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 __Twenty-Fifth Birthday__ __Twenty-Fifth Birthday__
  
-A quarter century! The years are flying - +A quarter century! The years are flying -\\ 
-Where are the prophets who so oft have said: +Where are the prophets who so oft have said:\\ 
-"The Club is doomed"​. "The Club is slowly dying"?​+"The Club is doomed"​. "The Club is slowly dying"?​\\
 Believe me, we are not yet wholly dead. Believe me, we are not yet wholly dead.
  
-Still when the bus disgorges us for Era +Still when the bus disgorges us for Era\\ 
-Our hearts leap with the old remembered thrill +Our hearts leap with the old remembered thrill\\ 
-As, tottering down the track, we pee draw nearer+As, tottering down the track, we pee draw nearer\\
 The dunes, the valley, Peter Page's hill. The dunes, the valley, Peter Page's hill.
  
-Our mileage is not much, as speedsters reckon; +Our mileage is not much, as speedsters reckon;\\ 
-We pause more often to admire the view; +We pause more often to admire the view;\\ 
-But still we hobble out, when bushflowers beckon,+But still we hobble out, when bushflowers beckon,\\
 Our troth with them each springtime to renew. Our troth with them each springtime to renew.
  
-Yearly we cut fresh notches in the tally +Yearly we cut fresh notches in the tally\\ 
-Of mountain peaks we shall not climb again; +Of mountain peaks we shall not climb again;\\ 
-Heights are for Youth! But we have still the valley,+Heights are for Youth! But we have still the valley,\\
 The sunlit Cox, Eureka in the rain. The sunlit Cox, Eureka in the rain.
  
-Long may that Youth, and others who come after, +Long may that Youth, and others who come after,\\ 
-Walk the bush tracks, seek out the life that's free, +Walk the bush tracks, seek out the life that's free,\\ 
-Meet perils, scars - and hakea - with laughter+Meet perils, scars - and hakea - with laughter\\
 Mingled at times with mild. profanity). Mingled at times with mild. profanity).
  
-And while we celebrate, not yet quite blotto, +And while we celebrate, not yet quite blotto,\\ 
-We would exhort them this all things above: +We would exhort them this all things above:\\ 
-To keep the good old independent motto+To keep the good old independent motto\\
 Of S.B.W. - We won't be druv! Of S.B.W. - We won't be druv!
  
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 ====PaddyMade==== ====PaddyMade====
 +Lightweight bushwalking and camping gear.
  
-BUNYIP RUCKSACK +  * **BUNYIP RUCKSACK**: This '​shaped'​ rucksack is excellent for children. ​Use-full ​day pack. Weight ​14ozs. 
-This '​shaped'​ rucksack is excellent for children. ​Useful ​day pack. Weight ​14-oz +  * **SENIOR RUCKSACK**: A single pocket, shaped rucksack. Suitable for overnight camping. Weight ​1 1/2lbs. 
-SENIOR RUCKSACK +  * **BUSHMAN ​RUCKSACK**: Has sewn-in curved bottom for extra comfort in carrying. Will hold 30lbs. 2 pocket model l.25 lbs. 3 pocket model 1.5 lbs. 
-A single pocket, shaped rucksack. Suitable for overnight camping. Weight ​11/2Ibs +  * **PIONEER RUCKSACK**: Extra large bag with four external pockets and will carry about 40Ibs of camp gear. Weight 2.25lbs. 
-BUSHMAN ​RUCKSACKS +  * **MOUNTAINEER DE LUXE**: Can carry 70Ibs or more. Tough lightweight terylene/ cotton, proofed fabric with special P.V.C. reinforced base. 20" x 17" x 9" proofed nylon extension throat with double draw cord for positive closure. Flap has full sized zip pocket of waterproof nylon. Outside pocket. Bag is easily detached from the frame to form a 3' steeping bag cover for cold, wet conditions. Weight ​5lbs. 
-Have sewn-in curved bottom for extra comfort in carrying. Will hold 30 lbs. +  * **MOUNTAINEER**: Same features as de luxe model except for P.V.C. bottom reinforcing. Weight ​5 1/4lbs. 
-2 pocket model liAlbs +  * **TRAMPER FRAME RUCKSACK**: Young people and ladies will find this pack a good one. It will carry sufficient camping equipment and food for 3 or 4 days or more. Has 3 pockets, capacity about 30 lbs. Weight ​4lbs
-3 pocket model 1%lbs +  * **'​A'​ TENTS**: One, two or three man. From 2 1/2 to 3 3/4 lbs. 
-PIONEER RUCKSACK +  * **WALL TENTS**: Two, three or four man.  From 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 lbs. 
-is an extra large bag with four external pockets and will carry about 40Ibs of camp gear. Weight 2%lbs +  * **Carrying Bags**: P.V.C or Nylon 
-MOUNTAINEER DE LUXE Can carry 70Ibs or more. Tough lightweight terylene/ cotton, proofed fabric with special P.V.C. reinforced +  * **KIANDRA MODEL**: Hooded bag. Extra well filled. Very compact. Approx 3.75lbs 
-base. 20" x 17" x 9" proofed nylon extension throat with double draw cord for positive closure. Flap has full sized zip pocket of waterproof nylon. Outside pocket. Bag is easily detached from the frame to form a 3' steeping bag cover for cold, wet conditions. +  * **HOTHAM MODEL**: Super warm box quilted. Added leg room. Approx 4.5lbs
-Weight ​Sibs +
-MOUNTAINEER +
-Same features as de luxe model except for P.V.C. bottom reinforcing. Weight ​51ilbs +
-TRAMPER FRAME RUCKSACK Young people and ladies will find this pack a good one. It will carry sufficient camping equipment and food for 3 or 4 days or more. Has 3 pockets, capacity about 30 lbs. +
-Weight ​41bs+
-Lightweight bushwaiking and camp gear+
  
-HOTHAM MODEL +Compasses. dry, oil filled or wrist types.\\ 
-Super warmBox quilted. Added leg room. Approx 4Y2lbs. +Maps.  ​large ​range.\\ 
-Compasses ​dry, oil filled or wrist types. +Bushwalking books.\\ 
-Maps. Large range. Bushwalking books. +Freeze dried and dehydrated foods.\\ 
-Freeze dried and dehydrated foods. +Stoves ​and lamps.\\ 
-Stoves ​anc:', ​lamps. +Aluminium ​cookware.\\ 
-Aluminium ​cook ware+Ground ​sheets.\\ 
-Grou rid sheets. +Everything for the bushwaiker.
-Everything for the bushwalker. +
-CARRYING BAGS P.V.C. or nylon. +
-KIANDRA MODEL +
-Hooded bag. Extra well filled. Very compact. Approx 3%lbs. +
-'​A'​ TENTS +
-One, two or three man. From-2% to '​nibs +
-z WALL TENTS +
-Two, three or four man. From 3% to tMlbs +
-69 LIVERPOOL ST.., SYDNEY 26-2686, 61-7215+
  
 +69 LIVERPOOL ST, SYDNEY - 20-2686 61-7215
  
 ====Welcome Aboard==== ====Welcome Aboard====
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 by Clare Kinsella by Clare Kinsella
  
-Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. I was the fool this day +Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. I was the fool this day but many a time, as I hung over a breathtaking drop, or slipped, shuddering, across a slimy rock, I felt that I might at any moment ​join those diffident ​angels and rather regretted that I had lately neglected my practice on the harp.
-but many a time, as I hung over a breathtaking drop, or slipped, shuddering, across a slimy rock, I felt that ,I might af ny mament ​join those aLffident ​angels and rather regretted that I had lately neglected my practice on the harp. +
-How I fell for the trip even now I cannot understand. Some one said, "How about coming to Blackheath next weekend. We're going on Friday night. It'll be an easy trip." My rabbit mind registered the ward "​easy",​ there was no gypsy about so there was no warning for me to heed. We left on Friday 11th November and slept at the top of Govett'​s Leap, and early on Saturday morning walked down to the unnamed creek on Rodriguez Pass. Here we lazed the day away, eating stupendous meals and swimming many swims in the creek pools. +
-On Saturday evening we were joined by other folks most of them sensible people who knew they were of the earth and were quite content to keep their feet on it. Up to this time I had really not given any thought to Sunday'​s project and it was only when I heard some of the planning for the next day, with frequent mention of the word "​rope"​ that I felt that perhaps now was the time to say "​Thanks,​ I think I'll stay behind"​. It was really Alex who unKnowingly decided for me. While they were counting up those who intended to do the trip, some kind creature enquired whether Clare would +
-be able to manage it. Alex, with reckless confidence el:claimed, Oh,​Clare'​s all right, you whould have seen her climbing on our Cambewarra trip". Foo7. that I was, my chest puffed out with pride and I let Alex's recommend,- ation make up my mind. I decided to go. +
-As Jack Debert was one of the party it is superfluous to say we were awake early and had. breakfasted and were ready to leave long before respectable people had opened their eyes to the Sabbath. alma Galliot, Edna Garrad and I set off before the others and waited for them where the creek narrowed to a waterfall which plunged into a wide, rockbound pool. When the others joined us we left the creek and struck up the ridge. Although it was so early, it was already hot and I puffed and panted considerably as I struggled on, and secretly congratulated myslef when I found I was not the last arrival at the top. (I was the rabbit out with the tigers which is just about the same as the fox trotting along with the hounds.) Here we had to clamber along single file at the foot of a tall cliff face with a considerable drop to the creek below on our left. There were a few slippery places where Gordon Smith warned us to be careful but I felt that it was quite easy and went on unconcerned. +
-We qt last came to a halt and Dot, who was in the lead, said we could go no further. Our track along the-cliff face was broken by a waterfall (Arethusa Falls) which came in on our right. At the extreme edge of it was a small but stout tree with wide spreading branches, We waited here while Dot, with consummate ease, skinned up to reconnoitre. After some little time she returned and said we would have to follow suit, it would+
  
 +How I fell for the trip even now I cannot understand. Someone said, "How about coming to Blackheath next weekend. We're going on Friday night. It'll be an easy trip." My rabbit mind registered the ward "​easy",​ there was no gypsy about so there was no warning for me to heed. We left on Friday 11th November and slept at the top of Govett'​s Leap, and early on Saturday morning walked down to the unnamed creek on Rodriguez Pass. Here we lazed the day away, eating stupendous meals and swimming many swims in the creek pools.
  
 +On Saturday evening we were joined by other folk, most of them sensible people who knew they were of the earth and were quite content to keep their feet on it. Up to this time I had really not given any thought to Sunday'​s project and it was only when I heard some of the planning for the next day, with frequent mention of the word "​rope"​ that I felt that perhaps now was the time to say "​Thanks,​ I think I'll stay behind"​. It was really Alex who unknowingly decided for me. While they were counting up those who intended to do the trip, some kind creature enquired whether Clare would be able to manage it. Alex, with reckless confidence exclaimed, "Oh, Clare'​s all right, you would have seen her climbing on our Cambewarra trip"​. ​ Fool that I was, my chest puffed out with pride and I let Alex's recommendation make up my mind. I decided to go.
  
-be easy going once we scaled the tree. +As Jack Debert was one of the party it is superfluous to say we were awake early and had breakfasted ​and were ready to leave long before respectable people ​had opened their eyes to the Sabbath Hilma GalliotEdna Garrad ​and I set off before ​the others ​and waited for them where the creek narrowed ​to a waterfall which plunged into wide, rockbound pool. When the others ​joined us we left the creek and struck up the ridgeAlthough it was so earlyit was already hot and I puffed ​and panted considerably as struggled ​onand secretly congratulated myself when found I was not the last arrival ​at the top(was the rabbit out with the tigers ​which is just about the same as the fox trotting along with the hounds.) Here we had to clamber along single file at the foot of tall cliff face with a considerable drop to the creek below on our leftThere were a few slippery places where Gordon Smith warned us to be careful ​but I felt that it was quite easy and went on unconcerned.
-Easy! It didn't take me long to realise that Dot's definition ​of the word and my own were just a little different: Phillip Bronowski who had accompanied us thus far, allowed us in turn to clamber barefooted onto his shoulders and thence entwito, ourselves in the tree's branchesWhen I reached this haven Dot who was somewhere up near the skycalled down to me. "Now Clare just put your right foot on this ledge, give me one hand and hang onto the rope with the other"​. ​glanced up and saw a slight indentation in the rock some feet above me. I wondered what dictionary Dot used and then, as I essayed this Gargantuan stretch at an angle of 89.90, I wished fervently that the Lord had provided me with elastic legs. However I scrambled up with no grace and a few grunts and joined Dot, Doris, Edna, Hilma and Alex at the entrance ​to a narrow canyon with turbulent Greek twisting among the rocks. Jack and Gordon soon joined us, Phillip +
-shook each of us by the hand, bade us farewell ​and - there we werel +
-. There was no earth in the canyon, only rocky slimy slippery rockAbout 15 feet above us, there were ledges where ferns and small bushes- +
-'​began'​ while far above towered the great trees and the sky was blue and serene. +
-We went for a few yuids along the side of the streamstepping most carefully on the slippery surface, slinking along narrow shelves with a hand that was a mre ripple in the rock. We came to a rock face lying +
-at an angle of 450and skidded up this onto a shelf where shrubs ​and a few flowers grew. We couldn'​t get past this so decided we'd have to turn +
-back and swim the creek. On the way down was overcome by an overwhelming panic. My teeth began to chatter ​and my knees to shake. ​could neither go on nor go back and I expected my feet to fly from under me at any moment. My heart just flew into my mouth and I was afraid it might be chopped into mintlitest by my chattering teeth so forced it back to its normal position and went on down. Luckily ​at this point I was alone. From now on my mind was a confused mass of impressions with a few incidents and feelings standing out in relief. +
-I know that I slipped and slithered over slimy rocks feeling that the next moment I might be walking up the Golden Stairs. I know that I scrambled and jumped, swam through icy cold water, pushing my pack wrapped in a ground sheet before me. I know that we laughed and joked and ate chocolate with considerable relish. I remember once jumping onto Gordon'​d shoulders with the light grace of an elephant. Gordon took it with a calm nonchalance that I envied. After negotiating a difficult spot couldn'​t bear to look back at the person who followed for always I could hear that sickening crash on the slippery rock. I heaved myself up over rocks which only flies were ever meant to climb, always helped and encour- +
-aged by Dot, who drawled comfortingly above the constant tumult of the water, "Come on, you're doing splendidly"​. I must have been a saclavial to her. She was sO3endid. +
-We had lunch on a rock the size of a pocket handLerchief and it was +
-Page 11*THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER December, 1977. +
-decided that we could go no furter and would have to return. We had advanced about 700 yards in 7 hours. +
-The sun had gone and it was Oxtromely cold, ,the water icy and the canyon seemed ​to be enveloped in a stygian gloom. Once I tied. my pack carelessly and as it turned over and over when swimming it through ​the creek, the water seeped in adding pounds to its weight. +
-At last we reached the tree Doris and. Hilma were already down. Dot Popped her head up and said, "Come on, we'll show these men we can get down without ​rope". Edna went first and as I waited I was for the second time overcome ​with panic, my knees shook and my stomach turned like paddle wheel, I felt an overwhelming desire ​to burst into tears. Instead I burst into song and pitted my puny voice against ​the tumult of the fallsThen the thought came to me that I at least could hear my own voice weak though it might be, I could control my actions ​but the waterfall rushed on insentient this reflection calmed me and an "I am the coptain of my soulish"​ feeling came over me. All the same I longed for Alex to come with the rope. He didn'​t,​ and I got down the tree without mishap. I've heard of returning exiles kissing the soil of their native land. When I felt earth beneath my feet again I felt glad but did n! - kiss it, instead I sat on it whenever possible. Narrow ledges which I had disregarded in the morning now appeared terrifying risks* I took them sitting down with the result ​that when we got back to the camp spot I had no seat in my pants, and I just didn't care. +
-The Horse Track was never ending to me? the tigers of course took it . like an early morning stroll* We just caught the last train at Katoomba after ledk to neck race in a car from Blackheath. The trip was officially over but it wasn't over for me for many a long day or night. For long after I had only to close my eyes and pictures would rush before me with kaliedescopic variety, precipitous drops, hurtling falls, forming and reforming, always different, always the sameBut now I have settled down to a quiet life. I feel that I have "​lived"​ I have been a !!iger for a day;+
  
-===="SUCKED UP'====+We at last came to a halt and Dot, who was in the lead, said we could go no further. Our track along the cliff face was broken by a waterfall (Arethusa Falls) which came in on our right. At the extreme edge of it was a small but stout tree with wide spreading branches. We waited here while Dot, with consummate ease, skinned up to reconnoitre. After some little time she returned and said we would have to follow suit, it would be easy going once we scaled the tree. 
 + 
 +Easy! It didn't take me long to realise that Dot's definition of the word and my own were just a little different! ​ Phillip Bronowski who had accompanied us thus far, allowed us in turn to clamber barefooted onto his shoulders and thence entwine ourselves in the tree's branches. When I reached this haven Dot, who was somewhere up near the sky, called down to me: "Now Clare just put your right foot on this ledge, give me one hand and hang onto the rope with the other"​. I glanced up and saw a slight indentation in the rock some feet above me. I wondered what dictionary Dot used and then, as I essayed this Gargantuan stretch at an angle of 89.9 degrees, I wished fervently that the Lord had provided me with elastic legs.  However I scrambled up with no grace and a few grunts and joined Dot, Doris, Edna, Hilma and Alex at the entrance to a narrow canyon with a turbulent creek twisting among the rocks. Jack and Gordon soon joined us, Phillip shook each of us by the hand, bade us farewell and - there we were! 
 + 
 +There was no earth in the canyon, only rocky slimy slippery rock. About 15 feet above us, there were ledges where ferns and small bushes began while far above towered the great trees and the sky was blue and serene. 
 + 
 +We went for a few yards along the side of the stream, stepping most carefully on the slippery surface, slinking along narrow shelves with a hand that was a mere ripple in the rock. We came to a rock face lying at an angle of 45 degrees and skidded up this onto a shelf where shrubs and a few flowers grew. We couldn'​t get past this so decided we'd have to turn back and swim the creek. On the way down I was overcome by an overwhelming panic. My teeth began to chatter and my knees to shake. I could neither go on nor go back and I expected my feet to fly from under me at any moment. My heart just flew into my mouth and I was afraid it might be chopped into mincemeat by my chattering teeth so forced it back to its normal position and went on down. Luckily at this point I was alone. From now on my mind was a confused mass of impressions with a few incidents and feelings standing out in relief. 
 + 
 +I know that I slipped and slithered over slimy rocks feeling that the next moment I might be walking up the Golden Stairs. I know that I scrambled and jumped, swam through icy cold water, pushing my pack wrapped in a ground sheet before me. I know that we laughed and joked and ate chocolate with considerable relish. I remember once jumping onto Gordon'​s shoulders with the light grace of an elephant. Gordon took it with a calm nonchalance that I envied. After negotiating a difficult spot I couldn'​t bear to look back at the person who followed for always I could hear that sickening crash on the slippery rock. I heaved myself up over rocks which only flies were ever meant to climb, always helped and encouraged by Dot, who drawled comfortingly above the constant tumult of the water, "Come on, you're doing splendidly"​. I must have been a sa trial to her. She was splendid. 
 + 
 +We had lunch on a rock the size of a pocket handkerchief and it was decided that we could go no further and would have to return. We had advanced about 700 yards in 7 hours. 
 + 
 +The sun had gone and it was extremely cold, the water icy and the canyon seemed to be enveloped in a stygian gloom. Once I tied my pack carelessly and as it turned over and over when swimming it through the creek, the water seeped in adding pounds to its weight. 
 + 
 +At last we reached the tree - Doris and Hilma were already down. Dot popped her head up and said, "Come on, we'll show these men we can get down without a rope". Edna went first and as I waited I was for the second time overcome with panic, my knees shook and my stomach turned like a paddle wheel, I felt an overwhelming desire to burst into tears. Instead I burst into song and pitted my puny voice against the tumult of the falls. Then the thought came to me that I at least could hear my own voice weak though it might be, I could control my actions but the waterfall rushed on insentient; this reflection calmed me and an "I am the captain of my soulish"​ feeling came over me. All the same I longed for Alex to come with the rope. He didn'​t,​ and I got down the tree without mishap. I've heard of returning exiles kissing the soil of their native land. When I felt earth beneath my feet again I felt glad but didn't kiss it, instead I sat on it whenever possible. Narrow ledges which I had disregarded in the morning now appeared terrifying risks. I took them sitting down with the result that when we got back to the camp spot I had no seat in my pants, and I just didn't care. 
 + 
 +The Horse Track was never ending to me; the tigers of course took it like an early morning stroll. We just caught the last train at Katoomba after a neck to neck race in a car from Blackheath. The trip was officially over but it wasn't over for me for many a long day or night. For long after I had only to close my eyes and pictures would rush before me with kaleidoscopic variety, precipitous drops, hurtling falls, forming and reforming, always different, always the same. But now I have settled down to a quiet life. I feel that I have "​lived"​ - I have been a tiger for a day! 
 + 
 +====SBW Magazine 1947: "​Sucked In"====
 by Sixpenny Bob by Sixpenny Bob
  
 Have you been to Kanangra and back in a weekend? If not, one sound word of advice, don't ever attempt it. Have you been to Kanangra and back in a weekend? If not, one sound word of advice, don't ever attempt it.
-It was one of those spinebashing ​weekends at Earley, when our cobber, Eric Pegram, suggested the trip to Stan Madden and myself (the two suckers). + 
-Immediately the trip was suggested we were eager to be off on the road. The next few weeks were filled withpreparations for the -trip and discussions of routes to be taken, gear needed, etc. +It was one of those spine-bashing ​weekends at Marley, when our cobber, Eric Pegram, suggested the trip to Stan Madden and myself (the two suckers). 
-Page 12 TfM SYDNEY BUSPIWALKER. Doerr 9.1977 + 
-At last the great night arrived and a slight panic was createdby one of the party, Stan, vaa,p turned up about 10 minutes later than the scheduled meeting time. However, all were present when the train departed +Immediately the trip was suggested we were eager to be off on the road. The next few weeks were filled with preparations for the trip and discussions of routes to be taken, gear needed, etc. 
-We arrived at Katoomba and departed from the station by other means than the barrier (to save time of course) and straight into a car which took us out to the beginning of the Narrow Necks. After peeling off we set out for Splendour Rock, wearing shorts and boots only. Our first stop was at Diamond Falls, and we set off again laughing, joking, and talking of past experiences to pass the time away- walking along the Narrow Necks being very monotonous, as most bushwalkers know. We had chosen this particular week-end because of the full moon, so torches were seldom used. We dropped off Clear Hill and then rounded the bottom of Mt. 7e!ouin, arriving at Spendour Rook at 12.30 a m. and so to bed. + 
-We were up and away-before sunrise the next morning and down to the Cox River for breakfast which, by the way, consisted of goulash - something after the style of food which our rabid vegetarian friend Clem Hallstrom eats, only slightly more flavoured with raw peanuts and dates. All meals for the trip consisted of this tacky substance. +At last the great night arrived and a slight panic was created by one of the party, Stan, who turned up about 10 minutes later than the scheduled meeting time. However, all were present when the train departed
-The next thing to be tackled was Strongleg Ridge, the real backbreaker of the trip. We 4tarted ​off in good spirits, and with high hopes. But when nearing the top you wouldntt ​have seen anyone so absolutely ruined in all your life as we three boys. We lunched at Dem Creek - the first water past the Cox River. After a good spell we pushed on up Cloud-Maker Mountain, where our honourable signatures were placed in the visitors'​ book, and then admired the glorious views to be obtained in all directions. + 
-From Cloud-:Maker to Kanangra was just plain murder. Each hour seemed like a year, and each mile like ten. Down Rip, Roar and Rumble we vent, then up to Kraft'​s Walls. We never felt so sore and sorry for ourselves as then. +We arrived at Katoomba and departed from the station by other means than the barrier (to save time of course) and straight into a car which took us out to the beginning of the Narrow Necks. After peeling off we set out for Splendour Rock, wearing shorts and boots only. Our first stop was at Diamond Falls, and we set off again laughing, joking, and talking of past experiences to pass the time away - walking along the Narrow Necks being very monotonous, as most bushwalkers know.  We had chosen this particular week-end because of the full moon, so torches were seldom used.  We dropped off Clear Hill and then rounded the bottom of Mt. Mouin, arriving at Splendour Rock at 12.30 a.m. and so to bed. 
-We reached Kanangra somewhere about 5 o'​clock that afternoon, and after a drink and a spell we set off again that night for the Kowmung River via the Gingera RangeFor a large part of the way down this range there is a good stock-route which made the going a lot easier and faster. However, when this branched off we dropped down into the Gingera Creek - quite accidentally,​ of course. + 
-Parts of the old Cedar Road can be seen on this creek, and there are grassy flats all the way down to the Kowmung River, Talking ​down these but of the way creeks at night is very interesting,​ as all the wild-life, wallabies andwombats, etc., come down for a drink and dash off for their lives when they hear something coming. A startled wombat charged one of our members (of St. George Club) who suddenly woke up and dived to one side, the wombat rushing past and just brushing his legs. (A peculiar thing about this weekend was that three members of the St. George Club had decided to do the very same trip as us on that weekend, so we all want along together.) At ten o'​clock we stopped walking, lit a fire to sleep by and then slept till dawn. +We were up and away before sunrise the next morning and down to the Cox River for breakfast which, by the way, consisted of goulash - something after the style of food which our rabid vegetarian friend Clem Hallstrom eats, only slightly more flavoured with raw peanuts and dates. All meals for the trip consisted of this tacky substance. 
-Page 13. THE SYDNEY BUSH7A1KER Dopembel1977 + 
-We movedoff early again the next morning, reaching the Kowmung a mile further down. +The next thing to be tackled was Strongleg Ridge, the real backbreaker of the trip. We started ​off in good spirits, and with high hopes. But when nearing the top you wouldn'​t ​have seen anyone so absolutely ruined in all your life as we three boys. We lunched at Dex Creek - the first water past the Cox River. ​ After a good spell we pushed on up Cloud-Maker Mountain, where our honourable signatures were placed in the visitors'​ book, and then admired the glorious views to be obtained in all directions. 
-We kept up a good pace going down the river to the Cox River and ran irto much startled wild life. Fortunately we did not run into any snakes on the whole of the trip, which was surprising as the Kowmung is daid to be the home of snakes. + 
-All eyes were kept open looking for Mt. Cookem, which is at the junction of the Kowmung and Cox Rivers. "Therelr, Cookee, said Eric, who did the whole of the Kowmung last Christmas. But ihen we got round the bend, what did we find but another ​Ht. Cookem. ​This happened several +From Cloud-Maker to Kanangra was just plain murder. Each hour seemed like a year, and each mile like ten. Down Rip, Roar and Rumble we went, then up to Kraft'​s Walls. We never felt so sore and sorry for ourselves as then. 
-times, till at last the right one loomed into view and when we least expected it we suddenly found ourselves at the Cox River once more. Here we had our lunch at eleven o'​clock,​ after having a very refreshing dip in the river to revive us some:​lhat ​for the trip into Katoomba. + 
-We left the Cox and headed up White Dog, which is the easiest of all the "​Dogs"​ to climb, and which brought us to the bottom of Mt. Mouin. Incidentally,​ we stopped on White Dog to repair Stan's feet, the heels and soles of which were one big mass of sticking plaster.+We reached Kanangra somewhere about 5 o'​clock that afternoon, and after a drink and a spell we set off again that night for the Kowmung River via the Gingera RangeFor a large part of the way down this range there is a good stock-route which made the going a lot easier and faster. ​ However, when this branched off we dropped down into the Gingera Creek - quite accidentally,​ of course. 
 + 
 +Parts of the old Cedar Road can be seen on this creek, and there are grassy flats all the way down to the Kowmung River. Walking ​down these out of the way creeks at night is very interesting,​ as all the wild-life, wallabies and wombats, etc., come down for a drink and dash off for their lives when they hear something coming. ​ A startled wombat charged one of our members (of St. George Club) who suddenly woke up and dived to one side, the wombat rushing past and just brushing his legs. (A peculiar thing about this weekend was that three members of the St. George Club had decided to do the very same trip as us on that weekend, so we all want along together.) At ten o'​clock we stopped walking, lit a fire to sleep by and then slept till dawn. 
 + 
 +We moved off early again the next morning, reaching the Kowmung a mile further down. 
 + 
 +We kept up a good pace going down the river to the Cox River and ran into much startled wild life.  Fortunately we did not run into any snakes on the whole of the trip, which was surprising as the Kowmung is said to be the home of snakes. 
 + 
 +All eyes were kept open looking for Mt. Cookem, which is at the junction of the Kowmung and Cox Rivers. "There'​s Cookem"​, said Eric, who did the whole of the Kowmung last Christmas. But when we got round the bend, what did we find but another ​Mt. Cookem. ​ This happened several times, till at last the right one loomed into view and when we least expected it we suddenly found ourselves at the Cox River once more. Here we had our lunch at eleven o'​clock,​ after having a very refreshing dip in the river to revive us somewhat ​for the trip into Katoomba. 
 + 
 +We left the Cox and headed up White Dog, which is the easiest of all the "​Dogs"​ to climb, and which brought us to the bottom of Mt. Mouin. ​ Incidentally,​ we stopped on White Dog to repair Stan's feet, the heels and soles of which were one big mass of sticking plaster. 
 After climbing Debert'​s Knob and Clear Hill we stopped at Glenraphael where we finished off the remains of our food with a good drink of water, the first since the Cox River. After climbing Debert'​s Knob and Clear Hill we stopped at Glenraphael where we finished off the remains of our food with a good drink of water, the first since the Cox River.
-No sooner had we departed for Diamond Falls than it began to rain cats and dogs. Normally we would have cursed the rain, but all were glad to see it this time as it refreshed our bodies and minds, as well as enabling us to keep up a good pace to Diamond Falls. It took us an hour and a half from Glenrnhel ​to Diamond Falls, which was fairly fast going. + 
-Our next stop was the good old "​Paris"​ Cafe where we made up forlost time by eating milk shakes, apple pies, etc. and a nice hot meal. +No sooner had we departed for Diamond Falls than it began to rain cats and dogs. Normally we would have cursed the rain, but all were glad to see it this time as it refreshed our bodies and minds, as well as enabling us to keep up a good pace to Diamond Falls. It took us an hour and a half from Glenraphael ​to Diamond Falls, which was fairly fast going. 
-It had taken us less than fortyfive ​hours to do the whole trip which was approximately 80 miles. + 
- ​Although at the time I was thinking it was going to be the last walk I'd ever do, on looking back it was an experience none would have missed, and at the same time I say that our next trip there will be by car all +Our next stop was the good old "​Paris"​ Cafe where we made up for lost time by eating milk shakes, apple pies, etc. and a nice hot meal. 
-itk the way there and back.+ 
 +It had taken us less than forty five hours to do the whole trip which was approximately 80 miles. 
 + 
 +Although at the time I was thinking it was going to be the last walk I'd ever do, on looking back it was an experience none would have missed, and at the same time I say that our next trip there will be by car all the way there and back.
  
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 by Gordon Lee by Gordon Lee
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 __Confused Counting__ __Confused Counting__
  
-Use "​say",​ "​taegar"​ or "​tin",​ +Use "​say",​ "​taegar"​ or "​tin",​\\ 
-For the country you're in, +For the country you're in,\\ 
-To count the amount of your pay. +To count the amount of your pay.\\ 
-In Nepal your quota +In Nepal your quota\\ 
-May only lie "​yohtah",​+May only lie "​yohtah",​\\
 Have a care and not throw it away. Have a care and not throw it away.
  
-In India the "​anna"​ +In India the "​anna"​\\ 
-Was quite an old manner +Was quite an old manner\\ 
-To balance at end of the day; +To balance at end of the day;\\ 
-Sixteen of these made up your "​Rupees"​ +Sixteen of these made up your "​Rupees"​\\ 
-If someone you had to repay. +If someone you had to repay.\\ 
-But today it's the "​paisa"​ +But today it's the "​paisa"​\\ 
-You get in your pay sir!+You get in your pay sir!\\
 As you count in the now modern way. As you count in the now modern way.
  
-When adding "​Afghani"​ +When adding "​Afghani"​\\ 
-You've obliged to use Farsi, +You've obliged to use Farsi,\\ 
-But please, watch what you say; +But please, watch what you say;\\ 
-Use "​hasht"​ for a "​haft"​ +Use "​hasht"​ for a "​haft"​\\ 
-And they'​ll think you are daft,+And they'​ll think you are daft,\\
 And maybe will put you away. And maybe will put you away.
  
-Whether "​empart"​ or "​enarm"?​ +Whether "​empart"​ or "​enarm"?​\\ 
-May pose quite a problem +May pose quite a problem\\ 
-In Java or Bali, but not Mandalay. +In Java or Bali, but not Mandalay.\\ 
-Here the business you're at +Here the business you're at\\ 
-May be solved by a "​chat",​+May be solved by a "​chat",​\\
 When computing at work or at play. When computing at work or at play.
  
-If you laugh or you grin +If you laugh or you grin\\ 
-At the trouble we're in, +At the trouble we're in,\\ 
-Be warned and don't got blase; +Be warned and don't got blase;\\ 
-If the "land of the gin" +If the "land of the gin"\\ 
-Lets the Japanese in, +Lets the Japanese in,\\ 
-Well, the "dee ye ken", It'll all be in "​yen",​+Well, the "dee ye ken", It'll all be in "​yen",​\\
 And your grin may be turned the other way. And your grin may be turned the other way.
  
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 For those ignorant peasants illiterate in Farsi, Urdu, Bahasa Indonesia, Nepali and Burmese I append the following glossary:- For those ignorant peasants illiterate in Farsi, Urdu, Bahasa Indonesia, Nepali and Burmese I append the following glossary:-
  
-Say, teega, tin: 3 in Farsi, Indonesian and Nepali/​Hindi. +Say, teega, tin: 3 in Farsi, Indonesian and Nepali/​Hindi.\\ 
-Yohtahs: Nepali, counting objects. +Yohtah: Nepali, counting objects.\\ 
-Anna: Out of date coin in India. +Anna: Out of date coin in India.\\ 
-100 paisa = 1 Rupee or Afghani. +100 paisa = 1 Rupee or Afghani.\\ 
-Afghani: Unit of currency in Afghanistan. +Afghani: Unit of currency in Afghanistan.\\ 
-Hasht, haft: Farsi 7 and 8. +Hasht, haft: Farsi 7 and 8.\\ 
-Empart and enarm: 4 and 6 in Indonesian. +Empart and enarm: 4 and 6 in Indonesian.\\ 
-Chat or more properly Kyat: Unit of currency in Burma.+Chat or more properly Kyat: Unit of currency in Burma.\\
 "Land of the gin": Australia. "Land of the gin": Australia.
  
  
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