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198508 [2014/05/11 09:50]
simon [THE BUDAWANGS QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY WEEKEND, JUNE 1985.]
198508 [2014/05/12 11:50] (current)
simon [REPORT OF THE AUGUST COMMITTEE MEETING.]
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 A light powdering of frost was on the grass next morning as we left our camp behind, each car raising a plume of white dust. Nice to be driving the leader; you have to go in front. A light powdering of frost was on the grass next morning as we left our camp behind, each car raising a plume of white dust. Nice to be driving the leader; you have to go in front.
  
-The profile of Pantoney'​s Crown appeared as clear as blue crystal against the cold morning sky, but was lost to sight as we left the cars behind and started down the fire trail. An hour later, only the sharp eyes of the eagle soaring above the northern bluffs of the mountain would have seen the caterpillar of 22 walkers threading along the bed of Coco Creek. The creek was still in a wash of shadow, but sunlight in bright chrome and lemon flared through the ridge crests on either side. Soon, as we left the shadow behind and climbed towards warmth and sun, we found the bright gold around our feet. We splashed and paddled - waded through deep sunlight on the ridge, while there above us, stern, imperious, Patoney was waiting wrapped in shadows of deep cobalt and ultramarine over ochre, shot wit'​) ​brown madder and set with gems of scarlet and gold on the sun-kissed edges of his crown. The sky behind was pure cerulean.+The profile of Pantoney'​s Crown appeared as clear as blue crystal against the cold morning sky, but was lost to sight as we left the cars behind and started down the fire trail. An hour later, only the sharp eyes of the eagle soaring above the northern bluffs of the mountain would have seen the caterpillar of 22 walkers threading along the bed of Coco Creek. The creek was still in a wash of shadow, but sunlight in bright chrome and lemon flared through the ridge crests on either side. Soon, as we left the shadow behind and climbed towards warmth and sun, we found the bright gold around our feet. We splashed and paddled - waded through deep sunlight on the ridge, while there above us, stern, imperious, Patoney was waiting wrapped in shadows of deep cobalt and ultramarine over ochre, shot with brown madder and set with gems of scarlet and gold on the sun-kissed edges of his crown. The sky behind was pure cerulean.
  
 We climbed the ridge and found a slot that took us to the top. There we roamed the sun-drenched summit; gazed on plunging cascades of sculptured stone both distant and at our feet, hurtling waterfall shapes petrified in orange and amber all shimmering and glowing; pulsating under the golden splendour of the day. We climbed the ridge and found a slot that took us to the top. There we roamed the sun-drenched summit; gazed on plunging cascades of sculptured stone both distant and at our feet, hurtling waterfall shapes petrified in orange and amber all shimmering and glowing; pulsating under the golden splendour of the day.
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 As the cars rolled back into the clearing the rolling moon was veiled in cloud but some kind soul had the fire blazing. After all had eaten and the fire was stoked up again, we settled just out of scorching range and small tit-bits passed from hand to hand. Mike Reynolds was prevailed on to recount once more the story of his bantam cock, Tom Wenman and Rosemary Baxter gave melodious authority to many a song that would otherwise have sounded decidedly scratchy, and Jim Percy performed a As the cars rolled back into the clearing the rolling moon was veiled in cloud but some kind soul had the fire blazing. After all had eaten and the fire was stoked up again, we settled just out of scorching range and small tit-bits passed from hand to hand. Mike Reynolds was prevailed on to recount once more the story of his bantam cock, Tom Wenman and Rosemary Baxter gave melodious authority to many a song that would otherwise have sounded decidedly scratchy, and Jim Percy performed a
-memorable "​Purple People Eater"​. Barry Murdoch, who single-handed wrestled a flagon of claret from the Capertee Pub gave us various insights into the unnatural relationships formed by lonely bushmen with their  +memorable "​Purple People Eater"​. Barry Murdoch, who single-handed wrestled a flagon of claret from the Capertee Pub gave us various insights into the unnatural relationships formed by lonely bushmen with their "old black billies"​. This inspired some of us to reach-for our old billies with the view to a night cap and so we stole reluctantly away from the glowing embers. Above, the cloud-trapped moon lent a silver aura to the night.
-"old black billies"​. This inspired some of us to reach-for our old billies with the view to a night cap and so we stole reluctantly away from the glowing embers. Above, the cloud-trapped moon lent a silver aura to the night.+
  
 **The Silver Day.** \\ **The Silver Day.** \\
-The morning'​s pale cerulean sky was washed with thin cloud and hints of wan lemon yellow as our leader chased the dawdlers from our camp clearing. Once more the cars raised gulping clouds, of dust as we drove +The morning'​s pale cerulean sky was washed with thin cloud and hints of wan lemon yellow as our leader chased the dawdlers from our camp clearing. Once more the cars raised gulping clouds, of dust as we drove towards Glen Alice. To the south we glimpsed the silver, pale, sunlit faces of Pantoney floating, disembodied,​ the flanks of the mountain lost in light cobalt haze. At the end of the farm road we parked in orderly fashion amid idyllic rural scenery, a flat floor of viridian set between severe slopes of olive and terre verte.
-towards Glen Alice. To the south we glimpsed the silver, pale, sunlit faces of Pantoney floating, disembodied,​ the flanks of the mountain lost in light cobalt haze. At the end of the farm road we parked in orderly fashion amid idyllic rural scenery, a flat floor of viridian set between severe slopes of olive and terre verte.+
  
-But where was Tyan Pic? UP! we discovered, up and steeply so. At the top of the first crest -a view opened to the north. The distant aspects of the river remained voluptuously gauzed in luminous haze,.while nearer through cloud gaps, shafts of iridescent sunlight,​made processions across the valley floor.+But where was Tyan Pic? UP! we discovered, up and steeply so. At the top of the first crest a view opened to the north. The distant aspects of the river remained voluptuously gauzed in luminous haze, while nearer through cloud gaps, shafts of iridescent sunlight,​made processions across the valley floor.
  
-Once more the upward route both steep and high claimed our attention. By narrow ways gapped through great rocks we went, by flower banks of early boronia and wattle till finally on grass under fine trees, up slopes so steep our noses almost touched the nettles, we came, to the mountain summit. A summit always hidden so high above that youcouldn't guess where it was until it was under your feet, and here at last the full radiance of the Silver Day was revealed to us.+Once more the upward route both steep and high claimed our attention. By narrow ways gapped through great rocks we went, by flower banks of early boronia and wattle till finally on grass under fine trees, up slopes so steep our noses almost touched the nettles, we came, to the mountain summit. A summit always hidden so high above that you couldn't guess where it was until it was under your feet, and here at last the full radiance of the Silver Day was revealed to us.
  
 To west and north the ridge lines crowded one behind the other, sharp-edged at first, then slowly melting in the swirl of sun-charged vapour to join the towering cloudscapes above our heads.'​ To south and east the distant cliffs shone palely with a phosphorescent glow like gems set on blue velvet. Then, nearer, still more cliffs shining below rough craggy ridge tops, and glimpsed between, far paddocks and farm roads, all bathed in the soft shimmering silver light. To west and north the ridge lines crowded one behind the other, sharp-edged at first, then slowly melting in the swirl of sun-charged vapour to join the towering cloudscapes above our heads.'​ To south and east the distant cliffs shone palely with a phosphorescent glow like gems set on blue velvet. Then, nearer, still more cliffs shining below rough craggy ridge tops, and glimpsed between, far paddocks and farm roads, all bathed in the soft shimmering silver light.
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 Right on cue the clouds above us cracked and a silver beam of sunlight lit our summit as we ate and sipped our tea and basked. Right on cue the clouds above us cracked and a silver beam of sunlight lit our summit as we ate and sipped our tea and basked.
  
-Later, when the sun slipped back under the cloud cover we shivered, then stretched and gladly turned back down the mountain. The Silver Day was changing by some reverse alchemy, first to pewter, then to leaden +Later, when the sun slipped back under the cloud cover we shivered, then stretched and gladly turned back down the mountain. The Silver Day was changing by some reverse alchemy, first to pewter, then to leaden skies above the waiting cars. It was raining before we reached ​Capertee.
-skies above the waiting cars. It was raining before we reached ​aapertee.+
  
 So that was the end of the Silver Day. Oh! but that Golden Day is still painting pictures in my head! So that was the end of the Silver Day. Oh! but that Golden Day is still painting pictures in my head!
  
-===== WOOLSHED DANCE - Old Sydney Town ===== +===== WOOLSHED DANCE ===== 
-Saturday, 21st September.+Old Sydney Town, Saturday, 21st September.
  
-This is your chance to combine an evening out at Old Sydney Town - wining, some dancing, loads of entertainment and dinner, all for $15 per head. We are forming a group, and plan to camp out on Saturday night. On Sunday, you can either join in Ainslie'​s programme walk - Pearl Beach - or travel home at your leisure, and under 05.+This is your chance to combine an evening out at Old Sydney Town - wining, some dancing, loads of entertainment and dinner, all for $15 per head. We are forming a group, and plan to camp out on Saturday night. On Sunday, you can either join in Ainslie'​s programme walk - Pearl Beach - or travel home at your leisure, and under .05.
  
 Contact Bill Holland 449-5189 (H) or 925-3309 (B) and add your name to the growing list. Contact Bill Holland 449-5189 (H) or 925-3309 (B) and add your name to the growing list.
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 The culprits have been identified as Roger Browne, M.C., and Carol Bruce, M.C. (Mistress of Ceremonies?​). She is not only an accurate shot but also an expert lolly-and-matchbox-thrower. Add to these talents her squeezing ability when "​Unfinancials"​ come within range, and her Quiz Kid achievements,​ and we have someone to reckon with. The culprits have been identified as Roger Browne, M.C., and Carol Bruce, M.C. (Mistress of Ceremonies?​). She is not only an accurate shot but also an expert lolly-and-matchbox-thrower. Add to these talents her squeezing ability when "​Unfinancials"​ come within range, and her Quiz Kid achievements,​ and we have someone to reckon with.
  
-Carol won points for answering correctly these questions: Who organized the S.B.W. Swimming Carnival? and Who won the S.B.W. Swimming ​Cprnival? (You guessed it - Carol. Why put it on the programme if you're not going to win it?) Now a question for you:- Where was it held?+Carol won points for answering correctly these questions: Who organized the S.B.W. Swimming Carnival? and Who won the S.B.W. Swimming ​Carnival? (You guessed it - Carol. Why put it on the programme if you're not going to win it?) Now a question for you:- Where was it held?
 (K...... ​ C...) (K...... ​ C...)
  
-Should you have missed out on this Fun, Games and Quiz Evening, you can do it at home now - gather the family around. First to answer wins. (Answers appear below - no, they'​re ​no-6 in Arabic, they'​re upside down.)+Should you have missed out on this Fun, Games and Quiz Evening, you can do it at home now - gather the family around. First to answer wins. (Answers appear below - no, they'​re ​not in Arabic, they'​re upside down.)
  
 __ Ridiculously Easy Questions.__ \\ __ Ridiculously Easy Questions.__ \\
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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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 | Wednesday, 25th September | Slides "​Central Europe 1985" | | Wednesday, 25th September | Slides "​Central Europe 1985" |
  
-__REPORT ​OF THE AUGUST COMMITTEE MEETING.__+===== REPORT ​OF THE AUGUST COMMITTEE MEETING. ​=====
  
 __Off-set Printer.__ Report by Fran Longfoot on the printer is that the best available for the price had been bought. It can be checked by a repairer and if necessary overhauled. The use of 80 gram paper and "​low-tack"​ ink has greatly improved paper feeding and inking. __Off-set Printer.__ Report by Fran Longfoot on the printer is that the best available for the price had been bought. It can be checked by a repairer and if necessary overhauled. The use of 80 gram paper and "​low-tack"​ ink has greatly improved paper feeding and inking.
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 __Insurance.__ This was reported on in detail by Bill Holland. Motions were passed that a proposal for __Public Liability Insurance__ for $5,000,000, as well as details of the policy, be presented to the September Half-Yearly Meeting for endorsement. (As things stand at present, any Club member or committee __Insurance.__ This was reported on in detail by Bill Holland. Motions were passed that a proposal for __Public Liability Insurance__ for $5,000,000, as well as details of the policy, be presented to the September Half-Yearly Meeting for endorsement. (As things stand at present, any Club member or committee
-member can be individually sued by a person injured as a result of a Club +member can be individually sued by a person injured as a result of a Club activity.) An interim cover note is to be taken out immediately.
-activity.) An interim cover note is to be taken out immediately.+
  
 __A Personal Accident Insurance__ will be proposed to the same meeting with a strong recommendation from the Committee to take out a policy. __A Personal Accident Insurance__ will be proposed to the same meeting with a strong recommendation from the Committee to take out a policy.
  
-__General Property Insurance__ for our printer, projectors and similar for $5,000 will also be prop'​used ​to the meeting. The Treasurer will prepare a budget so you'll know how much it will cost you.+__General Property Insurance__ for our printer, projectors and similar for $5,000 will also be proposed ​to the meeting. The Treasurer will prepare a budget so you'll know how much it will cost you.
  
 The Committee is investigating the building of leisure resorts on the Cox's River with a view to protest. The Committee is investigating the building of leisure resorts on the Cox's River with a view to protest.
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 This function is arranged by the Federation of Bushwalking Clubs and profits go to Search & Rescue funds. This function is arranged by the Federation of Bushwalking Clubs and profits go to Search & Rescue funds.
  
-__WARNING! __ There have been thefts from the Car Park opposite the Club rooms in Falcon Street - property from the car, as well as a car stolen. Lock up with care, and/​or ​instal ​an alarm! Leave nothing of value in your car.+__WARNING! __ There have been thefts from the Car Park opposite the Club rooms in Falcon Street - property from the car, as well as a car stolen. Lock up with care, and/​or ​install ​an alarm! Leave nothing of value in your car.
  
 __FOR YOUR WALKS PROGRAMME:​__ 13,14,15 Sept. Chichester walk with Gordon Lee. Some explanation:​- Tree-spotting means tree-identification in beautiful rainforest with the expert guidance of botanist Evelyn Elphick. __FOR YOUR WALKS PROGRAMME:​__ 13,14,15 Sept. Chichester walk with Gordon Lee. Some explanation:​- Tree-spotting means tree-identification in beautiful rainforest with the expert guidance of botanist Evelyn Elphick.
  
 __THE HALF-YEARLY GENERAL MEETING__ will be held on 11th September next. There are no Constitutional Amendments to be considered, however other important matters (see Committee Meeting Report above) have to be decided. __THE HALF-YEARLY GENERAL MEETING__ will be held on 11th September next. There are no Constitutional Amendments to be considered, however other important matters (see Committee Meeting Report above) have to be decided.
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