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.au for an application form.

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4wdCanyoning CavingSocial Kite flyingMountain biking BushwalkingAbseiling ClimbingField Days

 

Dates   Grade Location Activities
26/09/2020 - 26/09/2020 Canyoning Medium - Hard Mt Banks David Crevasse - a Grade 3 abseil trip, 6 abseils of different lengths, longest is approximately 25m, involves a 7k walk in and out on fire trail to the Crevasse, and once through the abseils, there is a 7 - 10m pitch to prussic up to the exit footpad. No swims.
27/09/2020 - 27/09/2020 Easy Parramatta Cycling on the Parramatta River Cycleway from Silverwater to Parramatta Park and return. Approximately 20kms of easy cycleway, bring a picnic lunch. Bicycles must be roadworthy and helmets are mandatory.
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 - 25/10/2020 Canyoning Medium Mt Wilson Sat and Sun car camp in the Mt Wilson area. Canyons will probably be Serendipity (Serendipity - a Grade 3 abseil trip, 3 or 4 abseils, with fairly tricky starts. Several short swims (wetsuit essential as this is a cold canyon. A relatively easy day) and North Bowen (2 abseils and lots of swims). Helmets and in-line descenders mandatory. Both wet canyons. The canyons to be done may change closer to the date depending on weather or canyon conditions.
07/11/2020 - 07/11/2020 Canyoning Medium Newnes Plateau Crooked Crevasse (Penrose Gully) & Tiger Snake Canyons. Penrose is a short canyon, 3 abseils and you get wet feet, it is very constricted, you need to wear long pants and sleeves to prevent scratches/scrapes. At the end of the canyon we access the track we walked in on and then proceed to Tiger Snake, this has 4 or more abseils it's a relatively dry canyon, you may get wet feet. Combining the canyon makes for a long day and we need to start early, but with longer daylight hours in November we should walk out in daylight, but bring a head torch just in case, the 2nd half of the walk out is on an old fire trail so very easy to follow. Numbers will be limited to 8.
13/11/2020 - 13/11/2020 Bushwalking Medium - Hard Watagans NP Wallis Creek exploratory walk - walking down creek with caravan-sized boulders to junction of major side creek then upstream to check out cliff-line for a series of large overhangs. All off track, bouldering experience essential. Joint MSS/BWOC trip, numbers limited to 6.
14/11/2020 - 14/11/2020 Social Social Berkeley Vale MSS Annual General Meeting ... Pre dinner nibbles/drinks, followed by dinner after which we will conduct the (usually short) AGM. After the AGM, there will be board games for those interested (or anything else anyone wants to do). Lots of room for those who wish to stay the night - plenty of tent space and loads of room to put blow up matresses. Meeting numbers limited to 20 (due to current COVID restrictions) at any given time, so if you wish only to come for the dinner or the meeting, or both, please advise when booking in.
15/11/2020 - 15/11/2020 Bushwalking Easy - Medium Central Coast Following on from the AGM on Saturday, after breakfast there will be a 4 - 5 hour walk from Forresters Beach to Bateau Bay, all rock hopping with opportunities for a dip in rock pools if it's hot, numbers not limited.
28/11/2020 - 28/11/2020 Canyoning Medium Blackheath Introduction to Canyoning. Begin your canyoning season with a leisurely trip through the classic Grand Canyon. Limited numbers. Abseiling equipment and helmets mandatory. Wetsuits optional.
29/11/2020 - 29/11/2020 Canyoning Medium - Hard Mt Wilson Serendipity - a Grade 3 abseil trip, 3 or 4 abseils, with fairly tricky starts. Several short swims (wetsuit essential as this is a cold canyon. A relatively easy day. For those who will be doing Grand Canyon on the Saturday, option to car camp (camp in a free campsite beside your car with all the luxuries you want to pack in your vehicle).
05/12/2020 - 06/12/2020 Canyoning Medium - Hard Mt Wilson Saturday Claustral Canyon (Grade 4) a long day, three abseils up to 15m - a stunning canyon - trip is weather dependent. This is a popular canyon, so will be a fairly early start and numbers will be limited with preference given to those with experience. Helmets mandatory and wetsuit optional but recommended as there may be standing around waiting for other groups before us. Sunday, Canyon TBA but will be an easier day. Car Camp in the vicinity of Mt Wilson for those who want to do both days.
12/12/2020 - 12/12/2020 Canyoning Hard Colo Wilderness Exploratory trip to see if Wounded Knee canyon can be done as a day trip (rather than a two day trip), very early start from Hollow Rock car park, exiting via Pass 6, a very long day - may end up walking out in the dark. Canyoners need to be experienced and efficient - numbers limited due to exploratory nature of the trip. If we are successful this trip will be repeated later on in the summer.
19/12/2020 - 19/12/2020 Canyoning Medium Blue Mountains Fortress Canyon, one or two abseils up to 10m. There are a few long swims. Wetsuit is highly recommended as it can be cold.
30/04/2021 - 02/05/2021 Bushwalking Easy - Medium Blue Mountains Have you ever thought of walking from Katoomba to Jenolan on the Six Foot Track? Well procrastinate no more, and with this trip you would only have to carry a day pack! We will have a support vehicle which will transport all your gear for the weekend and meet us at the campsite at the end of each day. Tents, sleeping gear, chairs, firewood and food can all be transported, breakfast and dinner would be provided. The route will be covered over three days and you will be dropped back at your vehicle in Katoomba at the end of the walk. This walk is suitable for anyone moderately fit and capable of walking 46k over 3 days. Don’t have the gear? No worries we can sort you out. Numbers will be limited by the number of support vehicles/drivers available.
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.

 

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