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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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
26/01/2022 - 27/01/2022 Canyoning Easy - Medium Newnes Plateau Mid week trip - Wednesday (Australia Day) and Thursday - Tigersnake/Penrose combination (mostly dry lots of abseils, some constricted) and Hole in the Wall (Grade 4 canyon, a few short abseils and a few swims - wetsuit probably needed). This is a joint MSS/Upper Blue Mountains Bushwalking Club trip.
29/01/2022 - 30/01/2022 Canyoning Easy - Medium Mt Wilson Jungaburra and Kamarrah Canyons. A couple of easy canyons on the south side of Bells Line Of Road. A couple of short abseils and you may even get wet. Car camping somewhere nearby.
04/02/2022 - 06/02/2022 Canyoning Medium Newnes Valley John's traditional Birthday Canyon weekend - Friday - Sunday, camping in overhang and/or on the Wolgan River. Canyons on offer: False Teeth, Twilight and Exit if we have the energy. Participants will be carrying all the gear necessary for an overnight camp, camp gear will be dropped at the campsite before canyoning.
10/02/2022 - 10/02/2022 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
12/02/2022 - 12/02/2022 Canyoning Medium - Hard Bungonia Washedaway Creek - more a multi pitch abseil than a canyon. Part exploratory, part known country. We'll start in the upper reaches of Washedaway and check out the unknown part down to the 30m waterfall which we'll abseil, who knows if there are abseils further upstream. After the waterfall, it's a stunning trip down this limestone gorge, after a swim in the Shoalhaven, we'll walk out up the spur to the north and car camp somewhere on Matodoro Ridge.
13/02/2022 - 13/02/2022 Canyoning Medium - Hard Bungonia Bungonia, Jerrara Creek - 4 abseils mostly into deep pools, some swims, one 40m. Walk out on Red Track back to vehicles.
18/02/2022 - 20/02/2022 Canyoning Medium Mt Wilson Two days exploratory canyoning and one day recce to Wollangambe River. In no particular order, I will be completing the upper section of North Bowens from Wynnes Rocks down to the North Bowen entry track; I'll be exploring either the upper or lower section of Waterfall Creek at Mt Wilson - or the whole creek if we get up early enough. Then I'll be doing a recce down to the Wollangambe via Farrers Road to check out a campsite for a future decadence walk, and check out some of the Wollangambe in the area. All exploratory, possible abseils and lots of rock scrambling. Wetsuits optional. Participants can come for one, two or all three days.
28/02/2022 - 07/03/2022 Caving Medium - Hard Mole Creek Caving at Mole Creek, staying in a cabin at Mole Creek. Possible caves (subject to permit approval) to be visited, Kubla Khan (SRT needed), Croesus, Lynds, Tailender (SRT needed), Marakoopa 1 & 2, and Devils Pot (the canyon). 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; car rental shared amongst all passengers. Expressions of Interest were circulated on 4/1/22 and trip is now full.
05/03/2022 - 06/03/2022 Canyoning Easy - Medium Newnes Plateau CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA - Two canyons TBA and a great car camp on Saturday night. We'll do a couple of hours both Saturday and Sunday to CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA - clean up sites will be relevant to canyoners and will be determined depending on what canyons we do, or where we car camp.
12/03/2022 - 12/03/2022 Canyoning Medium - Hard Blue Mountains Arethusa is one of the best canyons in the Blue Mountains with 3 to 6 abseils, optional jumps, swims, impressive photo opportunities and a fun low grade multi-pitch rock climb out. It's an ~8 hour day (the exit takes a lot of time) and participants must be be capable of low grade rock climbing on top rope. Only the worst weather conditions will cancel this trip as it can be navigated safely with high levels of water. Numbers limited.
18/06/2022 - 19/06/2022 Canyoning Easy - Medium Newnes Plateau FREEZEFEST. The 10th Anniversary in Australia of "the bad idea that caught on" as it became to be known in the USA where it originated. This year we received advance notice so that leaders can set aside the date to lead MSS trips for those brave enought to be on the plateau in the middle of winter. Come prepared to freeze your socks off, or with the excuse "I forgot my wetsuit". MSS members need not be restricted to MSS trips on the weekend, there will be a mix of wet, dry, technical and non-technical canyons on the weekend - come prepared for anything! The best bit is meeting other folk, having a super badass campfire, and the boasting rights if you take the wet option challenge. Trish Morrow will co-ordinate. Let Trish know if you are attending. Details will follow closer to the time (eg, place, meeting time etc).

 

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