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.
This is a great canyon to do if all you want is easy day out in a beautiful part of the world or you've been climbing at the Awesome Sahara Point and want to chill at the end of your day of climbing.
Of course it takes just as long to drive there as it does to do the canyon, so maybe do Pleasant View or Zorro as well. Or just go climbing at what IMHO is probably the best cliffline in the Wolgan - Sahara Point.
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!
Kanangra Main is my photography nemesis. When I last did Kanangra Main way back in 2008 with Greg and Paul I somehow managed to format my SD drive after a few too many Coopers around the camp fire and lost all my shots and so was keen to do it again. As Anton, Bec, Mike and I are due to do a Mountaineering Course in mid-January, this seemed like a good way to do some hill climbing in preparation.
We decided to head up on Boxing Day arvo, so everything was a rush - I couldn't find my Kanangra map so had to print one out, didn't manage to get food prepared so a roast chicken from Coles was the best I could manage ...
Finally we departed at around 5:00pm and as we expected the Pizza place in Hartley to be closed, Mike and Bec bought some hideous potato scallops from the the Mt York servo - and what do you know? The Pizza place was open after all. So we had Pizza - how could you not?
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.
Another awesome trip with family and friends trip to Macquarie Rivulet in as many weeks. This time around we did the waterfall only variant for each abseil.
This time we drove in via Bowral as I really hate the Princess Highway - timewise it's much of muchness.
This has been on my hit list for years, so it was great to finally do it and discover yet another awesome canyon. It deserves the 9/10 that Tom Brennan gives it.
This season has been rather interesting so far as a number of canyons have been off the beaten track and so I was hoping for yet another - but alas it's pretty much a highway to the start of the canyon - no danger of getting lost on this one.
This "canyon" is heaps of fun - it's more of an open gully than a canyon featuring waterfalls and slippery creek walking more reminscent of Kanangra than the classic Blue Mountains canyons.
It is rather unique as almost every abseil has an easy beginner or hardman option that generally goes down the middle of a waterfall.
The plan was to do a nice, easish, good quality and fun canyon. Tom Brennan had given it a 10/10 and Rick Jamieson's guide suggested that with a grade 2 that it should be easy. Well, maybe I should've read Tom's guide beforehand, especially the part that states "... not a good canyon for beginners".
Of course it didn't help that the 2013 October fires had turned the walk in to a rather scrappy affair - especially Little Bell Creek. Also, Bell Creek itself had a number of log jams which made blowing up lilos seem to be a pain so we didn't bother but the longish swims did get a bit tiring. The dark consticted canyon sections are superb, so whilst Bell Creek didn't float my boat, I think a return trip in couple of years when the vegetation is back and hopefully the log jams cleared a bit will be worthwhile.
However, we did get 4 canyons for the price of one - Little Bell, Belfry, Bell Creek and Joe's Canyons.
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.