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Journeys : April May 2009
Field days Chris Viney M t Field National Park was the place where I learned to ski, back in the far-off days when we had snow on our southern Tasmanian ski-fields. (Yes, we really did – one memorable year in the mid-sixties, I even managed a few runs dodging rocks alongside the Mawson Tow on my birthday – Boxing Day!) Mt Field was the scene of my first overnight bushwalk – a muddy slosh down the Broad River Valley, a cosy evening in the lovely old Ski Club of Tasmania hut at Twilight Tarn (the wind- up gramophone, the sled and a collection of wooden skis were all still there and it seemed that the pioneers of the 1920s had only departed the day before), then a sparkling day’s walking along the Tarn Shelf, spotting mountain shrimps and skimming ice across frozen pools. Russell Falls 64 April / May 09 The national park was the setting for glorious September school holidays in the Oldina Ski Lodge with a very special girlfriend (along with the rest of her lovely family and a dozen or so other club members). It was the place where I met Sir Edmund Hillary, on his visit to the Hobart Walking Club hut at Lake Dobson – and the place where my cousin taught me the chords to ‘Eve of Destruction’ (mostly C – F – G7 but there’s an A-minor in there too.) Mt Field was where my wife and I took our children on their first bushwalks (first in baby carriers on our backs, then proudly wearing their own multi-striped thermals and walking boots) to dangle toes in icy mountain water and see the autumn colours of fagus ablaze across the Rodways in April. More recently, it’s been the scene of some of my most satisfying and enjoyable professional work, writing the Four Forests Drive Trail and the Mt Field Tourism Tasmania and Michael Walters Tourism Tasmania and Joe Shemesh
June July 2009
June July 2008