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 "We should make it to Narrow Neck before dark", says the leader. They all still feel well and conversation is still fun. "We should make it to Narrow Neck before dark", says the leader. They all still feel well and conversation is still fun.
  
-On to Mobbs Swarnp, a fast walk on a sandy track amongst thin small trees and a few coloured trunks. A short rest - the last before Narrow Neck. Some foreign ​bushwalkera ​pass through headed for the Cox's with very large packs; they compared themselves.+On to Mobbs Swamp, a fast walk on a sandy track amongst thin small trees and a few coloured trunks. A short rest - the last before Narrow Neck. Some foreign ​bushwalkers ​pass through headed for the Cox's with very large packs; they compared themselves.
  
 More fast walking on an easy track, fine sand like a dried swamp. Across Kennel Flat to Medlow Gap, then a fire trail for a short distance and another mountain in front, they attacked it, up the nose of Debert and another race was on. At the top of Debert was Tarro'​s Ladders, a bolt, a steel handle or a foothold in the rock exactly where required by hand and foot, up the rock face. More fast walking on an easy track, fine sand like a dried swamp. Across Kennel Flat to Medlow Gap, then a fire trail for a short distance and another mountain in front, they attacked it, up the nose of Debert and another race was on. At the top of Debert was Tarro'​s Ladders, a bolt, a steel handle or a foothold in the rock exactly where required by hand and foot, up the rock face.
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   * Richard Thompson   * Richard Thompson
  
-and they are grateful to their permarient ​leader, Jan Mohandas (who is hard to beat but was beaten by a tiny germ) and to their supporter/​driver/​helpers:​+and they are grateful to their permanent ​leader, Jan Mohandas (who is hard to beat but was beaten by a tiny germ) and to their supporter/​driver/​helpers:​
  
   * Tony Crichton   * Tony Crichton
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 ===Gardens Of Stone National Park Proposal.=== ===Gardens Of Stone National Park Proposal.===
  
-In the September parliamentary session, Clover Moore M.P. will Move an amendment to the National Parks Association sponsored "New Areas Bill". The amendment, if carried, will create the Gardens of Stone National Park. On Augut 1 and 14, Henry Gold and I participated in an inspection of the area, organised by Keith Muir, Director of the Colong Foundation, for the purpose of familiarising Clover Moore with the proposal.+In the September parliamentary session, Clover Moore M.P. will Move an amendment to the National Parks Association sponsored "New Areas Bill". The amendment, if carried, will create the Gardens of Stone National Park. On August ​1 and 14, Henry Gold and I participated in an inspection of the area, organised by Keith Muir, Director of the Colong Foundation, for the purpose of familiarising Clover Moore with the proposal.
  
 We left the Wolgan Valley Road near Wolgan Gap, drove part of the way along the Wolgan escarpment, and then walked to Kevin'​s Watch, a spur overlooking the Capertee Valley. Excellent views of the pagoda formations, which rival the Bungle Bungles, and of the Capertee Valley, one of the most scenic valleys in the State, were enjoyed. On the next day Clover was driven up Mount Jenolan to Col Rebo's diamond mine, from the vicinity of which superb views of the pagodas and the Capertee Valley were enjoyed. ​ We left the Wolgan Valley Road near Wolgan Gap, drove part of the way along the Wolgan escarpment, and then walked to Kevin'​s Watch, a spur overlooking the Capertee Valley. Excellent views of the pagoda formations, which rival the Bungle Bungles, and of the Capertee Valley, one of the most scenic valleys in the State, were enjoyed. On the next day Clover was driven up Mount Jenolan to Col Rebo's diamond mine, from the vicinity of which superb views of the pagodas and the Capertee Valley were enjoyed. ​
  
-Though there are some 33 billion tons of coal reserves in NSW, the proposal is of course opposed by all who expect to benefit from mining part of the area. These interests include the mining companies, the miners, the local Council and most of the locals. This is the usual kind of oppositon ​raised whenever the preservation of some remnant of the natural environment is proposed, but it is possible that the benefits of preserving this scenic asset will prevail.+Though there are some 33 billion tons of coal reserves in NSW, the proposal is of course opposed by all who expect to benefit from mining part of the area. These interests include the mining companies, the miners, the local Council and most of the locals. This is the usual kind of opposition ​raised whenever the preservation of some remnant of the natural environment is proposed, but it is possible that the benefits of preserving this scenic asset will prevail.
  
 ===Natural Areas Ltd.=== ===Natural Areas Ltd.===
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 ===Bequests.=== ===Bequests.===
  
-A long-standing Club member has asked how to go about making a bequest for the purpose of nature conservation. My advice is that the best method is to make the bequest to the SBW Conservation Fund, thereby ensuring that it will be used for the purpose of preserving the areas most significent ​for bushwalking.+A long-standing Club member has asked how to go about making a bequest for the purpose of nature conservation. My advice is that the best method is to make the bequest to the SBW Conservation Fund, thereby ensuring that it will be used for the purpose of preserving the areas most significant ​for bushwalking.
  
 ===Endangered Species.=== ===Endangered Species.===
  
-SBW members have reported from time to time the sighting of rare species. The National Parks and Wildlife Service (P.O. Box 1967, Hurstville, 2220) will be grateful for any information provided. The Service will provide a Field Data Book to any willing to help. Bushwalkers could play a valuable part in locating the habitat of rare species, because the Service doesn'​t have the resources to survey the whole State to find them. The Service will provide an Atlas of NSW Wildlife on request. The preservation of rare spcies ​is dependent on the preservation of habitat, and such habitat is often the best walking country.+SBW members have reported from time to time the sighting of rare species. The National Parks and Wildlife Service (P.O. Box 1967, Hurstville, 2220) will be grateful for any information provided. The Service will provide a Field Data Book to any willing to help. Bushwalkers could play a valuable part in locating the habitat of rare species, because the Service doesn'​t have the resources to survey the whole State to find them. The Service will provide an Atlas of NSW Wildlife on request. The preservation of rare spices ​is dependent on the preservation of habitat, and such habitat is often the best walking country.
  
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 ===4 Day Hut Crawl Munyang - Jagungal: (29/7 - 2/8).=== ===4 Day Hut Crawl Munyang - Jagungal: (29/7 - 2/8).===
  
-Not enough snow down low for original route,(Euctumbene ​Dam) so we went in from Munyang. On Day 1 we visited Shlink Hilton, Orange Hut and camped at Valentines Hut. It rained heavily all night but snowed at dawn (usually the reverse). Skied and walked down to the top of Valentines Falls - they were absolutely raging in the high water. Six inches of snow by lunch provided a beautiful vista for the ski around to Mawsons Hut. A pleasant night looking at the full moon and reading poems by Henry Lawson and Banjo Patterson. An icy crossing of the Valentine started Day 3 before climbing up the Cup and Saucer as well as Mailbox Hill. Continued on via The Brassy'​s to camp at Tin Hut. More snow overnight reduced visibility on Day 4 to 40 metres or less and made challenging navigation over Gungarten Pass. Weather cleared allowing some XCDing before visiting Whites River Hut and Disappointment Spur enroute to the cars.+Not enough snow down low for original route,(Eucumbene ​Dam) so we went in from Munyang. On Day 1 we visited Shlink Hilton, Orange Hut and camped at Valentines Hut. It rained heavily all night but snowed at dawn (usually the reverse). Skied and walked down to the top of Valentines Falls - they were absolutely raging in the high water. Six inches of snow by lunch provided a beautiful vista for the ski around to Mawsons Hut. A pleasant night looking at the full moon and reading poems by Henry Lawson and Banjo Patterson. An icy crossing of the Valentine started Day 3 before climbing up the Cup and Saucer as well as Mailbox Hill. Continued on via The Brassy'​s to camp at Tin Hut. More snow overnight reduced visibility on Day 4 to 40 metres or less and made challenging navigation over Gungarten Pass. Weather cleared allowing some XCDing before visiting Whites River Hut and Disappointment Spur enroute to the cars.
  
-In all 7 huts in 4 days - quite an acceptable ​alterative ​to original plan. Try again next year!+In all 7 huts in 4 days - quite an acceptable ​alternative ​to original plan. Try again next year!
  
 ===Victorian Odyssey - Southern Alps (27/8 - 6/9).=== ===Victorian Odyssey - Southern Alps (27/8 - 6/9).===
  
-__Trip 1__: Climbed up Mt 13ogong via Eskdale.Spur to set up camp below Quartz Knob. Good skiing and touring around West Summit. After dinner that night we skied by the light of the full moon to the summit to enjoy the sights of stars and the lights of towns spread out around us. Next day we traversed the plateau-like top of Mt. Bogong to camp at Cleve Cole hut. This is a huge well built stone hut which provided a refuge through the next two days of heavy rain (much sleeping in, book reading and 500 playing). Finally eight inches of snow fell and allowed us to tour the southern end of the mountain before heading out. This included a worthwhile trip to Howman Falls.+__Trip 1__: Climbed up Mt 13ogong via Eskdale Spur to set up camp below Quartz Knob. Good skiing and touring around West Summit. After dinner that night we skied by the light of the full moon to the summit to enjoy the sights of stars and the lights of towns spread out around us. Next day we traversed the plateau-like top of Mt. Bogong to camp at Cleve Cole hut. This is a huge well built stone hut which provided a refuge through the next two days of heavy rain (much sleeping in, book reading and 500 playing). Finally eight inches of snow fell and allowed us to tour the southern end of the mountain before heading out. This included a worthwhile trip to Howman Falls.
  
 __Trip 2__: After a night in the pub at Harrietville we caught the bus to Diamantina Hut to ski/walk along the Razorback Ridge in thin snow conditions to MUMC hut. Next day up the steep ridge to enjoy magnificent views from the top of Mt. Feathertop. Unfortunately the thin snow conditions limited XCDing quite severely leading us to shift camp to Federation hut that night and walk out via the Bugalow spur next day. __Trip 2__: After a night in the pub at Harrietville we caught the bus to Diamantina Hut to ski/walk along the Razorback Ridge in thin snow conditions to MUMC hut. Next day up the steep ridge to enjoy magnificent views from the top of Mt. Feathertop. Unfortunately the thin snow conditions limited XCDing quite severely leading us to shift camp to Federation hut that night and walk out via the Bugalow spur next day.
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 Tony Parr, Senior Vice President, the Confederation of Bushwalking Clubs NSW Incorporated. Tony Parr, Senior Vice President, the Confederation of Bushwalking Clubs NSW Incorporated.
  
-Quiera clearing, on the Tolwong Road west of Ettrema gorge has been used as a parking area by bushwalkers for manv years. ​+Quiera clearing, on the Tolwong Road west of Ettrema gorge has been used as a parking area by bushwalkers for many years. ​
  
 The clearing is held under freehold title by the Rolfe family. Despite rumours to the contrary the ownership of the clearing has not recently changed. Until now there has been no problem with bushwalkers parking along the roadside in the clearing but recently an increase in the amount of rubbish being left behind has angered the owners. They, quite justifiably,​ are concerned about the danger to their stock posed by this rubbish which includes glass as well as metal and plastic. The clearing is held under freehold title by the Rolfe family. Despite rumours to the contrary the ownership of the clearing has not recently changed. Until now there has been no problem with bushwalkers parking along the roadside in the clearing but recently an increase in the amount of rubbish being left behind has angered the owners. They, quite justifiably,​ are concerned about the danger to their stock posed by this rubbish which includes glass as well as metal and plastic.
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 For those heading into the gorge via Myall Creek an alternative parking area that I have used for many years is on the Tolwong Road near the high point 764 (GR 407240 on the Touga 1:25000, map). There is parking for at least ten vehicles off the road at this point. From this location there is a good ridge leading into Myall Creek as well as easy access to Sentry Box Canyon via Churinga Head. There are other possibilities both before and after Quiera Clearing for off road parking. The boundaries of the clearing are accurately marked on the Touga map. For those heading into the gorge via Myall Creek an alternative parking area that I have used for many years is on the Tolwong Road near the high point 764 (GR 407240 on the Touga 1:25000, map). There is parking for at least ten vehicles off the road at this point. From this location there is a good ridge leading into Myall Creek as well as easy access to Sentry Box Canyon via Churinga Head. There are other possibilities both before and after Quiera Clearing for off road parking. The boundaries of the clearing are accurately marked on the Touga map.
  
-There is, potentially,​ a similar problem at Tullyangela Clearing which is held under freehold title by the Crisp farnily. I have heard of no such problem to date but our members should bear in mind that they may alienate locals by unauthorised parking on private property and to be sure that they practice MIB principles at all times.+There is, potentially,​ a similar problem at Tullyangela Clearing which is held under freehold title by the Crisp family. I have heard of no such problem to date but our members should bear in mind that they may alienate locals by unauthorised parking on private property and to be sure that they practice MIB principles at all times.
  
 Details of any vehicles or persons apparently acting in such a way as to lead to us being blamed for these acts of littering should be passed on to Confederation or to the National Parks & Wildlife Service office at Nowra. Details of any vehicles or persons apparently acting in such a way as to lead to us being blamed for these acts of littering should be passed on to Confederation or to the National Parks & Wildlife Service office at Nowra.
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 New members Don Brooks and Ray Symons were welcomed to membership and the Minutes of the previous general meeting were read and received with no matters arising. New members Don Brooks and Ray Symons were welcomed to membership and the Minutes of the previous general meeting were read and received with no matters arising.
  
-Correspondence brought a letter of thanks from Kath Brown for the get-together for her birthday, from Margaret Sheens regarding the Six Foot Track from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves, from the Blue Mountains for World Heritage listing committee, from Leila Kulpass requesting that members who wish to discard old series toppo maps 1:63,000 and 1:50000 do so in her direction as she is researching the publications of that time, from the Chief Secretary'​s Department regarding fund raising activities, a notice of A.G.M. from Natural Areas Ltd, and a letter from a bushwtlking ​club at Ulverstone, Tasmania, requesting information on the conduct and administration of a club such as ours. Matters arising saw Kath Brown'​s letter passed to the magazine editor for publication. (See Kath, if it was a word processor you wouldn'​t have to type it in again. //Not so, Barry, my "thank you" notice for my party was printed on page 16 of the **September** magazine. K.B.//) Alex Colley also provided some details of the Natural Areas Ltd meeting and we will be writing to them again requesting that they issue script for our shares.+Correspondence brought a letter of thanks from Kath Brown for the get-together for her birthday, from Margaret Sheens regarding the Six Foot Track from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves, from the Blue Mountains for World Heritage listing committee, from Leila Kulpass requesting that members who wish to discard old series toppo maps 1:63,000 and 1:50000 do so in her direction as she is researching the publications of that time, from the Chief Secretary'​s Department regarding fund raising activities, a notice of A.G.M. from Natural Areas Ltd, and a letter from a bushwalking ​club at Ulverstone, Tasmania, requesting information on the conduct and administration of a club such as ours. Matters arising saw Kath Brown'​s letter passed to the magazine editor for publication. (See Kath, if it was a word processor you wouldn'​t have to type it in again. //Not so, Barry, my "thank you" notice for my party was printed on page 16 of the **September** magazine. K.B.//) Alex Colley also provided some details of the Natural Areas Ltd meeting and we will be writing to them again requesting that they issue script for our shares.
  
 The Treasurer'​s Report indicated that we earned $1,066, spent $3,023 and ended the month with a balance of $7,285. The Treasurer'​s Report indicated that we earned $1,066, spent $3,023 and ended the month with a balance of $7,285.
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 Confederation Report brought news of the Federation Annual General Meeting with 40 in attendance, only 1.5 of whom were SBW delegates. It appears that the insurer for Confederation'​s personal accident policy wants everyone in the organisation to be covered by the policy rather than making it optional. There was also some discussion of Search and Rescue operations and the future of the Confederation. Confederation Report brought news of the Federation Annual General Meeting with 40 in attendance, only 1.5 of whom were SBW delegates. It appears that the insurer for Confederation'​s personal accident policy wants everyone in the organisation to be covered by the policy rather than making it optional. There was also some discussion of Search and Rescue operations and the future of the Confederation.
  
-There was a complete dearth of General ​Busines ​so after the announcements the meeting closed at 2124. +There was a complete dearth of General ​Business ​so after the announcements the meeting closed at 2124. 
  
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 By Maurice Smith By Maurice Smith
  
-===Orchids, Orchids and yet more //Orchids//.===+===Orchids, Orchids and yet more Orchids.===
  
 Did you know that Australia has over 700 varieties of orchids? I didn't and I suspect that I am not the only member of the club in that state of ignorance. However, Ron Howlett, one of our newer members is on first name terms, botanical and common, with what seems like every last one of them. Ron grows prize winning orchids when he is not out there bush walking, While walking Ron is reportedly a veritable fountain of knowledge on most things in the botanical field. Did you know that Australia has over 700 varieties of orchids? I didn't and I suspect that I am not the only member of the club in that state of ignorance. However, Ron Howlett, one of our newer members is on first name terms, botanical and common, with what seems like every last one of them. Ron grows prize winning orchids when he is not out there bush walking, While walking Ron is reportedly a veritable fountain of knowledge on most things in the botanical field.
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 ===Welcome back Judy.=== ===Welcome back Judy.===
  
-The club's barbecue on the evening of 22 September saw a sizeable number of members enjoying the chance to socialise ​whlie enjoying the bushwalkers'​ traditional past times of eating and drinking, in moderation of course.+The club's barbecue on the evening of 22 September saw a sizeable number of members enjoying the chance to socialise ​while enjoying the bushwalkers'​ traditional past times of eating and drinking, in moderation of course.
  
-Among the members present was Judy O'​Connor,​ whom readers will recall, recently wrote an article describing her experience when she broke her leg. Judy is now very mobile, and well on the road to recovery. With any sort of luck we might soon see Judy out on some walks as she gets back to bushwalking,​ Welcome back Judy, and keep up the work on the recovty ​road.+Among the members present was Judy O'​Connor,​ whom readers will recall, recently wrote an article describing her experience when she broke her leg. Judy is now very mobile, and well on the road to recovery. With any sort of luck we might soon see Judy out on some walks as she gets back to bushwalking,​ Welcome back Judy, and keep up the work on the recovery ​road.
  
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