We had a leisurely start from the Cathedral of Ferns at 9:20am arriving at the 'gambe a bit after 10. Then it was time for the slog up the hill on the other side. The humidity was so oppressive that I was soon sweating like Homer in a Donut shop.
After the fires back in 2013, I figured that track may have changed a bit and sure enough we dropped in a bit higher than I remember to the first short abseil into Whungee Wheengee.
Mike heads down the second abseil into a shallow pool below which is immediately followed by a little duck under. I had decided to try out a harness that someone had given me (no - not the one I found two days ago at Kanangra) and it was around here that I realised that the plastic gear loops had ripped off and I was missing all my rescue gear! Luckily it was all lying in the pool at the base of the second abseil.
Bec squeezes through a small gap that leads to the Duck Under.
Alex and Bec about to head into the Duck Under. Unfortunately the water level was a bit high so there was an air gap but once we popped up into the cave the Glow Worms were awesome.
I have no idea what Alex is staring at but it must've been good.
I asked Mike and Bec to stand still for 10 mins whilst I took a series of shots for an HDR composite but as you can see, Mike couldn't deal with it so he had to lie down.
So many beautiful things to stare at.
And I don't know why, but I have never seen so many fish and Yabbies in one trip - it was amazing. In this pool alone there was an extended family of 20 Yabbies.
More cool canyon features.
Mike heads down the 2nd last abseil. It was here on my 2nd trip on 23 March 1997 that The Human Sponge aka Bulent got his foot stuck in the crack between Mike's legs (does that read right?). He was wearing these hideous Army Boots that laced up all the way up to his knees and he slowly slipped upside down with his foot firmly stuck in the crack which took me what seemed hours to get unstuck. It was probably only a few minutes but the piss taking is still good value almost two decades later as The Human Sponge will discover as soon as I post a link to this on Facebook :P
Looking back up at the second last abseil - as you do so try to picture The Human Sponge hanging upside down by his ankle.
Bec on the last abseil and where The Human Sponge decided to impersonate a Starfish.
The beautifully constricted final slot just before we hit the 'gambe.
About 10 mnins float downstream is this great spot to stop for a late lunch.
After which we had a leisurely float downstream where there were the most beautiful Dragonflys.
This one took a bit of a fancy to Mike's helmet.
More leisurely padding close to the end ...
Where we met a baby Water Dragon chewing on a still wriggling, wriggly thing.
We finally got back to the car just before 5pm then headed to the Kurrajong pub for a well deserved meal.