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Jonas Lea Memorial award nominations now open

This is your chance to recognise your fellow club member or leader who has made an outstanding contribution towards the culture of the club and/or towards you.

Jonas was an inspiring member of our club, both leader and walker, always willing to help, despite poor health. We are pleased that his family continue to appreciate the joy that bushwalking with us provided Jonas.  They are generously providing an outdoor store voucher.

Our inaugural winner, Andrew Francis, was a very deserving recipient.   This year’s recipient will be announced at the Mt Macedon end of year function.

Looking forward to hearing all your great stories from the past year.

YHA Jonas Lea memorial award nomination form

Nominations close 15 Nov 2019.
Email nominations to
secretary@yhabush.org.au


80th Birthday celebrations

Happy 80th Birthday YHA and YHA Bushwalking Victoria!  What an incredible achievement!  To celebrate, your current committee were delighted to be invited to dinner on Saturday 7th September 2019 with the Chair, Board members and key staff of YHA.  A great night was had by all.  Read the YHA CEO’s blog about the 80th   and  YHA Chair speech for 80th  which set out just how important and relevant YHA remains today.

We then did what we do best on the Sunday, 8th September and organised a walk to the memorial stone at the site of the very first YHA Hostel, at Pound Bend, Warrandyte.  Many thanks to YHA for providing the coffee cart – it was very popular.  Big thanks also to Doug Miers (our current walk secretary) and Ken Sussex (current committee member and long standing leader) for leading the walks on the day.  A great morning was had by all.

I was honoured to be asked to say a few words at the dinner and the walk.  I gratefully acknowledged all the efforts of our past and present commitee members, leaders and walkers, who have enabled us to be one of the oldest walking clubs in Victoria.  Of course, we wouldn’t be here today, without the support of YHA.  It was great to be able to support some of YHA’s key themes with what we do with our bushwalking.  We also try to provide opportunities for young people, foster friendships and promote better understanding of our environment.  We are very proud that our Sunday walks cater to a large range of walking capabilities.  Allowing walkers to turn up on the day means we also continue the YHA tradition of supporting those who are just sampling the attractions of Melbourne and Victoria.

Check out the photos.

80th Birthday celebrations
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Sunday 1st December – Mt Macedon Christmas Lunch & Walk

Ready to start the end of year celebrations?  It’s been a big year, notching up 80 years of walking, so hope you are looking forward to a combination of our favourite activities, walking and eating …

Join us for a Christmas circuit walk in the Macedon Ranges and lunch at the Mount Macedon Hotel, 694 Mount Macedon Rd, Mount Macedon.
There are three options: Option 1 – public transport & longer walk;  Option 2 – car-pool & shorter walk, Option 3 – self driving, no walk.

Lunch will include pizzas and an interesting selection of finger food.

Bookings are required – cost is members $18 non-members $38

We will also be presenting the Jonas Lea memorial award.

Enquiries & more details on the event page: https://yhabush.org.au/events/xmas-function-2019/
Bookings will open for members 30th September & non-members 7th October.


Yeti newsletter #52 (summer 2019)

Yeti #52 cover

It’s the annual Cake Walk, but why is leader Chris on the phone while the others look on anxiously?
Download the latest newletter, Yeti #52, to find out.(photo: John Morriss)

Happy 2019

I hope everyone has had a very Merry Christmas and is now looking forward to a new year of walking adventures.
Should you need a little motivation, try and have a chat to your fellow walkers.
From where I sit, it’s clear that everyone has a story to share and we are all the better for hearing it.

There is the story of Sharon and Rafal, who took their young children on an overnight hike along the Great Ocean Walk. It was not all smooth sailing, but their tale of preparation and determination is inspiring to say the least.

Then there’s the satisfaction of setting yourself a goal and achieving it, as Leona did on completion of a pack carry trip to Mt Cole State Forest- Beeripmo Circuit last November, reaching her target of 52 hikes a year a month ahead of deadline. These are but two of the awesome experiences shared by our members. I hope we will get to hear and share more in the months ahead.

As always, email your stories to yetieditor@yhabush.org.au

Fifi (editor)