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 12. The Sydney Bushwalker June, 1965. 12. The Sydney Bushwalker June, 1965.
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-THERE ORTA BE A BETTA 70RD THAN REEDY.+ 
 +=====There Orta be a Betta Word than Reedy===== 
 Stuart Brooks. Stuart Brooks.
-Inveray Park is important enough to earn mention on the road map, and even at Bungonia, the traveller is sped on his way by a presentable road sign which declares "​Inveray Park 3im." The road out is passable, even pleasant, but disconcerting. 3- miles from Bungonia it abandons the wayfarer in the midclle of green pastures confronted only by gates and a small signpost bearing the names of three people. Just who these are, and what they have to do with the disappearance of the road is not made evil,mt+ 
-This was the conundrum that faced a party of-us last year. We solved it by invading the closest farmhouse, to be welcomed by a noisy pack of dogs and a sleepy farmer'​s wife. were given quite a rundown on local History ​and Geography ​this prperty was in fact, Inveray Park, and had been in the hands of the family since the original grant. We were given instructions as to how to approach the river, but strongly advised against venturing into it Neither the good lady nor any of her forbears had ever ventured so far, and clearly, she feared for our safety. I daresay our scruffy appearance would inspire little confidence. +Inveray Park is important enough to earn mention on the road map, and even at Bungonia, the traveller is sped on his way by a presentable road sign which declares "​Inveray Park 3im." The road out is passable, even pleasant, but disconcerting. 3- miles from Bungonia it abandons the wayfarer in the midclle of green pastures confronted only by gates and a small signpost bearing the names of three people. Just who these are, and what they have to do with the disappearance of the road is not made evident. 
-Following her directions, we drove through another gate, and out along a bush track for about five miles to Brideson'​s farm. Here we went through the smie form of ritual with heaps of dogs and slightly bewildered looking people. Mr. Brideson proved most helpful and interested in what we wanted to do, but why we couldn'​t take the easy jeep track to the river he failed to grasp. He often went dawn to the river, usually in the Blockup area to swim and fish. He explained the system of access tracks he had cleared on his property and sped us on our way with his best wishes. I am sure he would have liked to come along had he been able to spare the time. + 
-It was certainly not his fault we missed Reedy Gk. altogether. +This was the conundrum that faced a party of us last year. We solved it by invading the closest farmhouse, to be welcomed by a noisy pack of dogs and a sleepy farmer'​s wife. We were given quite a rundown on local history ​and geography - this prperty was in fact, Inveray Park, and had been in the hands of the family since the original grant. We were given instructions as to how to approach the river, but strongly advised against venturing into itNeither the good lady nor any of her forbears had ever ventured so far, and clearly, she feared for our safety. I daresay our scruffy appearance would inspire little confidence. 
-I first saw Reedy Gk. last Easter. Mike Short, Jeff Whitty, Le and I + 
-had chosen it by chance as an "easy' ​route back to the Shoalhaven, having come down Touga Gk. crossed the Shoalhaven-and gone up Washedaway ​Gk. to have a look at the tops in this area. On the map, Reedy Gk. looks short and innocuous, and the name lulls one a little. +Following her directions, we drove through another gate, and out along a bush track for about five miles to Brideson'​s farm. Here we went through the same form of ritual with heaps of dogs and slightly bewildered looking people. Mr. Brideson proved most helpful and interested in what we wanted to do, but why we couldn'​t take the easy jeep track to the river he failed to grasp. He often went down to the river, usually in the Blockup area to swim and fish. He explained the system of access tracks he had cleared on his property and sped us on our way with his best wishes. I am sure he would have liked to come along had he been able to spare the time. 
-Disillusionment follows swiftly. In my case it was almost a divorce as well. Reedy akus found the hard way, drops 1500 feet to the Shoalhaven in l miles over a continuous series of waterfalls, cataracts and what have you. Getting down it is pretty energetic and does not require any acrobatics or aerobatics. + 
-Easter was a very dry spG115 ​and the creek was not running so it was difficult to picture how it would all look with water clothing the naked rock. +It was certainly not his fault we missed Reedy Ck. altogether. I first saw Reedy Ck. last Easter. Mike Short, Jeff Whitty, Le and I 
-Juno, 1965 Tho Syanoy Bushwaikor 13. +had chosen it by chance as an "easy" ​route back to the Shoalhaven, having come down Touga Ck. crossed the Shoalhaven and gone up Washedaway ​Ck. to have a look at the tops in this area. On the map, Reedy Ck. looks short and innocuous, and the name lulls one a little. 
-+ 
-Hc ncu tho July clo1Tx1c+Disillusionment follows swiftly. In my case it was almost a divorce as well. Reedy Ckwe found the hard way, drops 1500 feet to the Shoalhaven in l.5 miles over a continuous series of waterfalls, cataracts and what have you. Getting down it is pretty energetic and does not require any acrobatics or aerobatics. 
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-qs thc (:)11 thcro is zupposoq tr7 bo +Easter was a very dry spell and the creek was not running so it was difficult to picture how it would all look with water clothing the naked rock. 
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-wc11 (rLofinoq ccoss tr-,​ok ​cut +Leaving Bridesons, we drove out to Tom's Cabinand walked from there across the top of Washed Away Creek out towards the old farmHere there is supposed to be a well defined access track cut by Doug Brideson out to Reedy Creek but we missed ​it and finished ​up in a tangle of creeks and ridges. 
-wo missc it -,,n1 finishcci ​up in + 
-14The Sydney Bushwalker June, 1965 +We eventually stuck with a sizeable creek that was headed in the right direction. After an hour's battling our way down it we became aware that it had completely changed ​direction, and that we were headed straight into the depths of Washeaaway ​Ck. The die was cast, and we had missed Reedy Ck. Maybe it was just as well as the only way out of Reedy Ck. is a long swim across the Shoalhaven and the water that weekend was (to be put it politely) freezing. 
-We eventually stuck with a sizeable creek that was headed in the right direction. After an hour's battling our way down we became aware thp_t it had completely changed ​direct :Ion, and that we were headed straight into the depths of Washeaaway ​Crh. The die was cast, and we had missed Reedy Gk. Maybe it was just as well as the only way out of Reedy ak. is a long swim across the Shoalhaven and the water that weekend was (to be put it politely) freezing.+
 So we returned dry shod by way of Little Horseshoe Bend where an easy ridge leads up to the gentler headwaters of Washedsway Ck. or the Great Horseshoe road if one prefers. So we returned dry shod by way of Little Horseshoe Bend where an easy ridge leads up to the gentler headwaters of Washedsway Ck. or the Great Horseshoe road if one prefers.
-October saw Reedy Gk, on the programme again. Warmer weather, spring rains and past failures all pointed to a successful weekend and so it wasWe left Marulan cemetry early on Saturday morning, and pausing only to admire and pet a new litter of Pups at the Eridesons ​(who were all away) we pressed on. This time we found the track to Reedy Crk and were standing in the creek by 10.30 a m. This gave us plenty of time to saunter down and fully admire the rugged nature of the creek and gorge. The creek was flowing, but not rapidly enough, to make the falls as spectacular as they should be. + 
-Te lunched at the foot of a fifty feet drop in the creek and that with a bit more water would have been a thundering waterfall. The languid day made starting again rather ​harck Thoughts of a swim in the Shoalhaven finally won and we continued ​dawn the parade of waterfalls and cascades. However it was only necessary to got wet once, ana then only up to the waist, when we had to wade a pool with verticl ​rock sides with no way round. An hour after lunch saw us on the Shoalhaven where an immediate swim is required. We really took our time over this one; as swimming was far more appropriate occupation for the day than walking. +October saw Reedy Ck, on the programme again. Warmer weather, spring rains and past failures all pointed to a successful weekend and so it wasWe left Marulan cemetry early on Saturday morning, and pausing only to admire and pet a new litter of pups at the Bridesons ​(who were all away) we pressed on. This time we found the track to Reedy Ck and were standing in the creek by 10.30 a m. This gave us plenty of time to saunter down and fully admire the rugged nature of the creek and gorge. The creek was flowing, but not rapidly enough, to make the falls as spectacular as they should be. 
-Eventually we dragged ourselves away and walked a mile or so upstream to where Nerrimunga Creek comes in. This requires another swim across the river but evening shadows cut this one short. Half a mile up Nerrimunga Creek is a delightful campsite I like to think of as Little Bluegum a sandy beach a deep swimming pool and an acre or so of grassy ​treestudded ​banks make a delightful setting. + 
-It was hard to leave on Sunday morning, particularly as it was obvious even early in the day that it was going to be a scorcher. We moved off slowly. Nerrimunga Creek is the direct opposite to Reedy Ck. The bed is wide and flat and the banks provide easy walking with only odd sections of rocks to break the monotony. The creek itself consists of a series of long pools linked with rapids a pleasant place. Our luck hold good, for just after lunch as we were contemplating the 1500 feet climb nut in the midday heat, a cool change swept over and the five mile walk across the tops to Bridesons was covered under far more pleasant conditions than we had expected. For anyone who doesnq ​mind a bit of rookhopping and bottom sliding, Reedy Gk. can be recommended as an interesting diversion. +We lunched at the foot of a fifty feet drop in the creek and that with a bit more water would have been a thundering waterfall. The languid day made starting again rather ​hard. Thoughts of a swim in the Shoalhaven finally won and we continued ​down the parade of waterfalls and cascades. However it was only necessary to get wet once, and then only up to the waist, when we had to wade a pool with vertical ​rock sides with no way round. An hour after lunch saw us on the Shoalhaven where an immediate swim is required. We really took our time over this one; as swimming was far more appropriate occupation for the day than walking. 
-15. The Sydney Bushwaiker June, 1965 + 
-FLTURAL HISTORY.: +Eventually we dragged ourselves away and walked a mile or so upstream to where Nerrimunga Creek comes in. This requires another swim across the river but evening shadows cut this one short. Half a mile up Nerrimunga Creek is a delightful campsite I like to think of as Little Bluegum ​a sandy beach a deep swimming pool and an acre or so of grassy ​tree-studded ​banks make a delightful setting. 
- THE ROCK PDX. B.Gillam. + 
-.1.....a s......1.11+It was hard to leave on Sunday morning, particularly as it was obvious even early in the day that it was going to be a scorcher. We moved off slowly. Nerrimunga Creek is the direct opposite to Reedy Ck. The bed is wide and flat and the banks provide easy walking with only odd sections of rocks to break the monotony. The creek itself consists of a series of long pools linked with rapids a pleasant place. Our luck held good, for just after lunch as we were contemplating the 1500 feet climb out in the midday heat, a cool change swept over and the five mile walk across the tops to Bridesons was covered under far more pleasant conditions than we had expected. For anyone who doesn'​t ​mind a bit of rookhopping and bottom sliding, Reedy Ck. can be recommended as an interesting diversion. 
 + 
 +=====Natural History - The Rock Pox===== 
 + 
 +B.Gillam. 
 Most Bushwalkers I know take an interest in rocks as absorbing as the French take in wildfowl "​quelqu'​un moineau"​ some sort of sparrow. They fall over them) stub their toe on them and hammer bolts in them without coming to love them. If an attempt is made to classify them it is on a rudimentary basis .. a "river stone" and so likely to blow up in one's face if one uses it for a fireplace. "​PLOding stone" is slightly more sophisicate and real rockmanship comes when one can identify a "​residual"​. Structural geology is limited to "​incised streams"​ for a gloomy anl damn deep canyon or a "​hanging valley"​ where one abseils down the centre line of the watercourse. Most Bushwalkers I know take an interest in rocks as absorbing as the French take in wildfowl "​quelqu'​un moineau"​ some sort of sparrow. They fall over them) stub their toe on them and hammer bolts in them without coming to love them. If an attempt is made to classify them it is on a rudimentary basis .. a "river stone" and so likely to blow up in one's face if one uses it for a fireplace. "​PLOding stone" is slightly more sophisicate and real rockmanship comes when one can identify a "​residual"​. Structural geology is limited to "​incised streams"​ for a gloomy anl damn deep canyon or a "​hanging valley"​ where one abseils down the centre line of the watercourse.
 - There are two main ways in which one can increase one's knowledge. Ono way, perhaps the more difficult, is to enrol in a subprofessional course such as is offered by the TEA. These courses take as a basic premise that they will sort out the dilletanti from the potential Ph.Ds by requiring postulants to learn "The Rock Forming Minerals"​. It is no use nodding at the monoclinic feldspars; they will hit you over the head with the triclinic variety with the polysynthetic twinning before you can lis-2 out the transition sPries from Albite to Anorthite. Since no one can hope to identify specimen; with 100% accuracy, lecturers have a range of specimens which have been verified from Mawson downwards. Beware! These specimens have been exhaustively analysed and are identified only by hieroglyphs known to the lecturers. Handbooks on minerals contain more "​ifs"​ and "​buts"​ than an essay by T.S. Eliot. - There are two main ways in which one can increase one's knowledge. Ono way, perhaps the more difficult, is to enrol in a subprofessional course such as is offered by the TEA. These courses take as a basic premise that they will sort out the dilletanti from the potential Ph.Ds by requiring postulants to learn "The Rock Forming Minerals"​. It is no use nodding at the monoclinic feldspars; they will hit you over the head with the triclinic variety with the polysynthetic twinning before you can lis-2 out the transition sPries from Albite to Anorthite. Since no one can hope to identify specimen; with 100% accuracy, lecturers have a range of specimens which have been verified from Mawson downwards. Beware! These specimens have been exhaustively analysed and are identified only by hieroglyphs known to the lecturers. Handbooks on minerals contain more "​ifs"​ and "​buts"​ than an essay by T.S. Eliot.
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