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

Dinner Plain trip with Rod Mattingley, July 1973.

Mt Hotham area with Jerry Grandage, for 'moderately' experienced ski-tourers, 23-25 July 1974.

Mt Stirling - King Saddle, beginners' trip with Rod Mattingley, 4-6 July 1975.

The Bluff with Tim Dent, advertised as 'not for beginners', 8-10 August 1975.

Skiers in the Telephone Box Junction area, Mt Stirling.
Skiers in the Telephone Box Junction area, Mt Stirling. Beginners' trip led by Rodney Mattingley, July 1975. The leading skier is Stan Attwood, followed by Verle-Ann Johnson.
Ken MacMahon

In the News, June 1976 Rod Mattingley previewed another 'langlaufing for beginners'. This time for 23-25 July and to Mt Hotham. Clearly lessons were being learnt: '... After last year's disorganised chaos on Mt Stirling, with hopeless beginners trailing along behind mixed up with the Winter Group, we have something more satisfactory to offer this year. We are fortunate to have the exclusive services of Chris Hellerud of Nordic Ski Products to give tuition on ski-touring all Sat. The Shady Scorpion tells me that Chris is a very good instructor . . . '

Later in the seventies Graham Wills-Johnson, Bob Douglas, Geoff Crapper, Rob Harris and Ken MacMahon appear as leaders of programmed ski trips, in addition to the redoubtable Rod Mattingley.