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 We filled waterbags and scrambled a hundred feet or so up through thick scrub. Wood was plentiful and in minutes flames were illuminating the golden honeycomb roof. There were cups of tea and nibbles all round; then Roger went out to climb the ridge above, while the rest of us lazed and chatted and chuckled (and sometimes winced) at Simon Parkin'​s punning wit. Opposite us the country had a remarkably vertical look about it, and as we contemplated it, I, a somewhat un-trepid leader, tried not to worry about the morrow. We filled waterbags and scrambled a hundred feet or so up through thick scrub. Wood was plentiful and in minutes flames were illuminating the golden honeycomb roof. There were cups of tea and nibbles all round; then Roger went out to climb the ridge above, while the rest of us lazed and chatted and chuckled (and sometimes winced) at Simon Parkin'​s punning wit. Opposite us the country had a remarkably vertical look about it, and as we contemplated it, I, a somewhat un-trepid leader, tried not to worry about the morrow.
  
-You see, we were in the WRONG PLACE. My original idea had been to saunter along St. Helena Ridge from the Duckhole and camp in the volcanic neck. However, St. Helena has been spoiled by frequent pony camps, and when Brian Bolton (in the clubroom) had mentioned a beautiful camp spot in Kanuka Brook, I happily altered our proposed route. Brian pointed on the map to the junction of Kanuka Brook and Goonaroi Rill. He had described a cave, a beach and a grassy flat for the tents. The next day, he'd explained, we would climb the ridge, go a bit to the left and find an exit slot in the cliffs. It sounded pretty straightforward.+You see, we were in the **wrong place**. My original idea had been to saunter along St. Helena Ridge from the Duckhole and camp in the volcanic neck. However, St. Helena has been spoiled by frequent pony camps, and when Brian Bolton (in the clubroom) had mentioned a beautiful camp spot in Kanuka Brook, I happily altered our proposed route. Brian pointed on the map to the junction of Kanuka Brook and Goonaroi Rill. He had described a cave, a beach and a grassy flat for the tents. The next day, he'd explained, we would climb the ridge, go a bit to the left and find an exit slot in the cliffs. It sounded pretty straightforward.
  
 All confidence, we set out from the Duckhole, enjoying the walk past the deep clear pools and pale beaches of Kanuka Brook. Shortly after lunch we came to a looping north/south bend. At the top of the bend sat a party of Mt. Druitt walkers. They were in a cave by a beach, on the opposite bank their tents stood on a grassy flat. It was exactly as Brian had described - except that there was no creek junction. Could there be two such perfect campsites? You guessed! The country grew more precipitous,​ and an hour later, at the junction of Goonaroi Rill, there was no site to speak of, and as for an exit route, the ridges were composed entirely of overhangs which, with the aid of a plumbline, had been placed precisely one above the other. All confidence, we set out from the Duckhole, enjoying the walk past the deep clear pools and pale beaches of Kanuka Brook. Shortly after lunch we came to a looping north/south bend. At the top of the bend sat a party of Mt. Druitt walkers. They were in a cave by a beach, on the opposite bank their tents stood on a grassy flat. It was exactly as Brian had described - except that there was no creek junction. Could there be two such perfect campsites? You guessed! The country grew more precipitous,​ and an hour later, at the junction of Goonaroi Rill, there was no site to speak of, and as for an exit route, the ridges were composed entirely of overhangs which, with the aid of a plumbline, had been placed precisely one above the other.
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 |**Schembri**,​ John,   |8 Hamel Crescent, Earlwood, 2206 55,​3611 ​ | |**Schembri**,​ John,   |8 Hamel Crescent, Earlwood, 2206 55,​3611 ​ |
 |**Simankevecius**,​ Almis, ​  |10 Vista Street, Greenwich, 2065 439,​7812 ​ | |**Simankevecius**,​ Almis, ​  |10 Vista Street, Greenwich, 2065 439,​7812 ​ |
-|**Sommer**,​ Libby, ​  |2/63 Muston Street, Mosman, 2088 969, 1283  |+|**Sommer**,​ Libby, ​  |2/63 Muston Street, Mosman, 2088 969,​1283 ​ |
 |**Verschuer**,​ Anne,   |243 Norton Street, Leichhardt, 2040 560,​1773 ​ | |**Verschuer**,​ Anne,   |243 Norton Street, Leichhardt, 2040 560,​1773 ​ |
  
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 **__Lost by Ken Gould__** **__Lost by Ken Gould__**
    
-Lost: 1 litre Al. "SIGG" flask. Finder please phone 498-4467.+Lost: 1 litre Al. "Sigg" flask. Finder please phone 498-4467.
  
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