MOUNTAINS OF MY YOUTH Hiking and Skiing In the Mountains of Victoria With the Rover Scouts and Youth Hostels Association 1941 to 1951
Mountains of My Youth 1941 to 1951 is a book about my love of mountains. It describes the history and adventures of hiking and skiing with the Rover Scouts and the Youth Hostel Association, which embraced skiing as a recreational sport when skiing was in it's infancy. and. The book describes with many photos the routes of hikes and ski tours in the Victorian mountain ranges and high country. More
Mountains of My Youth 1941 to 1951 is first and foremost about my love of mountains. This came about because from where I lived in Rosanna in Victoria, Australia, the mountains of The Great Dividing Range were in my daily view on the eastern skyline. Joining the Cubs and moving on up as I grew older to the Scouts and then to the Rover Scouts, gave me the opportunity to explore and climb many mountain summits in the mountains and alps of Victoria. I began skiing in 1945 on Mt. Donna Buang with the Rover Scouts and 1947 and1948 I went on two, two week skiing holidays to the Bogong High Plains (BHP). Some years earlier with a small party of Rover Scouts I completed a nine day hike across the BHP in summer. Because of these visits to the BHP my love and knowledge of this wonderful area of Victoria's high country in both summer and winter conditions was very extensive, which was to serve me well in later years. In 1949 in my last year of my apprenticeship I was not permitted to take two weeks leave to go skiing with the Rover Scouts. However, I was invited to join The Youth Hostels Association (YHA) by one of the Rover Scouts who was a YHA member. I joined YHA that winter and was able to continue skiing during weekends with the association. After serving my five year apprenticeship as a fitter and turner in the winter of 1950 I was given leave to ski for one fantastic week with YHA on the vast snowfields of Mt. Bogong, Victoria's highest mountain. This book describes the history and adventures and skiing with the Rover Scouts and YHA from the time when both organisations embraced skiing as a recreational sport and when skiing was in its infancy in Australia. Throughout the book, the routes of hikes and skiing tours are described with many photos, which should be of use to those who might wish to follow in the author's footsteps. In 1947 when I had finished writing this book I showed a copy of the manuscript to the Rover Scouts and they expressed a wish to have a copy in their archives. At the time however, I thought I would need to make some revisions to the manuscripts before I considered it would be suitable. 0ver the following years I did not do any work on the manuscript until I revised it to publish it as an Ebook on Smashwords. It is in this form that I have offered it to both the Rover Scouts and YHA , so that it can be read by anyone in both of these organisations and not lie in the Archives only accessible to a few. The book ends when I sailed abroad as one of the first Austalians to leave the country on a working and backpacking holiday in the UK.