Oa WA KER. BIKE TRIPPING - Dot Butler 2. THE INSTRUCTIONAL - YELLOW PUP-BRINDLE PUP PARTY - Clive Potter 6.
SPOTTED DOG - MERRIGAL CREEK PARTY - Lynne wyborn. .7. HO=NG DOG-YELL07 PUP PARTY - A. Funnell PADDY'S AD. 11.
THE TOLGAN - CAPERTEE DIVTTA Pat Harrlson 12. MOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT AD. 15. THE JUNE GENERAL MEETING - Jim Brown 16. NATURE PAGE - ROCK WALLABIES AND ROCK KANGAROOS. OR TALLAROOS - Don Finch 18. PERRY' S LET-DOWN - MAine Brown 20. A monthly Bulletin of matters of interest .to the Sydney Bushwalkers, North Building, Reiby Place, Circular Quay, Sydney. Postal Address : Box 4476, G.P.O. Sydney. EDITOR : Ross '7yborn, 25 Burke Crescent, Oatley, 2223.. BUSINESS MANAGER: Bill Burke, Coral Tree Drive, Carlingford, 2118. TYPIST : 30 Hannah Street, Boecroft. 2119. SALES & SUBS U'Brien,61 Nlckson St., Surry Hills, 2010 0 2. The Sydney Bushrasiker July,1968 BIKE TRIPPING. Fot Butler. There is nothing new under the sun. Just another spin of Time's wheel, and bike trips come back again into their own, In the early days of the S.B,T. the Club was not mechanised as it is today. It's entire rolling stock comprised one motor car, two motor bikes and a n-hber of bitza bicycles which rere their owners pride and joy, Just in the ordinary run of work Max Gentle; a builder, cycled up to Cairns - through a million acres of prickley pear. Alan Rigby's recorded mi.:age was in the 609000 bracket. Taro was also a cycle rider all his .life and up to the age of 70 odd did a hundred mile bike trip e-s7ery There was a bike-gang of 4 or 5 of us who did regular trips into the mountains - there was not much traffic in Pre-Tar Australia and we generally had. the back-country roads to ourselves. Of course there were no such things as fire trails; much of the country they now deface was a blank white space on the map still awaiting the first trails of bushwalkers. Max was a keen type who kept records of all his trips. mhen we toted them up after two years the mt,age covered was found to be considerable - as far as my score went I had covered 259000 miles, which they tell me is equivalent to once around the world. For many years after world 7'ar II cycling seemed to have died a natural death. People were tired of wartime stri,ngencies; their reaction was now to look for more relaxing pastimes, ,lite lying on the beach at Era. But another spin of imes wheel and even that is a thing of the past, In the S.B.w. the new generation of young lions (and lionesses) wt something that will test them to the limit, and so bike trips. are Coming back again. The great increase in the number of motor cars on the roads has ruled out road cycling for pleasure, but fire trails are a horse of quite another colour. The trips these days go by the name of “marathon”. Because 100 miles is a nice round figure, that is the length of the chosen route. The first of the new era bike trips was about two year ago9 from Mittagong to Katoomba via Scott's 7:ain Range and the deserted silver-mining township of Yerranderie. It was a cold wet Friday night when 12 of us, after a morale-booster at Joe's Restaurant, set off-in a long straggling unlit line to cover the 13 or so miles to the Fire trail of the Tombeyan Caves road, which was to be our starting point for the morrow. 7e. got there in the dark, and over-shot the turn-off. Rosso yelled “stop!” and there was a great pile up of bikes ard bodies on the wet road as everyone tried to apply brakes simultaneously. Local landholders, the Goodfellows9 came to our rescue; they gave us a fantastic supper by a warm log fire in their drawing room and let us sleep surg and dry in their wooLshed. You can read all about this trip in a back mmber of the Bushwalker Magazine, so that I will not go into detail. Hovlever let me say it was MIGHTY! So much so that the following year we chose the same route again 110 July, 1968 The Sydney Bushwalker for the marathon. .Again there rere 12 starters, but instoad of rain and cold, the weather could not have been hotter - 104 degrees in the shade and 140 degrees in the sun and the mercury t;hroatening to burst out of the thermometre when we placed it on a sheet of corrugated iron at Father . Coghlan's Chapel on the Scott's Main Range. Needless to say, every dam or puddle hole We found along the route 7as used for cooling off purposes. Ana now we come to this year's Annual Marathon, ,A new route was chosen, from Rylstonc to Singleton, which looks like 100 miles on the map but when you count the ups and downs was more like l20 miles . ,B=Iko trips can have their hazards - ever the departu-.cc from Centra2 iits fraught with danger, a she-dragon tried to evict us from our seats in order that she might keep them for her Kempsey regulars 70 put forwarci ,3tIff resistance The she- guard conferred with a he-guard and 70 were allowed to keep our seats, The train left at 10,15 p.m. and soar we were all asleep in our sleeping bags on the seats or on the floor, with Donnie and Lindsay being waffled in the luggage racks. At 4 o'clock in the dark morning ve pulled into Rylstone, heaved the collection of bikes Llt of the luggage an then discovered a nice coal fire burning in the waiting room. This was all we needed to decide us that another four hours :sleep would not be cut of place, -e slept well and at 8 a.m0 we were peddling out of the town. .After three false starts and almost losing Roger we asked direct:Lens from a couple of paper boys and eventually found ourselves on the road. we were to follow for the next two and a half days, up hill and down dale, through the rough and the smooth, all the way to Singleton. It was perfect weather for cycling, no glare due to a light cover of cloud but not cold. The prevailing west,rly, when it blew, was always at our backs and the overall drop from Mt, Monundilla (4,00') odd ft) down to Singleton at a mere 137 ft mertnt there was oonsoderably more downhill than uphill, We had not been going long out of Rylstone when we discovered Colin was missing. 7re had no*/got onto the mud, wl-ich made for fairly slippery going, and Rosso got the first puncture of the day. At a sawmill we saw the chance of water and the first arrivals demanded lunch, but Rosso is made of sterner stuff and he insisted we push on for another hour or so. So we all shoved our lunch back into our packs and continued on to the tcp of Mt. Cote',cudgy, Still no sign of Colin. We discovered later that he had injured his knee and decided to walk back to Ryistone, about 20 miles, and get the train home. After lunch we rode on, with some pretty steep climbs, but also some marvellous coasting downhill. This was what tested the brakes. Rogers didn't work, so he did most of the downhiLs sitting side-saddle, as it were, ready to leap off if he got out of control, 70 whizzed down the boulder strewn hillsides, coasted effortlessly through the bushlnd with the birds shouting in the trees and an occasional wallaby hopping across the track. One of the boys spotted a large black dingo-type dog) and Wade saw a wombat. 4. The Sydney Bushwaikor Ju]y 1968 7Te rode on via the.-Kekeelbons, to camp to night in a couple of caves. It was a good thin our scouting ;arty found these bece,use ir rained during, the night and 1-ro didn't have tents.' '7,e lit a fire at toth'ends of the clve so that no matter which way the 7dead blow 70 had make in the cave. 17ater was scooped from a nearby trickle, but as his soon -:I d. up 7e got the morning water from puddles up on the trail, Roger set off early as he :res determined to get through that day and got back to work.. I was next ae:ay, All was cuiet in the still bushle,nd, TiThen I suddenly came across a lelttle brown animal paddlng dorm the track in front of me0. It didn't. suspect my p:::icneo and 1 torj.deezeietly right up to it. It was a little yellospqttoci. netive cat, the first 1 have ever seen. As I passed it .it made a stupendous leap for .cover and disapoearod do7n the hillside. Soon all the party wa8 on its .9ay0 At on steep hill Dave had a beaut, prang, He haa been thrashing along the level at a mighty pace 'and tried to take the downhill in his stride, Lindsays bike also got away etsh her and over she 7ent0 Norman, who has been riding a bike to school every day for 12 years, didn3t get off Gn any of the hills, but the ramt of us occasionally dismounted. There wore occasiona]. stops by Margaret as the i-so on the back axel was playing up and needed constant adjusti.ng, we were all together for lunch in a little dry aroek where we managal to find water eventuar*. A31, that is, except Roger who was still nhead: gOT it became a race against time to catch tho 2 am0 train back to Sydney. Wade, Don and Barry eventually caught up with Roger where the bitumen starts; about 13 mLles out of Singleton. Roger had bc a walking his bike for some tile, due to the aforementioned lack of brake power. NOT: Then he tried to get on it, the front fork suddenly dropped off; However these four got Le the station with plenty of time to spare, and caught the 2 a.m. train which didn't got till 3 a.m. The others had disintegratod Into two peeeties. Norman stayed behind wi-C' Lyn and Lindsay, while Ross, hargeret, Peter and 1 pushed on.. About five miles out of Bulg darkness overtook ue 7e had a, chat with the drivers of two landrovors which hove out of the dal oss with headlights gleaminG. They offered us help, but We didn't need it, so when the front party was all together TO pushed on. R-IdIng along by the dark creek was exciting we couldn't sec where we were going, so just trusted to luck, The chill air from the creek kept us on the move. valitc ghost gums gleamed with an almost luminiscent glow amongst the river growth. When we started to rise above the creek and the .air became warmer; a halt was called by what looked like a nice level pet6.11.of grass, As Yerman, and the two girls were still beind, we decided to camp hero and got the , .s mornir train, The grass turned. out to be weeds full of burrs. 7re colleted' -
July, 1968 The Sydney Bushwalker 5. water from wayside puddle by the light of a burning branch, consumed what was left of the food teinly popcorn, then into the sleeping bags. It sprinkled slightly in the night which sent me off in a vain search up creek for caves, but nothing offered, so we put ground Sheets over us and slept on. In the morning Ross found a good cave just up the hillside. We ate the rest of the popcorn for breakfast and took to the road again and just then Norman and the two girls joined us; they had camped about a hundred yards short of our camp site, A pleasant unhurried ride of five miles brought us into Bulc'. 'e made straight for the restaurant. Dave, in his eagerness to get in, forgot ho was carrying his mudguards, crosswise, in his pack like a Viking's horns, and wonderea why he couldn't get through the door. 7e drank pints of milk while the proprietor rang the station and found out that our train left at 1 p.m. This gave us several hours to do the 13 miles, with most of it downhil. It Tas good to see the lush countryside in daylight. Into Sinjleton with plenty of time to spare. We chased around to the meat pie shop, then a nice leisurely train trip home. There were a few excuses to be made to the Boss for a day's absence from work, but Bushwalkers' Bosses seem to be getting conditioned to this, and what is one lost day in the office or laboratory, compared with the memories of a mighty trip that will last all one's life. Party Ross Wyborn, Margaret Dogterom, tot Bulbr, Wade and Norman Butler, Don Finch, Lyn Drummond, Lindsay Gilroy, Colin Burton, Peter, Roger Lockwood, Barry Pacey. THE SOCIAL SCENE In responSe to many enquiries concerning the Dinner Dance and Social Reunion to be held at The Sky Lounge in October I am pleased to announce that definite bookings are now being accepted and money is now payable. Tickets are being printed and already over 50 tentative bookings have been received. Early bookings will be appreciated and anyone of the below mentioned people will be only too pleased to assist. Roe Painter, Marsha Shappert, Neville Page Barry Pacey. 6. The Sydney Bushwalker July, 1968. THE INSTRUCTIC11e.
On Juno 21 to 23 there was a revoltionary new uype of instructional Tho idea was to ireprove the .qualit7: of instructional welks by giving the prospectives more of a chance to develop their skills of' mao rLeeding and walking by aatually navigating their own prerties. Basic, instruction on equipment and map reading ceas befero tha pee'ty was broken ap into groups of about five: Thee wore five pa-:ties and each took e different route. The prospectivos in each party 13,1 the way and did tho navigating although at least one ex.perieneed member accompanied oe.ch party to make sure they did not go too far wrong. The result was' a complete success with all amcopone of thQ-j prospectives completing the walk in fine style. Not only aid they leFtrn more but they also caught 't,e,e spirit of adventure Tvhieh drivcs bushwalers back into the hills again and again. This could be the pattern for future Instructional Walks, Here are some of the stories told by the prospectives themselves .YELLOr PUP BRINDLE PUP PAFTY or 'HAT A HELLUVA TAY TO RELAX by Clive Potter. For the benefit, of those Prospectives foreierned who therefore did not attend the Greet Wyborn Instructional, and for those haT'dented wnikers-who grinned knowingly when they learnt that I intended going, the following is a more or less factual account of the weekend. The party, of about 26 dssortod persons, assembled at Megalong Crossing at about 11 p.m. Friday night; the Great 7bite Leader being the last to arrive, as I recall, also the last to crawl out of his feabag next morning, When he did emerge, he assembled all the innocent prospectives and proceeded to-give useful advice on the relative merits of packs, sleeping bags, parkas, etc., while directing a stream of scathing ridicule at plastic raincoats, which, he vowed would fall to pieces on the first Enlightened consideraby, we moved off to Aediew Gap, whore the Leader treetod us to a course in mapreading: It all se=ed impressively scientific at first, until Ross confessed that he believe in compasses, and in fact never carries one; instead he relies on the inherent straightness of piece 6 of grass. Thus edified, the group splitup into parties of about half a dozen each, and set off to Konangaroo Clqaring via various ridges. The Yellow Pup party consisted of Elaine Pinnington and myself, the two raw recruits, under the experienced eyes of Alan and Alice wyborn and Joan Rigby. We sot off enthusuastioally, Elaine corl.ectly picking the track 'of the road to nt. Mouin, Lentil we suddenly came to a juncticn. The wrong track lodkecl terribly right to me, but fortunately Elaine Nas not ,ieon easily confused, and we remathed on course. Hardened walkers now we correctly
July, 1968 The , _ . , …picked the trail through Blackhorie Gap and wore treated. to a panoramic view of the viTorragamba catcli,Lent,..ar,qa, covered with an unbroken layer of low 'lying. cloud. '
Lunch was. oaten or t1. -bop. of. yerrimerrigal while the weather steadily, gre7.77.; Worse. The view :frbm Splendour Rock consisted. of one enormous
Dog Saddle theInray. we dame acrois the Brindle Pup party -and. with a few helpful. retarkS;succeeded in reducing the already uncertain -navigators into utter confuSion., , , Thus refreshed proceeded. towards Yo110 Pup .Pirough 'steady rain
despite :Res's' gloomy predictions,;my tour. ist.type rain.coat emerged unaffected
with dayliglgt dminishing rapidly, By the time we started down Yellow ;Pup Ridge it was a torchlight job, but thanks to Joan's ,unerring navigation, we 'didn't ta,ko the short cut (i ,e. over the odgel). 'Joan suggested thilt we camp at the :foot of Yellow,Pup, but Tyas Outvoted,' and we pressed on until
we joined the vtreary few beds who had reached. Konangaroo.
The Leader, when he arrived, gloeftilly counted missing bodice,, and
joyfully eyed their haggard State wheh they did arrive, after Which he crawled under the nearest log for the night, Last' up (again!) next morning the Lender ruefully reflected on the decadence of the party 'when he saw.a. nonstick fry pan. on the fires
First official function of the day was instruction in firSt aid by Ross, assisted by Joan, (or was it the other ivay around?). Gory descriptions of compound fractures and the effects ofexposure were followed by tis.,en how to cross flooded rivers (i.e., don't): . ,
About 11 aom; we set off lack to MedloW Gap via Brindle Pup, to find the going a lot harder than coming down! The .1200 ft. vertical (well, it seemed. that 'way) climb was negotia,ted with frequent ,stops. for 'breathers, on the pretext that the stops were necessary to appreciate the vie.. By warriol Gap,,, or 'thereabouts, we were again relying on our torches for 'whatever meagre light ' was left from the previous 4ight. when , eventually reached Medlow Gap, we saw that we had the doubtful distinction,of.being the last partY home. Boy, did: that coffee at the A.B0 Cafee taste.,good..! SPOTTED DOG = 1ERRIGAL CREEK PARTY by Lynn 7yborn. We had .a,11 Spent Friday night camped at“:Megalong;.Ci.eek, n,nd we awoke. early on Saturday to be greetedbY:the 001a, crisp, air trpice1…of:_the:-m-ouritains in late Juno. Our 'brave leader, Rosso, had insisted' or. checking the equipment and contents of ll the prospectives ThiS -6-rought moans and. complaints from those who , had already. packed. . The intrepid band of 'fearless. .prospectives and members .0,ove to 1Ldlow Gap. The whblepurpose Of this Instructional Weekend wa8 to instruct, so: everyone gathered: -bogether to gain some of Rosso's 'knowledge' of map reading, and navigatibi'i in the bush. Then each party was given individual routes, all supposedly meeting at Konangaroo Clearing. 8. The Sydney Bushwalker July, l96 Our party-consisted of -5 prospeetivess Pat Harrison) Ted Van Der Male,' Peter McIntosh, Dave Ricketts an myself,' and wewere first to leave because apparently we had farthest to go. we walked up the road about mile keeping loutouk for a track heading off to the right. It wasn't every difficult to find as there was a great cairn of rocks at the side of the road. e walked along the track, nOt making any wrong turns, and finally ended Up at Splendour Rock. After a. , bit of lunch we surveyed the area and had a quick look at the map just to . make it official. We climbed down a bit of a cliff on a chain and walked along the.ridge and found Spotted Dogs By this time, it.had'come up overcast and misty and soon it was raining slightly. We walked down the ridge and about twothirds of the way down, it really got steep. Everything being wet and slippery didn't help any and practically every rock rolled' away when you trod on' it. We got down to the Cox about 4.30 and it was just getting dark. 'Then we reached Konangaroo Clearing, no one else had arrived. This was quite confusing as we had determined by the map that we ma a longer route than anyone else and had spent about half an hour on top of that, searching for one member of the party's lost watch. But we were really glad we had arrived first and we hurriedly moved into the old hut, which was already occupied by rats. 7e had practically finished tea when the other parties began to ;arrive and the last didn't arrive till about 9.00 Cbut that's another stoy). Unfortunately for those tired. wet beds, we decided that only five Could fit in the hut. As it was, we had to put the tent up inside the hut anyway, becalas,e the roof leaked. Sunday was a beautiful day, the sun shone and there was no wind. After a talk on 'first aid we padked up. Our party was first to leave and we walked up the Cox to the junction of Merrigal Creek. Had lunch and proceeded up the creek, climbing up several small waterfalls and skirting some. The area was granite and the scenery was beautiful. Finally we reached the biggest water. fall, something like 150 feet of rock towering above us and water cascading down in the afternoon sunlight. As it was impossible even to attempt to climb up the waterfall we headed up the very steep ridge on the left. WO reached the top and then continued up arlother ridge rising about 1,000 feet towards the azure blue sky. On attaining the top ro pushed our way through the scrub until we found the track which we had followed the previous day. By the time we arrived back at the cars it was dark. It was a great weekend and we only lost one party which eventually turned up later that night anyway. I'm sure the weekend really lived up to the name. “Instructional”, and everyone enjoyed learning the at of bushwalking. HOWLING. DOG YELLOw PUP PARTY. by Peter.Thitmore. After a late start) but fully informed on how to distinguish ridges from valleys with the map, the Howling Dog party consisting of members Don Finch and Lindsay Gilroy, prospectives Peter Eberli and Peter and Jill Whitmore,
July, 1968 The Sydney Bushwalker 9
o made steady progreSsto- Spiendoui? Rock.. No serious. navigational bluMers were made on this section. Ho/ie the party lunched with a'fin'e'. view of the rain clouds closing in . After lunch there were some grim moments when the party could not locate the chains, but after a determined effort, aided by helpful comments from Ross Tyborn, the route was found. Thun the party Made its way down Howling Dog Ridge (or was it) with on uni Lindsay doing their best to look noncommittal on navigational 'd.ocisions. Here we preSpectives had our first view of the Cox River by torehlight, Being the first lot in (except for some pAcrs in the-shelter) wc had to light the fire in the rain, Later in the evening with the rain still falling, the Battle of the Bludge began as those without tents and groundsheets arranged a dry night for themselves. Next merning was fine) and after a slow grind up Yellow Pup Ridge we had lunch just below Dingo Mountain. Then the party climbed back onto the ridge and arrived bri.ck at Medlow Gap just as the light was failing. As no ethers were back we lit a fire and waited, MERRIGAL CREEK SPOTTED DOG PARTY Allen Funnoll. After leaving Rosso's map and compass school, we headed off along ,a road and after .a slight. detour we broke into a trot along the correct track. Upon reaching Mt. Warrigal we discovered another party picking their way, throl the pebbles, so we parked and waited for them to steam ahead, .7e dropped off to the left of Mobb's swamp and down a crook into Tarrigal Gully where we found 's. spring and lunched. There I learned that dead Aussie wood won't support a billy full of water omd received two slightly burnt fingers into tho bargain, After lunch we nogotiated waterfalls which became progressively bigger until we arrived at Morrigal Crock and lc and behold, a me hundred and fifty foot drop. After a half an hour of peering over the edge and arguing, Colin and I set off up to the right looking for a creek .down; we looked back and saw LoAarie negotiating a cliff face but he couldn't go on, up, or down so he retreated to the tones of I told you so. Colin and I continued on and down a likely looking creek and waiting at the bottom for the other throe. After threequarters of an hour we decided they 7/0C well and truly lost so took off downstream, after more waterfalls, we arrived at the Cox at about re walked down river and after crossing and recrossing a few times and leading ourselves up a few cliffs, we arrived at Konangaroc Clering campsite around 9 p.m. Our grup's dastardly leader, Roger, looked on while Rosso attempted to persuade us to .return and look for the rest of the party, After . tea, amid grumblings about Huey and the squatters in the hut, downriver, everyone hit the sack and Roger treated us to a “lemon” drink, p-tent pending 10. The Sydney Bu:shwalker July, 1968 Comes morning and we all awake and loave the proverbial saCk, that is of course all except for-the.leader.of leaders, hibernating in a-hollow tree. It wasn't until after breakfast was cooked that Rosso extracted himself from the tree! We haa first aid and river crossing instructich and headed off on our various and varied return trips, Our party once again ambled off down the Cox, upon finding the correct dog-leg, we started up Spotted Dog Ridge south. After the grind to the top we had a bite to eat and headed out along Spotted Dog east, for little Dingo Hill then on to Splendour Rock, whore after seing a Rod Boarded chin poke over the edge, we negotiated the chain and with somejpushing and pulling, we climbed to the top, signed the book 'provided for the last mill's and tostiDony's, took photos and on -.up to the top of Mt. Dingo. Then continued via the track back to Medlow Gap, arriving just after dark. An interesting but .%raried trip.' Those in our party were, Roger Gowing, Colin Burton, Laurence 4gtuaken, Victor Poulos and myself. PATTERN 7ALKS - PASSED AT JULY MONTHLY MEETING. 1. FULL 7'EEK-END. a. Kanangra 7alls, Gabes Gap, Mt. Cloddmaker, Tiwilla Buttress, Stockyard Spur, Kowmung River, Gingra Trail, Kanangra 7al1s. 25 miles..'400'ft. of climbing. .b. Carlon's Farm, Carlon's Creek, Blackhorse Range, 'Playground of the Dingos', Splendour Rock, Yellow Dog Ridge, konangroo Clearing, CoxT.s River, Iron Pot Mountain, Carlon's. 24 miles. 4,000 ft. of climbing. C0 wog 7Tog Crook, Corang Trig., Bibbenluhe 7a1ls9 Monolith Valley, Mt. Qwen, Bibbenluko 7alls, Corang River, The Gorge, 'Tog Wog Greek. 25 miles.: Approx. 1,500 ft. climbing, with easy open country walking and a reasonable amount of difficult sidling and creek walking. SATURDAY AFTERNOON/SUNDAY 7ALKS. x a, Blackheath,Govett'S Leap, Blue Gum Forest, Grose River, Victoria FallS, Mt. Victoria. 15 mils, '29300 ft. of climbing. b. 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Fat 11-ar.rison.- Queen' S Birthday weekend 1968 saw a partT of 9 setting up. camp on Caper-bee Creek near Nownes at 11 p.m. on the Friday night, 7e had travelled.
to Lithgow by train and thence tO Newnes by two taxis, and our plan was. to ascend Caper-boo Creek to Mount Dawson and thereafter. to follow the Wolgan Capertee Divide to Cullen Bullen, Frank Leyden, Alex Colley and Bill Cosgrove had pioneered the route last year, but had been turned back b.y lack of time when they had come upon the monstrous hole which is Tolgan Gap (not to be confused with the 7olgan Gap whereby the road from LidSdale enters the 7o1gan Valley). They had retreated across the wolgan Valley by descending through Collett Gap, but the information they had gained led them to beleive that 7o1gan Gap :could be crossed further to the north at tho headwaters of Red Rock Creeks 70 got away at 8.15 a.m. on the Saturday morning and our first halt was half an hour later at the house of Mr. and Mrs. Barrett in a clearing on Caper-bee Crook surrounded by magnificent cliffs and scenery such as only our Blue Mountains can offer on a clear sp=kling day in winters An imPortant corollary to our pause was the fact that we drank more than a gallon of delicious milk. vre followed the creek and reached the plateau around GR187973? the went across the tops to Mount Dawson whore we had a good, long lunch. Mount Dawson is a platform of worn and fretted sandstone which not only provides splendid views of Crown Mountain and the green fields of Rod Rock Creek and the peaks that surround Tayan and Clandulla, but on this occasion also provided excellent rock pools of water for our leisurely lunch. After leaving Mount Dawson we passed across a treeless plateau,-then into timber,. then under a cliffline, over a rocky outcrop and dawn to Collett Gap where
there were traces of an old bridle track between the.7olgan and Capertee ' Valleys.
Camp this night was made on the creek at GR137945. “e unintentionally entered this creek from the westbecause in our ssarch for water in the rock platforms as daylight was dying we had somehow swung around in a half circle. When the bracken had been cleared we had enough level ground to lodge an army, and there was also a supply of water not too far away in the next gully-. Indeed a good campsite far exceeding our hepos in the lateness of the hour, There was no difficulty in getting here from Mount Dawson, although there was one spot near Collett Gap where the ladies found a long pole decidedly useful in getting down a somewhat slippery bit of rock. . We were away at 8.15 a. m. on Sunday and, as hoped, reached a point over- looking the headwaters of Red Rock Creek at.GR133944. 7olgan Gap was to 1y; 1968. Tbe._ 8 alleyBushwalker 13. . . . iffS,On.both-sides.., while ated. (at least it seemed of 'it)ile..teau- which in. turn cliffs. Altogether a' grand our left and it was inagnifi:ddiat the centre of the ga was'taken up by an.'isol isolated.fot, we .could 'see saround three sides was endowed with the Same kind of unscalable and impressive, sight. The Way.:..doi7n.:froM-our vantage point ,and up the other side was obvious and had :trees, all the way, and. no :trouble was met in crossing the clear little creek with its brackencovered bank n,nd' a'scending to the far Dlate.. .u:, and: ;. reaching a spot overlooking 'Hughes. Defile 7T1iere the waters of the De.file. – divide to flow north and south.' rre. got intO the Defile. a:.. short .distaacel.., north of the water divide. Our entry was a narrow gully in the rocks. The gully_was clothed with Ti-Tree an Malice Gum. Our ascent to the western plateau was through a fissure in the rock which was partly .visible from the floor of thp .Defile 0. The lower part of this 'fi.$sure but .once past..thE.se it was simply a matter of scrambling up a rather' si_liny sloPe. This pess is used by animals and. it was S . short clistariO4,.,501:ithy)f where we entered the Defile. There was an.igolated block of gands-b'r.,,ne-:..65rby on the floor of the Defile. Our passes would be two of :the very few ways, across the Defile, since both north an south of the water -divide' the cliffs of :.Hughes Defile become very severe indeed. .;
Tha northern and. af the plateau ori 'the western: gid.e.:of
.reeless and afforded. Us another grand.sto.nd lunch site with closer” vie vs of Crown anc. Genowlan.while three large eagles soared lazily nearby… . The high red .cliffs of the .cr'esK l'Q'ti:cliag up to our next gap near Blue . . Cap Rock looked pretty solid, and. so it 'preyed when, about 3 p.m, we tried to pass the n.umerou.s deep fissures' in the rock between Blue Cap Rock and Mount l'rolgan. One sloping fissure. was .a possibility, all that was needed being . to skid down, the last slimy, Slippery 6 'feet on your you-know-what: the real problem, hewever, was to get ba'ck Up such a chute if further rpogress were not possible. 'There was also a doc.,,p gully northwards which time PreventecI,.us.from investigating more fully Both these 'possibilities, however, would only have got us into the first great north-Se4t1 ffSg4re it was anybody's guess what was beyond that,- for looked_ d.oubtful in fact ,, Was too late in the day, so we got back into Hughes Defile and waded through' the chest,–high 'bracken and on .down to the-7olgan ,Italle3r9 whore we came -upon a cow standing guard. over its dead calf which been killed. and 'mutilated by wild dogs.' .:It was a heart-touching .example of motherly. love, the'poor :creature refusing to let anyone ;get too. close. _ It was 6. 20 . p.m. (our. third .camp mdd-in darkness) when we reached our camp site where the road runs closd to the Wolgan River 'below .CaPd YOiko The evening air was chilly and fingernails were numbed as TO filled our buckets, but fires were soon blazing and. in ne=time at all nine bodies were toasting themselves around the flames. 14. The Sydney Bushwalker ,Tuly, 1968. Monday was our latest start - at 8.50 a.m. - and after reaching the Volgan Gap at the. top of the road we climbed to the plateau and crossed the infant Cox (albeit a lusty infant even here at its source) not .far from Gardiner's Gap and reChed Cullen Bullen at 4 p.mC The railway official was not prepared for so many customers, for he issued one ticket to cover all of us. Apart from the interest of finding out way across the tops the scenery
in passing was wonderful - views of Crown 'and T-an, the Capertee and Tolgan Valleys, the jagged teeth that are Donkey Mountain, massed wattle budding into bloom,. and everywhere the strange .PagOdas of rock. . JOTTINGS FROM NEVILLE PAGE -4. 140N. SECRETARY. Talks Programme - Are you feeling tired,. dejected, worn out and lazy? 7011, wake up and live, because Spring is just around the corner, and as the 'Talks S.Jorotary Will tell you, a new 7-alks Programme is in the making. Get now satisfaction ou.6 of life by putting on a walk. Take your problems and.Talks to Don Finch 4- he will welcome you. subscriptions. Haven't paid your subscriptions yet? This is your last chance because the Committee Meeting in August will consider, the fate of all nfinancial members. Rates are Active Members (including magazine) Full-time students g350 Married Couples ,715() All other ACtives P5.50 Non Active =bets All non-actives 01.00 (Magazine Optional) 01.50 Resignation. unfortunately, Miss Lyn Drummoad has had to resign from Committee because of night work. Nominations to fill the vacancy will be called for at the August General Meeting.
Constitutional Amendments. Constitution lawyers and others are advised that any proposed 'amendments to the Club Constitution must be.in the hands of the Committee by August 7. Any proposals must be presented in writing by this date so that adequate notice can .bo given for the Half- Yearly General Meeting in September. Annual Reunion. Another matter which must be decided at the Half Yearly Meeting iS a site for the Annual Reunion. Put on your thinking caps and come fully armed with ideas. - Tho '7en.thalito' MountP.in H-Frcimo rq.c:Lc, ;Inspect , our showroom. . Price 29 CC ;Our own mako. of supprb. quality clry ofded Jap.P'.r.kPrl.cas0 Th'eso aro either lima or unlitedt 50'*4- $16,50 c,a, brnid oilod Jr,,par7, Par.Kao5 ono of tho lrinc tims favol/Iritos with'al:ccoz$ 130- ,0 1 Try a couple of pairs of ,xa11.cing snoks. The $0.0k JitiolilDroven our natural oilpa that is dosigned for w1kors Nylon roL-inforcod. 41 pr. and ic oxpo, Li1E112a:AILELJRY DOgN 0.:JEITTING 3;1.04 Scao distributors- for “Geoff B;;Jrkor” kpyaks- .71173TNG .E0T5RE; NORTT.S/tNEY 2060 - 'Pheno 929-45Q4 16. The Sydney Bushwalker July, 1968.
'Z'M'Brown, THE_JUNE GENERAL MEETING. A bleak and wintry eningit was outside.,an:d.eWn'bhe moderate group in ti*Nurs'es:AssoqiatiotOliiiomr:Usu6:ily':a.!irm place greatly het or verball There wore five to welcome; hus.bandife team Kathleen: and John Blanch, David Russell, Margaret Drummond and Dilvid Cotton. Neither the May minutes nor a particUlarly routinelatch.ef:,correspondence:excited any , Coimment, and in:Very….Short.oi?der.vo.ha.d:Troastrer Gordon Reamond'explaining ..s.that massivapurchase.s.,of magazine covnrs, paPer, etc had dented the Club's current funds, .leaving a closing blanco of 397 at the end of May after expenditure totalling 0581. Don Finch presented a May walks report covering Lyn Bliss walk in the Lithgow Zig .Zag area attended by eight folk: David Ingram 's day walk from Minto with 10 (including 3 Tropectives)gMariel,oldstoints Springwood Grqse River jaunt when one member sustained an injured ankle and the party (nine in number) emerged on Monday. Margaret Dogteram had run a jaunt from Kanangra into Christy's Creek, and Alex Colley conducted a party of 14 across the Barren Grounds. The third weekend of the month saw Ross 7yborn's bike trip on muddy fire.trails in wet conditions from Rylstone to Singleton via Mount Monundilla. our of the party mt7,de into Singleton on Sunday the rest on Monday. Barry Pacey had no starters for Arethuda- Canyon, but Alan Pike scored a team of 15 for his Megalong Valley trip. As an addendum it *as recorded that three Sir teams entered the Orienteering Contest, and one team gained 3rd place. In a Conservation Report, Alex Colley said that a meting of about 100 people, representing perhaps 30 or 40 bodies, met at the University to discuss developments on the projected limestone mining near Colong. A policy had boon develope'd, ana.a standing committe*established to continue the campaign. .:Laurie RaYner felt a walker should be included in the permanent committee,- but it was pointe,d out that waikers'could:be coopted if required. It was suggested that letters to parliamentary representatives and to nowsparers would further the cause.. Barry Tallace presnted a Federation report which referred to four Search and Rescue alerts, none of whiChd:a-V61-dpo”d'to Major activity. A notice has be-en'erected inaClaligtraI'Canyon to indicate.the way out. The ST7' reply to Federation complaint of lack of support was received without comment. Brian Harvey said he had 'been surpri,ped to. findthat Federation affairs were evidently somewhat mishandled: he caputa ion fees from some affiliated Clubs had been outstanding for two or three years, and at the May meeting there had been a noticeable absence of certain officebearers and routine v4 reports of activities, Frank Ashdown asked how many Clubs were affiliated, and a firm answer was not available, but it was suggested that between 20 and 25 clubs nominally (at least) subscribed to Federation. - July, 1968 The Sydney Bushwalker 17. First up in General Business was a call for the newly created post of Archivist? which was filled. by Joan Rigb-. The President then spoke of the pattern test walks: 'th4se had not been examined since 1945, and in the intervening'years,fire trails, home:building, etc. had altered the picture vastly. ' The Walks Secretary had prepared a list-with about three walks in each of the usual time categories. Committee would study the proposed trips at the July meeting and would present its recommendation to the following General Meeting. Ross 'TN:born suggested there could be a wide variation in the standard of trips, and a better metl'od may be a mathematical formula taking into account height ascended, mileage and other factors. Frank agreed this could . be of assistance, but the constitution charged us to nominate pattern walks. Next Bathry Pacdy was appointed SBw delegate on the. Federation Ball. Committee, and Gordon Redmond rose to say he was making “the 'second last call”. There were 193 anfinancial members, including147 active members. The Committee would have a list of those still unfinancial at the beginri ng of August, and consideration would then be given to action necessary. It was pointed out that the constitution empowered…Committee to take -belp to cross off unfinancial members by June of each year. Several members now expressed pleasure at the lay-out of the'new Walks/ Social programme and its good appearance. It was announced that Roger.Gowing (Sales and Subs. agent for the Magazine) was going tor.. country job and must vacate his position, but to the general delight a successor was found immediately in Ramon U'Brien. There was one mox-;, brief item.- a reminder that prospective members should not tout their own membersh5.p applications seeking signatures other than the initial nomination: A Presidential warning against undertaking trips with _ inadequate winter clothing .no.d equipment - note the difficulties experienced by some parties last year. And at 9.40 p.m. it was over for another four weeks. COWAN - GUNYAH BAY - C07AN,- August 11. This walk used to be considered of fair test standard, but it has not been done for some time, the walk usually going only as far as Cliff Trig, or further back. It is a rough walk along a ridge with frequent small climbs. The scenery is beautiful and the wild, flowers should. be good, See Alex Colley - 442707.(H). 4…..m.11. 18. The Sydney Bushwalker July, 1968 NATURE PAGE - .ROCk vTALLABIES AN.D ROCK KANGAROOS OR TALUROOS. By Don Finch. There are eleven different species of rock-wallabies and six species of rock kangarobs, The rock kangaroo is usually called a wallaroo. The aistribution.of these 'animals bxtends.over the-entire mainland wherever a .suitable habitat occurs.' A suitable habitat being, steep rocky ranges with deep canyons ana.rocky gorges 'The rock wallaby whic1. bushwalkers are most likely to see is the brush- tailed rock wallaby. 'Its haunt stretch .from .the :Cambewarra Mountain in -the. south to the Liverpool Range 'and. the Upper Hunter River in the north to .Lithgew in the west, with a recorded sighting in the Rylstone district. These wallabies abouncLin the Jenolan Caves ROSTVO where they are safe from the guns of.'sportsmenl. The brubh-tail rock wallaby has a coat predominantly dark grey, being lighter in colour on the underside with a dark almost black mask on the face and'daIq( limbs and tail. It has a stout.buila with extra well padded foot which are also coarsely granulated. These granulations Provide excellent gripping on the rocks which are their homes. The tail which is slender is usea for balnce' and as a “rudder” while hopping frOm one rock to another. Rbck Elllabies like most members of the family lie up during the hottest part of the clay; they are also partial to morning and afternoon sunbaking, just like some bushwaikers. Grass is the 'staple diet While roots and leaves are eaten when the going. is tough'. The greatest natural danger to rock wallabies is the danger to their y6ung of pythonsand carpet sankes, while both young and old fall prey to dingos. The rock wallaby ,preferring to hide rather than run are easy, prey for animals,. whioL they could otherwise easily outrun. The wallaroo or rock-kangaroo derived its name from the aboriginal name “wolaru”. The wallaroo is distinguished from the large plain and forest kangaroos by his comparitively short hind legs and a generally stouter build. The soles of the feet, like those of rock-wallabies, are roughened to present slipping. The area at the muzzle tip between the nostrils is hairless. The wallarQo which .inhabits the Great Dividing Range throughout New South Wales and into Southern Queensl.and has a shaggy ,coat brownish-black in coloration. The drooping shaggY coat habitual stoop and robust build readily distinguishes them. from their ileaker:couSins of the forests and plains. The wallaroo eats grass, roots anfa leavels and is 'repUted.to be able to go without water for a considerable.length of time. Due to the variety.of local conditions, which vary considerably over its range of aistribution, slight variations in the colour and build of the wallaroo may make its identification somotimes'unsure. July9 1968. The Sydney Bushwalker 19. This% spobies of wallar6C9 “OsPhranttr robUstus” is aImost-entirely harmless ,to filans interest, this as well as tl'e nature of its habitat perhaps explains why it has survived so'ftil-the onslaught of man. Indeed it was recorclod in 1931 that this Particular, species was the most numerous of thCkagarools and.walla:!Dies found within the,b,ounds of its habitat. Its ,m*c_y r*otreats mtLke pursuit by dogs and mon on horses almost futile while.theusual run,ofsportsmoni' just can't get their cars to them. They ar4 thorofnro:likelY.to survivo,tho threat of extinction that has claimed other:species.:
It is .interesting to note that as early as 1863 the naturalist Gould recorded hid, realisation of the throat of extinction that faced the Marsupials of Australi and the need for a suitable conservation programme. INSTRUCTIONAL 7AILK. Dia anTboily see a swap car instructional walk on ,the we4Wpr8SraMme? This should be intresting with Don Finch.roxl Snow Broyln to shkt'lletnoV'to find the way.: PrOspectives'will get lots of experience as they will have ,no Option but to find .the way. Anyway with Seven Goas on the trip everyone should get back.. . :DATE - fiueust 16 - 18. CONTACT ,DON' FINCH 798-6484 (H) or :SNOW BRCPN 25-1927 (B) COMING TEST TALK.
Joan Rigby'is leading, a test walk to "fitton up' some prospectives. The trip in :the Nattai Riv5r area includes 'some fine river walking in All=
,River.and,7anganderry Creek. Joan has fouka that a slice of the Nattai Ri7er is 'Missing dde to the LandS' Department map not joining with the Militry Ma. Oh v7c119 anything c.ln happen with limestone miners removing hills. . DATE - AlfGUST 30 SEPTEMBER-1CONTACT JOAN RIGBY 39-2741 (H). 20.., The Sydney Bushwalker —–77-7 PERRY tS LEITD071.5 Plain
Brown. ._ Our party of tot iricludibg two prospoctives' . \
c set off from Cowan Station at about 9045. a.m.' for. - . a nonvrogrmod, verY irrogular type walk. Our detorminod loader Jack,. shepherded us'. in a northly. i direction and evorytling went as scheduled until we crossed a part of the newly constructed highway and froM then. on it was quite 'an adventure. A Trig used a a guide had boon bulldozed away and 'the 'effort of finding the right ridge without the markor cost us'a couple of hours. We lunched overlooking Jorusal Bay aware th-A we still h.7.4.d a fair distance to cover. Bill Cosgrove at this stage had a sixth sense and Dulled out to make his way back to Cowan. . , . . . Some ridgos later we began to suspoct that maybe dFaic Would roach us before'wa roachod our destination but with Jacks optimism that the fire trail would be ovor the next ridge surely our fears were not valid. We (lid not reach the fire trail by nightfall and what with our almost vain efforts of search for it by the light of two batteries without a torch and a torch without batteries we couldn't even sec how far we would fall if we missed our footing. , . . Finally wo found the trail, but our joy was short lived as we couldn't find a way off it as we needed a path down a 50 ft. cliff. One hour later and many attempts later we we clambered down a hazardous crook bed. Only to be thwarted by 6' lantana and an old tip. To bravely crashed our way through and.tho railway station was almost within reach. . . 7T0 hadn't quite oonquerod our last obstacle' as when wo arrived at Hawkostury River Station we wero told that the last train had left0 rith the aid of a hitched ride and a taxi to Cowan wb were lucky to roach Sydney by 1 a.m. What a sendup for Jack Perry!' THE S VISITS Y BUSH7ALKER CLAUSTRAL CANYON. .0- CONGRATULATIONS are in order for Lesley Brown and Neville Page who recently announced their engagement. BEST 7ISH7S, NEV. AND IS.