Caving at Glenrock
Cathi caving at Glenrock

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4wdCanyoning CavingSocial Kite flyingMountain biking BushwalkingAbseiling ClimbingField Days

 

Recurring Trips:
Dates   Grade Location Activities
Tuesday evenings Climbing Easy-Hard St Leonards Climbing anyone? Tim Grimes is restarting the MSS Indoor Climbing group (@ Artarmon/St Leonards Climbfit, 4/12 Frederick Street). Every Tuesday, starting around 6:30pm (if you plan on going, message Tim or hop onto the MSS FB page on Tuesday to post your interest for attending on that night). Wear your MSS t-shirt for club publicity. Membership of MSS is not required and no trip fees apply, however, if you're not a member of MSS, we'd love you to join! COVID regulations apply, full vaccination and mask wearing when belaying.

 

Dates   Grade Location Activities
13/08/2022 - 14/08/2022 Caving Medium Jenolan This is a joint NHVSS/MSS trip so book in early. Caving Jenolan - staying at Jenolan Cabins at Two Mile - two cabins have been booked sleeping up to 12 people. Accommodaation cost for 2 nights (Friday & Saturday) is approximately $50 per person/per night and will need to be paid in advance (you will need to pay for both Friday and Saturday regardless of whether you stay both nights or not). If the trip fills there may be scope to nclude people who don't wish to stay in the accommodation (say if you live nearby), however in the first instance preference will be given to people staying/paying for 2 nights. There will be a range of coaves on the permit to cater from easy to more advanced trips, depending on numbers the group will likely be split into two groups to better cater for enthusiasm and experience.
19/08/2022 - 21/08/2022 Caving Easy - Medium Orange This trip involves 3 different activities. I have made an accommodation booking at the Canoblas Mountain Cabins http://www.canobolasmountaincabins.com/ for Friday and Saturday nights, maximum of 13 People. Cost per person for the 2 nights will be around $90-$100 (depending on numbers). This cabin is self contained so suggest we make a group cook up for the Saturday night. Saturday we make a short trip to Borenore caves and explore the caves there. No permits required for these caves. This will most likely be only a 1/2 day. Saturday afternoon return to the cabin to prepare for the Murder Mystery Night which will be themed as 1920's and 1930's costumes so please come prepare with suitable attire. I am sure it will be fun night. Sunday we go for a wine tasting tour of several of Orange's World class wineries. Actuall Wineries yet to be diecided so welcome to suggestions but plannnig on visiting 3 to 4 from different zones in the area.
22/08/2022 - 26/08/2022 Medium Hotham Down Hill and or X-C Skiing/snow shoeing at Hotham/Dinner Plains area. Please reply asap if you would like join us and be prepared for up $1,000 each for accomodation, plus ski hire at Mt Hotham or Dinner Plains.
03/09/2022 - 04/09/2022 Caving Easy Jaunter Details: A chance to explore this little visited area. With over 160 tagged features there is plenty to explore. Included in the trip will be some cave surveying for those interested. Basic car camping.
09/09/2022 - 09/09/2022 Training Medium Wahronga Self Rescue practice and possibly SRT practice (setting MMO & EMO rigs and rope lengths). Abseil skills essential.
10/09/2022 - 11/09/2022 Bushwalking Easy - Medium Dharug NP TRIP FULL- A bounce trip mostly on fire trail exploring an aboriginal trading route in the Mangrove Creek area. We'll establish a base camp on the ridge (water may need to be carried to the campsite), then explore along the ridge. Campsite should have good views and the trip will be leisurly. If there is any interest, this can be extended to 3 day trip to allow for more exploration.
10/09/2022 - 10/09/2022 Canyoning Medium - Hard Blue Mountains SRT Canyonig day for beginners/intermediate canyoners. Participants need to be competent abseilers and have already canyoned with MSS Shiva will run through what you need to know for SRT canyoning, setting the rope(s), bleeding the rope, whistle signals, working as a team through the canyon. Participants will then go through a canyoning using what they have learned. Numbers limited.
11/09/2022 - 11/09/2022 Canyoning Medium - Hard Blue Mountains Advanced SRT Canyonig SRT skills deveopment days. Refresher day either in Butterbox or a substitute canyon if the water level is too high. Numbers limited and subject to having completed previous skills development.
17/09/2022 - 18/09/2022 Social Social Various Observation Drive - Save the date for this most revered of MSS traditions. Will be an awesome day out. More details to come.
01/10/2022 - 03/10/2022 Caving Medium Glenrock You can expect mostly small vertical caves, great opportunity to practice your SRT and to learn how to rig the pitches (from Brian of NHVSS). Also, lots of opportunity to find new caves and we do find the occasional big one!. Basic bush camping, but some mod-cons and opportunity for a camp oven roast if you want to splash out. Joint trip with NHVSS, Glenrock is 1.5hrs north of Aberdeen and is on private property, NHVSS (and specifically Brian) is the only club which is able to obtain permission to explore these caves - you wont find these trips on any other ASF calendars. Option to drive up on Friday is open.
22/10/2022 - 30/10/2022 Caving Hard Tasmania 5 - 6 days caving in Ida Bay/Junee Florintine area of Tasmania. Accommodation has been booked for southern Tassie. Participants should be prepared to do 5-6 days of caving and one day of high energy or low energy day walk depending on the mood. Participants must have high level of caving experience in addition to competent SRT skills. As most of the caves are vertical, a condition of participation wil be at least 2 SRT training days, a good level of fitness and appropriate equipment. Participants can return to Sydney on a late Sunday night flight, although some may choose to stay overnight in Hobart. Numbers limited to 6 in total (this number includes co-ordinator, SRT SME, and local guide).

 

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.
Spring 2022 Walking Medium New Zealand The Paparoa Track is a 55.7 km shared hiking and mountain biking track located in Paparoa National Park in the South Island of New Zealand. The track was created as a memorial for the 29 miners who lost lives in the Pike River Mine disaster. The track is the tenth Great Walk to be created, and has been fully open since 1 March 2020.
Summer 2022/2023 Canyoning Medium New Zealand The plan will be to do some of the better rated canyons in New Zealand, which are predominantly located on the South Island. We won't do anything with a high aquatic grading since we don't experience that with Australian canyons. At this stage I'm thinking just a week, but that could be extended to do more canyons or other activities (such as caving, hiking, etc.)

 

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