Pioneers of Bushwalking Exhibition

The Pioneers of Bushwalking exhibition was officially launched on Monday, 24 October 2011 by Tim Holding MP, Shadow Treasurer during this year’s History Week celebrations. The exhibition is a collection of stunning images and artefacts that explore the fascinating history of the Melbourne Walking Club and some of the remarkable achievements of its members.

Past Bush Search and Rescue member Stuart Brookes features in one of the photographs.

The exhibition runs until Friday, 9 December 2011. Entry is free.

  • Where: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne 3000
  • When: 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday
  • More details: [link]

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Trip intentions website

A Trip Intentions website is now available for people who would like to submit their trip intentions online via email to designated contact people.  This site provides a quick and easy way to advise your nominated contacts about details of your trip – and when to “raise the alarm” if you don’t return by your specified date.

Some information on distress beacons and what do to do if you get lost is also provided.

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Missing walker found and rescued near Mt Shillinglaw

An experienced hiker who set off a distress beacon in Victoria’s alps yesterday afternoon was found safe on Friday 13 May 2011.

Police found the 30-year-old Alphington man at 8.20am on Friday, 19 hours after he set off the distress signal on rugged Mount Shillinglaw, about 60 kilometres south of Mansfield.

Senior Sergeant Lyn Holland, from Mansfield police, said the man had become disoriented as freezing temperatures and snow descended on the mountain about 1pm on Thursday.

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Linda Beilharz reaches the North Pole

Linda Beilharz

Linda, a current and active BSAR member, and her husband Rob Rigato successfully skied to the North Pole in April this year after a strenuous 55 days. At the North Pole they were helicopered out to the Russian Barneo Station and from there on to Svalbard, Norway by the last plane for the season. Linda becomes the first Australian woman to have skied from the edge of the land to the North Pole, and the first to have done the same trip to the north and south poles.
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