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

In the News, August 1978 'Lopez' had the following to say:

'At the beginners' ski-touring weekend (21-23 July) there were a lot of surprised skiers when they arrived at the Mt Loch car park on the Saturday morning as there was a blizzard blowing. After departing from the frozen car park via heated cars, the procession moved to a slightly less windy place where we were instructed on the elements of skiing without stocks - Geoff Crapper then tried to move uphill, but his wax-less smooth-soled skis failed to grip the icy snow. During the afternoon the group retreated further from Mt Hotham and the elements and pitched tents near J.B. Plain ..

Also in 1978 Bob Douglas organised a 10-day 'marathon' in the Kosciusko National Park. In the company of 11 others he toured from Guthega to Mt Jagungal, then back via the Main Range and Mt Kosciusko.

Having effectively ignored skiing for so long the Club clearly took to it in the early seventies. Mt Hotham features frequently in the above extracts from the News. For three or four years in a row there were beginners' weekends at J.B. Plain near Hotham. They were base camps near the road and would attract 20-50 skiers or would-be skiers. Until the appearance of Chris Hellerud in 1976, it appears that no qualified instruction was given; it was believed that bushies didn't need such formality; besides, if you could walk you could langlauf. This belief was

Geoff Law contemplating ski tracks crossing a hole in the snow.
Geoff Law contemplating ski tracks crossing a hole in the snow. Somewhere near Dicky Cooper Bogong, Kosciusko National Park, September 1979.
Bill Metzenthen