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-|Editorial| | 1| +|Editorial| |  1| 
-|1940 Re-union|by Dorothy Langworthy| 2| +|1940 Re-union|by Dorothy Langworthy|  2| 
-|Federation News| | 3| +|Federation News| |  3| 
-|Huts on the Highlands| by Taro| 4| +|Huts on the Highlands| by Taro|  4| 
-|Savage Carvings Advertisement| | 5| +|Savage Carvings Advertisement| |  5| 
-|At Our Own Meeting| | 6| +|At Our Own Meeting| |  6| 
-|Public Notice| | 7| +|Public Notice| |  7| 
-|Frosty's Advertisement| | 8| +|Frosty's Advertisement| |  8| 
-|Two Grose Valley Excursions|by Edna Garrad | 9| +|Two Grose Valley Excursions|by Edna Garrad |  9| 
-|Club Gossip| | 11| +|Club Gossip| |  11| 
-|Highlights|sponsored by Stephenson & Bird| 12| +|Highlights|sponsored by Stephenson & Bird|  12| 
-|Crocodile Story|by Ian Malcolm| 13| +|Crocodile Story|by Ian Malcolm|  13| 
-|Federation's First Re-union|by L.G. Harrison| 14| +|Federation's First Re-union|by L.G. Harrison|  14| 
-|Paddy's Advertisement| | 15| +|Paddy's Advertisement| |  15| 
-|Notes on the Swimming Carnival, etc| | 16|+|Notes on the Swimming Carnival, etc| |  16|
  
-When we were young and unofficial, way back in June,1932, No. 7 opened with these words, which in No. 64 we repeat most heartily,+When we were young and unofficial, way back in June, 1932, No. 7 opened with these words, which in No. 64 we repeat most heartily,
  
 " 'The Bushwalker' extends a hearty welcome to the new committee,- may their meetings continue to be happy and hectic as in the past." " 'The Bushwalker' extends a hearty welcome to the new committee,- may their meetings continue to be happy and hectic as in the past."
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 The Federation has made a suggestion that clubs might take part in inter-club debates. It was agreed to notify the Federation that the SBW thinks the idea an excellent one but suggests that the debates take place around the campfire rather than indoors. The Federation has made a suggestion that clubs might take part in inter-club debates. It was agreed to notify the Federation that the SBW thinks the idea an excellent one but suggests that the debates take place around the campfire rather than indoors.
  
-MrJack Manson has been appointed to fill a vacancy which occured on the Conservation Bureau.+Mr Jack Manson has been appointed to fill a vacancy which occured on the Conservation Bureau.
  
 There was a pleasant interlude, while a telegram from the "Rootses" expressing good wishes for the Re-union, was read to the meeting. There was a pleasant interlude, while a telegram from the "Rootses" expressing good wishes for the Re-union, was read to the meeting.
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   * **President:** Richard Croker   * **President:** Richard Croker
-  * **Vice Presidents:** +  * **Vice Presidents:** Edna Garrad, Roley Cutter
   * **Honorary Secretary:** Tom Moppett   * **Honorary Secretary:** Tom Moppett
   * **Assistant Honorary Secretary:** Jean Trimble   * **Assistant Honorary Secretary:** Jean Trimble
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 and the Phone BW 5427 and the Phone BW 5427
  
-===== The Grose Valley Excursions =====+===== Two Grose Valley Excursions =====
  
 by Edna Garrad by Edna Garrad
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 It was possible to reach the ledge above, but there were no holds. Subsequently we lassoed two trees and formed a kind of ladder in the middle. It was impossible to use either tree singly, as they were on each side of the portion we needed to climb, and to have used one or the other would have necessitated swinging over space. Once Ken was up, it was quite simple. There was one delightful spot where the rocks form a natural balcony with balustrade, from which you can look down to the river and realise the height you have made. It was possible to reach the ledge above, but there were no holds. Subsequently we lassoed two trees and formed a kind of ladder in the middle. It was impossible to use either tree singly, as they were on each side of the portion we needed to climb, and to have used one or the other would have necessitated swinging over space. Once Ken was up, it was quite simple. There was one delightful spot where the rocks form a natural balcony with balustrade, from which you can look down to the river and realise the height you have made.
  
-The most difficult portion is near the top. The creek bed divides into two chimneys, the one on the right being quite impossible, and the one on the left for some time did not look very hopeful. The rock forms a shallow typo of chimney with practically no walls and flat at the back,; However Ken got up and having arrived, spent a considerable time studying the balance of the cliff before lowering the rope for Colin and me. It was dreadful. The thought of not making the top after having come so far was tragic. However, having studied the position carefully, Ken lowered the rope and went up the chimney. I was a bit staggered when I saw the small rock - and more particularly the angle of the rock - to which the rope had been belayed. In those circumstances it is well to be aware of your own ignorance and have lots of faith in your leader; I decided cheerfully that "Ken knew best". We found that the difficulty which had been concerning him was a nasty corner with a drop of sixty or seventy foot beneath. There was no danger while the rock held, but it was the kind of thin lodged rock that crumbles away. However this was successfully negotiated and then it was no distance to the top.+The most difficult portion is near the top. The creek bed divides into two chimneys, the one on the right being quite impossible, and the one on the left for some time did not look very hopeful. The rock forms a shallow type of chimney with practically no walls and flat at the back; However Ken got up and having arrived, spent a considerable time studying the balance of the cliff before lowering the rope for Colin and me. It was dreadful. The thought of not making the top after having come so far was tragic. However, having studied the position carefully, Ken lowered the rope and went up the chimney. I was a bit staggered when I saw the small rock - and more particularly the angle of the rock - to which the rope had been belayed. In those circumstances it is well to be aware of your own ignorance and have lots of faith in your leader; I decided cheerfully that "Ken knew best". We found that the difficulty which had been concerning him was a nasty corner with a drop of sixty or seventy foot beneath. There was no danger while the rock held, but it was the kind of thin lodged rock that crumbles away. However this was successfully negotiated and then it was no distance to the top.
  
-We had talked of this climb since Eight-Hour Weekend when with Marie, Peter and Ray, we had made a set camp at the back of Mount King George and explored the tops. Now, having made our objective, we were more contented than triumphant, and all walkers know the satisfaction of a feat accomplished+We had talked of this climb since Eight-Hour Weekend when with Marie, Peter and Ray, we had made a set camp at the back of Mount King George and explored the tops. Now, having made our objective, we were more contented than triumphant, and all walkers know the satisfaction of a feat accomplished.
  
 It was a glorious morning - blue sky, fleecy clouds and a gentle breeze. It was a glorious morning - blue sky, fleecy clouds and a gentle breeze.
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 There were wild flowers in abundance, and the perfume of the Boronia floribunda was a continual delight. There were wild flowers in abundance, and the perfume of the Boronia floribunda was a continual delight.
  
-We continued along the cliff edge until we reached the col between King George and Mt Caley [David Crevasse]. We had previously tried to climb this creek and also the next, but without ropes and with the possibility of finding ourselves in a position where we could neither get down or ascend, and had given up the attempt. Later however Ray, Ken and Pete had made their way up from the bottom, so that we knew this gully was negotiable. Although this creek is interesting it is not as exciting as the first one. I preferred to use the rope on several occasions and would not care to go down without it. I have a horrible memory of Ken shinning up a tree with a drop of hundreds of feet beneath him. Half way down we can across a most extraordinary plant. It was like a giant christmas bell - about six times the size of a good sized bell, and with lots of flowers on the stem. Below the cliff faces we worked across to the right, down the ridge and back to Blue Gum for lunch - well satisfied with our morning's work.+We continued along the cliff edge until we reached the col between King George and Mt Cayley [note that at this time Edgeworth David Head was called Mt Cayley or Mt Caley]. We had previously tried to climb this creek and also the next, but without ropes and with the possibility of finding ourselves in a position where we could neither get down or ascend, and had given up the attempt. Later however Ray, Ken and Pete had made their way up from the bottom, so that we knew this gully [David Crevasse] was negotiable. Although this creek is interesting it is not as exciting as the first one. I preferred to use the rope on several occasions and would not care to go down without it. I have a horrible memory of Ken shinning up a tree with a drop of hundreds of feet beneath him. Half way down we can across a most extraordinary plant. It was like a giant christmas bell - about six times the size of a good sized bell, and with lots of flowers on the stem. Below the cliff faces we worked across to the right, down the ridge and back to Blue Gum for lunch - well satisfied with our morning's work.
  
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-Anniversary weekend we returned to the Grose, but camped about four miles below Blue Gum. Our objective this time was what we call the Coal Mine Gully [Zobel Gully], and no doubt you have all noticed the mine on the map and the zig zag track marked loading to it. I had tried to pick out the mine from below, above and across the valley, but without success. This was not remarkable as the mine entrance we found to be facing the creek bed and entering straight into the cliff side. The shaft only goes in about twenty odd feet. We held a council of war here, and decided that Ken and Dorothy would take the right hand side of the crook, Fred Svenson and Colin the left, and I would continue up the creek bed. My way proved simple and there were evidences of wallaby tracks and, we thought, signs that this route had been used by the prospectors. From the top we had previously decided that this gully would undoubtedly prove impossible, but were anxious to "give it a go". It proved remarkably easy. Following up the creek bed there is an obvious way out to the right, and this gully can be recommended to anyone interested in a new way out of the Grose. There are well defined tracks loading to the Bell Road, but it would be best to discuss this portion with someone who has been there - unless you have plenty of time to spare. The going on the tracks is easy, and presumably they are used by cattle.+Anniversary weekend we returned to the Grose, but camped about four miles below Blue Gum. Our objective this time was what we call the Coal Mine Gully [Zobel Gully], and no doubt you have all noticed the mine on the map and the zig zag track marked loading to it. I had tried to pick out the mine from below, above and across the valley, but without success. This was not remarkable as the mine entrance we found to be facing the creek bed and entering straight into the cliff side. The shaft only goes in about twenty odd feet. We held a council of war here, and decided that Ken and Dorothy would take the right hand side of the creek, Fred Svenson and Colin the left, and I would continue up the creek bed. My way proved simple and there were evidences of wallaby tracks and, we thought, signs that this route had been used by the prospectors. From the top we had previously decided that this gully would undoubtedly prove impossible, but were anxious to "give it a go". It proved remarkably easy. Following up the creek bed there is an obvious way out to the right, and this gully can be recommended to anyone interested in a new way out of the Grose. There are well defined tracks loading to the Bell Road, but it would be best to discuss this portion with someone who has been there - unless you have plenty of time to spare. The going on the tracks is easy, and presumably they are used by cattle.
  
-Leaving the creek bed, we climbed over Mt Caley across another knob and then reached a very green gully [Garrad Gulch] which we had observed from the other side of the Grose and had considered looked very promising. It proved to be the most beautiful of the four gullies we had climbed, being full of tree ferns and lower down we came to a delightful running stream, which, after the murky Grose and other streams we have come to regard as usual this summer, was a real joy. We had lunch in a pleasant spot half way down, beside a pool and surrounded by tree ferns. The only snags in this descent wore the lower vines and the thorns of the tree forns. They were most unfriendly. There was no difficulty in climbing down to the river, and the rope was not required in either of these gullies. They are easily accessible to any walker. The last creek is roughly opposite the creek which forms the only way we know - yet - onto Mount Hay from the Grose.+Leaving the creek bed, we climbed over Mt Catey [now called Mt Caleyacross another knob and then reached a very green gully [Garrad Gulch] which we had observed from the other side of the Grose and had considered looked very promising. It proved to be the most beautiful of the four gullies we had climbed, being full of tree ferns and lower down we came to a delightful running stream, which, after the murky Grose and other streams we have come to regard as usual this summer, was a real joy. We had lunch in a pleasant spot half way down, beside a pool and surrounded by tree ferns. The only snags in this descent were the lower vines and the thorns of the tree ferns. They were most unfriendly. There was no difficulty in climbing down to the river, and the rope was not required in either of these gullies. They are easily accessible to any walker. The last creek is roughly opposite the creek which forms the only way we know - yet - onto Mount Hay from the Grose.
  
 Both these trips proved extremely interesting, and undoubtedly to explore new country not knowing whether you will make it or have to turn back and retrace all the ground gained, is indeed the very spice of walking. Both these trips proved extremely interesting, and undoubtedly to explore new country not knowing whether you will make it or have to turn back and retrace all the ground gained, is indeed the very spice of walking.
  
 ===== Club Gossip ===== ===== Club Gossip =====
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 George Baker, who broke his ankle while skiing in New Zealand last year, is back in Sydney again with said ankle nearly as good as new. We were pleased to see George at the Re-union. George Baker, who broke his ankle while skiing in New Zealand last year, is back in Sydney again with said ankle nearly as good as new. We were pleased to see George at the Re-union.
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 ===== Members are Reminded ... ===== ===== Members are Reminded ... =====
  
-Section 6 subsection (b) of the Constitution says "Subscriptions shall be due and payable at the Annual Meeting +Section 6 subsection (b) of the Constitution says "Subscriptions shall be due and payable at the Annual Meeting
  
 The Annual Meeting was held on March 8th The Annual Meeting was held on March 8th
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