Closet Canyon

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.

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After around two hours we arrived at rocky outcrop that had a Cairn marking the descent into the gully below.

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The first abseil takes us into Closet Canyon itself. Strangely enough someone had been here before us and had replaced the tape with a bright yellow tape with some SES markings on it.

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Scott makes his way down the tricky little slot just before the second abseil.

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Marcel worming his way down the slot.

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Murray on the second abseil.

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Marcel and Murray on the second abseil which ends in a pool. I cunningly managed to sneak around the pool without getting wet.

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Murray prepares to jump into the next pool. Some of the others chose to abseil from the roots on the left.

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Hmmm. More replaced tape. This time it’s pink with a 1st Normanhurst marking. Anyone know who is in the SES and also 1st Normanhurst???

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This is it! The one we’ve all been waiting for - The last BIG intimidating abseil. You can do a full 40m abseil from this point or ….

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Head down a bit further and do a second abseil. This stance is pretty crowded, so maybe a 40m abseil is the way to go.

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David at the end of Closet Canyon at the Rocky Creek Junction.

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A rather nice section of Rocky Creek just before the exit gully. We found a pair of brand spanking new Volleys at the exit.

The first half of the exit gully is a bit of a struggle and not that pleasant. But, Murray spotted some natural Sasparilla leaf which I’d never tasted before so the gully was good after all!

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The nice easy exit gully near the top.

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A nice lookout near the top with Rocky Creek in the background. We were soon back on the ridge bush bashing our way back to the cars. Overall it was a moderate 9 hour day of canyoning. But, Yet again there was not a lot a water in the canyon.