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The Melbourne Bushies - Fifty years along the track (1940-90)

Graham Wills-Johnson, shaving.
Graham Wills-Johnson, shaving. Taken at a campsite near King River Hut
on a private trip led by Rod Mattingley in the Mt Cobbler - Mt Speculation area, April 1972.
Tim Dent

resolution to fight for our remaining wilderness areas gaining momentum. Bushwalkers, as a body, were being continually made aware of their unique position as key protagonists in the oft murky political waters of conservation. Almost without exception Walk editorials of the decade were devoted to this subject. For further details see 'Conservation and Wilderness', page 147.

Two things that 'took off' over the decade were cross-country skiing and gear. Langlauf for beginners did not get much of a go until the middle of the decade and even then it was not all plain sailing, as can be seen from Rod Mattingley's chaotic langlauf weekend for beginners on Mt Stirling in July 1975, where the skiers were strung out in confused disarray. The Club's skiing trips were mainly for experienced skiers or took the form of snow walks to various destinations such as Mt Feathertop, Eight Mile Hut to The Bluff, West Kiewa, Tawonga Huts to Mt Fainter. Probably the most serious snow walk in Victoria was undertaken in July 1974, led by Dave Oldfield, up Mt Bogong - definitely not for novices. Jerry Grandage was the first to use the term 'ski touring' in the News for his trip to Mt Hotham in August 1974. In early previews skis were alluded to as 'boards', for indeed the skis were made of wood. This terminology fell away as technology overtook all types of gear, and, of course, equipment became much more expensive.