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C ONTENTS BUSHWALKING IN THE BUDATTAYrS Losalind & John Blanche 2 3NE NIGHT IN AFRICA - Prank Pigby 4 PADDY'S AD. 6 THE FEBEUARY 1:EETINGS - Jim Brown 7 THE KOWHUNG - 1.farion Lloyd 9 MOUNTAIN EQUIPYENT AD. 12 TEE IRON Ur:STEAD - Pat Harrison 11 7XPLORATION OF THE UP= 7OLLANGArBIE - Lynne ITyborn 14 AP.ETHUSA CANY017 - Marion Llo.T7. 16 A monthly bulletin of matters of interest to the Sydney Bush Tralkers, Northcote Buildings, Reiby Place, Circular Quay, Sydney. Postal Address: G.P.O. Box 4476, Sydney. EDITOR: Ross Vlyborn, 1173 Harris Street, Harris Park 2150 nSINESS MANAGER: Bill Burke. TYPIST: Heather dilliams, 2 Sussex St. Epping. SALES AND SUPS: Ramon -O'Brien. The Sydney 3ne-7aner Larch 1969 7,ULTAL:I17,12. IN 7.-E ET.J.CANGS or r:“2.11DE').TWG 17 YI!”T -'osal-i_n(1 and John :lanche Lt about ra:2.6nig..at on Fric2ay, 7 7abruary, a tart y of nine settleci down for t7,e. nigi-t near Sassafras on the 'io-.1.r-Frairlood road, sore .n the old ho-ece at the turn-'off e,lid the others, who Tiers not keen on tTe poseibility of rats and fle,z,e, at the clearirg on the western side of Tiatelara Cree, a.out foru miles back dawn the road. Present were Pat Eartf.son, the leenr, Sandra and Phil rutt, Yvonne Kingston, Joan ..igby,'Eay 7oo7eny, Owen 3. .anley, and 7.osa1ind and _John.Elanche. After breakfast, on Saturday we net at the hut, then drove the seven =lies along the si.ie road, left the cars, and set off at ri.30 in'fairly thick fog -ehioh -,tevented us from seeing much of the countryside. After about 3/4 mile .7e, turned south off the road LID a low hill. following the rarie:ed track to 70117 Point. There was Quite a variety of wild flowero by the track, including ChAstmas el1c alent:-. In addition, the water droplets from the .fog turned many sreiderwebe into zlieteninz lace. An hour's walkina broueot us to the Tatc'ell Lookout where we stopped for a short time but had no view because of the fog. Off again, to-wards Folly Point and the lookout where we were hortna for views of the Clyde Fiver 7/alley andte Folland Corge. THe country consisted mainly of arassy, undulatin7 rlateau with a cover of scrub and occasional larg.,2. tress. Alas, when we reached Yolly Point, the fog, which was to remain at the HigLer altitudes for most of the weekend, was as thick as ever so, after signing th C.M.TJT. visitors book we the spnos in the rock which marked -C e commencement of Watson 's Pass. A scramble over awl around large, moss-covered 1,oulders, with cliffs gradually towerincz above us, brought us to the toe., of the steen sloe vhicb meets tlee cliff line. TAzch of this slope, includirc the track markers, 7.i_ac-1 been receatly burnt out and as a result we lost eaa tree: for a T4hile, swinginq_ too far to the south, qe eventually nicked ur the tracl: at the second line of cliffs and scraubled down to an unnamed eree. cluttered with trees and boulders, where we Etcad for lunch. 7:ere we noticed a large, flat-toTled toadstool about nine inches acrose, and e few giant black anti 771-lite flies over an inch Yon, After lunch, the creek was crossed and the marked track followed ut,, the F.,,lope on the other side, where it took an easy course through open forest about 100 feet e;ove the creekbed, avoiding the rough going below. Tleree-quarters of a mile further on the track etrom-)ed off tHe_eslore to meet Campine; Rock Creek, which was followed to its ..marea. of,a, Tha Sydney. Bushwalker 3
, junction wita,toliand Creek. T,41('?. followe&Violland Creel: upstream for about 11/2 igiles;.alternately.rockhopping and wading through the pOols, sometimes up toeFaistdeep, or bypassing these by bashing through th'e 'Clic!: scrub on. the banks, a much more strenuous procedure. -After slipping on Tat rocks and landing twice in the water, 1.ay gave T.17 trying to keep dry - he said the water was beautiful, but wisbed it, had happened earlier in the dayl ruring the afternoon the fog lifted and we could see the tops of the corges from which we had made our 2000 feet descent: all the countryside was very pleaaaret even though much oft had been burnt out in the last few months. A good deal of track remarking has been carried out in the v.z.le of the fires. A little after 5 o'cloc7a, about halfway round a distinct S-bend, we came to a relatively clear flat area in a myrtle forest on the high. bank. It was an ideal camsite and it was decided to stop for the night. Light rain began to fall at about 11 D.M. and it started to rain steadily at about I a.m. This rain continued for the rest of the weekend. On Sunday after an early breakfast we set off at 7.3C, reaching the junction of Holland. Creek and Angl Greek in 5-10 minutes. Then began the long haul up a sta.= ridge running initially west then south-west which finally brought us up to the cliff line below 1:t. Tarn. Fire had cleared much of the scrub and this made the going eaSier. Llthough it was sad to see so much burnt bush, there was Star!: beauty in the bare trunks on the roerx slope, with the misty rain and the backdrop of Tot green hills. We boiled the billy in the camping cave below l!t. Tarn. Then came a short acrulebash around the southern side of the mountain (abOut %. mile) and the climb onto the top through an easy pass. We crossed to the other side and opent over half an hour searching in the fog for the cairn which locates the saddle leading to Lit. Houghton. Lunchtime was spent drying cloths and thawing out round a fire in the Fusikar's Cave, a short distance around from the saddle. A heated discussion ou race rrejudice added to the warmth from the fire. .ter lunch wc had an easy walk along to the northwest tin of it ouphton, then down to thn valley below., set off througa,the mist for Styles Creek, then un the marked track to the north ief. the creak for a straih.htforwaa-d. walk hack to the Sassafras - road and tTae cars. The last section of this tra apparently for timer gettiri.s.being. cleared-by bulldozers 4 The Sydney Bushwalk.er, flarch 1969 …1101. 1……M…….1. A little excitement was had on the muddy road on the way to Sassafras when all the cars lost traction on the steeper hills and had to be pushed cyer the top. As some bright spark rentioned - “Horsepower plus eight manpower finally svaed the day' A welcome hot meal was had in rowra before we left for the long .drive home. V.14 ONE HIG7T IN Aramp :Trani-, Rigby It was in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park that I spent my most memorable night in East Africa. Late one afternoon, in a hired Vonswagon, I pulled into one of the official camping sites &lout three miles from the Seronera Game Lodge. Now there is absolutely no concept of togetherness about these camping sites - they have been deliberately set far apart so that people can get right away from each other, a rather odd philosophy in the African bush, it seemed to me. As the sun dipped to the western horizon I suddenly felt terribly lonely and exposed. I read once again the notice which had been placed at each site safety reasons, visitors should completely seal their tents at night, sleep under a mosquito net, and leave alighted lantern outside.' Well, a Padtymade tent cannot becompletely sealed, I had no idea waat sort of protection one could expect from a mosquito net (which I didn't ilave, anyuay) and a lantern was certainly not a piece of my equipr.ent. The whole business was not particularly reassuring. looked around me anxiously but the only animals within sight were a few gazelle grazing quite peacefully. Co I put Up my tiny two-man tent and got a fire started. Yes, it was going to be a good meal a2 I had lots of food to cook. The tropical night quicily blacked out my surroundings as I started the steal-. and trimminFs going - and then it happened! I think I must have jumped about six feet in the air when I heard that first awe-inspiring roar” and then, as if by some signal, it seemed to break out all around me. The air vibrated with the terrific noise, sending great s?asms of fear shuddering right through me. I had seen lions rreviously, in the daytime and from the safety of a Lan/ Rover under these conditions they are quite docile, ia fact downrig7et lazy but for all that they show absolutely no fear of man or his vehicles. But this was the first time I arc 1969 5711P-YdneY BkishwalkOr: had heard them on the hunt.at night; and I vas totally unprepared for it. If I had to devise a sound especially to set a man shivering in his shoes T. could not think of anything better than the roar of a lion, unless it was the combined effort of a whole pride of lions. It took m only five seconds to decide that this particular out-of-doors was no place for me. I abandoned the cooking and an for the car. As I sat there shaking, they started all over again and I wondered where they were and just what they were up ,to of course, the imagination runs riot at suck times and I had a vivid mental picture of a dozen lions laying siege to the car, with me the prisoner inside lust waiting to be eaten. Shortly afterwards a Land Rover from the next camp joined the action. In its Headlam7s I could make out several great cat-like shares padding through the grass, perhaps a hundred yards from ms. lien, at least they were not heading in my direction. After a while things quietened donal. for a bit and I remembered . the food around the fire. It 'odd the'-things one thinks of at such a time but it did cross my mind that the meat might attract them. Of course such a scrap would not even be a first course for a cub hit I determined to retrieve it. The fire seemed cozy and I felt hungry again - perhaps I was making far too much of it al14 perbaps I would -cook after all. As I put the steak back on the coals, all hell broke loose again. That was enough - I grabbed armfuls of billies, plates, and food, and bundled everything, including myse159 in one disoranised mess into the little car. I sat there amongst it and nibbled at dry biscuits and chocolate. 15y appetite had faded - it was all a hit miserable, but somehow very exciting because I felt that this, and not the streets of Nairobi, was the real Africa at last. I thought of the films“ tent, I thought of lying there all alone listening to the lions, perhans worrying through -tle long niht what would happen next. 7.7o9 I didn't have the courage. Well, the back seat of a VW beetle is not all that comfortable but it was a darned side more comfortable than the alternative. Uow that the first shocks were over, 'Caere was something grand about that roaring - the most powerful predator in Lfrica had proclaimed to the world that it would kill and that it would not be denied. I wondered who would be the victim - perhaps a sleek zebra, or a wildebeeste, or an impala. There would be one, for uarc. As I drifted into sleep, I gave thanks that it wasn't me. They woke me again through the night. T:T.o doubt they were gorging tbamselves by this an.fl perhaps'chasing the hyenas away. Just then I recollected what a onderful place Australia is for bushwalkins and camping and I remembered those glorious carefree nights under the stars. *Op cia 4001$01”44 _104510,147e114 SOMETHING dORTHWHILE! As every walker knows you learn something from every trip and after some years accumulate knowledge i knowhow, experience. of course It's the same when it comes to equipment. Years of experiaLce, practical application of knowledge gained results in something worthwhile. Paddymade waline gear is t,h6., product of such experience, and many -walkers have found this equipment to be a reliable friend for years of camping and wlkihg. You know when you buy Paddymade gear you have soethinL .worthwhile. PADDY PALLIN PTY 109a Bathurst Street, Sydney. N.S.W. Phone 262695. P DDY P LLIN Lightweight Camp Gear 1st Hoer, 109A Bathurst Street, SONY 6,2685 4ierkiNA,“e: '117,M ,
4 441.4. ' r _ March 1969 The Sydney.Bushualker TEE FEBRUARY MEETINGS Jim Brown February was blessed (or cursed, depending on your pant of view) by two meetings - the normal monthly session on 12th and the Era Fund Extraordinary on 196h. .1 With President Frank Rigby abroad on the slopes of Mt: kenya, Vice President Phil. Bult took the chair for the normal General Meeting, and welcomed new members, Karenza Warren, ilary. Davidson, Raymona Hookway, and a little later, Fay Smith, and Alan Taylor. Since minutes evoked nothing of consequence we ran on into the correspondence which after a deathly silence of several years, had no less than two suggestions about the use of the Era Fund - one from Dot. Butler uhich was the raison d'etre of the Extraordinary Keeting, and a proposal from Margaret Child that we may consider donating the money towards a proposed National Park in the Dubbo area. The Treasurer said our hank balance in the normal trading account stood at $656 at the close of the Club's year (31.1.69) and the Walks Secretary reported what must have been an abnormally active ,January. Eight people went down Kanangra Gorge on Roger Cowing's walk of 10-12 January, and 4 were present on Spiro 7.(eta's Gaiong Creek walk, while Jim Calloway's lengthy day walk along the Earley section of the coast started with 10 and dwindled to 5. On the next weekend David Cotton had 5 at Blue Gum, and no less than 13 tackled Alan Pike's Lrethusa Canyon jaunt. An unspecified number were on Bob Yomger's Woronora River day walk. Australia Day weekend saw 25 at Pretty Beach (they ware coming and going all -ueekend, said the report) while Barry Pacey changed his Macarthur's Flat walk to Haitland Bay (on account of bushf ire damage) and had 7 people, Kevin Ellis lead 19 people on a Kowmung River jaunt which vas somewhat late returning, and Meryl Watman had 14 on a day trip to Era. In social comment Barry Pacey said there were vcry few entrants in the slide competition, which was deferred for six months. Federation aeport included mention of a commendatory letter from the Police Commissioner concerning the Walkers' aid in a bush search for a child misging at Lawson & R are equipping a shed for the storage of gear, and the Colong Committee was res,orted to be active. It is proposed to marl-. Starlight's Track to the Nattax again. SB17m.ember, Phil liall was appointed delegate to the Native Conservation Council: and it had been decided it to pursue at this stage the edict that permits The Sydney Bushwalker March 1969 should be obtained befOre camping in Royal National Park.
As convenor of the Reunion. Committee,. Bob. Younger sought a working party and also announced transport proposals for the eunion itself.
Joan Rigby then presented the' results of some research into old Club ,minute books, and recommended the deltion of about 23 old resOlutions of continuing effect- some of which ware plainly ot*Ated,'or related to conditions in Club Rooms of bygone years, while others had been superseded by clearer or later decisions. No one consider& the old rules worth supporting and they were duly eltpunged.
Will gave his usual and useful guide to new maps coming available and to tracks and access matters, i-cluding references to several little known passes through the Illawarra scrap around Coal Cliff ana Scarborough and this put paid to February's normal doings.
This as summorsed to decide whether the walkers, after all these rears, wanted to expend the Era Funds:on the purchase of a piece of land on the Kangaroo River, south,c3ide; some four miles dovrnstream from Hampton Susnension Bridge. The vote, even on the massive 3/4 majority basis, was for devotion of the Era Fund to this propsect, and if that's all you need to know, read no further.
A brief hEtory of how the Era fund came into being was made, in case any newer member may be in doubt then Dot nresented the case - 190 acres for sale, the Society of Friends eager to purchase, but not requiring the whole area and unlikely to be able to raise
the purchase price of between $9,000 and $10,000. The area comprised four blocks of 4J0, 50, 60, and 40 acres respectively, and the Club was possibly interested in the 50 and 40 acre blocks.
Dr. Dougal “ilicnean (Society of Friends) confirmed the situation, adding that the :“Ilakers would like rice quiet zeople like bushwalkers (!!!) as neighbours. Garth Coulter, as the Water Conservation
expert, indicated that the projects to dam the Kangaroo and Shoalhaven Rivers could flood a small riverside section of the block, but it was unlikely that an access would be obstructed.
It was then moved and carried that a Committee be formed to neogtiate and that the Era funds (-plus any additional amounts promised by Clubs or individuals) be available to it - carried, and Dot. Butler, Bill Burke, and Gordon :_Recirtond appointed. Also carried was the nroposal that if a puresase was completed the land be vested in the Club's trustees under terms similar to the original Era land - the critical words beinq, for camping by recreational
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walkers and for the 'oraservation of flora and fauna'.
Some discussion followed on the diversion to the project of
Club funds at present in Commonwealt Bonds., Amazingly, considering that any General 1:eetinq, may decide on the usage of Club funds, either for purchase of equipment or outright donations, some people suggested that the extraordinary meeting should not deal with normal Club money, so no firm reoslution was carried.
However, at the close of t'ee meeting at 9.20 p.m it seemed reasonably certain that the Club could negotiate for the rurchase of at least one of the blocks.
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Leader Ken Ellie
On the Friday night we camped at the usual grassy
sPot on the Tenangra Road just dorm past the hut. After the mob had been counted and all packs so :called waterproofed, we set
off along the Kanangra Road for about a mile in search for the right firs trail. After a few stops and startsm.A turned off down the right one Ohiefi-tOok us for about three bumpy miles.
We waned about a mile after we left the cars. We came onto the Boyd River after scrub bashing here and there, We followed it down then skirted to the right and down the steep hill. We got -tack onto the river at 1,.orong Falls where we entered the Kormung. ,flere the party just disintegrated, there were 7,eople stretched out down the Kowmung and still coming doua the hill. The party did not completely unite until Sunday night.
The ones ahead walked leisurely down the river, swimming
in every pool so that the slower ones coula catch un. The weather wec ideal and ahead of us lay the beauty of the KoT.,Tmung (oronF Deep) with its huge pools connected by gentle cascades.
At the end of our first lion? compulsory swim we decided to have lunch. After about an hour the others turned u-1. It was here that we discovered tat one nrospective could not swim, tr7o prospectives and two visitors who were told to wear sandshoes turned ul? in flimsy or incorrect shoes, and later paid for not heeding advice. Ken, foreseeing it was going to be a long trip for the slower ones, suneste?: that the ten of us should go ahead and wait at the cars, whilst Y.en and Rober, lus six others, would follow on.
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So we continued down the mighty 7.alTmung. I will never forget this spectacular country so beautiful in its rugged wildness, completely untouched and unscarred b man. We saw it at a time when it was vuiet and neacaful because there had been little rain. It really must I': an angry and very treacherous river in full flood. I got a tremendous kie7, at slidiig and slippips down every cascade that looked safe enouEh, just a little bit more water and those cascades would be really thrnlino;.
At one stage We CPV.C.1 to a sectizn where the river narrowed considerably into a waterfall of about twenty feet. There was a choice of jumpinp: into ea,e p-Dol 7..-.:e7L3t7 or lioing S difficult sidle to the loft of the waterfall. Everyone decided to jump except Anne, who decided it was safer co worl-, her way roun-1.
Lfter about three aarters of a mile, including two very long compulsory exhiberating 5Fims, we came to a spectacular waterfall of about 150-200 feet. ;-Tero ue decided to cam to the left of these falls on an ,e_.tpan7Ave flat rocky outcrop. Everyone hunted around trvino. co find a comfortable rossic on the rock. Then make-
shift lines vent up. The packa were hung up in a line on one tree branch, and they -lust looked like bats before the setting sun.
The other -)arty never tned up. Around the camp fire, in a romancing mood, everyone chi.Dned in on a highly sensational story that would be submitted to the maga2ine about wandering lost soulds, etc. The descriptiono out forth about our trek down the river were so extraordinary cat I bcan to wonder 'whether I was still On the right trip,
Ue bypassed the waterfall :7;shiming down a-tree to the left - of it, then a cifile off the ledge and a jump on to the river bed.
The day passed like the day before. About -3.30 p.m. we began. looking for the right ridge to get out of the river, 'and of course we picked the wrong ridge. T:Te had our last swim, filled upwatexbottles, and reluctantly left the
Up Ghost's 7.idge we ueat, which nearly three and a half thousand feet. Practically prmtrated I recovered on Ghost's mountain, appropriately named. Goddness knows ho 'rJ nnny souls of busiTqalhers it has claimed. Here a hearing was taken and the best route to be taken L7.iscc-,o3ee,. Than we walked and walked and walked through scrub swamp and even a lo7cly grassy gum forest. he nearly cried with joy when we stumbled back onto the fire trail. However, we had about another coup16:, of miles to go and arrived back at the cars about 2 p.m. It took us five and a loalZ hours from the Kowmung and an additional three miles for taking the wrong ridge.
By. 10 p.m. Ken's party had not arrived - we were quite convinced we would not be at work on Monday. We rationed enough food for
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breakfast, put out the fire, and went to bed. About 11 n.m. I heard a heavy clumo, .cluAp, up the track. I went to investigate and there was aoger thumping do7,. the road leaning heavily on a staff, weighed down by four packs and a face.on.him like a thundercloud. Ken, carrying three packs, and party .turned up about ten minutes later.
within seconds the camp came to life. The fire lit and billy boiling in record time, our rations passed around.
Now that everyone had arrived Doss Hughes was allowed to go so John Campbell, P.oss, and myself, were first awe:'. But there was one hitch. The car uas nearly out of petrol. T-Te tried Eaunden, the dogs howled and the boys banged on every door _In the street but nobody stirred during the commotion. Tat Victoria, very sorry - couldn't help. Bell - e dragged a pyam-clad figure from his bed, who gave us petrol mumbling all the time. light I add the tank needle was showing er.inty.
Exhausted and filthy I flopped into bee about 3 p.m. and dreamed I was on the haunted Ghost's ridge, always goirr; up and up and horrible little creatures with forks nrodding me ever onwards.
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At first, there were three of us for this trip but as starting time approached one member began to worry about his sore finer and decided that he had better not go; so it was that good old dependable Jim Vatiliotis, who is no white ant, and myself, were the two that set out on the eve of th;.?. Australia Day weekend last January.
Ue ran into drizzling rain after Goulburn and it continued until eyond quennbeyan, bdt near 'ache:Lego the rain had ceased and the clouds were breaking and there were a couple of rmbrageous pine trees alongside the road. ty this time it was also 1.0) a.m. on Saturday morning and we were very tired, so Jim curled up on
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Fe were up, and away fairly early (ye were -o tired y dayli3ht tat T.),c then'Could have slept clespite the screaming of all the internal combusion eng..;.nes in Christendom.) and e.,o4zt 9 a.m. 1.-lands-were fumbling with the awkward lock on the gate across the -Schlink ?ass road at '21unyal.,.F., emd by 10 a.m. we had tnrlald the Beetle 8i the start of the Valentine Track and wore on our way to a fine morning with snow,-!rifts 11-17ing on J'icky Cooper alrf the Grey iare Range. when We reached the Valentine River crossing we caught up with three characters who -u2re carrying greet loads of gear (one-of the had ..a pee-. frame that was alelost as big as an iron bedstead - the steel f;:orl. which* the pac l: frame was mede was a',out the same weight as a bedstead, too). Anotber character had a rifle and they were all unwilling to tell us who they were All we could learn was t.lat they were 'loo7,:inl for the sold mine-. In view of their unfriendly and secretive responses to our conversational endeavours, and also in view of their anti- . conservation attitude (to wits one rifle), we gave them a literal answer when they. asked 'Does this road go all the way to the goldaine (i.e. the Grey Mare Tut)?''. We ranlie .but, if they had been friendlier we could also have told them that the road was about four times as lone as the way we were going. As a result we had been a cou.ele of hours in the Grey Mare* Tut havihg lunch and cues of tea when they- arrived, comnletely wrecked. The bloke with the iron bedstead must have carried SO lbs. - he wouldn't have made it t'-.e way we came, anyway. The scrub on the Rocky Plain 7.iver would Have been too much for the iron bedstead. Eawever,sufferim; is good for the soul and they were a chastened narty by this time and more friendly and shook hands all round and volunteered their names. It had now begun to rain and the cosiness of the Grey Mare 17.ut tempted us to stay there, sitting in the easy chairs and looking out the doOr through the scudding -rifts and across to Jaguno:al and the liain Divide, and swilling unending cups of tea: but the influx of the goldminers made it too much like what we had fled from in city offices and we couldn't be:F.x to be reminded here, in the quiet of the snug little hut, that our neighbours had brought their commercial inAtincts with then.. .And so, ab-oute.p.'m.,set out, in light rain for O'Keefe's nut .,at 'tj*feotOfouriteJagungaL Ty the time we .reached the t1 e had dropped and ar. icy 'torrent of ” 14 The Sydney Bushwalker Harch 1969 7!ss Dargale and over the ()Pen plains into our faces and making it difficult even to keep upright. vands were numbed and clotine was sodden when Fe reached, O'Keefe 's Eut about 5.25 p.m. Two otter chaos had arrived earlier and !:-,ad taken shelter from the weather, cancelling their proposed walk to 1?.ound “2::ountain and. World's End. They had a fire boing, tut it was not bis enoug's forcur Ining. This was their first camp trip and they were very mindful of such admonitions ac; The bigger the fool, the bigger the fire' and Isere somewhat appalled when I went out into the rain and 1- rouest in great logs and tossed them on the fire. We had a good camp here. The rain pelted down all night and the wind howle and the snow gums made eerie noises as their branches scraped against the flapping roof and possums were dislodged from the whirling limbs and thumped on the roof, while all the time a rat gnawed contentedly in the ceiling and weary walkers slept like babes in front of the fire. This old hut could tell tales of wild weather and the stockmen who smoked their nipes there and wondered which would give out first - the had weather or the tobacco. Sunday morning was a miracle of blue sLy, green snow grass, meadows splashed rqith flowers, and a bite in the morning air. A loafing breal-fast, then we climhnd Jaguneal from the gau3inz station. There were several large drifts of snow on the mousttain, but the Snowy Zountains troper seemed to be cnvered with snow. From JagunRal we made a ;Jeeline acroce t'se Rocky Plain and Valentine River to Mawson Hut, arriving there at 2.25 p.m. for more cups of tea. Apart from a ramble us along the Kerries, the rest of the afternoon was spent on our spines on the green grass under thn snow gums, gazing across the six miles of superb alpine scenery to Jagungal. The weather on llonday we again good and after cuttinacross the Kerrics (whence we could bee snowflecked Yount Bogong in Victoria) to the car, we drove ur, to Kosciusko ad walked out to Townsend There was plenty of snow or the Hain-Pange. About 2.30 p.m. we began the long drive home, EXPLORATION OF THE UPPER WOLLANGANBIE Lynne Wyborn Our party of 4 consisting of Peter IcIntosh, John Campbell, Peter Levander, and myself_ met at T't. 7.Tilson on Friday night. We headed off towards Lithgow looking for a special bend in the road where we were to leave civilisation. Owing to a misprint on the map, the main road between Bell ani 3.1ewnes Junction was omitted. arch 1969 The Syney :ushwalker 15 But finally after disturbing the local station master, at Newnes :Junction, :t%7( found the right road; By this time it wds'arly Saturday morning so we crawled into our fleabags beside the car and had a good 4 hours sle'ep. Sunrise found us up and packing ,so we moved off without breakfast and walked down a ride about .1-2- mile till we reached a small creek. Here we partook of a sustaining breakfast and surveyed the area before us from a rockY-oulcrop. We could see rocicy cliffs and . mountains tysteriously Si houetted against ,the early morning haze. .- Following -the creek demstream we were forced to walk in the water as cliffs were.too close to the bankl or the scrub was too entangled, to walk through. Often we were met by the open, flippers of a hungry crayfish but luckily none of us satisfied its appetite. We had lunch in a small clearing surrounded by cliffs up to 100 ft. high But tiais wa:s just the beginning!! As we continued on, the cliffs became higher and the creek became wider and deeper after the junction of several smaller creeks. In the mid-afternoon we left the creek and climbed up onto the steeP rocky hillside and witnessed a magnificant view east as far as Mt. Tomah, south as far as the Bell Foad, and west as far as Newnes. We decided travelling in the creek would be quicker than on the rough corrugated ridges. We returned to the creek and walked along till sundown. Luckily we found enough dry level ground and after dinner we were all glad to get to bed. We were up early Sunday morning, had breakfast, and moved off by G a.m. We had walked barely 1> mile when we came to the junction of the 2 major creeks comprising the Upper Wollangambie. We attempted to get on top of a ridge to walk round to the crater but the going was too slow so we decided we would have to leave the crater for another trip. We went back on the Wollangambie and concluded it would be faster to travel downstream to T!t. Filson instead of attempting to follow the ridges back to the car. The cliffs closed in as we proceeded slowly down the creek. By lunchtime we were making such slow progress we left the creek and climbed up via a small creek, onto the ridge between Bell Creek and the Wollangambie. Ue followed the ridge along, looking for a way down as close to t. Wilson as possible. We ventured down a small creek towards Bell Creek but found ourselves face to face with a 300 ft. cliff. Our rope only being 120 ft., we decided it would not be sufficient, so we climbed back onto the ridge. We spent the remainder of the afternoon surveying the cliff line for a creek which did not hold a cliff higher than 60 ft. in its depth. With no success and a great storm 16 The Sydney Bushwalker ?larch 1969 about to break over us we quickly got our tents upon the ridge, and Sheltered from the pelting rain and lightning. We were up at 5.30 next mornine and after using our emergency rations we headed back to the only sure way of retreat - the way we had come. After bushbashing in the tall wet scrub for over an hour, we reached the Wollangam-4,ie Creek again and proceeded down it The going was slow and the cool weather did not help after the long cold swims. The cliffs were completely sheer or overhanging on both sides now and mosses and ferns veiled the cracks, especially where watenalls were running. The creek bed was cluttered with large boAders and often it was tricky getting over them. . About 1/2 mile before the junction of Bell Creek, we found footprints in the sand T,7/Ach boosted our spirits and we were at the track up to Ht. Nilson by 2 p.m. After walking out to the Post Office, we made 'phone calls home to say we were none the worse off for being one day late - or having a 3-day weekend.
ARETEUSA CAMON liarion Lloyd On Saturday night we camped on the 'N'te Hay 7'..oad after much discussion on Whether it was too close to the bushfires. We could see one burning in the distance but we reasoned that seeing most of the bush along the road was completely burnt we reckoned we were safe enough. I woke up at some ghastly hour finding myself .shrouded in heavy mist and rain. I stuck it out 'till morning and found to my satisfaction that I was not the only one with a drenched sleeping bag. At breakfast we were huddled round two mingy fires when Jim (our prospective gadget man) produced a portages stove, a biz frying pan, and proceeded to cook a huge breakfast. He polished off a couple of rounds of steak, a few pounds of sausages, and goodness knows what else whilst we watched goggle eyed, our mouths water. ed, and nostrils dilated. In his bag he had werything that opened and shut and all sorts of items for every conceivable situation. However, Barry and Owen decided to.go and help look for (free food. Provided) and they would wait for us at Evans Lookout. So eighteen of us tripped off down the road. We had not gone far when Anne Rutherford noticed at the side of the road the biggest spider web I have seen, hanging from the trees. It looked beautiful as it was thick with dew and looked like a web of March 1969 The Sydney Bushwalker 17 . glistening jewels. However we-kept our distance as the spider was huge and ugly and his beady eyes glared threateningly at us. . 'About half a Mile down we entered Katoomba Creek. here we split into two parties; one half went to the left of the gully and did two short absdils'and the other went to the right and .did an abseil of about forty feet. After .a bit of rock hopping anci a short swim we came to our secon0 abseil. Again the party split, the first group abseiled about forty feet into the canyon, landing in a deep pool beioW' and then a short swim. Jim, with his gadgets hanging from his belt and gadget bag weighing him doWn,' was doled up in his parka, etc., and looked as though he wao off to the Antarctica. I am sure he was a Boy Scout - always prepared. The second group went a feu yards down and abseiled about the same height but no swim. After a few more swims, rock hopping, and some tricky ledges to negotiate we came to Arethusa 7alls - our next abseil - which was a little more tricky. You go down nicely for about 20 feet, making sure you don't tangle u-; in a bush a little way down, then all of a sudden you are swinging in space and spinning like a top to the bottom - a ledge about sixty feet down. It was hilarious watching different expressions and reactions when they found themselves dangling in nothing then just spinning merrily. However, Anne Ireland was not so lucky, she landed in the bush. She got tangled up in the rora which got tangled Up in the bush and poor Anne thought she was there forever, but finally she made it to the bottom. Scrambling off the /edge to the left we continued down the creek with high hopes of finding a nice lunch spot. Eventually we gave up and picked the worst poss:thle spot. There were just boulders so everyone picked their boulder and had lunch sitting in the creek, reserving one for our fire. I don't know what happened to Ken Ellis' other billy but he tried to cook his sausages in a plastic bag full of water and dangling it over the fire, then the bag split and put out the fire, and he then tried to cook them in a billy full of tea. I still don't know whether he had those frankfurts for dinner. About mile dowl-, from our dinner spot we came to a 30 ft. waterfall. Although there is a way round it via a ledge, most jumped in and avoided the disgrace of being called chicken. We even bad time for a bombing competition, getting out of the pool via a very slippery waterfall to the right. From this pool there is a track which was hard to find because of the bushfires, and it was very easy going, coming out at Govett's Leap Creek. By now it was getting dark and by the time we got to ileate's Glen it was pitch black. We arrived back at the cars about 3 P.M., to find Owen dead to the world in his sleeping bag. 18 The Sydney Bushwalker March 1969 He had been there since 4.30 p.m. We waited and waited for Jim and Roger. Nine p.m. came and went, 9.30 p.m. passed, and we were just about to go down to investigate when an exhausted Jim and Roger turned up. It iz not too clear but Jim hauled the prostrated JP' Roger up on a rope and pulley froi, his gadget bag or was it the other way round - I can't remember which, it was all so confusing. And so we could all go, home after the best day's walk I have been on. Big Deal!
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KANGARO 'VALLEY s KANGAROO VALLEY KANGAROO VALLEY Prior to an Extraordinary General Meeting held on 19th February you all received notification of the Club's plan to buy 90 acres of land on the Kangaroo River for a S.B.W. camping area and sanctuary. At that Meeting the Era Fund, totzlling $1,557 was voted towards the aquisition, and at the Annual General Meeting held on 12th March a further $1,000 was voted from an amount which has been held in Special Bonds for a number of years. Club members have shown their approval of the proposed purchase by subscribing a further $1,000 in promised donations. All we need.fnow to cover the whole cost of the 90 acres plus transfer costs is $870, We need our help to collect this relatively_small amount Mx. Colin Broad, the Club's Honorary Solicitor, has stated his willingness to carry out the legal work free of charge, the Vendor's solicitor has already drawn up and forwarded his contract, and our own contract can be irepared almost immediately. *So it would be a great gesture if all those reading this would .STRAIGHT AWAY take up.their pen and fill in the slip at the bottom of this page with their name and the amount they are willing to contribute towards this very worthy cause. It would help speed matters if you would attach your cheque'or money order at the same time and post it to:- Mrs. DOROTHY BUTLER, 30 Boundary Rd., WAHROONGA. 2076. Please help us to get the sale finalised at the earliest Possible date. ' As we helped. savefor all time Bluegum Forest, the Dalrymple Hay Forest at St.Ives and the Era lands, so this will be another thing the BushwaIkers. will be proud of in all the years to come.
Signed DOT BUTLER ) Committee for the BILL BURZE ) Kangaroo Valley
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