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 |Blue Gum Forest (Photo from S.M.H.)| |2| |Blue Gum Forest (Photo from S.M.H.)| |2|
-|The Annual General Meeting||3|+|The Annual General Meeting| |3|
 |Kosciusko National Park - Xmas Walk|Elaine Walton|3| |Kosciusko National Park - Xmas Walk|Elaine Walton|3|
-|New Members||4|+|New Members| |4|
 |Conservation - The Wilderness Red Index 1991|Alex Colley|5| |Conservation - The Wilderness Red Index 1991|Alex Colley|5|
 |The January General Meeting|Barry Wallace|9| |The January General Meeting|Barry Wallace|9|
 |Social Notes|Fran Holland|10| |Social Notes|Fran Holland|10|
-|Additional Day Walk - 1st March||10|+|Additional Day Walk - 1st March| |10|
 |Canoe the Macleay|Geoff Grace|12| |Canoe the Macleay|Geoff Grace|12|
  
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-WEDDING BELLS +===== Wedding Bells ===== 
-WEDDING BFT:riS  +Congratulations to long time member and the Club's honorary auditor ​**Chris Sonter** ​on his recent marriage to **Gillian Coffey**. We wish them both the very best of health, wealth and happiness and look forward to seeing them at future club functions.
-WEDDING BELLS +
-Congratulations to long time member and the Club's honorary auditor ​CHRIS SONTER ​on his recent marriage to GILLIAN COFFEY. We wish them both the very best of health, wealth and happiness and look'forward to seeing them at future club functions. +
-NEW MEMBERS'​ +
-• +
-Please add the following names to your 1992 LIST OF MEMBERS:​- ​  +
-• HOGAN, Ms Marella - 6 Victoria Street, Waverley 2024 (H) 387 8199 (B) 363 3456 +
-HODGES, Ms Jan - 69 Boundary Street, Roseville 2069 (H) 417 4394 (B) 4119539 +
-SYLVA, Ms Louise - 9/19/21 Myra Road, Dulwich Hill 2203 (H) 559 4264 (B) 257 2013+
  
-CONSERVATION+===== New Members ===== 
 +Please add the following names to your 1992 **List of Members**:-
  
-by klex Colley+|HOGAN, Ms Marella - 6 Victoria Street, Waverley 2024| (H) 387 8199| (B) 363 3456| 
 +|HODGES, Ms Jan - 69 Boundary Street, Roseville 2069| (H) 417 4394| (B) 4119539| 
 +|SYLVA, Ms Louise - 9/19/21 Myra Road, Dulwich Hill 2203| (H) 559 4264| (B) 257 2013|
  
-The Wilderness Red Index 1991:+===== Conservation ===== 
 + 
 +by Alex Colley 
 + 
 +==== The Wilderness Red Index 1991 ==== 
 + 
 +The concept of the Red Index was derived from the Plant Red Data Book, published by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which assesses the status of the world'​s threatened plant species. After several years of research the Red Index was completed in November 1991. It revealed that, in the four years since the passing of the Wilderness Act, only two of the 26 wilderness areas identified are satisfactorily managed. The status of the 26 areas is summarised in the table below:
 + 
 +^Name^Logging^Overburning^Trails,​ ORV, Horse Riding^Powerlines,​ Dams, Mining^Pollution^Weeds,​ Feral Animals^Management^ 
 +^Barrington|+++|+|+++|+|+|+++|-| 
 +^Binghi|+++|+++|+++|++|+|+++|-| 
 +^Brogo|++|++|+++|++|+|+|-| 
 +^Budawang|+++|+++|+++|+|+|+|-| 
 +^Coolangubra|+++|+++|+++|+|+++|+++|-| 
 +^Deua|+++|+++|+++|+|+++|+|-| 
 +^Ettrema|+|+++|+++|++|+|+|-| 
 +^Genoa|+++|+++|+++|++|+|+|-| 
 +^Goodradigbee|+++|++|+++|+++|+|+++|-| 
 +^Guy Fawkes|+++|+++|+++|++|+++|+++|-| 
 +^Jagungal|+|+|+++|+++|++|+++|-| 
 +^Kanangra|+|+|+++|+++|+++|+++|-| 
 +^Kinchega|+|+|+++|+|+|+++|-| 
 +^Lost World|+|+|+|+|+|+|#​| 
 +^Macdonald|+|+++|+++|++|+|+++|-| 
 +^Mann|+++|+++|+++|+|+|+++|-| 
 +^Mootwingee|+|+|+|+|+|+++|#​| 
 +^Mt Kaputar|+|+|+|+|+|+|#​| 
 +^Nadgee|+++|+++|+++|++|+|+|-| 
 +^Nattai|++|+++|+++|++|+++|+|-| 
 +^New England|+++|+++|+++|++|+|+++|-| 
 +^Oxley|+|+++|+++|++|+++|+++|-| 
 +^Snowy-Indi|+|+++|+++|+|+|+++|-| 
 +^Washpool|++|+|+++|+|+|+|-| 
 +^Werrikimbe|+++|+++|+++|+|+|+|-| 
 +^Wollemi|+++|+|+++|++|++|+++|-| 
 + 
 + 
 +^ ^Key^ 
 +|+|None/not significant| 
 +|++|Threatened| 
 +|+++|Continuing/​existing| 
 + 
 +^ ^Management^ 
 +|#​|Satisfactory| 
 +|-|Unsatisfactory| 
 + 
 +The Index is in the form of a data bank, which will be available to conservation organisations. A summary brochure is available from bushwalking equipment shops or from the Colong Foundation, 18 Argyle Street, price $5. 
 + 
 +The Index was launched by the Colong Foundation'​s Patron, the Hon. Neville Wran, at a Wilderness Summit held on 2nd December 1991. The SBW 
 +President and four other members were there, together with Roger Lembit from the Confederation. 
 + 
 +In formally launching the Index, Mr. Wren quoted Bob Carr, who said, when introducing the Wilderness Bill in November 1987: "​We'​ve got an historic choice, will we as a nation, on the eve of the 200th year of European settlement, continue to destroy, piece by piece, the great natural areas of this country? Will we continue to be unmoved by the fact that many of this nation'​s plants and animals are threatened with oblivion? Or do we resolve that the very fibre of this continent should be treated with greater respect, that our much diminished wilderness should be protected and that our country should earn a reputation for excellence in its approach to conservation?"​ 
 + 
 +Mr. Wran went on to explain that the Red Index is directed to the fact that the machinery for the implementation of, not only the words of the Wilderness Act, but the spirit and intention of the law, have largely been neglected. He concluded by saying, "​Although I am not a great supporter of the general philosophy of the RSL, I sometimes think that the environment movement can adopt its motto "The price of peace is eternal vigilance."​ Certainly we can put the emphasis on eternal vigilance. 
 + 
 +On completion of Mr. Wran's address, Milo Dunphy, Director of the Total Environment Centre, described the "​reluctance"​ of the NPWS to manage wilderness because of "Its high staff turnover, loss of experienced staff, shrinking budget, inadequate staff numbers, the high level of Ministerial and local MP interference in day-to-day management decisions, constant attack by entrepreneurs and the National Party, have produced aiege mentality."​ 
 + 
 +Peter Maslen, Chairman of the Colong Foundation then moved: "That this meeting calls on the Government to immediately implement the Wilderness Act." This motion was passed unanimously. 
 + 
 +===== The January General Meeting ===== 
 + 
 +by Barry Wallace 
 + 
 +The meeting began at around 2030 with the President in the chair and your scribe in the kitchen shovelling food into his face. These combined committee/​general meetings are hell, I tell you. There were some 30 or so members present, and Erith Hamilton and Kay Chan sent apologies. 
 + 
 +The Minutes of the previous meeting were read and received with no matters arising.
  
-The concept of the Red Index was derived from the Plant Red Data Book, published by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which 
-assesses the status of the world'​s threatened plant species. After several 
-years of research the Red Index was completed in November 1991. It revealed ​ that, in the four years since the passing of the Wilderness Act, only two of 
-the 26 wilderness areas identified are satisfactorily managed. The status of the 26 areas is summarised in the table below:- 
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-Barrington *** 31 ***      **if  
-Binghi *** *3f* It**,  **   ​*31* ​ 
-.Brogo ** ** ***  ** +    
-Budawang *** *** *3**      ​ 
-Coolangubra *** *** ***   ​*** ​ ***  
-'Deua *** *I** ***   ​*31* ​   
-Ettrema ​ *** It**  41*    ​ 
-Genoa *** *** ***  **   ​+ ​ 
-.          
-Goodradigbee. ***  ***  ***   ​*** ​ 
-3. *** *if ***  31.* + • ​ ***  
-Guy Fawks  ***    * * *    
-Jagungal ​  ​*** ​ *** **  *** ^ 
-Kanangra ​  ​*** ​ *** ***  31 31*  
-Kinchega • ​  * * *     ​*** ​ 
-•Lost World          
-Macdonald ​ *** ***     ​-*** ​ 
-rMann *** *** ***     ​*** ​ 
-Mootwingee ​       ***  
-Mt.Kaputar ​         
-Nadgee *** *** ***  -11-# + • + • ​ 
-Nattai ​ ** *** ***   ​*** ​   
-New England *** *** ***  #4   ​*** ​ 
-Oxley  + *** ***  it*   ​*** ​ 
-Snowy-Indi ​ *** ***     ​*** ​ 
-Washpool *31 + ***      ​ 
-'​Werrikimbe ** if 31* *• * *      ​ 
-Wollemi ***  * if *  * 31*  *31*  
-Key 
-None/not significant Threatened Continuing/​existing 
-Mana2ement ​ 
-# Satisfactory. 
-Unsatisfactory 
-STATUS OF WILDERNESS 
-Page 6 
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-The Sydney Bushwalker February 1992 
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-The Index is in the form of a data bank, which will be available to conservation organisations. A summary brochure is available from bush- walking equipment shops or from the Colony Foundation, 18 Argyle Street, Price $5. 
-The Index was launched by the Colony Foundation'​s Patron, the Hon. Neville Wran, at a Wilderness Summit held on 2nd December 1991. The SBW 
-President and four other members Were there, together with Roger Lembit from the Confederation. 
-In formally launching the Index, Mr. Wren quoted Bob Carr, who said, when introducing the Wilderness Bill in November 1987: "​We'​ve got an historic choice, will we as a nation, on the eve of the 200th year of European settlement, continue to destroy, piece by piece, the great natural 
-areas of this country? Will we continue to be unmoved by the fact that 
-many of this nation'​s plants and animals are threatened with oblivion? Or do we resolve that the very fibre of this continent should be treated with greater respect, that our mUch diminished wilderness should be protected and that our countryshould earn a reputation for excellence in its approach to conservation?"​ 
-February 1992 The Sydney 9ushwalker Page 7 
-Mr. Wran went on to explain that the Red Index is directed to the fact that the machinery for the implementation of, not only the words of the Wilderness Act, but the spirit and intention of the law, have largely been neglected. He concluded by saying, "​Although T am not a great supporter of the general philosophy of the RSL, I sometimes think that the environment movement can adopt its motto "The price of peach is eternal vigilance."​ Certainly we can put the emphasis on eternal vigilance. 
-On completion of Mr. Wran's address, Milo Dunphy, Director of the Total Environment Centre, described the. "​reluctance"​ of the NPWS to manage wilderness because of "Its high staff, turnover, loss of experience staff, shrinking budget, inadequate staff numbers, the high level of Ministerial and local MP interference in day-to-day management decisions, constant attack by entrepreneurs and the National Party, have produced aiege mentality."​ 
-Peter Maslen, Chairman of the Colony Foundation then moved: "That 
-this meeting calls on the Government to immediately implement the Wilderness Act." This motion was passed unanimously. 
-KIMBERLEY EXPEDITIONS 
-Willis'​s Walkabouts is offering special advance purchase discounts on two of 
-our 1992 Kimberley Expeditions. 
-The Moran River: April 19 - May 9  
-This is one of the most incredible wilderness areas we have ever visited. It is also one of the least accessible, even more-so early in the year when the rivers and waterfalls are still flowing. We are going to overcome this by using a combination of helicopters and light aircraft from Kuriunurra. This will also allow us to put in a food drop at the half way point. 
-Drysdale River National Park May 23 - June 15 
-"fhis is the largest and perhaps least known of the Kimberley parks. It contains a variety of landscapes and a wealth of aboriginal art, This will be our fourth and longest visit. We will use our Moran helicopter to put in a food drop allowing us to get further into the back country than we have ever done before. 
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-THE JANUARY GENERAL MEETING 
-- Page 9 
-by Wallace 
-The meeting began at around 2030 with the President in the chair and your scribe in the 
-kitchen shovelling food into his face. These combined committee/​general meetings are hell, 
-L tell you. There were some 30 or so members present, and Erith Hamilton and Kay Chan sent 
-apologies. 
-, 
-. The Minutes of the previous meeting were read and received with no matters arising. 
 The Treasurer'​s Report indicated that we received income of $6,937 and spent $3,416. Various accounts for payment were passed. The Treasurer'​s Report indicated that we received income of $6,937 and spent $3,416. Various accounts for payment were passed.
-And so it was that the meeting, whipped into a frenzy by the preceding events, came at last to the Walks Reports. The weekend of 14,15 December saw Sew Sternhell leading ​aparty ​of unspecified size in the rain on his Wollongambe ​walk. Bob Hodgson'​s family boating weekend was'a sad disappointment with no takers. It is unclear whether this was due to a lack of + 
-families, a lack of boats (seems hardly likely as Bob was offering to provide these) or whether +And so it was that the meeting, whipped into a frenzy by the preceding events, came at last to the Walks Reports. The weekend of 14,15 December saw Sev Sternhell leading ​a party of unspecified size in the rain on his Wollangambe ​walk. Bob Hodgson'​s family boating weekend was a sad disappointment with no takers. It is unclear whether this was due to a lack of families, a lack of boats (seems hardly likely as Bob was offering to provide these) or whether everyone was just busy getting organised for Christmas. There were no details Of Greg Bridge'​s ​Erskine ​Creek, Dadder Cave swimming trip. 
-everyone was just busy getting organised for Christmas. There were no details Of Greg Bridge'​s ​Erskinvi ​Creek, Dadder Cave swimming trip. + 
-December 21st saw Wilf Hilder leading a party of 4 on his Great North Walk Stage One trip. The weather remained threatening all day but held off until the party were safely under coverat Chats000d Station before releasing the downpour. There was no report of Peter Christian'​s ​Dufaur'​s ​Creek lilo trip.+December 21st saw Wilf Hilder leading a party of 4 on his Great North Walk Stage One trip. The weather remained threatening all day but held off until the party were safely under cover at Chats000d Station before releasing the downpour. There was no report of Peter Christian'​s ​Du Faur Creek lilo trip. 
 The Christmas/​New Year period saw a large number of trips, mostly off program. The 15 starters on Ian Rannard'​s walk enjoyed a wide range of weathers in the Victorian high country. They reported some problems with water but otherwise all went well. George Mawer crashed and burned so to speak at the end of his Kosciusko N.P. walk. He slipped on ice lurking below the snow grass and broke a bone in his ankle. We are pleased to report that the party of 9 did not resort to the old "small but dignified cairn of stones"​ trick and George is well on the way to recovery. The Christmas/​New Year period saw a large number of trips, mostly off program. The 15 starters on Ian Rannard'​s walk enjoyed a wide range of weathers in the Victorian high country. They reported some problems with water but otherwise all went well. George Mawer crashed and burned so to speak at the end of his Kosciusko N.P. walk. He slipped on ice lurking below the snow grass and broke a bone in his ankle. We are pleased to report that the party of 9 did not resort to the old "small but dignified cairn of stones"​ trick and George is well on the way to recovery.
-Jim Calloway ​had 9 on his Helensburgh to Otford trip on Sunday the 29th. The attendant overcast weather reduced swimming to a minimum. Maurie Bloom led a party of 18 on a race + 
-against time in the Snowies. Alan Mewett, Barry Wallace and Helen Gray were all out there +Jim Callaway ​had 9 on his Helensburgh to Otford trip on Sunday the 29th. The attendant overcast weather reduced swimming to a minimum. Maurie Bloom led a party of 18 on a race against time in the Snowies. Alan Mewett, Barry Wallace and Helen Gray were all out there somewhere with various parties as well. The hills were alive, I tell you. 
-somewhere with various parties as well. The hills were alive, I tell you. + 
-Meanwhile back in the workaday world of real walking, over the weekend of January 12th Geoff McIntosh led a party of 21 on his Waterfall to Otford via the squeeze-hole trip. High seas precluded a visit to the Figure Eight Pool and the walk was tough enough to sprain Wilf's knee. There was n6 report of Peter Christian'​s Hole-in-the-Wall abseiling trip, maybe they'​re still out there. Bill Holland'​s tiger walk in the Eloura bushland had 11 on the walk and 35 at the barbecue that followed. George Mawer was the only one with a genuine excuse. If that was a walk, then this is the end of the Walks Report. +Meanwhile back in the workaday world of real walking, over the weekend of January 12th Geoff McIntosh led a party of 21 on his Waterfall to Otford via the squeeze-hole trip. High seas precluded a visit to the Figure Eight Pool and the walk was tough enough to sprain Wilf's knee. There was no report of Peter Christian'​s Hole-in-the-Wall abseiling trip, maybe they'​re still out there. Bill Holland'​s tiger walk in the Eloura bushland had 11 on the walk and 35 at the barbecue that followed. George Mawer was the only one with a genuine excuse. If that was a walk, then this is the end of the Walks Report. 
-In one of those great moments in forward planning"​-series the Social,​Secretary announced that the "​Safety in leadership night" has been cancelled due to George Mawer'​s accident.+ 
 +In one of those "great moments in forward planning"​ series the Social,​Secretary announced that the "​Safety in leadership night" has been cancelled due to George Mawer'​s accident. 
 The Conservation Report brought news of - but wait. It was all reported in last month'​s magazine. Whew, damn near thing that, Kath! The Conservation Report brought news of - but wait. It was all reported in last month'​s magazine. Whew, damn near thing that, Kath!
  
 The FBW Report indicated that user pays camping permits will be introduced in the Royal and Heathcote National Parks starting at $6.00 per year. The FBW Report indicated that user pays camping permits will be introduced in the Royal and Heathcote National Parks starting at $6.00 per year.
-General Business brought a decision that the next Reunion will be held in October. + 
-There were various announcements about the coming Annual General Meeting, but they will all be printed in the magazine so we won't cover them here. But if you hurry you can still stand for a position on committee.+General Business brought a decision that the next Reunion will be held in October. There were various announcements about the coming Annual General Meeting, but they will all be printed in the magazine so we won't cover them here. But if you hurry you can still stand for a position on committee. 
 There will be a Coolana working bee on the next program. Watch that space! There will be a Coolana working bee on the next program. Watch that space!
  
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 Announcements included a caution that the book on the Great North Walk appears to contain a number of errors of detail. Announcements included a caution that the book on the Great North Walk appears to contain a number of errors of detail.
-The meeting closed at 2112, but the Committee-waS on detention in order to clear a backlog ​-of prospettives+ 
- SOCIAL NOTES+The meeting closed at 2112, but the Committee ​was on detention in order to clear a backlog of prospectives
 + 
 +===== Social Notes ===== 
 by Fran Holland by Fran Holland
-For all those who bought a ticket in our raffle and were not able to come to the + 
-Christmas party, Keith Sherlock'​s painting of the Blue Mountains was won by Margaret Niven - +For all those who bought a ticket in our raffle and were not able to come to the Christmas party, Keith Sherlock'​s painting of the Blue Mountains was won by Margaret Niven - congratulations,​ Marg. 
-congratulations,​ Marg. r. + 
-On the 26th February Alan Spendlove of Macpac is going to talk about care of our +On the 26th February Alan Spendlove of Macpac is going to talk about care of our bushwalking gear and show the latest developments in new equipment. 
-bushwalking gear and show the latest developments in new equipment. + 
-The first Wedoesday ​in March is asalways ​the Committee and our Annual General Meeting is on the 11th, so come along and elect or re-elect members on to the 1992-93 Committee. +The first Wednesday ​in March is as always ​the Committee and our Annual General Meeting is on the 11th, so come along and elect or re-elect members on to the 1992-93 Committee. 
-On the 18th March we will have a B.B.Q. in the garden behind the Neighbourhood Centre. These barbecues ​have proved to be very popular. Activities commence from 7 pm and as this + 
-follows the annual ​elction ​we will have the traditional inauguration ceremony for the new +On the 18th March we will have a B.B.Q. in the garden behind the Neighbourhood Centre. These barbeques ​have proved to be very popular. Activities commence from 7 pm and as this follows the annual ​election ​we will have the traditional inauguration ceremony for the new Committee. 
-Committee.+
 25th March will be the "​Safety & Leadership"​ workshop led by George Mawer - a very interesting evening for us all - leaders (current or potential) and followers. 25th March will be the "​Safety & Leadership"​ workshop led by George Mawer - a very interesting evening for us all - leaders (current or potential) and followers.
-********** + 
-ADDITIONAL DAY WALK SUNDAY/​. ​1st MARCH.+===== Additional Day Walk Sunday ​1st March ===== 
 (A sort of "Leap Year Special Walk" - repeated by request.) (A sort of "Leap Year Special Walk" - repeated by request.)
-Great Nbrth Walk - Stage 1. + 
-Assemble at Macquarie Place, City at 9.30 am, join ferry from Circular Quay at 9.50 am for Woolwich. +**Great North Walk - Stage 1.** 
-Valentia Street Wharf - Kelly'​s ​Bush - Brickmakers Creek ,(see Tipperary Falls) - Lane Cove River - Buffalo Creek - Kittys Creek - Clifford Love Footbridge (at un-named waterfall) - Lane Cove State Recreation Area - Chatswood Station. ​EASY/MEDIUM ​15 km (Map - Lands Dept "Great North + 
-Walk - Lane Cove River"​) +Assemble at Macquarie Place, City at 9.30 am, join ferry from Circular Quay at 9.50 am for Woolwich. ​ 
-LEADER: Wilf Hilder + 
-Phone (business) 228 6121 +Valentia Street Wharf - Kellys ​Bush - Brickmakers Creek (see Tipperary Falls) - Lane Cove River - Buffalo Creek - Kittys Creek - Clifford Love Footbridge (at un-named waterfall) - Lane Cove State Recreation Area [Lane Cove National Park] - Chatswood Station. ​**Easy/Medium** ​15 km (Map - Lands Dept "Great North Walk - Lane Cove River"​) 
-* * * * * * * * * +**Leader:** Wilf Hilder ​Phone (business) 228 6121 
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-The Sydney Bdetiwalker +
-CANOE THE AACLEAY +
-A great river to canoe +
-February 1992+
 by Geoff Grace. by Geoff Grace.
-June 91. Steady rains had been falling-oVer the New England area for a few days. The Bureau of Meteorology told us the goad news - a full metre of water at Bellbrook. All + 
-the Macley's upper tributaries would be feeding water into its main course running down to KempseY ​and on to the sea. â€¢- +June '91. Steady rains had been falling ​over the New England area for a few days. The Bureau of Meteorology told us the good news - a full metre of water at Bellbrook. All the Macleay's upper tributaries would be feeding water into its main course running down to Kempsey ​and on to the sea.  
-The canoe was already at Kempsey at son-in-law ​Caneron's - a flying instructor. Friend Fred and myself jumped on the train,arrivedearly afternoon, picked up some tucker and after a night'​s rest, ropedthe canoe onto the utility and away we went with Cameron. We stopped briefly at Bellbrook - the river height was 1.2 metres.- great! We travelled further upstream + 
-into the mountains to George'​s Creek, unloaded the canoe and said goodbye to Cameron. By +The canoe was already at Kempsey at son-in-law ​Cameron's - a flying instructor. Friend Fred and myself jumped on the train, arrived early afternoon, picked up some tucker and after a night'​s rest, roped the canoe onto the utility and away we went with Cameron. We stopped briefly at Bellbrook - the river height was 1.2 metres - great! We travelled further upstream into the mountains to George'​s Creek, unloaded the canoe and said goodbye to Cameron. By road we had come over 100 km. It would be 150 km of paddling to get home. 
-road we had come over 100 km. It would be 150 km of paddling to get home. + 
-Pushed off. Conditions were good with the river flowing full and wide but five minutes - later at the first rapid we were•shodked.into freezing reality by a catastrophic upset. ​ +Pushed off. Conditions were good with the river flowing full and wide but five minutes - later at the first rapid we were shocked ​into freezing reality by a catastrophic upset. Brrrr, It was cold!  Not so clever after all. We made it to shore, emptied out, and after a billy of tea, our teeth had stopped chattering. The indident sobered us. We decided to rope dawn the more adventuroue rapids from then on! 
-Brrrr, It was cold!  Not so clever after all. We made it to shore, emptied out, and after +
-a billy of tea, our teeth had stopped chattering. The indident sobered us. We decided to+
-rope dawn the more adventuroue rapids from then on!+
 Camped early and finished drying out in front of the fire. Camped early and finished drying out in front of the fire.
-A relaxed start next day. Great paddling with some long, fast runs of water. The + 
-countryside started to open out. We were moving out of the mountains. In the late afternoon +A relaxed start next day. Great paddling with some long, fast runs of water. The countryside started to open out. We were moving out of the mountains. In the late afternoon we attempted to identify our position. Hmmmm. 
-we attempted to identify our position. Hmmmm. + 
-Camped - plenty of great campsites to choose from and lots of firewood. +Camped - plenty of great campsites to choose from and lots of firewood. On the move again. Beautiful scenery, lots of colourful cedar trees on the river bank. The river clean and friendly. Huge mussels peeping out from the pebbly bottom. Cheeky tortoises swimming about in their native environment. Sea eagles soaring on thermals. Buzzards. Ducks and swans. Egrets. Sometimes pleasant lanes of water running fast between trees - sometimes a little too fast! Sometimes open scenic views of the river winding on ahead. Good fun scooting along down great wide long slides of water with plenty of visibility to the quieter runs ahead. Even in the quiet, long pools the river moved us along fairly well. A few times thundering rapids required portages, but they were easy portages. ​ 
-On the move again. Beautiful scenery, lots of colourful cedar trees on the river bank. + 
-The river clean and friendly. Huge mussels peeping out from the pebbly bottom. Cheeky +The idyllic days merged one into the other. We topped up provisions at the Bellbrook store. 
-tortoises swimming about in their native environment. Sea eagles soaring on thermals. + 
-Buzzards. Ducks and swans. Egrets. Sometimes pleasant lanes of water running fast between +Six days had passed. Each one a beauty. Bird life abounding, fishing, kangaroos ashore, great scenery, we actually saw some human beings on a couple of occasions! On the seventh day, a light plane droned overhead, turned and swooped down low over us. It was Cameron. A hand appeared out of the cabin window and dropped something into the river nearby. A plastic ​bottle ​with note inside. "Will pick you up at Sherwood Bridge."​ 
-trees - sometimes a little too fast! Sometimes open scenic views of the river winding on +
-ahead. Good fun scooting along down great wide long slides of water with plenty of visibility +
-to the quieter runs ahead. Even in the quiet, long pools the river moved us along fairly well. +
-A few times thundering rapids required portages, but they were easy portages. +
-The idyllic days merged one into the other. ​• ​We topped up provisions at the Bellbrook store. +
-Six days had passed. Each one a beauty. Bird life abounding, fishing, kangaroos ashore, +
-great scenery, we-actually saw some human beings on a couple of occasions! On the seventh +
-day, a light plane droned overhead, turned and swooped down low over us. It was Cameron.A +
-.::hand appeared out of the cabin window and dropped something into the river nearby. A plastic +
-. battle ​with note inside. "Will pick you up at Sherwood Bridge."​ +
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 And he did! And he did!
-There'​s no doubt - it's worth doing all, over again. 
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 +There'​s no doubt - it's worth doing all, over again.
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