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199309 [2016/06/19 09:53]
vievems [The August General Meeting]
199309 [2017/04/03 22:05]
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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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