Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Get ready for adventure this Spring

This spring, a surprising event celebrates the beginnings of bushwalking, which started in Australia 100 years ago.  Two young adventurers, Mr Alex Allchin and Ms Sierra Classen, are leading a walk that will be associated celebrations and events in the Blue Mountains to which everyone is welcome.

“Dunphy’s Kowmung Adventure is about re-enacting a walk by Myles Dunphy and Bert Gallop who set off on a three week adventure in October 1914.  Their original aim was to track through the unmapped territory of the southern Blue Mountains in order to follow the Kowmung River.  They didn’t achieve their objective because they met with a difficult and challenging landscape.  They were faced with torrential rain which meant that crossing the Kowmung River was quite dangerous”, said Mr Alex Allchin who is leading the walk.

“The event will reveal to participants just how much has changed in the last 100 years and how the area through which the walk passes could have all ended up differently”, Alex Allchin said.

“The early bushwalking and nature conservation movements became very much intertwined with each other.  Myles was a strong driving force of the Mountain Trails Club and then the National Parks and Primitive Areas Council.  Through the Council, Dunphy’s passion and vision evolved by 1932 into a plan for a Greater Blue Mountains National Park and now nearly all of the proposed areas have been reserved”, said Mr Allchin.

“Myles Dunphy is important to conservation because he created the National Parks and Primitive Areas Council in NSW.  He and his son Milo were a real force behind conservation in NSW.  He also played a key role in the development of bushwalking and was first patron of the Colong Foundation,” Ms Sierra Classen, who is supporting Alex Allchin on the walk, said.

“Myles Dunphy was an important conservationist who proposed national park protection of wilderness areas in NSW.  He also helped form the first bushwalking clubs,” Ms Classen said.

“Though we now have the parks he proposed, Dunphy’s Kowmung Adventure is about preserving his legacy, expanding it if we can and making sure that it is sustainable into future too,” said Ms Classen.

“I want to bring wilderness into people’s lives on an active, personal, experiential level.  I want to discover how to bring more people into truly wild places.  I want to really surprise and inspire people on how beautiful, enthralling and real it is all out there in our wilderness areas,” said Ms Classen.

“We will bring attention to the development of bushwalking gear and that allowed a whole lot of people to go out further and experience the bush.  The event is being sponsored by Paddy Pallin, as Mr Paddy Pallin played a key role in the evolution of bush walking gear from 1930 onwards”, Ms Classen said.

“We’d really like to see a lot of people on this walk”, said Sierra Classen.

For more information go the our website, www.colongwilderness.org.au and follow the links to the Dunphy Kowmung Adventure where there is an itinerary, maps of the walk, contact details and a registration form. This is also a facebook page, www.facebook.com/DunphysAdventure where we regularly post information. 

Sierra Classen and Alex Allchin prepare for Dunphy’s Kowmung Adventure. Photo: Aaron Peachey Sierra Classen and Alex Allchin. Photo: Aaron Peachey

For more information contact:
Alex Allchin: 0433 263 989 (mob)
Sierra Classen: 0404 494 896 (mob) or
Keith Muir, (02) 9261 2400 (wk) or 0412 791 404 (mob)

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