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 |6|Postscript|Judy O'​connor - a follow up on Judy's broken ankle| |6|Postscript|Judy O'​connor - a follow up on Judy's broken ankle|
 |9|From the Clubroom|Maurice Smith| |9|From the Clubroom|Maurice Smith|
-|9|Position Vacant -Columnist(s)|+|9|Position Vacant -Columnist(s)| 
-|9|Advance Notice - Sasha Litvak still has vacancies for his Nepal trip|+|9|Advance Notice - Sasha Litvak still has vacancies for his Nepal trip| 
-|10|The Gardens of Stone|An interesting report on one of Oliver Crawfords walks in this area. Alan Wells|+|10|The Gardens of Stone|An interesting report on one of Oliver Crawfords walks in this area. Alan Wells| 
-|10|Flowers of the Royal Epacris Obtusifolia Another flower from Judy Mehaffey||+|10|Flowers of the Royal Epacris Obtusifolia Another flower from Judy Mehaffey|
 |13|General meeting Notes|Barry Wallace| |13|General meeting Notes|Barry Wallace|
 |14|Search for a Lost Aeroplane|Here is a chance to get into the history books. You could be the one to find it| |14|Search for a Lost Aeroplane|Here is a chance to get into the history books. You could be the one to find it|
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 At 2am I lay awake in my warm (but heavy) sleeping bag listening to the wind howling outside the tent and precipitation hitting the sides. Was it more sago snow or rain? If it was snow we were safe, as the strange looking pegs which we found in the garage and hoped would be snow pegs, would become frozen in and we would remain secure. However, if it was raining hard on us, there was a good chance that the rain would melt the snow holding the pegs in place and, who knows what would happen to the tent with the next gust of wind. At 2am I lay awake in my warm (but heavy) sleeping bag listening to the wind howling outside the tent and precipitation hitting the sides. Was it more sago snow or rain? If it was snow we were safe, as the strange looking pegs which we found in the garage and hoped would be snow pegs, would become frozen in and we would remain secure. However, if it was raining hard on us, there was a good chance that the rain would melt the snow holding the pegs in place and, who knows what would happen to the tent with the next gust of wind.
  
-This ulcer-making experience occurred in mid-August whilst camped, quite safely as it turned out, near pounds ​Creek in the Snowy Mountains.+This ulcer-making experience occurred in mid-August whilst camped, quite safely as it turned out, near Pounds ​Creek in the Snowy Mountains.
  
 Ever since my first tentative steps on cross-county skis in 1985 I had wanted to try camping in the snow. I almost persuaded David to try this in perfect conditions in November 1992, when we skied to the summit of Kosciusko in glorious sunshine and we could have easily camped on grass near the Snowy River. That time I was seduced by the promise of another delicious plate of fajitas at the Balcony Restaurant in Jindabyne. Ever since my first tentative steps on cross-county skis in 1985 I had wanted to try camping in the snow. I almost persuaded David to try this in perfect conditions in November 1992, when we skied to the summit of Kosciusko in glorious sunshine and we could have easily camped on grass near the Snowy River. That time I was seduced by the promise of another delicious plate of fajitas at the Balcony Restaurant in Jindabyne.
  
-I had discussed the possibility of snow camping with every keen cross-country skier I met and had amassed a veritable bible of information on the subject. I had talked about doing it so often that if it didn't happen in 1994 I would lose face, even though my photographs prove that it snowed on my tent on 27 December 1993 at Round Mountain. I was too unconfident to book onto a Club ski trip without first proving to thyself ​that I could balance with the full pack on skis.+I had discussed the possibility of snow camping with every keen cross-country skier I met and had amassed a veritable bible of information on the subject. I had talked about doing it so often that if it didn't happen in 1994 I would lose face, even though my photographs prove that it snowed on my tent on 27 December 1993 at Round Mountain. I was too unconfident to book onto a Club ski trip without first proving to mhyself ​that I could balance with the full pack on skis.
  
 Then an invitation came from long-term SBW members Vic and Valery Gosbell to join them on an overnight ski trip. The big dump of white stuff had arrived, the weekend was free, so no excuses, we would give it a go.  We agreed to meet at Guthega on August 13th - I should have looked closer at the date! Then an invitation came from long-term SBW members Vic and Valery Gosbell to join them on an overnight ski trip. The big dump of white stuff had arrived, the weekend was free, so no excuses, we would give it a go.  We agreed to meet at Guthega on August 13th - I should have looked closer at the date!
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 Join us on our longest ever exploration of the rugged Kimberley coast region between the Berkeley and Drysdale Rivers. Come north when the land is green, when the rivers and waterfalls are at their incredible best. Join us on our longest ever exploration of the rugged Kimberley coast region between the Berkeley and Drysdale Rivers. Come north when the land is green, when the rivers and waterfalls are at their incredible best.
 +
 We begin by exploring the area around Berkeley Falls and Gorge then move overland to King George Falls where the river plunges 90 metres into the sea at the head of one of Australia'​s most spectacular gorges. Finally, we walk to the Drysdale River where we are met by a float plane and flown back to civilisation. We begin by exploring the area around Berkeley Falls and Gorge then move overland to King George Falls where the river plunges 90 metres into the sea at the head of one of Australia'​s most spectacular gorges. Finally, we walk to the Drysdale River where we are met by a float plane and flown back to civilisation.
  
 Too long? The trip is divided into three sections. The float plane will bring in two food drops and provide transport for those doing only one part of the trip. Too long? The trip is divided into three sections. The float plane will bring in two food drops and provide transport for those doing only one part of the trip.
  
-Chartering boats and float planes is not cheap so this trip will be expensive. However, help us by booking early and we'll help you with a discount of up to 20%. For more information about this expedition and the rest of our bushwalking program contact Willis 's Walkabouts.+Chartering boats and float planes is not cheap so this trip will be expensive. However, help us by booking early and we'll help you with a discount of up to 20%. For more information about this expedition and the rest of our bushwalking program contact
 + 
 +Willis'​s Walkabouts 
 +12 Carrington Street, 
 +MILLNER NT 0810 
 +Ph: (089) 85 2134 
 +Fax: (089) 85 2355 
 + 
 +===== Advertisement - Eastwood Camping Centre ===== 
 + 
 +Come in and discover for yourself the fun of browsing through mountains of outdoor equipment... 
 + 
 +- be assisted by knowledgeable,​ friendly staff
  
-=== Advertisement ​Eastwood Camping Centre ===+realistic prices for everyone
  
 ===== On The Receiving End ===== ===== On The Receiving End =====
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 "​I'​m interested in joining a bushwalking club and see that your address is Kirribilli. I live at Mosman and was wondering if you could tell me of a club that is closer to my area?" "​I'​m interested in joining a bushwalking club and see that your address is Kirribilli. I live at Mosman and was wondering if you could tell me of a club that is closer to my area?"
  
-"​I'​m doing an essay for Uni on bushwalking and wonder if you could help me with a few questions -  ​What preparation must one do two weeks before a walk, one week before the walk and one day before the walk commences - also what precaution'​s must one take while the walk is in progress?"​+"​I'​m doing an essay for Uni on bushwalking and wonder if you could help me with a few questions -  ​what preparation must one do two weeks before a walk, one week before the walk and one day before the walk commences - also what precaution'​s must one take while the walk is in progress?"​
  
 "I am ringing on behalf of my boss who would like to go on a bushwalk with his family. He would like it to be of about 7 hours duration on a clearly, marked trail. He has been on a walk in the mountains at Wentworth Falls which he was told was one of the best walks in Sydney. Could you please suggest another walk he could do that is similar to that one. It must, however, be on very clearly marked trails as he does not want to get lost." "I am ringing on behalf of my boss who would like to go on a bushwalk with his family. He would like it to be of about 7 hours duration on a clearly, marked trail. He has been on a walk in the mountains at Wentworth Falls which he was told was one of the best walks in Sydney. Could you please suggest another walk he could do that is similar to that one. It must, however, be on very clearly marked trails as he does not want to get lost."
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 ===== Development Threats To National Parks ===== ===== Development Threats To National Parks =====
  
-There is no end to development threats to national parks. In the last issue the proposal to permit 400 helicopter flights over the Blue Mountains was deseribed. Two further threats have surfaced recently - a subdivision at Helensburgh on the Hacking River catchment and a horse manure composting proposal for an inholding in Wollemi.+There is no end to development threats to national parks. In the last issue the proposal to permit 400 helicopter flights over the Blue Mountains was described. Two further threats have surfaced recently - a subdivision at Helensburgh on the Hacking River catchment and a horse manure composting proposal for an inholding in Wollemi.
  
-The Lady Carrington Estate at Helensburgh would comprise 1,300 lots. Camp Creek, below the subdivision,​ which contains one of the last patches of rainforest near Sydney would be cleared and turned into a series of artificial ponds designed to prevent run-off from reaching the Hacking River. Such containment ponds are notoriously unreliable. ​ Over 10,000 local residents petitioned against the proposal which has been twice rejected by Wollongong Council and opposed by Sutherland Council. There would be a high risk of sediment and pollution entering the Hacking. Nevertheless the Minister for Planning has ordered a Commissidn ​of Inquiry to look into it.+The Lady Carrington Estate at Helensburgh would comprise 1,300 lots. Camp Creek, below the subdivision,​ which contains one of the last patches of rainforest near Sydney would be cleared and turned into a series of artificial ponds designed to prevent run-off from reaching the Hacking River. Such containment ponds are notoriously unreliable. ​ Over 10,000 local residents petitioned against the proposal which has been twice rejected by Wollongong Council and opposed by Sutherland Council. There would be a high risk of sediment and pollution entering the Hacking. Nevertheless the Minister for Planning has ordered a Commission ​of Inquiry to look into it.
  
 The proposal by Mushroom Compositor Pty Ltd to transfer its operations from Ebenezer to an inholding at Mebbin Swamp on Tinda Creek poses a very serious threat to Wollemi National Park and wilderness. The company is under The proposal by Mushroom Compositor Pty Ltd to transfer its operations from Ebenezer to an inholding at Mebbin Swamp on Tinda Creek poses a very serious threat to Wollemi National Park and wilderness. The company is under
-pressure from the Land and Environment Court to relocate its Operations from Ebenezer, where they are definitely "on the nose."+pressure from the Land and Environment Court to relocate its Operations from Ebenezer, where they are definitely "on the nose." ​ Some 1200 tonnes of horse manure per week would be taken to the Tinda Creek drains into the protected waters of Wollemi Creek and the Colo. The 3.3 km access road crossing the swamp would be upgraded and sealed. In the park the operation would be out of sight and well away from residential land.
  
-Some 1200 tonnes of horse manure per week would be taken to the Tinda Creek drains into the protected waters of Wollemi Creek and the Colo. The 3.3 kin +In view of the impending ​shortage ​of waste disposal sites and the reluctance of councils to accept them in their area, approval of Mushroom Compositor'​s application to use an inhoIding would set a very unacceptable precedent. ​ 
-access road crossing the swamp +There are a number of inholdings and enclaves of privately owned land in national parks which might be used for waste disposal. Such sites are a temptation to subdividers and sometimes bar access to the parks. 
-would be upgraded and sealed. In + 
-the park the operation would be out +For these reasons it is to be hoped that the $20 million made available to the NPWS for land acquisition will be used to acquire such sites.
-of Sight and well Away from +
- ​residential land. - +
-In view of the impending ​Shortage' ​of waste disposal sites and the reluctance of councils to acceptthem ​in their area, approval of Mushroom Compositor'​s application to use an inhoIding would set a very unacceptable precedent.There are a number of inholdings andenclaves of privately owned land in national parks which might be usedfor ​waste disposal. Such sitesare a temptation to subdividers and sometimes bar access to the parks. +
-For these reasons it is to be hoped that the $20 million made available to the NPWS for land acquisition will be used to acquire such _sites.+
  
 ===== Report on Historical walk on Saturday 9 July 1994 ===== ===== Report on Historical walk on Saturday 9 July 1994 =====
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 by Nancy Alderton by Nancy Alderton
  
-The group comprised one member and one prospective (three interested people having withdrawn at the last minute), as well as the leader. The party walked from Linden to Kings Cave, which is a marvellous cave once used by the Aborigines and by the King's Men supervising the building of the road from -Penrith to Bathurst. After inspecting Caleys Repulse (Caley being the first man to reach Linden before ​Blacksland ​Wentworth ​and Lawson crossed the mountains in 1813.), We walked on to Bulls Camp where a stockade was built in the past for 300 people. New roads at the Woodford bends have changed the access to walking along The Great Western Highway. The party then walked to the eastern side of the area and sawthe remains of the original Old Bathurst Road and the marks' ​of carriages which used it, as well as tWo convict built homes' ​on the edge of the ridge. ​'Then the group' ​stopped.. at Woodford Academy,' ​now a National Trust Property,and in the past an Inn where gold was stored en route from Bath. urst to Sydneyand at the turn of the C20a teaching academy for boys. After leaving the '​Academythe ​party dropped down into thi valley to enjoy the fresh air and birds at Mabel, Edith and HazelFalls. Then the group took the homeward' ​track to Hazelbrook.+The group comprised one member and one prospective (three interested people having withdrawn at the last minute), as well as the leader. The party walked from Linden to Kings Cave, which is a marvellous cave once used by the Aborigines and by the King's Men supervising the building of the road from Penrith to Bathurst. After inspecting Caleys Repulse (Caley being the first man to reach Linden before ​Blaxland ​Wentworth and Lawson crossed the mountains in 1813), ​we walked on to Bulls Camp where a stockade was built in the past for 300 people. ​ New roads at the Woodford bends have changed the access to walking along The Great Western Highway. The party then walked to the eastern side of the area and saw the remains of the original Old Bathurst Road and the marks of carriages which used it, as well as two convict built homes on the edge of the ridge. Then the group stopped at Woodford Academy, now a National Trust Property, and in the past an Inn where gold was stored en route from Bathurst ​to Sydneyand at the turn of the C20 a teaching academy for boys. After leaving the Academy the party dropped down into the valley to enjoy the fresh air and birds at Mabel, Edith and Hazel Falls. Then the group took the homeward track to Hazelbrook.
  
 ===== Postscript to Judy O'​connor'​s Broken Ankle ===== ===== Postscript to Judy O'​connor'​s Broken Ankle =====
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 Members and readers will remember I was unfortunate enough to give myself a nasty broken ankle on a walk in the Nattai N.P. led by Bill Holland about this time last year.  Among the many horrible memories I have before, after and during the experience was the 30 hour waiting time it took to get to hospital. Members and readers will remember I was unfortunate enough to give myself a nasty broken ankle on a walk in the Nattai N.P. led by Bill Holland about this time last year.  Among the many horrible memories I have before, after and during the experience was the 30 hour waiting time it took to get to hospital.
  
-However, my recovery has been excellent, although not 100 percent, and I have been walking again for some time. With this in mind and feeling that the whole sorry thing was in the past, I decided to take up the specialist'​s advice to have the steel plate and eight screws that had been inserted to help the heeling process removed. ​ His advice was in the form of "In old people we don't bother...but you're YOUNG so you should definitely have it out." I guess it was ego rather than medical evidence that convinced me.+However, my recovery has been excellent, although not 100 percent, and I have been walking again for some time.  With this in mind and feeling that the whole sorry thing was in the past, I decided to take up the specialist'​s advice to have the steel plate and eight screws that had been inserted to help the heeling process removed. ​ His advice was in the form of "In old people we don't bother...but you're YOUNG so you should definitely have it out." I guess it was ego rather than medical evidence that convinced me.
  
-So I cheerfully booked in for what I was promised would be a quick, safe, pain free and even happy little operation. All went well until abut a week after leaving hospital when I started feeling a lot of pain and noticed swelling and redness that didn't go away. I carried on at work for a few more days until realised that I couldn'​t actually put any weight on the foot.+So I cheerfully booked in for what I was promised would be a quick, safe, pain free and even happy little operation. All went well until about a week after leaving hospital when I started feeling a lot of pain and noticed swelling and redness that didn't go away. I carried on at work for a few more days until realised that I couldn'​t actually put any weight on the foot.
  
 I limped back to the doctor who organised an X-ray and after a quick look sent me straight to the North Shore Hospital where I was diagnosed as having a well advanced Golden Staph infection and admitted poste haste. I was hooked up to an intravenous drip and given jumbo doses of antibiotics for four days, confined to bed (no, no, not another bed pan, please) but worst of all, my ankle was put back in plaster! Could this really be happening? I limped back to the doctor who organised an X-ray and after a quick look sent me straight to the North Shore Hospital where I was diagnosed as having a well advanced Golden Staph infection and admitted poste haste. I was hooked up to an intravenous drip and given jumbo doses of antibiotics for four days, confined to bed (no, no, not another bed pan, please) but worst of all, my ankle was put back in plaster! Could this really be happening?
  
-My spirits dropped, figuratively speaking, from the top of Perrys Lookdown to Blue Gum in about five seconds flat and then dropped a bit further (wherever that could be) when saw the crutches leaning against the wall for when I was ready to hop around again.+My spirits dropped, figuratively speaking, from the top of Perrys Lookdown to Blue Gum in about five seconds flat and then dropped a bit further (wherever that could be) when saw the crutches leaning against the wall for when I was ready to hop around again.
  
 I never know how, when or why the infection occurred although its commonly associated with hospitals - and if not treated "​aggressively"​ as the medicos quaintly put it, can lead to "bone death" especially in an ankle where there is little flesh and the circulation is not terrific. I never know how, when or why the infection occurred although its commonly associated with hospitals - and if not treated "​aggressively"​ as the medicos quaintly put it, can lead to "bone death" especially in an ankle where there is little flesh and the circulation is not terrific.
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 However, the crutches were thrown aside after a week or so of leaving hospital and I'm pleased to say I have now shaken off the nasty bugs and re-emerged into the able-bodied world again. Total recovery time: about eight weeks. However, the crutches were thrown aside after a week or so of leaving hospital and I'm pleased to say I have now shaken off the nasty bugs and re-emerged into the able-bodied world again. Total recovery time: about eight weeks.
  
-Please, whoever'​s up there, don't let there be a post post-script to this story. Thank You..+Please, whoever'​s up there, don't let there be a post post-script to this story. Thank You.
  
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 +===== Trekking in Nepal Oct' 94=====
 +
 +Sasha Litvak is planning a trip to Nepal in late October for a month, high altitude trekking to Everest Base Camp.
 +People who may be interested in going on this trip and would like more information should contact Sasha without delay.
 +
 +Sasha Litvak
 +Phone (h) 663 0755; (w) 385 4158; Fax 663 1222
 +
 +===== From the Clubroom===== ​
 +
 +by Maurice Smith
  
 +Fungi, Flowers and Pioneers: The club room has seen several interesting sessions in the past few weeks. These sessions were all presented by SBW club members. First we had Frank Tacker with his slides of Australian fungi. Then followed Ron Howlett with slides Of West Australian wildflowers,​ followed in turn by Peter Christian with his video presentation of interviews with several early and long standing club members.
  
-Trekking in Nepal Oct' 94 
-Sasha Litvak is planning a trip to.. Nepal in late October for a month, high altitude trekking to Everest Base Camp. 
-People who' may be interested in going on this trip and would like more information should contact Sasha without delay. 
-Sasha. Litvak 
- Phone (h) 663 0755 
-" " (w) 385 4158 
-Fax 663 1222FROM THE CLUBROOM. 
-Maurice Smith 
-Fungi, Flowers and Pioneers. . . 
-The club room has seen several interesting sessions in the past few weeks. These sessions were all presented by SBW club members. First we had Frank Tacker with his slides of Australian fungi. Then followed Ron Howlett with slides Of West Australian wildflowers,​ followed in turn by Peter Christian with his video presentation of interviews with several early and long standing club members. - 
 Frank'​s slides of fungi, both edible and not so edible was a source of amazement. I hadn't realised that Australia had such a diverse and colourful range of fungi. While I have seen some of these fungi during the course of bushw alking, Frank has devoted many years to searching them out and then photographing them in their bush environment. Frank'​s slides of fungi, both edible and not so edible was a source of amazement. I hadn't realised that Australia had such a diverse and colourful range of fungi. While I have seen some of these fungi during the course of bushw alking, Frank has devoted many years to searching them out and then photographing them in their bush environment.
 Apart. :from the delicious mushrooms that I buy from my local fruit and vegetable market, 'I doubt that my delicate taste buds will ever be tempted by the visual delights that Frank provided to a rapt audience. Thanks to Frank for the slides. ' - Apart. :from the delicious mushrooms that I buy from my local fruit and vegetable market, 'I doubt that my delicate taste buds will ever be tempted by the visual delights that Frank provided to a rapt audience. Thanks to Frank for the slides. ' -
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