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helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
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Journey to Little Hell and back

It’s been nearly 6 months since our last proper Scout camp (as opposed to camping in our backyards) and, since Tasmania seems to be coronavirus-free at the moment, we are now able to do overnight things as a group. With barely contained enthusiasm we made a booking for Carr Villa Hut on the slopes of Legges Tor/Ben Lomond and headed up on a Friday night for a weekend of outdoors and whatever snow we could find.

On Saturday, we headed up to the ski village, to discover that, while there was snow around, it certainly wasn’t going to win any prizes for being a ski resort. However, who can resist lovely alpine landscapes? We decided to go for a walk around a cross-country ski route which had the advantage of being marked by poles, and the disadvantage of not actually really being much a walking track. It was also quite damp underfoot (the snow was no longer in solid form!), so it wasn’t the most simple of walks, but we headed east to a region known as Little Hell.

There may have been some snowball fights …

and some sliding on the few decent-sized snow drifts …

and there was certainly plenty of scenery to enjoy.

The kids’ energy levels were starting to drop as we made returned to the start of the 5km loop, but the wonderful views continued.

The final 500m or so of the journey required negotiating our way around the snow-melt streams that were pouring down the valley from the tows to the ski village.

The kids (and us leaders) had enjoyed the walk, but were definitely in the mood for the warmth of the hut and a good evening meal … and the existence of an oven meant that we could do chocolate self-saucing pudding for dessert. Nom!

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