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 We headed back for the camp via the tunnel and the arch, with a side trip to inspect a cave on the northern side of Mt Donjon, this is approached from the gully between Donjon and Cole. This cave was dry but from past bitter experience it is a miserable place when the wind from the north. We headed back for the camp via the tunnel and the arch, with a side trip to inspect a cave on the northern side of Mt Donjon, this is approached from the gully between Donjon and Cole. This cave was dry but from past bitter experience it is a miserable place when the wind from the north.
  
-The rain had boon falling steadily all morning and the thoughts of the 3 drivers had been dwelling on the state of the Sassafras road. So after lunch we decided to head back and camp at Styles cave. This would ensure we had severa hours of daylight to dig out the cars if necessary on Monday afternoon.+The rain had boon falling steadily all morning and the thoughts of the 3 drivers had been dwelling on the state of the Sassafras road. So after lunch we decided to head back and camp at Styles cave. This would ensure we had several hours of daylight to dig out the cars if necessary on Monday afternoon.
  
 The walk back was uneventful until we reached Yarrabee brook below Mt Hoddle. The Brook was running a banker. We scouted up and down for a place to cross but the water was fast and deep and to step off the bank was to step up to your waist. The walk back was uneventful until we reached Yarrabee brook below Mt Hoddle. The Brook was running a banker. We scouted up and down for a place to cross but the water was fast and deep and to step off the bank was to step up to your waist.
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 But the main lesson was that the Budawangs is good walking country even in bad weather and I'll be going back-again and again. But the main lesson was that the Budawangs is good walking country even in bad weather and I'll be going back-again and again.
  
-My don't you come.+Why don't you come.
  
 =====Theatre Party.===== =====Theatre Party.=====
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 Stoves in miniature, both petrol and gas. Food for camping. All sorts of dried foods for fancy face feeding. Stoves in miniature, both petrol and gas. Food for camping. All sorts of dried foods for fancy face feeding.
    
-Tent pegs, tent cord, tent poles, tent bags, even tents. Socks, famous for 20 years among walkers - Paday's Pink Miners' Socks. Find them all at:-+Tent pegs, tent cord, tent poles, tent bags, even tents. Socks, famous for 20 years among walkers - Paddy's Pink Miners' Socks. Find them all at:-
  
 Paddy Pallin Pty. Ltd. Paddy Pallin Pty. Ltd.
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 Pat Marson requested.. information from delegates about camping at Blue Gum. As there was no delegate who could give the required information a motion was passed that Federation write to The National Parks and Wildlife Service, who take over that area this year, requesting this information. Pat Marson requested.. information from delegates about camping at Blue Gum. As there was no delegate who could give the required information a motion was passed that Federation write to The National Parks and Wildlife Service, who take over that area this year, requesting this information.
  
-membor of the Sydney Uni. Mountaineering Club attended the meeting. He apologized for Warrick Daniels being unable to find a meeting of the Club when he went to see if they were suitable for entry to Federation. The member hoped that a similar inspection could. be arranged this year.+member of the Sydney Uni. Mountaineering Club attended the meeting. He apologized for Warrick Daniels being unable to find a meeting of the Club when he went to see if they were suitable for entry to Federation. The member hoped that a similar inspection could. be arranged this year.
  
 The Visitors Book on Mt. Guouogang is showing the signs of use and abuse. Anybody going that way would they please take some patching material to repair the Book. The Visitors Book on Mt. Guouogang is showing the signs of use and abuse. Anybody going that way would they please take some patching material to repair the Book.
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 - By Dot Butler. - By Dot Butler.
  
-Most of you are aware tha "a National 7:=Ic" is to 1,c1 ,lodicatod in +Most of you are aware that "a National Park" is to dedicated in the Myall Lakes area. To the vast majorIty this testifies that the Government is mindful of the need for recreational areas for the 5 million people who in fifty years will be holidaying every summer at our coast resorts. However, conservationists are not happy about the paltry area of the land to be set aside as National Park (a mere 2 chains width surrounding the water of the lakes and a relatively small amount of Crown land of which about 6,430 acres, (more than half) is to be mined for rutile. The Government may eventually be persuaded to set aside a greater area but what of its quality? 
-the VT:-aLl Lakee area. To the vast majorIty this testifies th; Government + 
-is minjful of 1uhr.3 need for recreational areas for the 5 people +Anyone who has witnessed the complete devastation which is following in the wake of the rutile miners on our northern beaches will be sympathetic towards the Myall Lakes Committee in their attempts to prevent mining, at least within the precincts of the proposed parkThey are not propagandizing for the fun of it. 
-who iii fifty 7ars will be holidaying every summer at cur coast resorts. HOWOVC2 conservationists are not happy about the paltry area of the land to be set aside as :ational Park (a 1118-2C) 2 chains width surrourc the water + 
-of thq 2akes ana a relatively small amount of Crown la':11 of nhih about 6,430 orcs (more than half) is to be mined for rutile Thn Government may eventually be persuaded to set aside a greater area but what of its quality? +Mining detracts from, and obliterates the quality of parkAt present visitors to the lakes are delighted by wide and peaceful waters; on a closer look they can find even greater charm in the infinite variety of plant communities possible within a uniform environment, "The Sea of Sand", beginning with low dune species and grading into a climax communities of eucalyptus forest the whole system being subtly and wonderfully alive. To disrupt this complex system is vandalism on the aesthetic level. On the level of scientific enquiry it is barbarous, yet the Government remains unmoved by representations to protect the scientific area, which has attracted international scientific interest. 
-Anycno who has witnessed the complete devastation Thich is following in the a10 cf the rutile miners on our northern beaches ill be sympathetic towards the '\uall Lakes Committee in their attempts to j;revent mining, at + 
-least within the precincts of the proposed parkThey are not -c-::oragandizing +We must insist on the absolute inviolability of such areas, with no ifs and buts. Such a policy has been adopted in the U.S. If only the best is good enough for the U.S., the main beneficiary of the beach mining industry, it should be good enough for us. 
-for the fun of it. +
-Mining detracts fzom, and obliterates the quality of parkAt +
-present visitors to the lakes are delighted by wide and peaceful -mters5 on a closer look they can find even greater charm in the inf12.itc variety of +
-plant communities possible within a uniform environment, "The J'ea of Sand", +
-beginning with low dune species and grading into a climax communities of +
-eucalyptus forest  the whole system being sUbtly and wonderfully alive. To disrupt this complex system is vandalism on the aesthetic level. On the level of scientific enquiry it is barbarous, yet the Government remains unmoved by representations to protect the scientific area, which has attracted international scientific interest. +
-We must insist on the absolute inviolability of such areas, with no ifs and buts. Such a policy has been adopted in the U.S. If only the best +
-February,- 4974... -THESYDNEY'BUSHFALKER-- Page 11. is good enough for the U.S.', the main beneficiary of the beach mining +
-industry,'it should.be good enough for us.+
 The Government has no mandate either to sell the State or to squeeze the life out of it. Its duty is to the social and cultural needs of the people of New South Wales, not to overseas corporations. The Government has no mandate either to sell the State or to squeeze the life out of it. Its duty is to the social and cultural needs of the people of New South Wales, not to overseas corporations.
-HELP WANTED 1 Conservation is becoming a very fashionable cause, due in + 
-large measure to the slogans which conservationist's are publicizing. +__HELP WANTED__! Conservation is becoming a very fashionable cause, due in large measure to the slogans which conservationist's are publicizing. The Myall Lakes Committee has prepared car sticker slogans
-The Myall Lakes Committee has prepared carsticker slogans " DON'T MINE MYALL LAKES + 
-If you could help by distributing these slogans apply to Stephen Morgan, Box 102 The Union, Sydney University, 2006. Stephen can let you have bundles of 100 for sale at 20 cents each, or if you ask for only one, please send 30 cents to include the cost of postage. Your Clubs representative on the Myall Lakes Committee is Dot Butler, and she will have these stickers available at Club meetings for all those who care to support the cause. +"__DON'T MINE MYALL LAKES__" 
-Hundreds of cars displaying this slogan will help it to register on the pane mind, and perhap'save this beautiful area unspoiled for walkers and campers. + 
-************************ with Owen marks ***************************xxx4+If you could help by distributing these slogans apply to Stephen Morgan, Box 102 The Union, Sydney University, 2006. Stephen can let you have bundles of 100 for sale at 20 cents each, or if you ask for only one, please send 30 cents to include the cost of postage. Your Club'representative on the Myall Lakes Committee is Dot Butler, and she will have these stickers available at Club meetings for all those who care to support the cause. 
 + 
 +Hundreds of cars displaying this slogan will help it to register on the public mind, and perhaps save this beautiful area unspoiled for walkers and campers. 
 + 
 +=====Socially Speaking.===== 
 + 
 +with Owen Marks. 
 This will be a very interesting month. This will be a very interesting month.
-WEDNESDAY17TH. MARCH. Miss Marr (a friend of Marion Lloyd) will be doing her bit for CHIROPODY PUBLIC RELATIONS. As most Bush walkers have feet, this lecture shouldbeof interest to all. + 
-SATURDAY 20TH. MARCH. Craig and Marcia Shappert'of 15 Gaeroch Avenue, Tamarama telephone 30-2028) will be having a classical music evening. It will be a wine and cheese night, so bring along +|Wednesday17th March|Miss Marr (a friend of Marion Lloyd) will be doing her bit for Chiropody Public Relations. As most Bush walkers have feet, this lecture should be of interest to all.| 
-your favourite cheese; wine and biscuits will be supplied. Arrive sober at 7 p.m. and you'll be most welcome. +|Saturday, 20th March|Craig and Marcia Shappert of 15 Gaeroch Avenue, Tamarama (telephone 30-2028) will be having a classical music evening. It will be a wine and cheese night, so bring along your favourite cheese; wine and biscuits will be supplied. Arrive sober at 7 p.m. and you'll be most welcome.| 
-11212.TH..NEMARCH. Gerry Sinzig will be showing his slides on Canada. Gerry has promised to talk as little as possible. Three cheers for his consideration. +|Wednesday, 24th March|Gerry Sinzig will be showing his slides on Canada. Gerry has promised to talk as little as possible. Three cheers for his consideration.| 
-WEDNESDAY31ST. MARCH. The Bush Music Club will entertain us. You may recall that approximately 18 months ago they were our guests, and due to their enormous success they have been reinvited. It will be a Gala Night, but formal attire won't be necessary (unless you feel you must). A light supper will be provided. +|Wednesday31st March|The Bush Music Club will entertain us. You may recall that approximately 18 months ago they were our guests, and due to their enormous success they have been re-invited. It will be a Gala Night, but formal attire won't be necessary (unless you feel you must). A light supper will be provided.| 
-Page 12. TEE SYDNEY BUSHWALICER February, 1971+ 
-***********************xxx*** By Jim Brown ****************************** +=====Sensation In The Snow Country.===== 
-Inits telling, this tale becomes rather disjointed because it is episodic in character. Oddly enough, it is worth telling only because it + 
-is episodic, so that one can interpolate some of the intervening conjecture, and some of the snippets of information which coloured the story. +By Jim Brown
-Over the Christmas  New Year holiday period, Kath and I spent a week or so in the Alps country, first in the Brindabella Range, and finally a couple of days in the Kosciusko area. It was there on Thursday, January 7th., we joined forces with Nan and Paddy Bourke and their youngsters in a day walk to Blue Lake. At the saddle where the Blue Lake track parts company with the through trail to Carruthers Peak and Kosciusko, we set down our packs and went up "light" to the gap overlooking the western face of the Main Range. + 
-Along this short section of track we met, travelling the other way, a group of four people toting large and rather unprofessionallooking packs, and all wearing a collection of sweaters although the day was almost uncomfortably warm. Three were teenagers, I would guess, but the +In its telling, this tale becomes rather disjointed because it is episodic in character. Oddly enough, it is worth telling only because it is episodic, so that one can interpolate some of the intervening conjecture, and some of the snippets of information which coloured the story. 
-fourth, who may have been about thirty, was wearing a kilt. We exchanged + 
-a few words, learned they were going to Blue Lake for lunch, and went our opposite ways.+Over the Christmas New Year holiday period, Kath and I spent a week or so in the Alps country, first in the Brindabella Range, and finally a couple of days in the Kosciusko area. It was there on Thursday, January 7th., we joined forces with Nan and Paddy Bourke and their youngsters in a day walk to Blue Lake. At the saddle where the Blue Lake track parts company with the through trail to Carruthers Peak and Kosciusko, we set down our packs and went up "light" to the gap overlooking the western face of the Main Range. 
 + 
 +Along this short section of track we met, travelling the other way, a group of four people toting large and rather unprofessional looking packs, and all wearing a collection of sweaters although the day was almost uncomfortably warm. Three were teenagers, I would guess, but the fourth, who may have been about thirty, was wearing a kilt. We exchanged a few words, learned they were going to Blue Lake for lunch, and went our opposite ways. 
 Perhaps an hour later, as we returned down the Blue Lake trail, one of the younger ones came toiling up the hill, panting and crying that "one of the blokes was bitten by a funnel web". (You will recall the newspaper alarm about funnel web spiders over the Christmas period). Now, I claim no prescience, but I asked "Sure it's a funnel web?" because I was under the impression that this variety of spider was not found so far south. Perhaps an hour later, as we returned down the Blue Lake trail, one of the younger ones came toiling up the hill, panting and crying that "one of the blokes was bitten by a funnel web". (You will recall the newspaper alarm about funnel web spiders over the Christmas period). Now, I claim no prescience, but I asked "Sure it's a funnel web?" because I was under the impression that this variety of spider was not found so far south.
-I was told "It was a funnel web all right" and when we got down near the lake Paddy and I wont on to thelake shore to see if we could be of any assistance. The victim was sitting up and seemed to be OK, but there was a small red sweeling on his calf about halfway between ankle and knee. The spider had been in his trouser leg, and had been killed and was in a + 
-match box  a fairly large blackish creature, which for my money could be accepted as a funnel web. +I was told "It was a funnel web all right" and when we got down near the lake Paddy and I went on to the lake shore to see if we could be of any assistance. The victim was sitting up and seemed to be OK, but there was a small red swelling on his calf about halfway between ankle and knee. The spider had been in his trouser leg, and had been killed and was in a match box a fairly large blackish creature, which for my money could be accepted as a funnel web. 
-The bitten one was now almost surrounded by a group of others + 
-camped by the Lake, and one of these people had such a formidable collection +The bitten one was now almost surrounded by a group of others camped by the Lake, and one of these people had such a formidable collection of hypodermic syringes and other paraphernalia that it seemed probable he was a medical student. What with this, and the patient's apparent well-being half an hour after being bitten, Paddy felt we could not sensibly intervene, and so we offered any assistance we could give and rejoined our party for lunch. 
-of hypodermic syringes and other paraphernalia that it seemed probable he + 
-was a medical student. What with this, and the patient's apparent wellbeing half an hour after being bitten, Paddy felt we could not sensibly intervene, +About this time a four-wheel drive vehicle manned by a couple of people from the nearby Soil Conservation hut arrived at the rim of the depression containing Blue Lake. Then followed a hiatus, in which no-one stirred and there was no indication of the victim being taken out. I ventured the opinion that he may have been bitten by a march fly - of which there were many about - and then found the spider and drawn the obvious but wrong conclusion. 
-and so we offered any assistance we could give and rejoined our -party for lunch. + 
-February, 1971. THE SYDNEY BUSHVTALICER Page 13. +On our way out from Blue Lake we were told by the Soil Conservation people that they were prepared to carry the patient out if he could be got up the hill from the Lake, but his mates seemed unwilling to carry or move him. They had radio-ed the information to the Kosciusko Park Headquarters. 
-About this time a four-wheel drive vehicle manned by a couple of people from the nearby Soil Conservation hut arrived at the rim of the +
-depression containing Blue Lake. Then followed a hiatus, in which no-one +
-stirred and there was no indication of the victim being taken out. I ventured the opinion that he may have been bitten by a march fly - of +
-which there were many about - and then found the spider and drawn the obvious but wrong conclusion. +
-On our way out from Blue Lake we were told by the Soil Conservation people that they were prepared to carry the patient out if he could be got up the hill from the Lake, but his mates seemed unwilling to carry or move him. The had radio-ed the information to the Kosciusko Park Headquarters.+
 Later, as we neared Charlotte's Pass the same truck passed us and added a rider to the tale. The Park was sending its helicopter in to rescue the victim. No, they didn't think he would have to pay the costs - the Park had been in possession of the chopper for some months and had never had occasion to use it in any emergency situation. Probably they would chalk up today as the big justification for its purchase. Later, as we neared Charlotte's Pass the same truck passed us and added a rider to the tale. The Park was sending its helicopter in to rescue the victim. No, they didn't think he would have to pay the costs - the Park had been in possession of the chopper for some months and had never had occasion to use it in any emergency situation. Probably they would chalk up today as the big justification for its purchase.
 +
 And there ends the main narrative. The snippets follow. And there ends the main narrative. The snippets follow.
-(1) The following day in Cooma We read in that day's "Sydney Morning Herald" of the helicopter rescue of a young man bitten by a funnel web spider near Kosciusko. An ambulance conveyed him from Jindabyne to Cooma, where police cleared a path through the motor traffic. He Was in Cooma Hospital in a satisfactory condition. + 
-(2) After all my doubts about funnel web spiders, and snide comment about march flies, I was rather abashed to read in the Geehi Club's booklet on the Snowy Mountains that "spiders of the funnel web (Atrax species) are to be found among the tussock grasses and should be kept at  arm'length", A funny place to keep them, but still confirmation of the type of spider. +(1) The following day in Cooma we read in that day's "Sydney Morning Herald" of the helicopter rescue of a young man bitten by a funnel web spider near Kosciusko. An ambulance conveyed him from Jindabyne to Cooma, where police cleared a path through the motor traffic. He was in Cooma Hospital in a satisfactory condition. 
-(3) Down at Merry Beach we again met the.Bourkes, who had an interesting addendum. At their camp at Sawpit Creek they had found, and captured, two large dark spiders and taken them to the Park Information Centre, whore it was thought they were funnel webs, but said it would be checked. + 
-On the day they left the Kosciusko area the Bourkes learned they were relatively harmless Wolf spiders, as was the spider which caused  the sensation at Blue Lake+(2) After all my doubts about funnel web spiders, and snide comment about march flies, I was rather abashed to read in the Geehi Club's booklet on the Snowy Mountains that "spiders of the funnel web (Atrax species) are to be found among the tussock grasses and __should be kept at arm'length__", A funny place to keep them, but still confirmation of the type of spider. 
-Page 14. THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER February91971. + 
-(4) And as a final rider  a party led by Pat Harrison WAS in the Kosciusko country at the same time. The night after the spider episode they spent at Lake Albinal and there met the other three people left after the spider attack. Pat and his party did a day walk to Mt. Tate the following day and while they were away someone swiped Ray Hodkway's Bogong sleeping bag and left a tatty specimen in its place. +(3) Down at Merry Beach we again met the Bourkes, who had an interesting addendum. At their camp at Sawpit Creek they had found, and captured, two large dark spiders and taken them to the Park Information Centre, where it was thought they were funnel webs, but said it would be checked. 
-WELLMAYBE THE SPIDER DIDN'T BITE THE RIGHT ONE+ 
-*************** +On the day they left the Kosciusko area the Bourkes learned they were relatively harmless Wolf spiders, __as was the spider which caused the sensation at Blue Lake__
-317:1720+ 
 +(4) And as a final rider  a party led by Pat Harrison was in the Kosciusko country at the same time. The night after the spider episode they spent at Lake Albina, and there met the other three people left after the spider attack. Pat and his party did a day walk to Mt. Tate the following day and while they were away someone swiped Ray Hookway's Bogong sleeping bag and left a tatty specimen in its place. 
 + 
 +Wellmaybe the spider didn't bite the right one
 + 
 +=====The Sydney Bushwalkers Annual Reunion - 1971.===== 
 + 
 +Woods Creek. 
 + 
 +March 12-13-14. 
 + 
 +Convenor and transport detailBob Younger 57-1158 (H). 
 + 
 +=====Mountain Equipment.===== 
 Have you paid us a visit yet? Have you paid us a visit yet?
-At 167 Pacific Highway, North Sydney, we are conveniently located for all Northsiders, and not too far away from the city for Southsiders. We'd + 
-be more than happy to welcome you, and show you what we've got. . +At 167 Pacific Highway, North Sydney, we are conveniently located for all Northsiders, and not too far away from the city for Southsiders. We'd be more than happy to welcome you, and show you what we've got. 
-And what we have got is the very best available. Sleeping bags (FAIRY DOTN ofcourse), and have you seen our NEW HIGH LOAD PACK, priced at only $27.50. It weighs only 3 lb 10 oz. + 
-All the best gear for walking, climbing, canoeing etc. We've got the lots +And what we have got is the very best available. Sleeping bags (FAIRY DOWN of course), and have you seen our NEW HIGH LOAD PACK, priced at only $27.50. It weighs only 3 lb 10 oz. 
-MOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT + 
-167 Pacific Highway, +All the best gear for walking, climbing, canoeing etc. We've got the lot! 
-NORTH SYDNEY, N.S.T. + 
-Phone 929-6504. +Mountain Equipment. 
-Page 16. THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER February, 1971. + 
-"FORGIVE THEM FOR THEY KNOTT NOT THAT THEY DO +167 Pacific Highway, North Sydney. N.S.W. Phone 929-6504. 
-************************ By David, W. peacock ******.x********************* Life is the most complicated phenomenon of which we are aware - + 
-man is still thrashing through its outer secrets, and slowly de-coding +====="Forgive Them for They Know Not What They Do!"===== 
-its complexities, and each new discovery only exposes more problems. Life + 
-on this planet has existed for 3 billion years - think about it - 3 billion years (for those people who find it hard to imagine 3 billion years, imagine that each year is denoted by one second, and three billion seconds equals 95 years; longer than most of us will live!) which is one hell of a time. And yet, individually speaking, life is so very fragile but this very fragility is its saving factor. I assume that you've all heard of natural selection. If you haven't shoot off to your local library and grab one of the many books on evolution, there are quite a number of them. The idea behind natural selection is that during reyroduction Some of the cells in the resulting organism are mutated (it is now known to result from inaccurate copying of the parents' DNA +By David, W. Peacock. 
-molecules - but that's a story for another day)Most of these mutations are fairly minor. A typical human being has several million mutated cells in his body, but occasionally there are macro-mutations (macro = large). The majority of macro-mutations however are harmful and the unfortunate organism suffers a premature death. Very occasionally, however, the mutations are beneficial and the organiSm.is better fitted for existence. It breeds more successfully than its less fortunate counterparts and its advantageous mutation is passed on to its offspring (it's that DNA molecule again) which eventually breed to form a new species. + 
-Now this system worked pretty well for 3 billion years and resulted in several million species (the abbreviation is spp.) of animals and plants. These animals and plants got on reasonably well with each other and a very delicate equilibrium was established. But the inevitable happened a reasoning species emerged. Yes, you're one step ahead of me; it was Homo Sapiens Man. (Incidentally Homo Sapiens means "The intelligent, wise and judicial on" Of course the name was self chosen). Now this prodigal child cast his eye around at this old earth and he decided that it needed "correcting". So off he wont with his old shotgun, +Life is the most complicated phenomenon of which we are aware - man is still thrashing through its outer secrets, and slowly de-coding its complexities, and each new discovery only exposes more problems. Life on this planet has existed for 3 billion years - think about it - 3 billion years (for those people who find it hard to imagine 3 billion years, imagine that each year is denoted by one second, and three billion seconds equals 95 years; longer than most of us will live!) which is one hell of a time. And yet, individually speaking, life is so very fragile but this very fragility is its saving factor. I assume that you've all heard of natural selection. If you haven't shoot off to your local library and grab one of the many books on evolution, there are quite a number of them. The idea behind natural selection is that during reproduction some of the cells in the resulting organism are mutated (it is now known to result from inaccurate copying of the parents' DNA molecules - but that's a story for another day)Most of these mutations are fairly minor. A typical human being has several million mutated cells in his body, but occasionally there are macro-mutations (macro = large). The majority of macro-mutations however are harmful and the unfortunate organism suffers a premature death. Very occasionally, however, the mutations are beneficial and the organism is better fitted for existence. It breeds more successfully than its less fortunate counterparts and its advantageous mutation is passed on to its offspring (it's that DNA molecule again) which eventually breed to form a new species. 
-insecticides or defoliants and began to "adjust" nature. The trail of + 
-his merciless slaughter sill echoes across the world. Millions, no billions, of animals died before the barrage and a great part of the distressing toll form the contents of the "Red Books" published by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (I.U.C.N.). But before we go any further we must clarify one point; the sportsmen etc:. who helped eradicate so many species often did not do it intentionally. It was just through plain ignorance of the habits of the animals concerned. +Now this system worked pretty well for 3 billion years and resulted in several million species (the abbreviation is spp.) of animals and plants. These animals and plants got on reasonably well with each other and a very delicate equilibrium was established. But the inevitable happeneda reasoning species emerged. Yes, you're one step ahead of me; it was Homo SapiensMan. (Incidentally Homo Sapiens means "The intelligent, wise and judicial one"Of course the name was self chosen). Now this prodigal child cast his eye around at this old earth and he decided that it needed "correcting". So off he went with his old shotgun, insecticides or defoliants and began to "adjust" nature. The trail of his merciless slaughter sill echoes across the world. Millions, no billions, of animals died before the barrage and a great part of the distressing toll form the contents of the "Red Books" published by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (I.U.C.N.). But before we go any further we must clarify one point; the sportsmen etc. who helped eradicate so many species often did not do it intentionally. It was just through plain ignorance of the habits of the animals concerned. 
-Anyway, along came 20th. century man, but at his disposal he has vastly more deadly weapons. Take DDT r (I used to know who the + 
-ititials stood for once upon a time, but unfortunately I've forgotten now, and I'm too lazy to find out), it was discovered just before W72, +Anyway, along came 20th. century man, but at his disposal he has vastly more deadly weapons. Take DDT for example (I used to know who the initials stood for once upon a time, but unfortunately I've forgotten now, and I'm too lazy to find out), it was discovered just before WW2, and, as a point of interest, Paul Müller who discovered it was immediately presented with the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1939, but that is beside the point. So this "Miracle powder" was chucked about and, lo and behold, all insect pests were falling before its glorious advance - a miracle for scienceNote that I used the past tense, because it began to be noticed that insects, especially house flies, were becoming immune to its effects. It was quite simply a triumph for natural selection, and soon DDT-resistant strains existed all over the world. Ah well, people said it was good while it lasted and so they went off to prepare more deadly sprays: the organo-phosphates and the dreaded "nerve gases" to mention a couple. But what they hadn't realised, or perhaps, had just ignored, was that these insecticides perhaps failed on insects, but they were appallingly effective against higher life-forms, e.g. the birds. DDT is stored in fat and the birds eating the treated insects accumulated the DDT until it passed the threshhold level. Have you ever seen a bird dying of insecticide poisoning? My God, it's the most sickening thing imaginable. Firstly the nervous system goes (all the insecticides affect the central nervous system - C.N.S. some more than others) and the animal is convulsed with uncontrollable spasms - it's choking and its pupils dilate - all co-ordination is gone - and it literally suffocates itself. The heart and lungs just give up. And I think man did this- and I hate him for it. The birds of prey are declining rapidly for insecticides affect the eggshell forming process in the female and the subsequent eggs have very thin shells, the vast majority of which are broken by the parent birds accidentally, and the offspring surviving is therefore considerably reduced
-February, 1971. THE SYDNEY BUSHWALICER Page 17. + 
-and, as a point of interest, Paul Muller who discovered it Was immediately presented with the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1939, but that is beside +There are, of course, other ways of "controlling" unwanted animals. Take the rabbit for example. Way back in '53 when I was but a gleam in my father's eye, some boffin, probably at Porttand Down, England's Germ Warfare Research Centre, thought of the brilliant idea of releasing rabbits infected with myaxamatosis into the countryside. Boyoh boyhe really must have congratulated himself. It worked beautifully. Approximately 90% of the wild rabbits died, but what a way to die. Just being alive and rotting away; I've seen photographs of rabbits suffering from the disease and it isn't a pleasant sight. 
-the point. So this "Miracle powder" was chucked about and, lo and behold, all insect pests were falling before its glorious advance - a miracle for scienceNote that I used the past tense, because it began to be noticed + 
-that insects, especially house flies, were becoming immune to its effects. +To more recent days, the troops in Vietnam use defoliants to uncover enemy troops, and also lay waste many hundreds of square miles of jungle. The U.S. and others dump obsolete nerve gases into the oceans and the average householder goes wild with "Flick" and "Safe sure Mortein". 
-It was quite simply a triumph for natural selection, and soon DDT-resistant + 
-strains existed all over the world. Ah well, people said it was good while it lasted and so they went off to prepare more deadly sprays: the +There is such a state of public apathy existent at the present timetoo much time is required just to gain money to survive. 
-organo-phosphates and the dreaded "nerve gases" to mention a couple. But + 
-what they hadn't realised, or perhaps, had just ignored, was that these insecticides perhaps failed on insects, but they were appallingly effective +Well, we are now hurtling towards the twenty-first century and what will we find? A sterile, antiseptic world inhabited by man and a few domesticated animals. Action is needed NOW, and your help is required. 
-against higher life-forms, e.g. the birds. DDT is stored in fat and the + 
-birds eating the treated insects accumulated the DDT until it passed the +To close I will now go to sleep listening to the two other fellows in the room describing their encounters with snakes: "I never let one go, I always kill them" says one. "Good on yer" replies the other, and I sigh. 
-threshhold level. Have you ever seen a bird dying of insecticide poisoning? My God, it's the most sickening thing imaginable. Firstly the nervous system goes (all the insecticides affect the central nervous system- +
-C.N.S. some more than others) and the animal is convulsed with uncontrollable spasms - it's choking and its pupils dilate - all co-ordination is +
-gone - and it literally suffocates itself. The heart an lungs just +
-give up. And I think man did this- and I hate him for it. The birds of prey are declining rapidly for insecticides affect the eggshell fox:Ing process in the female and the subsequent eggs have very thin shells, the vast majority of which are broken by the parent birds accident,dly, and the offspring surviving is therefore considerably reduced, +
-There are, of course, other ways of "controlling" unwanted animals. Take the rabbit for example. Way back in '53 when I was but a gleam in my father's eye, some boffin, probably at Porttand Down, England's Germ Warfare Research Centre, thought of the brilliant idea of releasing rabbits infected with myaxamatosis into the countryside. Boy oh boyhe really must have congratulated himself. It worked beautifully. Approximately 90% of the wild rabbits died, but what a way to die. Just being alive and rotting away; I've seen photographs of rabbits suffering from the disease and it isn't a pleasant sight. +
-To more recent days, the troops in Vietnam use defoliants to uncover enemy troops, and also lay waste many hundreds of square miles of jungle. The U.S. and others dump obsolete nerve gases into the oceans and the average householder goes wild with "Flick" and "Safe sure Ibrtein". +
-There is such a state of public apathy existent at theresent time too much time is required just to gain money to survive. +
-Well, we are now hurtling towards tho twenty-first century and what will we find? A sterile, antiseptic world inhabited by man and a few +
-domesticated animals. Action is needed NOW, and your help is required. To close I will now go to sleep listening to the two other fellows +
-in the room describing their encounters with snakes: "I never lot one go, I always kill them" says one. "Good on yor" replies the other, and I sigh.+
 P.S. I recommend that everyone reads Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring". P.S. I recommend that everyone reads Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring".
-Page 18. . THE SYDNEY BUSHWALICR February, 1971+ 
-k,/,7,57397_ +=====The Mighty Williams.===== 
-17 Lri V'YO + 
-I tVL) +By Peter Levander
-*********************** By peter Levander ******************************* + 
-The main party left Sydney in the Levander Vauxhall about 8 p.m. +The main party left Sydney in the Levander Vauxhall about 8 p.m. and consisted of Peter Kaye, Peter Franks, Colin Walpole, John Campbell and Peter Levander. We made good time along the Newcastle Expressway despite the fact that the rear springs curved upwards instead of downwards due to a combination of old age and a full load. We turned off the highway at Maitland and proceeded through the moonlit countryside under a clean starry night, a good omen for river trips arriving at Barrington House just after midnight. 
-and consisted of Peter Kaye, Peter Franks, Colin Walpole, John Campbell + 
-and Peter Levander. We made good time along the Newcastle Expressway despite the fact that the rear springs curved upwards instead of downwards due to a combination of old age and a full load. We turned off the highway at Maitland and proceeded through the moonlit countryside under a clean starry night, a good omen for river trips  arriving at Barrington House just after midnight. +The next morning we were joined by John Worrell complete with Land Rover and relief driver. John immediately proposed that we should do the 3,000 ft. climb up the ridge to our dropping off point into the Williams River by Land Rover; to which the whole party readily agreed, and soon we were bouncing our way up the fire trail which runs up the ridge from the guest house to Barrington Tops. We climbed the last 500 ft. on foot to the Corker which is a large lump just before the tops, arriving at about 9 a.m. 
-The next morning we were joined by John Worrell complete with Land Rover and relief driver. John immediately proposed that we should do the 39000 ft. climb up the ridge to our dropping off point into the Williams River by Land Rover; to which the whole party readily agreed, and soon we were bouncing our war up the fire trail which runs up the + 
-ridge from the guest house to Barrington Tops. We climbed the last 500 ft. on foot to the Corker which is a large lump just before the tops, arriving at about 9 a.n+After admiring the view from the lookout, we dropped off the Williams River side and proceeded to scrub bash our way down the 45° slope through various levels of scunge. The going was not too bad until we gravitated into a side creek whose waters supported enormous growths of lawyer vine, nettles etc. Eventually, however, we reached the river at about 11 a.m. and lunched during which two members removed the only two leeches we encountered on the trip (no ticks either). 
-After admiring the view from the llokout, we dropped off the Williams River side and proceeded to scrub bash our way down the 45 slope through various levels of scunge. The going was not too bad uhtil we gravitated into a side creek whose waters supported enormous growths of lawyer vine, nettles etc. Eventually, however, we reached the river at about 11 a.m. and lunched during which two members removed the only two leeches we encountered on the trip (no ticks either). + 
-At noon, we rockhopped dawn the river in brilliant sunshine and within half a mile encountered cur first waterfall which was soon overcome by a 20 foot bomb (there being no other way) into a beautiful deep pool. The water temperature was about the same at the Kowmung. This process was repeated about every half mile for the rest of the afternoon with six or so beautiful waterfalls with deep bombable pools below. The only thing which dampened our spirits was the short thunderstorm which struck about 2-30 p.m. The nature of the river was constantly changing with cliffs +At noon, we rockhopped down the river in brilliant sunshine and within half a mile encountered our first waterfall which was soon overcome by a 20 foot bomb (there being no other way) into a beautiful deep pool. The water temperature was about the same at the Kowmung. This process was repeated about every half mile for the rest of the afternoon with six or so beautiful waterfalls with deep bombable pools below. The only thing which dampened our spirits was the short thunderstorm which struck about 2:30 p.m. The nature of the river was constantly changing with cliffs giving way to lush dense jungle and the boulder strewn bed changing to stretches of rock with weird shapes gouged into it by the water. 
-giving way to lush dense jungle and the boulder strewn bed chnaging to + 
-stretches of rock with wierd shapes gouged into it by the water. +We set up camp about 5.30 and lit a fire to dry out all our gear which was thoroughly wet after our plastic bags had burst from impact with the water. 
-We set up camp about 5.30 and lit a fire to dry out all our gear whicli. was thoroughly wet after our plastic bags had burst from impact with the water. + 
-We set off at eight next morning and soon encountered more falls, _11 swims, with the river constantly changing its character at each +We set off at eight next morning and soon encountered more falls, [illegible] swims, with the river constantly changing its character at each turn, we arrived back at the cars at noon. During the trip we encountered quite a variety of wildlife ranging from eels to platypus. We came upon a tree snake in the river which promptly gave a demonstration of its tree climbing ability. At the top of one of the falls, Peter Franks came face to face with an 18 inch Blue Tongue Lizard. When the poor reptile saw Peter, it did a backwards somersault down the waterfall and was churned up in the swirl below. However, Peter rescued it as he swam by, but the thing had stopped breathing so something suggested that Peter give it mouth to mouth, but he made do with a bit of body massage which seemed to do the trick. 
-February, 1971. THE SYDNEY BUSHWALICTR Page 19. + 
-turn, we arrived back at the cars at noon. During the trip we encountered quite a variety of wildlife ranging from eels to platypus. We came upon a tree snake in the river which promptly gave a demonstration of its tree climbing ability. At the top of one of the falls, Peter Franks came face to face with an 18 inch Blue Tongue Lizard. When the poor reptile +=====Coming Walks.===== 
-saw Peter, it did a backwards somersault dawn the waterfall and was churned up in the swirl below. However, Peter rescued it as he swam by, but the thing had stopped breathing so something suggested that Peter give it mouth to mouth, but he made do with a bit of body massage which seemed to do the trick. + 
-******************XXXXX**** By The Editor ******************************* +By The Editor
-The Talks Secretary is still recuperating from his big New Zealand ordeal, but he should be sufficinetl recovered by next month to write + 
-his magazine piece (by which time his tenure of office will be finished).+The Walks Secretary is still recuperating from his big New Zealand ordeal, but he should be sufficiently recovered by next month to write his magazine piece (by which time his tenure of office will be finished). 
 The Autumn Walks Programme is enclosed with this issue, so you will be able to plan your trips for the next three months. Details for March are as follows: The Autumn Walks Programme is enclosed with this issue, so you will be able to plan your trips for the next three months. Details for March are as follows:
-BIRCH 5TH, 6TH, & 7TH. Four walks are programmed for this weekend, two weekenders and two day walks. Alan Round is leading an exploratory trip in one of his favourite areas: Ettrema and Taliangla Gorge.+ 
 +====March 5th6th 7th==== 
 + 
 +Four walks are programmed for this weekend, two weekenders and two day walks. Alan Round is leading an exploratory trip in one of his favourite areas: Ettrema and Taliangla Gorge. 
 If you think that might be a bit hard for you, and you want something a bit easier to start the season, Hans Beck (phone 67-1517 (B)) is leading a Bluegum Forest walk. This is a good one for prospectives who haven't yet been to Bluegum to get to see the place. It goes from Mount Victoria, then back up via Grand Canyon. If you think that might be a bit hard for you, and you want something a bit easier to start the season, Hans Beck (phone 67-1517 (B)) is leading a Bluegum Forest walk. This is a good one for prospectives who haven't yet been to Bluegum to get to see the place. It goes from Mount Victoria, then back up via Grand Canyon.
-One of the day walks is another of the Combined Club efforts. Jim Gallopaway (alias Callaway) will be leading a combined group of S.B.7.'s and Catholic Bushwalkers from Garie, Curracurong Trig, Garie Trig, Little Bola Creek, Upper Causeway. Train is the 8.42 from Central.+ 
 +One of the day walks is another of the Combined Club efforts. Jim Gallop-away (alias Callaway) will be leading a combined group of S.B.W.'s and Catholic Bushwalkers from Garie, Curracurong Trig, Garie Trig, Little Bola Creek, Upper Causeway. Train is the 8.42 from Central. 
 Again, if you feel like a lazy day, Jim Brown is leading an easy one, which even includes a ferry ride. He'll be catching the 8.50 electric train and his home number is 81-2675. Again, if you feel like a lazy day, Jim Brown is leading an easy one, which even includes a ferry ride. He'll be catching the 8.50 electric train and his home number is 81-2675.
-MARCH 12TH, 13TH, & 14TH. This weekend is given over to the Club Reunion, details of which are given on page 14 of this magazine. + 
-Page 20 THE SYDNEY BUSITTALICER February, 1971. +====March 12th13th 14th==== 
-MARCH 19TH9 20TH9 21ST. The old team of Finch andWyborn (Doone that is for the latter and Don for the former) will be leading a mighty trip from Erris Clare and back via Ettrema Creek, Sentry Box Canyon and Jones Creek. Home telephone numbers are Don, 74-1070 and Doone, 57-5218.+ 
 +This weekend is given over to the Club Reunion, details of which are given on page 14 of this magazine. 
 + 
 +====March 19th, 20th 21st==== 
 + 
 +The old team of Finch and Wyborn (Doone that is for the latter and Don for the former) will be leading a mighty trip from Erris Clare and back via Ettrema Creek, Sentry Box Canyon and Jones Creek. Home telephone numbers are Don, 74-1070 and Doone, 57-5218. 
 If you haven't yet been to Batsh Camp, Mount Colong etc., and you'd like to see what all the fuss is about, make a date with Ray Hookway to go on his trip. He has two telephone numbers : 644-6849 at home, and 20333 Ext. 232 at work. If you haven't yet been to Batsh Camp, Mount Colong etc., and you'd like to see what all the fuss is about, make a date with Ray Hookway to go on his trip. He has two telephone numbers : 644-6849 at home, and 20333 Ext. 232 at work.
 +
 The Sunday walk this weekend represents Kath Brown's maiden trip (the first one she's led that is), or at least the walks secretary thinks so. In any case, she has agreed to lead a Waterfall, Uloola Falls, Kangaroo Creek, Audley trip. The train is the 8.20 electric and Kath's number is 81-2675 at home. The Sunday walk this weekend represents Kath Brown's maiden trip (the first one she's led that is), or at least the walks secretary thinks so. In any case, she has agreed to lead a Waterfall, Uloola Falls, Kangaroo Creek, Audley trip. The train is the 8.20 electric and Kath's number is 81-2675 at home.
-MARCH 26TH, 27TH, & 28TH. The major item of the weekend is the Federation Reunion, details of which will be announced in the Club, posted on the notice board, probably advised in the next magazine (if it's out on time) or failing all else, from the Walks Secretary. The venue for this year's reunion is the Wolgan Valley. 
-Also in the same area this weekend will be Alan Hedstrom with a happy band of bushwalkers. He'll be visiting the Glowworm tunnel and Chinatown as added attractions. Walkers should take every opportunity to visit this beautiful spot in the Wolgan Valley, 
-since word has it that it is soon to be mined again (coal this time). 
-The day walk, for those who have had enough reuning for one month, will be led by Bill Hall. He will be going from Waterfall, Kingfisher Creek, Myuna Creek, Waterfall 
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 +====March 26th, 27th & 28th====
 +
 +The major item of the weekend is the Federation Reunion, details of which will be announced in the Club, posted on the notice board, probably advised in the next magazine (if it's out on time) or failing all else, from the Walks Secretary. The venue for this year's reunion is the Wolgan Valley.
 +
 +Also in the same area this weekend will be Alan Hedstrom with a happy band of bushwalkers. He'll be visiting the Glow-worm tunnel and Chinatown as added attractions. Walkers should take every opportunity to visit this beautiful spot in the Wolgan Valley, since word has it that it is soon to be mined again (coal this time).
 +
 +The day walk, for those who have had enough re-uning for one month, will be led by Bill Hall. He will be going from Waterfall, Kingfisher Creek, Myuna Creek, Waterfall.
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 +All members should attend the Annual General Meeting.
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