Caving at Glenrock
Cathi caving at Glenrock

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Check out our upcoming adventures. You will need to be a member (or trial member). Trial membership is $30.00 and allows you to participate on MSS trips for 12 months. Go to the How to Join page to find out more and email membership@mssadventure.org for an application form.

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Dates   Grade Location Activities
22/06/2019 - 23/06/2019 Canyoning Easy Newnes Plateau Beginners canyoning weekend, all canyons will be "dry" and we'll be car camping at Barcoo Swamp. Canyons on offer, Tiger Snake & Crooked Crevice (Penrose Gully), abseils in both; Dry Canyon, Deep Pass/The Slot - no abseils but lots of scrambling and down-climbing, plus balancing to stay dry. This will be a very social weekend with big campfire on Saturday night.
07/07/2019 - 07/07/2019 Training Instructional Sydney Refresher of SRT skills for those who wish to participate in the 4 August Cave Rescue training (and tweek their gear with an experienced person) and the Tuglow Caves trip in Mid September. Exact details of what skills will be practised will depend on participants.
13/07/2019 - 14/07/2019 Caving Easy Abercrombie Come along and help with the surveying project. Bring your disto's and other survey gear. We will stay in cabins as imagine it will be cold!
01/08/2019 - 01/08/2019 Social Social North Ryde RSL Join us at North Ryde RSL (Corner Pittwater & Magdala Roads, North Ryde) for our Quarterly General Meeting (starting at 7.30pm). Dinner beforehand - meet up at the Bistro at 6pm - great $15 steak dinner on Thursday nights. Meeting follows (at 7.30pm), followed to discuss progress on projects and upcoming events.
23/08/2019 - 25/08/2019 Bushwalking Medium Newnes Plateau from a car camp base on Sunnyside Ridge, we will explore Cathedral Canyon and nearby slots on Sunnyside Ridge, Wolgan Falls day walk and a day of exploration.
07/09/2019 - 13/09/2019 Caving Easy Abercrombie Plan is to have a solid week at Abercrombie working on the survey project. We are not planning any recreational caving. Bring your disto's and other survey gear. We will stay in cabins as imagine it will still be cold. Only available midweek and want to go to Tuglow or Timor for the weekend? Not a problem!
08/09/2019 - 08/09/2019 Training Instructional Lower Blue Mountains depending on number of willing assistants, there will be three levels of practice - in the morning (1) practise abseiling for beginners - essential for those wishing to canyon this season (a second practice day will be run in Oct or Nov); and (2) for those who know how to abseil, an opportunity to refresh those self rescue skills: prussiking, tying off, self belay, changing ropes, passing knots - not essential to go canyoning but you'd be smart to come along. In the Afternoon (3) anchor systems and rope set ups for those who are already leaders and those who wish to know the ins and outs of anchors (eg Isolating ropes, meat anchors, and use of Fiddle Sticks). For the afternoon session, we will be joined by Tim Vollmer (Canyon Gear and Canyoning Australia) who will demonstrate how Fiddle Sticks work and answer technical questions.
14/09/2019 - 15/09/2019 Caving Medium Tuglow Tuglow Main is a classic vertical cave with an extensive stream way at the bottom of the entrance series of pitches. Some good decoration remains, despite the heavy use the cave receives from caving groups. Some wading is required and cavers may get wet up to the waist. Upstream reveals a noisy 10m waterfall which is avoided via a series of high-level passages. A good cave in which to practise your SRT. Participants need to be competent with all aspects of SRT, including abseiling, prusiking, passing redirections and rebelays etc. (Numbers will be limited) Opportunities for SRT practice will be scheduled in the months prior to the trip.
19/10/2019 - 20/10/2019 Training Instructional Wombeyan Cave surveying course facilitated by Mike Lake (SUSS), staying at the Post Office cottage at Wombeyan. Mix of theory and practical surveying. Numbers limited to 6 and this course is open for all ASF members, so book in early if you're interested..
26/10/2019 - 27/10/2019 Caving Easy Abercrombie Come along and help with the surveying project. Bring your disto's and other survey gear. We will stay in cabins for ease of charging our devices and working on the project out of the cave.
16/11/2019 - 17/11/2019 Caving Easy Abercrombie Come along and help with the surveying project. Bring your disto's and other survey gear. We will stay in cabins for ease of charging our devices and working on the project out of the cave.
29/11/2019 - 01/12/2019 Canyoning Hard Mt Wilson (3 days pack walk) walk from Mt Wilson on Day 1 to Up Ya Crack Canyon. Leave overnight gear at start of canyon and return up pass at end (maybe rig a fixed rope to assist the climb). Retrieve overnight gear and investigate possibility of abseiling into the creek near a camp cave (this will avoid a swim in Yarramun Creek). Day 2 will be into the lower end of Captains to take photos in the tunnel, then climb over the ridge to do Rorys Canyon. Day 3 will be the walk back to Mt Wilson (depending on time and energy we may have a quick look at another nearby canyon).

 

Proposed:
Dates   Grade Location Activities
March/April/May 2020 Caving Easy - Medium Philippines This will be a multifaceted trip. The date will be aligned with the local PSS (Philippines Speleological Society) annual conference which is being held in the very beautiful island of Palawan. This date is still to be confirmed but is likely in the 3rd week of April 2020. Associated with this conference there will be numerous opportunities for trips to the many cave features of this unique island including the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River and stunnnig El Nido. Our group has also been invited to join with a local group to assist in Archeological activities in Tabon cave on behalf of the Philippines Museum. This is a cave where the remain of Tabon man and many other artifacts have been discovered. We have also been invited to another area on a different island to help with exploration of Tipan cave which is a large river system. More details will be posted when they become available.

 

Dave in Grand Canyon
Dave S in Grand Canyon
Guide to trip gradings:
Grade Required May involve
Easy
  • average fitness
  • sense of humour
  • steep walking
  • easy scrambling
  • short swims
  • instructional trips
  • day trips
  • car camping
Medium
  • above average fitness
  • sense of humour
  • easy climbing
  • rope work
  • lengthy swims
  • full immersion
  • long days
  • overnight trips
Hard
  • strength and endurance
  • cool disposition
  • sense of ridiculous
  • strenuous activity
  • challenging environments
  • prior experience
  • equipment knowledge
  • intimidating exposure
  • remote areas