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198508 [2014/05/12 09:13]
simon [SHOOTING AT CLUB MEETING.]
198508 [2014/05/12 11:43]
simon [BLACKHEATH TO BELLt VIA BLUEGUM AND COAL MINE CREEK, 1953.]
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 __Front Row:__ Bill Whitney, Betty Isaacs, John Hunter, Joan Atthill, Roley Cotter, Beryl English, Irving Calnan __Front Row:__ Bill Whitney, Betty Isaacs, John Hunter, Joan Atthill, Roley Cotter, Beryl English, Irving Calnan
  
-===== BLACKHEATH TO BELLt VIA BLUEGUM AND COAL MINE CREEK, 1953.=====+===== BLACKHEATH TO BELL VIA BLUEGUM AND COAL MINE CREEK, 1953.=====
 by Kath Brown. by Kath Brown.
  
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 We got away about 9 am and headed off down the Grose, along rather vague tracks, for about 5 miles. We had an early lunch by water in case our Coal Mine Creek was dry, then we started up the ridge near it. In due course we had to get into the bed of the creek, but it was pretty dry, so we did not get very wet. The going was slow (especially with the weaker walkers), but no one minded and we got nearly up to the cliffs. We conveniently forgot about the marked "Coal Mine", no one-wanted to plunge off course through lawyer vine and thick vegetation to look for a mine that we didn't want anyway. We got away about 9 am and headed off down the Grose, along rather vague tracks, for about 5 miles. We had an early lunch by water in case our Coal Mine Creek was dry, then we started up the ridge near it. In due course we had to get into the bed of the creek, but it was pretty dry, so we did not get very wet. The going was slow (especially with the weaker walkers), but no one minded and we got nearly up to the cliffs. We conveniently forgot about the marked "Coal Mine", no one-wanted to plunge off course through lawyer vine and thick vegetation to look for a mine that we didn't want anyway.
  
-As we got higher we expected at any moment to come to an impassable waterfall, but instead at just the right height, we came to a fallen tree that was easy to climb and brought us up to the steep but negotiable slope of Mt. Caley to the east of us. Then it was just a matter of working round the top of Coal Mine Creek to bring us westward towards Mt. Banks. When we found a fairly flat place for a campsite, not too far from water in Explorers Creek, as it was late afternoon, we decided to camp. The +As we got higher we expected at any moment to come to an impassable waterfall, but instead at just the right height, we came to a fallen tree that was easy to climb and brought us up to the steep but negotiable slope of Mt. Caley to the east of us. Then it was just a matter of working round the top of Coal Mine Creek to bring us westward towards Mt. Banks. When we found a fairly flat place for a campsite, not too far from water in Explorers Creek, as it was late afternoon, we decided to camp. The only specific thing I remember about this camp was Don Matthew'​s comments around the cooking fire, that "it was wonderful what a few mixed herbs did to dehydrated mutton"​ - (also called by the walkers "​rabbit droppings"​).
-only specific thing I remember about this camp was Don Matthew'​s comments around the cooking fire, that "it was wonderful what a few mixed herbs did to dehydrated mutton"​ - (also called by the walkers "​rabbit droppings"​).+
  
-Sunday morning was again bright and sunhy'much appreciated since May can be a wintry month. And so off and away.to the west, crossing Explorers Creek and going up a long ridge which brought us eventually to Mt. Banks which we climbed, getting a wonderful view, with the sun behind us, of those golden cliffs and deep valleys, looking towards Blackheath.+Sunday morning was again bright and sunny, much appreciated since May can be a wintry month. And so off and away to the west, crossing Explorers Creek and going up a long ridge which brought us eventually to Mt. Banks which we climbed, getting a wonderful view, with the sun behind us, of those golden cliffs and deep valleys, looking towards Blackheath.
  
-Then the slug - after lunch we hit the Bell Line of Road, and had a seven-mile stretch to walk, competing with passing traffic, to bring us to the railway station of Bell. This was where the fast walkers really stretched out, and I discovered that hob-nailed boots, which until then I had favoured, were a great disadvantage when road-walking. Try as I would, I could not go faster than 3 mph (marked off by my watch and the mile pegs). Still we all got to the station in plenty of time for the +Then the slug - after lunch we hit the Bell Line of Road, and had a seven-mile stretch to walk, competing with passing traffic, to bring us to the railway station of Bell. This was where the fast walkers really stretched out, and I discovered that hob-nailed boots, which until then I had favoured, were a great disadvantage when road-walking. Try as I would, I could not go faster than 3 mph (marked off by my watch and the mile pegs). Still we all got to the station in plenty of time for the train, and I then and there resolved to transfer to golf shoes or sandshoes for my future walking. This was the time in the Club when light-weight footwear was really becoming THE THING.
-train, and I then and there resolved to transfer to golf shoes or sandshoes for my future walking. This was the time in the Club when light-weight footwear was really becoming THE THING.+
  
 It was a great trip and one that I still look back on with affection. I have since discovered that "Coal Mine Creek" is really Zobel Gully. It was a great trip and one that I still look back on with affection. I have since discovered that "Coal Mine Creek" is really Zobel Gully.
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