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196507 [2014/10/31 05:09]
apaddock2
196507 [2014/10/31 05:15]
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-The Sydney Bushwalker July, 1965 +====Letter from Ken Lewis==== 
-Letter from Ken Lewis. - Hermitage Hotel, Mt. Cook, New Zealand. Hullo Bushies+ 
 +Hermitage Hotel, Mt. Cook, New Zealand.  
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 +Hullo Bushies
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 Bet you didn't expect a letter from me, but I thought I would take you by surprise. Bet you didn't expect a letter from me, but I thought I would take you by surprise.
-I have been at Mt. Cook now for 8 months; fact is, as + 
-soon as I came back from Antartica (I worked as a weather observer on the N.Z. ship 'Hatheburni),I started up here. I work as asteward-cum-weather-observer (on land). Just the shot for me as I get sea sick. . + 
-This would be the best job I have ever had. I drive a bus now - got my licence and drive two days a week. I drive up to Ball Hut and act as a temporary guide on the glacier - haven't lost anyone yet. These two days I work with Mick Bowler, former head guide for the Old Hermitage. He is terrific and I can listen to him for hours. He has climbed Mt. Cook fifteen times, his last ascent when he was 56 years old. He sure knows the mountains.+I have been at Mt. Cook now for 8 months; fact is, as soon as I came back from Antartica (I worked as a weather observer on the N.Z. ship 'Homeburn'), I started up here. I work as a steward-cum-weather-observer (on land). Just the shot for me as I get sea sick. 
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 +This would be the best job I have ever had. I drive a bus now - got my licence and drive two days a week. I drive up to Ball Hut and act as a temporary guide on the glacier - haven't lost anyone yet. These two days I work with Mick Bowier, former head guide for the Old Hermitage. He is terrific and I can listen to him for hours. He has climbed Mt. Cook fifteen times, his last ascent when he was 56 years old. He sure knows the mountains. 
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 The other three days I am second steward which, in actual fact, means I'm the working boss. The Head steward is an ardent out-doors man so we get on well. Fact is, you might say the place runs how I want it to now. The other three days I am second steward which, in actual fact, means I'm the working boss. The Head steward is an ardent out-doors man so we get on well. Fact is, you might say the place runs how I want it to now.
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 Eric Saxby, one of the S.R.C. is now on the staff so we have a bit of fun. Graham Bishop comes through quite regularly. Have got to know him quite well. Eric Saxby, one of the S.R.C. is now on the staff so we have a bit of fun. Graham Bishop comes through quite regularly. Have got to know him quite well.
-Didn't do much climbing myself this last season; these mountains a-re big and I was not going up them till I know them backwards. I did go up Madeland, though, and over the Copeland Pass and to the top of Graham Saddle. Also I have become great friends with one of the pilots + 
-of the ski-planes and have been to the Plateau hut and over to the west Coast, etc + 
-I came to N.Z. with the intention of staying 6 months then going +Didn't do much climbing myself this last season; these mountains are big and I was not going up them till I know them backwards. I did go up Madeland, though, and over the Copeland Pass and to the top of Graham Saddle. Also I have become great friends with one of the pilots 
-to South America on my cobber'yatktTell, he is all but married and I might as well swim to South America! Feeling a little disappointed I decided to make the best of a bad bargain so now I am looking elsewhere, so if you hear of anyone going that way and they want a good deck hand, send me word. +of the ski-planes and have been to the Plateau hut and over to the West Coast, etc
-If you want to buy New Zealand, or hear of anyone wanting to buy it, send me ward. Tell them I can prove it isn't stolen property.+ 
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 +I came to N.Z. with the intention of staying 6 months then going to South America on my cobber'yachtWell, he is all but married and I might as well swim to South America! Feeling a little disappointed I decided to make the best of a bad bargain so now I am looking elsewhere, so if you hear of anyone going that way and they want a good deck hand, send me word. 
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 +If you want to buy New Zealand, or hear of anyone wanting to buy it, send me word. Tell them I can prove it isn't stolen property. 
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 Your old Mate, Your old Mate,
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 Ken Lewis. Ken Lewis.
  
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