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Chapter 17
Chapter 18



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

time walker, could not have guessed that this 'apparition' was destined to become her brother-in-law.

The walks

The Why of Bushwalking

Bushwalking is not so much a sport
As a way and a philosophy of life .. .

The challenge of mountain peaks and cliffs and canyons,
Of time, distance and weather .. .
The tests of physical fitness, mental alertness,
Commonsense and bushcraft .. .
The beauty and quietness of the wilderness, the birds,
The flowers, the forests and streams,
The overwhelming awareness of clouds, storm, sunrise, and clear, brilliant stars
The comradeship, the singing, the long, late discussions
By flickering campfires .. .

These are just some of the reasons
why we people of the little tents
shoulder a rucksack and head off into the blue.
Stuart Hodgson, News, August 1978

The early and mid-seventies were noted for enthusiastic weekend trips, often sleeping in the van on the Friday night. Ken MacMahon recalls these as 'bitter sweet' affairs. The travelling was painfully long - six hours or more. Marathon singsongs helped to while away the time with Graham Hodgson leading many a bawdy ballad, so we are told, not to mention 'On Ilkley Moor bar tat', ad nauseam. Some members claimed the van trips were more fun than the actual walks.

'Wet-blankets' and Sundry Others

'Whoever said where there is smoke there is fire
evidently has never camped out with the MBW.'
Anon, News , November 1974

Sifting through walk reports it becomes apparent that some leaders had an affinity with dampness. It was said that Rex Filson broke many a drought in his time. During his legendary foray into the Barmah Forest, June 1970, it was reported that dry land was sighted at least twice during the weekend, though nobody could remember exactly where.

Major Grippe Yarfeet best sums up the monsoonal TTT as follows: 'It rains in the east, it rains in the west, but it rains on Tyrone's walks the best' (Tyrone's medium-hard trip, May 1971, Mt Terrible - Big River).