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 |Leader:​|George Mawer| |Leader:​|George Mawer|
 |Followers:​|Judy Mahaffey, Greta & Patrick James, Peter Lafferty, John Nazy, Joanne (?), Morag Ryder| |Followers:​|Judy Mahaffey, Greta & Patrick James, Peter Lafferty, John Nazy, Joanne (?), Morag Ryder|
 +==== Blayden'​s Pass - Danjera Plateau etc.,  7/8 August, 1993 ====
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 "Easy medium....no need for tents...suit beginners"​ said the program. "Suits me too", thought I.  A cold Friday night was followed by a wilder but cloudy Saturday, when we began the energetic wriggle down Blayden'​s Pass. "Easy medium....no need for tents...suit beginners"​ said the program. "Suits me too", thought I.  A cold Friday night was followed by a wilder but cloudy Saturday, when we began the energetic wriggle down Blayden'​s Pass.
-Some time later we arrived at the outlet, breathless but reasonably intact. Morning tea on Booligah Creek, in a forest of wattles heavy with flowers, sitting on soft grass and befriended by the occasional leech. 
  
-Packs weighted with water for lunch; ​we began the slow ascent to Danjera PlateauSpeedy Peter and 'John stood on the escarpment. making encouTaging.. noisesas we searched far Harris +Some time later we arrived at the outlet, breathless but reasonably intactMorning tea on Boolijah Creek, in a forest of wattles heavy with flowerssitting on soft grass and befriended by the occasional leech.
-Hole. "I can't get in there" said judyeyeing ​the...tunnel,​laut-she +
-BLAYDEN'​S-PASS- DANJERA_PLATEAU ETC., ' 7/8 AUGUST, 1993  +
-BLAYDEN'​S PASS +
-THE 1ti'​S4.ALKER",,​E.:​ +
--:?​q7mBER,​1993-+
  
-EASY. MEDIUM  +Packs weighted with water for lunch; we began the slow ascent ​to Danjera PlateauSpeedy Peter and John stood on the escarpment making encouraging noises, as we searched for Harris'​ Hole"can't get in there" said Judy, eyeing the...tunnelbut she did. 
-:​....amobworow.1 + 
-I should have kept +A warm, lazy lunch in the sun, with views over Danjera Creek. Fortified, we plunged into the flowering scrub and scrambled across ​three gullies, two dry and one with deep water. Our resourceful ​leader ​found the perfect crossing-log:​ complete with a long branch which served as a handrail. 
-to my diet.. + 
-liarris must have been +More scrub, combined, with careful ​navigation. "I know it's here," muttered George, as we battled through the scrub along the cliff edge; John peered over the edge, and cried triumphantly. "​That ​looks like the cave!" Our leader agreed. But where was the slot? More searching and more scratches. then at last, at last - Gemma'​s slot. 
-a lot thinner + 
-than am..., +For the third time that day, we towed our packs through a crevice and then went down to the beautiful Discovery Cave. Definitely worth the effort. Having booked our accommodation,​ George said, "​Let'​s have a look at the '​Passage of Time' on the other side of Bundundah Creek"​. Away they galloped, with Peter leading the charge. 
-where was the slot? More + 
-last - Gemma'​s Slot. +All except yours truly, who collected water and stayed to enjoy the sunny overhang in peace. Close to dusk I lit a small fire, just as Greta and Patrick returned. The others returned about dark, a trifle muddy but
-A warm, lazy lunch in the sun, with views overDanjera Creek. Fortified, we plunged into the flowering scrub and '​scrambledacross ​three gullies, +
-two dry and one with deep water.' ​Our resourceful ​reader ​found the perfect crossing-log:​ complete with a long branch which served as ahhandrail+
-More scrub, combined,​with..Careful +
-navigation. "I know it's here," muttered,George, as we battled through thescrub along the cliff edge....; John Peeredover ​the edge, and cried t riumPhantly."​That ​jooks like the +
-.cave!" Our leader agreed. But  +
-searching an&More Scratches.;. then at-last,at +
-SEPTEMBER 1993 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER PAGE 3 +
-For the third time that day, we towed our packs through a crevice and then went' ​down to the beautiful Discovery Cave. Definitely worth the +
-effort. Having booked our accommodation,​ George said, "​Let'​s have a look at the '​Passage of Time' on the other side of Bundundah Creek"​. Away they galloped, with Peter leading the charge. +
-All except yours truly, who collected water and stayed to enjoy the sunny overhang in peace. Close to dusk I lit a small fire, just as Greta and +
-Patrick returned. The others returned about dark, a trifle muddy but+
 well satisfied with the Passage - Timely or otherwise. well satisfied with the Passage - Timely or otherwise.
-whisk wattle blossoms through the'​ait. 
-George had intended to return via Danjera Creek, but it-was very slippery. Peter said, "​I'​ve been down another way - we go to the end,. of the plateau and down a narrow, rock nose, which will eventually take us down to Booligah Creek"​. George considered this for a while and said - "All right, let's give it a go." 
-Trustfully, we trotted along behind George and Greta, his 2 IC. for navigation. Heavy clouds above, while below the scrub bloomed and the wind blew - hard enough to 
-Across the saddle was easy enough, but the long, curved escarpment with its 
-many gullies and little noses was a navigational trap. "I think this is 
-it," said George looking hopefully through the scrub. But after a short 
-distance, Greta began'​to mutter and shake her head. A consultation,​ 
-"​We'​ve gone -too far," said George. About turn, back through the scrub to something which agreed with the 
-compasses. Peter murmured, "I seem to remember we had; same trouble 
-last time": (NoW he tells us!) 
-The next nose was nice and open. The sun popped out and George,. declared lunch. Fed and tea7ed, we wandered along. - only to be confronted by a sheer drop. Another consultation,​ "We haven'​t,​ gone far enough,"​ said George. 
-The flowers bloomed and the wind blew - and George'​s scratches began to bleed. Consultation No.3. "This must be it," growled George, 
-The spur curved in the right direction, growing thinnr and thinner, with' cliffs on both sides.. The end at last - a tangle of mighty rocks and crevices. On the left was a sheer drop with a large cairn - (interesting 
-Perhaps 
-they used parachutes.. 
  
-On the right were no markers, but Peter said."Itm sure we went down' on the right"​. Five minutes later he called"​This ​way!". and we had an easy slither down through the ferns.Back around ​to the point again- +George had intended to return via Danjera Creek, but it was very slippery. ​Peter said"I've been down another ​way we go to the end of the plateau and down a narrowrock nose, which will eventually take us down to Boolijah Creek"George considered this for while and said "All rightlet's give it a go."
-_a choice ​of three spurs to the creek. More--consultation with 21C. Gretathen George signalled ​us down. And down, and down...... +
-all dgainl +
-....and I should have put my pack on a diet +
-Boolijah Creek at lastsA well earned rest and drink, followed by steep climb and the reverse-wriggle up Blaydents Pass. With packs only slightly tatteredwe meandered back to the cars. Close to dusk, George led the cavalry charge back to Nowra and fbod, glorious food...+
  
-A great walk George, ​lets go back and do it all again!+Trustfully, we trotted along behind ​George ​and Greta, his 2IC for navigation. Heavy clouds abovewhile below the scrub bloomed ​and the wind blew - hard enough to whisk wattle blossoms through the air.
  
 +Across the saddle was easy enough, but the long, curved escarpment with its many gullies and little noses was a navigational trap. "I think this is it," said George looking hopefully through the scrub. But after a short
 +distance, Greta began to mutter and shake her head. A consultation,​ "​We'​ve gone too far," said George. About turn, back through the scrub to something which agreed with the compasses. Peter murmured, "I seem to remember we had same trouble last time". (Now he tells us!)
  
 +The next nose was nice and open. The sun popped out and George declared lunch. Fed and tea-ed, we wandered along. - only to be confronted by a sheer drop. Another consultation,​ "We haven'​t gone far enough,"​ said George.
 +
 +The flowers bloomed and the wind blew - and George'​s scratches began to bleed. Consultation No.3. "This **must** be it," growled George. The spur curved in the right direction, growing thinner and thinner, with cliffs on both sides. The end at last - a tangle of mighty rocks and crevices. On the left was a sheer drop with a large cairn - (interesting)
 +
 +On the right were no markers, but Peter said."​I'​m sure we went down on the right"​. Five minutes later he called "This way!" and we had an easy slither down through the ferns. Back around to the point again - a choice of three spurs to the creek. More consultation with 21C Greta, then George signalled us down. And down, and down.......
 +
 +Boolijah Creek at last! A well earned rest and drink, followed by a steep climb and the reverse-wriggle up Blayden'​s Pass. With packs only slightly tattered, we meandered back to the cars. Close to dusk, George led the cavalry charge back to Nowra and food, glorious food...
 +
 +A great walk George, lets go back and do it all again!
 ===== Travelling in Alaska ===== ===== Travelling in Alaska =====
  
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 by Maurice Smith by Maurice Smith
  
-The August meeting was opened at 2015 with President ​an Debert in the chair and a large number of,​rrlerribers ​in attendance ​wafting ​eagerly for the festivities for Kath Brown'​s 80th birthday party to commence. An apology ​Was received from Barry VVallace+The August meeting was opened at 2015 with President ​Ian Debert in the chair and a large number of members ​in attendance ​waiting ​eagerly for the festivities for Kath Brown'​s 80th birthday party to commence. An apology ​was received from Barry VVallace.
-Two new members were inducted into the club with the usual forMalities,​ they are Marian and Pau: Knight, a husband and wife team Welcome to the club folks and we look forVvard to enjoying your company on the track. +
-The minutes of the July general meeting. were read by Joy Hynes, Then followed correspondence incoming and outgoing,. The Treasurer'​s report followed with the advice that the club's bank account was in a healthy position. +
-Bill Holland then marched us through the Walks Report at a tigerish rate. There were no Major incidents on walks during the previous month.+
  
-Alex Colley then proceeded to tell us briefly about current matters of interest on the conservation scene. Advice has been received from the AustralianConservation Foundation that donations to SBW can no longer be passed through them for the purpose of obtaining a tax deduction. A delegate to Natural Areas Ltd is required, after discussion it was agreed that Alex Colley be SBW's delegate +Two new members were inducted into the club with the usual formalities,​ they are Marian and Paul Knight, a husband and wife team.  Welcome to the club folks and we look forward to enjoying your company on the track. 
-TheConfederation ​report was given by Bill Holland who advised that aircraft noise over national parks -is an issue which is being pursued. A new base radioand a notebook computer are to be purchased for the Search and Rescue section of ConfederationThe Water Board has advised of illegal helicopter flights over Lake Burragorang dropping off fisherpeople,​ any sighting ​'of such, including, ideally, registration codes, are to be reported to the Euleburro ​branchNPWS has spent $60,000 on new boat ramp Pt RnnniRValp  + 
-.General ​Pusiness ​- Zol Bodlay advised that in a monument recently unveiled, in Burwood Park by thp Prime Minister, to commemorate the World War 11 Sandakan Death March, includes the name of one of the'SBW's noted pre-war "​tiger"​ walkers Gordon Smith: Was n ou n cements ​then followed. +The minutes of the July general meeting were read by Joy Hynes. Then followed correspondence incoming and outgoing. The Treasurer'​s report followed with the advice that the club's bank account was in a healthy position. 
-The meeting closed at 2100. Then followed the celebrations for Kath Brown'​s80th birthday. Kath is the long suffering typist of the club's newsletter. Brief speeches were made by our Social Secretary, Presidentand DotSutier, ​All members present offered their best wishes to KathA birthday toast was made followed by singing of songs appropriate to the occasionFeasting on cake and drink by the assembled members then foilowed ​in the true busrvalker ​manner; that is, with great relish and in appropriate volume,+ 
 +Bill Holland then marched us through the Walks Report at a tigerish rate. There were no major incidents on walks during the previous month. 
 + 
 +Alex Colley then proceeded to tell us briefly about current matters of interest on the conservation scene. Advice has been received from the Australian Conservation Foundation that donations to SBW can no longer be passed through them for the purpose of obtaining a tax deduction. ​ A delegate to Natural Areas Ltd is required, after discussion it was agreed that Alex Colley be SBW's delegate. 
 + 
 +The Confederation ​report was given by Bill Holland who advised that aircraft noise over national parks is an issue which is being pursued. A new base radio and a notebook computer are to be purchased for the Search and Rescue section of Confederation.  ​The Water Board has advised of illegal helicopter flights over Lake Burragorang dropping off fisherpeople,​ any sighting of such, including, ideally, registration codes, are to be reported to the Bulaburra ​branch.  ​NPWS has spent $60,000 on new boat ramp at Bonnie Vale
 +  
 +General ​Business ​- Zol Bodlay advised that in a monument recently unveiled, in Burwood Park by thp Prime Minister, to commemorate the World War II Sandakan Death March, includes the name of one of the SBW's noted pre-war "​tiger"​ walkers Gordon Smith
 + 
 +Walks announcements ​then followed. 
 + 
 +The meeting closed at 2100. Then followed the celebrations for Kath Brown'​s 80th birthday. Kath is the long suffering typist of the club's newsletter. Brief speeches were made by our Social Secretary, President and Dot Butler.  ​All members present offered their best wishes to Kath.  ​A birthday toast was made followed by singing of songs appropriate to the occasionFeasting on cake and drink by the assembled members then followed ​in the true bushwalker ​manner; that is, with great relish and in appropriate volume.
  
 ===== S.B.W Annual Re-union ===== ===== S.B.W Annual Re-union =====
  
-On 23/24th October the Club will hold the Annual Re-union at the Club's property "​Coolana"​ (see map below for those Who have never been there) in the Kangaroo Valley. This is an opportunity for old members to get together and for newmembers ​to see the:lovely property, meet older members, and have an +On 23/24th October the Club will hold the Annual Re-union at the Club's property "​Coolana"​ (see map below for those who have never been there) in the Kangaroo Valley. This is an opportunity for old members to get together and for new members ​to see the lovely property, meet older members, and have an enjoyable time at a fixed camp. There will be a big campfire on the Saturday night with singing and skits followed by supper provided by the Club. On the Sunday there is a damper-making competition (using only S.RFlour and water - bring your own). This is in the ashes of the previous night'​s campfire. There is also swimming in the Kangaroo River with perhaps races and lilo-floating. ​ And a lot of very pleasant bush to walk in.  Water is laid on to the hut and the camping area.
-enjoyable time at a fixed camp. There will be a big campfire on the Saturday +
-night with singing and skits followed by supper provided by the Club. On the Sunday there is a damper-making competition' ​(using only S.RFlour and +
-own).. This is in the ashes of the previous night'​s campfire._ , There is also swimming in the Kangaroo River with perhaps races and +
-Mid a lot of very pleasant bush to walk in. Water is laid on to the hut and the camping area. +
-ACCESS,- The entrance to the property is located at grid reference 692513 on CMA_map Burrier,​8928-2-N.'​ It is about two hours drive south of Sydney via +
-either the Hume or Prince'​s Highways, the distance approximately the same. DriVe to Mittagong via the Hume Highway, then turn off on the road to Moss Vale, then State Route 79 to Kangaroo Valley. Pass over the Hampden Bridge, +
-an impressive landmark complete with sandstone pylons, then turn at the second road to the right - Mount Scanzi Road which later veers right into Tallowa Dam Road. Coolana is about 5 km along and there is a signpost - "​Coolana +
-S.,​B.Walker"​ at the entrance of the access track. You can park along this track, then make your way downhill by foot - it only takes about 15 mihutes to the camping area.'+
  
-1-THANK YOU very much, bushwalkers,​ for the lovely party you arranged for my 8Qth birthday. It was a great evening. I renewed acquaintance with several old friendsand also spoke with many new ones, as well as the regulars that I know so wellThere were about 60 people present, +**Access-** The entrance to the property is located at grid reference 692513 on CMA_map Burrier 8928-2-N. It is about two hours drive south of Sydney via either the Hume or Prince'​s Highways, the distance approximately the sameDrive to Mittagong via the Hume Highwaythen turn off on the road to Moss Valethen State Route 79 to Kangaroo ValleyPass over the Hampden Bridge, an impressive landmark complete with sandstone pylons, then turn at the second road to the right Mount Scanzi Road which later veers right into Tallowa Dam RoadCoolana is about 5 km along and there is a signpost - "​Coolana S.B. Walker"​ at the entrance ​of the access trackYou can park along this track, then make your way downhill by foot - it only takes about 15 minutes to the camping area.
-we had balloons and light refreshmentsspeeches and photographs. And +
-a lovely homemade birthday cake (thanks Fran)joining SBW was one of +
-the best things I did in my whole life - going to the bush every weekend with like-minded people was wonderfulAnd the social side of the Club +
-has been great tooSo thank you all. +
-RATH BROWN+
  
 +<missing image - map of access to Coolana>
 +
 +===== Thank-you =====
 +by Kath Brown
 +
 +Thank you very much, bushwalkers,​ for the lovely party you arranged for my 8Qth birthday. It was a great evening. I renewed acquaintance with several old friends, and also spoke with many new ones, as well as the regulars that I know so well. There were about 60 people present, we had balloons and light refreshments,​ speeches and photographs. ​ And a lovely homemade birthday cake (thanks Fran). Joining SBW was one of the best things I did in my whole life - going to the bush every weekend with like-minded people was wonderful. And the social side of the Club
 +has been great too. So thank you all.
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