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-|The Country With a Human Face - Part 2|Wal Liddle| 8| 
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 +===== The Snowy Mountains Trip - January '85. ===== 
 +
 +by Ben Esgate.
 +
 +Round Mountain, Mt. Selwyn, via Jagungal and Table Top plus two days at Blue Water Holes. 
  
-Page 2 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER April, 1985. 
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-THE SNOWY MOUNTAINS TRIP - JANUARY 185.  
-by Ben Esgate. RoundMotainM- a.JanalandunI'ableTo 
-plus two days at Blue Water Holes.  
 Maps: Khancoban - Denison - Cabramurra. Maps: Khancoban - Denison - Cabramurra.
 +
 This New Year's walking trip started with a party consisting of:- Janette Kenrick, Vivien Schaffer, Peter Christian, Jeff McIntosh, Chris Nugent, Don Matthews, Jim Morris, and myself leading. We had arranged to meet at the Cabramurra turn-off on the Snowy Mountains Highway, near Kiandra, at 12 noon, December 31st. This New Year's walking trip started with a party consisting of:- Janette Kenrick, Vivien Schaffer, Peter Christian, Jeff McIntosh, Chris Nugent, Don Matthews, Jim Morris, and myself leading. We had arranged to meet at the Cabramurra turn-off on the Snowy Mountains Highway, near Kiandra, at 12 noon, December 31st.
-By 2 pm there was still one car missing causing some concern, as those present having had lunch were considering how you locate missing travellers between Sydney and Kiandra. A brown blurr.appeared and with 
-tyres screeching, the problem was solved. Peter, Vivin and Janette had been to Yass by iiistake (??). We moved on to Mt. Selwyn ski car park 
-where Jim and I transferred to other cars. Then on to Round Mountain turn-off, 30 km via Cabramurra. 
-Round Mountain. 
-Having parked cars, we started out on the Round Mountain fire trail under a very overcast sky, with a S.E. breeze in the face. The possibil- 
-ity of reaching a camp site near Pugilistic Creek was now remote, as it was now about 3 pm; by 3.30 pm a heavy drizzle smote us on the face. Jagungal was sighted, but clouds and rain shrouded the crest. However, Peter was at the camera, in spite of the weather looking for the impossible special shot. At 5 pm a gleam of sunlight squeezed through a crack in the cloud, as predicted by Don, but it still went on raining. Near by on a 
-ridge top, some flat ground lay among the snow gums, so a camp was made 
-there. New Year's Eve was passed with a lot of drying out and wetting in, wine by Peter, champayne by Jim, with a good fire being enjoyed by all. 
-The New Year's Greetings Was in the form of very threatening low 
-cloud. The mid-morning rest on Pugilistic Creek found patches of sunlight 
-brightening the day. The other bright spot was Peter and Vivien busily 
-gathering gold, "Fools Gold", by thehandful, much to the enjoyment of the onlookers. With walking conditions now much improved we pushed on to the junction with the Grey Mare trail at the head of Tooma Swamp and Tumut River saddle. Turning N.E. along the Grey Mare trail, past the N.W. base 
-of Jagungal, we ca e to rest at the S.M.A. rain and weather station for lunch. 
-Jagungal.  
-The billies were boiled and the worms fed. Our packs were then stowed in the scrub and we plunged slowly up the north ridge leading to the top of Jagungal. A strong cool breeze from the S.E. let us know we were on top. The day was now a Snowy Mountains very best, with light scattered cloud amidst the bright blue yonder. The camera addicts were now in their glory gathering evidence. This was the show piece of the 
-area as everybody agreed. So off over the brink and down the side to 
-gather our baggage. In the course of doing this it became obvious that 
-two of the party were missing, Peter and Vivien. Some time later, after 
-a general rest up, I suggested that a note should suffice, mainly to direct them along the trail to the O'Keefe hut about 2 km away, as it appears they had dodged across the top of Jagungal to take some specials. The note 
-was placed on Vivien's pack under a rock, then away to O'Keefe's hut to camp. The hut was vacant so Janette elected to camp in while the rest 
-camped out. It was well worth it after the previous night. 
-The sun was setting and no Peter and Vivien. I said to Don, "I'll 
-April, 1985. 
-THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER 
-Page 3 
-give them 10 minutes". Shortyly after that, two bedrag.zled figures appeared on the near ridge - Peter and Vivien, thankfully. It appears they missed the fire trail coming down, over-shot the packs and ended up in no bushwalking country. Both recovered sipping cups of tea in the hut. 
-The morning found us moving off into The Doubtful" country. Still on the Grey Mare trail, we passed the Farm Ridge junction, then across Doubtful Creek, up through Doubtful Gap and on to Mackey's hut for lunch. We shared the site with a ground lark 7.PiT:it) whose nest was near by. 
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 +By 2 pm there was still one car missing causing some concern, as those present having had lunch were considering how you locate missing travellers between Sydney and Kiandra. A brown blurr appeared and with tyres screeching, the problem was solved. Peter, Vivien and Janette had been to Yass by mistake (??). We moved on to Mt. Selwyn ski car park where Jim and I transferred to other cars. Then on to Round Mountain turn-off, 30 km via Cabramurra.
  
 +=== Round Mountain. ===
  
-r +Having parked cars, we started out on the Round Mountain fire trail under a very overcast sky, with a S.E. breeze in the face. The possibility of reaching a camp site near Pugilistic Creek was now remote, as it was now about 3 pm; by 3.30 pm a heavy drizzle smote us on the face. Jagungal was sighted, but clouds and rain shrouded the crest. However, Peter was at the camera, in spite of the weather looking for the impossible special shot. At 5 pm a gleam of sunlight squeezed through a crack in the cloud, as predicted by Don, but it still went on raining. Near by on a ridge top, some flat ground lay among the snow gums, so a camp was made there. New Year's Eve was passed with a lot of drying out and wetting in, wine by Peter, champayne by Jim, with a good fire being enjoyed by all. 
- + 
-+The New Year's Greetings was in the form of very threatening low cloudThe mid-morning rest on Pugilistic Creek found patches of sunlight brightening the day. The other bright spot was Peter and Vivien busily gathering gold, "Fools Gold", by the handful, much to the enjoyment of the onlookers. With walking conditions now much improved we pushed on to the junction with the Grey Mare trail at the head of Tooma Swamp and Tumut River saddle. Turning N.E. along the Grey Mare trail, past the N.W. base of Jagungal, we came to rest at the S.M.A. rain and weather station for lunch. 
-e + 
-+=== Jagungal. === 
 + 
 +The billies were boiled and the worms fed. Our packs were then stowed in the scrub and we plunged slowly up the north ridge leading to the top of Jagungal. A strong cool breeze from the S.E. let us know we were on top. The day was now a Snowy Mountains very best, with light scattered cloud amidst the bright blue yonder. The camera addicts were now in their glory gathering evidence. This was the show piece of the area as everybody agreed. So off over the brink and down the side to gather our baggage. In the course of doing this it became obvious that two of the party were missing, Peter and Vivien. Some time later, after a general rest up, suggested that a note should suffice, mainly to direct them along the trail to the O'Keefe hut about 2 km away, as it appears they had dodged across the top of Jagungal to take some specials. The note was placed on Vivien's pack under a rock, then away to O'Keefe's hut to camp. The hut was vacant so Janette elected to camp in while the rest camped out. It was well worth it after the previous night. 
 + 
 +The sun was setting and no Peter and Vivien. I said to Don, "I'll give them 10 minutes". Shortly after that, two bedraggled figures appeared on the near ridge - Peter and Vivien, thankfully. It appears they missed the fire trail coming down, over-shot the packs and ended up in no bushwalking country. Both recovered sipping cups of tea in the hut. 
 + 
 +The morning found us moving off into "The Doubtful" country. Still on the Grey Mare trail, we passed the Farm Ridge junction, then across Doubtful Creek, up through Doubtful Gap and on to Mackey's hut for lunch. We shared the site with a ground lark (Pipit) whose nest was near by. 
 + 
 +[ Map ] 
 + 
 +=== The Race. === 
 + 
 +Leaving the Grey Mare trail at this point, we turned E.N.E. towards the junction of Tibeaudo Creek with McGregor's Creek, in Happy Jacks Plain. The afternoon sky looked ominous to the N.W. As the Snowy Mountains makes its own weather, you have to read it as you go. Thor was frowning down. I decided to make for the Brooks hut on Arsenic Ridge, E.N.E. from Tibeaudo Creek, for the night. We crossed onto Happy Jacks trail to gain access to7Arsenic Creek. We found the old single pole bridge crossing of Happy Jacks Creek intact, then on to Arsenic Creek, sideling on to the ridge with overhead looking very bad indeed. With luck the hut should be within 2 km, around a few more knolls and gullies and there it was, 200 metres away, so near yet so far! WE had lost the race. Sure enough some bushwalkers coming down from Kiandra had just opened the door and staked their claim. 
 + 
 +There were no camp sites handy, 20° slopes everywhere except on a spot already taken. I said to Don, "That next gully should be O.K." It proved to be good enough. Janette, being tired, felt like sleeping in the hut, so I chatted with the winners and found they were only going to cook there. So I decided to camp in, too. All was peaceful at bedtime except for the breeze coming through the cracks in the floor. Then "pitter patter" on the roof and down it came for most of the night. 
 + 
 +Dawn broke with no rain but very low clouds. Then the "invasion", wet this's and wet that's started to arrive, approving of a very nice fire ready for the occasion. 
 + 
 +=== Table Top. === 
 + 
 +Breakfast over, all were ready to go, so off again up Arsenic Ridge. The "winners" were still there at the hut, being wet doubtful starters. The bush was wet so a bit of weaving and ducking went on, and before long an old cattle trail showed up. This we followed in a northerly direction. The clouds were low, and eventually we reached them on top at Bolton's Hill trail. Heading in an easterly direction on this trail, we came to the Table Top trail on the Great Dividing Range.
  
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-Leaving the Grey Mare trail at this point, we turned E.N.E. towards the junction of Tibeaudo Creek with 1cGregor's Creek, in Happy Jacks Plain. The afternoon sky looked ominous to the N. T. As the Snowy Mountains makes its own weather, you have to read it as you go. Thor was frowning down. 
-I decided to make for the Brooks hut on Arsenic Ridge, E.N.E. from Tibeaudo Creek, for the night. We crossed onto Happy Jacks trail to gain access to7Arsenic Creek. We found the old single 'pole bridge crossing of Happy Jacks Creek intact, then on to Arsenic Creek, sideling on to the ridge 
-with overhead looking very bad indeed v,I-ch luck the hut should be within 2 km, around a few more knolls and gullies and there it was, 200 metres 
-away, so near yet so far WE had lost the race. Sure enough some bush- walkers coming down from Kiandra had just opened the door and staked their claim. 
-There were no camp sites handy, 200 slopes everywhere except on a spot already taken. I said to Don, That next gully should be O.K." It proved to be good enouzh. Janette, beiru;.: tired, felt like sleeping in 
-Page 4 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER April, 1985. 
-the hut, so I chatted with the winners and found they were only going to cook there. So I decided to camp in, too. All was peaceful at bedtime except for the breeze coming through the cracks in the floor. Then "pitter patter" on the roof and down it came for most of the night. 
-Dawn broke with no rain but very low clouds. Then the "invasion", wet this's and wet that's started to arrive, approving of a very nice 
-fire ready for the occasion. 
-Table Top. 
-Breakfast over, all were ready to go, so off again up Arsenic Ridge. The "winners" were still there at the hut, being wet doubtful starters. The bush was wet so a bit of weaving and ducking went on, and before long an old cattle trail showed up. This we followed in a northerly direction. The clouds were low, and eventually we reached them on top at Bolton's Hill trail. Heading in an easterly direction on this trail, we came to the T ble Top trail on the Great Dividing Range. 
 Turning north along this with visibility very poor and hands in pockets or in gloves, our thoughts were on lunch, probably at Table Top Creek. This proved otherwise - no water - so we marched on past the Nine Mile Diggings and had a late lunch on the Nine Mile Creek. With hot soups and tea, we were all warmed up and aiming for the Four Mile hut for the night's camp. We followed the trail to the head of the Four Mile Creek, then some snow poles bearing to the right across a gully, over a small ridge and there was:- Turning north along this with visibility very poor and hands in pockets or in gloves, our thoughts were on lunch, probably at Table Top Creek. This proved otherwise - no water - so we marched on past the Nine Mile Diggings and had a late lunch on the Nine Mile Creek. With hot soups and tea, we were all warmed up and aiming for the Four Mile hut for the night's camp. We followed the trail to the head of the Four Mile Creek, then some snow poles bearing to the right across a gully, over a small ridge and there was:-
-There was one t,',nk in the above hut, claimed by Janette, room for one on the floor, my bunk. The rest found flat spots in the lumpy ground. 
-Early to bed this night, no rain, no nip in the air. 
-However, it was not to be. Some time after midnight a plaintive voice came drifting across, "B-e-n, are you th-e-re?" - no response. 
-Then again, "Yes," I said, "what's up?" "Can you hear something?" "No!" 
-"There it is again, put your torch on." Torch proved nothing. I said, "It's probably a rat," With this I hung my pack on a hook and said to 
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-April1985 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER Page 5 +[ Drawing of the Four Mile Hutfrom the S.E. ] 
-Janette, "If it's well fed we"11 be O.K." Dawn broke late with Chris or Don banging on the door (no window) and we were still 117 7st-a piece. + 
-We were packed ready to shove off when, "Who's this eomig up the gully?" from somebody. Don broke the silence. "I think its Tom +There was one bunk in the above hut, claimed by Janette, room for one on the floor, my bunk. The rest found flat spots in the lumpy ground. Early to bed this night, no rain, no nip in the air. 
-Wenman." Tom was out for a couple of days lonesome and was on his way back to the car at Kiandra. We then trundled off back on to the trail. Shortly after Tom turned with the trail down to Kiandra and we branched left to Selwyn via a marked ski track. On arrival I packed two drivers into the mighty mouse and back to Round Mountain by road (30 km EASY) to gather in the other two cars, also some goodies at Cabramurra.+ 
 +However, it was not to be. Some time after midnight a plaintive voice came drifting across, "B-e-n, are you th-e-re?" - no response. Then again, "Yes," I said, "what's up?" "Can you hear something?" "No!" "There it is again, put your torch on." Torch proved nothing. I said, "It's probably a rat," With this I hung my pack on a hook and said to Janette, "If it's well fed we'll be O.K." Dawn broke late with Chris or Don banging on the door (no window) and we were still in one piece. 
 + 
 +We were packed ready to shove off when, "Who's this coming up the gully?" from somebody. Don broke the silence. "I think its Tom Wenman." Tom was out for a couple of days lonesome and was on his way back to the car at Kiandra. We then trundled off back on to the trail. Shortly after Tom turned with the trail down to Kiandra and we branched left to Selwyn via a marked ski track. On arrival I packed two drivers into the mighty mouse and back to Round Mountain by road (30 km easy) to gather in the other two cars, also some goodies at Cabramurra. 
 We lunched at the Three Mile Dam, then off to the Blue Water Holes via Long Plain. There we had a good rest camp, plenty of good water again, caving scenery in the Gorge and oodles of trout. So ended the Snowy Mountains Trip, January, 1985! We lunched at the Three Mile Dam, then off to the Blue Water Holes via Long Plain. There we had a good rest camp, plenty of good water again, caving scenery in the Gorge and oodles of trout. So ended the Snowy Mountains Trip, January, 1985!
-* * * * * * * * + 
-REPORT ON APRIL COMMITTEE MEETING.  +---- 
-The Bush Dance to be held on 3rd May by the Federation B,W. is + 
-being held to raise funds for a custom-built $7,000 trailer for S. & R. +=== Report On The April Committee Meeting=== 
-Steve and Wendy Hodgman wil not be returning to Sydney or retaining membership of the Club. We will miss them as leaders of walks and bike trips, stirrers to go on S. & R. practices, and as companions in the bush. They have joined Northern Rivers Bughwalking Club and would welcome old friends to vibit. Their address is,- 34 Bellevue Avenue, Lismore: 'Heights, 2480. + 
-44444***, +The Bush Dance to be held on 3rd May by the Federation B.W. is being held to raise funds for a custom-built $7,000 trailer for S. & R. 
-NEW MEMBERS.  + 
-. The following new members were admitted to the Club in April. Please add their names to your List of Members. +Steve and Wendy Hodgman wil not be returning to Sydney or retaining membership of the Club. We will miss them as leaders of walks and bike trips, stirrers to go on S. & R. practices, and as companions in the bush. They have joined Northern Rivers Bushwalking Club and would welcome old friends to visit. Their address is - 34 Bellevue Avenue, Lismore Heights, 2480. 
-CASEY, Judy, 19/315 Bondi Road, Bondi, 2026 Phone 339-1313 + 
-BRAY, Greg, H.M.A.S. Penguin, :Balmoral, 2091 982-6715 +---- 
-HUGGETIM,i9kaeParee Avenue, Balgowlah 949-6774 + 
-SANDNER, Ilse, 14 Taree Avenue, Balgowlah 949-6774 +=== New Members=== 
-CasiGRATULATIONS to Margaret and Bob Hcdgson on the birth of their second daughter, Melanie Amandaon 1st March last. + 
-Page 6 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER April, 1985 +The following new members were admitted to the Club in April. Please add their names to your List of Members. 
-KOSCIUSKO NATIONAL PARK 24 - 29 December, 1984. + 
 +  * Casey, Judy, 19/315 Bondi Road, Bondi, 2026Phone 339-1313. 
 +  * Bray, Greg, H.M.A.S. Penguin, Balmoral, 2091982-6715. 
 +  * HuggettMichael, 14 Taree Avenue, Balgowlah949-6774. 
 +  * Sandner, Ilse, 14 Taree Avenue, Balgowlah949-6774
 + 
 +---- 
 + 
 +__Congratulations__ to Margaret and Bob Hodgson on the birth of their second daughter, Melanie Amanda on 1st March last. 
 + 
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 + 
 +===== Kosciusko National Park. 24 - 29 December, 1984. ===== 
 by Peter Miller. by Peter Miller.
 +
 Walkers: Colin Barnes, Carol Bruce, John Redfern, Barry Wallace, Peter Miller. Walkers: Colin Barnes, Carol Bruce, John Redfern, Barry Wallace, Peter Miller.
-This is a cautionary tale of walking in Kosciusko National Park in summer. If you are hoping to read about an idyllic summer trip with happy walkers strolling across snow-grass covered hills 'midst sun dappled snow-gums and spending leisurely hours cooking and yarning in the long twilight, then read no further. Walkers there were to be sure, but at times none of them seemed to be particularly happy. Snow grass there was in plqnty but mostly it was being beaten flat by a savage wind and the mist blotted out the view of all but the closest snow-gums. In the long + 
-evenings the cooking was done in double-quick time as the fire roared like a furnace in the gusty wind and the conversation dwelt on the topics of the wind-chill factor and whether the tents would stay up until morning.+This is a cautionary tale of walking in Kosciusko National Park in summer. If you are hoping to read about an idyllic summer trip with happy walkers strolling across snow-grass covered hills 'midst sun dappled snow-gums and spending leisurely hours cooking and yarning in the long twilight, then read no further. Walkers there were to be sure, but at times none of them seemed to be particularly happy. Snow grass there was in plenty but mostly it was being beaten flat by a savage wind and the mist blotted out the view of all but the closest snow-gums. In the long evenings the cooking was done in double-quick time as the fire roared like a furnace in the gusty wind and the conversation dwelt on the topics of the wind-chill factor and whether the tents would stay up until morning. 
 If this kind of trip report is for you - read on, but if you prefer lighter reading try "This Accursed Land" by Leonard Bickel. If this kind of trip report is for you - read on, but if you prefer lighter reading try "This Accursed Land" by Leonard Bickel.
-Monday. + 
-We met at Jiadabyne on Christmas Eve and drove up the summit road +=== Monday. === 
-and camped at Spencers Creek. We had our first taste of gusty conditions + 
-with the wind blowing from the north-west and flapping the tents all night. +We met at Jindabyne on Christmas Eve and drove up the summit road and camped at Spencers Creek. We had our first taste of gusty conditions with the wind blowing from the north-west and flapping the tents all night. 
-Tuesday.+ 
 +=== Tuesday. === 
 Christmas Day dawned cloudy and cool and after an early breakfast we drove up to Charlotte's Pass to begin the walk in a strong cold wind. Christmas Day dawned cloudy and cool and after an early breakfast we drove up to Charlotte's Pass to begin the walk in a strong cold wind.
 +
 Once clear of the small amount of shelter at the pass we were buffetted by strong winds all the way to Seaman's Hut where we had a brief stop before going on to the top of Kosciusko. We only stayed on top long enough to admire the snow drifts along the Main Range and to observe the grey clouds being driven overhead by the wind. Once clear of the small amount of shelter at the pass we were buffetted by strong winds all the way to Seaman's Hut where we had a brief stop before going on to the top of Kosciusko. We only stayed on top long enough to admire the snow drifts along the Main Range and to observe the grey clouds being driven overhead by the wind.
-We followed the track across to Lake Albina and sheltered for lunch in the lee of foundations of the old hut. The temporary shelter there is a crude, unlovely structure which is to be removed in the summer of 1985-86 leaving only Seaman's and Cootapatamba hats in the area. I was apprehensive about the weather as a storm was approaching and unwisely I urged the party on in the hope of getting to a more sheltered spot.+ 
 +We followed the track across to Lake Albina and sheltered for lunch in the lee of foundations of the old hut. The temporary shelter there is a crude, unlovely structure which is to be removed in the summer of 1985-86 leaving only Seaman's and Cootapatamba huts in the area. I was apprehensive about the weather as a storm was approaching and unwisely I urged the party on in the hope of getting to a more sheltered spot. 
 We climbed back up to the track and set off north walking as fast as possible, but on Mt. Lee we were struck by the fiercest hail storm I have ever experienced. The hail was the size of small marbles and was driven by a very fierce wind. Carol had to hold on to Barry to prevent herself being blown away. We were forced off the track by the wind and Carol and Barry found shelter behind a rock over the side of the mountain. John, Colin and I were knocked off our feet and lay on the ground while the hail and the rain roared over us. We climbed back up to the track and set off north walking as fast as possible, but on Mt. Lee we were struck by the fiercest hail storm I have ever experienced. The hail was the size of small marbles and was driven by a very fierce wind. Carol had to hold on to Barry to prevent herself being blown away. We were forced off the track by the wind and Carol and Barry found shelter behind a rock over the side of the mountain. John, Colin and I were knocked off our feet and lay on the ground while the hail and the rain roared over us.
-Barry came back and directed us to his more sheltered spot where we gathered our scattered senses and put on more clothing as the temperature had dropped sharply. MY legs were a mass of red welts where they had been struck by the hail. We found it difficult to keep on our feet going over Carruthers Peak, and when we reached the saddle leading to Mt.Twynam + 
-we discussed our next move. Carol and Barry, the fittest members of the +Barry came back and directed us to his more sheltered spot where we gathered our scattered senses and put on more clothing as the temperature had dropped sharply. My legs were a mass of red welts where they had been struck by the hail. We found it difficult to keep on our feet going over Carruthers Peak, and when we reached the saddle leading to Mt. Twynam we discussed our next move. Carol and Barry, the fittest members of the party, were in favour of following our original plan of walking over Twynam and camping above Pound's Creek. John, Colin and I were not enthusiastic and opted for us all to return to the cars at The Chalet. 
-party, were in favour of following our original plan of walking over Twynam and camping above Pound's Creek. John, Colin and I were not enthusiastic and opted for us all to return to the cars at The Chalet. + 
-Page 7 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER April, 1985 +This we did and we arrived back at the cars chastened, grumpy and not happy with our decision. We drove round to Island Bend and camped for the night where we had our various Christmas dinners and sat around the fire wearing parkas as the wind blew showers of rain across from the high country which was in heavy cloud. 
-This we did and we arrived back at the cars chastened, grumpy and not + 
-happy with our decision. We drove round to Island Bend and camped for the night where we had our various Christmas dinners and sat around the fire wearing parkas as the wind blew showers of rain across from the high country which was in heavy cloud. +=== Wednesday. === 
-Wednesday. + 
-The plan had been to walk north from Kdsciusko to Jagungal via the Main Range, but as we could not do this we decided to walk in the northern end of the park first and return to the Main Range if the weather permitted. (Don't hold your breath folks - it didn't.) +The plan had been to walk north from Kosciusko to Jagungal via the Main Range, but as we could not do this we decided to walk in the northern end of the park first and return to the Main Range if the weather permitted. (Don't hold your breath folks - it didn't.) 
-fine weather we climbed up Disappointment Spur, regaining all the height we had lost in our inglorious flight the day before. From Gungarten we had excellent views of the surrounding mountains. That afternoon we camped just south of Tin Hut in a spot carefully chosen among the snow-gums to protect us from the north-westerly wind which was blowing straight off the nearby banks of snow. About six o'clock the wind veered to the south and our sheltered spot was sheltered no longer and we were in for a noisy night of flapping tents and straining guy ropes. + 
-Thursday. +In fine weather we climbed up Disappointment Spur, regaining all the height we had lost in our inglorious flight the day before. From Gungarten we had excellent views of the surrounding mountains. That afternoon we camped just south of Tin Hut in a spot carefully chosen among the snow-gums to protect us from the north-westerly wind which was blowing straight off the nearby banks of snow. About six o'clock the wind veered to the south and our sheltered spot was sheltered no longer and we were in for a noisy night of flapping tents and straining guy ropes. 
-This was our best day for weather and in bright sunshine we set off for the cirque on Jagungal intending to camp there and climb to the trig without packs. Unfortunately by the time we reached the Cup and Saucer + 
-I had developed a sore knee and couldn't face walking across another seven kilometres of springy heath. We made an early camp and promising ourselves 'an early start the next morning we enjoyed a pleasant evening watching the sun set on on Mt. Jagungal. +=== Thursday. === 
-Friday. + 
-After another noisy night in the flapping tents we woke to thick +This was our best day for weather and in bright sunshine we set off for the cirque on Jagungal intending to camp there and climb to the trig without packs. Unfortunately by the time we reached the Cup and Saucer I had developed a sore knee and couldn't face walking across another seven kilometres of springy heath. We made an early camp and promising ourselves an early start the next morning we enjoyed a pleasant evening watching the sun set on on Mt. Jagungal. 
-cloud and a poor lookout for walking. After lunch Carol and Barry, chafing at the bit from sitting around in the cold wind all morning, decided that the conditions were good enough to attempt Jagungal. Well rugged up against the weather they strode purposefully off while the rest of us had an easy stroll up to the top of the Cup and Saucer.+ 
 +=== Friday. === 
 + 
 +After another noisy night in the flapping tents we woke to thick cloud and a poor lookout for walking. After lunch Carol and Barry, chafing at the bit from sitting around in the cold wind all morning, decided that the conditions were good enough to attempt Jagungal. Well rugged up against the weather they strode purposefully off while the rest of us had an easy stroll up to the top of the Cup and Saucer. 
 Carol and Barry returned safely from Jagungal in four hours and after an early dinner we tightened up the tent guys and went to bed. The wind grew stronger and brought with it a fine rain which found its way into the tents in varying degrees, ranging from mild discomfort to sheer misery. Carol and Barry returned safely from Jagungal in four hours and after an early dinner we tightened up the tent guys and went to bed. The wind grew stronger and brought with it a fine rain which found its way into the tents in varying degrees, ranging from mild discomfort to sheer misery.
-Saturday. + 
-The view from the tent door.was most discouraging; one rock, wet; snowgrass, very wet; snow-gums tossing in the strong gusts, extremely wet; visibility, fifty metres. We decided to have a cold breakfast in the tents and then head down to Valentine's Hut.+=== Saturday. === 
 + 
 +The view from the tent door was most discouraging; one rock, wet; snowgrass, very wet; snow-gums tossing in the strong gusts, extremely wet; visibility, fifty metres. We decided to have a cold breakfast in the tents and then head down to Valentine's Hut. 
 We found several other people there with the same idea and we swapped stories on what a lousy night we had spent. From there it was simply a trudge in the high wind and occasional rain back to the cars at Guthega. We passed numerous parties heading into the mountains, but we were glad to be going out to dry clothes and hot showers in Jindabyne. We found several other people there with the same idea and we swapped stories on what a lousy night we had spent. From there it was simply a trudge in the high wind and occasional rain back to the cars at Guthega. We passed numerous parties heading into the mountains, but we were glad to be going out to dry clothes and hot showers in Jindabyne.
 +
 Altogether, not the most successful trip to the mountains. Altogether, not the most successful trip to the mountains.
-My next article concerns the gear necessary for walking in Kosciusko Park in the summer. I had 'plenty of time while lying in the flapping tent to work out the details. + 
-* * * * * * * * * +My next article concerns the gear necessary for walking in Kosciusko Park in the summer. I had plenty of time while lying in the flapping tent to work out the details. 
-Page 8 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER April, 1985 + 
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-GEAR FOR SUMMER WALKING IN KOSCIUSKO NATIONAL PARK by Peter Miller.+ 
 +===== Gear For Summer Walking In Koscuisko National Park===== 
 + 
 +by Peter Miller. 
 The following list of gear is necessary for anyone walking in Kosciusko Park in the summer. The weather can range from extreme heat to extreme cold in a matter of hours and walkers need to plan ahead for their safety and comfort. Kosciusko Park is a magic place in the summer as long as you are prepared, self-reliant and mobile. The following list of gear is necessary for anyone walking in Kosciusko Park in the summer. The weather can range from extreme heat to extreme cold in a matter of hours and walkers need to plan ahead for their safety and comfort. Kosciusko Park is a magic place in the summer as long as you are prepared, self-reliant and mobile.
-Clothing.  + 
-Parka: Take a good quality parka with an adequate hood to protect your face. It should be long enough to come to down to just above your knees. DO NOT wear a cape ground sheet or a poncho as these ay tear in the high wind or cause you to be blown over and possibly injured. +=== Clothing. === 
-Overpants: These are essential to prevent heat loss in cold conditions. + 
-Shirt: Take a long-sleeved shirt with a stiff collar which will stay upright to protect the back of your neck from the sun; "T" shirts are hopeless. +__Parka__: Take a good quality parka with an adequate hood to protect your face. It should be long enough to come to down to just above your knees. __Do not__ wear a cape ground sheet or a poncho as these may tear in the high wind or cause you to be blown over and possibly injured. 
-Tent: Low profile tents are a must if you intend camping above or + 
-near the tree line. The average el-cheapo three-man nylon tent from K-mart is NOT suitable as it will be knocked about by the wind. A two-man wall tent has a lower profile and will stand more wind. Take a fly and make sure that it comes low to the ground to stop the wind getting under it. Note that a standard nylon "A" tent or wall tent needs a bell-end to keep the rain cut in high wind. This is in addition to the fly. Make sure the tent is proof against flies. +__Overpants__: These are essential to prevent heat loss in cold conditions. 
-Sleeping Bag: Take a winter weight bag. + 
-General Hints: Waterproof your pack either with a plastic garbage bag or a slip-on nylon cover, NOT a cape ground sheet or poncho. Take' +__Shirt__: Take a long-sleeved shirt with a stiff collar which will stay upright to protect the back of your neck from the sun; "T" shirts are hopeless. 
-Long Trousers: Take either stretchy nylon or crimplene or pyjama trousers. DO NOT take jeans as they restrict your movements and take too long to dry. + 
-Duvet: (Down vest), Long Johns, Gloves, Beanie - Take them if +__Long Trousers__: Take either stretchy nylon or crimplene or pyjama trousers. __Do not__ take jeans as they restrict your movements and take too long to dry. 
-you are particularly susceptible to the cold. + 
-Jumper: Essential even in mid-summer. +__Duvet__: (Down vest), Long Johns, Gloves, Beanie - Take them if you are particularly susceptible to the cold. 
-Shorts: Shorts are nice to wear in the early morning or late after- + 
-noon, but don't get your legs burnt during the day. Some of the scrub is +__Jumper__: Essential even in mid-summer. 
-pretty nasty, so keep the long trousers near the top of your pack. + 
-Hat: Take a soft hat with a wide brim. If you are a baldy like me you may need to sew a piece of towelling inside the crown for extra protection. Attach strings so that it can be tied on under your chin. +__Shorts__: Shorts are nice to wear in the early morning or late afternoon, but don't get your legs burnt during the day. Some of the scrub is pretty nasty, so keep the long trousers near the top of your pack. 
-a fly veil and insect repellant. In the hot weather the mosquitoes, flies, + 
-blowflies and bush flies will carry you off - be warned. Cream for lips +__Hat__: Take a soft hat with a wide brim. If you are a baldy like me you may need to sew a piece of towelling inside the crown for extra protection. Attach strings so that it can be tied on under your chin. 
-and sunburn cream is necessary. Take the best blockout protection you + 
-can. It may sit in your pack and not be used or you may use it every day. DO NOT go to the mountains to get a sun tan. The sun can be very fierce and you need to protect yourself. Put cream on your lips each day whether it is hot or cold or they will dry out and crack. +__Tent__: Low profile tents are a must if you intend camping above or near the tree line. The average el-cheapo three-man nylon tent from K-mart is __not__ suitable as it will be knocked about by the wind. A two-man wall tent has a lower profile and will stand more wind. Take a fly and make sure that it comes low to the ground to stop the wind getting under it. Note that a standard nylon "A" tent or wall tent needs a bell-end to keep the rain out in high wind. This is in addition to the fly. Make sure the tent is proof against flies. 
-THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER + 
-April, 1985 +__Sleeping Bag__: Take a winter weight bag. 
-Food. Have a reasonable amount of food that can be eaten Nithout + 
-cooking. Have you ever been in a tent with only dried vegetables and +__General Hints__: Waterproof your pack either with a plastic garbage bag or a slip-on nylon cover, __not__ a cape ground sheet or poncho. Take a __fly veil__ and __insect repellant__. In the hot weather the mosquitoes, flies, blowflies and bush flies will carry you off - be warned. __Cream__ for lips and sunburn cream is necessary. Take the best blockout protection you can. It may sit in your pack and not be used or you may use it every day. __Do not__ go to the mountains to get a sun tan. The sun can be very fierce and you need to protect yourself. Put cream on your lips each day whether it is hot or cold or they will dry out and crack. 
-no way of getting a fire alight? If you are walking in cold and wet conditions KEEP EATING+ 
-Drink. Finding water is not a problem but be careful to boil +__Food__. Have a reasonable amount of food that can be eaten without cooking. Have you ever been in a tent with only dried vegetables and no way of getting a fire alight? If you are walking in cold and wet conditions __keep eating__
-water taken from creeks near the huts or if there are any signs of sheep + 
-in the vicinity. Drink a lot to prevent dehydration in the hot weather, +__Drink__. Finding water is not a problem but be careful to boil water taken from creeks near the huts or if there are any signs of sheep in the vicinity. Drink a lot to prevent dehydration in the hot weather
-Torch. And finally there is one thing you can economise on - + 
-your torch. Remember that because of the combined effect of latitudes +__Torch__. And finally there is one thing you can economise on - your torch. Remember that because of the combined effect of latitudeslongitude and altitude the sun does not set until 8.30 pm and there is a long twilight. 
-longitude and altitude the sun does not set until 8.30 pm and there is a long twilight. + 
-This list is of course not exhaustive as all the other bushwalking gear also needs to be taken. I have only mentioned those items which +This list is of course not exhaustive as all the other bushwalking gear also needs to be taken. I have only mentioned those items which need special attention because of the extremes of climate that can be experienced. I have not yet completed any walk in the Kosciusko Park as planned because the weather has always forced us to change our route - be prepared. 
-need special attention because of the extremes of climate that can be + 
-experienced. I have not yet completed any walk in the Kosciusko Park +---- 
-as planned because the weather has always forced us to change our route - be prepared. + 
-The Syeriey Micorming Herald, March 30,, 198$ +===== Oxley Wilderness Park. ===== 
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-exten +=== State will buy land to extend national park. === 
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-URALLA *min* +By Joseph Glascott, Environment Writer
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-S MO +One of Australia's largest wilderness parks, totalling more than 32,000 hectares, has been established in the Macleay-Apsley river gorges, east of Armidale. 
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-By JOSEPH GUSCOTT, +
-Environment Writer +
-One 'of 'Australia's largest wilderness parks, totalling more than 32;000 hectares, has been established in the Macleay-Apsley -river goitres, east of Armidalei +
 The State Government has added vacant Crown land to existing nature reserves to create the park. It intends to increase its size by linking these areas with private property bought by negotiation. The State Government has added vacant Crown land to existing nature reserves to create the park. It intends to increase its size by linking these areas with private property bought by negotiation.
 +
 It says it will not resume any private or leasehold land for the park. Additions would be made by voluntary negotiations with landholders. It says it will not resume any private or leasehold land for the park. Additions would be made by voluntary negotiations with landholders.
-The Premier said this week that 15,000 hectares of vacant Crown land had been combined with the existing Yarrowitch Gorge National Park, the Apsley Gorge National Park, Rowley's Creek Gulf Nature Reserve and the Hole Creek Nature Reserve to form the Oxley Wilderness Park. The Minigter for Planning and Environment, Mr Carr, said a resource study was being conducted in the area. He said the Government had rejected proposals by the Electricity Commission for a majordam on the Apsley River. + 
-"The magnificent  scenery of these steep gorges and the wild rivers make it alreat recreational area which visitors from all over Australia and beyond will appredate," he said. +The Premier said this week that 15,000 hectares of vacant Crown land had been combined with the existing Yarrowitch Gorge National Park, the Apsley Gorge National Park, Rowley's Creek Gulf Nature Reserve and the Hole Creek Nature Reserve to form the Oxley Wilderness Park. The Minister for Planning and Environment, Mr Carr, said a resource study was being conducted in the area. He said the Government had rejected proposals by the Electricity Commission for a major dam on the Apsley River. 
-The project co-ordinator for the Wilderness Society, Mr Randall King, said the Government's decision laid the foundation for the protection of the third largest, wilderness area in Australia and one of the largest national parks in NSW. - + 
-"This is the mostsignificant decision onwilderness conservation in NSW since the announcement of Wollemi National Park outside Sydney in 1979," he said.+"The magnificent scenery of these steep gorges and the wild rivers make it a great recreational area which visitors from all over Australia and beyond will appreciate," he said. 
 + 
 +The project co-ordinator for the Wilderness Society, Mr Randall King, said the Government's decision laid the foundation for the protection of the third largest, wilderness area in Australia and one of the largest national parks in NSW. 
 + 
 +"This is the most significant decision on wilderness conservation in NSW since the announcement of Wollemi National Park outside Sydney in 1979," he said. 
 Oxley his the potential to become the Kosciusko National Park of the north. Oxley his the potential to become the Kosciusko National Park of the north.
-Mr King said the Apsley,Macleay and other wild rivers of the Oxley area cut spectaculargorges which were the most extensive in NSW. Numerous waterfalls, including the highest in Australia, cascaded down from the escarpment. + 
-Many of these were already accessible by car from the main highway to scenic lookonts and picnic spots., +Mr King said the Apsley, Macleay and other wild rivers of the Oxley area cut spectacular gorges which were the most extensive in NSW. Numerous waterfalls, including the highest in Australia, cascaded down from the escarpment. 
-niluy nt + 
-nation park +Many of these were already accessible by car from the main highway to scenic lookonts and picnic spots. 
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 +===== Summer Mountain Safari===== 
 by Deirdre Schofield. by Deirdre Schofield.
-In January I had the rare privilege of going on a Mountain Safari Horse trail ride for 9 days , led by Charlie Lovick, son of Jack, one of the cattlemen of the High Plains who is mentioned in Harry Stephenson's book "Cattlemen and Huts of the High Plains"+ 
-Jack's grandfather came to the Delatite Valley in 1873 and it was he who introduced spotted and rainbow trout to the Delatite River, some of whose offspring we sampled as a barbecued entree one night. His four sons all ran cattle in the mountains. Jack's father had the Mt. Buller run from 1919-1939. The current Jack Lovick is Merrijig-based and retains the 1,400 acre home property and runs about 800 beef cattle. The mountain safari business is a sideline he developed a few years back, and these trips take one through some of the finest bush and mountain scenery in the State of Victoria; Merrijig, Timbertop, Howqua, Mt. Howitt, Mt. Ldvick, Wanangatta, with superb views of Mt. Buller never very far away. +In January I had the rare privilege of going on a Mountain Safari Horse trail ride for 9 days, led by Charlie Lovick, son of Jack, one of the cattlemen of the High Plains who is mentioned in Harry Stephenson's book "Cattlemen and Huts of the High Plains". 
-It was a real luxury (and the only one) not to have to worry about a back pack. The gear went in two 4-wheel drive vehicles and an army truck that met us at the end of each day when we'd set up camp. But if you think horse-riding is more relaxing than walking - forget it. It's just that different bits of you get the battering. After a full day in the saddle one's legs seem to stiffen up around the shape of one's horse sothat when it's time to thankfully dismount they won't straighten up immediately. Consequently one hobbles around in a very odd sort of way.+ 
 +Jack's grandfather came to the Delatite Valley in 1873 and it was he who introduced spotted and rainbow trout to the Delatite River, some of whose offspring we sampled as a barbecued entree one night. His four sons all ran cattle in the mountains. Jack's father had the Mt. Buller run from 1919-1939. The current Jack Lovick is Merrijig-based and retains the 1,400 acre home property and runs about 800 beef cattle. The mountain safari business is a sideline he developed a few years back, and these trips take one through some of the finest bush and mountain scenery in the State of Victoria; Merrijig, Timbertop, Howqua, Mt. Howitt, Mt. Lovick, Wanangatta, with superb views of Mt. Buller never very far away. 
 + 
 +It was a real luxury (and the only one) not to have to worry about a back pack. The gear went in two 4-wheel drive vehicles and an army truck that met us at the end of each day when we'd set up camp. But if you think horse-riding is more relaxing than walking - forget it. It's just that different bits of you get the battering. After a full day in the saddle one's legs seem to stiffen up around the shape of one's horse so that when it's time to thankfully dismount they won't straighten up immediately. Consequently one hobbles around in a very odd sort of way. 
 Then there was the problem of the occasional unintentional dismounting, when you and your horse part company, as happened to me when going over a fallen tree log. This resulted in my having to finish the ride in a 4-wheel drive vehicle that day. Then there was the problem of the occasional unintentional dismounting, when you and your horse part company, as happened to me when going over a fallen tree log. This resulted in my having to finish the ride in a 4-wheel drive vehicle that day.
 +
 All in all, I think I'll settle for the heavy back pack next time and the only pony to be involved will be SHANKS's. All in all, I think I'll settle for the heavy back pack next time and the only pony to be involved will be SHANKS's.
-However, it's an experience I wouldn't have missed for the world + 
-and can thoroughly recommend it to others. Prior riding experience would be an advantage! +However, it's an experience I wouldn't have missed for the world and can thoroughly recommend it to others. Prior riding experience would be an advantage! 
-Some of the horses we rode were used in the making of the film "Man From Snowy River". It was Jack Lovick who trained the actors to ride and quite a few of the Merrijig folk were extras in the film. We were actually riding in some of the area'S- where certain scenes were shot. How I wish now that I hadn't spurned the film on the grounds that I thought it would be little better than a glorified Marlborough ad. Shall definitely have to catch it next time round. + 
-Footnote+Some of the horses we rode were used in the making of the film "Man From Snowy River". It was Jack Lovick who trained the actors to ride and quite a few of the Merrijig folk were extras in the film. We were actually riding in some of the areas where certain scenes were shot. How I wish now that I hadn't spurned the film on the grounds that I thought it would be little better than a glorified Marlborough ad. Shall definitely have to catch it next time round. 
-Due to new Government legislation pending, the cattlemen's way of We is now under threat. The legislation is for the creation of a massive National Park that will take in practically all the Victorian alpine region, the remoteness and undeveloped beauty of which Victorians have enjoyed fdr five generations. Government policy states that the cattlemen will continue to use this National Park once declared. This is not seen as possible at all, as the use of horses and various other activities which are an integral part of grazing directly oppose the basic principles of a National Park. The introduction of a National Park must require the removal of the cattlemen, horse tour operators and most other forms of private recreation. + 
-The cattlemen know and understand the mountains better than any +__Footnote:__ 
-Page 12 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER April, 1985 + 
-other group. For 150 years they have been voluntary rangers, caretakers, rescue service and close friend to all who use the high country. Through their Association they've decided to oppose the new legislation. Some +Due to new Government legislation pending, the cattlemen's way of life is now under threat. The legislation is for the creation of a massive National Park that will take in practically all the Victorian alpine region, the remoteness and undeveloped beauty of which Victorians have enjoyed for five generations. Government policy states that the cattlemen will continue to use this National Park once declared. This is not seen as possible at all, as the use of horses and various other activities which are an integral part of grazing directly oppose the basic principles of a National Park. The introduction of a National Park must require the removal of the cattlemen, horse tour operators and most other forms of private recreation. 
-of their reasons are:- + 
-(a) The re oval of cattle from the High Plains will allow vermin such as feral horses, rabbits and hares to go unchallenged and multiply.+The cattlemen know and understand the mountains better than any other group. For 150 years they have been voluntary rangers, caretakers, rescue service and close friend to all who use the high country. Through their Association they've decided to oppose the new legislation. Some of their reasons are:- 
 + 
 +(a) The removal of cattle from the High Plains will allow vermin such as feral horses, rabbits and hares to go unchallenged and multiply. 
 (b) Cattlemen's local knowledge is invaluable in the field of search and rescue and their huts are of value for refuge. (b) Cattlemen's local knowledge is invaluable in the field of search and rescue and their huts are of value for refuge.
-(c) Cattle keep tracks open to allow visitors pleasan and easy access from roadways into the bush.+ 
 +(c) Cattle keep tracks open to allow visitors pleasant and easy access from roadways into the bush. 
 (d) Scientific study confirms that grazing improves wildflower display. (d) Scientific study confirms that grazing improves wildflower display.
 +
 (e) Mountain cattlemen provide a living link with Victoria's rich heritage and this link should be preserved. (e) Mountain cattlemen provide a living link with Victoria's rich heritage and this link should be preserved.
-Some frequent claims and co.ments:-+ 
 +Some frequent claims and comments:- 
 1. Cattle damage moss beds and water catchments. 1. Cattle damage moss beds and water catchments.
-Cgmmeat: Recent university research has exploded the myth of moss bed damage. This and many other myths have been grossly exaggerated by the conservation movement.+ 
 +__Comment__: Recent university research has exploded the myth of moss bed damage. This and many other myths have been grossly exaggerated by the conservation movement. 
 2. Cattle contaminate drinking water. 2. Cattle contaminate drinking water.
-Comment: Cattle eat vegetation only. Carnivorous ani als (foxes, + 
-dingos and birds) present a far greater risk to humans, with hydatids, worms and hepatitis. Cattle do not transmit these diseases.+__Comment__: Cattle eat vegetation only. Carnivorous animals (foxes, dingos and birds) present a far greater risk to humans, with hydatids, worms and hepatitis. Cattle do not transmit these diseases. 
 3. Cattle damage soil composition with disturbance from hooves. 3. Cattle damage soil composition with disturbance from hooves.
-Comment: Soil pressure and disturbance from cattle is no different to other animals (wild horses, deer, wombats and humans). Frost heave + 
-more than compensates for the natural compaction factor in the High Country and cattle most certainly disturb the soil less than rabbits, wombats and humans.+__Comment__: Soil pressure and disturbance from cattle is no different to other animals (wild horses, deer, wombats and humans). Frost heave more than compensates for the natural compaction factor in the High Country and cattle most certainly disturb the soil less than rabbits, wombats and humans. 
 4. Cattle destroy flora with their preference for seed heads and wildflowers. 4. Cattle destroy flora with their preference for seed heads and wildflowers.
-Comment: Completely untrue, as recent university studies have shown. Cattle prefer young pasture and then move on to eating shrubs. Grass grazing removes competition from flowers which then bloom profusely when ready. As in the home garden, shrubs (such as grevillia) respond to trimming in the autumn before cattle leave. + 
-It is stated policy that once the National Park is created, pressure fro is the e:tablished conservation lobby will increase until regulations force the cattlemen to part with their culture, their heritage, and the freedois of the High Country. Those are their fears. +__Comment__: Completely untrue, as recent university studies have shown. Cattle prefer young pasture and then move on to eating shrubs. Grass grazing removes competition from flowers which then bloom profusely when ready. As in the home garden, shrubs (such as grevillia) respond to trimming in the autumn before cattle leave. 
-NO doubt the Conservationists have their point to put, perhaps in another issue. + 
-The Editor welcomes letters on this conservation issue, on opinions on walking gear for the alpine areas - or anything else that is on your midd and you want to unload. +It is stated policy that once the National Park is created, pressure from the established conservation lobby will increase until regulations force the cattlemen to part with their culture, their heritage, and the freedom of the High Country. Those are their fears. 
-April 1985 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER Page 13 + 
- "WHITE CHRISTMAS" IN THE SNOWY MOUNTAINS+No doubt the Conservationists have their point to put, perhaps in another issue. 
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 +__The Editor__ welcomes letters on this conservation issue, on opinions on walking gear for the alpine areas - or anything else that is on your midd and you want to unload. 
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 +===== White Christmas In The Snowy Mountains===== 
 by Rudi Dezelin. by Rudi Dezelin.
 +
 Here is an account of a recent pack-walk in the Pilot Wilderness area of Kosciusko National Park, where I experienced the usual extremes in weather conditions of the High Country. Here is an account of a recent pack-walk in the Pilot Wilderness area of Kosciusko National Park, where I experienced the usual extremes in weather conditions of the High Country.
-SaturdayL 22nd December, '84.  + 
-Arrived at Thredbo Alpine Village, looking forward to the most welcome comforts of clean and comfortable lodge accommodation after "roughing it" on the way down +=== Saturday, 22nd December, '84. === 
-south from Sydney for the past week or so. The previous night was spent in a shelter hut at Thredbo Diggings, halfway between Jindabyne and Thredho (Rutledge Hut). + 
-Most of the previous day (Friday) was spent sheltering in the hut as gale-force soUth-westerly winds were howling outside and snow-flurries were carried by the winds. Gn arrival at Thredbo there was still snow on the ground from the previous day's storms! +Arrived at Thredbo Alpine Village, looking forward to the most welcome comforts of clean and comfortable lodge accommodation after "roughing it" on the way down south from Sydney for the past week or so. The previous night was spent in a shelter hut at Thredbo Diggings, halfway between Jindabyne and Thredho (Rutledge Hut). 
-Sunday, 23rd Dec.  + 
-Set off early morning from Thredbo in ideal walking weather: sunny and dry,with refreshing cool westerly breezes. +Most of the previous day (Friday) was spent sheltering in the hut as gale-force south-westerly winds were howling outside and snow-flurries were carried by the winds. On arrival at Thredbo there was still snow on the ground from the previous day's storms! 
-Afterleaving Dead Horse Gap, on the Cascades Firetrail, I spotted a beautiful, glossy, orange-yellow fox scurrying off the trail. After a three hour trudge up and down Bob's Ridge I arrived at Cascade Hut just in time for lunch. After a refreshing dip in the nearby stream, it was + 
-enjoyable to lunch in the shade of the hut. Cascade Hut is one of the best-kept huts in the Kosciusko National Park: it is maintained by the Illawarra Alpine Club from Wollongong. +=== Sunday, 23rd Dec. === 
-Monday, 24th Dec.  + 
-Christmas Eve dawned sunny, dry and warm after an unusually mild and clear night. I left early morning to avoid walking in the heat of the day, for the 3i hours stroll to the Tin Mine Huts. The Tin Mine Huts area looked much worse than on my previous visit here two years ago. "Charlie's Hut" looked rather dirty, untidy and very delapidated, and the other two huts nearby are unusable and half-demolished. +Set off early morning from Thredbo in ideal walking weather: sunny and dry with refreshing cool westerly breezes. 
-Three men from Adelaide Bushwalkers Club were also camping at these huts and we had an enjoyable evening yarning around the campfire. On a short walk at dusk we surprised a beautiful solitary stallion brumby but he made off with a snort at a fast gallop, as soon as he noticed us! + 
-Other fauna sighted included a spectacular bright red-breasted "Flame Robin", scores of King Parrots, crimson Rosellas (Mountain Lowries) and a few Gang,-Gang-Cockatoos. +After leaving Dead Horse Gap, on the Cascades Firetrail, I spotted a beautiful, glossy, orange-yellow fox scurrying off the trail. After a three hour trudge up and down Bob's Ridge I arrived at Cascade Hut just in time for lunch. After a refreshing dip in the nearby stream, it was enjoyable to lunch in the shade of the hut. Cascade Hut is one of the best-kept huts in the Kosciusko National Park: it is maintained by the Illawarra Alpine Club from Wollongong. 
-Tuesday, 25th Dec. + 
 +=== Monday, 24th Dec. === 
 + 
 +Christmas Eve dawned sunny, dry and warm after an unusually mild and clear night. I left early morning to avoid walking in the heat of the day, for the 3 1/2 hours stroll to the Tin Mine Huts. The Tin Mine Huts area looked much worse than on my previous visit here two years ago. "Charlie's Hut" looked rather dirty, untidy and very delapidated, and the other two huts nearby are unusable and half-demolished. 
 + 
 +Three men from Adelaide Bushwalkers Club were also camping at these huts and we had an enjoyable evening yarning around the campfire. On a short walk at dusk we surprised a beautiful solitary stallion brumby but he made off with a snort at a fast gallop, as soon as he noticed us! Other fauna sighted included a spectacular bright red-breasted "Flame Robin", scores of King Parrots, crimson Rosellas (Mountain Lowries) and a few Gang-Gang Cockatoos. 
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 +=== Tuesday, 25th Dec. === 
 Christmas Day turned out a very unsettled day: mostly cloudy, very windy morning then a brief thunderstorm with hail at lunchtime; clear and sunny, warm by the afternoon. The weather in the High Country certainly is extremely unpredictable and changeable! Christmas Day turned out a very unsettled day: mostly cloudy, very windy morning then a brief thunderstorm with hail at lunchtime; clear and sunny, warm by the afternoon. The weather in the High Country certainly is extremely unpredictable and changeable!
-Left Tin Mine Huts early morning for the long (mostly uphill) trudge back to Cascade Hut, and again saw a multitude of brightly coloured parrots along the track. It was very pleasant walking among the beautiful and colourful profusion of Alpine flowers which are only out for a very brief 
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-season in the short alpine summers. The countryside in general was very lush and green after the good rains snce the droughtbroke in March 1983. 
-Spent overnight at Cascades Hut ,,nce again then returned to Thredbo the following morning for a very welcme hot shower and hearty breakfast! 
-Just before leaving Cascades Hut on the dawn of Boxing Day, through the heavy mist appeared a beautiful ici umby family peacefully grazing on the flats, 200-300 metres below the hIft,. There was a stallion, mare and a tiny foal - all a glossy black coludr - a supendous scene. 
-All in all, a most rewarding wali 1, in spite of the rather fickle weather conditions! Highly recommended!! 
  
-====== The 1985 Annual General Meeting ======+Left Tin Mine Huts early morning for the long (mostly uphill) trudge back to Cascade Hut, and again saw a multitude of brightly coloured parrots along the track. It was very pleasant walking among the beautiful and colourful profusion of Alpine flowers which are only out for a very brief season in the short alpine summers. The countryside in general was very lush and green after the good rains since the drought broke in March 1983. 
 + 
 +Spent overnight at Cascades Hut once again then returned to Thredbo the following morning for a very welcme hot shower and hearty breakfast! 
 + 
 +Just before leaving Cascades Hut on the dawn of Boxing Day, through the heavy mist appeared a beautiful brumby family peacefully grazing on the flats, 200-300 metres below the hut. There was a stallion, mare and a tiny foal - all a glossy black colour - a supendous scene. 
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 +All in all, a most rewarding walk, in spite of the rather fickle weather conditions! Highly recommended!! 
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 +===== The 1985 Annual General Meeting=====
  
 Barry Wallace. Barry Wallace.
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 The meeting began at around 2005 with some 50 or 60 members present and the President in the chair. The meeting began at around 2005 with some 50 or 60 members present and the President in the chair.
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 There were apologies from Alastair Battye, Barbara Evans and Maurie Bloom. New members Peter Sharp, Veronique Crowther, Helmut Land, and Don and Ruth Seymour were welcomed in the usual way with constitution, badge and applause. There were apologies from Alastair Battye, Barbara Evans and Maurie Bloom. New members Peter Sharp, Veronique Crowther, Helmut Land, and Don and Ruth Seymour were welcomed in the usual way with constitution, badge and applause.
  
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 Correspondence brought letters from Ron Knightley, proposing various activities as the Club's contribution to the bi-centenary celebration and an application for reinstatement to full membership from Dorothy Webb. Correspondence brought letters from Ron Knightley, proposing various activities as the Club's contribution to the bi-centenary celebration and an application for reinstatement to full membership from Dorothy Webb.
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 The Annual Reports for the President, the Walks Secretary, Social, New Members, Coolana, Magazine Editor, and Conservation Secretary were taken as read and adopted. The Annual Reports for the President, the Walks Secretary, Social, New Members, Coolana, Magazine Editor, and Conservation Secretary were taken as read and adopted.
  
-The Treasurer's Report was taken as read, and at this stage the Hon. Auditor, Gordon Redmond, sought leave to address the meeting. Leave was granted, so Gordon proceeded to draw to the attention of the meeting certain matters that had become apparent to him during the progress of the audit. He began by pointing out that most members were probably unaware of the sheer volume of work ard time involved in the execution of the Treasurer's duties, and appealed or the Committee and membership to more fully support the Treasurer in the management of the club. He remarked upon his concern that on some occasions the principle that the Trustees were appointed for the purpose of ensuring that the wishes of the general membership were carried out, was not observed as scrupulously as might be desirable. It seems that on one occasion during the year, one of our income producing loans had become due for rollover at rather short notice, and that in haste, one of the steps in the laid down procedure had been missed, such that the Trustees were not involved in the transaction. There was also the matter of an as yet unallocated invoice for the Club's offset printer. Gordcn suggested that complete familiarity would only be gained over an extended period as Treasurer, and that as far as the Treasurer's position was concerned, the membership should reconsider the present tradition of persons only holding office for a maximum of two years. After some further general discussion the Treasurer's Report was accepted.+The Treasurer's Report was taken as read, and at this stage the Hon. Auditor, Gordon Redmond, sought leave to address the meeting. Leave was granted, so Gordon proceeded to draw to the attention of the meeting certain matters that had become apparent to him during the progress of the audit. He began by pointing out that most members were probably unaware of the sheer volume of work and time involved in the execution of the Treasurer's duties, and appealed or the Committee and membership to more fully support the Treasurer in the management of the club. He remarked upon his concern that on some occasions the principle that the Trustees were appointed for the purpose of ensuring that the wishes of the general membership were carried out, was not observed as scrupulously as might be desirable. It seems that on one occasion during the year, one of our income producing loans had become due for rollover at rather short notice, and that in haste, one of the steps in the laid down procedure had been missed, such that the Trustees were not involved in the transaction. There was also the matter of an as yet unallocated invoice for the Club's offset printer. Gordon suggested that complete familiarity would only be gained over an extended period as Treasurer, and that as far as the Treasurer's position was concerned, the membership should reconsider the present tradition of persons only holding office for a maximum of two years. After some further general discussion the Treasurer's Report was accepted.
  
 The meeting then proceeded to the election of officers for the coming year. A voting system was agreed, and elections proceeded. The results will have appeared in last month's magazine, so I have no intention of repeating them here. There was a move to replace the Trustees with the aim of making access easier for the Treasurer, but this was set aside in view of possible costs and complications which Dot Butler warned the meeting might ensue. The meeting then proceeded to the election of officers for the coming year. A voting system was agreed, and elections proceeded. The results will have appeared in last month's magazine, so I have no intention of repeating them here. There was a move to replace the Trustees with the aim of making access easier for the Treasurer, but this was set aside in view of possible costs and complications which Dot Butler warned the meeting might ensue.
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 At this point the motion on the Agenda to replace "married couple" subscription rates by a "household" rate was discussed and carried. A resultant procedural motion that only one copy of the magazine and Club publications be forwarded to each "household" was also carried. At this point the motion on the Agenda to replace "married couple" subscription rates by a "household" rate was discussed and carried. A resultant procedural motion that only one copy of the magazine and Club publications be forwarded to each "household" was also carried.
  
-The Treasurer then proposed that the annual subscription for the coming year be set at $11 per household of one person, with an addition of $5 per person for households larger than one. The student subscription +The Treasurer then proposed that the annual subscription for the coming year be set at $11 per household of one person, with an addition of $5 per person for households larger than one. The student subscription was to be $9, and the entrance fee $3. In support of the proposed fees the Treasurer outlined the budget for the coming year, primarily one of containment with a small surplus predicted. After some discussion, and one or two unsuccessful amendments the proposed subscription levels were accepted.
-was to be $9, and the entrance fee $3. In support of the proposed fees the Treasurer outlined the budget for the coming year, primarily one of containment with a small surplus predicted. After some discussion, and one or two unsuccessful amendments the proposed subscription levels were accepted.+
  
 The Treasurer's monthly report indicated that we began the month with $2614.54 in the kitty, earned or otherwise acquired $648.58, spent $1440.41, and concluded with a balance of $1822.71.  The Treasurer's monthly report indicated that we began the month with $2614.54 in the kitty, earned or otherwise acquired $648.58, spent $1440.41, and concluded with a balance of $1822.71. 
  
-All of which only served as a warm up for the Walks Report. For the weekend of 15,16,17 February Elwyn Morris took a party of 5 to the Munmoral State Recreation area, Barry Wallace had 6 people on his Kbwmung River tea bag trip, and the Coolana prospectives weekend drew 9 starters, although the mix of instructors to students to hangers-on is not clear. Of the day walks, Petei. Harris' Du Faurs Creek trip was cancelled and Len Berlin's Bundeena to Otford walk had 13 starters.+All of which only served as a warm up for the Walks Report. For the weekend of 15,16,17 February Elwyn Morris took a party of 5 to the Munmoral State Recreation area, Barry Wallace had 6 people on his Kowmung River tea bag trip, and the Coolana prospectives weekend drew 9 starters, although the mix of instructors to students to hangers-on is not clear. Of the day walks, Peter Harris' Du Faurs Creek trip was cancelled and Len Berlin's Bundeena to Otford walk had 13 starters. 
 Roger Browne led the bidding for the weekend of 22,23,24 February with 20 people on his Shoalhaven River walk. Hans Stichter's Megalong Valley for beginners trip was cancelled, but Bill Holland's Apple Tree Bay walk reported a cast of thousands. There was no report of the other day walk, Joe Marton's Glenbrook trip. Roger Browne led the bidding for the weekend of 22,23,24 February with 20 people on his Shoalhaven River walk. Hans Stichter's Megalong Valley for beginners trip was cancelled, but Bill Holland's Apple Tree Bay walk reported a cast of thousands. There was no report of the other day walk, Joe Marton's Glenbrook trip.
-Over the weekend of 1,2,3 March Bill Holland had 22 starters on his Bob Turner's track day walk, Peter Harris cancelled his trip to the Port Macquarie area, Bill Gamble cancelled his Cox River weekend trip and Peter Christian cancelled his Woronora River day walk. HELP! HELP1 the sky is falling. + 
-The weekend of 8,9,10 March saw Roger Browne leading 12 people on another trip in the Shoalhaven area. David Rostron and Laurie Quaken both cancelled their ttips that weekend, so it was left to the day walks to carry the day, so t6 speak. Joan Cooper's Erskine Creek trip had five starters, but alas no Joan. Jan Mohandas is reported to have led a multitude on his Waterfall to Otford trip. All of which, with the Walks Secretary's urging, brought the Walks Report to an end.+Over the weekend of 1,2,3 March Bill Holland had 22 starters on his Bob Turner's track day walk, Peter Harris cancelled his trip to the Port Macquarie area, Bill Gamble cancelled his Cox River weekend trip and Peter Christian cancelled his Woronora River day walk. HELP! HELP! the sky is falling. 
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 +The weekend of 8,9,10 March saw Roger Browne leading 12 people on another trip in the Shoalhaven area. David Rostron and Laurie Quaken both cancelled their ttips that weekend, so it was left to the day walks to carry the day, so to speak. Joan Cooper's Erskine Creek trip had five starters, but alas no Joan. Jan Mohandas is reported to have led a multitude on his Waterfall to Otford trip. All of which, with the Walks Secretary's urging, brought the Walks Report to an end.
  
 We were advised that there was no significant report of S.B.W. matters to present. We were advised that there was no significant report of S.B.W. matters to present.
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 It was then only a matter of declaring the meeting closed, together with some prompting from the audience, before a near approximation of the traditional call "LET US RE-UNE" echoed (well, sort of echoed) from the chair, and the ravening hordes fell upon what remained of the bikkies. It was then only a matter of declaring the meeting closed, together with some prompting from the audience, before a near approximation of the traditional call "LET US RE-UNE" echoed (well, sort of echoed) from the chair, and the ravening hordes fell upon what remained of the bikkies.
  
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 +=== For Sale. ===
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 +One pair Volley O.C. sandshoes, size 5 (feel more like size 6), $12 - Barbara Bruce, phone 546-6570.
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-FOR SALE: One pair Volley O.C. sandshoes, size 5 (feel more like size 6), $12 - Barbara Bruce, phone 546-6570. 
-PaGE 16 THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER April, 1985 
  
 THE LONGEST DAY.  THE LONGEST DAY. 
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