A monthly bulletin of matters of interest to The Sydney Bushwalkers, 14 Atchison Street, St Leonards. Postal Address: Box 4476, G.P.O. Sydney, N.S.W. 2001.
|Editor||Jim Brown, 103 Gipps Street, Drummoyne. Tel. 81-2675|
|Business Manager||Ramon U'brien, 7/25 Batbrook Road, Auburn Tel. 888-6444 (Business)|
|From the Editor||2|
|At the September General Meeting||4|
|From Running Stream to Culoul Range||Pat Harrison||7|
|Poem to the Editor||Ken Ellis||9|
|Things are not always what they seem||M. Bacon||11|
|Book Review and letter from……||David Peacock||13|
|Coming Walks||Pat Harrison||15|
|The position at Coolana||Ramon U'Brien||18|
Enquiries regarding Club… Marcia Shappert Tel. 30-2028
|Ausventure - Staff Required||10|
In last month's Editorial comment it was suggested the Club was on good grounds in discouraging temperamentally incompatible people from gaining membership, but it was not so easy to reconcile the Constitutional provisions demanding a certain standard of physical performance with the implied invitation to all interested in walking in the bush, as expressed in the “Objects” of the Club. This requirement of physical capacity is conveyed not only by the demand that test walks be accomplished, but is underlined by the need for a nominator to report on a prospective's “stamina”. It is worth noting that the word is “stamina” - that is, staying power, not “speed” or “strength”.
In support of this requirement of physical endurance, it may be argued that, except in cases of illness or injury, a member should be capable of completing any trip undertaken without becoming a burden on the party or leader. A member, yes - but that can scarcely apply to an inexperienced newcomer, who cannot be expected to know if his physical capacity is equal to a trip of unknown proportions. In any case, the trip that proves too much early in his prospective membership may be something he will accomplish with ease a few months later.
It may also be urged that it is desirable to exclude weaklings and cripples, yet quite a few respected members have been people of indifferent physique, and several have suffered from serious disabilities.
If it be accepted that there is justification for demanding a measure of physical fitness, probably the best and fairest way of gauging it is by test walks, as the Club has done from its early years. It follows that there should be a wide variety of trips on the programme, allowing the complete novice to make a steady progression through easy day walks where he can acclimatize; moderate day test walks to get launched on the business of qualifying without being ruined; leisurely camps so that he can get used to carrying a weekend pack, and find out what he should take; and finally, week-end test walks sensibly geared to a prospective's increasing experience and capacity. If some of these set out on a Saturday, so much the better.
Unfortunately, in any six months' period it would be a rarety to find such a diversity of walks in a sequence that would be suitable to a beginner. If some of the quite numerous members who enjoy walks of a moderate standard would commit themselves to leading such trips it would be of immeasurable help.
Are our test walks too severe, as some members aver? The test walks are selected by Committee from the trips available on the programme, and should be similar in scope to the Pattern Walks laid down by a General Meeting. Within those restraints a succession of Committees has, over the years, usually managed to make a fairly discreet choice, but it is not an easy task.
To make a sound selection, it is obviously desirable that most Committee members should have actually done the Pattern Walks, and some at least should be familiar with the trips to be marked as tests. However, of the three pattern day walks, one has been led only once in the past ten years, and another has never been conducted - the route is rather illogical. Some of the week-end test walks on the various walks programmes have not appeared previously, and others are patently exploratory trips. Their choice is probably due to the fact that a few Committee members know the area concerned in a general way, although they may have only a sketchy idea of the details of the scheduled trip.
There is, too, an understandable tendency to think of the Pattern Walks as a minimum standard, whereas the Constitution actually says test walks shall be “approximately equivalent” to the pattern trips.
In the circumstances, perhaps it is rather remarkable that so many of the walks marked as tests have been so shrewdly chosen. There can be no doubt, however, that others have been far beyond the reasonable physical capacity of a relatively inexperienced prospective member.
The leadership of test walks may also have a good deal of influence on their suitability for newcomers. Unless we aim to play the game of exclusion really hard, it is important that leaders of test walks be tolerant of the physical shortcomings of prospectives and make sensible allowances for the physique, age and experience of those they accept on their trips. Leaders who are not prepared to accommodate newcomers in this way would do better to ask that their trips should not be indicated as test walks, or alternatively decline to take people whose capacity is unknown to them.
One of our most valuable member acquisitions of recent years has said to me “On our first walk we were really ruined - but ruined. But we were lonely and in a foreign City, and the walkers were such friendly people …. so we came back.”
That's not a bad image in one way, but maybe it could be improved if we concentrated a little more on being “those friendly people” and didn't make quite such a fe_tish about physical achievement. Of course, we don't subscribe to W.C.Fields' dictum “Never give a sucker a break”, but we don't really go very far out of our way to “amalgamate those who esteem walking” or to “help others appreciate our natural gifts”.
If one excludes the rather abortive gathering of September 1st, when ingress to the new Club Rooms was somewhat retarded, the half-yearly meeting was the first opportunity for most people to view the new premises. About sixty people were present when Spiro and Don mounted the pulpit - sorry, dais, to open proceedings with a welcome to new member Peter Chorley. Four other admissions of recent months were still too shy to claim their badge.
The August minutes were O.K'd, and in Correspondence appeared the Annual Report and Notice of the Annual Meeting of the Nature Conservation Council of N.S.W. There was also an opinion by the Club's Hon. Solicitor that the tentative agreement with the owners of the new Club Room was satisfactory.
The Treasurer reported finances in August as holding their own, income and expenditure almost equal, and the closing balance $716 in the working kitty. Pat Harrison then presented the August Walks' Report, starting with a trip led by John Holly in lieu of David Ingram in the Woolwash area, and attended by 19; despite Army “Keep Out” notices, a satisfactory trip was conducted.
Over the week-end 6-8 August Max Crisp had a party totalling 14 in the territory around Gudgenby, south of Canberra. Some snow fell during the Saturday night. Also on that week-end Phil Butt had one of his cross-country skiing instructionals, while in the absence Peter Franks, his programmed Wolgan Valley jaunt was cancelled. The day walk was again a Holly production, out from Waterfall, where the growth was reported denser than in the past for the party of 16.
Dot Noble was up an over the Guouogang ranges with 14 folk on the 13-15 week-end - night camp on Saturday was made on a ridge, and breakfast Sunday was taken on Kanangra River. An Instructional week-end set down for Moorabinda under Betty and Ernie Farquhar was instead organised by David Ingram, while the Sunday trip, Jack Gentle's test walk over Woronora Trig and Scouters Mt. again found the growth quite thick.
The third week-end was severe weather-wise - the famous Sydney hail-storm occurred Saturday morning - and Alan Round's party of 4 spent all day holed up in the cave at Kanangra Walls before abandoning the trip on Sunday morning. Bill Gillam's snow instructional had three people, and was laconically described as “terrible”. Peter Franks was still away, so no-one languished in the misery around Coricudgy, but Jim Callaway who had a Sunday trip combined with the C.B.C. took out two others and sloshed around east of Waterfall. The other day walk, Jack Perry's from Brooklyn, was cancelled.
So to the final week-end, when Bob Younger's team of 16 at Coolana were busily correcting erosion scars and planting trees, as well as hearing about the night of Owen's infamy. Unhappily some of their good work will have been undone by the fire that struck the Kangaroo Valley a week or so later. On the same weekend Alan Hedstrom with 12 people looked over the attractions of the Myall Lakes area, and there were two day walks - one led by Meryl Watman out along the Uloola track, where evidence of trail bikes was found, and the other, Jim Brown's team of 27 bush-pushing through superb wildflowers between Cowan and Brooklyn.
The September Federation Report was published in the previous magazine but during the discussion of it Pat Harrison mentioned a report that Clutha Organisation was understood to be seeking coal mining leases near the main Blue Mountains ridge between Valley Heights and Wentworth Falls. Also inspired by Federation Report was an official recording in the Club minutes of appreciation for the work of Elsie Bruggy and Heather White as S & R Contacts when an alarm was sounded.
Dot Butler mentioned a trip to Coolana when the newly planted trees were watered: some had been “slightly chewed by rabbits” but most were in good shape (at that time … the fire came later).
The main affair of the evening was the discussion about the Club Rooms. Because it was regarded as a matter of immediate interest, and time permitted, a summary of the debate was given in the September issue. The resolution adopted means that we stay at St. Leonards for a period of 12 months, see how attendance and membership are affected, and then review the situation. One got the feeling that some people who came prepared to vote against a move from the City decided, after seeing the place, to support the motion, or, alternatively, to refrain from voting. As a matter of interest, after the taking of the vote, a show of hands was held to determine the residential background of those present. Whilst northsiders were more numerous than others, there was a good western suburban representation, and a reasonable group from each eastern and southern areas.
Spiro now said that Barbara Bruce had resigned as Membership Secretary - presumably the first casualty of the new location, which certainly could have problems for a Kirrawee resident. Geoff Mattingley was elected in her stead after saying he would need more effective assistance than the old Membership panel had provided (sometimes, he said, “as useful as pockets in a singlet”).
Before winding up, a vote was taken on the site of the 1972 Reunion, which went to Macarthur's Flat on the Nattai River after the various supporters of Woods Creek and Coolana had split the “closer to transport” vote. Then it was time to call it a night for the first time in our latest abode.
by Pat Harrison
Friday 17th September
8.00 p.m. at Gerry Sinzig's home at Windsor. Barry Carter, Frank Tacker, Bob Younger, Dennis Brown and Pat Harrison swapped cars with Don Finch, Gerry Sinzig, John Powell, Peter Munday and Neville Lupton. Don and party set out for the Culoul Range and we set out in Don's panel van for Glen Davis. Don's panel van is comfortably set up and Frank and I stretched out in the back, but we were troubled by a cold wind that blew in across our bare legs. We thought that Bob had wound his window down to assist his driving, but a mile or two from Glen Davis we discovered that we had kept a window open in the back without knowing it! What could have been a restful journey was made miserable by our own carelessness!
11.15 p.m. at Running Stream. Parked car and made ourselves ready.
11.30 p.m. set out by torchlight on a pitch-black night, and picked up the vehicular track (hard to see in the dark) and kept going at a steady clip for Barnes's Flat.
Saturday, 18th September
12.50 a.m. arrived at the shed on Barnes's Flat opposite Grassy Hill. We disturbed a large animal which had apparently been sheltering in the shed, if one may judge by the rattle of galvanised iron as we approached in the dark.
1.00 a.m. All of us in our sleeping bags.
5.30 a.m. Bob up and lit fire. Others up excepting me. My only concession to cookery being a cup of tea, I could stay longer in bed. Frank had a very cold night. The feathers of his Hotham (as often happens) had worked under him and he only had a piece of japara between him and the chill of Spring.
6.35 a.m. Away to a fine but cloudy morning. Grand, coloured, bluffs all around us. Wattle in bloom. Birds everywhere. The Capertee carrying a goodly volume of water and running strongly. What a great day to start a walk!
7.48 - 8.03 a.m. Near the top of the big bend of the Cappertee. Denis saw two dingo pups.
9.00 a.m. Passed our 1969 camp among the turpentines at grid reference 413013.
9.25 - 9.45 a.m. Morning tea at reference 430007.
10.40 - 10.55 a.m. At the creek which comes from Mount Morgan, grid reference 432983.
12.15 - 1.45 p.m. Junction of the Wolgan and Capertee Rivers. Now a glorious sunny day. Too cold to swim, but we washed, boiled the billy, and lay in the sun.
3.00 p.m. Near the end of the big bend on the way to Girribung Creek.
3.50 - 3.55 p.m. At grid reference 480965. Rough going and high sidlings.
4.07 p.m. Made camp at reference 484965, opposite mouth of Girribung Creek. Don and party not at rendezvous. We had expected him to be there long before we arrived. Beautiful flat campsite. Sandy beach, couch grass, casuarinas, and small overhangs nearby. Waded the knee deep Colo, flowing strongly, to get water from Girribung Creek. Billy on. Plunge and wash in river.
5.10 p.m. Don and John Powell emerged from the rock and scrub downstream. I went to meet them, and greeted Don with: “General Blucher, I presume?” I expected the reply: “Lord Wellington, I presume?” but all I got from Don was: “You old so-and-so. This trip was your idea.”
We put a billy on for Don, and he then proceeded to tell us all the lies in the world about where he had left our car …. he had taken the wrong turning, he did not find my note near Hollow Rock, he had been walking since 6.45 a.m. (this was hard to believe), he had come down the wrong creek, etc., etc., etc., etc. In all these prevarications he was ably supported by his four myrmidons.
7.00 p.m. Don partly made up for his lies by giving me a plateful of a special dessert he had been cooking for about an hour.
7.15 p.m. Gerry very sick, and had been all afternoon. Had nausea and vomiting, which has been going around Sydney.
7.40 p.m. Having given up trying to get the truth from Don as to where he had left the car or which creek he had come down to the Colo, I go to bed under the nearby narrow overhang.
Sunday, 19th September
5.30 a.m. Up and lit fire in warm ashes. Don has completely redeemed himself. My note, which I had left at Hollow Rock, hangs on a stick stuck in the sand near the fire.
6.45 a.m. My party sets out for the Wollemi Junction. Gerry very sick, but decides to head for Glen Davis. Don still in bed.
7.45 - 7.55 a.m. Drink at creek at reference 502958. Roughish going. Scrub, rocks, high sidlings. We kept to the right bank all the way. Don had crossed here and there. Last few hundred yards to Wollemi Junction necessitated high sidle.
11.00 a.m. - 11.45 a.m. At Wollemi Junction. Glorious morning, glorious place, big sandy beach. Had a plunge, then morning tea, then a long sunbake which made us very indolent and loathe to get going again.
12.30-1.45 p.m. Lunch at foot of Culoul Pass - reference 534948. Waded chest-deep river, scrambled over the huge boulders to the foot of the pass, put our clothes on again, then scrambled up the big blocks of stone that choked the mouth of the creek. Frank now with the nausea trouble. He had not complained, and it was some time before we woke up to what was wrong with him. What an agonising effort it must have been for him to haul himself up that steep and bouldery creek and then through the two upper cliff lines to the ridge top!
As we left the creek to go up to the first cliff line I saw what I thought was a poisonous Broad-headed Snake, and I dropped a big rock on it. However, the rock bounced off and the snake took off downhill in the direction of Bob and Barry. It turned out to be a huge Diamond Snake, of about 10-feet in length, and I never saw anyone move so fast as Barry and Bob.
4.45 p.m. The car and the end of a great trip. Frank sick all the way home, and on Monday I had the same wog.
The next Colo trip is in November, and goes from the Culoul Range down to Angorawa Creek. Who's coming?
In all my life I've never known
Anything so stimulating as Owen's poem:
But he has no knowledge of Biblical lore
For much has been written on this subject before.
Velikovsky … a Russian man of note…
Made a statement in a book he wrote.
It caused a sensation and much derision,
Its title, I believe, is “Worlds in Collision”.
In the book, a comet was to blame
For the pillars of cloud and the other of flame.
The earth while passing through the comet's tail
Was the cause in Egypt of much travail.
There the plagues of which you're aware
Were only gases polluting the air.
Meteorite dust caused much aberration
While earthquake's caused the Red Sea's opening operation.
I recommend the book to all Bushwalkers
(Especially poets who are non-stop talkers.)
Velikovsky's theory makes one think deeper …
Regards to all … Ken Ellis … Weipa.
VACANCY for one Federation Delegate, so that this Club will have its full entitlement of representation on Federation Council… see Federation Report for details. Remuneration NIL. Prestige tremendous.
Did you hear that Julie Frost was underneath a portion of a tree that fell on her tent on the windy October holiday weekend? It happened on the Wollondilly River at Barallier…. but it could happen anywhere, so it pays to be careful where you pitch your tent in breezy weather. Result in Julie's case … a fractured ankle, we understand.
“The values of a wilderness outing are too often measured solely in terms of the number of miles travelled, the number of peaks climbed or the number of pictures taken. Too little attention is given to the long term significance of wilderness on our lives. Many have suggested that the opportunities of adventure and physical and spiritual challenge provided by man's contact with nature may well define his humanity; without this contact man may indeed find himself out of his element.”
Adventure Wilderness Outings And Camps.
IF you have a background of enjoyment of the Australian bush environment,
IF you agree with the philosophy expressed above, and
IF you are over the age of 21 years and have experience of leading bushwalking parties,
IF you would like to pass on some of all this to young men and women aged 16-19 who in the main are totally inexperienced in these things, and
IF you would like to spend 2 or 4 weeks in January, 1972, as a paid member of our staff running the Ausventure Wilderness Camp, (the aim is an enjoyable holiday, a memorable social experience and the satisfaction of having learned to live and travel with safety)
THEN please 'phone 960-1677 by day, or 969-3826 after hours.
Warwick Deacock, Ausventure
(The following is a letter from a very senior member of the Club. In it he throws some light on a mysterious letter he received recently from another Club member. The writer suggests others may have received similar proposals, and be interested in his experiences when he followed up the invitation.)
I was intrigued by a letter, that was sent to me, with a mixture of Conservation, Walking and Scouting ideas wrapped up with Finance.
Who would not be intrigued with “Here you will learn that you can increase your monthly income 2 or 3 times”? So I answered the request and arranged for an interview on a Thursday morning.
On Wednesday I was telephoned and asked if I was free that evening. I was. It happened to be my first free night for five weeks. Still being intrigued, I agreed to be picked up at 6.45 p.m. from my home.
I ate a light meal because my caller had not mentioned dinner. It had more than crossed my mind that an appointment at that hour from one who had already had the benefit of having his salary doubled or trebled, would of course be the gracious host and provide the background information in the proper atmosphere of dinner, wine, and the offer of a cigar.
A car called and a quite unknown man presented himself at my front door and suggested we go down. I popped into the little Mini car and off we rattled. I had winkled out the information that he lived at Northbridge, but we headed the opposite way.
“Hey! Where are we going?”
“Off to Rydalmere.”
I did not particularly want to go to Rydalmere - but two or three times my salary!
Maybe it must be discussed in some special place or behind security bars. One just can't have the whole community doubling and trebling its salary. What would happen to the cost of living?
The usual conversation ploys to get more details were useless. It was quite obvious that it was all to be a great and intriguing surprise. I was a little suspicious for good things can usually be spoken about, and especially when this was the time chosen to give Background Information. I went quietly, for after all I was to be the richer by all this wealth.
We pulled up in a side street, several other cars about indicated that other people wanted to do just the same thing. Perhaps it was a memory training scheme, or even a new yogi sect to give one inner calm when all about are getting ulcers from the constant rat race. As Walkers we understand the call of the Unknown.
I thought it very nice for Bestline Products Pty. Ltd. to lend their premises to help we strugglers to learn “How to increase your monthly income by 2 or 3 times” and with a nod here and there, I was ushered in.
Here all was revealed in one clear, clean, flash!
The chairs were arranged for a friendly talk. A small table with a bowl of water on it. Carefully chosen curtains for a pleasing backdrop. Bright personality-oozing people, sparkling smiles, brittle joyful greetings and a marvelous air of synthetic bonhomie.
We were all welcomed and given a thoughtful talk on how the Bestline Company had made such a marvelous success since its founding in U.S.A. in 1964. Then just a little demonstration of how absolutely marvelous these bio-degradable products were! How only the very best ingredients were used. How every household cleaning cupboard should be checked, valued and then multiplied by six million and there was the market potential!!
Just look at the products, which by a coincidence had been built into a large pyramid on the side of the stage. All of those were just waiting to be snapped up by your friends.
Just arrange a little morning coffee party for only 10 people who on the average buy $8.70 per head. Thus income is $87.00 and you get $25.00 for yourself. Only arrange two per week and you already have $50 a week. This was shown on a glamorous movie to be so easy. Not one word however about the easy way to loose your friends. So it went on. All the very best techniques and gimmicks of a well-planned American Sales plan. Just like “Swipe”, “Avon” and “Holiday Magic” and other promotions.
I was quite fascinated to see these all at work. We were told we would be seen the next morning at the same place and then shown how to increase our selling power.
It seemed too good to miss, but do you know, I just did not have the heart to let my present boss down, and so firmly told my personal host not to call for me on Thursday morning.
He drove me home, not quite realising what had gone wrong and just why I hadn't immediately joined the ranks of the Happy Prosperous Bestline Products Sellers.
I did, however, provide a drink and a couple of biscuits to show there was no hard feeling at all. But just an interest in Conservation and an interest in increasing my monthly income by 2 or 3 times.
I wonder if any other club members have had a similar experience.
(Towards the end of August - just too late to get into the September issue - David Peacock wrote from Brisbane, giving a review of a recently published book on the subject of environment and adding some comment of his own.)
“I feel a book review section in the magazine concerning topics dear to the hearts of bushwalkers may prove interesting, and so will set the ball rolling …..”
by Gordon Rattray Taylor. Thames & Hudson, 1970, pp. 335 $6.25 (in Brisbane)
This book is concerned with the abuse that man is heaping on his environment. The author is pessimistically biassed as to the future of the human race, but he does, however, bring to the attention of his readers many features contributing to the questions which have previously been studied in isolation.
As an example, how many people know that earthquakes have been caused by the formation of artificial lakes or that dust and the burning of wastes are causing a gradual fall in temperature over the earth, which had led scientists to the conclusion that there may be the start of an ice-age before the end of the century.
The book also looks at the effects of pesticides and radioactive wastes, pollutants, predominantly the heavy metals, and the “oxygen crisis”, optimum populations, and the effects of overcrowding on animals.
At times the book can be frightening and to the point. For instance, cadmium sulphate is teratogenic - that is, it induces monstrous deformations of the foetus. Do you want a mentally-retarded child? Do you want your daughter to die of leukemia? Do you want to die in convulsions due to the unrestricted use of pesticides? If not, then I recommend you read this book and take relevant action.
For, to quote the best line of the book “it is the future of the human race that we have been talking about.”.
Well, now that I've said all that, I would like to make a few suggestions with particular reference to the Sydney Bushwalkers.
Firstly, I feel that the Club should establish a Committee concerned with eco-sociological problems due to man's technology. Perhaps maybe, a new club could be formed, which may be better.
Secondly, a questionnaire could be drawn up with reference to points such as - do you know what cadmium is? Do you know what the effects of dieldrin are? Would you be prepared to pay more for your electricity? (If it meant reducing pollution): Would you like to live in the country? And so on. On the basis of these questions, the organisation could produce leaflets answering the most common spheres of misunderstanding and ignorance.
Thirdly, the society could try to coordinate the activities of other conservation clubs forming a federation for, as everyone knows, united action is the goal.
Fourthly, the Club could prove its good intentions by suggesting various schemes to make the best use of the environment, and could go a small way by clearing up litter left by less concerned members of the public.
Finally, it could collect books and papers relating to the cause, so as to have a backbone of solid fact to back up its claims.
I am sure other people could enlarge on the above, and I hope they do so. Unfortunately, it seems to me, that a club like the S.B.W. is somewhat lazy in its attitude to conservation, which is to say the least, a matter of concern. For who cares, if not the people who profess to enjoy the environment.
I even propose that a convention be organised with members from all conservation societies in the Eastern States attending. It may prove to be extremely valuable. The venue would preferably be Sydney, with perhaps a society as I have outlined as hosts. Surely, members of the S.B.W. could house a “conventioneer” for a few nights. It is a matter for thought, but is needed urgently.
I am trying to outline a questionnaire similar in form to the one I have mentioned, and hope to get the Brisbane Bushwalkers interested - I will send a copy down if required.
If this little lot can be published, it might stir up some action: if not, I'll come down for a weekend, and try to lend a hand.
Sincerely, David W. Peacock
by Pat Harrison, Walks Secretary
|November 5, 6, 7|The month begins with Roy Higginbottom's leading a trip down East Christy's Creek and up Middle Christy's. Short swim in Middle Christy's and a steepish climb on to Colboyd, but a good walk in the heart of the Kanangra country.| |November 5, 6, 7|Neville Page has a walk around Pigeon House and Byangee Walls in the Clyde River valley. The Castle looks more impressive from the Yadboro side.| |November 7|Waterfall to Audley with Joan Cordell. Track all the way and plenty of time for lunch and nattering.| |*November 12, 13, 14||Don and I have the second leg of our double this weekend. Rockhopping on the Colo and in Boorai and Angorawa Creeks and some sandy beaches on the Colo, but the scenery is worth all the effort.|
|November l3, 14||A Saturday morning start for Alan Hedstrom's walk to the Barren Grounds. The train journey alone is worth going on despite the rise in fares. I wish I could do both trips this weekend.|
|*November 14||Jim Callaway starts at Garie Beach and ends at Heathcote. The usual Royal National Park scenery.|
|*November 19, 20, 21||Bob Younger goes out from Hilltop and down Martin's Creek, up the Nattai River, then out of the Nattai by way of Starlight's Track. Sandstone bluffs and river scenery at their best, and a chance to see Macarthur's Flat where our next reunion will be held.|
|*November 20, 21||Neville Page heads an old favourite from Wentworth Falls to Katoomba over Mount Solitary. Train leaves at 12.50 p.m. on Saturday.|
|November 21||Meryl Watman has a swimming trip from Heathcote to Engadine via Karloo Pool, Kangaroo Creek, and Tukawa Rill. If the day is hot, you can cool off; if not hot, you can enjoy a pleasant walk.|
|November 26, 27, 28||Max Cripp's own plug for his trip - Wanganderry - Bonnum Pic - Wollondilly River - Burnt Flat Creek - “A fairly easy walk with time to fish, swim, explore, or just sit around. There should be good views of the Upper Burragorang Valley from Bonnum Pic, an unusual sandstone formation on the edge of the escarpment. After a short scramble down a creek the walk will be through grazing land and forest country to the Wollondilly River. Return to Wanganderry along an abandoned vehicle track which follows Burnt Flat Creek through lovely timbered country.”|
|**November 28||Peter Levander's day walk from the Megalong to Billy Healey Hill was a great success. This one, from Mt. Wilson across Du Faur and Bell Creeks and the Wollangambi River back to Mt. Wilson, will be equally good and is the next best thing for anyone who cannot get away for a camp trip.|
A lot of people do most of their walking during the cooler months, and “taper off” their activities in the heat of summer.
If you're amongst those, Paddy hopes you've had a really satisfying autumn and winter of walking, and are making the most of your last enterprising Spring trips before your summer “hibernation”.
Of course, there are others who persist in walking all the year round, but use some discretion about the places to go and the hours to walk in the hot season.
Then there are some who wouldn't dream of tripping in the local mountains in December, January and February but make it to Tasmania, the Australian Alps…. even New Zealand… for long mid-summer holiday jaunts.
Now, whether you're “getting over” winter's walking, or persevering into the summer, it's a good time to check over your equipment, and for any replacements or overhauls, to see -
Paddy Pallin Pty. Ltd. Lightweight Camp Gear.
69 Liverpool Street, Sydney. Telephone 26-2685.
by Ray Hookway and Heather Williams
Sixteen delegates representing eleven clubs attended the September meeting despite the lack of cooperation from striking railway men. New delegate Heather Williams representing the Sydney Bush Walkers was made welcome.
Federation are still seeking exact details of the route from the Electricity Commission but it is now known that the final route has been decided upon. The 330,000 volt line is to cross the Megalong Valley, pass through Medlow Gap, drop down towards the Cox and cross the Cedar and Kedumba valleys towards and or the Kings Tableland escarpment to Minto. At the request of the Blue Mountains Council, the Commission has moved the proposed route further south than originally planned, but they appear determined to make no more changes. The above area is not in either the Kanangra Boyd nor the Blue Mountains National Park, but lies mainly in the Water Board Catchment area. The Commission says that tree clearing will be minimal and towers will, be painted a dull colour to blend in with the background, but this will net detract from the overall depressing picture.
The Colong battle may have been won but it seems that there are always other vandals hovering in the wings to take over the despoilation of our National Parks and surrounding areas.
Steps should immediately be taken to include the Jamison, Kedumba and Cedar valleys in the National Park, if only to retain the economic viability of Katoomba as a tourist resort.
Club members are urged to make conservation a personal issue. Write to your local member. Write to the Minister for Lands. Discuss conservation with your friends. There is plenty of subject matter. Myall Lakes…. Clutha-on-the-south-Coast… Clutha-on-the-Mountains… The Boyd-Kanangra National Park… and now the Electricity Commission's 330,000 volt power line looping across one of the most famous Blue Mountains outlooks.
Following receipt of correspondence regarding the use of over-snow vehicles on the Bogong High Plains, Federation are to write again to the Minister for Lands requesting stricter controls on all all-purpose vehicles in N.S.W. parks. Visitors to Barrington Tops will be well aware of the danger and nuisance caused by unregistered trail bikes in that area.
470 people attended the Ball and voted it the best ever. Biggest party was 61 from Springwood. A party from the Kamerukas celebrated the Club's 25th anniversary.
The S.& R. raffle held in conjunction with the ball raised over $380., also the best result ever. Winning numbers were drawn by Alison Edgecombe who sold the most tickets:
1st prize was won by L. Stirk, 8 Napoleon Street, Rozelle.
2nd prize was won by Phil Wicks, St. Patricks College, Manly.
Next year's ball will be held at the University of N.S.W. Roundhouse. Make a resolution to be there……
Jim Callaway has found it necessary to resign as S.B.W. delegate to Federation and a replacement is required. This is your chance to participate in a small way in current conservation issues. Only one meeting a month is held on the third Tuesday of every month so calls on your time are minimal. Why don't YOU volunteer?
An application from the N.P.A. for affiliation with Federation will be discussed at the October Federation meeting.
Additional postcards of Lake Pedder being sold at 20c. each as part of the campaign to save something of this scenic attraction, are available from J. Bonmitcha, 54 Swanston Street, Newtown, Hobart, 7008.
Due to pressure of other business, the new Membership Secretary, Geoff. Mattingley,. found it was not practiCable to supply the usual membership information this month. It is expected that there will be a double-barrelled comment in November.
Ramon U'Brien was in Kangaroo Valley over the October holiday weekend, and reports on the fire situation at Coolana -
|$||Thick grass on the camping flat completely burned off, but new green shoots coming through.|
|*||Parts of the river floor have been bulldozed out for about two miles down stream commencing just below the bend at Coolana (the reason for this work unknown)|
|$||Very good roads have been built on both sides of the river downstream from Hampton Bridge. The road on the southern side goes on about 12 miles beyond Coolana, and where it passes through the cliff line there is attractive walking country.|
|*||Some landholders in the valley are moving out.|
One of the walking movement's “old hands”, Ernie Austen, recently won a trophy in the N.S.W. veteran Golfers' Competition. Ernie, now 80, represented Australia as a track walker at the 1928 Olympic Games at Amsterdam, then took up bushwalking, from which he “retired” at the age of 47 back in 1938.