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


Labertouche caves have often been included in the Club programme as a day trip. Entry to the caves requires abseiling or a wire ladder, and it usually takes a couple of hours to get through. Other caving trips done by the Club have included Bats Caves, near Portland, and various lava caves in the Western District. Caves in the Grampians have also been included in Club trips, the cave in Hollow Mountain near Mt Stapylton being perhaps the most spectacular. Other caves or, more strictly, over-hangs in many cases, with Aboriginal paintings, have been included in Grampians trips, often led by Fred Halls.

The most extensive caving trip programmed by the Club was led by Sue and Rex Filson to the Nullarbor caves. This was a three-week trip visiting about twenty caves, many of which required a wire ladder to enter.

Doug Pocock

Rock climbing

While many Club members pursue this activity, it has rarely been programmed. Mark Tischler led an introductory trip to Mt Arapiles, but on most Club trips members restrict themselves to rock scrambling. Some members have done the New Zealand Alpine Club course in mountaineering and have continued on to climb in New Zealand.

Doug Pocock

Club cycling trips

Programmed cycling trips by van and train began in the mid-seventies, when many Bushies had bought cycles. They were keen to get away from the suburbs and head for the countryside on good, quiet roads with low density traffic. The trips were held on a Saturday. Train trips were pleasant but could not be compared with the ones by van - a real luxury. The most important advantage was that the leader was always able to organise a wind-assisted ride, which ensures a more enjoyable and, at times, thrilling ride. A strong wind at one's back makes cycling a real joy.

Denis Barson was our main driver for van trips, and the Club owes him a great deal for his help. A van cycling trip meant much extra work, for Denis would have to remove three-quarters of the van's seating on Friday night in preparation for loading up to 18 cycles on Saturday morning. Cycles would have to be protected with packing material of some kind, then roped in securely. After the ride Denis would have to