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 Ahead of us lay hot showers and soft beds. Behind lay the silent land, escarpments apricot in.the setting sun, long blue shadows filling the gullies. Overhead, amber clouds lounged it the pale evening sky, stretching out long seductive ​ fingers to beckon us back. Ahead of us lay hot showers and soft beds. Behind lay the silent land, escarpments apricot in.the setting sun, long blue shadows filling the gullies. Overhead, amber clouds lounged it the pale evening sky, stretching out long seductive ​ fingers to beckon us back.
  
-===== BUSHWALkERS' Mecca =====+===== Bushwalkers' Mecca =====
 by Peter Christian by Peter Christian
  
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 | In a heart-felt vision of unspoilt beauty, no-one could erase. | | In a heart-felt vision of unspoilt beauty, no-one could erase. |
  
-|They toiled undaunted and resolute, against considerable ignorance, |+| They toiled undaunted and resolute, against considerable ignorance, |
 | Giving freely of their energies, precious lives, the hard-earned pound. | | Giving freely of their energies, precious lives, the hard-earned pound. |
 | Spare them a thought, when you sense the majesty they have saved, | | Spare them a thought, when you sense the majesty they have saved, |
 | The ignoble death by the greedy edge of the axe's ringing sound. | | The ignoble death by the greedy edge of the axe's ringing sound. |
  
-|Here humans can treat their self-inflicted,​ stress-related disease. |+| Here humans can treat their self-inflicted,​ stress-related disease. |
 | The serenity and solitude our soul yearns for, can be replenished. | | The serenity and solitude our soul yearns for, can be replenished. |
 | We shed our fears, our facades wither, by campfire glow. | | We shed our fears, our facades wither, by campfire glow. |
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 | Realizing we're but ants on the forest floor, amidst a land of giants. | | Realizing we're but ants on the forest floor, amidst a land of giants. |
  
-Choice Test Report ​on+**__A Choice Test Report ​on__**
 ===== Walking in the Rain ===== ===== Walking in the Rain =====
 by Elwyn Morris by Elwyn Morris
  
-At 0800 hours on May 21 Lab Technician-in-Chief Barry Wallace called the test panel to order and apologetically briefed us with our instructions. We were to bury it in at least two inches (5 am) of soil, or mud, and never in a creek bed.+At 0800 hours on May 21 Lab Technician-in-Chief Barry Wallace called the test panel to order and apologetically briefed us with our instructions. We were to bury it in __at least__ ​two inches (5 am) of soil, or mud, and never in a creek bed.
  
-Our '​breathing' ​test.+**__Our ​'​breathing' ​test__**
  
-We wanted to knowhow what we wore would '​breathe'​. The panel consisted of: +We wanted to know how what we wore would '​breathe'​. The panel consisted of: 
-O Barry ​himself, resplendent in the only patch of blue we were to see all +  - Ordered List ItemBarry ​himself, resplendent in the only patch of blue we were to see all weekend - a brand-new Paddy-made Gortex.jacket,​ worn at a practical knee' length they are reluctant to sell you; 
-weekend - a brand-new Paddy-made Gortex.jacket,​ worn at a practical knee' +  - Ordered List ItemBill ​Burke, in contrasting drab black lightweight oilcloth, with equally
-length they are reluctant to sell you; +
- Bill Burke, in contrasting drab black lightweight oilcloth, with equally+
 ancient droopy felt hat; ancient droopy felt hat;
-..myself, in a British drizzleproof featherweight nylon from Southern Cross Equipment, bright red so I can be spotted when I fall behind; +  - Ordered List Itemmyself, in a British drizzleproof featherweight nylon from Southern Cross Equipment, bright red so I can be spotted when I fall behind; 
- Bob Gulson, in his heavy yachting jacket, bright orange so he can be spotted when he falls in; +  - Ordered List ItemBob ​Gulson, in his heavy yachting jacket, bright orange so he can be spotted when he falls in; 
- Sue Young, the only prospective,​ in a fetching but unproofed nylon parka; +  - Ordered List ItemSue ​Young, the only prospective,​ in a fetching but unproofed nylon parka; 
- Mbrag Ryder, in a leaking cape she'd tried everything on; +  - Ordered List ItemMorag ​Ryder, in a leaking cape she'd tried everything on; 
-. Michelle ​de Vries Rcbbe (yes, triple-barrelled.) ​in a jacket bought at Coles and sprayed by herself, plus a woollen beret that breathed only too well -,but all the rest of her gear worked perfectly, and what's more, was boUght in America by a friend at a third the Aussie price; +  - Ordered List ItemMichelle ​de Vries Robbe (yes, triple-barrelled.) ​ in a jacket bought at Coles and sprayed by herself, plus a woollen beret that breathed only too well -,but all the rest of her gear worked perfectly, and what's more, was boUght in America by a friend at a third the Aussie price; 
- Two identical green hump-backed whales with yellow flippers underneath. On closer inspection, these turned out to be Don and Jenny Cornell, in nylon home-made 'suits 'and huge capes that went right over their packs to the ground. Jenny had made them to a Dot Butler design from coated nylon from Eastwood Camping (4 ametre),that suffered from morning sickness when new. The vomit smell wore off after a while, she claimed. After that, but not before, +  - Ordered List ItemTwo ​identical green hump-backed whales with yellow flippers underneath. On closer inspection, these turned out to be Don and Jenny Cornell, in nylon home-made 'suits 'and huge capes that went right over their packs to the ground. Jenny had made them to a Dot Butler design from coated nylon from Eastwood Camping ($4 a metre), that suffered from morning sickness when new. The vomit smell wore off after a while, she claimed. After that, but not before, the capes can double as groundsheets. 
-the capes can double as groundsheets. +  
-'The capes '​breathed'​ in the sense that the air flowed around and about, but the hoods were too hot to walk in. Instead, Don and Jenny wore Australian felt army hats.fraa a disposal store, but Don's leaked through a bayonet-wound (from a branch?). The capes kept their packs dry on the outside, so they didn't really need garbage bags inside as much as we did, and were fit thus to be taken into their tent at night to keep dry. +The capes '​breathed'​ in the sense that the air flowed around and about, but the hoods were too hot to walk in. Instead, Don and Jenny wore Australian felt army hats from a disposal store, but Don's leaked through a bayonet-wound (from a branch?). The capes kept their packs dry on the outside, so they didn't really need garbage bags inside as much as we did, and were fit thus to be taken into their tent at night to keep dry. 
-Ratings, ​for keeping dry and '​breathing'​  + 
-RECOMMENDED - 'Don andJenny'​s system keeps the biggest area dry and +__Ratings ​for keeping dry and '​breathing'​__ 
-'​breathes',​ sort of. +  
-ACCEPTABLE - Bill's ensemble works in a practical, if less eye-catching way. +| **RECOMMENDED** | - Don and Jenny'​s system keeps the biggest area dry and '​breathes',​ sort of. | 
-but it wasn't a -dawn his neck. + 
-Tent test  +| **ACCEPTABLE** | - Bill's ensemble works in a practical, if less eye-catching way.  
-Bill and Lesproduced golden oldies.- Paddy'​s golden tan cotton that +| |  Barry'​s trendy, elegant, superexpensive Goretex works but it wasn't a conclusive test as he left his hood down and the drips got down his neck. 
-theydon'​t-make-like-that-anymore,​ and no one would recommend the new version, + 
-"​Barry'​s';​trendy,​ elegant, superexpensive Gortex works, +**__Tent test__**  
-conclusive test as he left the hood down and the drips got + 
-Page 8 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER June,​ 1983. +Bill and Les produced golden oldies- Paddy'​s golden tan cotton that they-don'​t-make-like-that-anymore,​ and no one would recommend the new version, even if it didn't come to over $200 plus the cost of proofing. Les took the precaution of adding a fly so that his piece of antique Australiana was dry the next morning, and lighter to carry than Bill's wet one. 
-even if it didn't come to over $200 plus the cost of proofing. Les took the precaution of adding a fly.so that his piece of antique Australiana was dry the next morning, and lighter to carry than Bill's wet one. + 
-Bob had the heaviest tent. He'd thought life wt,s going to be easy +Bob had the heaviest tent. He'd thought life was going to be easy because it wasn't marked Test Walk: His aluminium poles had been bent in a scuffle (a domestic?) between two persons he'd lent his tent to, who'​d ​thoughtfully replaced ​them with __unbendable__ **steel** ​ones. (Bob made it, rockhopping down Bonnum Pic Creek, 1800-foot climb up Burnt Flat Creek, all good pre-ski exercise.) 
-because it wasn't marked Test Walk: His aluminium poles had been bent in a + 
--scuffle (a domestic?) between two.persons he'd lent his tent to, who'​d ​thought- +Morag had made her tent herself out of proofed nylon, muslin, silver space blanket, and aluminium poles, with front annexe for pack and for stove oobking in New Zealand, where it always rains. ​ 
-fully replaces ​them with unbendable STEEL ones. (Bob made it, rockhopping +RECOMMENDED for being totally rainproof, lightweight except for the poles, which aren't needed in Australia, and total cost $45. Only catch is that you have to be able to design and sew like Morag. 
-down Bonnum Pic Creek, 1800-foot climb up Burnt Flat Creek, all good pre-ski exercise.) + 
-Morag had made her tent herself out of proofed nylon, muslin, silver ​+The great innovation was our living and dining area made out of Michelle'​s extra fly. Everyone could sit on logs in comfort, eat, tell wet jokes, and later leave their packs out of the rain for the night. ​ 
-space blanket, and aluminium poles, with front annexe for pack and for ,stove +RECOMMENDED as a  compulsory item on every wet walk (the fly, not the jokes).
-oobking in New Zealand, where it always rains. RECOMMENDED for being totally +
-rainproof, lightweight except for the poles, which aren't needed in Australia, and total cost $45. Only catch is that you have to be able to design and sew like Morag. +
-The great innovation was our living and dining area made out of Michelle'​s extra fly. Everyone could sit on logs in comfort, eat, tell wet jokes, and later leave their packs out of the rain for the night. RECOMMENDED as a compulsory item on every wet walk (the fly, not the jokes).+
 Fire's Fire's
- No problem even in a downpour, of course, for such veteran walkers.+No problem even in a downpour, of course, for such veteran walkers.
 Dry bark, leaves and twigs from under fallen trees, plus a goodly chunk of newspaper from Jenny'​s dry pack, and lots of frantic hat-flapping. The main campfire still had a glowing log next morning, after heavy rain at night. Dry bark, leaves and twigs from under fallen trees, plus a goodly chunk of newspaper from Jenny'​s dry pack, and lots of frantic hat-flapping. The main campfire still had a glowing log next morning, after heavy rain at night.
 . Barry'​s method wasn't tested this time. Tear up:_into spaghetti the inside bark on the lee side of a stringybark,​ sprinkle on top with grated candle,,​which melts and burns, and accompany by a cask of your best red. . Barry'​s method wasn't tested this time. Tear up:_into spaghetti the inside bark on the lee side of a stringybark,​ sprinkle on top with grated candle,,​which melts and burns, and accompany by a cask of your best red.
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