Caving at Glenrock
Cathi caving at Glenrock

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4wdCanyoning CavingSocial Kite flyingMountain biking BushwalkingAbseiling ClimbingField Days

 

Dates   Grade Location Activities
15/08/2020 - 16/08/2020 Caving Easy - Medium Wee Jasper A good fun weekend of recreational caving, we'll be doing Dip Cave, Signature & Punchbowl, but if hard core participants sign up, we may break into two groups so that the hard core people can go off and do their "thing". We'll be staying at the "Shearer's Quarters" rather than camping, if we get 10 or more, will work out at about $50 per person. This is a combined MSS/SUSS trip, great opportunity for socialising. Beginners welcome and will be catered for. Numbers will be limited and COVID protocols will be in place including social distancing.
22/08/2020 - 22/08/2020 Medium - Hard Hawkesbury Heights Dependent on weather, we will be planning an a.m. climbing and p.m. spin around mountain bike trek at Yellomundee. The climbing is a tiny crag at Hawkesbury Heights 'Purgatory Wall'. so super convenient for Sydney-siders, only a handful of very small (9-10m) climbs that can all be set up top rope. I'm out of shape myself, so won't have stamina for more than a half day climbing so thought this location would be perfect to just get out and feel rock again. Then after lunch I plan to drive the 1 minute back down the hill and have a little spin around Yellomundee mountain bike trail. I'll plan to avoid any of the more thought-provoking sections and stick to the flowy bits.
28/08/2020 - 30/08/2020 Bushwalking Medium - Hard Ettrema Wilderness If you haven't visited the Ettrema Wilderness, now is the time to do it, the scrub has been burned to a crisp, making walking 100% easier than every before, come for 1, 2 or all 3 days - up to you. Day 1 (Friday), day walk, 1.5k on Yarramunmun Fire Trail then off track 500m to Boolijah Creek, follow creek downstream to see what's there, check out side creek above the waterfall(s) then exit back to fire trail (map: Sassafrass). Car Camp at Gretas Road (dinner at Nerriga Pub). Day 2 (Saturday), 2.5 hours along Ettrema Ridge fire trail to junction with Jones Creek track, follow this track for 3k and then drop into Jones Creek. Follow creek downstream, find a campsite then continue down to the top of the 35m Jones Creek waterfall checking out what the creek is like (hopefully nice rock slabs). Day 3 (Sunday, back to Jones Creek and Ettrema Ridge fire trail for an early finish and a beer at the pub in Nerriga before driving home (map: Nerriga).
05/09/2020 - 05/09/2020 Training Medium - Hard Thornleigh SRT training/abseil practice in preparation for canyoning. SRT - fine tuning of harness & slings. Practice knot crossing, rebelays, diversions etc. Abseiling - tying off, crossing knots, self belay and road testing different types of descenders and other hardware.
11/09/2020 - 13/09/2020 Canyoning Hard Blue Mountains The long awaited trip to Up Ya Crack Canyon is going ahead. Saturday to Monday. Start at Mt Wilson, cross Wollangambe and camp at Yarramun Ck in a camp cave. Objectives include Up Ya Crack, photography in Captains Canyon tunnel and other canyons as time and energy permits. Abseiling gear and helmets required.
03/10/2020 - 05/10/2020 Caving Easy - Medium Kempsey This is an opportunity to explore a new area. We'll also be looking for "lost" or brand new caves. The recent fire has cleared a lot of the undergrowth meaning the opportunity won't last forever. Still in the early stages of planning, so watch this space.
17/10/2020 - 17/10/2020 Easy - Medium Hawkesbury Kayaking/canoeing Crosslands to Berowra Waters. Life jackets compulsory. Bring lunch but we may be able to buy coffee etc at Berowra Waters. There are a number of spare canoes/kayaks available for people to borrow (first in best dressed). We will be looking for aboriginal art sites along the water’s edge (I know there are some but was last there in the early 80s). Crosslands is a picnic area with sealed road access. It is gated and open from 8am to 5pm.
24/10/2020 - 01/11/2020 Caving Medium Yarrangobilly A full week of caving at Yarrangobilly, staying in 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 Swallett, 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 (24 October - 1 November). There is availability on this trip for 2 - 3 adults, email your expression of interest

 

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