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 The following week, August 18th, Jan Mohandas was to have given us a demonstration on cooking with spices, but unfortunately due to other commitments Jan has postponed this until later in the year. Instead we will have the pleasure of the company of Spiro Hajinakitas,​ Tony Holgate and David Rostron showing us slides of their recent trip to Mount Barney and the Macpherson Ranges. The following week, August 18th, Jan Mohandas was to have given us a demonstration on cooking with spices, but unfortunately due to other commitments Jan has postponed this until later in the year. Instead we will have the pleasure of the company of Spiro Hajinakitas,​ Tony Holgate and David Rostron showing us slides of their recent trip to Mount Barney and the Macpherson Ranges.
  
-August 25th - Finally, as advertised in last month'​s magazine, there has been a change of topic for Dot Butler'​s talk. Dot will now show slides with entertaining commentary on a 400-mile Canoe Trip she did some years ago down the Yukon River. Judging by what she has told me about this wilderness experience, this ia a night not to miss.+August 25th - Finally, as advertised in last month'​s magazine, there has been a change of topic for Dot Butler'​s talk. Dot will now show slides with entertaining commentary on a 400-mile Canoe Trip she did some years ago down the Yukon River. Judging by what she has told me about this wilderness experience, this is a night not to miss.
  
 Please mark 3rd September on your calender as the night of the Confederation'​s Bush Dance at Petersham Town Hall. We would love to have a big table this year, so give Denise Shaw a call on 922 6093 and book your spot. Please mark 3rd September on your calender as the night of the Confederation'​s Bush Dance at Petersham Town Hall. We would love to have a big table this year, so give Denise Shaw a call on 922 6093 and book your spot.
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-=====From the Clubroom - Peter Tressider in teh Kimberleys.=====+=====From the Clubroom - Peter Tressider in the Kimberleys.=====
  
 by Maurice Smith by Maurice Smith
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 by Barry Wallace ​ by Barry Wallace ​
  
-It was around 2020 when the President, in the chair, called the 16 or so members present to order and got things under way. There were apologies from Denise Shaw and Fran Holland. Of new members there was a dearth, but one there was "a stripling on a small and weedy beast"​. I'm not sure I can say that about Margaret Sheens even if she was a new member from time before who had not previously been able to attend a general meeting. '​Tennyrate she was welcomed into mambership.+It was around 2020 when the President, in the chair, called the 16 or so members present to order and got things under way. There were apologies from Denise Shaw and Fran Holland. Of new members there was a dearth, but one there was "a stripling on a small and weedy beast"​. I'm not sure I can say that about Margaret Sheens even if she was a new member from time before who had not previously been able to attend a general meeting. '​Tennyrate she was welcomed into membership.
  
 The Minutes of the previous general meeting were read and received with the only matter arising being mention that the proposed Kirribilli Centre coffee shop is intended to operate on weekends only and is therefore of no immediate interest to the Club.  The Minutes of the previous general meeting were read and received with the only matter arising being mention that the proposed Kirribilli Centre coffee shop is intended to operate on weekends only and is therefore of no immediate interest to the Club. 
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 The Walks Report commenced at the weekend of 14,15,16 May with Les Powell reporting brilliant weather for the 6 persons who went along on his Shoalhaven River below Tallowa Dam trip. He also reported this section of the river as having become weedy and overgrown. There was no report of Bob Hodgson'​s semi-exploratory walk in the Wollemi Wilderness. Ken Smith led a party of 3 through strong winds on a somewhat modified day walk in the Royal. It seems the bridge at Audley is now closed and this forced some changes to the proposed route. Greg Bridge'​s car shuffle from Evans Lookout to Victoria Falls went, led by Dick Weston, with a party of 10 enjoying a good day. Jo Van Sommers, not far away at Hazelbrook/​Lawson,​ reported cold conditions but a pleasant day for the party of 20 who came on her walk. The Walks Report commenced at the weekend of 14,15,16 May with Les Powell reporting brilliant weather for the 6 persons who went along on his Shoalhaven River below Tallowa Dam trip. He also reported this section of the river as having become weedy and overgrown. There was no report of Bob Hodgson'​s semi-exploratory walk in the Wollemi Wilderness. Ken Smith led a party of 3 through strong winds on a somewhat modified day walk in the Royal. It seems the bridge at Audley is now closed and this forced some changes to the proposed route. Greg Bridge'​s car shuffle from Evans Lookout to Victoria Falls went, led by Dick Weston, with a party of 10 enjoying a good day. Jo Van Sommers, not far away at Hazelbrook/​Lawson,​ reported cold conditions but a pleasant day for the party of 20 who came on her walk.
  
-The weekend of 21,22,23 May saw the cancellation of Bill Capon'​s Morton N.P. walk. Bill Holland'​s Winburndale N.P. walk saw the party of 14 enduring generally cold conditons ​and some rain over the Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning period. This walk was mainly restricted to the firetrails in the area due to the aforesaid wet conditions. Bill believes the area has promise for between seasons walking and will schedule more exploratory trips to try to evaluate this. There were no details of Stephen Ellis'​s day walk on the Cox River but Morag Ryder reported fine cool conditons ​and an enjoyable day for the 9 starters on her Blackheath to Blackheath via Junction Rock walk.+The weekend of 21,22,23 May saw the cancellation of Bill Capon'​s Morton N.P. walk. Bill Holland'​s Winburndale N.P. walk saw the party of 14 enduring generally cold conditions ​and some rain over the Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning period. This walk was mainly restricted to the firetrails in the area due to the aforesaid wet conditions. Bill believes the area has promise for between seasons walking and will schedule more exploratory trips to try to evaluate this. There were no details of Stephen Ellis'​s day walk on the Cox River but Morag Ryder reported fine cool conditions ​and an enjoyable day for the 9 starters on her Blackheath to Blackheath via Junction Rock walk.
  
 Carol Lubbers led a party of around 14 on her base camp with two day walks in the Airley area over the weekend of 28,29,30 May. The walks were good and the weather was great. Jim Percy'​s day and a half walk around Wentworth Creek had a party of two and no other details. Zol Bodlay led a party of 18 (reduced to 17 when one starter pulled out along the way) on his Saturday day walk from Mount Kuring-gai to Cowan along the Benowie Track in fine weather. Errol Sheedy re-routed his Bundeena to Waterfall walk to become a Kirrawee to Temptation Creek trip due to ferry-re-scheduling. The party of 12 had some problems with a prospective who became separated from the group. It all ended in a welter of phone calls after the walk was completed. Carol Lubbers led a party of around 14 on her base camp with two day walks in the Airley area over the weekend of 28,29,30 May. The walks were good and the weather was great. Jim Percy'​s day and a half walk around Wentworth Creek had a party of two and no other details. Zol Bodlay led a party of 18 (reduced to 17 when one starter pulled out along the way) on his Saturday day walk from Mount Kuring-gai to Cowan along the Benowie Track in fine weather. Errol Sheedy re-routed his Bundeena to Waterfall walk to become a Kirrawee to Temptation Creek trip due to ferry-re-scheduling. The party of 12 had some problems with a prospective who became separated from the group. It all ended in a welter of phone calls after the walk was completed.
  
-Over the weekend of 5,6 June Bill Holland led a party of 8 on a slightly re-routed (they found an easier way folks!) version of his Mountain Lagoon, Colo River walk through overcast but fine conditions. Wilf, in his series of Great Western Walks, stage 7 it was, had the party of 14 enjoying a beautiful day with a detour via the wreck of an old Wirraway aircraft. The Tony Maynes / Kay Chan co-production of 4 combined rock-hop refreshment-stall-crawl from Stanweli ​Park to Werrong went, with a complement of 12 and few other details.+Over the weekend of 5,6 June Bill Holland led a party of 8 on a slightly re-routed (they found an easier way folks!) version of his Mountain Lagoon, Colo River walk through overcast but fine conditions. Wilf, in his series of Great Western Walks, stage 7 it was, had the party of 14 enjoying a beautiful day with a detour via the wreck of an old Wirraway aircraft. The Tony Maynes / Kay Chan co-production of 4 combined rock-hop refreshment-stall-crawl from Stanwell ​Park to Werrong went, with a complement of 12 and few other details.
  
 There was also a report of David Rostron'​s ex-program trip in Queensland with a party of 10. How David managed to combine water shortage problems, rain, serious rock scrambling, rock climbing, strong to gale-force winds, drizzle, fog, stitched up singlet arm-holes and a general absence of wilderness all in the one trip is a mystery to us all. Not only that but it ended the Walks Report. There was also a report of David Rostron'​s ex-program trip in Queensland with a party of 10. How David managed to combine water shortage problems, rain, serious rock scrambling, rock climbing, strong to gale-force winds, drizzle, fog, stitched up singlet arm-holes and a general absence of wilderness all in the one trip is a mystery to us all. Not only that but it ended the Walks Report.
  
-Conservation Report was next. We learned that the NPA Bill will be deferred until the August session of State Parliament. The Blue Moutnains ​City Council supports the proposal to include the Gardens of Stone area in the Blue Mountains N.P. A recent article in the Financial Review discussed the plan for the NPWS to develop ways of exploiting National Parks for financial returns. This led to a discussion of the plan to lease Bantry Bay to SCEGGS for 361 days per year to the exclusion of all others.+Conservation Report was next. We learned that the NPA Bill will be deferred until the August session of State Parliament. The Blue Mountains ​City Council supports the proposal to include the Gardens of Stone area in the Blue Mountains N.P. A recent article in the Financial Review discussed the plan for the NPWS to develop ways of exploiting National Parks for financial returns. This led to a discussion of the plan to lease Bantry Bay to SCEGGS for 361 days per year to the exclusion of all others.
  
 Confederation have held discussions with some sub-group of the Sporting Shooters Association. There was a recent call out to search for two trail bike riders in the Shoalhaven area. It seems they had run out of petrol. NPA will take up Confederation insurance for a limited number of their members. The equation for this looks more like a zero-sum every time it gets a mention. Confederation have held discussions with some sub-group of the Sporting Shooters Association. There was a recent call out to search for two trail bike riders in the Shoalhaven area. It seems they had run out of petrol. NPA will take up Confederation insurance for a limited number of their members. The equation for this looks more like a zero-sum every time it gets a mention.
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 After apologies, the Minutes of the previous meeting were accepted. After apologies, the Minutes of the previous meeting were accepted.
  
-__Correspondence__:​ A letter was received from Brian Saunders (NPA). Brian digputes ​NPWS's claim that 25,000 go bush camping in Royal and Heathcote National Parks annually. He is calling for volunteers to help him conduct a survey of the number of people who go bush camping in the two National Parks. There was some discussion as to what should be Conferation'​s policy as there was some threat by NPWS to ban bush camping because of the destruction caused by campers. It was decided that a request be made to member clubs to forward their views on bush camping to Confederation. Tony Parr (Sutherland) volunteered to review the clubs' views so that Confederation will be able to form a consensus of clubs' ideas when the draft Plan of Management for the two Parks is released for comment.+__Correspondence__:​ A letter was received from Brian Saunders (NPA). Brian disputes ​NPWS's claim that 25,000 go bush camping in Royal and Heathcote National Parks annually. He is calling for volunteers to help him conduct a survey of the number of people who go bush camping in the two National Parks. There was some discussion as to what should be Conferation'​s policy as there was some threat by NPWS to ban bush camping because of the destruction caused by campers. It was decided that a request be made to member clubs to forward their views on bush camping to Confederation. Tony Parr (Sutherland) volunteered to review the clubs' views so that Confederation will be able to form a consensus of clubs' ideas when the draft Plan of Management for the two Parks is released for comment.
  
 __Treasurer__:​ Confederation'​s wealth prior to the meeting was:- __Treasurer__:​ Confederation'​s wealth prior to the meeting was:-
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 Inspiration was gained from Craig Austin'​s beautiful slide show of sunsets on the Snowys, and David Rostron'​s advice on gear. Although packing food is similar to that for a week of walking, I found I had to bring a considerable amount of survival clothing, and gear such as a bivvy bag. Anton and I also need6d to hire a snow tent and two sleeping bags from Norski, where we hired two pairs of skis and boots (at a total cost of $132). Barrie hired his skis from Paddy Pallin'​s at Jindabyne, and as they were metal-edged fish-scale he was very happy with them. Inspiration was gained from Craig Austin'​s beautiful slide show of sunsets on the Snowys, and David Rostron'​s advice on gear. Although packing food is similar to that for a week of walking, I found I had to bring a considerable amount of survival clothing, and gear such as a bivvy bag. Anton and I also need6d to hire a snow tent and two sleeping bags from Norski, where we hired two pairs of skis and boots (at a total cost of $132). Barrie hired his skis from Paddy Pallin'​s at Jindabyne, and as they were metal-edged fish-scale he was very happy with them.
  
-Barrie met us at Sawpit Creek camping area after a week of downhill skiing, which gave him the edge on us as evidenced by some nice telemarks displayed on our practice slope above Perisher on Sunday morning. We felt ready to set off at lunchtime, and started our foot slog from Guthega Power Station up the road for 2 kilomettes ​to make our first camp on snow grass. As we were only at 1,​400-metres we were pleased to see a few patches of snow.+Barrie met us at Sawpit Creek camping area after a week of downhill skiing, which gave him the edge on us as evidenced by some nice telemarks displayed on our practice slope above Perisher on Sunday morning. We felt ready to set off at lunchtime, and started our foot slog from Guthega Power Station up the road for 2 kilometers ​to make our first camp on snow grass. As we were only at 1,​400-metres we were pleased to see a few patches of snow.
  
 On Monday we took the Horse Camp turnoff and the aqueduct track on the west side of Munyang River. It had patchy snow along it, so it was skis on, skis off, right up to Schlink Pass, where the snow cover was consistent. We became very proficient over the following days at clicking bindings into place as we stepped back on to a patch of snow for a brief slide. As Anton said, you had to watch out for the snow between the grass and bushes in case you slipped! On Monday we took the Horse Camp turnoff and the aqueduct track on the west side of Munyang River. It had patchy snow along it, so it was skis on, skis off, right up to Schlink Pass, where the snow cover was consistent. We became very proficient over the following days at clicking bindings into place as we stepped back on to a patch of snow for a brief slide. As Anton said, you had to watch out for the snow between the grass and bushes in case you slipped!
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 We made our usual 10 o'​clock start to avoid the hard, crusty snow of early morning, all a bit bleary-eyed after listening half the night to the squealing, shouting, fighting rats of Valentine'​s. With some amusement we had read the sign printed on the cupboard "​Beware the fire and the rat". The rat? Did the writer run out of ink before adding the essential "​s"?​ Over a hole was printed "​Fearless The Rat", a character doubtless well-known to veteran ski-tourers in the club. Jim shone his torch in Fearless'​ face, staring wrathfully, and Fearless twitched his/her whiskers and stared right back. We made our usual 10 o'​clock start to avoid the hard, crusty snow of early morning, all a bit bleary-eyed after listening half the night to the squealing, shouting, fighting rats of Valentine'​s. With some amusement we had read the sign printed on the cupboard "​Beware the fire and the rat". The rat? Did the writer run out of ink before adding the essential "​s"?​ Over a hole was printed "​Fearless The Rat", a character doubtless well-known to veteran ski-tourers in the club. Jim shone his torch in Fearless'​ face, staring wrathfully, and Fearless twitched his/her whiskers and stared right back.
  
-Now off the Mount Kosciusko 1:50,000 sheet and heading north on the Khancoban sheet, and after only about 15 km it was Wednesday. However, with Barrie much better as well as the'​Snow'​cover,​ we felt we could still make Mount Jagungal if we added a day to make it six and a half days out. Although another party had advised us that the best snow in the mountins ​was on the Grey Mare Range, we decided on a quicker route east to Mawson'​s Hut.+Now off the Mount Kosciusko 1:50,000 sheet and heading north on the Khancoban sheet, and after only about 15 km it was Wednesday. However, with Barrie much better as well as the'​Snow'​cover,​ we felt we could still make Mount Jagungal if we added a day to make it six and a half days out. Although another party had advised us that the best snow in the mountains ​was on the Grey Mare Range, we decided on a quicker route east to Mawson'​s Hut.
  
 A group of lads beat us to the hut by a few minutes, so we headed off after lunch north to Tarn Bluff, and weren'​t sorry to make camp here for two nights. Have you seen how the moon lights up the snow-covered ranges? I could believe the story of skiing down Jagungal by moonlight - its Peak looked so bright in the distance. A group of lads beat us to the hut by a few minutes, so we headed off after lunch north to Tarn Bluff, and weren'​t sorry to make camp here for two nights. Have you seen how the moon lights up the snow-covered ranges? I could believe the story of skiing down Jagungal by moonlight - its Peak looked so bright in the distance.
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 Well said, Tony, in your verse "Wait a While" (June magazine). Of course, the thorny tangled Lawyer Vine we often encounter in coastal and Blue Mountain gullies, has the alternative old bushman'​s name "Wait a While"​. Well said, Tony, in your verse "Wait a While" (June magazine). Of course, the thorny tangled Lawyer Vine we often encounter in coastal and Blue Mountain gullies, has the alternative old bushman'​s name "Wait a While"​.
  
-I have horrible recollections that on my first descent of Clear Hill in January 1940, I found a rough sign above Taro's Ladders saying "​Ladders Unsafe - take Wallaby Track to Medlow Gap and Carlons"​. I diverted via what I later knew was called "​Duncan'​s Pass" (after our early member Frank Duncan), somewhere mislaid the thin thread of track and finished up severely lacerated by Lawyer Vines before ​scrtching ​back on to Medlow Gap to pick up the Black Dog track to Cox's River.+I have horrible recollections that on my first descent of Clear Hill in January 1940, I found a rough sign above Taro's Ladders saying "​Ladders Unsafe - take Wallaby Track to Medlow Gap and Carlons"​. I diverted via what I later knew was called "​Duncan'​s Pass" (after our early member Frank Duncan), somewhere mislaid the thin thread of track and finished up severely lacerated by Lawyer Vines before ​scratching ​back on to Medlow Gap to pick up the Black Dog track to Cox's River.
  
 I remember, too, an exploratory walk down Lacy's Creek in the Southern Blue Mountains in 1950 (all right, I was the clown that "​led"​ it). One of our tougher members, Kevin Ardill, slipped on a crumbling talus slope and may have tumbled quite a way if he hadn't been snagged by a tangle of lawyer vine, from which we extricated him, very scratched but otherwise undamaged;. I remember, too, an exploratory walk down Lacy's Creek in the Southern Blue Mountains in 1950 (all right, I was the clown that "​led"​ it). One of our tougher members, Kevin Ardill, slipped on a crumbling talus slope and may have tumbled quite a way if he hadn't been snagged by a tangle of lawyer vine, from which we extricated him, very scratched but otherwise undamaged;.
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 ====Bushwalk Kakadu: Close Focus.==== ====Bushwalk Kakadu: Close Focus.====
  
-Kakadu is much more thatn an inspiring ​lnadscape ​with many deep gorges and beautiful waterfalls. It is also a subtle place where many of nature'​s masterpieces are seen only by those who walk through at a leisurely pace with a keen eye and a sense of wonder.+Kakadu is much more than an inspiring ​landscape ​with many deep gorges and beautiful waterfalls. It is also a subtle place where many of nature'​s masterpieces are seen only by those who walk through at a leisurely pace with a keen eye and a sense of wonder.
  
 Take your time. Enjoy a swim and look at the butterflies. Observe the small birds. Have a break and watch the small lizards. Relax around a camp fire. Soak up your surroundings while your guide prepares you a three course meal. Take your time. Enjoy a swim and look at the butterflies. Observe the small birds. Have a break and watch the small lizards. Relax around a camp fire. Soak up your surroundings while your guide prepares you a three course meal.
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