Major Clews was a (the?) principal surveyor of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme, back in the 50's. Apparently a great bloke, he was actually Lt-Cln Hugh Clews when he finally retired. It's suggested that everyone that knew him continued to call him 'Major'. Very well respected. Very competent bushman. So it's said. I hope that it was true. Once he'd finished his survey work, he retired to a small, stamped mud hut near Indi Camp south of Khancoban. That's where he liked to be. He died in the 80's, after being moved from his remote hut into a caravan in Khancoban. The hut is located roughly at S 36 deg 17' 28" ; E 148 deg 08' 35" It's pretty rugged country, maybe not as steep or tall as places in other lands, but it's still rugged. That's probably one of the reasons it's a very popular area. To the point. Andrew2 has a AdvRider acquaintance coming from Ireland (?) in a few weeks. They are heading up to the Snowy Mts for a couple of days, using A2's sidecar. I'm going to tag along - provided plans reach fruition. Major Clews Hut has long been on my agenda as a spot to visit, just never got there. Always ridden past on my way to Geehi, or Thredbo, or Khancoban or wherever. A2 needed a recce to confirm if we could get in and out on the sidecars. Planned. With other ROAR blokes, we'd planned on a coffee & cake meet, at Khancoban, mid week. Then it started to piss down. Sunday was a bit iffy. Monday was reasonably dry. Tuesday saw the first of some localised floods spread across a wide part of the area. Midnight Tuesday, it was still raining at home, so I posted that it was a wash out. Wednesday morning I actually slept in for a change - well, it was 7.10am. Looked south and checked the BOM site. Hmm, looks like the rains gone. So I posted that it was on, as far as I was concerned. Markawau had to babysit. Geez - there's a bloody pillion seat! Dobbo, Detlef & Trokel had to work. Like they've never heard of a sickie? Donks & Fayeslane just bailed, even before take off. Even Uncle Gra failed to show!!! Is being in hospital an satisfactory excuse? Ended up I did it on my lonesome. And I only got wet on the way home! Being a reccie I sat on the bitumen as far as practicable. Wagga Wagga, Mangoplah, Cookardinia, Holbrook, Wantagong, Jingellic, Walwa, Tintaldra, Towong (bloody beautiful little town) , Bringenbrong, Khancoban. A list 'cause I like the names. All the while, I was looking at the clouds sitting on the ridge tops and the high cloud above it. Maybe I would get away with the weather. Just to increase my chances, I threw the wet weather condoms on just after Holbrook. It's almost certain that if I had not stopped, it would've belted down on me. I did have a Captn Cook around the village to see if there may have been a bike I recognised, but no. So down to the servo/cafe for an early lunch. The cafe used to be run by this very pleasant old couple. Seems they retired from the snow country to the Sunshine Coast - I wonder how they cope with the humidity? The place is now run by a young couple. And she doesn't do a bad Chicken Schnitzel burger. Or a bad vanilla milkshake, either. And I even paid my $6 entry fee into the National Park. Along the Alpine Way, which is really chopped up for the first few km, apparently from rock falls. I pulled in at the Scammel's Spur lookout, as my topo shows a track from there. I was pretty certain I would've noticed it on previous visits but you never know. Know what, I'd not noticed a track before because there is no track, any longer. Another few km towards Geehi has me stopping at the turn off of Geehi Walls Trail. Do you like the camera case I've mounted on the back? Cheapy from Bunnings with some spray paint over the yellow plastic, sitting on rubber isolation mounts.