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

bashing trip up, I knew that this would not be easy and, remembering instructions which I had received in my junior days with my club I pushed my way through a mass of tangled scrub to reach the nearest ridge so as to get my bearings. To my disappointment I could not pick out any landmarks, as this wild country is just a succession of densely-wooded ridges, and, having no map, I could not distinguish one from the other.

It was then that I decided to bash my way down to a creek in the valley below, because I felt that, in time, it must lead me out. Following a creek in this type of' country is a difficult and hazardous experience, as I discovered after having fallen into it on numerous occasions. One of my grimmest moments was when I tried to negotiate a waterfall. Having slipped halfway down, I realised that I could not continue, as the going was too dangerous, so I tried to scramble up the falls again. To my dismay, my foot caught in a crevice and with the water pouring down on me, I tugged and tugged until I, at last, released my foot and dragged myself up over the rocks. This episode unnerved me a little, but with a few other unhappy ones, I put the incident out of my mind and continued on my rock-hopping journey downstream.

In my earliest days in the club I had been told that, if lost, a hiker should immediately ration his food, and I had been doing this from the beginning of my long trek down from the ridge. I was determined to make it last until I found my way out or was found. At no stage did I panic, as I felt that it was most necessary to keep a level head and not jeopardise my chances of being discovered or of making my way out of the bush myself.

Gwynnyth Taylor being carried with broken ankle
Gwynnyth Taylor being carried with broken ankle, Cathedral Mountain, Labor Day weekend, 1958.