Fine views on of­fer

The Tatura Guardian - - News - — Lyn Mapletoft

Mem­bers of the Shep­par­ton Ad­ven­ture Club set off for Ruffy re­cently with the prom­ise of an­other off-the-beaten-track walk in the area planned by Jus­tus Ha­gan.

The group of 10 met with Mr Ha­gan at the Ruffy Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and af­ter a re­laxed morn­ing tea crossed onto pri­vate prop­erty — thanks to David and Su­san Sleigh — to be­gin a walk along Hughes Creek.

A van­tage point as we be­gan of­fered fine views to rem­nants of some of the dis­trict’s his­toric prop­er­ties, in­clud­ing Drop­more and Hab­bies Howe.

The group scram­bled and rock hopped from one side of this im­pres­sive gorge to the other, nav­i­gat­ing around water holes, along rocky ledges and over and un­der tree trunks and other veg­e­ta­tion.

Along the way, one in­trepid walker ac­cepted the chal­lenge of ‘‘sum­mit­ing’’ a tall, steep-sided boul­der and suc­ceeded, with just a lit­tle shove at the start to get him go­ing.

This tri­umph was, how­ever, well and truly trumped a lit­tle later when four walk­ers pro­vided a spec­tac­u­lar ac­ro­batic dis­play with full water im­mer­sion — four wellex­e­cuted tum­bles with a high de­gree of dif­fi­culty.

Af­ter the cool of the gorge this last bit was more ex­posed and a strong west­erly kept the group hang­ing on to their hats.

The walk­ers said they were grate­ful to Jus­tus for his ex­ten­sive knowl­edge along the eight kilo­me­tre walk that took just over four hours.

Thanks also to Howard Hanna for or­gan­is­ing and putting this walk on the cal­en­dar.

Ex­plor­ing: The Shep­par­ton Ad­ven­ture Club re­cently headed to Ruffy to ex­plore Hughes Creek and the Strath­bo­gies. Pic­ture: Marg Clarke

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