He didn't think the roads spoilt the country. Jack Wren thought we couldn'​t stop the roads, but that we could agitate that they be closed to the general public. Jim Brown referred to previous efforts to bring into being an effective fire fighting organisation. He thought we should first find out who was the body organising road construction. Gradients of 1 in 3 or 4 would make many roads inaccessible to ordinary motorists. The motion was then put and carried.
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 The President reminded us that election of club officers for the coming year would on be necessary. Anyone willing to stand who was unable to attend the annual general meeting could write to the Secretary to this effect. The President reminded us that election of club officers for the coming year would on be necessary. Anyone willing to stand who was unable to attend the annual general meeting could write to the Secretary to this effect.
  
-Wa1 Roots informed us that bonds had been purchased out of Era fund money, as instructed by a previous general ​mebting.+Wa1 Roots informed us that bonds had been purchased out of Era fund money, as instructed by a previous general ​meeting.
  
 After the election of Stuart Brooks, Ern French, Wilf Hilder, Eileen Taylor and Lola Wedlock as room stewards, the meeting, which had commenced late because of the previous committee meeting, closed at 10.20 p.m. After the election of Stuart Brooks, Ern French, Wilf Hilder, Eileen Taylor and Lola Wedlock as room stewards, the meeting, which had commenced late because of the previous committee meeting, closed at 10.20 p.m.
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 ===== Recent Arrivals. ===== ===== Recent Arrivals. =====
  
-On 31st January - a daughter to Grace and Geoff Wagg. (This now mnkes one of each)+On 31st January - a daughter to Grace and Geoff Wagg. (This now makes one of each)
  
 On 2nd February - a son to Margaret and Garth Coulter. (also now one of each). On 2nd February - a son to Margaret and Garth Coulter. (also now one of each).
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-The 1962 Social ​Prormamme ​started well with Talks by Paul Driver ("​Overseas"​),​ John Freeland ("​Ants"​) and Mr. Casperson ("C.J. Dennis."​)+The 1962 Social ​Programme ​started well with Talks by Paul Driver ("​Overseas"​),​ John Freeland ("​Ants"​) and Mr. Casperson ("C.J. Dennis."​)
  
 One of the most useful pieces of information from John Freeland was that bull-ants aren't likely to sting if you stand still and pretend to be a tree. This has been tried by a certain lady S.B.W. with complete success. Nevertheless we don't accept responsibility for other experimenters who may not be successful. One of the most useful pieces of information from John Freeland was that bull-ants aren't likely to sting if you stand still and pretend to be a tree. This has been tried by a certain lady S.B.W. with complete success. Nevertheless we don't accept responsibility for other experimenters who may not be successful.
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 A chill wind blew as we The Brothers Boltschudt, clad in the guise of normal people, hurried along the route to the terrace. Here we found ample supplies of quick-setting concrete. Being of uncontaminated principles, we decided unanimously against the use of concrete steps as an artificial climbing aid; our honour and good name was at stake! Our plan was simple. Once on the terrace, we would hurry past the Southern Pillars and between volleys of fast-travelling horizontal missiles, we would leap up onto the ramp, pendulum above the overhang, and quickly gain a safe height. A chill wind blew as we The Brothers Boltschudt, clad in the guise of normal people, hurried along the route to the terrace. Here we found ample supplies of quick-setting concrete. Being of uncontaminated principles, we decided unanimously against the use of concrete steps as an artificial climbing aid; our honour and good name was at stake! Our plan was simple. Once on the terrace, we would hurry past the Southern Pillars and between volleys of fast-travelling horizontal missiles, we would leap up onto the ramp, pendulum above the overhang, and quickly gain a safe height.
  
-This movement went off without a hitch. Although at any moment we expected to face the unpleasant situation of negotiating a gendarme or an alternative swift retreat. This latter obstacle was our main contern. Its appearance would mean abandoning the Summit Attempt. Self preservation was top priority - as on all importrint ​expeditions! On the ramp our movements became sure and steady - one false step meant death or worse. There could not - there would not be a second attempt!+This movement went off without a hitch. Although at any moment we expected to face the unpleasant situation of negotiating a gendarme or an alternative swift retreat. This latter obstacle was our main concern. Its appearance would mean abandoning the Summit Attempt. Self preservation was top priority - as on all important ​expeditions! On the ramp our movements became sure and steady - one false step meant death or worse. There could not - there would not be a second attempt!
  
 We did a delicate traverse to the other side of the ramp and commenced the vertical ascent to the '​flat-iron'​. We had gained the top of the ridge. Here, the cold was unbearable. Our ice-picks were useless on this wicked-looking ice. Carefully we picked our way along the ridge - one false step would plunge us to the watery depths below. At last we stood on the top of the upper ridge. Success was almost ours! All that remained was the overhanging pinnacle. We did a delicate traverse to the other side of the ramp and commenced the vertical ascent to the '​flat-iron'​. We had gained the top of the ridge. Here, the cold was unbearable. Our ice-picks were useless on this wicked-looking ice. Carefully we picked our way along the ridge - one false step would plunge us to the watery depths below. At last we stood on the top of the upper ridge. Success was almost ours! All that remained was the overhanging pinnacle.
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 I gazed down at my frozen fingers. Was it worth the sacrifice of these! I gritted my teeth, mortally fighting the cold. With a swift decisive movement I swallowed another P.K. and advanced. My companion anxiously watched as I made my may over the overhang. One finger, then two slowly made a grip on the needle-like holds. Then a slip! Momentarily I dangled over space, but the jolt caught my trusty pair of "​Police & Firemans"​ and on the rebound I was catapulted to the top of the pinnacle. The traditional summit photograph was taken and my cup of joy flowed over as I gazed down upon the lights of the little village far below. I gazed down at my frozen fingers. Was it worth the sacrifice of these! I gritted my teeth, mortally fighting the cold. With a swift decisive movement I swallowed another P.K. and advanced. My companion anxiously watched as I made my may over the overhang. One finger, then two slowly made a grip on the needle-like holds. Then a slip! Momentarily I dangled over space, but the jolt caught my trusty pair of "​Police & Firemans"​ and on the rebound I was catapulted to the top of the pinnacle. The traditional summit photograph was taken and my cup of joy flowed over as I gazed down upon the lights of the little village far below.
  
-We were not to be daunted by the terms  "​extremists"​ or "miserble ​gymnasts"​ - our thoughts turned then to men like Harrer, Aufschnaiter. They, too had known similar moments. Suddenly my mind cleared as I gazed with pity at my dear companion. My own hands were living once more, but he was deliriously beating his fingers endeavouring to restore circulation. We had to get down immediately so I forcefully persuaded my companion to begin the descent.+We were not to be daunted by the terms  "​extremists"​ or "miserable ​gymnasts"​ - our thoughts turned then to men like Harrer, Aufschnaiter. They, too had known similar moments. Suddenly my mind cleared as I gazed with pity at my dear companion. My own hands were living once more, but he was deliriously beating his fingers endeavouring to restore circulation. We had to get down immediately so I forcefully persuaded my companion to begin the descent.
  
 The ramp was attempted in a startling glissade - again our ice picks were of no avail. Near the bottom of the ramp I gazed upwards at one of the vertical pillars of the ridge. Exhilarated,​ I shot upwards hand over hand - only for practice. My companion stood on the terrace, obviously mentally and physically unbalanced. I retraced by steps - comradeship before solo climbs.... Swinging on the icicles of the overhang on the return I caught my trousers. As I pendulumed upside down suspended by my F.J.'​s,​ I experienced a nasty sensation. The ramp was attempted in a startling glissade - again our ice picks were of no avail. Near the bottom of the ramp I gazed upwards at one of the vertical pillars of the ridge. Exhilarated,​ I shot upwards hand over hand - only for practice. My companion stood on the terrace, obviously mentally and physically unbalanced. I retraced by steps - comradeship before solo climbs.... Swinging on the icicles of the overhang on the return I caught my trousers. As I pendulumed upside down suspended by my F.J.'​s,​ I experienced a nasty sensation.
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-With the sudden death of Allan Hardie on 10th January 1962, the Club lost one of its most colourful members. He had a mind of his own and usually spoke it. His affectionate ​nickmme, '​Dormie',​ referred to the numerous miscellaneous items he was wont to carry in his pack until it resembled a construction kit of Dorman Long and Co. Ltd, the builders of the Sydney Harbour bridge. He was Treasurer of the Club for a number of years and kept our accounts in meticulous order and our expenditure within bounds.+With the sudden death of Allan Hardie on 10th January 1962, the Club lost one of its most colourful members. He had a mind of his own and usually spoke it. His affectionate ​nickname, '​Dormie',​ referred to the numerous miscellaneous items he was wont to carry in his pack until it resembled a construction kit of Dorman Long and Co. Ltd, the builders of the Sydney Harbour bridge. He was Treasurer of the Club for a number of years and kept our accounts in meticulous order and our expenditure within bounds.
  
-At the memorial service conducted at St. Stephen'​s Church, ​Maccuarie ​St., the officiating clergyman paid tribute to his membership of St. Stephen'​s Choir, the Armed Forces between 1939-1945 and subsequently,​ with the Water Board R.S.L., and his work for the bushwalking ​movment. The service concluded with a moving Scottish lament played, in the absence of a set of bagpipes, on the organ.+At the memorial service conducted at St. Stephen'​s Church, ​Macquarie ​St., the officiating clergyman paid tribute to his membership of St. Stephen'​s Choir, the Armed Forces between 1939-1945 and subsequently,​ with the Water Board R.S.L., and his work for the bushwalking ​movement. The service concluded with a moving Scottish lament played, in the absence of a set of bagpipes, on the organ.
  
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 His conversation - never frivolous - embraced a wide range of topics; he certainly read other stuff than newsprint. His travel talk, with me, was always entertaining,​ more so than in the club shows, and in all the years we mixed, I cannot recall one word of malice or personal criticism. He always seemed to have something more interesting to say, and never, or never, a muddy joke. His conversation - never frivolous - embraced a wide range of topics; he certainly read other stuff than newsprint. His travel talk, with me, was always entertaining,​ more so than in the club shows, and in all the years we mixed, I cannot recall one word of malice or personal criticism. He always seemed to have something more interesting to say, and never, or never, a muddy joke.
  
-One incident gives a very clear picture of the real Dormie, that not too many know. Often, with a few days in prospect he sould carry his pack to the office, and go from there to the train. A few non-walking nuts on the staff, slipped into his pack some pounds of lead paper weights and how they watched the tug it took to lift the pack! However, Dormie battled on to the train and with plenty time in hand, decided to see why the pack seemed overweight. He found the lead - and even a grin, and did he toss it out of the window? NO, his inborn scottish integrity forbade such a deed. He got off at Berry and first job was to mail it back to the rightful owners - the M.W. & S. Board. Dormie was ever a man of valour and acquainted with loads.+One incident gives a very clear picture of the real Dormie, that not too many know. Often, with a few days in prospect he should ​carry his pack to the office, and go from there to the train. A few non-walking nuts on the staff, slipped into his pack some pounds of lead paper weights and how they watched the tug it took to lift the pack! However, Dormie battled on to the train and with plenty time in hand, decided to see why the pack seemed overweight. He found the lead - and even a grin, and did he toss it out of the window? NO, his inborn scottish integrity forbade such a deed. He got off at Berry and first job was to mail it back to the rightful owners - the M.W. & S. Board. Dormie was ever a man of valour and acquainted with loads.
  
 Anyone wanting a good word picture of him should read the yarn below, from our magazine of 1.10.32; an account of some trouble on the Grose. And trouble it was for Dormie, but observe the nice shapely style of writing; the easy philosophy is something to remember. Anyone wanting a good word picture of him should read the yarn below, from our magazine of 1.10.32; an account of some trouble on the Grose. And trouble it was for Dormie, but observe the nice shapely style of writing; the easy philosophy is something to remember.
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 It all happened on "​Peter"​ Page's official trip last Bank Holiday weekend, from Hartley Vale along the Grose River to Blackheath (intended, but Mount Victoria, actually). And here I take the opportuniV of condemning the selection of the upper reaches of the Grose River for a pleasure-trip. If you are of so acetic a type of mind as to think that your daily peccadilloes demand some occasional, self-inflicted,​ personal chastisement,​ - if, that is to say, you wish to do yourself a "​gross"​ injustice, - then you will tackle the portion of the Grose River we traversed in the right spirit. But for recreation it should certainly be tabooed from the programme of every self-respecting bush-walker. It all happened on "​Peter"​ Page's official trip last Bank Holiday weekend, from Hartley Vale along the Grose River to Blackheath (intended, but Mount Victoria, actually). And here I take the opportuniV of condemning the selection of the upper reaches of the Grose River for a pleasure-trip. If you are of so acetic a type of mind as to think that your daily peccadilloes demand some occasional, self-inflicted,​ personal chastisement,​ - if, that is to say, you wish to do yourself a "​gross"​ injustice, - then you will tackle the portion of the Grose River we traversed in the right spirit. But for recreation it should certainly be tabooed from the programme of every self-respecting bush-walker.
  
-There were three of us in our party, a young man whom I knew by the nickname of "​Davey"​ being the third member. When we started out on the Sunday morning, having camped the night near Hartley Vale Station, our grentest ​trouble was in keeping to the track. No doubt, in the early days of the Colony, before the railway line over the Blue Mountains was laid, a regular track enabled setters to couple East with West. But since that time it has become overgrown with lawyer vines, brambles, and creepers of all descriptions. Had Dorothy Lawry and some of the other naturalists of the Club been with us, they would have been able to tell us the correct, botanical names; but, as it was, we found our vocabulary large enough to describe them the while they tore us to pieces. I differed from my companions in my attitude toward these monarchs of the wilds; they donned every stitch of clothing they had, in order to protect their flesh; I, on the contrary, with the blood of Scottish ancestry flowing through my veins, went with limbs bare, and preferred the via crucis (the way of physical pain) to the expense of new clothes afterwards. Somehow or other I for a while got ahead of my two mates, and, becoming tired of the ceaseless massacre, decided to try my luck on the river itself. Here we assembled, and prepared for lunch at three o'​clock.+There were three of us in our party, a young man whom I knew by the nickname of "​Davey"​ being the third member. When we started out on the Sunday morning, having camped the night near Hartley Vale Station, our greatest ​trouble was in keeping to the track. No doubt, in the early days of the Colony, before the railway line over the Blue Mountains was laid, a regular track enabled setters to couple East with West. But since that time it has become overgrown with lawyer vines, brambles, and creepers of all descriptions. Had Dorothy Lawry and some of the other naturalists of the Club been with us, they would have been able to tell us the correct, botanical names; but, as it was, we found our vocabulary large enough to describe them the while they tore us to pieces. I differed from my companions in my attitude toward these monarchs of the wilds; they donned every stitch of clothing they had, in order to protect their flesh; I, on the contrary, with the blood of Scottish ancestry flowing through my veins, went with limbs bare, and preferred the via crucis (the way of physical pain) to the expense of new clothes afterwards. Somehow or other I for a while got ahead of my two mates, and, becoming tired of the ceaseless massacre, decided to try my luck on the river itself. Here we assembled, and prepared for lunch at three o'​clock.
  
 Epicureanism was the primary cause of my subsequent mishap. My Liking for fried sausages and onions for dinner is notorious amongst Club members. But never again. While I was engrossed in the task of imparting a uniform browness to the sausage skins, and an even degree of softness to the onions, "​Peter"​ remarked that we had only about an hour and a half of sunlight left before dark, but I was too busy with my gustatory images to take much notice of the time. So perfect was my cooking that I felt like Dives, with my two friends each a Lazarus, sniffing at my sumptuous table. Then, when I was engaged in the process of consumption,​ the leader declared that "​Davey"​ and he would move on, stating that he intended to camp at the junction with Creek Mount Victoria, and asking me to follow on within ten minutes. I replied that I would finish the day's journey even if I had to use my torch or lamp. Little did I dream that the river, to which I had turned for salvation from the thorns, was going to turn out so treacherous! Epicureanism was the primary cause of my subsequent mishap. My Liking for fried sausages and onions for dinner is notorious amongst Club members. But never again. While I was engrossed in the task of imparting a uniform browness to the sausage skins, and an even degree of softness to the onions, "​Peter"​ remarked that we had only about an hour and a half of sunlight left before dark, but I was too busy with my gustatory images to take much notice of the time. So perfect was my cooking that I felt like Dives, with my two friends each a Lazarus, sniffing at my sumptuous table. Then, when I was engaged in the process of consumption,​ the leader declared that "​Davey"​ and he would move on, stating that he intended to camp at the junction with Creek Mount Victoria, and asking me to follow on within ten minutes. I replied that I would finish the day's journey even if I had to use my torch or lamp. Little did I dream that the river, to which I had turned for salvation from the thorns, was going to turn out so treacherous!
  
-It must have been half an hour, after the conversation last referred to, before I had everything packed, and was ready to start again. This time I made it my policy to keep to the river, sometimes hopping from rock to rock, and at others wading through the water, with my boots and socks on. My feet were certainly chilled, but I took comfort from the thought that I had a dry pair of socks in my pack, and that a comfortable night'​s sleep would be assured me. For a while I made great progress, and became hopefull of soon regaining my comrades; but all of a sudden the river changed its tactics. Gigantic boulders began to confront me. To climb up one was only to find as steep a drop on the other side. Moreover, the fastly vanishing daylight brought "​Peter'​s"​ warning anew to my ears. At length I came across a very narrow defile, to get through which with my pack on my back would be impossible. Accordingly took it off, lifted it up on to the rock in front of me, and then turned aside to examine the next corner for likely footholds. No sooner had I begun my investigation than I henrd a dull, scraping sound, followed by a resounding splash; and, on looking up, my pack had disappeared from view. It had fallen into the river! Desperately I mounted a rock, from which I located the pack, floating in a rectangulnr ​basin of water, surrounded on all sides by precipitous crags. To recover it was going to present a problem. And yet I could not bear to sacrifice it because many pays would have to come and go before I replaced the lost equipment. Besides, abandonment would mean the frustration of all "​Paddy"​ Pallin'​s efforts to convert a prototype into an up-to-date model; and, like some Gothic cathedral, that rucksack was still in a stage of transition. Accordingly I made my way to that corner of the basin nearest my pack. Readers can quite well imagine my anxiety, as I slid over the rock and held on to the top ledge, lest I should fall into the water and wet the sparse clothing left dry on me. That morning "​Peter"​ had assessed the weight of of my pack at forty-six pounds. I shall leave to physicists the estimation of what it weighed after immersion. As it was, I had gradually to drag it up the steep incline; and, while in the act, my memory was serving up to me an anecdote my mother told me before I left home the previous day, about a young man who died in a fortnight through spraining the muscles of his heart during a camping trip. At last the pack was on the top ledge, when it was safely restored to my back. But now I felt as though I were a miniature Atlas, with the world suddenly hoisted on to my shoulders. In the last, remaining vestiges of twilight, I tried to continue my journey.+It must have been half an hour, after the conversation last referred to, before I had everything packed, and was ready to start again. This time I made it my policy to keep to the river, sometimes hopping from rock to rock, and at others wading through the water, with my boots and socks on. My feet were certainly chilled, but I took comfort from the thought that I had a dry pair of socks in my pack, and that a comfortable night'​s sleep would be assured me. For a while I made great progress, and became hopefull of soon regaining my comrades; but all of a sudden the river changed its tactics. Gigantic boulders began to confront me. To climb up one was only to find as steep a drop on the other side. Moreover, the fastly vanishing daylight brought "​Peter'​s"​ warning anew to my ears. At length I came across a very narrow defile, to get through which with my pack on my back would be impossible. Accordingly took it off, lifted it up on to the rock in front of me, and then turned aside to examine the next corner for likely footholds. No sooner had I begun my investigation than I heard a dull, scraping sound, followed by a resounding splash; and, on looking up, my pack had disappeared from view. It had fallen into the river! Desperately I mounted a rock, from which I located the pack, floating in a rectangular ​basin of water, surrounded on all sides by precipitous crags. To recover it was going to present a problem. And yet I could not bear to sacrifice it because many pays would have to come and go before I replaced the lost equipment. Besides, abandonment would mean the frustration of all "​Paddy"​ Pallin'​s efforts to convert a prototype into an up-to-date model; and, like some Gothic cathedral, that rucksack was still in a stage of transition. Accordingly I made my way to that corner of the basin nearest my pack. Readers can quite well imagine my anxiety, as I slid over the rock and held on to the top ledge, lest I should fall into the water and wet the sparse clothing left dry on me. That morning "​Peter"​ had assessed the weight of of my pack at forty-six pounds. I shall leave to physicists the estimation of what it weighed after immersion. As it was, I had gradually to drag it up the steep incline; and, while in the act, my memory was serving up to me an anecdote my mother told me before I left home the previous day, about a young man who died in a fortnight through spraining the muscles of his heart during a camping trip. At last the pack was on the top ledge, when it was safely restored to my back. But now I felt as though I were a miniature Atlas, with the world suddenly hoisted on to my shoulders. In the last, remaining vestiges of twilight, I tried to continue my journey.
  
 "​Troubles come not singly, but in shoals",​ Shakespeare once made one of his characters say. So I found in my case. The tremendous burden of my rucksack was rendering further walking an arduous ordeal. In fact, so uncertain was my balance that I was groping and crawling more than walking. As for climbing, that required a sustained, Herculean effort, and I was becoming more and more fatigued. To make matters worse, a thunder-storm came over, and I was forced to take refuge from the heavy rain beneath my waterproof sheeting, while I planned what I had best to do under the circumstances. Of course, it was not pitch-dark. There was but one course open to me, if I wished to avoid contracting a severe chill, and that was to keep on moving till I reached the others'​ camp, even though it took me all night. But when I found my torch, the feebleness of the light it gave reminded me that I had not renewed the battery. So I looked for matches, in order to light my small hurricane-lamp,​ but water had even penetrated the tin in which I kept them, and they were ruined. The rain having ceased, I proceeded; but, while the torch-light illumined my immediate footsteps, I could not tell where my more remote ones would lead me. Once, when I was about to step forth into an abyss, I realised the danger I was in. While I was thus on the verge of despair, I noticed a gleam ahead of me, as of a dying camp-fire. At first I thought it a mere hallucination,​ a chimera of my distorted fancy. But as I approached nearer, those glowing embers became realities to me: they were so wonderfully protected from the rain, too, being in a small cave, with a substantial heap of dry firewood neatly piled alongside. Needless to say, I decided to spend the night here. "​Troubles come not singly, but in shoals",​ Shakespeare once made one of his characters say. So I found in my case. The tremendous burden of my rucksack was rendering further walking an arduous ordeal. In fact, so uncertain was my balance that I was groping and crawling more than walking. As for climbing, that required a sustained, Herculean effort, and I was becoming more and more fatigued. To make matters worse, a thunder-storm came over, and I was forced to take refuge from the heavy rain beneath my waterproof sheeting, while I planned what I had best to do under the circumstances. Of course, it was not pitch-dark. There was but one course open to me, if I wished to avoid contracting a severe chill, and that was to keep on moving till I reached the others'​ camp, even though it took me all night. But when I found my torch, the feebleness of the light it gave reminded me that I had not renewed the battery. So I looked for matches, in order to light my small hurricane-lamp,​ but water had even penetrated the tin in which I kept them, and they were ruined. The rain having ceased, I proceeded; but, while the torch-light illumined my immediate footsteps, I could not tell where my more remote ones would lead me. Once, when I was about to step forth into an abyss, I realised the danger I was in. While I was thus on the verge of despair, I noticed a gleam ahead of me, as of a dying camp-fire. At first I thought it a mere hallucination,​ a chimera of my distorted fancy. But as I approached nearer, those glowing embers became realities to me: they were so wonderfully protected from the rain, too, being in a small cave, with a substantial heap of dry firewood neatly piled alongside. Needless to say, I decided to spend the night here.
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 __Kiwi jackets__: __Kiwi jackets__:
  
-An improved model from the original, available again after a temporry ​shortage. All press studs heavily reinforced. Price - £7.10.0.+An improved model from the original, available again after a temporary ​shortage. All press studs heavily reinforced. Price - £7.10.0.
  
 Paddy Pallin Pty. Ltd. Lightweight Camp Gear. Paddy Pallin Pty. Ltd. Lightweight Camp Gear.
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 To recoil was my first reaction, but my time was limited and if I were to go travelling around looking for some unspoiled place I should probably finish up seeing nothing. The rubbish would extend only as far as vehicles could get in so parked the car and set off. To recoil was my first reaction, but my time was limited and if I were to go travelling around looking for some unspoiled place I should probably finish up seeing nothing. The rubbish would extend only as far as vehicles could get in so parked the car and set off.
  
-At, first the rubbish ​sas so thick thet few living things had a chance to grow - the most spectacular were the car parts and the cars, some amost whole. But I spied a magnificent red grevillea to which I hurried. The ground was wet and soggy as there had been recent rain but I was able to stand and admire the grevillea, foot dry on a roll of linoleum, not the best but quite serviceable.+At, first the rubbish ​was so thick that few living things had a chance to grow - the most spectacular were the car parts and the cars, some almost ​whole. But I spied a magnificent red grevillea to which I hurried. The ground was wet and soggy as there had been recent rain but I was able to stand and admire the grevillea, foot dry on a roll of linoleum, not the best but quite serviceable.
  
 Past the old chairs, the worn guttering, the decaying clothing, the path began to deteriorate and the surroundings to improve. Finally in a rocky section through wattles out in flower the rubbish ceased and I was able to enjoy boronias, grevilleas and stretches of suave casuarinas, most satisfying though no flowers brightened the greenness. Even through all this area there were frequent signs of upheaval where purveyors of flagging had been getting, perhaps stealing, their wares. However most of the scars had healed so that they were no longer offensive. Some remains were picturesque having the appearance of ruins of sandstone temples or miniature Stonehenges. Down in these half-dark gullies, the boronia ledifolia shone with individual brilliance. Past the old chairs, the worn guttering, the decaying clothing, the path began to deteriorate and the surroundings to improve. Finally in a rocky section through wattles out in flower the rubbish ceased and I was able to enjoy boronias, grevilleas and stretches of suave casuarinas, most satisfying though no flowers brightened the greenness. Even through all this area there were frequent signs of upheaval where purveyors of flagging had been getting, perhaps stealing, their wares. However most of the scars had healed so that they were no longer offensive. Some remains were picturesque having the appearance of ruins of sandstone temples or miniature Stonehenges. Down in these half-dark gullies, the boronia ledifolia shone with individual brilliance.
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 The sun had warmed up and now the puddles and soggy rubbish gave off a putrid, steamy odour which disgusted - disgusted me? why? Millions of years ago on the steamy shores of a stagnant puddle, I am told that the first life began to begin. And, if the rocks of those times could think, they would equally have deprecated the revolting mess remaining from the ineffectual and unsuccessful efforts of matter to make itself into a living thing. And in such a place as this, perhaps we shall see the birth of a man more suited to these technological times, more in harmony with his surroundings. The sun had warmed up and now the puddles and soggy rubbish gave off a putrid, steamy odour which disgusted - disgusted me? why? Millions of years ago on the steamy shores of a stagnant puddle, I am told that the first life began to begin. And, if the rocks of those times could think, they would equally have deprecated the revolting mess remaining from the ineffectual and unsuccessful efforts of matter to make itself into a living thing. And in such a place as this, perhaps we shall see the birth of a man more suited to these technological times, more in harmony with his surroundings.
  
-If we shall trvel through space, is not this cyclinderblock more durable than my capricious heart? The tibia and fibula are delicate, brittle travesties when the life force could incorporate these iron bedstead legs. No raucous voices ​cnn break the silence when fitted with these mufflers and the unnecessarily delicate mechanism of the eye will be replacedby ​this more serviceable glass. There will still be eyes of many different colours but in Australia brown eyes will predominate. No time will be wasted on hairdressers for these springs will give us unchanging permanent waves, the skin you'll love to touch will be sponge rubber and the lips, the lips you press....+If we shall travel ​through space, is not this cyclinderblock more durable than my capricious heart? The tibia and fibula are delicate, brittle travesties when the life force could incorporate these iron bedstead legs. No raucous voices ​can break the silence when fitted with these mufflers and the unnecessarily delicate mechanism of the eye will be replaced by this more serviceable glass. There will still be eyes of many different colours but in Australia brown eyes will predominate. No time will be wasted on hairdressers for these springs will give us unchanging permanent waves, the skin you'll love to touch will be sponge rubber and the lips, the lips you press....
  
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 January 1937, the first annual subscription. ​ The magazine became a Quarterly. January 1937, the first annual subscription. ​ The magazine became a Quarterly.
  
-December 1937, by popular demand appeared the first of "The Sydney ​Bushwaker" in its present form, printed on the Club duplicator, with a cover designed by Alan Rigby.+December 1937, by popular demand appeared the first of "The Sydney ​Bushwalker" in its present form, printed on the Club duplicator, with a cover designed by Alan Rigby.
  
-We ahven't missed a month since then!+We haven't missed a month since then!
  
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 === The Long Week-end. === === The Long Week-end. ===
  
-__Yeola__: ​ (Upper ​Kangeroo ​River). Frank Leyden had 16 on his camping trip. The weekend was memorable for leeches and blackberries - plenty of both. A pleasant camp despite the rain.+__Yeola__: ​ (Upper ​Kangaroo ​River). Frank Leyden had 16 on his camping trip. The weekend was memorable for leeches and blackberries - plenty of both. A pleasant camp despite the rain.
  
 __Burning Plams__: 27 at the camp led by Jack Gentle. Good swimming although fine on Monday only. __Burning Plams__: 27 at the camp led by Jack Gentle. Good swimming although fine on Monday only.
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-19. +===== Kowmung Cavalcade ​(concluded). =====
-KONMUNG CAVALCADE (concluded) +
-. lffia started this series with a...summary of KoWmung methodS-which tell the prospective Kowmunger Pll he want to know about theterrain and probable conditions. - +
-- Then to the impression the rugged gorges made on the first S;B.6. party in 1933; then the experiences of the first Swimming-through-trip in 1937. P,addy Pallin followed their example at Easter 1940. +
-Not much was heard of the Kawmung then until 1952, when the present'​ day techniques were first tried. Since then every Xmas has its Kowmungers. There are the leisurely parties who take their time and enjoy the scenery (and the food) to-the full. _lex Colley puts it neatly -April 1959. 'Slaw trip down the Kcwmung'​ - illustrated by Pam Baker. We were now approaching the biggest gorge on the Kowmung - our food depot at Iennigan'​s Creek'​. +
-Then there are the first lighthearted parties who combine a real love of nature with a certain amount of.,​1thleticism. This is well documented by Carl Doherty in "​Kawmung Capers: March 1960 - illustrated_by.Helen Barrett. "It was now decided to rope the packs to Ni-Ck,.jump into the turbulence of the left felland be carried out by its thrust, taking the pack; lowered by Mick as one swept by. Snow's masterful handling of the jumpinE is worth quoting. NThen Mick had the packs, Snow turned and said 'You go first, Helen,'​ and aside to us, '​We'​ll see if she comes up'. When she did come up Snow mumbled something about '​Better make certain'​ followed by 'You go naxt Evelyn',​ and as she broke the surface with all the grace of a porpoise he smiled and reported; '​It'​s quite safe. There are no snngs, and I guess it doesn'​t matter who goes next.'"​ +
-Thi6 concludes our s-dries on Kowmung Cavalcade, but, conversely, we hope that theseries will never be- concluded+
-very- year has its Kowmungers. This year's parties should really have something to write-about. It's never too late. +
-The National Parks Association of N. V. (Central Regionhas advised that Te the Extraordinary General Meeting on28th November 1961, it was agreed that Group Membership will be discontinued. +
-The circular cortimaes "Group Membership has failed to procure the large number of members, -which it was designed to do; and, it does not nearly pay for the journals, bulletins and meetings, as well as capitation fees of 2/6 per head to State Council. +
-20. +
-'The matter was brought before the General Mc-,eting at this time because of the imminent merging of the Caloola Club with the Central. Region will mean more and larger Bulletins ,...more- meetings and outings and the opportunity for all Llssociation members to tr lce part in coach trips. +
-'It is felt that the ordinary subscription of 15/,-i- -(Z1 for married couples) is quite reasonable, for What membersreceive from the Associatio- c:uite apart from. the fact that the mainobjective-'​-of Membership is to support the work of the ssociation in order to -achieve riaor and better National Parks. - +
-The present. Group Membershipswill continr until ',Tune _30,. 1962, when the N.P..:L.. hopes'​. that all Group -1Viembera will become fully financial mumber6 of the Association +
-FROM. TEE LA.UNCESTON MUCLUB. "​Narcissus Hut has been replaced by four large tenbs with accomodation for about- 30 people at a pinch. Pine Valley Hut. has been rereired Since -winter snows thttened it and is -now as good as ever. There is only room in Nichols Hut for about L. people. further hut has been built on the Lake St. Claire track about!1- miles south of' Narcissus. It has-been named the Echo Point Hut. It is capable , of holding about 6 or 8 people, but is by far and away the best hut in the Reserve. +
-FOR ILL YOUR TR.LYSPORT. FROY. BLe-CKFEAITH - COM_ICT +
-.11,​.TSVIELL '3 TAXI TOURIST SMVICE +
-RIM, -WRITE,. WE OR C21.LL 1-11\1Y HOUR - DAY CR NIGHT +
-'​PHONE:​ B1scich6ath 1459 or 1N151 BOOKING OFFICE: L. doors from Gardners Inn Hotel (LOOK FOR TEE +
-. NEON SIGN) +
-SPEEDY 5 or 8 P ;.SSENGER- CARS  AVAIL= +
-LARGE OR ALL PARTIES CATFOR +
-FARES; KANANGRA WAILS 30/ per head (minimum 5 passengers) +
-PERRY 'S LOOKDOWN " ​ - 71.ii +
-r-TENOLLUT STATE FOREST ; 20/- 'It II  - +
-Q/IN.JON PS FARM 12/6, . It It u +
-WE WILL BE PLEASED TO QUOTE TRIPS OR SPECPARTIES ON APPLICATION+
  
 +We started this series with a summary of Kowmung methods which tell the prospective Kowmunger all he wants to know about the terrain and probable conditions.
 +
 +Then to the impression the rugged gorges made on the first S.B.W. party in 1933; then the experiences of the first Swimming-through-trip in 1937. Paddy Pallin followed their example at Easter 1940.
 +
 +Not much was heard of the Kowmung then until 1952, when the present day techniques were first tried. Since then every Xmas has its Kowmungers. There are the leisurely parties who take their time and enjoy the scenery (and the food) to the full. Alex Colley puts it neatly - April 1959. 'Slow trip down the Kowmung'​ - illustrated by Pam Baker. "We were now approaching the biggest gorge on the Kowmung - our food depot at Lannigan'​s Creek"​.
 +
 +Then there are the first lighthearted parties who combine a real love of nature with a certain amount of Athleticism. This is well documented by Carl Doherty in "​Kowmung Capers! March 1960" - illustrated by Helen Barrett. "It was now decided to rope the packs to Mick, jump into the turbulence of the left fall and be carried out by its thrust, taking the pack, lowered by Mick as one swept by. Snow's masterful handling of the jumping is worth quoting. When Mick had the packs, Snow turned and said 'You go first, Helen,'​ and aside to us, '​We'​ll see if she comes up'. When she did come up Snow mumbled something about '​Better make certain'​ followed by 'You go next Evelyn',​ and as she broke the surface with all the grace of a porpoise he smiled and reported: '​It'​s quite safe. There are no snags, and I guess it doesn'​t matter who goes next.'"​
 +
 +Thi6 concludes our series on Kowmung Cavalcade, but, conversely, we hope that the series will never be concluded.
 +
 +Every year has its Kowmungers. This year's parties should really have something to write about. It's never too late.
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 +__The National Parks Association of N.S.W.__ (Central Region) has advised that at the Extraordinary General Meeting on 28th November 1961, it was agreed that Group Membership will be discontinued.
 +
 +The circular continues "Group Membership has failed to procure the large number of members, which it was designed to do; and, it does not nearly pay for the journals, bulletins and meetings, as well as capitation fees of 2/6 per head to State Council.
 +
 +The matter was brought before the General Meeting at this time because of the imminent merging of the Caloola Club with the Central Region will mean more and larger Bulletins, more meetings and outings and the opportunity for all Association members to take part in coach trips.
 +
 +'It is felt that the ordinary subscription of 15/- (£1 for married couples) is quite reasonable for what members receive from the Association,​ quite apart from the fact that the main objective of Membership is to support the work of the Association in order to achieve more and better National Parks.'​
 +
 +The present Group Memberships will continue until June 30, 1962, when the N.P.A. hopes that all Group Members will become fully financial members of the Association.
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 +=== From the Launceston Walking club. ===
 +
 +"​Narcissus Hut has been replaced by four large tents with accommodation for about 30 people at a pinch. Pine Valley Hut has been repaired since winter snows flattened it and is now as good as ever. There is only room in Nichols Hut for about 4 people. A further hut has been built on the Lake St. Claire track about 4½ miles south of Narcissus. It has been named the Echo Point Hut. It is capable of holding about 6 or 8 people, but is by far and away the best hut in the Reserve.
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 +=== Hatswell'​s Taxi & Tourist Service. ===
 +
 +For all your transport from Blackheath contact Hatswell'​s Taxi & Transport Service. Ring, write, wire or call any hour - day or night.
 +
 +'​Phone:​ Blackheath W459 of W151.
 +
 +Booking office: 4 doors from the Gardners Inn Hotel (look for the neon sign).
 +
 +Speedy 5 or 8 passenger cars available. Large or small parties catered for.
 +
 +Fares:
 +
 +  * Kanangra Walls: 30/- per head (minimum 5 passengers)
 +  * Perry'​s Lookdown: 4/- per head (minimum 5 passengers)
 +  * Jenolan State Forest: 20/- per head (minimum 5 passengers)
 +  * Carlon'​s Farm: 12/6 per head (minimum 5 passengers)
 +
 +We will be pleased to quote trips or special parties on application.
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