Australia is such a long way away!! ...... That is one of my few regrets. Having received James's invitation to tell a few yarns of SOC brings back many memories of the exciting early days when youth was on our side and the outdoor life of the Dales was the big attraction as I discovered kindred spirits with outdoor interests like my own. There are a good few stalwarts whose names are still on the membership list after all these years. Men like John Deighton, now our beloved and dedicated president, Mike Eyles,Mike Ibbetson, Eric Day and others who sought the same thrills as I .