After almost a year it is time to addsome more stories and make a genuine
attempt to finish this. If only there weren't so many distractions...
Added story 11: We
Scale Ragged Mountain
Added story 12: Quamby
Bluff has no terrors
Added story 13: The
inhospitable Stack's Bluff
Added story 156: Walls
of Jerusalem via Mersey Road
Added story 158: Traversing
Added story 167: Mt
Mayday and Stormont
Previously added on 16 Feb 2008, story 69: Coal
Hill, Gould's Sugar Loaf, and Pyramid Hill
Added story 107: Mt
Weld scrub bash
Added story 112: Tasmans
story 113: Nicholls Cap
Added story 114: Freycinet
Added story 115: Mt
Added story 116: Across
the Mueller Range
story 109: To Sprent and Wedge
Added story 111: Mts
La Perouse and Hippopotamus
Added story 155: The
Added story 110: Mt Albert
Added story 169: Christmas
1963 in the South West
Linked two places in the text with earlier stories: a reference to trip
157 Frankland and Arthurs,
and a reference to climbing Federation
Added picture of Mt
Rogoona sent to me by an old schoolmate, John Evans of Canberra. I
have also added a link to his website
which has some really fine Tasmanian bushwalking stories in it. This has
replaced Luuk's website, as that seems to be off the air for some forseeable
Added story 89: In
the Heart of the South Western Mountains. This story is quite an epic
with 12 peaks bagged! There is a nice story about some tiger snakes in
it: Approaching the entrance to Jones Pass, we had a lively tussle
with an aggressive tiger snake which fell a victim to the axe. Deciding
to take him along to replenish our diminishing food stocks, we encountered
yet another tiger snake just inside the pass and he met his end by rock
assault. The two 4’6” tigers (Notechis scutatus) were then
skun and we went on with high hopes of a sumptuous repast. And later:
When we tackled the snake meat in the morning, we found the flesh
not so attractive, but the least satisfactory feature was that there was
so little meat on the boney frames that one would want half a dozen large
snakes for a decent meal. A delightful tale of political incorrectness,
by today's standards!
Added story 140: Mt
Rogoona or bust!
Added story 159: Mt. Young
Updated the Diary Index
page and the Pages
on the Website page. Both of these had not been updated for a while.
The Diary Index now shows 168000 words approx. have been
added to the website. The other page shows that this represents 44.5%
of Keith's diary. I notice that Mozilla Firefox still shows the hidden
columns in the latter page (which has been saved in Excel as an htm file),
while IE7 shows the page correctly. Time to upgrade to Firefox 2.0......
Done, but the result is the same.
Added story 68: Molly
Added story 10: The
Majestic Grandeur of Devil's Gullet
Added story 163: The
Ben Lomond Traverse
Added story 164: To
Back Peak and Mt. Bell
Added story 165: The
Added story 217: The
Dial Range Again
Added story 67: A
mid-winter jaunt to Billop Bluff
This is the first of a new set of stories to be put on the site. I am
attempting to lift the rate of adding stories so that it is not going
to take forever to complete. There are other things I want to do with
this website, such as indexing and cross-referencing, let alone the redesign
my offspring urge me to do.. But first, those stories.... I am going to
concentrate on the '50s and '60s, as these are of more potential relevance
to a dwindling number of people who actually walked with Keith.
Added story 97: Back
to the Walls of Jerusalem
Added story 98: Ridge-traversing
the Southern Mountains
Changed Hobart Walking Club link to their new site at:
at the request
of Midj Jones.
Added story 106 Christmas
at the Franklands
This is a typical Keith story: he could not get anybody to walk with him,
so he went alone. A large part of this trip was spent traversing the floor
of the new "Lake Pedder". Still to investigate: Keith's naming
of several mountains in the Frankland Range.
Added story 102 Gordon
Added story 103 Thetis
in the rain
Added story 104 St.
Added story 105 Mts.
Vandyke and Claude
Updated the updates
The pace has picked up a little as a result of "batching" the
stories into consecutive sets. I think it is time to chase down those
elusive photographs, and add a bit of variety to the site.
Added story 100 The
Added story 101 Mt
Sedgwick and the Tyndall Range
Added story 7 We
capture Mt Arthur with ease
Added story 8 Difficulties
in capturing Brady's lookout
Added story 9 Via
the Mole Creek - Lorinna track to Mt Roland solo
Updated the index and the updates
This site is showing a slow but steady growth in visits. There has been
more positive reaction. Nevertheless there has also been a bit of a hiatus
in growth to the site. Time to rustle up some more pictures and put in
some of the interesting 50s and 60s walks.
Added story 72 A
vain attempt at Federation
Corrected the href to the Gordon
Added story 6 We
capture Mt. Barrow with ease
Added a new black-and-white photo
of Lake Pedder, taken from the Franklands, possibly in the 1940's.
Added another photo
to the story of the Hermit at Gordon Vale, showing the bridge and hut
at Gordon Bend in 1947. The picture quality is not great - historic value
Added story 204 Rebuffed
on the Fields
There were press releases on the Maydena
Hauler which will be constructed during 2006. So I checked Keith's
peak list and found Abbotts Lookout in this story. I found that Keith
had driven to the top of Roberts Road and ended up at the TV relay towers
in heavy mist, thinking he was on the top of Abbotts Lookout. He missed
the real crest by 660 metres and 53 metres vertical. Had he ever known
this, he would not have been happy given the singlemindedness with which
he always sought out the absolute tops. However, he was 82, an age at
which the challenge of driving a Volkswagen Kombi up a 4-wheel drive access
road to a mountaintop would have daunted most.
done that, he went on to climb Mt Mawson in the face of the kind of Tasmanian
weather which regularly gets bushwalkers even a quarter of his age into
trouble. I love his justification: "It was not a pleasant
decision to envisage a walk up Mt. Mawson in what daylight was still available,
but there was much to be learned by tackling it".
Added story 81 Rock
Problems of Cyrian [Geryon]
Kept the "original spelling rule" which I also applied in the
Clumner Bluff story. On the whole I have kept fairly close to Keith's
spelling, correcting only obvious typos, and standardising his distance
and height notations. It is appropriate to show the Cyrian spelling for
Geryon, allowing it to tell its own story. The spelling was corrected
in the diary by pen at a later date (in the heading only).
Added story 42 A
Near Approach to Wyld's Craig.
Added story 43 Clumner
Added story 201 The
Mount Styx Foray.
Numbered all the stories with their story number on the
Index Page. I think this is an improvement,
although Merryn Gilham (see below) seemed to see them as page numbers.
Corrected story 186 Loyetea
Peak, which actually contained the Mts
Peter and Paul story! Whoops, an oversight in the quality control
department. Thanks to Merryn Gilham of Devonport for pointing that out.
Added a link to the North
West Walking Club's new and improved site. They have reciprocated
with a link.
Added story 96, Mt Maurice
with the L.W.C.
Added story 5, Conquest
of Dry's Bluff.
Added a link to the new Launceston
Walking Club website after they finally put a link in to mine. Reciprocation
stuff on the index page so that all illustrations are referenced. Included
cute new little camera button instead
of previous clunker.
Added a picture
sent to me by Norm Hoyle showing Chris Binks and himself standing next
to an aircraft on Lake Pedder beach. Photo taken by David Pinkard.
Changed Lake Pedder
page to be general Lake Pedder rather than specifically Keith Lancaster's
Lake Pedder pictures.
Added a picture by Norm Hoyle to the Easter
at High Dome story.
Added a link to Luuk's website www.southwesttasmania.com.
Revamped the Index page with
a second colour down the side bar. Not convinced it's an improvement yet.
Replaced the camera button
and put linked camera buttons next to stories with photos.
Added some page references to the Update
Page, just to make life easier.
Added Story 175, Mt
Nereus at last. This was the last peak in the Cradle Mt. - Lake St.
Clair National Park which Keith had to climb. Note that the Tasmap 1:25000
does not show a name for "Green Mt.".
Updated the Diary Register,
now showing total of 108987 words.
Added Story 19, Seven
Mountains whilst on holiday tour.
Updated the Diary Register,
now showing total of 106212 words.
Changed the Index
Page by adding a header made from the Anderson's
Bluff panorama. Don't know if I will stick with it..
Added Story 90, Easter
at High Dome
Added small photo
of High Dome to story.
Updated the Diary
Register to include word totals for completed stories. 99686 words
Added Story 82, LWC
Trip to Vale of Rasselas. This story accompanied by photos (1,
supplied by Norman Hoyle.
Updated the Index Page and
Story 30, The second Wyld's
Added Story 29, Wonders
of Mt Field West.
Updated the Pages
on the Website Register, and the Diary
Register. The tally now stand at 25% of Keith's Diary on the website.
Added Story 66, A
Traverse of the Eldons. This had been asked for late last year, but
I can't remember who it was - one of the old-timers.
Reversed the date sequence of this record
Added the Map of the Eldon
Range on Page 142.1 of the Diary. Realised that the bottom bit is
missing and that I will have to stitch it on. Will leave it on for now.
Slide Register to the Admin page. May
take it off again, because it is very large.
Added Story 28, The
first Wyld's Craig failure.
Moved Mt Owen off the
Latest Additions list.
Occasional Record of Updates to the Admin
Index page. I'm not yet convinced that it is of any interest to anybody
Added Story 64, A
reconnaissance of the Eldons.
Added Story 65, Return
to Legge's Tor.
Added Story 71, With
the Hermit of Gordon Vale. Keith's visit to Ernie Bond.
Added Story 51, Mt Dromedary.
Added Story 160, Frankland
Traverse and Bombadier Track.
Added Story 44, Beautiful
Added the Lake
Pedder pages with the 7 (1,
Lake Pedder photos. There is a general scarcity of images of the original
Lake Pedder on the web, so I decided to add Keith's available slides,
mainly taken from the Franklands. They are not good quality, but are reasonably
acceptable after some cleaning up done by my son Luuk at Stallards.
Added Story 95, Mt
Pillinger via the Forth Track.
Added Story 176, Schnell's
Ridge. This has the first illustration from Keith's slide collection.
Not an unqualified success.
Added Story 86, The
Mount Anne Group.
Added Story 225, Ben
Lomond Once Again - a story of the 90's when Keith was still making
Added Story 253, Exploring
the Cameron Cluster. This is officially the last diary report of a
trip made in 1997. There is pathos in how Keith describes his own physical
limitations. He was 87 when he made this trip.
Added Story 166, Mts
Peter and Paul.
Added Story 186, 187 and 188: Loyetea
Peak, Mt. Everett and Rocky
Mt and Mt Cattley.
Added Story 87, The
Foresight and the circuit of the DuCanes.
Added Story 130, Around
Port Davey. This story was added after I read the Deny King
book. It contains Keith's only reference to a meeting with Deny King and
Added Story 123, Mt.
Inglis in the snow.
Added Story 185, Pencil
Pine Bluff. This was in relation to questions about the Innes Track,
which Keith reported on in this story.
Added Story 108, Probing
Added Story 79, The Reserve.
Story 74, The Pillinger Track.
Added Story 4, Stack's
Added Story 123, Mt
Inglis in the Snow.
Added Story 177, Cape
Pillar. Around this time Niels did the Cape Pillar trip with
Added Story 26, Cradle,
Barn Bluff & Mt. Brown. Mt Brown was later renamed Mt Emmett.
Added Story 162, The
Snowies and Jubilees.
Added Story 154, Over
the High Tops to Pedder.
Added Story 157, The
Franklands and Arthurs.
Added Story 161, Algonkian
Jungle Mountain and Story 41, Mt. Hugel.
Added Story 3, Ironstone
Mt. and Story 73, Adam River.
Added Keith's Preface,
Story 1, Mt Barrow, Story 2, Ben
Lomond, Story 88, Frenchman's Cap,
Story 200, Hobbs, Quoin and Brown
Mts. The Preface is a nice statement of why Keith was climbing mountains,
made at the beginning of his mountaineering career. Frenchman's Cap was
also placed after transcribing it for Joyce and Hobbs, Quoin and Brown
Mts contained Keith's record of his visit to my brother-in-law's farm,
Ferniehurst, on which Brown Mountain is situated.
Started website with Stories 75 and 80:
Federation Failure and Federation
introduction page and, presumably, Adamsons
Peak, Mueller Range, The
Snowies and On Schouten Island,
as these had been done as .docs in 1996. I remember doing the Schouten
Island story for Joyce Reed.