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.

Legend

4wdCanyoning CavingSocial Kite flyingMountain biking Bushwalking

 

Dates   Grade Location Activities
25/04/2019 - 28/04/2019 Canyoning Hard Glen Davis Four days. First day walking up one of the tributaries of Freshwater Creek arriving at a camp cave by lunchtime and then exploring that branch in the afternoon. 2nd day we would be exploring the next branch of Freshwater which is completely unknown. 3rd and possibly 4th days would be exploring the next creek down (reputedly to be the REAL Doomsday). Due to the exploratory nature of the trip numbers will be limited and experienced canyoners would be preferred.
02/05/2019 - 02/05/2019 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.
04/05/2019 - 05/05/2019 Caving Easy Abercrombie Abercrombie Caves. NSW Speleo Council Meeting at Aercrombie. Some associated activities to the project such as any remaining surface trog required for GPS referencing, or re-survey activities.
09/05/2019 - 09/05/2019 Social Social UNSW Banff Mountain Film Festival. Sydney Seymour Centre from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Please RSVP by 31/03/2019 to purchase tickets.
01/06/2019 - 02/06/2019 Caving Easy Abercrombie Abercrombie Caves. Come and work on the cave mapping and survey project. Exact details of activities for weekend to be confirmed closer to date.
08/06/2019 - 10/06/2019 Caving Medium Jenolan TBA.
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.

 

Proposed:
Dates   Grade Location Activities
Early 2019 Training Easy TBA Abseil practice – with a focus on canyoning – anyone who is interested in either or both of the following please contact membership@mssadventure.org.au
  1. Abseiling – beginners – covers correctly attaching yourself to rope with descender, abseiling on pitches up to 30m and overhangs on both 11mm and double 9mm ropes, use of calls, using a safety line, being able to bottom belay and brake an abseiler when required. Test driving different descenders.
  2. Self-Rescue canyoning skills (including but not limited to) prusiking using prusik loops, tying off, crossing a knot and changing ropes, using self-belay, releasing a locked self-belay.
A suitable date will be scheduled to run either or both of these practice days subject to demand.

 

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