The ACT Government is to rebuild a slab hut on a property near the Hume industrial area in the ACT.
The property also has a small cottage on it, which will be available for community associations like KHA.
KHA is continuing discussions with the ACT government regarding the use of this facility. KHA will be involved in the construction.
The Secretary received a letter recently...
KHA 09 Feb 2016
We sought refuge in some of your huts - more frequently than we wanted to due to frightening weather - while bushwalking during January & February.
Here is a donation.
Sam and Dave
BTW O'Keefe's Hut Log is full.
Donation gratefully received. Thank you Sam and Dave.
From Artur Baumhammer - the son of one of the builders.
When I perused the album “HISTORIC HUTS AND HOMESTEADS OF KOSCIUSZKO NATIONAL PARK” and came to pages 98 & 99, it certainly brought back many memories. My late father Willi Baumhammer and his two (2) offsiders were responsible for the erection and construction of the COOTAPATAMBA Hut and Gauging Station.
...his next book
DISCOVERING KNP to be available soon!
What’s it about?
150 A4 pages, over 150 pics, maps etc some full page,
includes several joint efforts between Harry and Phil Ryan, recognised landscape artist (his recent work sold at up to $7,000)
For availability and cost ring:
Harry (02) 6947-9962 after 6.00pm
The purpose of our recent visit to the hut was to complete a visual inspection of the hut and to carry out a general tidy up in and around the hut.
I can report that the hut is obviously well cared for by visitors and that there was very little build up of tree fall around the building.
Of concern is the water which is entering the ceiling space above the front door.The stain is obvious but what is of real concern is the damage being done to the ceiling.
This is starting to sag and will in time cause a panel to drop.It is our intention to return in spring and fill the gap in the flashing ,which most likely, is to blame.
Not many people visit this hut but those that do express their appreciation for this little hut in the woods.
Caretaker, CSIRO Hut, Gungarlin Valley
The Blue Waterholes on the head of the Goodradigbee River, is one of my favourite spots in KNP. I've visited it at least 20 times to camp, fish, explore and especially to walk down the limestone gorge, criss-crossing the water course to have lunch at the waterfall. On one visit I found that a Park Ranger had collected a group of about ten visitors to lead them on a conducted walk. I knew the ranger and she asked me to join the group - we could both give the commentary.
Three years ago KHA affiliated caretakers of the historic Grey Mare Hut, Brindabella Ski Club, initiated a work proposal for the replacement of the burnt out chimney frame and repairs to the stone fireplace that would improve the smoke draw.
NPWS Kosciuszko National Park Ranger Craig Smith from the Upper Murray Area arranged a replacement chimney frame to be constructed from steel and a modified reconstruction of the fireplace. This was consistent with the 1992 Grey Mare Hut Conservation Study which had indicated future use of steel modifications in non exposed locations and cement based mortars for stonework to prolong the life of the building and reduce on going maintenance requirements. The more recent KNP Huts Conservation Strategy includes options to modify existing fireplaces to manage the risk of internal fires. This approach was also taken as part of the Patons, OKeefes and Pretty Plain Hut rebuilds.
The replacement frame was constructed at the NPWS workshops in two parts to enable transport to what is one of the remoter hut locations within the Jagungal Wilderness. Matt Toms, NPWS field officer based in Khancoban, undertook the multiple long rough hauls to locate the frame sections, welding equipment, replacement iron, and materials for the fireplace construction. Matt, who is also a qualified builder, completed the positioning and cladding of the new chimney.
Construction of the fireplace was done by NPWS carpenter and stonemason, Garry McDougall, who has a long time interest in the mountain huts and was involved in many of the post 2003 fire hut rebuilds. Ranger Craig Smith remained on site as labourer for the tradesmen and to document the works.
Members of the Brindabella Ski Club, David Featherston, Charles Featherston, Pipa Featherston, Paul and Ade Bradley camped at the site for two days and were able to sort and shape stone for Garry and facilitate the lifting of the frame sections.
The wet summer, which included some heavy rain periods across the Grey Mare Range, necessitated multiple overnight trips to the site. The new fireplace reflected its first flames on February 11th.
More photos are at the NPWS Flickr site
Have you thought about caretaking but don’t know where to start?
In recent months there has been a lot of interest from members wanting to become caretakers. Many like the idea of caretaking but are uncertain about what is involved and whether or not they have the skills and time to take on the job. Consequently whilst keen, they are also hesitant.
Holly Grace, an artist and member of KHA, is holding an exhibition of works inspired by the huts.
I have an exhibition opening on the 20th of October at Beaver Galleries in Deakin and I’m hoping to invite any local members to the opening night or alternatively to check out the exhibition while it is on. The majority of the work in the exhibition is based on the huts and their billy cans and the surrounding landscape ... I will of course be at the opening myself and I would really like to meet some of the local members if they do decide to come.
Even though I am based in Melbourne I became a member of the Khuts as I treasure the wonderful work that the Kosciuszko Huts Association does as it is inspiration for people like myself, and I hope that the work on show in Canberra is in some way a small acknowledgement of the huts unique value to our society and culture.
Lake Claire (or Russell Tarn), mentioned in an article on Wragge's Observatory, is located between Mounts Townsend and Alice Rawson on the main range.
It is claimed to be the highest lake in Australia. More a swamp no doubt to the 10 year drought in the early 2000's
KHA's indefatigable Craig Doubleday, travelled there on behalf of fellow ski.com.au Backcountry Forum readers to take this photo.
Photo: Craig Doubleday 2007