Sidewinder and Yarramun Creeks

BLUE MOUNTAINS – Dumbano Trail > unnamed ridges > Sidewinder Canyon > Yarramun Creek – 10 – 11 February 2018

John G and I had talked about visiting Sidewinder Canyon.  Years ago he’d walked up from the bottom to a side creek and couldn’t find anything positive to say about the scrubby creek.  But you know me, seeing is believing, so he very kindly put it on the MSS calendar to take me there (I’m a bit over leading these days after my last couple of epics).  Jeff B, Trish M, Anna O-B, Alan G and Ebony A joined us.  This would be Alan’s first trip after our Fergies epic and Ebony’s first ever canyon and overnight walk … my fingers were crossed that the weekend would be a positive experience for both of them! Continue reading

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My Northern Lights Adventure

NORWAY – FINLAND – THAILAND – 11 – 29 January 2018

This trip was conceived in a casual conversation with Christine.  Me: “I wouldn’t mind seeing the Northern Lights”.  Christine:  “ok, let’s do it”, and next thing we knew we had a date set and had invited a few other friends, Jane, Lynn, Ashild and David.  I maybe should have done a bit more research about the Northern Lights!

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Are the canyon gods trying to tell me something?


The day started out perfectly, everyone arrived on time, we nailed the route we wanted to take and explored the creek we wanted to explore, but by the end of the day, I’d be spending two hours in Lithgow’s emergency room.  And I still don’t know how I managed to injure not one but two legs! Continue reading

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ALCATRAZ CANYON – January 5, 2018

A repeat of Alcatraz Canyon ordinarily wouldn’t be blog worthy.  However, based on the next day’s adventure, I thought Alcatraz was worth a mention as it shows that not all of my trips are epics, and from time to time, everything goes to plan!

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Return to Dumbano – 15 years later!

DUMBANO CREEK EXPLORATION – 28 – 30 December 2017
Rod S had put this trip on the calendar a couple of times, but for one reason or another it didn’t go ahead, I’d always wanted to go back to Dumbano after an aborted trip 15+ years ago, so I was hoping that this time the trip would go ahead.  The plan was to walk to Dumbano via Good Tunnel canyon and then spend five days and four nights exploring the side creeks downstream, looking for more canyons.

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