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The Sydney Bushwalker
A monthly bulletin of matters of interest to the Sydney Bushwalker, The N.S.W. Nurses' Association Rooms “Northcote Building,” Reiby Place, Sydney. Box No. 4476 G.P.O. Sydney.
|Editor||Stuart Brooks, 5 Ingalara Rd,Wahroonga. 4484343|
|Business Manager||Brian Harvey|
|Sales & Subs.||Lola Wedlock|
|At 0ur December Meeting||A. Colley||3|
|Letter to the Editor - Resigned.||5|
|A Natural History of Pseudonyms - Engaliegh||6|
|Federation Report - November 1963||10|
|Carlon's - Scrubbers Saddle - Janolan etc.||Pat Harrison||11|
. Some helpful hints and Recipies for New -Viembers going on theirfirst long Trip. M.Rodgers 14 Good Nalking CoUntry - Extracts. 16 The Tin Canoe Trip - Stage I. A. Kenmay 17 Science, Naturally. 18
Paddy's Ad. - _ 9 Hgtswells Ad and anyts Ad … 13
.110111…1411.1110.1 . Hi, Years are very confusihg things. The Siderial year-is of great - antieluity and the easiest to understand, though it has not evolved without rdncour. Iry else would the twelth month be called December:_ How many wretched mortals met an untimely end protesting the Earth mos not the centre of the Universe? The fiscal year-is more pertlexing.- Why June? Wale the whole thing leaves me a little,cold.I must 'confes5. to a-dertdin amount'Of heat-during the-early days of July When I re-discover for whom I really sweat out 40 hours per week. 2. The Sydney Bushwalker. January 1963 The S.,,B4ON. Year would mystify anyone: -The' meeting when March iras . . dhosen must have been a beguty. Anyway, our year is fast drawing to a. close and the perennial problems rear again their ugly heads. j The election of office bearers, the site for the re-union, the pArlous state Of club finances, the magazine going downhill - the list would -make anyone quail., - The eagiest-way is to gloss over the lot as qaickly as possible and bury thdm for-another year. But a few meetings ago; oi lr esteemed treasurer was stirred to deliver afi analysig of present and posgible future finances. The rank and file mei'e not aware-of the subile undertones (if any) preceding this event and had to accept it on face value. - Indicating, as they did, rvi. actual loss in expenditure oveit' income f6r geveral years past, the remoi“selegs figures had shattered completely GOrd'on's usual benign and snnny outloOk on-life. I haverir-t seen him look so worried gince we were wet thrOugh and lost near the Colo-last winter. The effect on his audience was idlore diverse, ranging-fr6M complete indifference amongst the backbenchers to something nin to horor amid the purists. But the facts were there and ag gently as possible, Hon. Treas. made it clear that they couldn't-and wouldn't be buried. Newere requested to give the matter deliberate thought before March. Rather ominous this My interpretation, probably Quite wi-'ong As usual, was that Committee rather felt that the best (or easiest)-Solutioh was afi indrease in fees, and that we-were being given The enema before the operation in March. This on paper would bglance the books and make everyone happy. With such a sorry fihancial record? it is surprising to a layman like myself that this Club should have accumulated such healthy reserves. And while hundreds 6f pounds lie-arodnd aimlessly, there geems little cause for excitement over an ahnual loss of twenty pounds or so, parti6ularly as these losseg comple-tely ignore a gradual build up ih reserves due to gifts and regular profits from the magazine. . 7 If there were a vigorous proposal for the use of these reserves in furthering-the wider aithS Of this club, support for in6rese ih fees would be much mOre likely. Gordon might be just the bloke to come forward with such a proposals., Apart from thee day-to-dV finan6es, we have the. ever-present - embarrassmebt of theEra funds: -It's almost time that these were put wr)rk in the interest of thoge w10 njoy unspoiled nature. The apparent impossibility buging a suitable I5ortion of -land for.E500-must sUrely emphasise the need for some early, constructive thought in this direction, The possibility of trahsferring these-fds, in to,to to. such active bodies as N.P.A or W.L.P.S. should'not'be overlooked, January 1963 The Sydney Bushwalker 3 AT OUR DECMSM 1.03ETDZG Alex Colley There has neier been a meeting like the Decembe76 one-for hew memters. The number welcomed was six - Joan Kavanagh, Kay LockwnnC, RossW3orn, Karl Beckman, Michael Pace-and Wendy Reid. This number e'cluills -ur October record,-but-even more unusual is the fact thrlt two' of the new members - Kay Lockl-mOnd and Ross-Nybnrn, are the children of mell'ibers. There are plenty mire children of members apr,roacHin,y, the age of - irresponsibility (i e. the time-iihen they en become members and-go bushwalking) and perhaps th4 ton will follow in their parents footsteps, Water Board and Bush Fires Committee permitting. - In correspondence were Christmas Cards from Hilda Vines, The Victorian Mountain Tramping Club, Sheila Binns, the Rigbys, The Adelaide Bushwalkers and Paddy Pallin. THere waS a letter from the-Rector of St. Ptiul's, Sea- forth, tHanking us-for E8 donated by member d towards the cost of the Hilda Stoddart Memorial Organ. A letter from-the P.M.G. ihformed-us that the f'Syciney Bushwalker”,had been registered for transmission by post as a periodical. This-will-effect a considerable saving in postage. The Ilult'Education Board of Tasmania w'rote to tell us thLt a camp to those -held under the leadership of Sir Edmund Hillaiy and George Liiwe in previous years will be held durihg Easter-1963 at Mount Field National Park. The leader will be Tensing Nnrgay, who reached the Summit –f Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953. The fee will be 10 md only youth is eligible - i e. those between 16 and 30. In-his-malks report Wilf Hider told us that inplace of Tony Queitzsch's mralk on Nov. 2:-;3-24. he 'had himself Ied a walk fi'om Bell over Bell tric, and Mount King George. Frnm there he and his one other starter had done some interesting track finding down Coal Mine Creek and marked it with cairns. Next day a 6:20 a m. start was made and the walk didn't firiish till 6 p m. the return i4oute being via Bluegum anCLockley's Pylon. Roy CracFs had 8 starters on his easy and pleasant Woods Creek - Cabbage Tree Creek walk the same week,-end. RoA Knightley'S Suriaay walk to Burning Palms proved very p-,pular degpite its remoteness from-Tonth's delivery zftes. It as attended, on and off, by 19 ifieMbers, 3 prospectives, 1 visitor and 3 “others” (either indescribable r untouchable). The swimming was good, but “'due tn the intransigent nature of the members present” the Palm Jungle was not traversed. Frank Leyden's toper Wollongambe walk on 9-10-11 November attracted 8 member-8 and 3_ prospective, Prank-reports that it was an i'nteresting-walk in new country with a great trofusion arid extensive vafiely of wild:Iflowers, glthough the waratahs were not 6s numerous as in previous years.- Some of the party made a side trip to the “Zig.Zag” a feature which cotild well be included in a future walk. Five members and 1 prospective accompanied 4 The Sydney Buahwalke- January 1963 R.,r5Sr- Craggs -to the Nabtai on the same wen:-,E.,:ac..I -and c Lear ed some of the mountain holly on Starlight e Ta110. 1L-)11-y Itoc l.gers had 7 staers her Syncarpia Camp trip and re-aorts 'that tbe'trees w-iLlflowers, magnificent. Helen McMaugh had 17 -stafit'er ri on herEr,:.). Sunday trip on the same -areelc.-end It-vrisan easy day -7ith plenty of swinvainL,. . wgek-end - 16-a7-l8..Novembor WiIf led a p Irty of five down the Cox fjN-3m Pulp-it Hill and back via Cal-.11-,n's Ho5.d. The swimming in the Co l.t was goor_i, despite low -s ater, -Soveraa Water Boar. were sighted along the Cox's River and on Narrow Neck-0 ts track clearinE(weelb-end on 23-21,-25 Ni-Wembur din Ft prove so popular, he and. his one other starter _'.id.-some aftensive clearinE and blazing along Stdrlight ':s trail,, The herd –who went an the-Suncl:1'wa1k. 23 members-; 7 prospectivs and 2 visitors; 32 in all - proved too much even for-Frank Leyden's organisaton Degpit5 careful adv-,rie'e pIelnninc The Iegdar was. unsucCessful in stop p.F..nc; most of the party -from, crowding on to orie bus-and helping it Miss the train, Equal-11.0k of success attended Us-efforts to fit more than 3 into the“ 13,Ut it was an enjoyable day, as far as the feelings of the'32 culcl be aS'aessed… In resp6nse to-a suggestion by the C.a;.2amitt.::e, the meting r'isoussed the-question-of more fr eque fit walks 1:ogramme, Bob Godfrey. faiiout'ed a 2 monthly pHgrarmIe, He thought it would be a bet-!:er Di ogramMe; would - heap to attract more member- and would te easier to fill, It inuld also do away with the necesgity of leads-2s commItinc,. themselves 6 ninths-in advance turls-.e thought the 10t-'05-2.Tft, programme, extend rig some months ahead was one ca`-the attractiong of the Club., -It allowed time for planning and choosing, iialks. Some Clubs had noprograrlie an there was little difference in c(I'mmittanc, yourself 2 months; 4 inonths an-more ahead, Wilf Hilder said that our programme Was extensive:1J- copied by other Clubs and it wouldbe an advantage to reduce the time ai ralD'ible for copyirk!-<. In 6. months there could be erbey.-151ve changes in the c,:yuntry as itwas opened up. Many Leaders didn't like cP=Cm mitting-theinsellves -6 monthg alleath- Jack Gentle thought that we shouldn't worry about others e'opying frogramme. Frank L5.ic-.1c m. though-t it ould be bettor if the'prourrImme conformed with the seash-ns-,- He lsh favoured military map fkrid references stead of place names on the and use ,=,f the 24-hour clock. Molly Ridges sai(ti that rl-6-,t-Ear- ems and sulk.-21iers of films often ex-i5ressod surprise at. the- Iongporiod-,of-waaing for thc) date to ,f.-I.rrivo. No decision was made, it being decided' instead to ,fidj ,urn the s cus on till. the Annual General lieeting.=; vihenr. there -uld b.& tm ore-mr2Cs presont..:an.:7. they would have hael,.tiple to consider *.-
Janual7 1963 The Sydney Bushwalker 5 Letter to the Editor” re Rudolph M. Putt's letter was most interesting, particularly the appendix on Rudolph. However, I fear that Rudolph must have followed C.P-. here fro5L New Zealand because when I was walking seriously 15 yearago we had no such inimical deities to contend -with. D-Irther support to this theory is evidenced by the absence of Rudolph oler the last year or two, and I think-he has depafted these-shores knowing full well that C.P. spend5 most of his time overseas nowadays. (Who else could have loused up so effectively the air transport in New Guinea?) I'have vy fond recolleCtion of oldr local benevoleht deity, Hughie, who-looked after us so well befoiie RudolPh appeared on the scene. He-seemed to have an inekhau5table fund of generous gestufies tucks along at ai5proprigte time -d to offer'hitches throwing another log on the fire - a tree across a stream when one had just-put on dry soaks - clear, sparkling days - bush camp sites at 5 pm with wood and tent poles laid on. When occasionally Hughie became capri6ious and really sent 'er down or led one-up gn impossible ravine it was only in jest and served as a reminder not to rely entirely on Hughie's big-heartedness. Vale, Rudolph: Requiescat in pace: All hail, Hughie: Resigned. MMEONIMINMEIMEMIN. CT P,12.1IE. OR THE CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PARTY. SWGD. I-knew-he hAd some vital thing, a talent Some Vitich ol genius apart from making flesh And blood-from other than, wall, Say the' normal'ingr'edients. (The m6ment gone of course, like the things One should hgVe said, the elegant reply). Did we see Bordvans1yl'6-Stibng Man? We saw Les Amants Eternelles or s6iine such name. . Well that was Clem; The strong man. Ordering this Ice-tcream the womgn said “The li-ttle fel1o .=-” and I told her The actor in a serious farce was dead. 6 The Sydney, Bush-maker January 1963 A:NATURAL HISTORY OF PSEUDONYMS. .0……* Among many primitive tribes, to allow a man'sroper name to escape into the demaih of the spirits-the air is to do that-man a grave injustice. Along with hair, to and finger, nails_and'body-mastes a -man's name-im6 to be car6fully-guai4ded;- the finger nails to be hidden', the name-tobe known only to one or two elders(, If either Comes into– possegsion-of the manes enemies drastic magici-can_be'morked, his manhood destroyed (.5r -his wife present him-mith twins fUJ teethed at:theif. delivery. A man eg name is very poteht, very:personal.:and is not to be kanwn by all.' Ami-ing the English, George Ori7e11..died cOnvinced that if his real name ever gam the black and white of printers ink hi g myriad enemies-mould destroy him piec6meal and paipfuIlyb This ig not-necessarily a sign of losg or dei“angement of mental-powers. In -a i5erson ihn believed that television was-omnipresent and persnally malign on strongly held dogma confirms the other and certifies to great intelligence and perception.
Thus a scribes relationship with his Oitor should-be-as secret as the disposition of his nail iorings. The advantages to-bnth arc nuiernus. If the afithor has been indiscreet in his writing fflind you, in hi g ynuth, and appropriate pseudonym will allow the editor to present new work as such; the integrity; virginity indeed, of his editorship will be maintained and the miter need not necessarily 11-.3..010 the attitudes of his youth. The edit,sr also if he is sufficiently inventive can write six articles under gix pseudonyms and pregent a picture of thriving health,, The wells inspintin ran dry as often as=water holes in-the Laberynth. A 6onth of fflin,-boredom and the necessity to mow the lawn occasionally cr:n promote. P. flood of contributions. The subterfuge, if it successTully scrapes pr st one issue, is 1e,7,itimate. Pseudonyms can to an extent prnvide-instant personality. One' g cothpanions on a walk are not always inclined to tolerate a facetious report of losing their way immediately after leaving the railway etation. A suitable pen name can imply that the writer received his information at least at third hand, that he was-in no may connected with the misarlventure arid in any case wag perfectly sober ilhen He left the hotel. If nne is the only Carnivore among six vegetarians oh6 cold write learnedly- of the grOries of ther meals, the magnificent cOoks one Ms lanwnr..the mystieal qualities of “carne komung”-which should-be cockednlunghidal care bone”, i e. far torn itg - beloved or slightly green. If one sighed the article Francis Bacon, honour, prejudice and anomyninty are all preserved,, , - Closely allied to pseudcixtms are -61-iaspecies own as sobriquets. Since they are given rather than sought they oar he recognised by brighter colour, greater aptness and at times a certain maliceayint expressed a feeling of contentment and gra-at strength aTtei: brealOsting. on a thousand fish it was perhaps natural to be called Whitebaitbit, hen after half a lifetime January 1963 The Sydney Bushwalker 7 one is-accused of having made a love philtre-of the eyes arid poisoning The Girl it can be 'S'een that the malice of sobriquets is more durable than the bright colours -at their birth. In fact the greater the malice the mnre-apt is the gobriquet,- Oovided of course-that it is knr4n-oay to certain people and:not at all to-the subject. To relieve the monerboriy of wandering up and down the wrong ridges one can use thgt part of one's mind that is not involved in purelY mechanical functions, i e. pushing aside imperietrable salley trying to salivate one's throat, to think up suitable sbriquets for ffle leader, CrhiS“ spare part of one's mind is normally nocupied in wondering where one is, whether the camp site will be anothCx lyre-birds iiest and, after several days of crThstant wraching- whether one-will see one's lovod ories agaihv Finding other exercise for-this pert nf-the brain slows crriwn the oriset of ah nirerwhelming, jpqrlrei's and is to be recommended for all who would follow. At varioUs stages-on one trip -I coined and kept to myself at lest a dozen sobriquets foii-the leader. (It was an over-organiS-ed adventure; D'ay and-Night Navigators, Finan6ial Secretary, Advance Scout and Deputy Collector of Dingo Taps) : Unfortunately each disaster, and there were - many, mgde the' previous sobriquet les'S apt. As Prince Henry', (The Navigatnr) led us out from the-bus I had the unbounded faith and-zeal-of a lieutenant Of da GgIng setting 6ff for the Cape. When we iivere cloud brund, benighted on Currogftillk' I -6oUld still View the situation calmly: It was, after all, Zallory countty, steep, rocky' unexplored gnd some 6ne was-sure to fall over a cliff; there were enough cliffs for each -V) fall over Oparately, The following night beiarig draped Oy terit over a lyre-bird mound, the hext-mnund to the ornithologist, I tonk-ho part in the vulgar sNabble about our wher6abKuts: (This of course took place before “This is for the birds” became common coinage). That complete overwhelming psych6eisi ! mentioned earlier ikas much in evidence. In the thirteen members of the party thee were fourteen' types, mine being the: split-personal#y-genus. That pert of my mind responsible for gpeech, nAble thughts, epigrams was completely numbed, the areas - responsible for the recnrding of pain, fatigue and incregsing appreherision bad in riot. I went the greater part of the day with not a single sobriquet entering my mind. One come late in the days in a brief moment of peace. - The Party, minus the Advance' Sceut;-Night N'avi6etor and the DeputyCollector had gained the peak5f Pigeon House. The Advance scout hadn't paus6d at-this-most i4ewdrding of views; the Financial Secretary had sent him off to Drury's to Told the bus, feaftng his sinecure might dissipate if the bus went bacletn NoWra and had to return; ,the U4.;ht-Navige tor was helping the Deputy Collector up the wrong track. Ne sat alone; Whitebait, The Girl, Princess Petticoat and The Leader. The settinr sun sketched with 8 The Sydney Bushwalker Ji'aluary 1963 6 a black pencil every i4idge we had di-navigated, every knob ie had-diclimbed, every cluit of salley we had disected. It was a moment of supreme satisfaction. We knew Unniistakeably where we were and only slightly less surely how we had got there., Princess Petticoat said, “I'm sure there is one ridge we didn't climb”.” - The Om of a sobriquet-flashed into tr mind. The Grand Old Duke of York? No He had ten thousand men. Something biblical, the tribes' of Egypt, No'.' The Searlet Pimpernel. He had beef here; there, everywhere. It wnuld do', It wouldn't be a perennial like Dormie or 1.andelburE, but it would do. The Scarlet Pimpernel tied another piece nf tent cord around his shoes, The Girl chewed another dry aspirin, I haped the Princess to her feet. It was-getting dark and we didn't want to be too fflr behind the Night Navigator. DAY WaLKS FEBIZu,:aY 3 Commodore Heights Cottage ,Rock - Cr,mmodore HoiL4hts: 10-mils. This should be an interestirig trip throagh the Eastern potion of,KUrinoi Chase in th6 Broken BaS' - Cowan Creek area, Nnte the “R” shown in the programme. Considdring the:way in which the scrub has thickened during recent:months, that little doesn't be “maybe”. Transport.- Le theleader know in' good time so that he can arrange transport. JU3I88-(B). Map. Broken Bay Military or Hawkesbury River Tourist.. Leader: Stuart Brooks, FEBRUARY 17 Heathcnte - Lake Eckersley_and return - SIAIMAING CARNIVAL, For those who cannot camp overnight but wish to attend the Carnival, this walk is available to ensure that you arrive in-tim6 for the first event. loke Eckersleyis a first , class spot for swinfdrag at any time. Train; S:2O 6,14. Gronulla train from Contn'a Electric - - Station t Sutherland. CHANGE LiT SUTHERLAND for rail motor to Heathcot-6. Fare:.. 5/6 t eturn… Map: 'Port Hac-Ring Tr,urist or. Camden Military. Leader: Brian Harvey.' 411111111 F AND J HOPY NEW YEAR TO YOU TOO f ..1 “your calloUsed feet tread many new ttacks this ear and all ymur walks and camps be enjoyable. Ust in case-ynur feet ara'n't tough and calloused and 6u'd like to-Put a lot more 6-(=ofortable miles behind ou, take _a lank at Paddyikt,footwear for this. year,. 0OX8: RAner rjloi and frool made in.Switzerlad, lmost impossible to wear out and,supremely comfoztable. p sear6t ?-thouggnds of-wool loops inside the sock o tuAhion your foot; abgorb shocks and moisture - omething like a-terry towel lining but better.- he price 27/9 pr. _ , ,…. …,e- -4:- +4 / 7 / edek and Janus made in Noi4Vray, exti4a thick greasy 001, these are becoming more' and Tiore popular with alkers and are wonderful value from 13/6 to 15/6. addy's Pin kids” (and crreysY the ever popular miners ock, a walkere favourite_for years - 10/6 OTS. Nse-i and improved m'cSdelsrf-Paddy's well-known liking boot iith-Sherpa 8oles. Nov) availablc in a tter last foi.' greater comfoft nd still backed by - guarantee of quality,. Two models 6.2.6& ning in p6pularity, the 3-per HuSki le; tight, 'flexible, comfortable'. G^,-d for-3 peks t ip6 to Sunday walks, specially constructed for hwalkers 4.16.6.
.bnails; clinkers, tricounis and even :crampons for toose who need them.
Good walking in 1963. , HOT OFF THE PRESS. “.SNOWT MOUNTAINS VITALES” A magnificent publication by the Geehi , Club 7/6. PAD ';Y P Lightweight Ccmp Gear 202 CASTLEREAGH St SYDNEY M2685 vabovRaumadrisswokuokrokaos.4rwAvao 10 The Sydney Bushvalker January 1963 FEDERATION REPORT NOVENBER 1962 SEARCH AP RESCUE:' 210 ca015ers. attended the Demonstration week-.end during October, but not so many took: part in the practical work. CONSERVATION: In view of the recent construction of fire trails, it has bean suggested that a roadless, primitive-area be set aside in-the Blue Mountains National Park, possibly the whole of the Grose Canyon and Wentworth Greek. BLUE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PI1RK.Read access is now available to within a couple of hundred yards o'f the Red Hand Cave at Glenbrook. It is hoped that the Public-Recreation Reserve-along the Nepean River from Erskine Creek to Glenbook will be added to the Park. -The Blue Gum Forest, the ENai4d Hallstrom Reserve at Blackheath, Glanbrr,ok Creek and the:Nepean lookout at Erskine Creek are to 6e added to the Park.- The Victoria Frlls track has been repaired at the tnpl-bUtis nosed below-the Falls at presentl-pending repairs. It is proposed to stock Bedford Creek with fish, probably Perch. HEATHCOTE PRIMITIVE AREA. A grant of E250 froffi the State GovernEent has been received by the Trust'.' Metal signs are to be erected at vafinus points. The-Electncity Commission is placing notices C5n gates across its access roads to the effect that vehicles may not proceed but - walkers are permitted. An extention of about 506 -1-/ the acreage of the area is anticipated. The erection of fireplaces and clearing of walking trackes is in progress BOSHWAIZER ANNUAL. The Edit6r reports that the response to her redjuest for articles has been very goo4 The new issu6 is expefted to be on sale late in January 1963. The printing will run to 3000 copies and a much better sales effort is required if the isSue is - (-) pay for itself. The fact, unless this issue is a sUccess, there is not likely to be any further issues will be possible. TRACKS AND ACCESS': There is a 5ign nn the Bell-road to Pierces Pass, but the Pass is not yet clearedof hepv lawyer vine infestation: sr, -as g ot no doubt hale read elsewhere Paday ha S a terric range orsockt in stock now. The best we saw on a recent - inspection were marked “200% wool.” Our inquiry brought to light the i'eason. These sOcks were made from wool shorn from only those sheep who had led double lives. January. 1963 The Sydney Bushwalker CARLON'S - SCRUBBERS SADDLE J.Eq0LLN QUEAEG0Nc7. - GUOUWaNG - NOOROO BUTTRESS 40NANGAROO . - ' - Pat T-T rrison The car was left in the clearirig abnvethe -descent into-Green Gully and the walk began at 2145 hnis On-a Friday night': in'September, 1962. The night was clear and the mon she sweet1y-4(4;er all sve went past thb far'm and tip to the saddle nverlhnkirig Carinnts Creak. The walkfrom here to the Cox was uneventful except foit the 'penceof t dead cow in the creek. The-nettles, moreover were not too b6d in Garinn's Creek and the water-vas riot too high in Breakfast Creek, so that we reached the Cox at 0030 hours on Saturday morning with dry feet and sting-free legs. Two walkers oel Bazely and his son) were camped under the stars alongside the Cox, and-beside them a huge fire nfnak lets burnt brightly and lit us with a welcoming g16w as we walked in. We played safe and put up an abdulIed tent becallse clouds were beginning to pile up, but-during the early hours of the mnfining a fierce wind-threw 'it-dciwn about ur ears. H6wever, the wind had also blown away the clouds and the stars shone again, -so we left the tent where it fell. Peter Harrington's plgns-were to go down the Cnx; while Ken TYrrell, Mdi'. and myself were'to go up-Scrubber' Saddle to Guouoing end down the Nooroo Buttras gnd LEtoi-endezvous (if possible) to same night with Peter at the junctionof the Cox and Kanangra Rivers. Both plans went well. Peter reached the Kanangrg River at lunch time after a very enjoyable walk, whilee three reached Guouognng at 1235 via Mts. O'Reilly, Dwyer, Jenolan, Queahgnng and Hawkfell. There was a stiffish goo feet climb up to Scrubbers' Soddle from the Cox and then a gradaal climb to Mt. Jerilan (3585 feet). The views were - pgrticularly good-froni O'Reilly (looking towards Blue Dog and the Cai4lon criuntry), ana also from Jenolan whence there was a mgnificerit view of Beilikorra, Cloudaker-and Craft's Wall, with the-wide,-flat to 15 of Mt. - Oolong superimposed on Orgft's Wall. It was. frorti nnolan also thdt we got our-first glimpse of Guouogang, ma5sive-dftd-bgise-lookirig in the morning sun, and the aveul pit that goes down to..Guouogang Brook. The footing 11'6d -become'rockier frnt the other side-of JenoIan and we perforce picked our way down the deep saddle and up to Queahgong-(3,800 ft). The scrub also became thicker-here, and both it and the rocky footing persisted until we reached Guouogang-(4,232 feet).- We climbed the trig there to enjoy the all-round view –the Wild D6g Mountains looking particu16rly impressive. We &111d'nht reccird our entry very-satisfactorily in the log, for it had been torn and dispersed everywhere a6ongst the sally. We gatheY.ed together 'whatwe could'and put it back in its cover. It was bitteil cold on the mountain and w6 cr'ammed on balaclavas and every item of clothing we carried, and were on our way again at 1330. 12 The Sydney Bushwalker .. January 1963 The Nooroo Buttress is a 3,200 feet des6ent and overlooks Whalania Deep, the gr'eatest declivity in-the Blue Nhuntains. The buttregs is extrethely rocky; Some-of the roCks are in the form of bluffs, others are loose and ti;eacher'ous underfoot particularay when-descending, while there-is one-spot-a few hundred feet from the top-where it is advisable to traverse to the left s(i e. coming down) arouci the bluff. The-buttress in plaees rt rrows into a jagged-arete which overhangs Jenolgn Creek, and to avnid-sprained ankles or worse we veritably felt our way-down this awesome ridge. The sun was behind us, the vi6ws were-tremeridous, and cameras clicked furiously. As we Lnt further down we could look:back and upwards at the grey monster we had climbed down. There were also-wonderful views of the Falls iri Davies Canyon on Sally Can Creek and of an-unnamed waterfall iri Janolan Creek: The buttress widens towards the b5ttnm and becomes an open forest of oaks and gums with Verdant Dilwinnia growing abundantly under the trees. le reached the idyllic little clearing at the junction of Jalnlan Creek arid the Kanangra River at1535.- After-.-esting and refreshing ourselves - for 20 minutes we set out for Konangaroo, *here we arrived at 1745 just on dusk and just when Peter was thinging we wouldn't got in-until Sunday. On the way down the-river we had a look at the Norbert Carlon plaque, which is rather hard to find. It ma-6 a happy reunion arid a gnod-camp that night and next day (Sunday) wgs a very pleasant walk areCng the most Glorious seven r eight mi1e6 of Cox there is. -There were no incidents ekcept the disturbing 611 several large, shiny, red-bellied black snakes, one of which slid into the Cox While we were-lunching at Breakfast Creek and which remained clearly visible under water for about half an hour. The Cox wa-6 well p-c:tronised that weekend, fOr as-well as seeing Alan Rigby near bierrigal Creek we also cam upon Snow Brown and a party near the Heartbreaker Bend. - At 1415 hour S wrreached the'sadell6 above Carlo's and lingered there for a-long time, looking back at-Guouogang-and Jen6lan, our companions et the preiious day. Thing g went so *ell altogether on-this-walk that-ternre gqng-homeWe had tithe to becothe tourists and drive out -Lb. EInnst Lookout for some good shots of King George all ablaze in the afternonn sun. IIP…..1,11PIIPOP HO/E.SPUN The only time & woman really listens to what her hus,dnnd is saying is when she is eavesdropping, January 1963 The Sydney Bushwalker 13 FOR la0-, YOUR TRANSPORT FROM BLACIii-FEATH CONTACT .HATSWELLYS TAXI AND TOURISt SERVICE. RING, WRITE, WIRE OR CALL - ANY HOUR - DAY OR NIGHT. 'Phone: Blackheath 1AT459. or W151 BOOKING OFFICE: 4 do5rs from Gardiners Inn Hotel (LOOK FOR THE NEON SIGN) SPEEDY 6 or $ PASSENGER CARS AVAILABTR, LRGE OR SMALL PARTIES CATERED FOR 'FARES: IcaufGRL.WALLS 30/- per head (minimum 5 passeilzers) 11 WE WILL BE PLEASED TO QUOTE TRIPS OR SPT.,CLI.L P.,aTIES ON iiPPLICATION PMRY LOOKDOWN 4b- JENOLO STATE FOREST 20/- CARLON tS RPM 12/6
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14 The Sydney Bushmalker January 1963
SO 1M HELPFUL HINTS AND RECIPES FOR NEW LENBERS
GOING ON THEIR FIRST LONG TRIP. “ - M'lly-Rpdgerse
Form a food party if you an 4 or 5 is a good number, more than that-Can be a bit unmeildy. “nu can save weight, have a bigger variety of food and can get away ikith on1y-1 billy-per-persan. Plan menus for eath meal-each day and from-that y'ou can work-out your qaantities. I allow 1 oz per person 6f rolled oats, and 1 oz per person of dried vegetables, ftce, macaroni and dried fruit etc. Naturally I- am aesuming that these commodities will be eaten aCcompanied by other fonds, i e. vegetables with meat, rice with curry or dried fruit etc.
On top of the food list *rite route of trip, number of days planned to do-it and the number of people in the food part. When the trip's bver, the conscientitous food party organiger can make notes of how much extra sugar etc. is needed-nect time and how-many tins of sardines etc. *ere –. tossed 'Away at tho-bottom of-the hill on the last day. -Keep your old food lifts to refer to on future occasions, it will save a'lot of time and thought.
Make a list, with menus -an l whgt food each person is to carry and give to each-pafity member (carton copies sgve time). 'Then if some life preserving commodity has been omitted the onus will not be entirely on the organiser.
Be surethat all your food is packed in iater-f5roof containers biat remetriber that-plastic bags 15uncture easily, so if you put sugar-in a 151astic bag put the lotinside a cloth bag.: Alth6uWit may be a bit more trouble, it's no extra weight and it's safer. Also-food such-as sugar; flour,' Porridge etc. carried i bags are-easier to pack into small corners than rigid Containers. If you ca'rry honey, take eXtra precalltions. I carried hongy once in an aluthinium container with a good screw on lid and was unfortunate enough-to have the container 5queezed when negotiating a chimney and the good screw on lid popped off with disastrous results.
I hate always f;-;uhd breakfgst menus the hardest to think up.- There's a Jimit to-the-number of nays you can Carry fresh geat and es for breakfaatai you'don't want to-cary any gore tinned fond than you can help so
sooner 6r later the queftion nf egg powder arises. I generally le olve this till about the fourth mni4ning because by then i(ur ap.7,3tites have-so incr6r1sed th6t evgn egg powder become5-palatabIe.. 'But y-lu.5.ust mix-it according th directionson the tin-and cook it sl(Jw.Ty oVer a.low hedt otherwise it mill curdle. T5 make it more palatable there are a'humber of things-which cm bg acl e. to egg illowdei4 such as cheese cut fine, chopped bacon, onion, tomato or a tin of whole kernel corn.
January. 196, The Sydney Bushwalker 15
' So mach for breakfasts, here are two evening meal recipes which are favourites of mine.
1-x 12 oz tin Swifts luncheon beef (more meat less additives). pit. mi*ed vegetable snup
a couple of dried apple rings cut up.
a few statrinas
curry powder and sugar to taste
vegemite (if you carry it)
Cook the apple in a little water till quite soft,. Add soup,-which has been mixed with a little water, vegemitee sultanas, curry 150wder and return to fire till cooked. If mixture is too thick add more water. MeanWile, shred the luncheon beef CI prefer it shredded to cubed) and add tO mixture in-billy and add a little sugar and'galt to taste. The meat only-needs tb be heated through. Serve with boiled rice and dried vegs. Serves L. or 5.
Salmon and Macaroni.
Allow 1 az-macaroni per person 1 tin salmon
small onion (optional)
Cook macaroni in boiling salted water, to whieh the onion maybe aadeds till tadet.. Drain and add salmon. Break raw egg int6 salmon and macaroni and mix well. Return to fire till egE, is cooked.
THAT AGE-OLD PROBLEM.
3h-6-sits beside lamas he drives Through rush hour traffic's thichmess Yet never screams (like many wives) In fast, she lauds his quickness. She lolls, as in an easy-chair
At hoMe, and he's unharried.
They must be an idyllic pair,
Or, likelier, unmarried.
The Sydney Bushwalker. January 1963
GOOD VELKING COUNTRY de
Taken frOdm an article on “GOod Malang Country” by S.P.B. Mais;
the noted c6mmentator on the British countryside, published in “Coming Events in Britain” dated November 1960.
nihy walk? Max Beerbohm said that wglking stops the brain. Perhaps that explains-why I like it. It iflay stop-the brain, but it releasespent-t-ip emotions and, a-dcording to Sir George Trevelyan, is better for the body than any doctor.
“I have,” he once wrote, “two doctors, my right leg and my left.”
Only by-walking will you discover th6t 61usive aspect of Britain, which is not to be found in the cities or on the Queen's Highway, but in the qiiiet greeh lanes where once the ancient tribes carried their wares, the Roman legions marched,-the pilgrims seat, and the-smuLzlers crept stealthily with their contraband brandy for the parson, 'baccy for the clerk”.
Walking is a fine art: It does n:cit come naturally. The child has to learn how to walk, and so does the grown-up wayfarer.
First y6du have to learn to loiter. To enjoy walking you thus leavd your watCh a home and walk by the -Sun. There must be no schedule, fin determination to arrive at a-particular place at a particular time. “nu must for- - get time and cunt not the milestones but the heart-beats. You must learn to yield always to the temptation whic in “Pilgrim's Progress” led Christian lilt By-Path Meadow-and the Castle of Giant Despair. Our by-paths lead to treasures -which otherwise might so easily remain unseen.
Myer walk with the-people who caril their iiicome tax problems andhydrogeri bomb fears along with them. You say goodbye to all that if you walk along as William Hazlitt walked (“I am never lesg alone than when alone”),-or else with a very carefully c5ose5 companion. You walk to find Ydnurgelf, theost pleasant companiori you a:tie-ever likely to meet, and not to listen to the tinkling cymbal of at irrelevant tongue.
- To enjq'y' malang, there mast be silence to enable you to h6ar not ohly the songs of-the larks overhead, 'mit the rustle of the fox in the covert and the stoat in the hedge”…i….
At beauty I am nest a star,
There are many more handsome by far. But my face, I don't mind it,
I am-behind itl
The ones in front get the jar.
December 1962 The Sydney Bushwalker 17
THE TIN CANOE TRIP
fluc rey Kenwny.
- It all started as-an idea dreaMed up on the long weekr-end in 06to6er, when several of us went along the Turnn River from Capertee to Sofala-and Hill End. The River wag just at the'richt-height, the damping looked perfect all the may alonL;, and we fun d some specks nf gold-to add interest. Bob said-it wnuld be hice -to do the whole River by bat. We could carry-it acrss the Shallow spots. 18ob then suggested we could built a tin canoe in no time for very little cost, and the whole party got carried away with the idea.
After a lot of paper work:and research a plan of a Canoe-was produced. The idea of tin was rather g shock to the cane
they added their advice anyway, and ti7tro of them even agreed to come on the-trip. They tactfully said they would bring their own standai'd canoes. The next thing we sdw was the skeleton of the first-canoe 1-kihi6h 33?)1) had put to-gether after hours at mnrk, and then brought hnt*on t5p of Roy Cragg's car.- The size was the first thing th6t impressed everyone. He bad said-it woad be 17 feet long and should hold fur peop16 and gear, and most people had been very doubtful if aw tin canoe would tele that many.–However, when-we saw it we realised this was no ordinary boat. The framework:had been very cai“efully put together and galvanised, and it was still quite light enoqh t6 handle. At this stage everyf=me was new to the job, and each stage took longer than-ve expected. It stopped traffic when seveh of us carried the whole boat 6ut on tn the fnot)ath to wrap
it tin /4nund it It t-,nk all 6f us to-hold it while-an electric diifl was brciught out throUgh the front nf-the-houge dnd the holes drilled for the -
first rivets and screws, Then Roy got to work with the solder; Juld the-b at began to take -Shape, The ends caused some troub16, as it is tint east to
dhape these parts without causing kinks in thu iron. After s.)rting out thee pr5blems things vent along Cjuicklyi r1-1d by the second-week-end two canoes, one with a tin shell and one at the first stage, were in.-the backyard. - The gins were basy painting and hci'.ding the boats steady, dabbing acid on the soldering jobs, and-generally acting as carpenters'and
pluMBers' offsiderg. The big moment for launching -the first boat came, and
we found two men could lift the finished boat on top of a car, so the estimated weight was about right.
The-Parramatta River coilies in fairly close -to where the boats were being
built; so we carried the canoe damn to the mangrove flats, and 'frnd the tide half out. Luaily there is a stoi'm water canal running in Illerg the vatgr was deeper, so we slid the boat do.5n the bank and saved 6 long tramp across the fflud, with the possibility of losing several members of the party. With six of us ein board the canoe floated just right, and was steadier than we had even hoped.
The Sydney Bishwalker January 1963
Liter worki_ng nut the weiLtt nf-the average persnn ane.-the-w-eight of the gear it was decided that six of us equalled a fiarty with packs, so all appears well. Keith Renwick had worked out food and-gear lists to the ounce. 39,y-next week,-end-there will be three canoes in the s 7ard with seven people rushirig round trying to finish them in time to put on the train in tiMe fnr the Christmas trip. We don't know -which train as yet, as rivei4s ai4e a little doUbtful in this dry weather. We hope it will be one of the north coast rivers. Read the February Diacazine and find nut!
The Pebble Game.
- If ever you are really stuck f6r something to do, talk someone intn-:playing the-pebble,O.me with you. Two players stand facing each other- 43=1 prdce on the ground between them-an odd number. of -,…)ebbles ,(say-.17) Now,- in'. turn', they are-each allowed to pick up one, two
or three. pebbles as he Or she chooses.
, . . .
.The players continue this nerve-wracking process the
pebblps have been picked up.
The winner is the one whn finishes up with-an ncY1 number , of pebbles; - This is reallj a sort of poor ltan's dnit-Tout'self OutwarclJound course. Apart from stimulatinF, mental exercise you get plenty - of physical-.activity pjicking up pebb15s (particalPrly-if you use -largo'. pebbles),-.”.ou lea:1“n to make elit-sedond-deciions, let(rnselfr
contr51 (do the lolly and throw one of your rocks at your-oppnnent:' and you could easily wind up with an even number), ;I'4 above all you'll lgarn s elf-reliance (carry a spare pebble in your pocket and you can't lose).
`1- Historians, strangely, neglect some iillportant events, being perhaps too deeply interegted in humari beings to consider the claims of wild -
ngture. Read almnst any history of Australia, and you are unlikely to find
more than a passing reference - if it be mentioned at all –t? the lyre-bird.
- Among dis6Overies in the early days of settlement at Port Jackson,
. nne is more notable than that mgde by an akploring pdrtyin'Jahuary, 1798. Cocts were members of t1e'min6r expedition which collected the first
known specimen of Menura novae-hollondiae, the superb lyre-bird. Generally
at the infant settledaent, the-strahce new bird was regardedas -a pheasant; the more learned onlAnists, however, believed it to be a Bird-of-Paradise. Naturalists were almost as puzzled by Menura as they were by the Platypus, when specimens reached England.