03 October 2011

Reunion of old Bush Walkers and Climbers from Queensland

A month ago when we went to WA to see the National Parks and wildflowers (we've just got back) Catherine and I managed to attend a couple of days at a reunion of the now defunct University of Queensland Bushwalkers Club.  This reunion was  almost 50 years after we left Brisbane for life in NZ.  It was great to catch up with so many old friends from the past.  There has always been a close friendship between these early members and we've had many great reunions over the years.  This year was no exception and we all had a great time.  Some members (5) climbed Mt Barney while the rest walked, chatted and discussed and learned about the geology of Mt Barney courtesy of Warwick Wilmott, geologist.

Basil Yule, Alan Frost, Barry Baker, Gordon Grigg and Peter Reimann
Ready to Leave for Mt Barney via Logan Ridge
Ron Cox and Alan Frost Discuss Early Climbing
I'd have liked to but it was on the day we were to return to Brisbane to head on the Perth early the next morning.  I'd also been influenced by the reputation of the UQBWC for late starts and finishes, and I'd done the same climb with them at the last reunion.  As it happened they were back before we departed.  Never mind it was still a great reunion.  Always impressed by the close and durable bonds young people make when they are striving together when young.

Bil Bolton, Ann Johnman,  Faye Bolton and Lucy Sullivan
Gaze About During a Geology Lecture