This place is Clews Cave, named after Lieutenant Colonel H.P.G. Clews ( Major Clews ) who conducted the first trig. survey of the area.Ijay said:Change seasons... back to last Spring.
It seems he is remembered mostly for his survey work at the start of the Snowy Scheme and his reclusivness.Until mapped by the Army from air photos in the early 1930s, this country was practically unknown. There was however one Cadastral position surveyed on a basalt outcrop area at Mount Cameron. It would be interesting to have the Lands story of this survey. Also the Colo River had been traversed in quite early days with a view to siting the railway from Sydney to the west up the valley instead of the mountain route finally adopted. This survey would also make an interesting story. It is the intention now to describe the difficulties encountered by myself and party in getting into this country. Inter alia, it is surprising that this area appears to be outside the ambit of all the walking clubs.
I first encountered the difficulties of this area when obtaining control for the St. Albans map which included a few miles to the west of the Colo River. Please remember that air photos were not in use at this time, and all information as to terrain was by the old method of walk in and look about, from the Putty Road at the New Yard we worked along the main spur to the west towards the Colo River, and surprisingly found the spur to the river, Put in three control points Parr Spur, Parr West and Island. From the last two we had our first look into the Colo Gorge, but no way down from this side could be found, although the other side appeared to be passible,
So one day Roberts took our vehicle to Mount Tootie to the north of Bellâ€™ s Line of Road near Bilpin, and self and Fegan (my survey hand) wandered down the ridge towards the junction of the Wollangambe Creek with the Colo River. I think we got into the river that night, but may have taken another day, Anyway we camped on the river one night, first of many times I slept in the river ravine. Next morning we walked up the river inspecting the eastern cliff for a possible route up. Most of the creeks seemed to come over the cliffs in a waterfall, but one did not, and while it did not look good it seemed the best bet so far. In walking up the river we had noted vestigas of the disused pack track for the old railway survey.
so he could've said top of pass 24 - Clew's short cut and we would've all known what he meantseak said:Majikthise; it is. About two finger-widths E of the confluence of the Wollangambe and Colo Rivers. But I think you know that already...
Next time, save the image with a different name.Bogong said:Not even remotely close VSG.