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-MAY, 1996 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER PAGE 7 + 
-ETTREMA TRAVERSE ANZAC LONG WEEKEND 1996 ATTEMPT ​No 2,+===== Ettrema TraverseAnzac Long Weekend ​1996, Attempt ​No 2 ===== 
 Colin Atkinson Colin Atkinson
-Participants:​-Jim Rivers, Oliver Crawford, Kenn Clacher, Edith Baker, Colin Atkinson, Ted Kelly, Graham Mitchell. + 
-I had been a part of Jim Rivers'​ first attempt at this traverse during Christmas, 1995. Unfortunately this had been unsuccessful and so, here I was among 6 other participants,​ eagerly heading South on Wednesday night 23/4/96, towards a rendezvous on the Yarramurmiun fire trail with high hopes for a successful Ettrema traverse during the following 4 days walking. +Participants:​ Jim Rivers, Oliver Crawford, Kenn Clacher, Edith Baker, Colin Atkinson, Ted Kelly, Graham Mitchell. 
-Once again however, the Gods were not smiling upon us. Our car arrived at the meeting spot to be greeted by the disastrous news that one of the other cars had been badly damaged in an accident along the Braidwood ​road during the preliminary car swap. The car had left the road and finished upside down in "the scrub"​- luckily both occupants had emerged relatively unscathed but the car was thought to be a write off Needless to say we were not very happy campers when we finally turned in for the night- some to sleep reasonably well, others to have nightmares about hanging upside down in seatbelts with the brain slowly coming to grips with "how on earth do I get out of here"​. + 
-Thursday ​2514196 ​dawned with the makings of a beautiful day and our group quickly began to try and get some order back into the proceedings. A tow truck was organised to come and get the car and as soon as this had been commenced, two of us headed into Nowra police station to get all the formalities over with. The tow truck driver came out with the quote of the morning- "thought when you went bushwalking you left the car at the side of the road, not take it with you"​. +I had been a part of Jim Rivers'​ first attempt at this traverse during Christmas, 1995. Unfortunately this had been unsuccessful and so, here I was among 6 other participants,​ eagerly heading South on Wednesday night 24/4/96, towards a rendezvous on the Yarramunmun Fire Trail with high hopes for a successful Ettrema traverse during the following 4 days walking. 
-Surprisingly,​ all of this was organised by approximately 10 am but it was obvious that the + 
-intended traverse would have to be aborted once again and an alternative walk devised.+Once again however, the Gods were not smiling upon us. Our car arrived at the meeting spot to be greeted by the disastrous news that one of the other cars had been badly damaged in an accident along the Braidwood ​Road during the preliminary car swap. The car had left the road and finished upside down in "the scrub" - luckily both occupants had emerged relatively unscathed but the car was thought to be a write offNeedless to say we were not very happy campers when we finally turned in for the night - some to sleep reasonably well, others to have nightmares about hanging upside down in seatbelts with the brain slowly coming to grips with "how on earth do I get out of here". 
 + 
 +Thursday ​25/​4/​96 ​dawned with the makings of a beautiful day and our group quickly began to try and get some order back into the proceedings. A tow truck was organised to come and get the car and as soon as this had been commenced, two of us headed into Nowra police station to get all the formalities over with. The tow truck driver came out with the quote of the morning - "thought when you went bushwalking you left the car at the side of the road, not take it with you". 
 + 
 +Surprisingly,​ all of this was organised by approximately 10 am but it was obvious that the intended traverse would have to be aborted once again and an alternative walk devised. 
 It was decided that we would still descend Blaydens Pass to Danjera Creek and do a round trip up to the Danjera Plateau, then to Bundundah Creek, Ettrema Plateau then walking around in a clockwise circle via Moneys Saddle back to Danjera Creek and up Crawford Pass to the cars. It was decided that we would still descend Blaydens Pass to Danjera Creek and do a round trip up to the Danjera Plateau, then to Bundundah Creek, Ettrema Plateau then walking around in a clockwise circle via Moneys Saddle back to Danjera Creek and up Crawford Pass to the cars.
-We started the descent from Blaydens Pass at 11.15 am with ideal weather conditions and a clear blue sky. We arrived at the Boolijah/​Danjera ​Creeks ​junction at about 12 noon and stopped for a welcome lunch break where we all attempted to unwind from the hassles of the last 15 hours or so. + 
-After lunch we walked up the ridge to M1R553228 ​(with the extra weight of water for a plateau camp that night), skirted the cliffline to the south-west and then climbed up onto the Danjera Plateau at about MR547225. This is where we commenced to engage in an activity, which would become very dear to us over the next few days- the "​plateau scrub bash". We knew that it was going to be tough going when Jim stopped to put on his special green bullet proof tights. Jim applied some quality navigation to the thick scrub and we eventually arrived at the western cliff face, MR527233, at about 5.00pm. We quickly established a very comfortable campsite and settled in for the night. Not surprisingly nearly everyone was in bed by about 7.30 pm. +We started the descent from Blaydens Pass at 11.15 am with ideal weather conditions and a clear blue sky. We arrived at the Boolijah/​Danjera ​Creek junction at about 12 noon and stopped for a welcome lunch break where we all attempted to unwind from the hassles of the last 15 hours or so. 
-Friday 26/4/96 dawned once again with a clear sky and promise of a good day ahead. The group sounded in much better spirits this morning, breakfast finished early and we then had to instigate major earthmoving operations to extinguish the fire- much discussion followed about possible future archaeological excavation of the area leading to the discovery of a "​bushwalkers sausage"​ circa 1996. + 
-We started walking at about 7.45 am.- headed north along the cliffline on welcome rocky i> +After lunch we walked up the ridge to MR553228 ​(with the extra weight of water for a plateau camp that night), skirted the cliffline to the south-west and then climbed up onto the Danjera Plateau at about MR547225. This is where we commenced to engage in an activity, which would become very dear to us over the next few days - the "​plateau scrub bash". We knew that it was going to be tough going when Jim stopped to put on his special green bullet proof tights. Jim applied some quality navigation to the thick scrub and we eventually arrived at the western cliff face, MR527233, at about 5.00pm. We quickly established a very comfortable campsite and settled in for the night. Not surprisingly nearly everyone was in bed by about 7.30 pm. 
-PAGE- 8-. THE SYDNEY I3USHWALKER MAY 1996 + 
-Etrema Traverse continued +Friday 26/4/96 dawned once again with a clear sky and promise of a good day ahead. The group sounded in much better spirits this morning, breakfast finished early and we then had to instigate major earthmoving operations to extinguish the fire - much discussion followed about possible future archaeological excavation of the area leading to the discovery of a "​bushwalkers sausage"​ circa 1996. 
-shelves and sparse scrub, with beautiful views to our left across the Bundundah Creek gorge. We soon reached the area of Platinga Pass where we planned to descend to Bundundah Creek- we + 
-found a suitable pass down through the cliff line in about the correct spot but whether it was "​Platinga Pass" or not, we weren'​t too sure- anyway, we eventually arrived at a beautiful spot on the Creek at about MR518250 and stopped for morning tea. +We started walking at about 7.45 am.- headed north along the cliffline on welcome rocky shelves and sparse scrub, with beautiful views to our left across the Bundundah Creek gorge. We soon reached the area of Platinga Pass where we planned to descend to Bundundah Creek - we found a suitable pass down through the cliff line in about the correct spot but whether it was "​Platinga Pass" or not, we weren'​t too sure - anyway, we eventually arrived at a beautiful spot on the Creek at about MR518250 and stopped for morning tea. 
-We then started climbing up a ridge to a small gully just to the south of Pass Point at MR.507256, where we found a narrow slot up through the cliff line and had a lovely lunch at approximately 12 noon on a rocky shelf in strong sunshine- unbelievable weather for the end of April. + 
-By this; tithe we had started withdrawal symptoms from the scrub bashing of the previous day and so, lucidly, we were back into it again, thicker than ever. We headed north east to an elusive cliff line running NW/SE and then headed north-west to eventually find the fire trail on the Ettrema plateau. The ftretrail ​was heaven compared to the scrub and we then made very good time and arrived near Dogleg Creek at about 3.30 pm. Ken then led us to Dogleg ​cave where we set up camp for the night. We collected water at Dogleg Creek and then walked down Pauls Pass which was a highlight of the trip for me- Ken and Oliver continued on to find a cave which had apparently been previously named in SBW history as "​Capons Reprieve': (that sets the imagination loose), the rest ofUs returned to the cave and started dinner We then had a small problem with a runaway "​bushwalker'​s sausage"​ - a full cave search eventually tracked it down and it was then cooked to within an inch of it'​s ​life and roamed no more. The cave was a little smoky and provided good acoustics for those playing tunes on nocturnal nasal instruments but on the whole was a great little spot to spend the night. +We then started climbing up a ridge to a small gully just to the south of Pass Point at MR507256, where we found a narrow slot up through the cliff line and had a lovely lunch at approximately 12 noon on a rocky shelf in strong sunshine - unbelievable weather for the end of April. 
-Saturday 26/4/96 the morning was again fine and clear (at this stage we had hardly put on a + 
-jumper during day or night and this was to continue for the remainder of the trip). We rose early and left from the cave at about 7.30 am for a visit to Possibility Point- this was a high point of the trip with spectacular views in the morning sun and shadows across to Ettrema Creek and the far clifflines in the west. The ruggedness and inaccessibility of this area are extremely impressive and it is easy to understand why it was not until Easter 1952 that Paddy Pallin and Paul Howard finally discovered this route down to the west into Ettrema Gorge and opened the area up for full exploration. +By this time we had started withdrawal symptoms from the scrub bashing of the previous day and so, lucidly, we were back into it again, thicker than ever. We headed north east to an elusive cliff line running NW/SE and then headed north-west to eventually find the fire trail on the Ettrema plateau. The fire trail was heaven compared to the scrub and we then made very good time and arrived near Dogleg Creek at about 3.30 pm. Ken then led us to Dogleg ​Cave where we set up camp for the night. We collected water at Dogleg Creek and then walked down Pauls Pass which was a highlight of the trip for me - Kenn and Oliver continued on to find a cave which had apparently been previously named in SBW history as "​Capons Reprieve": (that sets the imagination loose), the rest of us returned to the cave and started dinnerWe then had a small problem with a runaway "​bushwalker'​s sausage"​ - a full cave search eventually tracked it down and it was then cooked to within an inch of its life and roamed no more. The cave was a little smoky and provided good acoustics for those playing tunes on nocturnal nasal instruments but on the whole was a great little spot to spend the night. 
-We then returned to the fire trail and headed more or less east to the point where the trail turns sharply to the left at MR523305. At this point we headed back into the scrub again, thicker than even before. Again with expert navigation from Jim we eventually ended up spot on at Packhorse Pass, our intended destination- although we tried OUT hardest to convince ourselves that it was not the Pass and it wasn't until the 3rd cairn that we finally surrendered and accepted the fact. We then descended Twelve Apostles Spur to Bimdundah ​Creek at about M1R549292 ​and had lunch at a beautiful spot beside the Creek. + 
-After lunch we walked up Atkinsons (no relation, and apparently should be "​Atkins"​ Spur named after Jenny Atkins) Spur to Morley Saddle, then descended a ridge to the east to Danjera Creek at about MR570287 where, after a few false starts we selected a suitable campsite for the night- the time was only 3.30 pm. Ken, Edith, Graham and I then headed downstream to investigate the "​abandoned mines" but all we could find were a few fairly crude timber stockyards- the only mining activity evident was from the local wombat population who seemed to be very active. We then settled down to nibbles, dinner and very pleasant chatting until the sleeping bags called us once again at about 8.00pm. +Saturday 26/4/96 the morning was again fine and clear (at this stage we had hardly put on a jumper during day or night and this was to continue for the remainder of the trip). We rose early and left from the cave at about 7.30 am for a visit to Possibility Point - this was a high point of the trip with spectacular views in the morning sun and shadows across to Ettrema Creek and the far clifflines in the west. The ruggedness and inaccessibility of this area are extremely impressive and it is easy to understand why it was not until Easter 1952 that Paddy Pallin and Paul Howard finally discovered this route down to the west into Ettrema Gorge and opened the area up for full exploration. 
-Sunday 28/4/96 (again clear skies and sunny) we woke and had a leisurely breakfast, knowing that there was a reasonably easy day ahead. ​1> + 
-MAY 1996 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER PAGE 9 +We then returned to the fire trail and headed more or less east to the point where the trail turns sharply to the left at MR523305. At this point we headed back into the scrub again, thicker than even before. Again with expert navigation from Jim we eventually ended up spot on at Packhorse Pass, our intended destination- although we tried our hardest to convince ourselves that it was not the Pass and it wasn't until the 3rd cairn that we finally surrendered and accepted the fact. We then descended Twelve Apostles Spur to Bundundah ​Creek at about MR549292 ​and had lunch at a beautiful spot beside the Creek. 
-<1 We started walking at about 8.45 am upstream along the bank of Danjera Creek. This was ideal walking along mainly grassy banks beside the beautiful ​Creek- much to our disappointment,​ we seemed to keep walking through better campsites than the one we had chosen the previous night + 
-We continued to the creek junction at MR562248 where we stopped for morning tea before our final climb. ​Ken then produced from his pack full birthday trimmings, including cake and candles (exact number remains a highly classified secret known only to those present) to celebrate Edith'​s birthday. A very enjoyable time was had by all with yummy birthday cake to provide fuel for our imminent climb and the engineers in the group occupied repairing defective birthday hats and whistles. +After lunch we walked up Atkinsons (no relation, and apparently should be "​Atkins"​ Spur named after Jenny Atkins) Spur to Morley Saddle, then descended a ridge to the east to Danjera Creek at about MR570287 where, after a few false starts we selected a suitable campsite for the night - the time was only 3.30 pm. Ken, Edith, Graham and I then headed downstream to investigate the "​abandoned mines" but all we could find were a few fairly crude timber stockyards - the only mining activity evident was from the local wombat population who seemed to be very active. We then settled down to nibbles, dinner and very pleasant chatting until the sleeping bags called us once again at about 8.00pm. 
-We then climbed approximately south-east up a ridge to the nose of the clifiline ​at M1R568238, skirted around the cliffline to the south and climbed up through the cliffline at Olivers Pass. It was then about 12 noon and we stopped for a final lunch on a rock slab at the point of the cliffs with a beautiful view of the Danjera valley and beyond. + 
-Alas, all good things must end and so we walked to the fire trail, headed south to where the cars were parked near Blaydens Pass and then drove back to Sydney after a very enjoyable 4 day walk which ended much better than it had begun- +Sunday 28/4/96 (again clear skies and sunny) we woke and had a leisurely breakfast, knowing that there was a reasonably easy day ahead. We started walking at about 8.45 am upstream along the bank of Danjera Creek. This was ideal walking along mainly grassy banks beside the beautiful ​creek - much to our disappointment,​ we seemed to keep walking through better campsites than the one we had chosen the previous night
-Thank you Jim, we look forward to the ETTREMA TRAVERSE, ATTEMPT ​No3.+ 
 +We continued to the creek junction at MR562248 where we stopped for morning tea before our final climb. ​Kenn then produced from his pack full birthday trimmings, including cake and candles (exact number remains a highly classified secret known only to those present) to celebrate Edith'​s birthday. A very enjoyable time was had by all with yummy birthday cake to provide fuel for our imminent climb and the engineers in the group occupied repairing defective birthday hats and whistles. 
 + 
 +We then climbed approximately south-east up a ridge to the nose of the cliffline ​at MR568238, skirted around the cliffline to the south and climbed up through the cliffline at Olivers Pass. It was then about 12 noon and we stopped for a final lunch on a rock slab at the point of the cliffs with a beautiful view of the Danjera valley and beyond. 
 + 
 +Alas, all good things must end and so we walked to the fire trail, headed south to where the cars were parked near Blaydens Pass and then drove back to Sydney after a very enjoyable 4 day walk which ended much better than it had begun
 + 
 +Thank you Jim, we look forward to the ETTREMA TRAVERSE, ATTEMPT ​No 3. 
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