Woo Hoo! 3rd and final EPIC training trip for a private NZ Mountaineering Trip next week and a huge one off my bucket list - I've now completed all the Kanangra Canyons flowing into Kanangra Creek - mind you, I haven't done Kanangra Main via the Slot - does that count? Now I've just got to do all the Canyons flowing into the Kowmung.
Woo Hoo! It's only taken four years on my fourth trip down Whungee Wheengee to finally write up a trip report of one of my favourite canyons and a great one to do in preparation for our forthcoming Mountaineering Trip.
As it is now a well established fact that I get misplaced on trips that I've done before (must be the Alzheimer's setting in) - it was up to Mike to do the navigation!
Epic! That's what the boys reckon. I thought it was awesome. It has everything you could ask for and more! A demanding and remote adventure with absolutely stunning waterfalls and abseils, pristine creek walking, an optional side trip to Danae Brook, the best walk out ever and a great open fire cook up with a few glasses of plonk on the banks of Kanangra Creek. But seriously very hard - Kanangra Main is a Picnic in comparison.
Today signalled the start of a week of daily thunderstorms. We were going to do Upper Bowens Creek South but with a forecast of storms and 15mm of rain from 10:30am Matt suggested we tackle Dalpura Canyon instead as this would give us time to get out before the storms hit.
Day 2 of the annual Sydney North Region Canyoning Course and yet another canyon I hadn't done before. Awesome!
The track to Deathtrap Canyon used to be an old logging road but it was now well and truly overgrown so the walk in was not straight forward.
Day 1 of of the annual Sydney North Region Canyoning Course. My group had been allocated Closet Canyon, which was great as I'd never done it before and being slightly remote it promised a good bit of off track walking and navigation.
We set off just after 9:30am and followed the well defined track to Rocky Creek, which then petered out to a faint and difficult to follow track along the ridge line. We completely lost the "track" where the ridgeline did a bit of a dogleg and resorted to some good old fashioned bush bashing for a hundred metres or so until we got to the next section of ridgeline which was a bit more open but still required bush bashing.
You wouldn't know it from my website but my passion is Rockclimbing and has been for the past 35 years. I'm still climbing, not as hard and not as often, but I do try to get to the climbing Gym at least twice a week. When I do get out on rock - usually when I run a climbing course for the Scouts, I still do OK - you can check out my climbing profile here: https://www.thecrag.com/climber/akladnig
Day 2 of the bi-annual Sydney North Region Canyoning Course and one of my favourite canyons. It's a dry canyon, which means you only get your feet wet - it's a shame that it's not longer. If you want to make a day of it, then you can follow up with Penrose Gully.
This was day 1 of the bi-annual Sydney North Region Canyoning Course - coordinated by Chris Stanley.
On previous courses we've started from the Bell Heavy Vehicle Checking Station and then spread out all over the Bluies to do various Canyons - unfortunately due to the recent October bushfires, our choice was somewhat limited so Chris made a
This fabulous bushwalk was recommended to me By Adrian Spragg - a leader at 1st Sailors Bay. The icing on the cake was that I was able to re-use most of his paperwork which made the admin work heaps easier.