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-======  ​THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER ​ ​======+======  ​The Sydney Bushwalker ​ ​======
  
-A monthly bulletin of matters of interest to The SydneyBushwalkers,​ 14 Atchison Street, StLeonards.+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. **Postal Address:** Box 4476, G.P.O., SYDNEY, N.S.W., 2001.
  
-=====JANUARY ​1972=====+=====January ​1972=====
  
-Editor: Jim Brown, 103 Gipps Street, Drummoyne. Tel. 81-2675.  +|Editor:Jim Brown, 103 Gipps Street, Drummoyne. Tel. 81-2675. 
-Typist: Kath Brown +|Typist:Kath Brown| 
-Duplication:​ Jim Vatiliotis. +|Duplication:​Jim Vatiliotis.| 
-Business Manager: Ramon U'​Brien,​ 7/25 Dartbrook Road, Auburn. +|Business Manager:Ramon U'​Brien,​ 7/25 Dartbrook Road, Auburn. Tel. 888-6444 (Business)|
-Tel. 888-6444 (Business)+
  
-^IN THIS ISSUE. ​^Page^+^In This Issue^ ​^Page^
 |From the Editor| |2| |From the Editor| |2|
 |At the December General Meeting| |3| |At the December General Meeting| |3|
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 Why Bulldoze the Boyd? As the Colong Committee puts it, it is a good question. Why Bulldoze the Boyd? As the Colong Committee puts it, it is a good question.
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 by Neville Page by Neville Page
  
-Like those who search for the first elusive "​cuckoo"​ in spring, here we were eager to partake of the first blissful carefree rapturous li-trip this season. Li-lo fanatics from way back, lining up to indulge in the festivities offered, included our Club Jester (Alan 737born), Laurie Quaken, Don Finch (Commander-in-Chief),​ Heather Smith, Dave Rostron, Lesley Page and myself. Those who said they EiEht. ​be along were Peter and Barbara Finch (down from the bush), but apparently not being fired by the missionary zeal of the rest they didn't turn up.+Like those who search for the first elusive "​cuckoo"​ in spring, here we were eager to partake of the first blissful carefree rapturous li-lo trip this season. Li-lo fanatics from way back, lining up to indulge in the festivities offered, included our Club Jester (Alan Wyborn), Laurie Quaken, Don Finch (Commander-in-Chief),​ Heather Smith, Dave Rostron, Lesley Page and myself. Those who said they **might** ​be along were Peter and Barbara Finch (down from the bush), but apparently not being fired by the missionary zeal of the rest they didn't turn up.
  
-It was programmed as a day trip but Loslcy ​and I (being Monday-toFriday-only urbanites ​whonovor ​possible) set forth on Saturday afternoon, driving as far as Mount Tomah there to camp by courtesy of John and Heather ​7hite on their most magnificent piece of real estate, complete with panoramic vistas for miles, fresh mountain air and rich soil just right for rhododendrons. Don and Heather joined us that evening and the four of us settled down for a somewhat coolish night. Later TO got a heavy show= of rain which continued steadily almost until dawn, thus making fire-lighting for breakfast a job for a good wizard with a flameflssh ​generating magic wand. None of us being wizards however, we had to be content with breaking up twigs into half inch lengths and using our lungs. Barely half-way through breakfast were we when Dave Rostron rolled up in his Fairmont. Little past 7.30 a m. was it, but 770 took their hints kindly and hurried ourselves along as much as possible, not to have the day pass wastefully.+It was programmed as a day trip but Lesley ​and I (being Monday-to-Friday-only urbanites ​whenever ​possible) set forth on Saturday afternoon, driving as far as Mount Tomah there to camp by courtesy of John and Heather ​White on their most magnificent piece of real estate, complete with panoramic vistas for miles, fresh mountain air and rich soil just right for rhododendrons. Don and Heather joined us that evening and the four of us settled down for a somewhat coolish night. Later we got a heavy shower ​of rain which continued steadily almost until dawn, thus making fire-lighting for breakfast a job for a good wizard with a flame-flash ​generating magic wand. None of us being wizards however, we had to be content with breaking up twigs into half inch lengths and using our lungs. Barely half-way through breakfast were we when Dave Rostron rolled up in his Fairmont. Little past 7.30 a.m. was it, but we took their hints kindly and hurried ourselves along as much as possible, not to have the day pass wastefully.
  
-Away to Mount 7ilson ​we roa ted, not many miles distant, there to be greeted by that inexhaustable ​supply of wit, good humour, and straight-out corn, Alan yborn. Alice was there too, but she had no intention of going li-icing, especially on a cold, miserable, wet morning like this was. Alan too, although he had his day pack with him in which was stowed his lunch urappod ​in multitudinous plastic bags, said he wasn't too keen on a cold li-trip and would just as soon go home and do some concreting. This was just enough, of course, to encourage the white-ant element in the group and soon we had a loud chorus of dissenters, not the least of whom was the leader himself. ​More had all that enthusiasm gone? That a bunch of pikers!! The leader, who wasn't in too good a mood at all, had nothing ​bettor ​to suggest than a change of route to Blue Gum Forest and return via Poarce'​s ​Pass. That being the case, Alan 7Yborn ​was definitely going home to do his concreting, but wait a minute, ​ho had a map showing a good walk to The Crater via Bell Crook and 7ollongambe ​Creek. In true democratic style the matter was put to the vote, The Crater won (by a small margin), instructions and counter-instructions issued, Alan 7yborn ​was finally ​porsuadcd ​to come along as guido and wo sot forth by car to the starting point further up the Boll road. 71hat the lead= really wanted of course, was to spend the rest of the day in the warmth and comfort of the 77Yborn ​weekender at Mount Tilsonell that was not to be, and thank goodness too, because ​wo would have thus missed out on a beaut little day walk..+Away to Mount Wilson ​we roared, not many miles distant, there to be greeted by that inexhaustible ​supply of wit, good humour, and straight-out corn, Alan Wyborn. Alice was there too, but she had no intention of going li-loing, especially on a cold, miserable, wet morning like this was. Alan too, although he had his day pack with him in which was stowed his lunch wrapped ​in multitudinous plastic bags, said he wasn't too keen on a cold li-lo trip and would just as soon go home and do some concreting. This was just enough, of course, to encourage the white-ant element in the group and soon we had a loud chorus of dissenters, not the least of whom was the leader himself. ​Where had all that enthusiasm gone? What a bunch of pikers!! The leader, who wasn't in too good a mood at all, had nothing ​better ​to suggest than a change of route to Blue Gum Forest and return via Pierces ​Pass. That being the case, Alan Wyborn ​was definitely going home to do his concreting, but wait a minute, ​he had a map showing a good walk to The Crater via Bell Creek and Wollangambe ​Creek. In true democratic style the matter was put to the vote, The Crater won (by a small margin), instructions and counter-instructions issued, Alan Wyborn ​was finally ​persuaded ​to come along as guide and we set forth by car to the starting point further up the Bell road. What the leader ​really wanted of course, was to spend the rest of the day in the warmth and comfort of the Wyborn ​weekender at Mount WilsonWell that was not to be, and thank goodness too, because ​we would have thus missed out on a beaut little day walk.
  
-We set forth from the Bell road about 8 miles west of Mount alson, Don clutching his Tallerawang ​1 inch to 1 milo, and Alan studying his one-off ​7yborn ​special 2 inchcs ​to 1 mile. With such guidance how could we go wrong? Immediately (as we later, but much later, learnt) we proceeded down the wrong ridge. But then, what is wrongness ​anywayF ​it's all relative, and as long as 70 get to where we want to go, it can hardly be said to be wrong. As I said, we followed ​tho wrong ridge (too far west) resulting in our arrival, after a couige ​of hours walking, at the brink of a formidable drop by way of a sheer cliff. ​11 substantial ​crook flowed below, possibly Bell Crook, but impossiblo ​to determine from the top. But the walk had been an eye-opener to some very interesting terrain so far, and oven had we boon forced to turn back at that point, the day would not have been wasted. But oven if the thought entered our heads, the need did not eventuate as 00-leador7 ​advisor, navigator Dave Rostron found a good way dawn to the creek whore it was confirmed to be Boll Crook (by its direction, volume-flow etc, though how I aon't know since those crocks ​flow in all sorts of funny patterns).+We set forth from the Bell road about 8 miles west of Mount Wilson, Don clutching his Wallerawang ​1 inch to 1 mile, and Alan studying his one-off ​Wyborn ​special 2 inches ​to 1 mile. With such guidance how could we go wrong? Immediately (as we later, but much later, learnt) we proceeded down the wrong ridge. But then, what is wrongness ​anyway; ​it's all relative, and as long as we get to where we want to go, it can hardly be said to be wrong. As I said, we followed ​the wrong ridge (too far west) resulting in our arrival, after a couple ​of hours walking, at the brink of a formidable drop by way of a sheer cliff. ​substantial ​creek flowed below, possibly Bell Creek, but impossible ​to determine from the top. But the walk had been an eye-opener to some very interesting terrain so far, and even had we been forced to turn back at that point, the day would not have been wasted. But even if the thought entered our heads, the need did not eventuate as co-leader, ​advisor, navigator Dave Rostron found a good way dawn to the creek whore it was confirmed to be Bell Creek (by its direction, volume-flow etc, though how I don't know since those creeks ​flow in all sorts of funny patterns).
  
-By following the crook a little, sliding down a few rocks, and doing a thigh-waist deep wade, stripping off whore necessary, we were able to negotiate the narrow canyon-like watercourse and by chance located a safe exit, thus enabling us to continuo ​on OUT chosen course. ​7e now passed through country ​prosonting ​a variety of interesting scenery including monolith-typo outcrops of rook, 10 and 20 feet tall, twisted and misshapen by weat and erosion over aeons of time. Every now and then we would climb to the top of one of those monoliths to survey the surrounding landscape of craggy peaks covered with scrubby tea-tree and low profile eucalypts, criss-crossed with doop-out gorges. One spectacular feature of the walk was tho prolific display of flannel flowers - clumps of creamy white blossoms extending for up to 25 OT 30 foot in a patch. Beautiful to behold indeed! ​+By following the creek a little, sliding down a few rocks, and doing a thigh-waist deep wade, stripping off where necessary, we were able to negotiate the narrow canyon-like watercourse and by chance located a safe exit, thus enabling us to continue ​on our chosen course. ​We now passed through country ​presenting ​a variety of interesting scenery including monolith-type outcrops of rook, 10 and 20 feet tall, twisted and misshapen by woat and erosion over aeons of time. Every now and then we would climb to the top of one of those monoliths to survey the surrounding landscape of craggy peaks covered with scrubby tea-tree and low profile eucalypts, criss-crossed with deep-cut gorges. One spectacular feature of the walk was tho prolific display of flannel flowers - clumps of creamy white blossoms extending for up to 25 or 30 foot in a patch. Beautiful to behold indeed! ​
  
-By now the initial gnawing of sharpening ​appotitos ​began to warn walkers that the time was approaching for a meal stop. It was decided though, that we should not stop until Tollongambo ​Creek was gained, and there we could satisfy our hunger in comfort at water'​s edge.+By now the initial gnawing of sharpening ​appetites ​began to warn walkers that the time was approaching for a meal stop. It was decided though, that we should not stop until Wollangambe ​Creek was gained, and there we could satisfy our hunger in comfort at water'​s edge.
  
-As it turned out, 7C didn't have long to wait because we soon came upon another of the area's characteristic deep gorges. Facing us from the other side was the beautiful warm face of a deep yellow-orange sandstone cliff, and between us and the river stood three or four levels of cliff line. First away again was front-liner Dave, searching for a way dawn. According to Alan there was a relatively easy way down, as described by daughter Lyn, involving a squeozo ​hole and tunnel which negotiated the highest of the cliff linos. Upon discovering the way, it proved to be exactly as doscribod, and in fact was Quite easily negotiated by everyone.+As it turned out, we didn't have long to wait because we soon came upon another of the area's characteristic deep gorges. Facing us from the other side was the beautiful warm face of a deep yellow-orange sandstone cliff, and between us and the river stood three or four levels of cliff line. First away again was front-liner Dave, searching for a way dawn. According to Alan there was a relatively easy way down, as described by daughter Lyn, involving a squeeze ​hole and tunnel which negotiated the highest of the cliff lines. Upon discovering the way, it proved to be exactly as described, and in fact was quite easily negotiated by everyone.
  
-What confronted us at the bottom, however, was no crystal clear stream awaiting our indulgence, but a thick, bright yellow, very very dirty river. We wore not unwarned ​abouth ​this greeting as the subject of the 7ollongaMbels polution ​had been raised at the Club mooting ​that very week, but it was still +What confronted us at the bottom, however, was no crystal clear stream awaiting our indulgence, but a thick, bright yellow, very very dirty river. We were not unwarned ​about this greeting as the subject of the Wollangambe'​s pollution ​had been raised at the Club meeting ​that very week, but it was still a terrible ​shock to see this man-made ​despoliation ​of Nature'​s beauty, and here of all places, comparatively quite isolated from the activities of man. Apparent1y a gravel-washing ​plant is emptying muddy outflow into the valley, and this is eventually finding its way downstream and into the Wollangambe ​in quite substantial volumesSo thick was this coloured mud that visibility below surface was nil. Fortunately we were able to locate a side creek running freely with cool, clear water which was beautiful to drink, but the contrast was manifest to us as we sat and watched this untouched mountain stream ​meet the dirty yellow river and merge together, to continue ​its journey as a polluted ​flow of harsh, ​undrinkable ​coloured fluid.
-terriblo ​shock to sec this man-made ​dospoliation ​of Nature'​s beauty, and here of all places, comparatively quite isolated from the activities of man. Apparent1y a gravelwashing ​plant is emptying muddy outflow into the valley, and this is eventually finding its way downstream and into the 7o11ongambe ​in auito substantial volumesSo thick was this coloured mud that visibility below surface was nil. Fortunately we were able to locate a side crook running freely with cool, clear water which was beautiful to drink, but the contrast was manifest to us as wo sat and watched this untouched mountain stream ​moot the dirty yellow river and merge together, to dontinuo ​its journey as a Polluted ​flow of harsh, ​undrinkablo ​coloured fluid.+
  
-Hero it was we had lunch, in a conveniontly ​placed overhang, floored with lovely soft sand, our fresh water supply babbling down across the rocks at OUT loft. Heather ​Passed ​around first of all a billy of delicious tomato soup, which was tried by everyone, and then followed it with a gourmet'​s delight of different ​shooses, smelly and not so smelly. Others ​partood ​of the usual cabanossi and biscuits etc. etc.+Here it was we had lunch, in a conveniently ​placed overhang, floored with lovely soft sand, our fresh water supply babbling down across the rocks at our left. Heather ​passed ​around first of all a billy of delicious tomato soup, which was tried by everyone, and then followed it with a gourmet'​s delight of different ​cheeses, smelly and not so smelly. Others ​partook ​of the usual cabanossi and biscuits etc. etc.
  
-Still overcast and cool, not many of the party felt much inclined towards having a swim in fact the only water numph to venture forth with swimming costume was Laurie ​Quakcn, and he only as far as his upper calves (lower knees).+Still overcast and cool, not many of the party felt much inclined towards having a swimin fact the only water nymph to venture forth with swimming costume was Laurie ​Quaken, and he only as far as his upper calves (lower knees).
  
-Insufficiont ​time was now left for The Crator, and since Alan's indications ​wore that it wasn't all that spectacular anyway, we decided to change direction and head for home. Our way back followed the route along which we should have come, so what we ended up with was the trip in reverse. But again, it's all a matter of relativity, and who's to say that our mistakes didn't result in a far bettor ​walk than what 76,S intended. ​2,1an 7ynorn ​took charge to loaa the way back, thoroughly baffling the true loader ​(Don) and some of the party members by taking us through about 200 degrees of the compass, thus giving the impression of walking in a circle. But his local knowledge of the area proved superior to Cul. supposed logic and 170 eventually arrivedback at Boll Creek, this time at a different spot from earlier in the day, but at a much easier place to srosss ​a simple walk over a conveniently fallen log. The way into Boll Crook at this point was Torso than following a maze, but to the man with local experience (2,1an) it was simple down one cliff and follow its base along, dropping all the time until the crook is reached. ​2-lan also showod ​us a perfect little camping spot down near the creek, sheltered from the winds by cliffs, with a nearby swimming hole and unspoilt ferny glen, crystal clear pool and white sandy bottom ​real Garden of Edon!+Insufficient ​time was now left for The Crater, and since Alan's indications ​were that it wasn't all that spectacular anyway, we decided to change direction and head for home. Our way back followed the route along which we should have come, so what we ended up with was the trip in reverse. But again, it's all a matter of relativity, and who's to say that our mistakes didn't result in a far better ​walk than what was intended. ​Alan Wyborn ​took charge to lead the way back, thoroughly baffling the true leader ​(Don) and some of the party members by taking us through about 200 degrees of the compass, thus giving the impression of walking in a circle. But his local knowledge of the area proved superior to our supposed logic and we eventually arrived back at Bell Creek, this time at a different spot from earlier in the day, but at a much easier place to cross: ​a simple walk over a conveniently fallen log. The way into Bell Creek at this point was worse than following a maze, but to the man with local experience (A1an) it was simpledown one cliff and follow its base along, dropping all the time until the creek is reached. ​Alan also showed ​us a perfect little camping spot down near the creek, sheltered from the winds by cliffs, with a nearby swimming hole and unspoilt ferny glen, crystal clear pool and white sandy bottom. A real Garden of Eden!
  
-The weathor ​was now threatening rain, as it hal on and off throughout the day, so 7c pushed on, spirits still high. The party in general was bearing up well against the 7yborn ​wit which hardly stopped for a breath ​bctvrcen ​jokes (do Lop. knowwhy elephants have yellow on the soles of their foot?).+The weather ​was now threatening rain, as it had on and off throughout the day, so we pushed on, spirits still high. The party in general was bearing up well against the Wyborn ​wit which hardly stopped for a breath ​between ​jokes (do **you** ​know why elephants have yellow on the soles of their feet?).
  
-As we proccodod ​we could faintly hear the sound of cars on the Bell roado, so we knew there was not too far to go, but before we made the road a groat bank of cloud rolled over the hill ahoad of us, threatening to envelope the Party in its billowing white misty mass. is a precaution ​wo tookcompass bearings on our goal to safouard ​against ​tho dangers of being completely surrounded by mist and low visibility. Onwards ​70 marched as the cool moisture wrapped around our cars and our faces, but we weren'​t far from the road and our cars now, and we pushed on merrily and in high spirits. In fact we finished up right at the spot whore we started on the Bell road, thus initiating a round of selfcongratulatory ​remarks by those who considered themselves responsible.+As we proceeded ​we could faintly hear the sound of cars on the Bell road, so we knew there was not too far to go, but before we made the road a great bank of cloud rolled over the hill ahead of us, threatening to envelope the party in its billowing white misty mass. As a precaution ​we took compass bearings on our goal to safeguard ​against ​the dangers of being completely surrounded by mist and low visibility. Onwards ​we marched as the cool moisture wrapped around our ears and our faces, but we weren'​t far from the road and our cars now, and we pushed on merrily and in high spirits. In fact we finished up right at the spot whore we started on the Bell road, thus initiating a round of self-congratulatory ​remarks by those who considered themselves responsible.
  
-Back we went to the yborn weekender where we ate them out of house ana home, and drank gallons of tea and coffee, magging and chatting about what a beaut day it had been. Reluctantly we loft, for a slower than usual drive back to Sydney after the groat lilo trip that wasn'​t. But who cares, there'​ll always be the next time. +Back we went to the Wyborn ​weekender where we ate them out of house and home, and drank gallons of tea and coffee, magging and chatting about what a beaut day it had been. Reluctantly we left, for a slower than usual drive back to Sydney after the groat li-lo trip that wasn'​t. But who cares, there'​ll always be the next time.
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 =====  Membership Notes by Geoff Mattingley ​ ===== =====  Membership Notes by Geoff Mattingley ​ =====
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 At the end of February, the term of the following prospective members will expire. Thus they should ensure that they have completed their walk requirements and passed their oral tests in time to be interviewed by the committee at its March meeting. At the end of February, the term of the following prospective members will expire. Thus they should ensure that they have completed their walk requirements and passed their oral tests in time to be interviewed by the committee at its March meeting.
  
-Leigh Sheridan, Neville Lupton, Susan Hancock, Margaret Merrotsy, Sally Briggs, Alan Rico, Hugh Ferguson, Charles Sudek+Leigh Sheridan, Neville Lupton, Susan Hancock, Margaret Merrotsy, Sally Briggs, Alan Rice, Hugh Ferguson, Charles Sudek
  
-You still have time! Don't waste your prospective membership fee complete the requirements and become a member.+You still have time! Don't waste your prospective membership fee complete the requirements and become a member.
  
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 Just before Christmas word reached us through Peter Donnelly that our recently retired Membership Secretary, Barbara Bruce, was still part of the Broken Hill scene, having evidently found it a much more agreeable spot than originally expected. Just before Christmas word reached us through Peter Donnelly that our recently retired Membership Secretary, Barbara Bruce, was still part of the Broken Hill scene, having evidently found it a much more agreeable spot than originally expected.
  
-She had even locatea ​a walking group at Broken Hill, but up to that stage hadn't been out with them. Seems the Flinaers ​Ranges in South Australia are within striking distance for rreekena ​jaunts, and no cleat Mootwingee (where the abo cave paintings are reputed to be rather more inspired than those at Rea Hand Cave) is almost in the daywalk ​bracket. +She had even located ​a walking group at Broken Hill, but up to that stage hadn't been out with them. Seems the Flinders ​Ranges in South Australia are within striking distance for weekend ​jaunts, and no doubt Mootwingee (where the abo cave paintings are reputed to be rather more inspired than those at Red Hands Cave) is almost in the day-walk ​bracket.
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 =====  Letter from Frank Leyden in the Old Dart  ===== =====  Letter from Frank Leyden in the Old Dart  =====
  
-//Rambling in Sussex ​ +Rambling in Sussex ​24th November, 1971
-24th November, 1971.//+
  
 Dear Fellow Walkers ​ Dear Fellow Walkers ​
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 Winter'​s first snow is bright in the morning sun across the gardens and houses outside my window. Autumn gold lingers everywhere in the leafy landscape, but is fast being stripped away by the freshening westerlies. Winter'​s first snow is bright in the morning sun across the gardens and houses outside my window. Autumn gold lingers everywhere in the leafy landscape, but is fast being stripped away by the freshening westerlies.
  
-The local Ashdown Ramblers ​7alking ​Club has made the weekends for me something to look forward to. The large extent of the Ashdown Forest exists because the soil is too poor for farming. It is largely a Natural Reserve area managed by a Board of Conservators for recreation and preservation. Animals are deer, foxes, rabbits, squirrels, birds, partridge, hedgehogs, insects and fish, swans and ducks in the ponds. ​+The local Ashdown Ramblers ​Walking ​Club has made the weekends for me something to look forward to. The large extent of the Ashdown Forest exists because the soil is too poor for farming. It is largely a Natural Reserve area managed by a Board of Conservators for recreation and preservation. Animals are deer, foxes, rabbits, squirrels, birds, partridge, hedgehogs, insects and fish, swans and ducks in the ponds. ​
  
-I arrived at the end of the blackberry season. The Devil swishes his tail if blackberries are eaten after Michaelmas, but as appetite is slightly stronger than religion, we cleaned up That was still left of blackberries of the Sussex Weald and Wold, not to mention windfall apples, quinces and whatever was too clOSZ, ​to the public footpath.+I arrived at the end of the blackberry season. The Devil swishes his tail if blackberries are eaten after Michaelmas, but as appetite is slightly stronger than religion, we cleaned up what was still left of blackberries of the Sussex Weald and Wold, not to mention windfall apples, quinces and whatever was too close to the public footpath.
  
-These footpaths or rights-of-way were originally ​whore the farm :. workers used to walk back across the fields and through the hedges and lanes to their cottages a sort of travelling stock route for people. Now they are jealously preserved by legal enactments, track clearing parties and volunteers to walk on them to keep them in use. Mostly farmers cooperate. Sometimes they retaliate with barbed wire, bulls and sundry confusements. Navigation ​reciuires ​detailed ​Laps and groat skill and constitution as the path' may be through ​eightfoot ​bracken, impenetrable chestnuts or the lounge of "The Blacksmith'​s Arms".+These footpaths or rights-of-way were originally ​where the farm workers used to walk back across the fields and through the hedges and lanes to their cottages ​a sort of travelling stock route for people. Now they are jealously preserved by legal enactments, track clearing parties and volunteers to walk on them to keep them in use. Mostly farmers cooperate. Sometimes they retaliate with barbed wire, bulls and sundry confusements. Navigation ​requires ​detailed ​maps and great skill and constitution as the 'path' may be through ​eight-foot ​bracken, impenetrable chestnuts or the lounge of "The Blacksmith'​s Arms".
  
-Walks start from the local car park down past the late Oliver ​Crom well's house. Then you drive like hell through all the other mad motorists to a place where you can get right away from the rotten things. Walks are graded A, B, C, D with A, 20 30 miles and D, 5 miles. D's have 30 - 40 pso-fle ​and A's 6 Or S. D's often finish in some lovely old home, stone walls several feet thick, cosy fire, tea and home made cakes!+Walks start from the local car park down past the late Oliver ​Cromwell's house. Then you drive like hell through all the other mad motorists to a place where you can get right away from the rotten things. Walks are graded A, B, C, D with A, 20-30 miles and D, 5 miles. D's have 30 - 40 people ​and A's 6 or 8. D's often finish in some lovely old home, stone walls several feet thick, cosy fire, tea and home made cakes!
  
-They are a great crowd, and I enjoy all types of the walks. In summer thereare night walks in the long twili,​.:​ht ​and interesting coast cliff Talks. A walk is described on the Programme as "​Alfriston with cafe tea" or "Layby at Pippingford"​ or "​Stumblewood from The Goat". Walks reorts ​are fully published in both local newspaers. There arc no club rooms, hardly any office bearers or any business at all except walking and track clearing. The annual sub. is only five bob, and slide nights or social ​toEetherments arc at the -1)rivat., ​homes or by takeover of the local school.+They are a great crowd, and I enjoy all types of the walks. In summer there are night walks in the long twilight ​and interesting coast cliff walks. A walk is described on the Programme as "​Alfriston with cafe tea" or "Lay-by ​at Pippingford"​ or "​Stumblewood from The Goat". Walks reports ​are fully published in both local newspapers. There are no club rooms, hardly any office bearers or any business at all except walking and track clearing. The annual sub. is only five bob, and slide nights or social ​togetherments are at the private ​homes or by takeover of the local school.
  
-I enjoy the beauty of the green rolling countryside with the holly and bramble hedges, the giant oaks and the slender white birch, ​tho beeches, chestnut and fir. Instead of stumbling over middens on walks, substitute covens, old gravestones,​ mysterious monuments and hidey holes Last Sunday'​s 20 miler was in the Kipling Country near Hastings. Also famous for 1066.+I enjoy the beauty of the green rolling countryside with the holly and bramble hedges, the giant oaks and the slender white birch, ​the beeches, chestnut and fir. Instead of stumbling over middens on walks, substitute covens, old gravestones,​ mysterious monuments and hidey holesLast Sunday'​s 20 miler was in the Kipling Country near Hastings. Also famous for 1066.
  
-Had a most enjoyable evening with Bill O'​Neill at Covent Garden Opera House performance of "​Anastasia" ​ballot, Also "Great Waltz" as a stage performance at Drury Lane Theatre. G. & S. "​Patience"​ done by a local group was great fun and included in cast some of the Ramblers. Also ‘qly ​Fair Lady" at another local theatre.+Had a most enjoyable evening with Bill O'​Neill at Covent Garden Opera House performance of "​Anastasia" ​ballet, Also "Great Waltz" as a stage performance at Drury Lane Theatre. G. & S. "​Patience"​ done by a local group was great fun and included in cast some of the Ramblers. Also "​My ​Fair Lady" at another local theatre.
  
-My Hillman car is great for excursions further afield such as TunbriElge ​Wells, Crawley and the coast. But icy roads and fogs take every skill one has. Am totally converted to the GIVE WAY system, but not yet to the GIVE UP system.+My Hillman car is great for excursions further afield such as Tunbridge ​Wells, Crawley and the coast. But icy roads and fogs take every skill one has. Am totally converted to the GIVE WAY system, but not yet to the GIVE UP system.
  
-The night sky when clear shows my old friends The Great Bear, Pole Star, Dragon, Cassiopeia. Pleiades is about 35 degrees south from zenith and Orion'​s Belt, upside down right and loft reversed, just above the south horizon.+The night sky when clear shows my old friends The Great Bear, Pole Star, Dragon, Cassiopeia. Pleiades is about 35 degrees south from zenith and Orion'​s Belt, upside down right and left reversed, just above the south horizon.
  
-Every day I'm getting more like a white man, but it's the rich, glizgey ​local jersey cream and cakes that's really killing me, and I'm getting a proper TV bottom. But you should insist on colour TV in Australia, and stop looking at black and white substitutes.+Every day I'm getting more like a white man, but it's the rich, gluggy ​local jersey cream and cakes that's really killing me, and I'm getting a proper TV bottom. But you should insist on colour TV in Australia, and stop looking at black and white substitutes.
  
 My tasks here are the most interesting I have ever done, meeting people from all countries and levels, making lots of friends and learning many new things. My tasks here are the most interesting I have ever done, meeting people from all countries and levels, making lots of friends and learning many new things.
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 Wishing you all sunshine, good walking, season'​s greetings and all the very best Wishing you all sunshine, good walking, season'​s greetings and all the very best
  
-//From Frank Leyden//+From Frank Leyden
  
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 Well, now… about that change of address… Well, now… about that change of address…
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 (3) If not, do you want to keep them secret? (and not receive any Club publications) (3) If not, do you want to keep them secret? (and not receive any Club publications)
  
-If your answers were (1) Yes s (2) No and (3) No.... better tell the Secretary ​RIGHT NO or your entry in the Pink Pages for 1972 will be wrong. ​+If your answers were (1) Yes s (2) No and (3) No.... better tell the Secretary ​**right now** or your entry in the Pink Pages for 1972 will be wrong. ​
  
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-Talking of changed addresses, ​Will. Hilder has recently moved, and for the benefit of people who want to contact him on mapping and similar matters, advises his new address is:+Talking of changed addresses, ​Wilf Hilder has recently moved, and for the benefit of people who want to contact him on mapping and similar matters, advises his new address is:\\
 21 Jean Street, Seven Hills. Postcode 2147. Tele. 622-3353 (home) 21 Jean Street, Seven Hills. Postcode 2147. Tele. 622-3353 (home)
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 =====  Coming Walks - February 1972  ===== =====  Coming Walks - February 1972  =====
-//by Pat Harrison// 
  
-|February 49 59 6 s |There has been a plethora of 7o11angambie trips on this programme. The river is also being spoilt ​by the sand-washing activitics upstroam at Bell. Bill gillam has therefore changed his outing to a fishing trip, oither for Bass on the Colo or for Trout in tho Middle Kowmung. Bill's phone 520-8423 (H).| +by Pat Harrison
-|February 6t |Bundeena to Otford9 the best coastal day walk there is. Loaders Jim Callaway 520-7081 (H).| +
-|February 6s |Wildflowers and apiary inspection at Darkes Forest. Privatc transport. David Cotton the leader.| +
-|February 11,12713s |L different part of the Shoalhaven9 led by Max Crisp. Phone 207333 Ext0220 (B). Kay be swimming.| +
-|February 19, 13s |Abseiling in Kanangra Deep under the care of Roger Gowing 43-5281(H).| +
-|February 13: |Nan Bourke, who was to take charge of the Swimming Carnival at Lake Eckersley, has gone to Melbourne to live. Watch for notice of change of loader for this event.| +
-|February 18,l9,20 |I floxiblo trip to the 7ol1ondi11y with Robin Blumb 918-6183 (H) or 40-080 (H). Bring thc children and relax in scenic surroundings,​ or wander off on your own for womothing more energetic.| +
-|February 20s |JIrethusa Canyon0 Lbsoiling and swimming absolutely unavoidable. Pray for a heat wave. /Ilan Pike the leader.| +
-|February 25926927: |Tony Donhara 99-1246 (H) has all the wrinkles for a beaut trip through Hidden Valley and across to Folly Point in the Budo;​uangs.| +
-|February 26927: |Bill Hall 57-5145 (H) has a 1 day camp trip in the Royal National Park. Train 12.50 p m0 electric to Cronulla.| +
-|Fcbruary 27s |Jim Brown 81-2675 (H) loads th,D last round-up from Holensburgh to Iiilyvale via Era and Burning Palms. Train 842 aomo country. Return Lilyvale.|+
  
-----------------------------+|February 4,5,6|There has been a plethora of Wo11angambe trips on this programme. The river is also being spoilt by the sand-washing activities upstream at Bell. Bill Gillam has therefore changed his outing to a fishing trip, either for Bass on the Colo or for Trout in the Middle Kowmung. Bill's phone 520-8423 (H).| 
 +|February 6|Bundeena to Otford, the best coastal day walk there is. Leader: Jim Callaway 520-7081 (H).| 
 +|February 6|Wildflowers and apiary inspection at Darkes Forest. Private transport. David Cotton the leader.| 
 +|February 11,12,13|A different part of the Shoalhaven, led by Max Crisp. Phone 207333 Ext0220 (B). May be swimming.| 
 +|February 12,​13|Abseiling in Kanangra Deep under the care of Roger Gowing 43-5281(H).| 
 +|February 13|Nan Bourke, who was to take charge of the Swimming Carnival at Lake Eckersley, has gone to Melbourne to live. Watch for notice of change of leader for this event.| 
 +|February 18,l9,20 |A flexible trip to the Wol1ondi11y with Robin Blumb 918-6183 (H) or 40-080 (H). Bring the children and relax in scenic surroundings,​ or wander off on your own for something more energetic.| 
 +|February 20|Arethusa Canyon. Abseiling and swimming absolutely unavoidable. Pray for a heat wave. Alan Pike the leader.| 
 +|February 25,​26,​27|Tony Denham 99-1246 (H) has all the wrinkles for a beaut trip through Hidden Valley and across to Folly Point in the Budawangs.| 
 +|February 26,27|Bill Hall 57-5145 (H) has a 1 day camp trip in the Royal National Park. Train 12.50 p.m. electric to Cronulla.| 
 +|February 27|Jim Brown 81-2675 (H) leads the last round-up from Helensburgh to Lilyvale via Era and Burning Palms. Train 8.42 a.m. country. Return Lilyvale.|
  
-=====  The Smokewalkoro ​ =====+=====  The Smokewalkers ​ =====
  
 A circular from the National Parks Association'​s Fire Fighting Force has been received, seeking additional manpower, and setting out its objectives. The following is a summary of the main points made in this publication. A circular from the National Parks Association'​s Fire Fighting Force has been received, seeking additional manpower, and setting out its objectives. The following is a summary of the main points made in this publication.
  
-Thc Smokewalkers is a body of fire fighters dedicated to the protection of bushland from fire. They are willing to walk through rough country to get to a fire and, when reasonable safe to do so, to extinguish the fire without resorting to the backburn method unless more direct methods are impracticable. The most appropriate role is in suppressing quiet fires burning well away from roads in rough "​inaccessible"​ country+The Smokewalkers is a body of fire fighters dedicated to the protection of bushland from fire. They are willing to walk through rough country to get to a fire and, when reasonable safe to do so, to extinguish the fire without resorting to the backburn method unless more direct methods are impracticable. The most appropriate role is in suppressing quiet fires burning well away from roads in rough "​inaccessible"​ country.
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-The need for this force arises from the fact that fires burning in bushland away from roads and houses have frequently been loft to burn unchecked, fire fighting efforts being mostly confined to the vicinity of private properties. This is wrong because: +
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-• If the fire becomes wind driven it may later threaten property.+
  
-• Re-,?​cated ​fire in an area endanger its ecological integrity by destroying certain species ​of plants or animals.+The need for this force arises from the fact that fires burning in bushland away from roads and houses have frequently been left to burn unchecked, fire fighting efforts being mostly confined to the vicinity ​of private propertiesThis is wrong because:
  
-• Fires cause scenic depreciation of the bushland.+  * If the fire becomes wind driven it may later threaten property. 
 +  * Repeated fire in an area endanger its ecological integrity by destroying certain species of plants or animals. 
 +  * Fires cause scenic depreciation of the bushland.
  
-The Smokowalkers ​operate mainly in National and State Parks and Nature Reserves, but will fight fires if requested in other natural areas, including Crown Lands, State Forests and 7ater Catchments, if sufficient volunteers ​arc available. On occasions assistance may be given to save private property.+The Smokewalkers ​operate mainly in National and State Parks and Nature Reserves, but will fight fires if requested in other natural areas, including Crown Lands, State Forests and Water Catchments, if sufficient volunteers ​are available. On occasions assistance may be given to save private property.
  
-The telephone contact system is so arranged that the whole force can be alerted within about half an hour. Transport is by members'​ cars and equipment is provided by the Parks and :​Tildlifo ​Service. A support force has been formed to deliver food and drink to the fire fighters, to assist in driving, communication,​ first aid, etc.+The telephone contact system is so arranged that the whole force can be alerted within about half an hour. Transport is by members'​ cars and equipment is provided by the Parks and Wildlife ​Service. A support force has been formed to deliver food and drink to the fire fighters, to assist in driving, communication,​ first aid, etc.
  
-The Smokewalkers are not intended to compete with, interfere with or criticise the Voluntary Bush Fire Brigade organisation,​ whose main concern is the safeguarding of life and property, and is essential for that purpose. This is a perfectly legitimate limitation (not that it always applies), but the Smokowalkors ​consider it should be someone'​s responsibility to protect the bush itself,. The two forces should therefore coexist and cooperate with mutual understanding and tolerance.+The Smokewalkers are not intended to compete with, interfere with or criticise the Voluntary Bush Fire Brigade organisation,​ whose main concern is the safeguarding of life and property, and is essential for that purpose. This is a perfectly legitimate limitation (not that it always applies), but the Smokewalkers ​consider it should be someone'​s responsibility to protect the bush itself,. The two forces should therefore coexist and cooperate with mutual understanding and tolerance.
  
 The Smokewaikers have asked that bodies interested consider the formation of Club groups, which would provide their own contact and support organisation,​ and this matter will come before the next General Meeting. ​ The Smokewaikers have asked that bodies interested consider the formation of Club groups, which would provide their own contact and support organisation,​ and this matter will come before the next General Meeting. ​
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