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 Page 2 The Sydney Bushwall<er Nay 1992 Page 2 The Sydney Bushwall<er Nay 1992
  
-I hope everyone had a pleasant break over Easter and lots of excellent walking in what seemed to be balmy weather compared to most years. In this issue we are starting to have what is hoped to be a regular feature, a "foodie" section. Anyone who Would like to contribute e.g. a recipe for dinner requiring lightweight ingredients, or some new delicacy found in shops, please contact Christine Floyd (929 4170), who has kindly offered to co-ordinate-it,or myself. I read somewhere that the Japanese have developed self-cooking meals enclosed intwo cans, the cooking chemicals being activated upon opening. Might be useful for taking on summer trips during total fire-ban seasons....+I hope everyone had a pleasant break over Easter and lots of excellent walking in what seemed to be balmy weather compared to most years. In this issue we are starting to have what is hoped to be a regular feature, a "foodie" section. Anyone who Would like to contribute e.g. a recipe for dinner requiring lightweight ingredients, or some new delicacy found in shops, please contact Christine Floyd (929 4170), who has kindly offered to co-ordinate it, or myself. I read somewhere that the Japanese have developed self-cooking meals enclosed in two cans, the cooking chemicals being activated upon opening. Might be useful for taking on summer trips during total fire-ban seasons....
  
-At the last Committee Meeting it was decided to take up "WILD"  magazine's offer of the Club receiving 10% of every subscription by Club +At the last Committee Meeting it was decided to take up "WILD" magazine's offer of the Club receiving 10% of every subscription by Club members. Therefore, you will notice the subscription offer in this issue. Since the offer is only until June 30th it will appear only in this month's issue.
-members. Therefore, you will notice the subscription offer in this issue. Since the offer is only until June 30th it will appear only in this month's issue.+
  
-Looking forward to your contributions, especially for the snow issue next Month +Looking forward to your contributions, especially for the snow issue next month
-.DEBBIE SHAPIRA'+
  
-2ISTILLIILLEATS ITSELF IN BUSH.WALKERS' CLUB'+Debbie Shapira 
 + 
 +History Repeats Itself in BushwalkersClub
  
 A new president of the Sydney Bush Walkers Club sees history, and links with Forster, repeated. A new president of the Sydney Bush Walkers Club sees history, and links with Forster, repeated.
  
-In 1927 John Debert, a young Englishman living in Sydney and keen on weekend walks in the bush decided to write to the "Sydney Sun" suggesting the formation of a walking club, +In 1927 John Debert [Jack Debert], a young Englishman living in Sydney and keen on weekend walks in the bush decided to write to the "Sydney Sun" suggesting the formation of a walking club, open to both sexes. The letter produced a number of interested replies and, after discussions among them and several meetings the "Sydney Bush Walkers" - the first club to cater for both men and women on bushwalks - was formed. John Debert was the first president of the new club and the word "bushwalker" had its origin in the name of the club.
-open to both sexes. The letter produced a number of interested replies and, after discussions among them and sevePimeetings the "Sydney Bush Walkers" -.the first club to cater for both +
-men and women on bushwalks - was formed. John Debert was the first president of the new club and the word "bushwalker" had its origin in the name of the club..+
  
-John Debert was actively involved in the Sydney Bush Walkers until he jeined the RAAF at the start of World War II. He explored many parts of the Blue Mountains, plotting +John Debert was actively involved in the Sydney Bush Walkers until he joined the RAAF at the start of World War II. He explored many parts of the Blue Mountains, plotting exploratory trails, and detailed maps of the area show a mountain peak officially named "Mount Debert". Many years later he moved to Forster, where he was involved in the management of the "Advocate" for a number of years. At the time of his death he was president of the Forster Arts, Crafts and Gem Society - an organisation he had been instrumental in forming, where he was foundation president.
-exploratory trails., and detailed maps of the area show a mountain peak officially named +
-"Mount Debert". Many years later he moved to Forster, where he was involved in the manage- +
-ment of the "Advocate" for a number of years. At the time of his death he was president of +
-the Forster Arts, Crafts and Gem Society - an organisation he had been instrumental in forming, where he was foundation president.+
  
- Last week his son, Ian Debert, took over as president of the Sydney Bush Walkers. He +Last week his son, Ian Debert, took over as president of the Sydney Bush Walkers. He will have the task of planning, with a large committee, the club's commemoration of its foundation 65 years back. Ian was a resident of Forster for some years. He was captain of Forster Surf Club and a foundation member of Forster Apex. He continued in Apex on moving to Sydney, becoming a life member.
-will have the task of planning, with a large committee, the club's commemoration of its +
-.foundation 65 years back. Ian was a resident of Forster for some years. He was captian of +
-Forster Surf Club and a foundation member of Forster Apex. He continued in Apex on moving +
-to Sydney, becoming a life member.+
  
 Reprinted from "The Forster Advocate" - April. Reprinted from "The Forster Advocate" - April.
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 Ian Wolfe Ian Wolfe
  
-After picking up our food drop at the end of five days in the Walls of Jerusalem area we began to head towards the Overland Track,  The route took us initially along the side of Lake Adelaide for a couple of kilometres scrabbling over a number of rocky bluffs and across small sandy beaches. A long open valley led to the watershed which linked up to the start bf the Mersy River which we followed through a series of open dales to the head of Lake Meston. This was a spot seemingly out of the Greek Isles;blazing sun, a +After picking up our food drop at the end of five days in the Walls of Jerusalem area we began to head towards the Overland Track,  The route took us initially along the side of Lake Adelaide for a couple of kilometres scrabbling over a number of rocky bluffs and across small sandy beaches. A long open valley led to the watershed which linked up to the start bf the Mersey River which we followed through a series of open dales to the head of Lake Meston. This was a spot seemingly out of the Greek Isles; blazing sun, a white sandy beach, a small rocky islet offshore topped with a decorative tree and towering rocky bluff rising directly from the. waters.
-white sandy beach, a small rocky islet offshore topped with a decorative tree and towering rocky bluff rising directly from the. waters.+
  
-Unfortunately the track departs from the lake at this point and climbs through obscuring tea tree to emerge at Dick Weston's Hut. This is a very well constructed timber +Unfortunately the track departs from the lake at this point and climbs through obscuring tea tree to emerge at Dick Weston's Hut. This is a very well constructed timber hut which was built in 1969 on a bluff overlooking the lake and served as a suitable venue for lunch.
-hut which was built in 1969 on a bluff overlooking the lake and served as a suitable venue for lunch.+
  
-Then it was onwards back down to the lake shore again, for a short time, before +Then it was onwards back down to the lake shore again, for a short time, before descending through eucalyptus forest to Mayfield Flats. These had been marked on the map in white, and thus I was expecting open clear fields to materialise. Instead we walked through a bea6tiful park-like region of open dales and vales. The track slowly twisted and turned following small ridges to reveal bubbling brooks and copses of trees. Through these we gently undulated down the broad valley to emerge at Junction Lake. Here Dick Weston has built another picturesque hut which is clean and airy inside.
-descending through eucalyptus forest to Mayfield Flats. These had been marked on the map +
-in white, and thus I was expecting open clear fields to materialise. Instead we walked +
-through a bea6tiful park-like region of open dales and vales. The track slowly twisted +
-and turned following small ridges to reveal bubbling brooks and copses of trees. Through +
-these we gently undulated down the broad valley to emerge at Junction Lake. Here Dick +
-Weston has built another picturesque hut which is clean and airy inside.+
  
-From this-point we had two options as to our future course. One, down the line of the +From this-point we had two options as to our future course. One, down the line of the Mersey River bush-bashing through the tea-tree of the Never Never, Or secondly, across the top of the Traveller Range to Du Cane Gap. The weather being fine and the quest for views being strong within us, it was the upland path that called us. The track climbed initially through myrtle rainforest and then eucalypt to the mountain heath that surrounded a 
-Mersey River bush-bashing through the tea-tree of the Never Never, Or secondly, across the +succession of 'beautiful lakes below the Mountains of Jupiter. The sides of Lakes Artemis, Eros and Meros were traversed with all of us being most enamoured of Eros. Beyond this point the route crosses an open maze-like plateau of small dolerite, knobs and lakes through which one threads your way, over and round, over and round, over and round. In all it was with some relief that Falling Mountain gradually loomed larger to finally provide us with an afternoon tea spot with extended views.
-top of the Traveller Range to Du Cane Gap. The weather being fine and the quest for views +
-being strong within us, it was the upland path that called us. The track climbed initially +
-through myrtle rainforest and then eucalypt to the mountain heath that surrounded a +
-succession of 'beautiful lakes below the Mountains of Jupiter. The sides of Lakes Artemis,+
-Eros and Meros were traversed with all of us being most enamoured of Eros. Beyond this point the'route crosses an open maze-like plateau of small dolerite,knobs and lakes through which +
-one threads your way, over and round, over and round, over and round. In all it was with +
-some relief that Falling Mountain gradually loomed larger to finally provide us with an afternoon tea spot with extended views.+
  
-To the south the sheer walls of theAcropolis and Mount Geryon reared 1300 ft from the valley floor. To the west and north Castle Mountain and. Cathedral Mountain provided +To the south the sheer walls of the Acropolis and Mount Geryon reared 1300 ft from the valley floor. To the west and north Castle Mountain and. Cathedral Mountain provided competing vistas. A steep descent to Du Cane Gap brought us to the "highway" of the Overland Track. Taking care to keep to the left we walked a short distance to camp at Campfire Creek.
-competing vistas. A steep descent to Du Cane Gap brought us to the "highway" of the +
-Overland Track. Taking care to keep to the left we walked a short distance to camp at +
-Campfire Creek.+
  
-A short packless trip down to th4 Mersey River to view the waterfalls was entertained next morning. These included D'Alton, Boulder, Cathedral and Ferguson Falls. All are +A short packless trip down to the Mersey River to view the waterfalls was entertained next morning. These included D'Alton, Boulder, Cathedral and Ferguson Falls. All are worth seeing, especially Ferguson Falls, as the river crashes over mossy rock ledges deep in the myrtle rainforest (we even found a Huon Pine). We thence retrieved our packs and headed south along the track to Windy Ridge Hut before leaving the Overland Track via the connection to Pine Valley.
-worth seeing, especially Ferguson falls, as the river crashes over mossy rockledges deep in +
-the myrtle rainforest (we even found a Huon Pine). We thence retrieved our packs and +
-headed south along the track to Windy Ridge Hut before leaving the Overland Track via the connection to Pine Valley.+
  
-The track here crosses the Narcissus River at a lovely still clear pool which reflected back the handsome/beautiful visage of the viewers. Dragging ourselves away, we continued +The track here crosses the Narcissus River at a lovely still clear pool which reflected back the handsome/beautiful visage of the viewers. Dragging ourselves away, we continued on to Cephissus Creek and thence via the Forest Walk under towering myrtles to Pine Valley Hut. This sports a composting toilet with solar panels, to charge a battery, to drive a fan, to dry out the "mass", to promote the growth of the microbes! Over a four year period the microbes will progressively convert the mass to a benign substance which can be used as fertilizer. Problem being that on average 300 people a week are staying at Pine Valley Hut and these generate a lot of "mass", consequently filling up the tank and necessitating it being pumped out every month. (Conversations with the Rangers reveal that the introduction of a permit system to keep the numbers of walkers on the Overland Track at 1000 per week is to be expected with the next two years!)
-on to Cessiphus Creek and thence via the Forest Walk under towering myrtles to Pine Valley +
-Hut. This sports a composting toilet with solar panels,to charge a battey, to drive a fan, +
-to dry out the "mass", to promote the growth of the microbes! Over a four year period +
-the microbes will progressively convert the mass to a benign substance which can be used as fertilizer. Problem being that on average 300 people a week are staying at Pine Valley Hut +
-and these generate a,lot of "mass", consequently filling up the tank and necessitating it being +
-pumped out every month. (Conversations with the Rangers reveal that the introduction of a permit system to keep the numbers of walkes on the Overland Track at 1000 per week is to be expected with the next two years!)+
  
-Next morningsome of us felt like a bit of a blast630 metres and two hours later we +Next morning some of us felt like a bit of a blast630 metres and two hours later we stood on top of the Acropolis in the sunshine sucking in the views. The Acropolis is a dolerite mountain composed of fluted columns which tower majestically, and in many places have been eroded to form isolated stacks for all the world like a ruined Greek temple. The views extend in all directions: south down Lake Sinclair, next to Mount Olympus, the Cheyne Range, the quartz of Frenchmans Cap gleaming on the horizon, the Labyrinth and Walled Mountain to the 
-stood on top of the Acropolis in the sunshine sucking in the views.  The Acropolis is a dolerite mountain composed of fluted columns which tower majestically, and in many places have +west, Ossa and others to the north. Finally to the northeast the line of our journey was clear to see, with King Davids Peak and Mount Jerusalem standing clear above Lake Meston and Du Cane Gap.
-been 'eroded to form isolated stacks for all the world like a ruined Greek temple-. The Views extend in all directions: south down Lake Sinclair, next to Mount Olympus, the Cheyne Range, the quartz of Frenchman'Cap gleaming on the horizon, the Labyrinth and Walled Mountain to the +
-west, Ossa and others to the north. Finally to the northeast the line of our jpurney was +
-clear to see, with King Devidis Peak and Mount Jerusalem standing clear above Lake Meston and Du Cane Gap..+
  
 We returned to Pine Valley for lunchbefore climbing up to thelabyrinth to camp beside We returned to Pine Valley for lunchbefore climbing up to thelabyrinth to camp beside
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