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aout a t SEPTEMBER 2004


THE SYDNEY BUSHWALKER is the monthly bulletin REGULAR FEATURES: of matters of interest to members of - 2 Co ttee The Sydney Bush Walkers Inc From the Commi Room PO Box 431 Milsons Point 1565. 3 Message from President Maurice Editor: Bill Holland . Production Manager: Frances Holland 4 Editor's Note Printers: Kenn Clacher, Barrie Murdoch, Tom Wenman Don Brooks Fran Holland 5 Treasurers Report ~ 18 Social Notes 18 A Joke or Two Wedding Bells Congratulations to popular members FEATURE ARTICLES et Margaret Sheens and Jan Mohandas who 4 Future Shock were on married on Sunday 12“ September . A message from your Archivist

8 Maquaries Kingdom Review by Owen Marks of the latest book by Almis Simankevicius

Are you on the SBW Email List? . . Once a month, we send out a friendly email to 9 Blue Mountains World Heritage : A splendid book by Alex Colley and Henry SBW Members and Prospectives. - : : . . Gold - reviewed by Bill Holland The email acts as a reminder of the upcoming social event for the month, along with a short 10 Water Can Kill You note on something of interest to our members. Doug Floyd of BWRS writes of the If youd like to be added to the list, simply send problems of overhydration an email to: 17 Guidelines for Qualifying Walks _ The Management committee has issued guidelines- Ron Watters tells us CONSERVATION: Dont Forget our Social Night ! 6 News from Cooiana Wed 20” October. Environmental Dons regular report on our property re date by Keith Muir - Colong 7 Sydney Water Ways oundation Pamela Irving writes of water wastage WALK PAGES

12 Walk Notes: Barry Wallace summarises recent walks

13-15 Peter Loves Kakadu Waik

ADVERTISERS: A tale of Kakadu wanderings by Richard Alpsport Front cover Darke

Paddy Pallin Back cover 16 The Great Grose Trek

Wilderness Transit 5 Jim Percy who finds the Engineers Willis's Walkabouts 7 Track and environs very satisfying

The Sydney Bushwalker: First Edition July 1931 Official publication of The Sydney Bush Walkers Inc. [Page 2

The Sydney Bushwalker

September 2004

The Sydney Bush Walkers Inc.

Our Club was formed in 1927 for the purpose of bringing bushwalkers together; enabling them to appreciate the great outdoors; establishing a regard for conservation and promoting social activities.

The Club's main activity is bushwalking but includes other activities such as cycling, canocing and social events.

Our Walks Programme (published quarterly) features day walks on most Saturdays and Sundays, some mid week walks and overnight weekend walks.

Extended walks are organised in areas such as Lamington, Snowy Mountains etc as well as interstate.

Our meetings are held on Wednesday evenings (see Social Programme) at Kurmnbilli Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Fitzroy Street, Kimibilli (near Milsons Point Railway Station). Visitors and prospective members are welcome. General Enquiries: Phone 0500 500 729

SBW Website Office Bearers President: Maurice Smith Vice-President: Rosemary MacDougal Treasurer: Tony Marshall Secretary: Leigh McClintock Walks Secretary: Peter Love Social Secretary Caro Ryan Membership Secretary Ron Watters New Members Secretary: Grace Martinez Conservation Secretary: Pamela Irving Magazine Editor: Bul Holland Committee Member: Barry Wallace Gail Crichton

Delegates to Confederation:

Jim Callaway - vacant -

Contact The Committee:

Members are welcome to contact the following officers on Club matters:

President : Maurice Smith

9587 6325 (h)

Vice President : Rosemary MacDougal

9428 5668 (h) Secretary: Leigh McClintock 8920 2388 (h)

Treasurer Tony Marshall

9713 6985 (h)

Members Secretary: Ron Watters 0419617491

New Members Secretary: Grace Martinez

0405 473 029 (m)

From The Committee Room - September

A report on proceedings at the Management

Committee meeting on 1* September 2004

The Committee admitted Lynette Huang and Heidi Volp to full membership

* The Guidelines for Qualifying Walks proposed by Ron Watters were adopted and the Committee thanked Ron for his work in developing these guidelines.

[These guidelines are published on page 17]

* The period for completing the SBW Electronic Media Questionnaire closed on 31 August. The Web Site Sub Committee is preparing a report for the Management Committee on the results. The Management Committee will consider the matter at the next meeting.

= Ron Watters is preparing a draft proposal for Standard Navigation and First Aid Tests and will consult as necessary with club members

= Walk leaders and training weekend leaders will be asked to send completed activity forms direct to the New Members Secretary immediately after completion of walks and training weekends. This will speed up the processing of prospective members applications for full membership by eliminating the need to check walks and tests completed at a later date.

* As required under the terms of our Sydney Catchment Authority grant, a report has been submitted to the Authority on Coolana.

New Committee Member: Gail Crichton has joined the Management Committee in place of Heike Krause who recently resigned her position following a move to Queensland

Vale George Walton Very sadly we report that George Walton passed away on 28“ Aupust, aged 73 years.

George joined SBW in the late 1970s and, with his wife Elaine and later, his son Matthew, enjoyed many walks with both SBW and The Bush Club.

Members will remember George for his love of weekend and extended walks. He was an expert navigator and led many walks; his favourite areas being Kosciuszko, Blue Mountains and Kanangra National Parks.

George will be greatly missed by his wife Elaine, sons Andrew, Richard, Matthew and Cameron and his many friends in SBW

The Sydney Bushwalker September 2004 Page 3 Message from President Maurice: While watching the television images and the radio grant supplied by the Sydney Catchment

broadcasts of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games I was, as ever, amazed at the athleticism of all the athletes, Australian and other nations, regardless of whether they were successful or not. They have worked for so long and for many years to achieve the status of becoming an Olympian.

In our own back-yard we have numerous examples of club members who have Olympic type achievements. At the risk of embarrassing both, I will name two of them for their achievements in the Clubs 2004 annual Kanangra to Katoomba in a Day bushwalk. As an aside for those members not familiar with this walk, Kanangra Walls is about 35 kilometres south-east of Jenolan Caves. From there to Katoomba is approximately 43 kilometres as measured on the map, in reality, it is quite a bit more due to all the little zigs and zags that the track takes, and it involves close to 2,500 metres of climbing in the course of the walk.

For Ken Smith, a huge well done. When Ken completed the walk on 4 September that marked the 12” time that he had completed it as a day walk. No easy feat, nor easy on the feet either. Our other athlete shares the name of an Australian swimming icon, Jan Thorpe. Our Jan walked from Katoomba to Kanangra solo on Friday 3 September in 9 hours 45 minutes, then on the official walk on Saturday walked with 10 other club members to complete the walk in 11 hours 45 minutes.

When Tony and Gail Crichton and I met Ian at the end of the Saturday walk, we were not only amazed that Ian had managed such an achievement, but that Jan was so relaxed about it. Quite an achievement indeed Ian, well done.

Among the people in the club who deserve recognition for their ongoing efforts are those leaders who year after year have walks on the program, sometimes to familiar places and sometimes to new places. Without your efforts the club would not be a club, as we rely on you trip leaders to take us to your special places and to make us extend ourselves. Please keep up the good work and I and all your fellow club members look forward to your continued efforts.

Over the past 12 months the members of the Coolana Sub-committee have spent many hours of effort in planting over 300 young trees in and around the area of the Coolana camping flats. The funds to purchase these trees came from a

Authority. The young trees are well protected from the many hungry wombats that have made their home in the area. The club members salute your efforts and we look forward to enjoying the shade cast by these trees in a few years time when they have grown taller.

Lastly, for this month, I observe that since 1927 when the club was formed, a vast number of relationships have developed between club members. Many of these relationships have resulted in marriage. In my time in the club I have seen many such relationships develop. Well it is still happening; on 12“ September two of our members were married to one another. Congratulations and best wishes to Jan and Margaret.

Maurice Smith

KS If you have changed your address or ~ phone number recently, please advise: Members: Ron Watters Prospectives: Grace Martinez

The advice should be in writing directed to the Clubs postal address. This will ensure that our records show your current address and prevent

delay in receiving the magazine each month.

Notice - Camp Fires and Stoves All members are advised to check the restrictions on lighting fires in intended camping areas. Be aware that high to extreme bush _fire =; danger currently applies throughout much of NSW. This means that fires in the open are restricted and may only be used under certain conditions eg. a camp fire for cooking purposes. However, most national parks, reserves and forest areas around Sydney have Local Fire Bans which mean no fires of any nature are permitted Total Fire Bans may be declared on days of extreme fire danger and fires in the open, including cooking and camp fires, are totally prohibited for the period of the ban. Lighting any fire in the open on a day of Total Fire Ban may lead to a fine of $5,000 and six months imprisonment. This applies to any naked flame including camp fires and camping stoves.

LEADERS: The closing date for the Summer Walks Programme is 15” October. Easy to Easy/Medium walks particularly welcome

Have You Changed Your Address? [Page 4

The Sydney Bushwalker

September 2004

Future Shock!

A Message from your Archivist

- I had this thought when sorting through old walk reports from the early 1930s that how lucky the Club is to have records from so long ago. One of our members is collating the Club walks by area and type of walk and as the Club Archivist I was able to help him.

With one or two exceptions we have all of our walk programmes from 1927 until today - 77 years. And, we have all of our club magazines from the very first issue; nicely bound in book form sitting up there on the archives book shelf.

Then I thought of my personal walk records. I have recorded each walk I have led since I started in 1980. It should be no trouble to look these up, I thought, the lists from those early years are on discs from my old computer as are my private records, old bank accounts, personal letters etc

Now that is a problem! In early days I used the works computer and copied to 5 % floppy disc, later on my own computer I used 3 % discs and more recently compact discs. The problem is that many modem computers only handle compact discs - and it seems their days are also numbered. So unless I can find an older computer and transfer records some of my own past has been lost.

This move to computerised recording of events in prose and pictures, however, has many positives. Electronic records can be sorted, indexed, cross referenced etc. Digital photos retain colour and resolution better than old slides and printed photos. But what of the future?

There is no problem whilst we retain our records on paper but we need to think about the method and means of archiving SBW records as we move more and more into electronic recording.

I hear that the National Archives are reverting back to magnetic tape in the hope that such records will always be accessible. Our printed magazines and walk programmes are safe but we should think about our website. The photos and reports on the site will need to be preserved but how will this be done and who will do it?

And what about your personal files, emails, letters etc?

Bill Holland

Editor s Note:

? The day is warm as I write this - ideal walking conditions. I should be out walking

, > typing. g And there is plenty

of choice. Our walking

programme in spring is very busy, taking advantage of ideal walking conditions, but lets think about the warmer, hotter conditions of summer. What of the next walks programme? What about summer walking?

Now that our insurers have graciously permitted us to walk above the snowline the Christmas/New Year extended walks can once more venture into the very high country and snow conditions. There are also coastal walks and swimming opportunities.

So leaders - take note of the closing date for the Summer Walks programme and prepare your walks. Evening walks have been popular in past years and perhaps we can see more of these in the extended daylight hours.

Which reminds me, dont forget our newer members and older members who like to have easy to easy/medium walks; so suitable for the hot summer weather.

The currently very dry bushland presents dangers of fire and possible absence of water (see the warnings shown elsewhere in this magazine) but it is interesting to read the article on Page 10 outlining the dangers of drinking too much water. Thanks Caro for directing my attention to this article.

This month the magazine records the closing of Eastwood Camping Centre. This business has supported our club with advertising over many years and we are sad to see it close.

We also have two book reviews, each comes highly recommended and copies will be available for sale in our Clubrooms.

Keep your walk reports coming in and I do enjoy reading the jokes: sent in even though many cannot be published.

Bill Holland

Contact The Editor:

Copy for publishing in the SBW magazine should be received by the editor by the end of the first week of

each month. Letters. stating your viewpoint on matters of interest are most welcome. Please send your submission in by mail (preferably typed), on floppy disc, or by email addressed to The Editor Telephone: 9484 6636 Email:

The Sydney Bushwalker September 2004 Page 5 |

Treasurers Report - Eastwood Camping Centre . Eight months Jan - Aug oo Closing Down Sale:

SBW Bank Account Tt is with great regret that we announce that Opening Balance January $ 6,745 Eastwood Camping will cease trading within the Pavia 3 a : next couple of months. The. changing demographics Closing Balance August $ 19,890 have resulted in a negative trend that appears to be Receipts too strong to buck,

Membership Fees 23,716 We wish to thank all members of Sydney Advertising 1,695 Bushwalkers for their wonderful support and Interest General 731 loyalty. Interest - Coolana _ 917 We are having a Clesing Down Sale with truly Interest Conservation 303 ding bargains. most it bel Investment redemption 6,000 outstanc DargaMs, MOS? 1enis at cost OF DSIOW. Donations Coolana 3,000 Note 3 In these sad circumstances you are kindly requested Other 509 to cease oer ongoing advertisitig from the next Total Receipts $ 36,871 issue, With warmest regards to all your members. Payments Brian Liebman. Administration 1,348 Affiliation & Insurance 8,516 2 Magazine 5,486 ; Communication 30 Nsw WILDERNESS Transit | Membership 426 Coolana 1,974 Note 1 Bis 10 : Other 208 Caz & Equipment purchased 1,399 | SCA Grant 3,540 Note 2 4 Total Penacnts 523.706 | JENOLAN CAVES. KANANGRA Wins. Net Increase in Cash Held $13,145 ; Yerranorne Guest Town Note 1 Includes rates paid to June 2005. | Sranuiaurs Track. Bexgont Caves. Note 2 Remaining balance of $150 to be .

paid for photography and report Woe Woe, NERRIGA

preparation costs. Departs rom Sydney's Campbelltown Railway Station Ff Note 3 An additional $300 was received ia Pendih, Kacostba & Bhacxheaih for |

early in September. | Kanangra Walls Mon & Wed at tiam. Frid at 7am The Committee is reviewing the Clubs Returns dpm Mon, Wed, Frid. investments and funds will be transferred to Via Stanights, Mittagong & Mandan for investment accounts during September. |Wog Wog-Nerriga Tues. Thurs & Sun at {1am ff Tony Marshall P| “ 2;

: Retums 4 pm Tues, Thurs, Sun.

Weekend Walking Gear for Hire a Yerranderie Ghost Town first Saterday in each The club now has a small pool of weekend month, returns Sun att pm (any Friday min 6) walking equipment available for hire. The rates : Group booking discounts or charter service for weekly hire are:

Weekend pack: SIS Tel 0246 832 344 Mob 0428 832 344 Sleeping bag: $15 e 6=s- Sleeping mat: $5 , Ground sheet: $2 Tent: $20 Complete kit $50 ,, On20” October - There will be F or hygiene reasons you must FR an Environmental Update in the provide and use Clubrooms _ by Keith Muir from your own sleeping bag liner) the Colong Foundation Equivalent refundable deposit required. Contact: Geoff McIntosh 9419 4619

Page 6 The Sydney Bushwalker September 2004


August has seen the practical completion of the plantings at Coolana under the SCA Grant 2003. The nurturing of the plants will continue for sometime yet. A final report has been sent to the SCA with a letter of thanks.

The drought continues to stress things at Coolana with the wombats digging up grass and chewing on wattle tree roots prompting Shirley to supplement their diet with a donation of a bale of hay. Watering of the plants continues with another three dying during the month. There is still no evidence of damage by grazing to any of the plants protected by plastic guards. Some areas of the eastern flat have been opened up by the clearing of vines and fallen timber this was to allow the planting of SCA trees. The

easier access has also allowed the Poisoning of many of the tobacco plants on the eastern flat. A start has

been made on clearing the moth vine infestation from the eastern flat. The efforts 4 of some additional members on the recent maintenance weekends have really made a difference. The rate of progress is remarkable when the 70 year old ladies

do not have to carry their own 20 litre drums of water.

A new 4hp utility lawn mower was purchased during the month and was used at Coolana with great effect. The new 4 horses were noted to be a lot more willing than the tired 3.5 horses of the old mower. The walking tracks were cleared and the leaf litter and fallen trees were removed from around the shelter shed to reduce the fire hazard. Joan Rigby planted the last 7 trees near the creek and Wilf improved the track across to the eastern flat. The composting toilet project continues with Patrick suggesting a possible site between the shelter hut and the tool shed about 25 meters from the tool shed. The site is marked with

stakes, have a look and let us know what you think.

There is very little growing at Coolana at present with only 10mm of rain at the end of the month. The grass still has some short 30mm long green blades and the water is still dripping into the dam at the creek. We have water in the pipe and the tank is full. When it does rain we will need to start mowing the cobblers pegs as soon as they start growing. I still need some more volunteers for the mowing schedule.

Any volunteers? Don Finch

Coolana Maintenance

23rd_.24th October: Its a wonderful property but needs some gentle care and maintenance. The weeds start growing in Spring but there are other tasks to be done. Join us for a pleasant weekend of light work and socialising around the evening


Dai working order. Please phone Don on 9477 2251

Wanted: Do you have a surplus lawnmower to donate to Coolana - must be 4 stroke and in good

The Coolana Fund: Donations to the Coolana Fund are very welcome and will be used to provide income to assist with the

maintenance of this wonderful property.

Many thanks to those who have already donated or have indicated an intention to include the Coolana Fund in

their wills, Please send in your donation, addressed to

The Coolana Fund The Sydney Bush Watkers Inc PO Box 431 Milsons Point 1565.

The Sydney Bushwalker

September 2004 Page 7 |


Sydneys Water Ways

Sydney has an average of 600,000 mega litres of water available for use each year, taking into account the variability of the annual rainfall. Unfortunately our current annual use is 635,000 mega litres. Whats to be done?

A recent report Water and Sydneys Future, Balancing the Values of our Rivers and Economy addresses this undeniable shortfall. Proposals include continued water restrictions, labelling of water-using appliances re their efficiency, and an annual cap on the volume of water which can be taken from Sydneys dams for domestic /commercial/industrial use. This would leave more water available to restore the Hawkesbury/Nepean system. The most basic ways to save household water - ie rain water tanks and grey water systems - have been discouraged until recently. A last resort is for water to be pumped from the Shoalhaven River to prop up Sydneys supply.

A government-appointed panel, including Clean Up Australias founder Ian Kiernan, is currently assessing how Sydney can better use its water, including re-cycling grey water and sewage.

Builders are now required to design homes to be 40% more water efficient. Native plant gardens instead of lawns are encouraged. Eventually all new homes will be designed to use 75% less water than existing homes.

Industrial, commercial and government users consume more than a quarter of Sydneys annual total. This is drinking-quality water which is simply used and discharged into the sewerage system. The commercial property sector has huge losses from leaking and inefficient cooling towers. Ten percent of Sydneys water is lost because of leaks in the citys 22,000 km of water mains.

By 1825, Sydneysiders had polluted the Tank Stream, their first water supply. By 2004 weve done a pretty good job on the Hawkesbury/Nepean River system as well. Salvinia weed chokes the river itself. Giant harvesters operate six days a week, removing up to 500 tonnes each week. Other exotic weeds have replaced Australian natives on the banks, and introduced mosquito fish and carp decimate the numbers of native fish. Weirs block the rivers natural flow. Better water management in Sydney would allow more water to be released into this ailing system. The agriculture on its floodplains is estimated to be worth more than one billion dollars.

The environmentally disastrous proposal to build yet another dam at Welcome Reef on the Shoalhaven River doesnt address the basic problem, which is water wastage, not water shortage.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald and Total Environment Centre

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Page 8 The Sydney Bushwalker

September 2004

Book Review -

Fellow members of Sydney Bush Walkers NSW Australia. It gives me great pleasure to announce _ that “ another book has been

written by Almis : Simankevicius, our Writer in Residence. Whitten for adults, and includes an introduction suitable for

schoolchildren as well.

You will recall that he has written three others on wanderings in other countries and luckily they are still in print. Santiago was a walk in Spain from Pamplona to Santiago de Compostela on the Pilgrims Way, staying in medieval inns. On The Milford Track he was braving the rain and crossing the glorious alpine areas of New Zealand with grand views and staying in National Park huts. Odins Last Rune was a rural meander on boggy paths across the width of Britain, staying in pubs and guesthouses.

This new book Macquaries Kingdom is placed nght in our backyard and with this book you can explore colonial NSW from your very own house. This book is a walking and/or car tour guide of the architectural splendours of Macquaries Sydney and_ suburbs, the surrounding countryside including Newcastle and villages on the way to Bathurst.

Governor Lachlan Macquarie was in charge here from 1810 to 1821 and this is a grand compilation of the convict era. After reading this book you will be pleased to know that Macquarie was a man of culture, a decent pious Scottish chap. He was trying to run a convict settlement so as not to displease the British Govt. yet trying to please the freed convicts who realised that they were better off here than in Britain and free immigrants who were arriving

Macquaries Kingdom by Almis Simankevicius.

wanting a decent future. Yet the old die-hards were hard to please as well. All this is described in detail for us to enjoy. Written for the young and old alike.

Once the modernity of Sydney and suburbs is stripped away, you can enjoy the past and, as is the way with Almis, he arrives as the convicts did, by boat into Sydney Cove now known as Circular Quay. He writes in a chronological order with a potted history of how the convict period began in England and then he goes forwards and backwards in time while telling of the Macquarie buildings scattered over New South Wales. History without tears for us indeed thanks to Almis who seems to have read every book of reference on the subject in the Mitchell Library, Sydney.

Each chapter is set in a different area with its appropriate map, and with a chapter reference at the back of the book where there is more detail. Some photos and drawings as well. You see the area as it is now, and are transported in memory to the olden times when life was entirely different.

The extensive Reference section is located at the back of the book. There is transport information, important addresses and a list of Tourist Bureaus. There is also a Cast of Characters, a List of Terms used in the book and a Recommended Reading section.

What more can I say? It has a sensible cover that can take wet hands, small enough to fit in a large pocket, with large print and will give pleasure to the most fastidious. You finish the book with a knowledge of late Georgian and early Regency periods in our city. This and his other books are available at bookshops or via

I hope another book is planned, as this one is informative, enjoyable and as well researched as his other three books.

Owen Marks September 2004

Extract from Bush Heritage News - Spring 2004 (acknowledging donations made as requested at the funeral of Bob Duncan)

In Memory Rosslyn Duncan sent in many donations in memory of her husband Robert 'Bob' Duncan, who died suddenly while bushwalking in the Bungle Bungles, WA. Adrienne Shilling and other friends also remembered this lovely, gentle bushwalking companion. The Sydney Bushwalker September 2004 Page 9

Book Review - Blue Mountains World Heritage

This a beautiful and well presented book, lavishly illustrated with 60 full colour photographs and 28 photographs reproduced in sepia toning. Appropriately, as a book dedicated to conservation, it is printed on chlorine free paper from plantation forests.

Alex Colley has produced the text with quality assistance from several well known conservationists.

As stated in the Acknowledgements section of the book: Much of the information in this book came from individual contributions and from articles written by members of the Colong Foundation and contributed to the Colong Bulletin. Alex Colley has done a magnificent job in collecting and editing the articles as well as adding his own extensive text.

And what more can be said in praise of Henry Golds photography. Each magnificent photograph is worthy of framing and each in its own way tells a story; from misty mountains to the detailed foliage of rainforest and the tumbling waters of the Kowmung River.

I particularly liked the very clear map included with the introduction. It shows the park system around Sydney and the extent of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area. These national parks and wildermess areas are familiar to us all. We have walked in them, camped by the rivers and climbed the mountains. This is a book to inspire those who love to walk in the bush. It will bring back many memories to those no longer active.

Alex Colley describes the seventy years long

Text by Alex Colley Photographs by Henry Gold

campaign to save the Greater Blue Mountains - a 240 km chain of eight national parks and four wilderness areas. The difficulties of dealing with political parties and the efforts made by dedicated conservationists as part of Colong Committee Campaign to bring the pressure of public opinion to achieve a desirable result are well covered in this book. The importance of these campaigns is given a well deserved emphasis.

Each chapter tells its own story as conservationists battle to preserve the areas contained within Greater Blue Mountains and the book concludes with the celebration of World Heritage dedication at a ceremony in May 2001 attended by 2,500 people

The chapters are:

The Dawn of Conservation

The Greater Blue Mountains

The Save the Colong Campaign

The Boyd Campaign

Wollemi, and the Colo

Further Additions to the Park System The World Heritage Campaign Threats to the World Heritage Area

9. Celebration and Dedication Bushwalkers and bushwalking clubs receive prominent mention throughout the book and are shown to be part of a valuable history.

Blue Mountains World Heritage is must buy for all those who love the outdoors and treasure our wonderful mountains and bushlands. A great gift to someone special at Christmas or just buy it for your own pleasure.

Bill Holland -

Blue Mountains World Heritage is A Colong Foundation for Wilderness publication and is available from The Colong Foundation for Wilderness, Level 2, 362 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000. An order form is enclosed with this magazine. Cost $50.00 each


Club Archives:

The Club archives are held at the Editors address and can be accessed at all times by phoning 9484 6636.

They include bound copies of all magazines from inception, financial and membership records and minute books post 1960 (earlier minute books are in the State archives)

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The Sydney Bushwalker

September 2004

Water Can Kill You!

Doug Floyd (BWRS)

Hyponatremia at Trailwalker - Cause by Drinking Too Much Water.

Over the weekend, I was with

Bushwalkers Wilderness Rescue

cS as a safety response team

j member, for this years Oxfam

_ Community Aid Abroa

fundraiser “Trailwalker”. 380 teams of 4 people

(1,520) walked 100 km on bush tracks around

Sydney within 48 hours. 358 teams (1,148)

completed the journey. The weather was great

as usual this time of year, the wild flowers are

blooming, the birds are mating and all was right with the world.

We had a relatively easy time with only a few people to pick up and escort out of the bush, mostly knee or ankle injury. Four people required hospitalisation over the weekend, two for dehydration in a normal ward and two for over-hydration in imtensive care. Yes, they drank too much fluid and ended up in hospital in intensive care with hyponatremia.

If we drink too much fluid (water or sports drink), during prolonged exercise, our body uses what's needed as perspiration to cool us and we urinate the rest. Sweat and urine remove salt from the body; if we drink, too much we remove too much salt from the body, until the only place left with much salt is the brain. The water is then attracted to the brain seeking the salt, the brain swells and you're in all sorts of bother. This is Hyponatremia and it occurs when the sodium level of the body falls to a low level. One participant in Trailwalker last year was hospitalised with hyponatremia in intensive care for 6 days.

We evacuated a man who had a fit, dropping like a sack of potatoes and opening a gushing wound on his head. When I checked him out, he was sitting, wrapped in a space blanket because he was cold, supported by two team mates. His breathing and circulation seemed OK. His wound was bandaged and not bleeding. His eyes were dilated and he was conscious but he was “non compos” and could not communicate with me or his team mates. He would not lie down so we transported him out to the ambulance sitting in the 4wd. He was taken to hospital and diagnosed as having hyponatremia. He was placed in a coma until his serum sodium

Why do so few of us know anything about this malady? Could it be anything to do with the multinational corporations selling “bottled water” and “bottled sports drinks”? A quick check of the web shows that an increasing number of people are afflicted with this malady. One woman died of hyponatremia after collapsing at the 22km mark of the 2002 Boston Marathon and there is mention of other deaths. I saw one NavShield competitor who dropped out with what he described as dehydration, at CP Charley. From his symptoms and what I know now I suspect that hyponatremia was contributing to his state.

Now you know about overhydration but what do you do about it, to thread the fine line between dehydration→hyperthermia and hyperhydration→hyponatremia? Unfortunately, we all differ so you will need to learn what is right for you. Sports drinks are better that pure water, but they were developed for short-term exercises and may not do the trick for you in endurance type exercise.

For bushwalking it would seem to me that the answer is to eat on a regular basis, eg at breakfast, morning tea, lunch afternoon tea, and dinner, (provided your not eating fad foods low in salt or sugar) and drink regular amounts of water or fruit juice or sports drink or tea.

I often take staminade powder with me and drink pineapple juice, particularly in summer. I always put a big pinch of salt in my evening meal.

In a hot dry climate, doing hard manual work, the folk law is: -

“if you drink a glass of water and are still thirsty eat a teaspoon of salt and drink another glass”. in the evening drink until you pee three times and your urine colour is no darker than light straw colour”

Below are some links to web pages on the subject (I found these with a Google search for [“over hydration” hyponatremia].


http://www. php?ID=31 http://www. http://www.


levels could be brought back up and the brain http://www.runwashington. com/features/medhyponatremia0

swelling could be reduced. 2 html

From what his team mates said, last year he http://www. php? look=marat had competed and had become dehydrated. This hon

year he drank much more, 3-4 litres an hour, [The AIS web site has topic sheets on fluid, sports drink and water. They started at 8am and sweat losses and sports drinks….]

he collapse around 3:40pm, ie after 7 1/2 hours, it was wanm, in the 20's but not hot.

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Walk Notes: 9 June 04 to 7 July 04.

The period commenced with the Queens Birthday weekend; and Leigh McClintoch led a party of 7 on his visit to the Warrumbungles National Park. They climbed up to admire the view from Fans Horizon on the Saturday, then retired to Camp Pincham for happy hour with the koalas. Sunday saw the ascent to Balor Hut and the luxury of dropped packs for the climb onto Bluff Mountain. Most people left early on Monday for the drive home but 3 stayers remained for a look around. Leigh has ideas for another one of these next year, so watch that program. Spiro was also out that weekend with the party of 14 on his annual expedition to Mount Colong enjoying ideal walking conditions; and wasnt that just as well. They encountered a number of other parties and some feral pigs along the way. They also recommend Hampton Hotel for a quick cheap meal; something about a Willey Burger I think Spiro wrote. Kenn Clacher led a party of 4 on a walk over that weekend out from Little Tootie Firetrail into the Wollongambe. We do not appear to have a report for Maurices qualifying walk in Morton National Park that weekend but Jan Rannard led a party of 17 on his Sunday qualifying walk from Kuring-gai railway station to Hornsby Station. The walk went to program with no untoward incidents.

David Rostron conducted an extended walk into Kakadu National Park over the period 18“ to 30” June with the 10 walkers who made the trip enjoying almost perfect weather conditions, scenery and water systems. David also remarked on the efficacy of the use of a GPS receiver in such featureless terrain as prevails in that part of the world.

The weekend of 19, 20 June brought snowy conditions to the heights of the Blue Mountains for Gail Crichton and the party of 14 on her walk out from Kanangra Walls to the Kowmung River and return. They experienced mainly rain whilst walking, with a well placed easing on Saturday evening for the camp fire activities, but on their return to the cars they encountered a winter wonderland of snow that prevailed much of the way along the road back to Katoomba. Graham Conden reported 12 starters, scrambling, pagodas, a canyon, and caves, for his Saturday walk out to Gooches Crater and beyond, all rounded off with a touch of snow at the finish. On the Sunday Ian Thorpe led a party of 3 on his Semi-circumnavigation of Jamison Valley in cool and windy conditions. The views from Mount Solitary were stunning but they

were sore puzzled by the sound of a chain saw away toward the Golden Stairs until they came across a Lyre Bird that may have been the source of the sounds.

The midweek walk that week, on Tuesday 22 June, was billed as walking and whale watching under the leadership of Bill Holland. The party of 12 enjoyed excellent weather conditions and yes, they saw several whales as well as the spectacular views from the cliff tops.

The three starters who turned out for John Bradnams hard walk out from Carlons Farm over the weekend of 25, 26, 27 June were not disappointed. They walked out to Medlow Gap on the Friday night and walked the last few hours to the finish at 2000hours Sunday in the dark. Not surprisingly John observes that they were completely knackered by the time they reached the cars. Its good to see the occasional truth in advertising. Of the several day walks that weekend Mark Patteson led a party of 14 on his Saturday early start walk in Lane Cove National Park. The weather was good, the party fast and they just finished in the dark at 1720 hours. Zol Bodlay was also out that day with a group of 11 on his Orange Grove walk in Marra Marra National Park. It was a beautiful sunny day and the walk provided a range of experiences and terrain not to mention oranges. Caro Ryan led a trip between Thornleigh and Berrowra railway stations on the Sunday. The party of 11 enjoyed beautiful weather conditions, encountered numerous other parties along the way and put in a rather full day ata good pace. Bill Holland reprised his whale- watching trip from the previous Tuesday for a party of 20 that day as well, again in good conditions. We do not appear to have received reports for Anne Maguires Saturday walk out from Blackheath or Ken Smiths Sunday trip out from Woodford.

Wilf had Stage 1 of The Marie Byles Walk from Patonga to Newcastle scheduled as a midweek walk for Wednesday 30 June but no report appears to be to hand for this event.

A party of 7 tumed out for Maurices entirely exploratory walk in the Ettrema Wilderness over the weekend of 3, 4 July. They had easy going on the wide ridges but the narrow ridges were another matter entirely, what with steep sides of crumbling loose soils and the occasional errant rock. One such rock managed to inflict a minor head cut to the leader. Maurice would also be prepared to disclose the location of a certain impassible waterfall in Touga Creek that forced the party to abandon the creek and take to the |Page 12

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ridges and hilltops to get out to the cars. It was nonetheless described as a very enjoyable weekend. I have a note from Wilf indicating that his walk that weekend over stages 4 and 5 of the Great North Walk went, kindly led by Rosemary MacDougall in Wilfs absence due to a knee injury that kept him from leading any of his weekend walks for the Winter programme. No report seems to be available however. Tony Crichton was also indisposed that weekend due to influenza so Ian Thorpe stepped in and led the party of 2 on his Saturday walk from Cowan to Westleigh. Not sure how they arranged the car swap but they enjoyed the walk so much they continued on to Thornleigh. Peter Cunningham led a qualifying walk that day, out to Bonnum Pic from the Wombeyan Caves Road in excellent weather with a party of 12. The party made good going over the rather rough terrain though the leader had some difficulties communicating with the party due to a loss of voice caused by a cold. The third Saturday walk that weekend, another qualifier, was led by Richard Darke with a party of 7. Weather conditions were perfect with no wind and warming sunshine. Nigel Weaver had a walk scheduled for the Sunday that weekend but there does not seem to be a report for this.

Bill Holland led a mid week bicycle ride around Windsor and Richmond on Tuesday 6 July with a party of 4. It was an enjoyable day and an interesting ride on either good bicycle tracks or quiet back roads around market gardens and farmlands.

This, combined with a sudden dearth of reports, brings the walks reports for this month to an end. Barry Wallace

The Six Foot Track in a Day -21* August. The day dawned fine but the number of walkers was down for this annual club walk.

Our group of 9 including the leader headed off from the Explorers Tree near Katoomba at 6.30am.We had 4 prospectives amongst our group and the anticipation was high as they were all strong walkers. Our valuable support team led by Andrew proceeded to the Megalong Road Crossing where the group arrived at 8am for some light refreshments. After a short break we headed off towards our official morning tea stop after crossing the Cox's River near Bowtells Suspension Bridge. It was all uphillto the Little River crossings and then onto The Pluviometer Hill

where our support team provided a welcome sight. After taking in some hot soup, juice and lovely chocolate biscuits the group then hit the long fire trail out along The Black Range to Jenolan Road where afternoon tea awaited us. Jenny & Ian decided to run from here to the finish at Jenolan Caves. Tony and Mary ran a large proportion of the way Mark (leader) and Tu ran the last few kilometres. The remainder of the group walked, and we had everyone to the finish by just after 5pm where our photographer Mike filmed each groups arrival at Caves House.

Our support team then transported everyone to The Hampton Hotel for hot showers and cheese and wine before a hearty 3 course dinner.

I would like to thank Andrew for all his help in organising the support team and his imput into the menu. To the rest of our great support team a huge thank you also, and finally to my group of walkers especially our 4 prospective people, guys you can be proud of your effort.

Robyn at The Hampton Hotel looked after us in our first year staying there and I look forward to using this establishment again next year.

Walkers: Mark Patteson (leader), Jenny Paton, Sue Arnott, Maurice Smith, Tu Tra, Michael Thai, Tony Manes, Stuart Douglas, Mary Lui.

Support: Andrew Vilder (leader), Don Brooks, Ian Thorpe, Patrick McNaught, Kay Chan, Michael Arnott. (lan & Patrick walked a few sections of the 43km walk.)

Mark Patteson

Glenbrook Gorge 29 August

Eight of us happy walkers, including two prospectives, had a cloudy, humid day, tuming to welcome gentle rain by lunch time. We clambered over and under many obstacles and slipped on wet rocks going through Glenbrook Gorge before reaching the Nepean River. However, the 2001/2 fires make the ridge climb to Portal Lookout easier now, but, the fallen tree we use for access to the cliff face has been damaged, making the exposure more of a challenge. Bob Smythe was an asset to the party as he had a climbing tape and he led us on his preferred route to Tunnel View Lookout. We then cruised the easy option tracks and roads back to our apple and rhubarb crumbles at Glenbrook. The views through the gorge, and later looking down, are exceptional in this area which is so often overlooked by experienced bushwalkers. Maureen Carter

Carry Water! Leaders and walk participants should take care to carry adequate water for the day. Many areas are still experiencing dry conditions and normal water bearing creeks may be dry. The Sydney Bushwalker September 2004 Page 13

Peter Loves Kakadu Walk - 25“ July to 6 August 2004 Richard Darke

Participants: Peter Love (leader), Richard Darke, Anne Himmelreich, Pamela Irving, Grace Martinez, Marie Rose, Gillian Thomas, & Ian Thorpe

This was a trip I had dreamed of for a number of years, and I now finally had the opportunity to go for it. But now, writing after the event, it seems like just a pleasant dream. Forgotten is the pain. I lost 3 kilos in weight and suffered some temporarily swollen feet, but I also gained many happy memories. I have 250 or so digital photos to remind me, and Im a Jot fitter than before I went. When I got home, I ate like a horse and doubled my intake of fresh fruit but that is to suggest we did not eat well on the trip. On the contrary, it turned out to be a gourmet experience, despite the fact that we each had to carry 10 kilos of food for 12 nights in addition to everything else!

Most of us were carrying around 22 kilos (not including those wine casks) when we set out in 30 degree heat. But Im getting ahead of myself. First of all, the 8 of us met after an early breakfast in Darwin on a balmy Saturday morning, to be picked up by the minibus which was to take us to Gunlom Falls (of Crocodile Dundee fame), the start of the walk.

: er . Z . i A stop for ice cream at Adelaide River, i : and that last beer and hamburger at Mayseys in downtown Pine Creek were our last contacts with civilisation. After a five hour journey, we were disgorged at Gunlom where we swam in the huge natural pool at the foot of the falls, before shouldering packs and staggering up a 150m steep climb up onto the escarpment and away from those saltwater crocs, in the afternoon sun. We were finally underway, setting off in a generally easterly direction to walk some 100km towards our pick up point 13 days later at Jim Jim Falls. We soon left the day- trippers behind, and within an hour had Kakadu to ourselves. We were not to meet a single other person for the next 12 days, or hear any mechanical noises. This was a novel, pleasant experience.

Peter and Pamela were Kakadu veterans with 7 trips here between them, but for the rest of us, this was all new and exciting a big step into the unknown. We plagued them with questions about what was around the corner trouble was, Pamela was last in this particular area 10 years ago, so it was a tough ask to expect her to remember it all in detail! Peter promised us a succession of 5-star campsites, with lots of water in the form of creeks, waterfalls, cascades and swimming holes. And a glut of aboriginal cave paintings to admire. He also reassured us we would not get eaten by crocs. I have to say, he delivered on all these promises! ,

Many of us found it hard getting adjusted to the heat (up to 38 degrees and sometimes humid), combined with the weight of the packs, especially as all the walking is off track there simply are not any trails in Kakadu, other than the occasional pig or buffalo run which usually started out with great promise before veering off in the wrong direction. Oh well, back to the bush! I was surprised at just how much these factors in combination can slow a party down. Frequent rest and swimming stops are needed, and this brought the average walking speed per day down to about 2 km/h. This was not helped of course by the need to accommodate Graces impulse to jump into every pool we passed! But on, on! Peter would say weve got a long way to go. Not so fast Anne would say. Lets enjoy our surroundings. So a 12km day was a big effort, especially if not completed before the heat of the afternoon, which meant we had some early starts. Some of us found it easier than others. Thorpie may not have been as keen on water as Grace or his namesake, or have had those large webbed Other Thorpe feet, but boy, could he fly across the land when following a compass bearing!

Personally, I learned a lot about navigation, having to take bearings and stick to them to ensure we hit the next creek at all, not to mention in the right spot! Ian and Peter did a splendid job of ensuring we did not go wrong, and having the GPS available always very reassuringly confirmed we were in the right place.

In getting adjusted to the conditions some of us suffered the effects of heat exhaustion along the way. You must drink 1 % litres of water to be properly hydrated before walking each day. Hydrate! Hydrate! was Peters mantra. And he was right. Bloated stomachs notwithstanding, this was sound advice. We were also exceptionally lucky to have a sympathetic Marie and her medical kit to take care of us. She even had to treat herself when bitten in the eye by a green ant.

I had been warned that I would get fed up with repetitive dried food, and crave fresh fruit and veg along the way. But this did not happen. We were in food groups, and everyone went to a lot of trouble to produce and dehydrate excellent dinners before the walk - such dishes as Moroccan sausage, Thai chicken curry, spag bol, roast lamb,

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vegetarian pasta, & tuna mornay. This is restaurant quality fare said Peter after one meal. And we took lots of herbs and spices for added flavour. Gillian and Anne even took seaweed along as part of their diet! Legendary desserts were produced, such as Maries Japanese cheese cake, and Peters tiramisu. Then there was Ians chocolate and vanilla mousse. Admittedly, we also ate a lot of custard with apple, mango, mixed fruit and more custard but what the heck, it was usually fortified with 58.5 % rum! Marie made naan bread. And most of us grew alfalfa along the way so we always had fresh veggies. Grace even produced fresh chicken & bok choy on the first night. (She plans to produce a walking recipe book based on our experiences).

We were also well supplied with lollies Ian for example seemed to have an endless supply of sour worms, which was perhaps the source of his boundless energy. We even had a ground coffee plunger as a luxury item a great bargaining tool! So personally, I didnt crave anything foodwise, though I have to admit that on the odd hot afternoon the thought of an ice cold beer did cross my mind!

ya ms Despite the heavy loads, the journcy steadily progressed, and one day began to merge into the next. We basically followed water systems as far as we could, and then leap frogged across to the next one. This generally involved traversing level open savanna woodland, dodging the green ant nests as best we could, but still getting them down our necks and in our hair! This explained a lot of demented jumping about and slapping of ones own body. Cross country also involved some tougher, rougher, and steeper but unavoidable sections of the dreaded stone country still with the inevitable ants. As Peter put it, although hard work, these treks made one appreciate all the more the outstanding campsites at the end of each day. No gain without pain, as they say.

Anyway, in this manner we progressed up the : ss quiet Waterfall Creek, and crossed to the babbling brook of Barramundi Creek and the wonderful Buff Pool (camp 3) where we found tropical exuberance. It boasted a waterfall and a natural shower tumbling into cricket oval-sized crystal waters stocked with fish and turtles, as well as excellent camping under huge allosyncarpia ternata shade trees. Thence to Picaninny Pools an absolute delight. Next came the strangely-named Gronophyllum Creek (images of Frodo and Gollum), with its many sand beaches, then on to tumbling Cascade Creek, and eventually to the bigger Twin Falls creek system, Rainforest Gorge Creek, and finally Jim Jim Creek. What was amazing was how different in character each of these water systems turned out to be. Some with lazy flows and water lilies, others torrents with a succession of waterfalls and cascades, others a series of wide rock platforms and deep pools. Each of us bad our favourite. After this years long and late wet season we were never short of water.

We tried to get to camp early most days, so we could swim, read, relax, and wash clothes. At one stage though Peter said that he didnt wash his socks for a week, but he did wash his sweaty cheese. I wondered if he could teil the difference?

I guess that of all 12 camps, the ones at Buff Pool, and Serpent Cave Falls with its huge rock platform, waterfall, cave, outlook, and comfortable sand/grass mix to sleep on stand out. So too do Surprise Falls (so-named because one so unexpectedly comes across them and their dramatic views); Twin Falls Creek thanks to its deep, deep swimming holes; and also the picturesque and giant monolith islands in Jim Jim creek, shaped like ships in the sea and displaying bumished copper colours in late afternoon reflected in the surrounding water. This last, camp 11, was perhaps the most idyllic of all.

While we saw myriads of birds, other fauna seemed in short supply, apart from a few wallabies and (thankfully fewer) snakes. We came across lots of freshwater croc tracks, but only one dead croc (cane toad poisoning? These odious creatures have now got to Kakadu, and are expected to extend their range to Darwin by the next Wet). There were ample signs of dingo, pig and buffalo but none of these animals in sight. The only other, less welcome, creatures in plentiful supply were mosquitoes, thanks to the recent rain.

While it was hot by day, the nights were very pleasant, the lowest temp we noted being 11 degrees overnight,

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with some nights remaining as high as 20 degrees. No rain, but lots of dew though to dampen our bags at night. We all had mossie nets, but there were some extraordinary designs in evidence, from Maries and Peters very professional home-designed versions, to Ian and Richards lets be charitable - pathetic attempts to ward of the bloodsuckers using pricey commercial brands! Actually, when the shop where I bought the net were shown my bloodied, battered net full of dead mossies, they promptly gave me a full refund! Then of course there was Pamelas sarcophagus-like bivvy-tent which kept out both mossies and dew. She had been here before and knew the ropes!

We enjoyed beautiful clear nights to take in the stars, with satellites and shooting stars galore. Ian, our resident astronomy buff, spent many evenings interpreting the heavens for us. Ian I should mention also provided our musical entertainment, with an endless supply of song. He was also our alarm clock: Morning has broken, like the first morning…

Its amazing how people can lose things, even in the bush: Has anybody seen my glasses? this, repeatedly from both Peter and Grace. Whos stolen my compass again? from me. If you keep losing it, then why not hang it round your neck? Marie in contrast found in her muesli something she had not intended to bring, namely a 20 weight from her scales at home. Fancy carrying unneeded weight! The most useful discovery of the trip though, must have been Maries medical tape leucoplast, which we found fixes everything, from tears in packs and mossie nets to Graces watch strap. It also became evident that labelling plastic bags is important, if only to differentiate between powdered milk and lemon Gatorade!

All good things must come to an end, even Gillians volleys which fell apart on the home straight. Eventually, having been 12 days without seeing another soul, we finally did bump into some day trippers on the next to last day, and it was a shock. Especially as they were occupying our planned lunch and swimming spot. Kakadus getting too crowded we grumbled. On getting to the top of Jim Jim Falls, we met the same trippers again, but no-one else on the whole trip. Jim Jim, with the view down the escarpment to match-stick sized people below and our pick up point, was splendid. A sheer 220m drop, and a panoramic view back along the edge of the escarpment which we had been tramping for almost a fortnight.

On the final morning we were picked up to bump our way along the 4WD track to Cooinda and civilization and that hamburger and beer again. That afternoon most of us took the Animal Tracks aboriginal bush tucker tour. We were given an insightful introduction to aboriginal culture. And we learned to eat bush carrots, green ants (yes, sweet revenge, and delicious when a whole nest of them is rubbed between the palms, sort of a crunchy lemon taste), lilly stalks and seeds all of which would have been useful to have known about at the start of the trip. We also got to eat goose and damper, saw dozens of buffalo, a few saltwater crocodiles. Next morning we took the Yellow Waters billabong tour at sunrise, then some of us took a coach trip to the aboriginal sites at Ubirr Rocks, and Cahill Crossing the border with Armhem Land, which requires a special permit to enter.

Then it was back to Darwin and our celebration dinner down at Buzz on the marina, before we all went our separate ways. Back to the real world of e-mail and text messages, and the news (not that much seemed to have happened in the world while we were away).

. soeiper sie _ Now in retrospect it seems like a dream, with just the photos and our memories to remind us. And that nagging feeling of missing it all, and furtively planning the next trip, and going on to places we did not see this time, such as Koolpin Creek and Twin Falls. How quickly we forget the discomfort of the overland treks, the heat, the pack weights, the green- ant bites and the mossies. And how fondly we recall the water holes, the cool streams, the waterslide at the Cascades, waterfalls like the huge Amphitheatre Falls, the glorious sunsets, that enormous full moon, the stars and the companionship, not to mention the food. I now have a PC screensaver of the beautiful rain forest-bound Four Pools Falls in front of me as I type.

The fact is, the only way to see the Amhem Land Plateau and its water systems in Kakadu is to walk. There is no road in, no air access, no tracks and given the limited permits issued, few are privileged to enjoy this pristine World Heritage area. As Grace put it: Coming here, you can see wonderful things no-one other than a walker who makes the effort can see. This is very special.

Richard Darke

First Aid Certificates To encourage leaders and members to get their St Johns First Aid Certificate, the Club will subsidise the cost of gaining an accredited Senior First Aid Certificate up to $50 and if combined with an accredited Remote Area First Aid, up to $80.

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The Great Grose Trek

It is Sunday afternoon and the sound of hail is loud enough to drown out the sound of the trumpet and organ recital in the Great Hall of Sydney University and North Sydney looks like the snowfields with hail causing traffic jam, with vehicles unable to get traction. It has been raining all day in the Blue Mountains and I have a three-day walk starting tomorrow!

However the weather forecasters are predicting Monday and Tuesday will be fine and warm with a change on Wednesday that may bring some rain so the walk is on.

Monday, true to forecast, is fine and warm with a light nor-westerly, a quite delightful day at Mount Hay to begin the walk. We begin a little late due to a train holdup but our small party of three moves along at a catch-up pace. Up and over Mt Hay, to the steep down through the escarpment and across to Boorong Crags. Very soon we are at Andy Macqueens Lookout for lunch. The descent though Shaws Gully to Byles Pass goes without incident apart from Rick noting, it is strange to be perspiring so much on a descent. We complete the descent without incident and on reaching the Grose, proceed upstream to a point opposite Garrad Gulch. The plan is to cross the Grose at this point and camp in the hope that there will be water flowing in the creek and that there is a campsite. All is well with a plentiful supply of water and a reasonable campsite.

Tuesday dawns overcast but otherwise fine. On moving off we find the Garrad Gourmet Campsite only 200M further on. - Next time.

Travel on this northern side of the Grose is all-new and with no remnants of the Engineers track to help, the walking is reasonable if slow for most of the time. We somehow manage to miss the lake shown at 612792 even though we had had a good look at it yesterday from above. We did however find the remains of the prospectors camp at Zobels Gully with a good flow of water in the creek, and so we lunched at the Zobel Mine Visitors Canteen. During lunch Paul spotted a small mouse size creature climbing a tree nearby. We were unable to identify it further as it was a distance off. It could have been a glider or marsupial mouse.

Across the Grose after lunch, now assisted by parts of the Engineers Track we moved on quite quickly to Rocky Points Creek to camp at Rocky Points Park. RPC is flowing nicely as expected and the camp is first class. Rain had been threatening since lunch but had held off until after dinner, then it rained quite steadily well into the night.

Wednesday brings another fine day and leaves nothing more to do but make our way through two delightful forests to Du Faurs Buttress and climb out. The trees of these forests are smaller than Blue Gums E. deanii but the area is as large or larger. In the first of the forests, the larger of the two, a miniature Blue Gum, what do we find but two horses?

A big surprise! These horses are in very good condition and they do not look as if they have spent the winter here. I will report them to the NPWS but will NPWS have the resources to do anything?

The climb up Du Faurs buttress is taken slowly with lots of rest stops and we arrive at the top in good tume for lunch at the Yardley Family Cave and Caf. The car pickup at the Mt Hay Fire Trail completes the walk and concludes a great trip.

The Engineers Track was installed in the early 1860s as a survey track when the decision was still to be made as to where to run the railway across the Blue Mountains. If the decision had been made to run the railway along the Grose Valley it would have been one of the great railway trips of the world! You can still walk this great trip!

Thanks to Rick and Paul for an enjoyable 3 days.

The walk was Mt Hay to the Pinnacles via the Grose River. Monday to Wednesday, September 6 to 8 and was a two day weekend walk turned into a three day trip. It was intended primarily for the midweek walkers, but of course anyone can be a midweek walker.

The more leisurely pace allowed exploring and a better appreciation of the wonderful Grose Valley.

Trip members were Paul McCann, Rick Angel and Jim Percy.

Preamble Sydney Bush Walkers Inc. requires prospective members to undertake two one day qualifying walks and one weekend long qualifying walk.

To be able to comfortably complete these qualifying bushwalks intending members will need to have an appropriate level of stamina, as well as a number of skills, including the ability to:

(a) meld with the other party members to contribute to the success of the walk

(b) walk both on and off track over varied and uneven terrain

© rock hop

(d) rock scramble

(e) climb steeply sloping mountains

(f) sidle on steep slopes

(g) wade creeks/nivers and sometimes swimming

(bh) carry a pack appropriate to the walk such that each member is self-sufficient and for the weekend walk to have basic camping skills

(i) recognize hazards, such as exposure to potential falls, and take appropriate steps to mitigate those hazards, including alerting other party members to those hazards

(4) acquire in the field navigation experience

(k) assist in whatever way may be necessary to overcome adverse circumstances that might arise in the course of the walk

ualifying walks provide an opportunity for new members to demonstrate their ability to meet these challenges. Qualifying walks are not a test of speed or of the limits of a walkers endurance. They are a way of communicating what may be encountered on an SBW walk. They provide an opportunity to demonstrate basic potential which can be developed with experience.

Set out below are a number of general requirements. Because it is difficult to cover all situations in concise descriptions, the Management Committee may approve any walk as a Qualifying walk where it is satisfied that special circumstances will be, or were present.

Distance covered depends on the terrain. The two should always be read in conjunction and terrain described accurately.. Distance per day can vary widely from as little as approximately 10k to as much as 25k or more in a day. Therefore no general statement is made that a specific distance must be covered on qualifying

SBW Guidelines for Qualifying Walks

These guidelines are produced for the benefit of the Management Committee in assessing requests that walks be regarded as qualifying walks, for leaders and aspiring leaders in submitting walks for the program and for new members in understanding the experiences they may encounter on a qualifying walk.

Ron Watters

day or weekend walks. Qualifying walks will normally involve: - (a) Approximately 6 hours walking excluding breaks per day (allowing for lunch and other meal breaks, drink stops, view stops, personal stops, route finding checks, this generally equates to 7.5 or 8 hours ie a full day in the bush) (b) and any one of the following in the course of the walk = About 2 hours walking off track * (a track is a well defined cut track like the tourist tracks in the area around Katoomba, but does not include rough footpads and well defined open ridges)

= One or more climbs of 300 metres

= At least 2km of rock hopping

=Rock scrambling (includes boulder clambering, ascending or descending steep rock walls or rock faces which may have spikes, rungs or chains or require use of a fixed hand line, BUT does not involve specialist rock climbing skills and its associated equipment)

Not all of the above conditions will necessarily

be encountered on any one walk but are likely to

be encountered over the three Qualifying Walks programme.

Some Examples of Qualifying Walks Day Walks .

Valley of Waters, Empress Falls, Vera Falls, Hippocrene Falls, Slacks Stairs, Wentworth Falls.

Otford to Bundeena

Carlons Farm to Splendour Rock and return,

Golden Stairs to Mt Solitary (East Col) and return

Mt Hay Rd, DuFaurs Head, Blue Gum Forest, Junction Rock, Rodriguez Pass, Grand Canyon, Neates Glen

Weekend Walks

Kanangra Walls to Orange Bluff via Roots Ridge and return via Brumby Ridge

Six foot track camping at Alum Creek

Carlons Farm, Blackhorse Ridge, Mobbs Soak, Mt Yellow Dog, Kanangra Creek, Coxs River, Breakfast Creek, Carlons Farm

Kanangra Walls, Cambage Spire, Kowmung River, Colboyd Range, Kanangra Walls

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The Sydney Bushwalker

September 2004

Social Notes - October

Caro went missing in action this month. She apologises but circumstances and work overload prevent her from contributing her Social Blurb this month. I can tell you that SBW socialised very well in September and theres an interesting programme ahead…… Editor

Social programme - October

Wed 6” Committee Meeting 7pm Committee members and observers welcome Wed 13“ New Members Training Evening 8pm This is your ideal opportunity to hear more about Sydney Bushies from our great New Members team. Also get some practical advice on topics such as what to bring on walks, how to build up your fitness and tips on how to get the most out of our great club.

Wed 15” Environmental Update 8pm Keith Muir - Colong Foundation

There are many issues that affect our

, beautiful wilderness and bushland areas. Spend an evening with Keith Muir as he gives us a slide presentation and update on some of the current issues and hear how you can be involved in helping out the environmental cause

Mid - Week Walking Group: There is a group of members with time available to participate in mid-week activities. The next three months are very , busy with some extended stays in % delightful places, such as

West Walk

The medium grade walk starts and finishes at Portland (Victoria) with a food drop at the halfway point. Participants can join or leave the walk at the halfway point at Nelson.

Mon 25th - Fri 29th Oct__ River Murray Houseboat Departing from Mildura.

Mon 8“ - Fri 12” Nov Moonan Brook Cottage Comfortable accommodation near Barrington Tops with day walks in the rainforest

Mon 29“ Nov - Fri 3% Dec: Berrara Beach Holiday Cottage on the South Coast with beach walks, canoeing on the lagoon and river, cycling beachside and forest roads or just easy bushwalks. You are welcome to join us.

Contact details are in the Spring Walks


Sun 9” to Sat 237 Oct Great South

And Last Of All- A Joke Or Two

The Tale Of Poor Whisky The Local pub had a stray dog they called Whisky, that had for years spent time at the bar wagging his tail and receiving pats from the customers.

Then the day came that Whisky died.

The pub was in morning for their old pal Whisky and decided to do something to help them remember all the good times they'd had with Whisky.

One customer suggested mounting Whisky's head on a backboard on the wall. Another customer objected strongly, saying you can't bury our mate without his head!!

Then the other customer said, well how about we use his tail then. Dogs often have their tails docked.

So it was agreed and Whisky's tail was hung on the wall.

Several months later around midnight., the publican was awoken by a scratching sound at the back door of the pub. It was Whisky's Spirit. Whisky asked the publican for his tail back. As he needed it to get into doggy heaven.

Whisky said. I can't get in without my tail. The Publican shook his head and said, I'm sorry Whisky. I can't give you your tail back.

Whisky asked why not.

To which the Publican replied Im sorry Whisky. But I'm not allowed to re-tail spirits after hours

Gimme Twelve Drinks

A man walks into a bar, sits down and says to 2 the bartender, “Quick pour me

twelve drinks.”

So the bartender pours him twelve drinks and the man starts shooting them back really fast, one after another.

The bartender says to the man, “Boy you are drinking those drinks really fast.”

The mans says, “Well, you would be drinking

really fast too if you had what I've got.” The bartender says, “What've you got?” The man says, “75 cents.”

Contributions Welcome:

Members contributions to this magazine.are

very welcome. Send in your interesting stories

of recent walks, letters, natices, jokes etc by

mail (preferably typed), on floppy disc, by fax or

by email addressed to The Editor .

Fax: 9980 6009 (phone 9484 6636 first)

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Price $50.00

This beautiful book celebrates the determined efforts of volunteers, often against seemingly impossible odds, which secured bit by bit a 240 kilometre long chain of national parks across the Greater Blue Mountains. These efforts overcame many environmentally damaging proposals that otherwise would have eliminated any chance of World Heritage listing.

More than a coffee table picture book, it is a historic account of the conservation campaigns that shaped the fate of the Greater Blue Mountains.

Available from book stores or from the Colong Foundation by sending the order form below.

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