User Tools

Site Tools


199912

Differences

This shows you the differences between two versions of the page.

Link to this comparison view

Both sides previous revision Previous revision
199912 [2015/12/08 10:35]
sbw old revision restored (2014/12/21 06:47)
199912 [2015/12/09 23:42] (current)
sbw
Line 26: Line 26:
 |  12| |International Signage ​  ​|Dierdre Kidd  | |  12| |International Signage ​  ​|Dierdre Kidd  |
 |  13| |Mundulla Yellows ​ |Geoff McIntosh ​ | |  13| |Mundulla Yellows ​ |Geoff McIntosh ​ |
-|  14| |A Summer Walk in the Werrikimbe N.P.  |Paul Mcann  ​| ​+|  14| |A Summer Walk in the Werrikimbe N.P.  |Paul McCann ​ ​| ​
 |  16| |Book Reviews ​ | | |  16| |Book Reviews ​ | |
 |  17| |The SBW in 2000  |Eddy Giacomel ​ | |  17| |The SBW in 2000  |Eddy Giacomel ​ |
Line 114: Line 114:
 The treasurer then regaled us with tales of monetary splendour, or at least the accounts for the preceding month. We opened the period with a balance of $12,678, and closed with $14,423. The treasurer then regaled us with tales of monetary splendour, or at least the accounts for the preceding month. We opened the period with a balance of $12,678, and closed with $14,423.
  
-Bill Capon'​s presentation of the walks reports began at the weekend of 16, 17 October with Brian Holden'​s weekend cycle trip, comprised of a Saturday stage with 6 starters and a Sunday endurance event covering some 47 kilometres around Lake Illawarra involving 8 cyclists. Stages 9 and 10 of Wilf s Great Illawarra Coast Walk saw a party of 5 enjoying the spectacular coastline and coping As best they could with a missing trig station, or that's what Wilf said. The Sunday developed into a bit of a gallop to catch the infrequent train home  ​+Bill Capon'​s presentation of the walks reports began at the weekend of 16, 17 October with Brian Holden'​s weekend cycle trip, comprised of a Saturday stage with 6 starters and a Sunday endurance event covering some 47 kilometres around Lake Illawarra involving 8 cyclists. Stages 9 and 10 of Wilf's Great Illawarra Coast Walk saw a party of 5 enjoying the spectacular coastline and coping As best they could with a missing trig station, or that's what Wilf said. The Sunday developed into a bit of a gallop to catch the infrequent train home  ​
  
- Bill Capon'​s presentation of the walks reports began at the weekend of 16, 17 October with Brian Holden'​s weekend cycle trip, comprised of a Saturday stage with 6 starters and a Sunday endurance event covering some 47 kilometres around Lake Illawarra involving 8 cyclists. Stages 9 and 10 of Wilf s Great Illawarra Coast Walk saw a party of 5 enjoying the spectacular coastline and coping As best they could with a missing trig station, or that's what Wilf said. The Sunday developed into a bit of a gallop to catch the infrequent train home, resulting in an arrival at the station with only 7 minutes to spare. (I should note at this point that this report is not entirely based on my scratchy notes of what was presented at the meeting, but has been enhanced by the insertion of certain additional details provided after the meeting from a source not entirely unrelated to the walks secretary.) Carole Beaks had 18 on her Saturday walk out from Wentworth Falls. We know there were lots of prospectives but have no information at all on the promised coffee shop. Margaret Sheens'​ brisk early morning walk saw 3 starters enjoying a beautiful morning in the vicinity of Balmoral Beach. There is no truth in the rumour that this was just a cover for ensuring a parking spot for later in the day. Tony Crichton'​s Sunday trip out from the Mount Hay firetrail had a party of 14 and a beautiful day. Wilf reported 3 starters and a perfect cool morning for his midweek walk from Malabar to La Perouse. The 1440 bus rescued them before the heat of the day took hold. +Bill Capon'​s presentation of the walks reports began at the weekend of 16, 17 October with Brian Holden'​s weekend cycle trip, comprised of a Saturday stage with 6 starters and a Sunday endurance event covering some 47 kilometres around Lake Illawarra involving 8 cyclists. Stages 9 and 10 of Wilf s Great Illawarra Coast Walk saw a party of 5 enjoying the spectacular coastline and coping As best they could with a missing trig station, or that's what Wilf said. The Sunday developed into a bit of a gallop to catch the infrequent train home, resulting in an arrival at the station with only 7 minutes to spare. (I should note at this point that this report is not entirely based on my scratchy notes of what was presented at the meeting, but has been enhanced by the insertion of certain additional details provided after the meeting from a source not entirely unrelated to the walks secretary.) Carole Beaks had 18 on her Saturday walk out from Wentworth Falls. We know there were lots of prospectives but have no information at all on the promised coffee shop. Margaret Sheens'​ brisk early morning walk saw 3 starters enjoying a beautiful morning in the vicinity of Balmoral Beach. There is no truth in the rumour that this was just a cover for ensuring a parking spot for later in the day. Tony Crichton'​s Sunday trip out from the Mount Hay firetrail had a party of 14 and a beautiful day. Wilf reported 3 starters and a perfect cool morning for his midweek walk from Malabar to La Perouse. The 1440 bus rescued them before the heat of the day took hold. 
  
 October 22, 23, 24 saw Tony Manes with a party of 7 out in very wet conditions on his Newnes area walk. Track conditions were so wet that at least one member elected to swim back to Newnes along Little Capertee Creek, or is that river? The notes are unclear on that point. We know there were 6 on Wayne Steele'​s walk to Yerranderie that weekend but have no other details. (You'd think Bill would have been right onto that.) Tony Holgate reported 6 on his Saturday seemingly convoluted walk from Evans Lookout. Plans were thrown out somewhat due to traffic problems following a car smash on the Western Road but Govetts Leap Falls were spectacular with lots of water. Rosemary MacDougal cancelled her Saturday walk around Springwood area and Linda Mallet did the same for her Sunday trip down the Six Foot Track due the prevailing Wet conditions. Errol Sheedy and the party of 5 on his Sunday walk in the Royal also reported wet conditions with swollen creeks. Discretion took over when they reached a well-flooded Kangaroo Creek and decided to retrace their steps. ​ October 22, 23, 24 saw Tony Manes with a party of 7 out in very wet conditions on his Newnes area walk. Track conditions were so wet that at least one member elected to swim back to Newnes along Little Capertee Creek, or is that river? The notes are unclear on that point. We know there were 6 on Wayne Steele'​s walk to Yerranderie that weekend but have no other details. (You'd think Bill would have been right onto that.) Tony Holgate reported 6 on his Saturday seemingly convoluted walk from Evans Lookout. Plans were thrown out somewhat due to traffic problems following a car smash on the Western Road but Govetts Leap Falls were spectacular with lots of water. Rosemary MacDougal cancelled her Saturday walk around Springwood area and Linda Mallet did the same for her Sunday trip down the Six Foot Track due the prevailing Wet conditions. Errol Sheedy and the party of 5 on his Sunday walk in the Royal also reported wet conditions with swollen creeks. Discretion took over when they reached a well-flooded Kangaroo Creek and decided to retrace their steps. ​
Line 124: Line 124:
 We were off and running with an engrossing report for Ian Rannard'​s mid week walk from St Leonards to Wynyard when someone realised the report was for another walk, not this one. It was a blow from which this fine walk never really recovered, as they say.  We were off and running with an engrossing report for Ian Rannard'​s mid week walk from St Leonards to Wynyard when someone realised the report was for another walk, not this one. It was a blow from which this fine walk never really recovered, as they say. 
  
-Spiro cancelled his walk from Kanangra ​walls to Scotts Main Range scheduled for the weekend of 5, 6, 7 November but Tony Manes had a party' ​of 6 in the upper reaches of the KowmUng ​River that weekend. It was described as a great walk with lots of time to relax. Roger Treagus reported rainy conditions and leeches feasting on the party of 15 who went on his Saturday walk on the foreshores of Pittwater. There were no details available for Zol Bodlay'​s walk that day from Pearl beach to Patonga. Nigel Weaver postponed his Mount Solitary trip to the following weekend. Lucy Moore'​s Sunday trip out from Glenbrook went to program with 13 starters and wet conditions. ​+Spiro cancelled his walk from Kanangra ​Walls to Scotts Main Range scheduled for the weekend of 5, 6, 7 November but Tony Manes had a party of 6 in the upper reaches of the Kowmung ​River that weekend. It was described as a great walk with lots of time to relax. Roger Treagus reported rainy conditions and leeches feasting on the party of 15 who went on his Saturday walk on the foreshores of Pittwater. There were no details available for Zol Bodlay'​s walk that day from Pearl beach to Patonga. Nigel Weaver postponed his Mount Solitary trip to the following weekend. Lucy Moore'​s Sunday trip out from Glenbrook went to program with 13 starters and wet conditions. ​
  
 A memorial walk for Geoff Bridges was conducted on Saturday 6th November to Bluegum forest. Some 40 or so walkers, together with Geoff'​s siblings participated. ​ A memorial walk for Geoff Bridges was conducted on Saturday 6th November to Bluegum forest. Some 40 or so walkers, together with Geoff'​s siblings participated. ​
Line 176: Line 176:
 Day Two reads like a tourist brochure - we walked on the beach, visited an extensive aboriginal midden, swam at Dark Point, lunched at Brambles Green, viewed the historic locale of Tamboy and camped at Mungo Brush. ​ Day Two reads like a tourist brochure - we walked on the beach, visited an extensive aboriginal midden, swam at Dark Point, lunched at Brambles Green, viewed the historic locale of Tamboy and camped at Mungo Brush. ​
  
-David Ratcliffe joined us on Tuesday for the walk through Mungo Brush Rainforest, a heath-land botanical tour-de-force,​ then beside the lake to the ferry at Bombah Point. His vast knowledge of the plants and trees in the area left the writer (at least) suffering information overload. It would have been great to have both Davids along for the whole trip. Camp was at Korsman'​s ​Landing, the lake water much colder than the ocean.+David Ratcliffe joined us on Tuesday for the walk through Mungo Brush Rainforest, a heath-land botanical tour-de-force,​ then beside the lake to the ferry at Bombah Point. His vast knowledge of the plants and trees in the area left the writer (at least) suffering information overload. It would have been great to have both Davids along for the whole trip. Camp was at Korsmans ​Landing, the lake water much colder than the ocean.
  
 Next day the flat coastal area was left behind and we climbed the undulating Koolonock Ridge through the eucalypts of Bulandelah State Forest. ​ Next day the flat coastal area was left behind and we climbed the undulating Koolonock Ridge through the eucalypts of Bulandelah State Forest. ​
Line 234: Line 234:
 **Method** ​ **Method** ​
   -  Sample the whiskey to check the quality. ​   -  Sample the whiskey to check the quality. ​
-  -  Take a large bowl, check the whiskey again to make sure that it is of the  highest quality, pour one level cup and drink. ​+  -  Take a large bowl, check the whiskey again to make sure that it is of the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink. ​
   -  Repeat. ​   -  Repeat. ​
   -  Turn on the electric mixer, beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl, add one spoontea of sugar and beat again. ​   -  Turn on the electric mixer, beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl, add one spoontea of sugar and beat again. ​
Line 277: Line 277:
  
   * It is not sufficient for some leaders to screen “carefully” over the phone. The prospective who thinks he is tough has no concept of what the leader is -talking about. If a leader has to spread the pack-load of a struggling prospective it would be a lot better if some prior screen prevented that situation arising. ​   * It is not sufficient for some leaders to screen “carefully” over the phone. The prospective who thinks he is tough has no concept of what the leader is -talking about. If a leader has to spread the pack-load of a struggling prospective it would be a lot better if some prior screen prevented that situation arising. ​
-  * It is not the prospective'​s responsibility to speak the truth to the leader as the novice does not know what the truth is in the relationship between his or her mental and physical ​statuts ​and the demands of bushwalking. ​+  * It is not the prospective'​s responsibility to speak the truth to the leader as the novice does not know what the truth is in the relationship between his or her mental and physical ​status ​and the demands of bushwalking. ​
   * It is not the prospective'​s responsibility to seek out all necessary information as he cannot take it in if it does not match his own perceptions. Perceptions are created through experience and not through listening to another talk.    * It is not the prospective'​s responsibility to seek out all necessary information as he cannot take it in if it does not match his own perceptions. Perceptions are created through experience and not through listening to another talk. 
   * The environs and climate of Sydney are the best in the world for bushwalking. We have a great product to sell. We need to regard every lost prospective as a lost sale.    * The environs and climate of Sydney are the best in the world for bushwalking. We have a great product to sell. We need to regard every lost prospective as a lost sale. 
Line 284: Line 284:
 My feelings regarding the issues above are that there needs to be a standard compulsory and carefully designed program which **eases** prospectives into the activity. ​ My feelings regarding the issues above are that there needs to be a standard compulsory and carefully designed program which **eases** prospectives into the activity. ​
  
-We must build more onto the introductory days for prospectives at Coolana Nobody has to be educated to like nature but only a minority have a positive image of themselves moving about in the wilderness. That image has to be cultivated. Until I was aged 30, my tent was always pitched within 10 metres of my car. Nobody could have been softer. There will always be write-offs but we need to catch more of the borderline cases - and we need to be determined to catch them to ensure that the club remains viable. ​+We must build more onto the introductory days for prospectives at CoolanaNobody has to be educated to like nature but only a minority have a positive image of themselves moving about in the wilderness. That image has to be cultivated. Until I was aged 30, my tent was always pitched within 10 metres of my car. Nobody could have been softer. There will always be write-offs but we need to catch more of the borderline cases - and we need to be determined to catch them to ensure that the club remains viable. ​
  
 //What do other members think about the matters raised by Brian? How can the club improve the current Coolana ​ and meeting room training sessions and assist prospectives to get more from membership of the SBW? The club committee would welcome the opinions and ideas of members particularly the newer members.// //What do other members think about the matters raised by Brian? How can the club improve the current Coolana ​ and meeting room training sessions and assist prospectives to get more from membership of the SBW? The club committee would welcome the opinions and ideas of members particularly the newer members.//
Line 291: Line 291:
 //by **Henry Gold**// ​ //by **Henry Gold**// ​
  
-I am replying to Garth Coulter'​s and Peter Stitt'​s article in last month'​s issue (November), under the curious title '​Bushwalkers Locked out Too'. Has any walker of this club ever been locked out of a National Park or any other publicly owned walking country in this State? Garth'​s and Peter'​s party, the Outdoor Recreation Party (ORP), represents 4 wheel drivers, trail bike riders, horse riders and hunters. The ORP has little concern for bushwalkers,​ because their activities and aims are in conflict with bushwalking (see Know Them By Their Words, September issue). ​ Garth and Peter say “The only reasons for the establishment of the ORP were to obtain better access to public lands of this State for the people who have to pay for them (us) and a more transparent,​ democratic and accountable system of managing those lands”. That means more access for 4 wheel drives, trail bikes, horse riders and hunters to national parks and wilderness areas. The justification for increased high impact use is based upon the belief that taxpayer financial rights prevail over other moral issues surrounding park management, including those associated with hunting access in wilderness areas. ​+I am replying to Garth Coulter'​s and Peter Stitt'​s article in last month'​s issue (November), under the curious title '​Bushwalkers Locked out Too'. Has any walker of this club ever been locked out of a National Park or any other publicly owned walking country in this State? Garth'​s and Peter'​s party, the Outdoor Recreation Party (ORP), represents 4 wheel drivers, trail bike riders, horse riders and hunters. The ORP has little concern for bushwalkers,​ because their activities and aims are in conflict with bushwalking (see "Know Them By Their Words", September issue). ​ Garth and Peter say “The only reasons for the establishment of the ORP were to obtain better access to public lands of this State for the people who have to pay for them (us) and a more transparent,​ democratic and accountable system of managing those lands”. That means more access for 4 wheel drives, trail bikes, horse riders and hunters to national parks and wilderness areas. The justification for increased high impact use is based upon the belief that taxpayer financial rights prevail over other moral issues surrounding park management, including those associated with hunting access in wilderness areas. ​
  
 I have obtained the latest population figures from the Bureau of Statistics and the last NP& WS budget tabled in parliament. Based on those figures, the sum of $27.36 is being spent by every member of the population of NSW on national parks and reserves this financial year. Surely, the existence of the ORP does not entitle their members to go hunting in national parks, drive their 4WDs etc. beyond the network of 2,500 km of public roads within these important reserves, or into wilderness areas. I have obtained the latest population figures from the Bureau of Statistics and the last NP& WS budget tabled in parliament. Based on those figures, the sum of $27.36 is being spent by every member of the population of NSW on national parks and reserves this financial year. Surely, the existence of the ORP does not entitle their members to go hunting in national parks, drive their 4WDs etc. beyond the network of 2,500 km of public roads within these important reserves, or into wilderness areas.
Line 307: Line 307:
 That's what they mean by access, not to worry about the environment for all. That's what they mean by access, not to worry about the environment for all.
  
-Garth and Peter believe that the decline in bushwalking club membership is due to the restrictions imposed on walking. I ask where have they been in the last decade? ​Bushwallcing ​has become one of the most popular activities. Unless for social reasons people don't have to join clubs anymore to go bushwalking.+Garth and Peter believe that the decline in bushwalking club membership is due to the restrictions imposed on walking. I ask where have they been in the last decade? ​Bushwalking ​has become one of the most popular activities. Unless for social reasons people don't have to join clubs anymore to go bushwalking.
  
 Bookshelfs are full of bboks on bushcraft, navigation etc., and guidebooks cover the best walking country. Today, a great number of bushwalkers are not members of clubs. And where are those momentous restrictions on bushwalking?​ I can only find them in my ageing bones. Bookshelfs are full of bboks on bushcraft, navigation etc., and guidebooks cover the best walking country. Today, a great number of bushwalkers are not members of clubs. And where are those momentous restrictions on bushwalking?​ I can only find them in my ageing bones.
Line 591: Line 591:
 All along the way we would sip at our water bottles and fill up whenever possible. Most villages have fountains supplying potable water. All along the way we would sip at our water bottles and fill up whenever possible. Most villages have fountains supplying potable water.
  
-Having arrived at the day's stop, we registered at the town's Refugio. Refugios are special hostels built for pilgrims'​ use and are often attached to a church or monastery. They date back to medieval times when great numbers of pilgrims from all over Europe journeyed to the Holy City. In the twelfth century, at the height of the pilgrimage'​s ​popillarity, in excess of one million pilgrims per year attempted the arduous trip.+Having arrived at the day's stop, we registered at the town's Refugio. Refugios are special hostels built for pilgrims'​ use and are often attached to a church or monastery. They date back to medieval times when great numbers of pilgrims from all over Europe journeyed to the Holy City. In the twelfth century, at the height of the pilgrimage'​s ​popularity, in excess of one million pilgrims per year attempted the arduous trip.
  
 At the refugio, we entered our names and passport numbers in the visitors'​ book, then selected a bunk bed, and showered. The daily laundry was tackled next and dried out quickly in. the heat and then, perhaps a snooze. Once rested we would find a suitable bar-restaurant and indulge in the big meal of the day - //Menu del Dia// - the menu of the day. At the refugio, we entered our names and passport numbers in the visitors'​ book, then selected a bunk bed, and showered. The daily laundry was tackled next and dried out quickly in. the heat and then, perhaps a snooze. Once rested we would find a suitable bar-restaurant and indulge in the big meal of the day - //Menu del Dia// - the menu of the day.
Line 599: Line 599:
 In the evenings, a visit to the impressive village church was irresistible. In many towns we gazed in awe at stupendous churches, solid statues and fascinating architecture. Our guide books provided interesting background information on the history and miracles that are such a part of this pilgrimage. Then, to bed early, for the old day had to make way for the new. In the evenings, a visit to the impressive village church was irresistible. In many towns we gazed in awe at stupendous churches, solid statues and fascinating architecture. Our guide books provided interesting background information on the history and miracles that are such a part of this pilgrimage. Then, to bed early, for the old day had to make way for the new.
  
-So, eventually after having walked 200km we reached Burgos, the city of El Cid, where we were able to rest and recouperate. It was pleasant to have some time to appreciate the wonders of this Spanish city without having to carry a pack around.+So, eventually after having walked 200km we reached Burgos, the city of El Cid, where we were able to rest and recuperate. It was pleasant to have some time to appreciate the wonders of this Spanish city without having to carry a pack around.
  
 One of the motivations for walking the pilgrim path was to add a more reflective dimension to our lives. We were intrigued to see whether the pilgrimage would effect any changes in us by the time we arrived in Santiago. One of the motivations for walking the pilgrim path was to add a more reflective dimension to our lives. We were intrigued to see whether the pilgrimage would effect any changes in us by the time we arrived in Santiago.
199912.txt · Last modified: 2015/12/09 23:42 by sbw