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 +***I.HOHR-**************************************************************** ​
 +                    THE SYDNEY B-USHWALKER
 +A monthly bulletin of matters of interest to The Sydney Bush Walkers, ​
 +                     14 Atchison Street, St. Leonards.
 +POSTAL ADDRESS.: Box 4476 G.P.O., Sydney, N.S.W. 2001.
 +Meetings at the Club Rooms 'on Wednesday evenings after 7.30 p.m. 
 +Enquiries regarding the Club Mrs. Marcia Shappert, Tel. 30-2028.
 +                            JANUARY',​ _1975. ​
 +Editors'​. ​         Spiro Kbtas, 104/10 Wylde Street, Pott's Point, 2011:
 +                            Tel. 357-1381 (Home) ​   ​
 +Typists ​           Kath Brown
 +Duplication: ​      Frank Taeker
 +Business Manager: Bill Burke, 3 Coral Tree Drive, Carlingford,​ 2118.-
 +                              IN THIS ISSUE:
 +Deoember General Meeting ​                      by Jim Brown     Page 2
 +Jagufigal at Last                                 David Rostron ​       3
 +Publications ​ Your Australian Garden Series ​       ,-                 5
 +Paddy Pallin Advertisement ​                          ​. ​                6
 +Conservation ​                                     Dr. B. Byles         7
 +Persepolis ​ not quite a Bush Walk                Allan Wyborn ​        9
 +Walks Secretary'​s Votes, February ​                Bob Hodgson ​        11
 +Mounta,in Equipment Advertisement ​                                    12
 +Official Notice ​                        / ​                            13
 +                    4,​4********************4HHHE************-x-x-x-***********K:​
 +Page 2             THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER ​  ​January,​ 1975.
 +                  DECEMBER G   ​MEETD-G.-
 +                         . ......... ​     by Jim Brown.
 +   Right at the outset the President felt impelled to explain that the 
 +December meeting would be somewhat of a "​one-man .band" as both Secretary ​
 +and Treasurer had other fish to fry that evening. A welcome was 
 +extended to new members Pat McBride and Ian Gibson, while another, Victor ​
 +Gosbell, was not present.
 +   ​Having read the November minutes Barry asked for and obtained the 
 +vote of,​endorcement as a correct record, and there were no questions ​
 +arising. Apart from the usual -batch of magazines and bulletins,​.Corres- ​
 +pondence contained a couple of items which were discussed briefly. From 
 +the Brisbane Walkers was a proposition that a groUp of walking ebbs 
 +(about l2 in number) should agree to the reprinting in their magazines
 +of articles published by the others, with the usual courtesy of adknoW- ​
 +leagment of origin of the items. We were in accord with this notion, ​
 +while adding that S.BOVT. magazine seldom "​borrowed"​. A. book from the 
 +Victorian National Parks Association "The Alps at the Crossroads", ​
 +proposing an Alpine National Park extending from the Kosciusko Park into 
 +Victoria was advertised as now being available. While the "​owner"​ of 
 +Yerranderie has distributed a circular inviting interested parties of up 
 +to 25 or 30 to "hire a phost town",
 +   The Treasury statement, also presented by the President, disclosed ​
 +a working balance of $1,624 at the close of November, and when the Walks 
 +Report was called for, Bob Hodgson WAS able to say to Barry, "One cap 
 +you won't have to wear tonight"​. To begin with there was the car swap . 
 +on Jenolan River, jointly handled by John Broome and Alan Marlin, with
 +4 in the downstream and 5 in the upstream parties. Was something said 
 +about trout in the stream? There was some doubt whether the other 
 +weekend trip set down for Nov. 15 - 17 had actually gone, but Sam Hinde'​s ​
 +Sunday walk to Marley had gone forward and was described by Gladys Roberts ​
 +as "a normal trip".
 +   Over the weekend 22 - 24 Nova Hans Beck had a party of 8 on the 
 +Nattai River, the party being tricked and trapped into following a tiMber ​
 +trail which took them away from the intendedroute:​ as a result the _ 
 +return was made via Starlight'​s Trail instead of Rocky Waterholes Creek. ​
 +That wekend Snow Brown also had 8 in the Wollondilly -'​Tomat Creek 
 +o-Ountry, sampling Tony Carlon'​s usual hospitality,​ and returning along 
 +ridge instead of Tamat Gorge when it turned showery on Sundcy. ,​Sunday ​
 +24th had two day walks, Max Crisp leading 13 from KatooMba to Mt.Solitary ​
 +and back, while Kath Brown had 15 on a standard Burning Palms walk, It 
 +was recorded that small pockets of sand were coming back at The Palm'​s ​
 +   Over the weekend Nov. 29 - Dec. 1 David Gleesonls party experienced ​
 +very *arm conditions on the Splendour Rock - Cox's River trip and onjoyed ​
 +the river swimming. Sunday saw Joe Mar-ton'​s long coastal day walk from 
 +Bundeena to Otford, with 15 people, two of whom went ahead after lunch
 +to batch an earlier train, while five defected (sane by pro-design) at 
 +Garie to take the bus.
 +Page 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER ​                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ​January,​ 1975.
 +                                                   Roy Higginbotham led on the Kowmung River jaunt of Dec. 6  8, the 
 +party totaling 12 (it was mentioned that the badly potholed state of the 
 +Kanangra road caused a tyre on one car to disintegrate). A threat of rain 
 +on Saturday kept the party cool and comfortable on t he ridge walk from 
 +Kanangra and the return from foot of Hughes Ridge dammenced about noon on 
 +Sunday. The day walk was to Marley, conducted by Kath Brown with 16 in
 +the party and it was reported that Marley Beach at least has a liberal supply ​
 +of sand.
 +                                                   In General Business, Gordon Broome reported that some work had. been 
 +done ,on the Alpine hut which his group of S.B.W. members had agreed to care 
 +for: More was to be done and he needed some 26 g. galvanised iron roofing ​
 +and some 3" x 2" timber. In response to a suggestion that the Club might 
 +give financial support, Gordon said this was available from funds held by ,
 +the Kosciusko Huts group, but he was at this stage the "​scrounging"​.
 +                                                   ​Finally the- President had one item of good tidings: Alan Martin had 
 +volunteered as a Federation delegate, filling one of the vacancies, and he 
 +was naturally elected very gladly. Barry, in winding up the business at 
 +about 9.20 p.m. reminded us that this still left one position for Federation ​
 +representative to fill, and looked around hopefully, but unsuccessfully, ​
 +before declaring the meeting closed.
 +                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ​.************ ​
 +                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  JAGUNGAL AT LAST.- ​         .....                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           by David Rostron.
 +                                                   ​Jagungal ​ the ski tourers dream  had eluded. me for many years, ​
 +al*ays because of indifferent weather (is that the best way of describing ​
 +blizzards?​). 1974 seemed that it would not be the exception, with one
 +abortive attempt in August. The same fate had fallen to other enthusiasts, ​
 +Wilf alder, Rod. Peters and Co. during 1974.
 +                                                   With the exceptional snow conditions this year it was thought that one 
 +more attempt was warranted. By 12.30 a.m. on Saturday 19/10/74 eight 
 +bodies were bedded down at Mumang with high hopes .for the morrow arising ​
 +from the clear starry night. However there was some cloud about the next 
 +morning as we set off up Whites River at 7.00 a.m. Falling snow and poor 
 +visibility were enbountered at times on the trek up to Schlink Pass so there 
 +was no great optimism amongst the party despite the forecast of a fine 
 +                                                   An early lunch was had at Schlink/​Hilton and then we set off across ​
 +the Kerries to Mawsons Hut. Whiteout conditions prevailed over 2-3 miles' ​
 +and we.aocordingly had some differences of opinion as to the route. Phil 
 +Butt extolled the virtues of the valley route whilst Wilf Hilder claimed ​
 +the ridges must be followed. Both alleged superior knowledge, having been 
 +there before in whiteouts. However this did little for the confidenoe of 
 +the rest of the party. One could ask why the leader remained silent. In
 +fact, there was no leader ​ a case of 8 chiefs and no indiansl A consensus ​
 +gradually developed and we followed'​ the valleys. The whiteout lifted and 
 +we found ourselves at Mawsons by 2.00 p.m.
 +   Page 4                                                                                                                    THE SYDNEY BUSHW.ALICER ​                                                                                                                                            ​January,​ 1975.
 +                           Snow conditions by this time were quite poor  soft slush and the 
 +   ​Trinainder of the afternoon passed with large quantities of food and liquid ​
 +   being consumed.
 +                          Just after dinner John Broome returned from a short excursion to 
 +   ​announce that snow conditions were iyproving. There was an almost ​
 +   ​unanimous desire to shake off the afternoon and evening'​s lethargy, and 
 +   ​shortly afterwards five individuals were out on skis for an intended run
 +   to Tin Hut and back (10 km return). After travelling about 400 yards your 
 +   ​scribe was the first to "white ant" on account of the breakable crust.
 +  Two minutes discussion and the remainder of the party were also heading ​
 +  back to the hut.
 +                         At 4.00 a.m. 'next morning Phil was the first up and then announced ​
 +  thore had. been a good frost overnight. Six of the party were away. by 
 +   5.00, a.m. on what seemed like solid ice.                                                                                                                                                                 (The two girls  Kathy Stewart ​
 +  and Judith considered that stopping in bed was a far saner way to spend 
 +  these hodrs of the morning.) Two minutes to cover the 500-600 yards to
 + the Valentine River and then the painful process of crossing in bare feet 
 +  followed by the replacement of boots and socks on snow on the other side. 
 +  John dropped a sock in the water which Phil unsuccessfully attempted to 
 +  retrieve. He shall have to be named Brass Monkey-Phil after this episode. ​
 +  The rest of the party were almost suffering from frostbite after the 
 +  crossing but Phil removed his boots and socks again and plunged in to try 
 +  to save John's sock. John then wore a towel on his foot and reported ​
 +  this was almost the same as a sock.
 +                        The usual waxing arguments followed ​ each to his own idea and soon 
 +  we were, en route again minus one prospective who could not handle the ice 
 +  on hid new fishscale skis.
 +                       The first rays of the sun struck the east face of Jagungal and there 
 +  were a number of photograph stops. Happy Jacks River was reached and 
 +  fortunately we found a dry crossing on rocks. Wilf was observed up to 
 +  his knees in water at one time. Following the usual facetious enquiry ​
 +  he responded that he was fishing ​ for his camera. He later changed the 
 +  film and reported that all was in order.
 +                       The five members of the party became spread out over the last few 
 +  miles. Snow conditions were still very good  one could double pole at 
 +  quite a fast rate on the flat and even on slight upgrades. The first 
 +  skiers reached the summit at about 7.30 a.m. under perfect conditions  ​
 +  no wind and very little cloud. Watsons Crags and Mt. Kosciusko looked ​
 +  magnificent under their heavy mantles of snow. A hundred miles (?) away 
 +  in Victoria, Mt.Bogong stood out on a sea of cloud. One could not have 
 +  wished for a more magnificent panorama ​ this was the ultimate in champagne ​
 +  skitouring.
 +                        We could have accepted the euphoria associated with this stay on 
 +  the summit for hours, but by 8.30 a.m. the increasing heat of the sun 
 +  dictated an early departure in order to have superlative snow conditions ​
 +  for the downhill run. For me the run off the summit was insurpassable.' ​
 +  If ecatacy can be experienced through skiing then this was it
 +Page 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                TIM SYDNEY BUSHWALKER ​                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     January, 1975.
 +                                                  Back across the valleys and ridges and this time the crossing of 
 +Valentines River was almost refreshing. Wilf claimed he was tempted to 
 +dive in. The first lunch of the day was had at Mawsons and then some of 
 +the party intended to climb Dicky Cooper Bogong en route to Munyang. By 
 +the time Schlink Pass was reached the heat of the sun and poor snow , 
 +conditions again determined the action - back to the cars. Lunch'​No.2 was 
 +enjoyed just below Schlink Pass and we were back to the cars by 4.00 p.m. 
 +It was found that snow on the road, on which we had skied for about 2 miles 
 +on the way up on Saturday morning, had since melted.
 +                                                  That evening as we dined at Queanbeyan one surveyed the red noses and 
 +faces of one's companions. Rod Peters was so well "lit up" he was acowed ​
 +of having:been on the tbottle all weekend.
 +                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ​**************
 +       T.o .er                             ​! ​        
 +                                                                                                                                                                           ​PUBLIGATIONS - YOUR AUSTRALIAN GARDEN SERIES.
 +                                                  A series of booklets packed. with information for those who are interested ​
 +in the cultivation of Australian plants. Attractively produced with a colour ​
 +illustration on the cover and line drawings inside.
 +j.12.0.ation.: ​                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ​Covering propagation by cuttings; use of hormones.'​
 +cutting mediums; preparing containers;'​ planting; placing; mist sprays; ​
 +belljar propagation;​ transplanting;​ propagation by seeds; etc. etc.
 +No; 2. Mintbushes and their Relatives: Descriptive notes on the members of 
 +this-attractive family.- Prostanthera,​ Westringia9 Ocimum, Hemigenia and others.
 +N.  Mat and' Ground Cover Plants: Descriptive catalogue for all gardens ​
 +with notescin,​climatic tastes.and.adaptability. A wide range of species.
 +No, 4.                                                                                               ​revil:​ JS Descriptive catalogue of nearly 80 species of the popular
 +Grevileas9.including sbme less known garden forms. Propagation and oultural
 +                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ​requirements.
 +No.                                                                                         ​Shrubb Acacias s Descriptive catalague of nearly 80 species of mall
 +Acacias Wattles including some less well known but useful cultivars.
 +No, 6. Callistemons and other Bottlebrushe s Descriptive notes on Callis- ​
 +temons including some recently recognised forms and '​hybrids;​ Calothamnus, ​
 +Kunzea baxteri9 Bottlebrush-like Melaleucas and Regelia velutina. A new title                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      in the series. ​                                                                                                                                                                                    '​
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 +                                            &WNW RUCKSACK ,.
 +                                            This '​shaped'​ rucksack is excellent ​
 +                                            for children. Useful day pack. 
 +                                            Weight 14ozs
 +                                                                                                      Lightweight bushwalking and camp gear
 +                                            SENIOR RUCKSACK ​
 +                                            A single pOcket, shaped rucksack. ​
 +                                            Suitable for overnight camping. ​
 +                                            Weight 14lbs
 +                                            BUSHMAN RUCKSACKS
 +                                            Have sewn-In curved bottom for extra 
 +                                            comfort in carlying. Wirl hold 30 lbs. 
 +                                            2 pocket model 1%lbs 
 +                                          .3 pocket model 1%1b$
 +                                                                                                  KIANDRA MODEL
 +                                                                                                  Hooded bag. Extra well filled. ​
 +                                            PIONEER RUCKSACK ​                                     Very compact. Approx 3%lbs.
 +                                            Is an extra large bag with four 
 +                                            external pockets and will carry 
 +                                            about 40Ibs of camp gear.
 +                                           ​Weight 2%lbs
 +                                            MOUNTAINEER DE LUXE 
 +                                            Can carry 70Ibs or more. 
 +                                            Tough lightweight terylene/ ​
 +                                            cotton, proofed fabric with                                                                      HOTHAM MODEL
 +                                            special P.V.C. reinforced
 +                                                                                                                                             Super warm. Box quilted. ​
 +                                            base. 20"x 17" x 9" proofed ​
 +                                                                                                                                             Added leg room. Approx. ​
 +                                            nylon extension throat with 
 +                                            double draw cord for positive ​                                                                   4%lbs.
 +                                            closure. Flap has full sized 
 +                                            zip pocket of waterproof ​
 +                                            nylon. Outside pocket. Bag 
 +                                            is easily detached from the                           ​CARRYING BAGS 
 +                                            frame to form a 3' sleeping ​                          ​P.V.C. or nylon.
 +                                            bag cover for cold, wet 
 +                                            conditions. ​                                                            /
 +                                            Weight Sibs
 +                                            MOUNTAINEER
 +                                            Same features as de luxe 
 +                                            model except for P.V.C. ​
 +                                            bottom reinforcing. ​                                                                              ​Compasses dry, oil filled or 
 +                                            Weight 5%ibs                                                                                      wrist types.
 +                                                                                                                                              Maps. Large range. ​
 +                                                                                                                                              Bushwalking books.
 +                                            TRAMPER FRAME RUCKSACK ​                               '​A'​ TENTS                                   ​Freeze dried and dehydrated ​
 +                                            Young people and ladies will                          One, two or three men.                      foods. ​                   ​
 +                                            find this pack a good one. It                         ​From-2% to- -3%lbs ​                         Stoves and lamps.
 +                                            will carry sufficient camping ​                                                                    ​Aluminium cook ware.
 +                                            equipment .and food for 3 or 4                                                                    Ground sheets. ​                    -
 +                                          . days or more. Has 3 pockets, ​                                                                     Everything for the bushwalker.
 +                                            capacity about 30 lbs. 
 +                                            Weight 4lbs.
 +                                                                                             ​. ​   WALL TENTS
 +                                                                                                  Two. three or four man. 
 +                                                                                                  From 3% to-41AI;
 +69 LIVERPOOL ST., SYDNEY 26-2686, 61-7216
 +Page 7           THE SYDVEY BUSHWALEER January, 1975.
 +                    CONSERVATION. ​  by Dr. B. Byles.
 +   ​(Address by DT. Baldur Byles on receipt of Honorary Degree of Doctor ​
 +   of Laws, Australian National University, 14/03. Published, in 
 +        the National Parks Journal - September 1974.)
 +    The field of human activity concerning land use and conservation is 
 + ​covered with conflicts and differences of opinion. If we carry out 
 + ​sufficient land use surveys, cost benefit studies and other research ​
 + ​directed to finding out the effects of alternative forms of use on 
 + ​economics,​ wildlife, soil erosion and so on, we can reduce these conflicts ​
 + and differences,​ but homver much we do this there will still remain - 
 + ​particularly in the field of conservation - a basic difference of opinion ​
 + that eneroaches on the field of philosophy and religion. It is on this 
 + ​subject that I would like to speak very briefly.
 +    As an Australian forester I was trained to accept the view that the 
 + prime purpose of a forest was to produce straight logs that could be 
 + ​economically converted to saleable timber. As my work with the Kosciusko ​
 + State Park developed and I became aware of other uses for forests, I 
 + found myself, if not exactly ostracised. by my forestry colleagues, at 
 + least kept out of the way when matters concerning oonflicte with the 
 + ​nature lovers were being considered. At the same time my new found 
 + ​friends among the nature lovors,​viewed me with suspicion as a represent- ​
 + ative of an exploitive industry. I was charged with running with the 
 + hares and hunting with the hounds, and this was not a comforable position ​
 + but it did give me an opportunity to see both sides of the question.
 +    The traditional view of the mining fraternity is that minerals ​
 + ​preserved in the ground are minerals wasted, while foresters expressed ​
 + the view - and some probably still do - that a forest not managed for 
 + ​maximum production of saleable timber is a cemetery of dead trees and a 
 + waste of natural resources.
 +    The conservationist feels within himself that these views are wrong; ​
 + he may know why they are wrong but this is not clearly and courageously ​
 + ​expressed,​ with the result that he fulminates and protests over details, ​
 + and there is much noise, much smoke but very little attempt at mutual ​
 + ​understanding.
 +    There is an old story which bears on this matter. In brief enigmatic ​
 + form anyone may rec,d it in the first chapter of Genesis - it was told by 
 + some wise old men - and possibly women - in the long long ago. These 
 + ​people looked out on the world and asked themselves how? when? where? ​
 + why? did it all happen. And, in answer to their own question, they 
 + ​propounded the story of how God created the world, and gave man dominion ​
 + over all the earth and every living thing therein.
 +    In those fr,raway days the law concerning real estate had not been 
 + ​clearly defined and we were not told whether God gave man the freehold ​
 + title to the earth or whether He gave it to him as trustees, to have, to 
 + hold and to enjoy and to pass on to his successors in a better state than 
 + that in which he received it.
 +Page 8         THE SYDNEY BUROALICER January, 1975.
 +   Does this story, I wonder, help us to pinpoint the fundamental ​
 +difference between the miner who believes that minerals left in the ground ​
 +are minerals wasted and the forester who believes that a forest not 
 +managed for the maximum production of saleable timber is a forest wasted; ​
 +and the conservationist,​ and, if so, will it assist them to discuss calmly ​
 +and logically the appropriate useifor a certain tract of land?
 +   I think that the leaders of the conservation movement are convinced ​
 +that God did NOT give man the freehold title to the earth but only gave 
 +it to him as trustee, and I think that the time has come that 
 +conviction publicly, even though it may expose the movement to some un- 
 +pleasant comment. Then, when any proposal involving the destruction of 
 +the existing natural donditions comes up for consideration,​ it should ask 
 +itself: is this absolutely necessary for the well-being of the community ​
 +and if it is what can be done to ensure that we shall discharge OUT:​res- ​
 +ponsibilities to hand the earth on in a better condition than that in 
 +which we found it?
 +   There are many ways in which the loss brought about by the total 
 +removal of Mt. Tom Price in the interests of the steel industry, for 
 +instance, could be made good. There are vast areas of the earth'​s ​
 +surface that have been denuded of forest cover by man's short-sighted ​
 +greed. These are all capable of being reforested and, in so doing, a 
 +body of raw material would be created which, when the chemists have
 +solved certain intractible problems, could be used to replace non-renewable ​
 +fossil materials the supply of which is rapidly-being exhausted.
 +   Many years ago Broken Hill was a mining settlement swept by dust 
 +brought in by the prevailing westerly winds. A certain mining company ​
 +decided to do something about it, in consequenoe of which a substantial. ​
 +area on the western side of the town was securely fenced, rabbits and 
 +sheep were excluded and the native vegetation re-established,​ thereby ​
 +reducing the dust nuisance in a most spectacular way. Broken Hill is a 
 +long way from Kosciusko but, if we follow the chain of cause and effect ​
 +we shall find that this initiative by a mining company resulted in the 
 +decision by the N.S.W. Government, many years later, to put an end to 
 +grazing in the Kosciusko State Park.
 +   An article in Saturday'​s Herald describes a million dollar experi- ​
 +ment in pasture improvement and cattle grazing that is being carried out 
 +by Comalco on Cape York Peninsula, When asked why a mining company was 
 +concerning itself with pasture improvement and cattle grazing, the manager ​
 +replied: "​because the company wants to give something back to Australia ​
 +instead of forever taking away."
 +   It is highly improbable that the managing directors of either of 
 +these companies would read the first chapter of Genesis to the annual ​
 +meeting of shareholders,​ but they certainly have acted in the spirit of 
 +the story.
 +   The philosophers may philosophise and the theologians may theologise, ​
 +but the fact remains that good and evil both exist; they are opposite ​
 +sides of the same coin; we cannot have one without the other. It needs 
 +only a very brief glance at the morning paper to show us that the evil
 + Page 9                 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER ​        ​January,​ 1975.
 + side of the coin is very well engraved, but I suggest that if the 
 + ​conservation movement finds itself, expresses its conviction and tests 
 + its proposed activities in this way, it will make a very powerful contri- ​
 + ​bution to engraving the good side of the coin.
 +      I have no desire to try to emulate the prophet Jeremiah, but I am 
 + ​certain (and quite a number of other people share this certainty) that if 
 + ​western man does not make a radical change in his thinking, his philosophy ​
 + and his way of life, something is going to happen to him, and this some- 
 + thing will not be very enjoya:bleo
 +     .I think, therefore, that the conservation movement should realise its 
 + duty and extend its thinking beyond the provision of parks and primitive ​
 + ​areas,​ it should delve into its own conscience and boldly proclaim to the 
 + world that, to quote the words of the Scottish catechism, the chief end of 
 + man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever, and that God did Nar give man 
 + the freehold title to the earth but that He gave it to him as trustee, to 
 + have and to hold and to enjoy and to pass on in a better condition than 
 + that in which he found it.
 +                            ***XXX********
 +                     ​PERSEPOLIS- not uite a BUSH Allan Ylyborn.
 +     For a start there is no bush. But walking - there is plenty. Our 
 + ​journey across Iran, with the exception of the Caspian Coast was across stark 
 +barren plateaux and treeless mountains. At Persepolis it was the same, and, 
 +being the end of autumn, not a blade of green grass or bush was visible, but 
 + down on the plain some trees were bravely showing, planted for the 2,​500th ​
 + ​celebrations (more later).
 +     ​Firstly,​ just what is Persepolis? It is not mentioned in the annals
 + of ancient history or the Bible-. The Western World thought of it as a group 
 + of palaces or the political capital of Persia. Itwas in fact the sacred ​
 + ​dynastic-shrine giving the national record of the achievements of the 
 +Achaemenid kings, and was only occupied on occasions of great national import- ​
 +ance. It was founded by Darius I in 518 B.C., and continued building to the 
 +unfinished tomb of Darius III in 331'​B.C4 It is situated in the south of 
 +Iran, 460 lan. south of Isfahan and 60 km north of Shiraz.
 +     So much for its origin. Now pictare Persepolis, nestling at the foot 
 +of an all rock ridge about 200 metres high, and looking out over a dry arid 
 +plateau, with the seemingly eternal blue sky above. The terrace on which 
 +Persepolis is built is about 500 M. long by 350 m. wide and 20-m. high, hewn 
 +from-the base rock. It was originall-y surrounded by a fortified-wall,​ and 
 +oUt5ide that on the plain an ancient city, the only remains of which is the 
 +military village.
 +   -Vie went Up on to the platform at the north-western corner by a monumental ​
 +stairway of 106 steps about 3 metres wide; this leading to the Gateway of
 + Page 10                                  THE SYDNEY BUSHIIALICCR ​                       January, 1975.
 + ​Xerxes,​ a square hall with four huge columns and three doorways, each about 
 + 12 metres high. At this point the Modes and Persians separated to the 
 + right from the representatives of the visiting nations, who went straight
 + on. Those going to the right crossed a court to enter thef Apadana of Darius ​
 + and Xerxes, a great hall about 80 metres square, having 36 columns 20 metres ​
 + high and walls 7 metres thick. The-bedars of Lebahon once formed the roof 
 + ​tiMbers until burnt down by Alexander the Great in 331 B.C. At the south- ​
 + east corner of the Apadana we entered the Tripylon or Counbil Hall on the 
 + way to the Throne Hall of Xerxes which had 100 columns. Of these only the 
 + ​ba-Ses remain. In this Hall the King and his nobles received the represent- ​
 + ​atives of at least 28 nations bearing gifts. tach group was led in by a 
 + Mode or a Persian to be p,pesented, and bas-reliefs scattered throughout on 
 + the stonework depict the different characteristics and gifts of the visiting ​
 + ​nations.
 +        Apart from these two main halls we climbed in and out of three large 
 + ​palaces,​ hall'​s,​ gateways; storerooms and military areas the whole forming ​
 + an area 9f.great complexity tedious to describe. Not the least interesting ​
 + were large cast double-headed lions and monsters. The water and drainage ​
 + ​system deserves special mention. Way up on the ridge water was raised from 
 + a deep well, and gravitated through an elaborate double tiered system, five 
 + ​Metres under the terrace and through the solid rock. The higher part of 
 + the system distributed the fresh water, while the lower took away the 
 + ​drainage,​ thus sanitary conditions were assured.
 +        The local stone from which Persepolis is mainly constructed is a type 
 + of limestone, light brown to dark grey in colour. The exception being 
 + the Queents Reception Hall, which is dark granite. All stones were 
 + ​perfectly laid without mortar. ​                                                                           . 
 +        After three hours exploring this whole area, we climbed the rocky 
 + ridge past the huge vertical faced tomb of Artaxerxes II, fox a panoramic ​
 + view of the complete scene. Although the sun was beating down and the
 + day windless, the air on this 1,700 metre high plateau was keen and bracing.
 +        Out on the plain past the ancient Persepolis can be seen the Royal
 + Tent City. This was created in 1971 by the present Shah to'​house the fifty 
 + heads of state and royal guests, on the occasion of the 2,500th Anniversary ​
 + of the Feu:riding of the Persian Empire by Cyrus the Great. This anniversary ​
 + was a magnificent event, and a lavish spectacle, and no expense was spared. ​
 + The layOut of the fifty huge light brown circular tents was in five doUble- ​
 + rows of ten each, radiating from a central pool, the whole being surrounded ​
 +by young pine trees. At the extremity of the main row was the resplendent ​
 + ​reception tent in blue and gold. The interiors of the tents were richly ​
 + ​decorated in plush reds with elaborate chandeliers and a wealth of Persian ​
 + ​carpets,​ This area took 'about an hour's walking, and at the end of the
 + day we felt as though we had completed an /A class day walk, and very 
 + ​rewarding too.
 +        Persepo1:.8 exhibits magnitude, power and wealth. Since its rediscovery ​
 + in the fifteenth century its magnificence has fired the imagination of the 
 +Western World. ​                                ​***********
 +  Page 11                                                                                                   ​THE'​. SYDNEY BUSHWALKER ​                                                                                                             January, 1975.
 +                                                                                   WALKS SECRETARY'​S NOTES, FEBRUARY. ​
 +  1975                                                                                                                                                                                                              by Bob Hodgson.
 +                       ​(Weekend. of January 319 February 1 and 2 was covered in the 
 +                                                                                                                   ​December issue)
 +  February
 +  7,, 8, 9                                    -           After his strenuous Bali trip Owen Marks intends to have
 +                                                           a lazy Weekend on the Wollondilly River. So if you want
 +                                                          to swim, fish or just lie in the sun and eat yourself silly9 ​
 +                                                           join Owen.
 +  Saturday ​                                               Afternoon start with Elaine Brown with overnight at Little
 +          8 9 -                                           ​Marley for another lazy trip with swimming and sunbacking.
 +  Sunday 9  Alastair Battye is leading this classic one day lilo 
 +                                                           ​canyon trip. You will drift along on your lib in a 
 +                                                          beautiful water filled extremely narrow slit of a canyon.
 +  1415,​i6 ​                                             -A. trip encompassing the whole of the WPer Gross with the
 +                                                   ​. ​     added bonus of the Grand .Canon. Hans Beck -ail 'ably lead
 +                                                          you along this welltracked but beautiful walk.                                                                                                                                                               '​
 +  Saturday ​ Margaret Reid is leading yet another easy stroll, this time 
 +      159-16 ​                                             you will be able to admire the beautiful Hawkedbury River . 
 +                                                          as you cross to Patonga and wend your way to Dillon'​s Valley.
 +  Sunday 16  Peter Levander'​s-msittcly-ii=lo trig:- Those of us who 
 +                                                          attended Peter'​s lilo slide night will most certainly-be ​
 +                                                              going along to see what Peter ban pull out from under his 
 +                                                          hat.
 +  Sunday 16  A Kath Brown regular. A beautiful wL1k which deserves its 
 +                                                          repeated appearance on the programme.
 +  21922923 ​ Alastair Battye is your leader on this Newnes to Newnes
 +                                                          trip. Apparently Alastair had a few' problems with navigation ​
 +                                                          or something last time this trip was attempted9 so he has 
 +                                                          figured on doing the original trip in reverse, going down 
 +                                                          Constance Gorge and Rocky Creek.
 +  21,​22923 ​ Ian Gibson is giving you the opportunity of liloing Bell 
 +                                                          Creek as well as the Wollanganibe 9n this weekend expedition. ​
 +                                                          More sights per calory than oPposition libo trips.
 +Sunday 23 - David Ingram leads an easy day walk in16-a very old walking ​                       _
 +                                                          area, Minto9 for a nostalgic look to see how the area has 
 +                                                          survived.
 +  289 March  Bob Younger is off to do his thing on the Beecroft
 +             19 2                                         ​Peninsular. White ants need not apply. This time the 
 +                                                          trip is going to be completed.
 +Page 12                          . THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER ​                     January, 1975.
 +******************** ​         M OUNTAIN ​                     ****xxx****************-
 +**********4********* ​           EQUIPMENT. ​                  ​***********************
 +                                    IF YOU ARE 
 +BUYING OR HIRPTC.1: ​                                                 HIRING OR bUYING ​
 +BUYING. OR HIRING'​ .                                                 ​HIRING OR BUYING
 +                                     GEAR FOR
 +WALKING ​              ​- ​ CAMPiNG *mom CLIMBING .49-..ANOEING
 +WALKING ​                 CAMPING ​             CLIMBING .0.w.. CANOEING
 +                                     THINK OF 
 +                      17 Alexander Street, brow's Nest 2065 
 +                          (On the corner of Falcon Street)
 +                                 ​Telephone 439-3454.
 +                                          for
 +                              FAIRYDOWN SU:RIDING BAGS
 +                      HIGH LOAD PACKS (Weight 3 lb 10 oz)
 +                                 ​* ​ *  * *  * *  * *  *
 +- Page 13                       THE SYDNEY BUSHWALICER ​               January, 1975.
 +    1975--
 +  February
 +  Sunday 2  The Carter team will be leading this different National ​
 +                 Park walk, some of the place names have not appeared on the 
 +                 ​programme for some time.
 +  Notes Keep your eye on the club notice board for Peter Scandrett'​s ​
 +                 "​Overnight day walks"​.
 +       The Autumn Walks Programme (March, April, May) is now being prepared. ​
 +  The Walks Secretary would be very pleased if you would let him have your 
 +  proposed walk right away. The cooler weather is the ideal time for really ​
 +  getting around and we need a lot of trips to cater for our prospective ​
 +  members as well as our old ones! Day walks are so popular these days
 +  that we could. have two each Sunday aAd find them both well attended. So 
 +  please do your bit  hard trips, medium trips and easy trips are all needed.
 +                                  ***XXX*******
 +                                  OFFICIAL NOTICE2
 +      .Any noticesor proposed Constitutional Amendments to be presented ​
 +  to the Annual General Meeting should be in the hands of the Secretary not 
 +  later than FebruLry 12th.
 +       Any change of address or telephone number should be notified as soon 
 +  as possible, for inclusion in the list of members accompanying the Annual ​
 +  Report.
 +  MEMBERS'​ SLIDE NIGHT  26th February.
 +   ​.. ​ This is your opportunity to show some of those wonderful slides you 
 +'took over the Xmas: holidays or during last year. All members are asked 
 +  to bring a selection of their recent slides. (nomore than 20) for showing ​
 +  on 26thjlebruary.
 +                                      *********
 +  Correction to Walks Pro xamme.
 +       ​Weekend walk 21/23rd. February ​ Mt. Wilson, WollongaMbe Creek trip, 
 +  leader Ian Gibson. ​      ​Ian'​s phone number is 8093399(H).
 +Page 14                            THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER ​                  ​January,​ 1975.
 +      )I note for members who have spare Friday. nights.
 +      Classes will re-commence 17th January, 1975 at :the Gymnasium, ​
 +Women'​s Sports Centre, University.a*Sydney. ​            (near the Teachers'​ College). ​
 +The open session. commences 730 p.m. and continues until 10.30 p.m., 
 +including a break about 9 p.m._
 +      Cost is 50 c. per person.
 +       Shoes worn must have non-marking soles, bare feet are permissible ​
 +but expect blisters.
 +       ​Parking is usually available outside the centre.
 +       The lower age limit is 16, otherwise all are welcome.
 +To set the record stKalalat -
 +  ..         .
 +      In the December magazine (November Meeting notes) it was remarked ​
 +"Frank Malloy had tendered his withdrawal from a position on Committee in 
 +the role of Federation delegaten. This was intended to convey the 
 +meaning that Frank, *bile continuing to represent the Club as a Federation ​
 +deleg4te, had elected to give up,the position on Committee which he 
 +occupied as one of our delegates,
 +Camping in the Nationa1 Park.
 +      One of our members was advised last week by a Ranger of the National ​
 +Parks 84; Wildlife Service that camping permits are required by each camper, ​
 +but that these are readily obtained by writing to the Service or from Rangers ​
 +in the Park, In the case of recognised walking clubs one or two permits per 
 +party would probably be sufficient.
 +      The permits are neat, easy to carry, and should carry the name, address ​
 +and signature of the camper. They list the liegulations of the Park, which 
 +are similar tothose usually observed by bushwalkers,​ and also have a small 
 +sketch map which shows the two areas closed to camping during 1975. These 
 +two areas are Karloo Pool and Curracurrang. The permits are valid for 1975.
 +      Burning Palms and Marley, and North Era, are open for camping this year.
 +                                       ​***********
 +Accomodat ion at Wirrimbirra Sancral2Uns.22.1-.Sa.
 +      Cabin accamodation with beds, kitchen facilities, showers, etc. is 
 +available for 82 per person per night. .Bookings are to be made with the 
 +Ranger, Tel. (046) 84,112 or C/- Wirrimbirra Sanctuary, Hume Highway, Barg, 
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