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 +=====Social Notes For October.=====
  
-SOCIAL NOTES FOR OCTOBER 
 "​What'​s to come is still unsure"​(Shakespeare,​ I think) "​What'​s to come is still unsure"​(Shakespeare,​ I think)
-Once again the immortal bard does not know what he is talking about. Indeed should ​be be alive today I doubt whether I should have him along to the Club for a lecture. As far as your social + 
-programme is concerned what's to come is pretty sure and all you +Once again the immortal bard does not know what he is talking about. Indeed should ​he be alive today I doubt whether I should have him along to the Club for a lecture. As far as your social programme is concerned what's to come is pretty sure and all you have to do is present your pretty faces to be creased with "​wreathed smiles."​ 
-have to do is present your pretty faces to be creased with "​wreathed smiles."​ + 
-On the 24th. October there is a lecture by Yr. McNeill from the Australian Museum on "The Barrier ​Reet.11 This lecture, which +On the 24th. October there is a lecture by Mr. McNeill from the Australian Museum on "The Barrier ​Reef." ​This lecture, which will be illustrated by slides, is guaranteed to be first class. The lecturer is a professional and very much au fait with his subject. 
-will be illustrated by slides, is guaranteed to be first class. + 
-The lecturer is a professional and very much au fait with his subject. +Many of the stars who appeared at "​History House" on the 8th and 9th of October will be seen again at the Club room on the 31st. To continue the astronomical metaphor, some stars may be shining more brightly, ​some may have burnt out, some may be suffering an eclipse, there may be "novae", while same stars may be languishing and drinking themselves to death and not the "Milky Way." 
-Many of the stars who appeared at "​History House" on the 8th and 9th of October will be seen again at the Club room on the 31st. To continue the astronomical metaphor, some stars may be shining more brightly, ​som9 may have burnt out, some may be suffering an + 
-eclipse, there may be 'novae, while same stars may be languishing and drinking themselves to death and not the fMilky bay." +---- 
-TARARtA ​1947 + 
-Congratulations to the Tararua Tramping Club on the publication of their first annual magazine. "A good magazine,"​ says the Editor, "can build morale,create enthusiasm and stimulate further enterprise it seemed that the inevitable resurgence after the restraints of wartime would provide a good opportunity for making a start with the publication and so it has proved."​ Though most +=====Tararua ​1947.===== 
-of the articles are written specially for New Zealand trampers, some are of considerable interest to bushwalkers - or anyone else - particularly the article "​Flight Over Everest."​ + 
-Another article which we found of great interest was "​Winter Ascents in the Kaikouras."​ Four trampers did this trip. Their packs, which contained adequate clothing to avoid frostbite and +Congratulations to the Tararua Tramping Club on the publication of their first annual magazine. "A good magazine,"​ says the Editor, "can build morale, create enthusiasm and stimulate further enterprise... it seemed that the inevitable resurgence after the restraints of wartime would provide a good opportunity for making a start with the publication and so it has proved."​ Though most of the articles are written specially for New Zealand trampers, some are of considerable interest to bushwalkers - or anyone else - particularly the article "​Flight Over Everest."​ 
-such oddments as a gallon and a half of petrol in six water bottles, two primuses, ice axes, crampons and two ropes 110 ft. and 60 ft. in length, weighed 70 lbs each. They started in light snow which became heavier and was several inches deep on the morning + 
-of their first camp at 0000 ft. As they ascended the snow became deeper and they sidled for an hour round a steep slope above a waterfall over slippery tussocks buried in two or three feet of +Another article which we found of great interest was "​Winter Ascents in the Kaikouras."​ Four trampers did this trip. Their packs, which contained adequate clothing to avoid frostbite and such oddments as a gallon and a half of petrol in six water bottles, two primuses, ice axes, crampons and two ropes 110 ft. and 60 ft. in length, weighed 70 lbs each. They started in light snow which became heavier and was several inches deep on the morning of their first camp at 2000 ft. As they ascended the snow became deeper and they sidled for an hour round a steep slope above a waterfall over slippery tussocks buried in two or three feet of soft snow. Soon the river was "all frozen up and choked with the ice of minor avalanches."​ At the second camp they squeezed into their six by seven alpine tent pulling their boots in after them to prevent them freezing outside. "​Primuses buzzed and their eerie glow lit the tent." 
-soft snow. Soon the river was "all frozen up and choked with the + 
-ice of minor avalanches."​ At the second camp they squeezed into +Next day, above 4000 feet, the "​floundered in snow drifts up to their waists"​ carrying 30 lb. poles for their tents in addition ​to the rest. They climbed another waterfall - this one frozen hard - and camped at 6000 ft. All their spare clothes didn't prevent the cold from striking up from the snow through the floor of the tent. They cooked breakfast "​holding the primuses in their laps", and thawed out their boots, puttees and socks on tha primuses. Then they set out to climb Alarm, sinking well over their knees as they crossed a great snowfield. Before they were across ​number ​one was "​making a bare hundred ​yards before sagging, gasping on his ice axe, and motioning the next unfortunate into first place."​ The feet of one began to get numb and he had to stop for half an hour to rub them back to circulation rather than risk frostbite. They continued, cutting steps, hacking away ice, and so on, till they reached the top at about 9,400 ft. 
-their six by seven alpine tent pulling their boots in after them to prevent them freezing outside. "​Primuses buzzed and their eerie glow lit the tent."​ + 
-Next day, above 4000 feet, the "​floundered in snow drifts +Next day they climbed over 3,000 ft. again - to the top of Tapuaenuku (9,465 ft.). In the last 1,000 ft, they had to cut steps all the way. 
-up to their waists"​ carrying 30 lb. poles for their tents in ad- + 
-dition ​to the rest. They climbed another waterfall - this one +The trip out again, over a 7,400 ft. range, seemed no easier than the trip up. The whole trip was done in 9 days, was 70 miles long, and included two high ranges and two major peaks. 
-frozen hard - and camped at 6000 ft. their spare clothes didn't prevent the cold from striking up from the snow through + 
-the floor of the tent. They cooked breakfast "​holding the primuses +We cannot help feeling that bushwalking is not nearly so exciting, but its a lot easier. What, we wonder, would have happened if a blizzard had come up when they were near the top of one of the mountains, several hours from the one little spot where they could survive the night? However, maybe its not so bad when you know what you are up to
-in their laps", and thawed out their boots, puttees and socks on tha primuses,. Then they set out to climb Alarm, sinking well over their knees as they crossed a great snowfield. Before they were across ​nurber ​one was "​making a bare liundred ​yards before sagging, gasping on his 'ice axe, and motioning the next unfortunate into first place."​ The feet of one began to get numb and he had to stop for half an hour to rub them back to circulation rather than risk frostbite. They 'continued, cutting steps, hacking ​'away Iceland ​so on,,, till"they reached'the top at about 9,400 ft. + 
-:Next day they climbed over 3,000 ft. again - to'the'top of Tapuaenuku (9,465 ft.). In the last:1,000 ft, they had to cut steps all the way.  +---- 
-The trip out again, over a 7,400 ft. range,​seemed no easier than the trip up. The whole trip was done in 9 days, was 70 rules long, and included two high ranges and two major peaks. + 
-'​e ​cannot help feeling that bushwalking is notnearly so' ​exciting, but its a lot easier. What, we wonder, would have happened if a blizzard had came up when they were near,the'top of one of the mountains, several hours from the one little spot wherp they could survive the night? ​-However, maybe its not so bad when you know 'what you are up to +=====Timber Thieves.===== 
-TIMBER THIEVES + 
-Timber houses are the 'easiest to build. There is little good timber within easy reach of Sydney, where we do most of our walking, but, good or bad, transport costs are low and it brings a high price on the black narket ​whatever its quality. This makes it worth while to steal trees. +Timber houses are the easiest to build. There is little good timber within easy reach of Sydney, where we do most of our walking, but, good or bad, transport costs are low and it brings a high price on the black market ​whatever its quality. This makes it worth while to steal trees. 
-The first saddle on the :ridge leading from Pacific Highway to Gunyah Bay used to be a delightful spot for camping. A couple of months ago tall trees grew oh it. livhen ​Jean ;:​cirkby ​led her walk there on Sept. i3th the trees had gone. One of the party, Mouldy Harrison, wrote to the Kuringsagai ​Park Trust, asking had they given permission to remove the trees. They immediately sent an inspector, who found that timber valued at 500 had been stolen* + 
-The Trust thanked Mouldy very much for his letter ​Sand asked that any others noting such depredations in the Park should immediately report them. +The first saddle on the ridge leading from Pacific Highway to Gunyah Bay used to be a delightful spot for camping. A couple of months ago tall trees grew on it. When Jean Kirkby ​led her walk there on Sept. 13th the trees had gone. One of the party, Mouldy Harrison, wrote to the Kuring-gai ​Park Trust, asking had they given permission to remove the trees. They immediately sent an inspector, who found that timber valued at £500 had been stolen
-7+ 
-CONSERVATION IN BRITAIN +The Trust thanked Mouldy very much for his letter ​and asked that any others noting such depredations in the Park should immediately report them. 
-Economic adversity has not prevented Great Britain from planning the conservation of 5,700 square ​riles of her tiny area - more than we plan to conserve in a whole continent. The National Parks Comnittee has recommended the formation of 12 parks and spec- + 
-ial legislation is to be introduced to give effect to the plan. The areas selected are within easy access to the big centres +---- 
-of population and when the programme is completed, almost everyone in Britain will be within 50 miles of one of the parks, entry to which will be without charge either on foot or in cars, but motor coaches will be barred from all but the main roads. + 
-Farmers, who will still operate within the areas, will be assisted to cater for holidaymakers,​ while there will be quiet +=====Conservation In Britain.===== 
-hotels for the elderly, hostels for the young and guest houses for farilion+ 
-Characteristic landscape beauties are to be strictly preserved +Economic adversity has not prevented Great Britain from planning the conservation of 5,700 square ​miles of her tiny area - more than we plan to conserve in a whole continent. The National Parks Comnittee has recommended the formation of 12 parks and special ​legislation is to be introduced to give effect to the plan. 
-with suitable protection for wild life and for places of eitherarchitectural or historic interest. All disfigurements are to be removed and any new buildings must conform with the local + 
-architectural styles and blend with the landscape. Advertising,​ +The areas selected are within easy access to the big centres of population and when the programme is completed, almost everyone in Britain will be within 50 miles of one of the parks, entry to which will be without charge either on foot or in cars, but motor coaches will be barred from all but the main roads. 
-whether from hoardings or mobile loudspeakers,​ or even by skywriting, will be prohibited. + 
-Maintenance of the parks is estimated to cost 750,000 a year, with a capital expenditure of 9,250,000 to be spread over ten years. +Farmers, who will still operate within the areas, will be assisted to cater for holidaymakers,​ while there will be quiet hotels for the elderly, hostels for the young and guest houses for families. 
-The plan also includes proposals for the setting up of + 
-52 "​Conservation Areas" in districts with outstanding features of landscape beauty, ​sOientific ​interest or recreational value. +Characteristic landscape beauties are to be strictly preserved with suitable protection for wild life and for places of either architectural or historic interest. All disfigurements are to be removed and any new buildings must conform with the local architectural styles and blend with the landscape. Advertising,​ whether from hoardings or mobile loudspeakers,​ or even by skywriting, will be prohibited. 
-"Our greatness as a nation and our well-being as individuals ​aro largely due to our natural resources and both are seriously ​en- + 
-dangered ​by the prodigal and ignorant course that we have pursued for the last three generations. Four-fifth3of ​our forests have been cut down, three-fourths of our grasslands grazed to stubble, and almost a third of our arable land eroded or otherwise reduced +Maintenance of the parks is estimated to cost £750,000 a year, with a capital expenditure of £9,250,000 to be spread over ten years. 
-to barrenness. The denuded watersheds have became spillways+ 
-The rivers, sterile with pollution, alternate from foul trickles to devastating floods..The very water is disappearing More +The plan also includes proposals for the setting up of 52 "​Conservation Areas" in districts with outstanding features of landscape beauty, ​scientific ​interest or recreational value. 
-than a Trillion ​farms have been abandoned."​ + 
-Bergen Evans, writing of the U.S. in Harpers, Dec. 1946* +---- 
-In the Eastern and' ​Central Divisions' ​of New South Wales + 
-some 50% or approximately 60,000,000 acres of land, for the most part of high fertility and in moderate to 'good rainfall areas, are suffering actively from erosion"​.- E.S. Clayton. +"Our greatness as a nation and our well-being as individuals ​are largely due to our natural resources and both are seriously ​endangered ​by the prodigal and ignorant course that we have pursued for the last three generations. Four-fifths of our forests have been cut down, three-fourths of our grasslands grazed to stubble, and almost a third of our arable land eroded or otherwise reduced to barrenness. The denuded watersheds have became spillwaysThe rivers, sterile with pollution, alternate from foul trickles to devastating floods..The very water is disappearing... More than a million ​farms have been abandoned."​ 
-PASTURES OF PEACE + 
-(TOPefe-r-rs'​and ​-1,cay BynYinnehaha'​'. +Bergen Evans, writing of the U.S. in Harpers, Dec. 1946. 
-After many years of over-work and no proper holiday, the inevitable breakdown happened. I-remembered Peter and Ray old bushwalking ​'cobbers, and a wire brought them to meet ne at Kiama and take me to their little hill-station above Jamberoo, ​Where green grass ledges foot the sandstone cliffs below the 13arren ​Lands. + 
-They Ditched ​a tent for re in a lonely lyre-bird glade and then they left me alone with vother ​Nature for my nurse. My only visitors were three old cows and their baby bulls, who nouched ​the lush green grass, and were sometimes a little too +---- 
-interested in the inside of the tent. Try music was the little + 
-laughing brook in the fern-green lyre-bird thicket nearby, and the songs of the birds especially the mellow call of the dollar- bird which sang continuously. ​Try ballet was the dance of the blue-wrens, the orange robins and the little fan tails, which spread their pale pink and orange shells and darted about with the +"In the Eastern and Central Divisions of New South Wales some 50% or approximately 60,000,000 acres of land, for the most part of high fertility and in moderate to good rainfall areas, are suffering actively from erosion"​.- E.S. Clayton. 
-sureness of Pavlova. Far away the pale sea lay dreaming under + 
-peaceful skies. Down in Jamberoo the air was hot and humid, but here it was clean and pure, and even mosquitoes did not came. Oh! +---- 
-it was good to liein the cool shade and do nothing whatever + 
-except drink in the healing peace which Yother ​Nature brought me every hour, far better even than the blackberries,​ mushrooms and cress, which grew around, +=====Pastures Of Peace (To Peter'and Ray's).===== 
-Then it rained, but to lie in the tent and watch the mist and rain and the pearly dew-drops on the blades of grass - that was lovely tooAt night a 'misty moon rose from over the sea. + 
-Dark trees and moonlit mist, and silver blue and grey, and silence.- +By "​Minnehaha"​. 
-save for the constant cricket and the churning of the brook. + 
-Listen to what the dark and silent trees are saying, and the hills silent beneath the moonlit mist - Peace: +After many years of over-work and no proper holiday, the inevitable breakdown happened. I remembered Peter and Ray, my old bushwalking cobbers, and a wire brought them to meet me at Kiama and take me to their little hill-station above Jamberoo, ​where green grass ledges foot the sandstone cliffs below the Barren ​Lands. 
-Peace from the eternal strife of wanting! + 
-Peace from the concern for what tomorrow bringsPeace from themselves,​ +They pitched ​a tent for me in a lonely lyre-bird glade and then they left me alone with Mother ​Nature for my nurse. My only visitors were three old cows and their baby bulls, who mouched ​the lush green grass, and were sometimes a little too interested in the inside of the tent. My music was the little laughing brook in the fern-green lyre-bird thicket near by, and the songs of the birds especially the mellow call of the dollar- bird which sang continuously. ​My ballet was the dance of the blue-wrens, the orange robins and the little fan tails, which spread their pale pink and orange shells and darted about with the sureness of Pavlova. Far away the pale sea lay dreaming under peaceful skies. Down in Jamberoo the air was hot and humid, but here it was clean and pure, and even mosquitoes did not came. Oh! it was good to lie in the cool shade and do nothing whatever except drink in the healing peace which Mother ​Nature brought me every hour, far better even than the blackberries,​ mushrooms and cress, which grew around
-from the everlasting striving + 
-that no day fulfils,+Then it rained, but to lie in the tent and watch the mist and rain and the pearly dew-drops on the blades of grass - that was lovely tooAt night a misty moon rose from over the sea. 
 + 
 +Dark trees and moonlit mist,\\ 
 +and silver blue and grey,\\ 
 +and silence.-\\ 
 +save for the constant cricket\\ 
 +and the churning of the brook. 
 + 
 +Listen to what the dark and silent trees are saying,\\ 
 +and the hills silent beneath the moonlit mist -\\ 
 +Peace!\\ 
 +Peace from the eternal strife of wanting!\\ 
 +Peace from the concern for what tomorrow brings!\\ 
 +Peace from themselves,\\ 
 +from the everlasting striving\\ 
 +that no day fulfils,\\
 from the futile longing that no time stills. from the futile longing that no time stills.
-When I next went to see Peter and Ray it was winter, and the skies were always blue. The grass was not so green, and. he little brooks ran more slowly. White clematis festooned the trees and the lyre bird sang*even more brilliantly. But the sane peace brooded over everything, almost the peace of the English + 
-9. +When I next went to see Peter and Ray it was winter, and the skies were always blue. The grass was not so green, and the little brooks ran more slowly. White clematis festooned the trees and the lyre bird sang even more brilliantly. But the same peace brooded over everything, almost the peace of the English countryside with church bells on Sunday morning. The peaceful ​feeling here did not came from church bells; perhaps it was from Mother ​Nature, or perhaps from the contentment ​of the owners, who while still in the prime of life have left the mad ways of the city and given up the fool game of making lots of money, to do a really useful work in growing things, and a kindly work in providing bushwalkers with a peacefll holiday resort. 
-countryside with church bells on Sunday morning. The peacefial ​feeling here did not came from church bells; perhaps it was + 
-from rother ​Nature, or perhaps from the cententment ​of the +---- 
-owners, who while still in the prime of life have left the mad ways of the city and given up the fool game of making lots of + 
-money, to do a really useful work in growing things, and a +=====Delayed On The Nattai.===== 
-kindly work in providing bushwalkers with a peacefll holiday resort. + 
-DELAYED ON THE NATTAI+By "​Dormie"​
-By Itormie'​7+ 
-i'Report me and my cause aright to the unsatisfiee ​said +"Report me and my cause aright to the unsatisfied" ​said Hamlet to Horatio, when the former was about to depart from this world ("Hamlet", Act V, Scene II). This Shakespearean text aptly typifies my mental anxiety at the present ​time, lest our recent misadventure on the Nattai River should be misconstrued. There have been so many murmurings, if not outright accusations,​ in the Club Room, about our being lost, that I am forced, in sheer self-defence,​ to write this plea of extenuation. 
-Hamlet to Horatio, when the former was about to -depart from this world ('Hamlet, Act V, Scene II). This Shakespearean text aptly typifies my mental anxiety at the present ​tine, lest our recent misadventure on the Nattai River should be misconstrued. There have been so many murmurings, if not outright accusations,​ in the Club Room, about our being lost, that I am forced, in sheer self- defence, to write this plea of extenuation. + 
-To be quite blunt about the whole matter, we were not lost, but just merely delayed. One is lost when one panics, loses all consciousness of what one is doing, and is entirely oblivious as to where one is. But there was not the faintest sign of panic on the part of anyone of the three of us, we were perfectly confident that we knew what we were doing; and we had a good, general idea of where we were. Our only trouble was lack of tine: and, not having the power ascribed to Joshua, who in biblical times held back the sun while he mote the Philistines,​ we just simply had to suffer the thought that it would be p hysically ​impossible for us to be at Hilltop in time for the +To be quite blunt about the whole matter, we were not lost, but just merely delayed. One is lost when one panics, loses all consciousness of what one is doing, and is entirely oblivious as to where one is. But there was not the faintest sign of panic on the part of anyone of the three of us, we were perfectly confident that we knew what we were doing; and we had a good, general idea of where we were. Our only trouble was lack of time: and, not having the power ascribed to Joshua, who in biblical times held back the sun while he smote the Philistines,​ we just simply had to suffer the thought that it would be physically ​impossible for us to be at Hilltop in time for the 6.37 p.mtrain on Sunday, the 13th July, 1947. So we reacted to the circurstances like three wise men. 
-6.37 p mtrain on Sunday, the 13th July, 1947. So we reacted to the circurstances like three wise men. + 
-vhen I volunteered to lead a weekend walk from Friday +When I volunteered to lead a weekend walk from Friday night, the 11th July, 1947, from Couridjah down Little River, along the Nattai River, and then on to Hilltop via the Starlight Track, I suggested that it should be a test walk, because at Easter 1930 I had done the same trip with Harold Chardon'​s party in four full days, whereas this time we should be completing the distance in two full days and part of a night. I did not, however, make due allowance for the fact that the early years of the Club's history were those of "​laissez ​faire" ​and do as you please, when they were only too glad to have you in the Club, provided that you were not absolutely hopeless, and so long as you finished up at the same place as the others, no matter how long it took you to get there. In those days the institution of the "test walk" ​had not been invented to keep down an embarrqssing overplus ​of Club members. 
-night, the 11th July, 1947, from Couridjah down Little River, + 
-along the Nattai River, and then on to Hilltop via the Starlight +Kevin Bradley was already on the 5.21 p.m. train, when I arrived there on the Friday night. A few minutes afterwards Roger Pratt, a prospective member, put in an appearance. He at once expressed surprise at not seeing more on the trip: evidently he was expecting a big party. I told him that before the weekend was over he would probably ​understand why there were so few. Little did I appreciate the ironic significance of my statement at the time. 
-Track, I suggested that it should be a test walk, because at Easter 1930 I had done the same trip with Harold Chardon'​s party in four full days, whereas this time we should be completing the distance in two full days and part of a night. I did not, #owever, make due allowance for the fact that theearly ​years of the Club's + 
-history were those of "​laissez ​faireh ​and do as you please, when +It was very cold that night, as we alighted from the train at Couridjah. But we had forgotten all about the cold by the time we finished our eight-mile stretch to a spot near the junction of Blue Gum Creek and Little River. The next day was a perfect, sunny one, with just enough cold to make us feel full of energy, and just enough heat to make our many rests an enjoyable interlude. ​While we walked by the Little River, ​and looked up on to its colourful walls, I reflected on the days when I walked along that same track with the late Gordon Smith, and listened to his praise of the same walls. Gordon liked the Nattai River country for walking and camping, and at night the valley would resound ​with his basso interpretation of his favourite ballad "​Friend of Mine", ​or his favourite aria "The Toreador Song" from "​Carmen"​. But now the powerful Gordon had became a powerful memory. 
-they were only too glad to have you in the Club, provided that you + 
-were not absolutely hopeless, and so long as you finished up at+had long promised myself a trip along the Nattai River valley, in order to record in black and white and kodachrome the imcomparable beauty of those walls. Now, in lighting conditions ideal for photography,​ my wish was being realised. The Nattai River may be dry, silted and arid in parts, but challenge anyone to cite another valley in the Blue Mountains terrain, the rock escarpments of which so reflect reds and golds as do the Nattai River walls. ​Kevin was also beside himself with photographic joy; and, as he darted camera in hand and deer-like from hillock to hillock, I could quite well understand how Bill Cosgrove came to give him the sobriquet "​The ​Yearling"​We were so pleased with the day'​s ​takings that we scarcely noticed that we had gone some distance past the Alum River, where we had proposed ​to camp on the Saturday night. 
-the same place as the others, no matter how long it took you to get there. In those days the institution of the hteat walkli ​had not been invented to keep down an ambarrqssing overrilus ​of Club members. + 
-10. +On the next day all the trouble occurred. We seemed to be approaching ​McArthur's Flat in record time, and I thought that we might get there even sooner by leaving ​the river. That was where I made my fateful mistake. When we came on to the river again it was running from north to south, instead of from west to east: and, moreover I recognised the country between Jellore Creek and McArthur'​s Flat. So, while Kevin walked packless on the other side of the river, trying to find that elusive spot, Roger and tried to reason out from our military map just what we had done. Then there came back to my mind an incident that had happened about ten years previously when on Bank Holiday weekend ​1940, had led a similar walk over the same country with Jock Kaske, Sheila Porter (now Kaske)and Gladys RobertsOn that occasion the lastnamed had become ​lame, and Jock had asked me, just before we came to Wanganderry Creek, to go on to McArthur's Flat and to prepare the luncheon fire while he followed on with the two girls. This I did, but albhough I had prepared the fire and eaten my lunch the rest of the party failed to appear. I cooeed and shouted, but no one came to relieve my solitude; and, having waited as long as my margin of time for catching the train would allow me, I proceeded to Hilltop and finished the trip alone. Next day, while at the office, Jock Kaske rang me up to inform me that they had missed ​McArthur's Flat and had caught a train at about 2 a.m. from Mittagong. Then did I really think that bushwalkers were morons. 
-Kevin Bradley was already on the 5.21 p m. train, when I arrived there on the Friday night. A few minutes afterwards Roger Pratt, a prospective member, put in an appearance. He at once expressed surprise at not seeing more'on the trip: evidently he was expecting a big party. I told him that before the weekend + 
-was over he would prob ably understand why there' Were so few. +But apparently we had ourselves this time made the same mistake. After lunch we walked back along the river bank, hoping to find McArthur'​s Flat and the Starlight Track. But so prolific had been the growth of tall ferns and small trees in the space of seven years that I could not find either. ​(Let conservationists take heart from this piece of news!) Time went on, as we continued to search, until eventually we decided to forget all about the Starlight Track, and to get out of the valley by the nearest possible ridge. Climbing up a likely-looking place Roger exasperatingly reminded us of the diminishing time left for catching our train. When the three of us eventually reached the top "the shades of night were falling fast" as we resolved to follow an easterly direction, and then a south-easterly,​ until we came on to the Starlight Track. ​We had not gone far, however, before we came to a gorge; and there not being one strong torch between us we decided that it was useless risking life and limb by pushing on in the darkSo we made a waterless camp and took stock of what food we had left. I had some cheese, Roger had a tin of beans, and Kevin had some menthol jubes. ​Roger'​s ​food being the most liquid, we each took a spoon and ate from the tin, finishing up on Kevin'​s menthol jubes for dessert. Anxious that we might get the earliest possible start on in the morning, I thought that we should not bother about erecting a tent but that, each of us having a tent, we should sleep individually,​ each man with his own tent thrown over him. However this idea was soon dispelled, when rain began to fall and continued to fall. During the night I awoke several times with the nightmare thought on my mind that I was stealing a holiday. 
-Little did I appreciate the ironic significance of my statement at the tire+ 
-It was very cold that night, as we alighted from the +At 6.30 a.mthe next morning we started the descent into what turned out to be the first of a number of dry gorges. Luckily the rain of the previous night had made a small, shallow pool in a rock on the opposite side of the first gorge. ​Accordingly ​we had a drink of water and partook of my cheese. ​We were in happy mood, but we were wondering how long it was going to take us to walk into Hilltop, and what time train we were going to get. We kept to our original plan, following the ridge so long as it followed the right direction, and crossing gorges only when we were forced to do so. After four hours' steady going, however, we were beginning to tire of looking at gum trees, and to long for a human habitation to vary the monotony. As we walked over the Nattai Plateau we thought how fortunate we were that it was winter, water being so scarce. At length Kevin called out that he could see a shed and, sure enough, I recognised one of the buildings on Coates' ​farm about half a mile away. Now we were within reach of the destination I had been aiming for, and the most anxious part of our adventure was over. Reaching Coates' ​farm at 11.30 a.m. we proceeded along the road to Hilltop, and six miles further on accepted a "​lift"​ on a passing timber waggon. Thus ended our delayed walk. 
-train at Couridjah. But we had forgotten all about the cold by the time we finished our eight-mile stretch to a spot near the junction of Blue Gun. Creek and Little River. The next day was + 
-a perfect, sunny one, with just enough cold to make us feel full +At Hilltop the little lady in the one and only store could not cut enough ​sandwiches ​to satisfy ​our ravenous appetite. I did not feel flattered when Kevin rang up the place of his employment ​and explained that he had been "lost" in order to account for his absence. Nor did deem it compliment when the local Postmistress,​ harking back to the not-long previous incident of the missing boy scout, remarked ​that Hilltop was becoming famous for its "lost hikers". However, as we made ourselves comfortable in the 3.50 p.m. train for Sydney we felt like normal individuals returning ​from a normal ​holiday. 
-of energy, and just enough heat to make our many rests an enjoyable + 
-interlude. ​hile we walked by the Little River, ​dAad looked up +---- 
-on to its colourful walls, I reflected on the days when I walked along that same track with the late Gordon Smith, and listened to +
-his praise of the same walls. Gordon liked the Nattai River +
-country for walking and camping, and at night the valley would resound ​v,ith his basso interpretation of his favourite ballad "​Friend of rine'​l ​or his favourite aria The Toreador Song fram +
-f'​Oarmenu'But now the-powerful Gordon had became a powerful memory. +
-had 'long promised myself a trip along the Nattai River +
-'valley, in order to record in black and white and kodachrome the imcomparable beauty of those walls. Now, in lighting +
-conditions ideal for photography,​ my wish was being realised. The Nattai River may be dry, silted and arid in parts, but +
-challenge anyone to cite another valley in the Blue Mountains +
-terrain, the rock escarpments of which so reflect reds and golds as do the Nattai Riverwalls. ​_Kevin ​was also beside himself with photographic joy; and, as he darted camera in hand and deer-like from hillock to _hillock, I could quite well understand how Bill Cosgrove came to give him the sobriquet "​The ​/.earling. Ive were so pleased with the Aayts takings that we scarcely noticed that we had gone some distance past the Alum River, where we had propose ​to camp on the Saturday night. +
-On the next day all the trouble occurred. We seemed to be approaching ​YcArthur's Flat in record time, and I thought that we +
-might get there even sooner by leaving ​he river. That was where +
-I made my fateful mistake. When we care on to the river again +
-it was running from north to south, instead of from west to east: and, moreover I recognised the 'country between Jellore Creek and +
-McArthur'​s Flat. So, while Kevin walked packless on the other +
-side of the river, trying to find that elusive spot, Roger and tried to reason out from our military map just what we had done. Then there care back to my rind an incident that had happened about' ​ten years previously when on Bank.Eoliday we,​ekend ​1940, had led a similar walk over the same country with Jock Kaske, +
-Sheila Porter (now Kaske)and Gladys Roberts On that occasion +
-11. +
-the lastnamed had become ​lane, and Jock had ,asked me, just before we came to Wanganderry Creek, to go on to cArthur's Flat and to prepare the luncheon fire while he followed on with the two girls. This I did, but:albhough I had prepared +
-the fire and eaten my lunch the rest of the party failed to +
-appear. I cooeed and shouted, but no one care to relieve my +
-solitude; and, having waited as long as my margin of time' ​for catching the train would allow me, I proceeded to Hilltop and finished the trip alone. Next day, while at the office, Jock +
-Kaske rang me up to inform me that they had missed ​cArthur's +
-Flat and 'had caught a train at about 2 air. from Fittagong. Then did I really think that bushwalkers were morons. +
-But apparently we had ourselves this time made the sane mistake. After lunch we walked back along the river bank, hoping to find McArthur'​s Flat and the Starlight Track. But so prolific had been the growth of tall ferns and small trees in the space of +
-seven years that I could not find either. ​Nlot conservationists +
-take heart from this piece of news!) Time went on, as we continued to search, until eventually we decided to forget all about the Starlight Track, and to get out of the valley by the nearest possible ridge. Climbing up a likely-looking place Roger +
-exasperatingly reminded us of the diminishing time left for +
-catching our train. When the three of us eventually reached the top "the shades of night were falling fast" as we resolved to follow an easterly direction, and then a south-easterly,​ until we came on to the Starlight Track. ​Tvue had not gone far, however, +
-before we came to a gorge; and there not being one strong torch +
-between us we decided that it was useless risking life and art by pushing on in the darkSo we made a waterless camp and took +
-stock of what food we had left. I had some cheese, Roger had a +
-tin of beans, and Kevin had some menthol jubes. ​RogerYs ​food +
-being the most liquid, we each took a spoon and ate from the tin, finishing up on Kevin'​s menthol jubes for dessert. Anxious that +
-we might get the earliest possible start on in the morning, I+
-thought that we should not bother about erecting a tent but +
-that, each of us having a tent, vie should sleep individually,​ each man with his own tent thrown over him. However this idea +
-was soon dispelled, when rain began to fall and continued to fall. +
-During the night I awoke several times with the nightmare thought +
-on my mind that I was stealing a holiday. +
-At 6.30 a mthe next morning we started the descent into what turned out to be the first of a number of dry gorges. +
-Luckily the rain of the previous night had made a small, shallow +
-pool in a rock on the opposite side of the first gorge. ​Accord- - +
-ingly we had a drink of water and partook of my cheese. ​Ine were +
-in happy mood, but we we'​re ​wondering how long it was going to take us to walk into Hilltop, and what time train we were going to get. We kept to our original plan, following the ridge so long as it +
-followed the right direction, and crossing gorges only when we were forced to oso. After four hours' steady going, however, +
-we were beginning to tire of looking at gum trees, and to long +
-for a human habitation to vary the monotony. As we walked over +
-the Nattai Plateau we thought how fortunate we were that it was winter, water being so scarce. At length Kevin called out that he could see a shed and, sure enough, I recognised one of the buildings on Coates farm about half a mile away. Now we were within reach of the destination I had been aiming for, and the most anxious part of our adventure was over. Reaching Coatesfarm at 11.30 a r. we proceeded along the road to Hilltop, and six miles further on accepted a "​lift"​ on a passing timber waggon. Thus ended our delayed walk. +
-At Hilltop the little lady in the one and only store could not cut enough ​oandwLches ​to Satisfy ​our ravenous appetite. I did not feel flattered when Kevin -rang up the place of his enployment ​and explained that he had been ,lost " in order to account for his absence. Nor did it deem it p. compliment when +
-the local Postmistress,​ harking back to 'the not-long previous incident of the missing boy sibutl'​iremarked ​that Hilltop was becoming famous for its "lost hikers' : ':​4Rwever, as we made ourselves comfortable in the 3.50 p m:tin for Sydney we felt like normal individuals returning ​,froMHa. r=mal holiday.+
 DOINGS AT puPFY s. DOINGS AT puPFY s.
 By K. Ardill. By K. Ardill.
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