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 $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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Dates   Grade Location Activities
05/03/2021 - 05/03/2021 Canyoning Medium Mt Wilson Mystery canyon in Mt Wilson area, just for the hell of it. Short day, specific canyon TBA based on who wants to jump on the trip.
06/03/2021 - 07/03/2021 Canyoning Easy - Medium Blue Mountains CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA - optional car camp with Rod's trip participants on Saturday night, then short canyon on Sunday morning or afternoon and a couple of hours cleaning up some areas on the plateau that canyoners frequent. If you'd like to do some clean up on Saturday afternoon before the car camp and campfire, contact Trish to see what areas need to be looked at.
06/03/2021 - 07/03/2021 Canyoning Medium - Hard Blue Mountains Exploratory trip to Deep Blue canyon on Saturday. Something on Sunday (watch this space!)
06/03/2021 - 06/03/2021 Canyoning Medium - Hard Blue Mountains Butterbox Canyon, can be a long day, early start required. You need to be experienced and not afraid of heights, must be able to swim and competent abseiling SRT (single rope). There is an easy climb out but it is exposed, some of the abseils can be under waterfalls. Numbers limited to 6.
12/03/2021 - 12/03/2021 Canyoning Medium - Hard Blue Mountains Claustral Canyon (Grade 4), one of the Blue Mountain's classic canyons. Can be a long day but hopefully this will be avoided as this will be a weekday trip - excellent if you are lucky enough to be able to take the day off! Numbers will be limited to 6 people and requires abseiling experience in wet canyons and a few swims in cold water. The highlight of the trip is 3 short abseils in the spectacular semi dark of "The Black Hole of Calcutta Falls". Essential items include helmets, abseiling kit and wetsuits.
13/03/2021 - 14/03/2021 Bushwalking Medium - Hard Ettrema Wilderness Car camp at Greta Road on Friday night for an early start (7.30am) on Saturday morning. We will be starting early to avoid walking in the heat of the day. Using fire trails (approx 12k), expect to arrive at Jones Creek (campsite) at 11.30am (a few hundred metres off track) at which time we'll drop our overnight packs and then proceed down Jones Creek, swimming in the long pools, jumping and sliding down cascades with lots of bouldering in between. The goal is to make it all the way to the 45m waterfall downstream and also to find a possible camp cave used by the miners in the old days. We'll retrace our steps (and possibly take a known pass to short cut the return trip). Nice campsite on the creek (sandy bank). We'll then walk out on Sunday morning avoiding the heat of the afternoon. Numbers limited.
21/03/2021 - 21/03/2021 Training Medium Blue Mountains Canyoning Workshop - find out what's involved in becoming more involved in canyon trips (and potentially leading or co-leading trips), and get an insight into what it’s like leading a canyon (from a leader’s perspective, ensuring that the group traverses the canyon safely from entry to exit). Suitable for those in their second or third canyoning season with MSS. Amongst other areas, we'll focus on replacing anchors, different anchoring systems, and rope retrievals (and you thought we were just pulling the rope down willy-nilly didn't you? Believe me there is an art to not getting your rope stuck!). Register your interest by 1 February 2021 as volunteer presenters will be sourced, and workshop will go ahead only if a minimum number of participants are registered.
27/03/2021 - 27/03/2021 Canyoning Medium Blue Mountains Yileen, a lovely canyon with a great 50-60m final abseil, wet, possibly cold so wetsuit may be a good idea. Limit 6 due to training of leader. Not sure if we will do a Sunday canyon,tba.
27/03/2021 - 28/03/2021 Caving Easy - Medium Kempsey Caving at Kempsey, surveyors (and survey helpers) wanted for continuing the survey in Moparrabah Main Cave. Camping near the cave on the farmer's property. This trip will be a good introduction to what's involved in creating cave maps.
09/04/2021 - 09/04/2021 Canyoning Medium Blue Mountains Expressions of Interest - leader has an RDO on Friday prior to his Surefire and Closet trips and is open to any suggestions of a pre-weekend trip. Contact the leader with your suggestions for the day.
10/04/2021 - 11/04/2021 Canyoning Medium - Hard Blue Mountains Surefire and Closet Canyons - Whilst it's been many years since the leader did this canyon (ie the fire trail wasn't locked!), he has fond memories of it as an awesome canyon and definitely worth the (now) longer walk. Overnight pack camp, dropping camping gear beside the firetrail ont he way in. Camping as close as possible to the next day's Closet canyon, making for a shorter day.
17/04/2021 - 20/04/2021 Canyoning Medium - Hard Blue Mountains Four days in Wollangambe Wilderness in very remote area. Mount Irvine/Lost Flat Mountain/Short Creek/Yarramun Creek/Wollangambe/Mount Irvine. Two abseils in Short Creek and a swim. Camp caves will be used and numbers will be limited, participants must be experienced multi-day canyoners.
17/04/2021 - 18/04/2021 Training Easy - Medium Blue Mountains NAVIGATION TRAINING - If you've ever followed one of our trip leaders through the bush and wondered "how do they know where they're going?", then this is your opportunity to find out. All the secrets and magic behind wandering into the bush and finding your way back out will be revealed on this full weekend of training.
06/05/2021 - 06/05/2021 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
08/05/2021 - 16/05/2021 Caving Medium - Hard Yarrangobilly A full week 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 (8 - 16 May). There is availability on this trip for 2 - 3 adults, email your expression of interest.
22/05/2021 - 23/05/2021 Caving 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.
29/05/2021 - 30/05/2021 Social Easy Blue Mountains CAR OBSERVATION DRIVE - Get your team together (friends, partners & kids welcome) and join us for an easy, fun social day. An observation drive is all about looking around your environment for clues as you drive from location to location. Some clues will involve trivia (or possibly cryptic/trickery/puzzles/puns), others may require you to perform a simple task, others just need you to be observant. Come for one day (the observation drive) or the whole weekend, car camp, campfire & dinner - and maybe an adventure on the Sunday.
19/06/2021 - 20/06/2021 Canyoning Easy - Medium TBA FREEZE FEST is back - it's been around a long time, in one way or another, with different groups promoting it. MSS is going to be a part of it, no matter who organises it, but it wont be us! So, what is it? For the die-hards it's doing a wet canyon (or two) as close to the winter solstice as you can get; for those of us who are chicken-s#@t, it's a dry-ish canyon (or two). On the Saturday night there's a big campfire with shared happy hour and the opportunity to cook up great food (sometimes there's no room for wood, there are so many camp ovens). So, dust off the wetsuit and prepare yourself for a fun weekend and networking with other canyoners from other clubs (should they be so brave as us).
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.
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.
11/09/2021 - 12/09/2021 Easy - Medium Hawkesbury River Berowra Creek paddle with an overnight camp at Twin Beaches (near Bar Island).
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