Caving at Glenrock
Cathi caving at Glenrock

Calendar

Check out our upcoming adventures. You will need to be a member (or trial member). Trial membership is $35.00 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.au for an application form.

MSS leaders collect trip fees (either before or after the activity). Please make sure you have the money with you on the day. If you book into an activity with another club, you will be asked to pay the trip fees for that club OR MSS trip fees:

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Recurring Trips:
Dates   Grade Location Activities
Monday evenings Climbing Easy-Hard St Leonards Meet at 6pm on Monday nights with MSS members to for a night of indoor rock climbing. If you haven't climbed at Climb Fit before, it's recommended to arrive a little earlier than the start time to complete any necessary paperwork. Visit https://www.climbfit.com.au for more info on pricing etc. Located at Unit 4/12 Frederick Street, St Leonards.

 

Dates   Grade Location Activities
26/06/2021 - 27/06/2021 Caving Easy - Medium Jaunter Cave surveying at Jaunter. The caves at Jaunter all need to be surveyed. This is an opportunity to practice our survey skills. You're welcome to come along just for the caving and the weekend away but precedence will be given to anyone wanting to work on the surveying project. Car camp on the property.
10/07/2021 - 11/07/2021 Caving Easy - Medium Abercrombie Surface work at Abercrombie. If NPWS let us go underground again, we will apply for a permit, but if that doesn't happen we will still go and continue the various bits of surface work we're doing there. A nice place just to camp and be sociable as well.
25/07/2021 - 25/07/2021 Training Easy - Medium Thornleigh SRT PRACTISE for caving. Brush up on your caving single rope technique and fine tune your gear. This training day is intended for those members whom are listed on the permit for the forthcoming trip to Yarrangobilly Caves. This day is a MUST DO for those who’ve not been to Yarrangobilly before. In addition to SRT, we will be discussing low impact / clean caving methods as there are many clean zones at Yagby.
31/07/2021 - 31/07/2021 Training Medium Thornleigh July 31 is Part 1 of a five-part series of abseil practice days. By the end of this program, you will have corrected some bad habits that you've picked up over the last canyon season, and have the skills to do most of the DRT (Double Rope Technique) and SRT (Single Rope Technique) canyons on the MSS calendar competently. Our leaders and fellow canyoners will also have greater confidence in your ability as they will know you've undertaken this MSS intensive program. Signing on to Part 1 is a commitment to do all five practice days, plus complete the V7 on-line canyoning course (this is a free course). Numbers limited to 8.
12/08/2021 - 12/08/2021 Social Social Zoom Our quarterly meeting held via Zoom, the link to the meeting will be sent to member in the week prior to the meeting, along with an agenda. Everyone welcome, send your suggestions for trips to be put on the calendar to membership@mssadventure.org.au
14/08/2021 - 14/08/2021 Training Medium TBA Part 2 of our intensive program of abseil practice and skills development. This day will review self-rescue skills learned in Part 1, focus on difficult starts, correct any bad habits you've acquired and introduce some new skills and scenarios that will challenge you. Only those who have completed Part 1 are eligible to participant in this workshop.
14/08/2021 - 15/08/2021 Caving Medium Bungonia Classic vertical caving at Bungonia, we will be doing B13 "Drum Cave" and B31"Argyle Hole". Drum cave has the longest pitch on the Australian mainland at 50m so it is no easy thing. Argyle hole has a number of pitches providing a good experience in handling multi pitch caves We will be car camping at venue TBA.
15/08/2021 - 15/08/2021 Canyoning Blue Mountains CANYON CARE - Be part of the Australian Canyoning Association's Canyon Care group (in conjunction with NPWS) to clean up Marijuana Canyon. This is an initiative that MSS has spear-headed, filming the garbage etc left behind. Walking in from the top, then finding our way down through the cliff-line to the site of the historical plantation, where remains of the infrastructure will be demolished and walked out. This is your opportunty to give something back to the canyoning community and to network with members of the ACA.
21/08/2021 - 22/08/2021 Social Social Blue Mountains GAMES NIGHT & ABSEILING - Mark your diaries now for a night of fun and frivolity. We have board games aplenty, or, bring your favourite. we'll supply nibblies and everyone brings a dish (with food in it) to share. Starts at 5pm until you go home or roll out your sleeping bag on the floor. Sunday will be an abseiling trip in the Upper Blue Mountains.
29/08/2021 - 05/09/2021 Caving Medium - Hard Yarrangobilly 6 days of caving at Yarrangobilly (subject to COVID restrictions) and we've secured a booking at the East Wing of Caves House. Possible caves (subject to permit approval) to be visited, Eagles Nest, Helectite Hole, Y18 Pot, Bath House, Mutt Mutt, Mooroolbark, Mill Creek Swallet, North Deep Creek, Harry Wood & Castle. Time will be set aside for participants to do voluntary work for NPWS (eg cave cleaning). Cost of accommodation to be shared between the participants - approximately $235pp based on 8 participants. Numbers limited to 8, and preference will be given to those prepared to stay the full period (29 August - 5 September). There is availability on this trip for 2 - 3 adults - all other spots taken, email your expression of interest.
11/09/2021 - 12/09/2021 Easy - Medium Hawkesbury River Berowra Creek paddle with an overnight camp at Twin Beaches (near Bar Island).
11/09/2021 - 11/09/2021 Training Medium Blue Mountains Part 3 of our Skills Development Workshop - we will tackle a multi pitch canyon with a prussic exit and by this point you should be working as part of the team and participanting to a higher level than you have in the past. Only those who have completed Parts 1 & 2 are eligible to participate in this workshop.
09/10/2021 - 09/10/2021 Training Medium - Hard Southern Highlands Part 4 of our Skills Development Workshop - introduction to SRT and white water canyonng - must have completed Parts 1 - 3 to participant in this workshop. In the Southern Highlands, we will go through the fundamentals of SRT as we abseil the numerous waterfalls at The Cascades - a full day of theory and practical. With the skills you have practiced in Parts 1 - 3, you will be participating on this trip as part of the team, and not simply participating on a "gruided trip". To participate on this trip you must have completed the V7 on-line canyoning course (this is a free course).
30/10/2021 - 31/10/2021 Training Medium - Hard Kanangra Boyd NP Part 5 of Skills Development Workshop - putting the skills learned in Part 4 into practice as we abseil the wet route of Dione Dell as a team. Must have completed Parts 1 - 4 to participant in this workshop. Possibility of car camp on Saturday night and add-on trip on Sunday if there are enough participants and an appetite for an adventure.
06/11/2021 - 07/11/2021 Social Social Hartley Vale The ultimate social occasion - not to be missed! Camping on private property t Hartley Vale, we'll hold a very brief AGM and revive an old MSS tradition The Annual Dinner! Entertainment for the evening will be a 3D Slide Show of MSS caving/canyoning trips in a theatre-style environment.S

 

Proposed:
Dates   Grade Location Activities
TBA Caving Hard Wyanbene Wyanbene Cave is a wild cave in the Deua National Park. It is an efflux which is long and quite wet in places. Expect lots of wading and one section of crawling in the river known as the "Wet Stretch". Some vertical sections requiring ropework as well. We will attempt to reach "Frustration Lake" (so named because it has frustrated all attempts at extending the cave). Entry is subject to a NPWS permit being granted.

 

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