WHORE’S BED CANYON & DEVIL’S HOLE, KATOOMBA – JUNE 25, 2016
A half-day canyon and a longish abseil at Devil’s Hole wouldn’t usually be blog worthy, but snow the day before at Katoomba and the forecast of near zero temperatures sounded like an adventure, so, Trish, Greg, Rod and I rugged up and headed to the Blue Mountains (aka hills in most other countries).
We were a bit surprised to find water in the creek at Whore’s Bed, although with the recent rain/snow we shouldn’t have been, but it’s usually dry. Anyway, we managed to keep our shoes dry (or almost).
I was wearing three pairs of thermals plus a wind stopper, everything was warm except my fingers and feet!
Whore’s Bed has two little abseils and then the big one, around 40m (give or take). As Rod was going down, he said “check out the ice on the left”. Then he got down the bottom and yelled something else, we weren’t sure what.
Trish and Greg abseiled next and then me. As I went down I tried to take some pics of the little icicles over to the left, and then I saw some to the right, just a few tiny ones, but still cool.
I got down to the bottom and Rod said something but I was too engrossed in trying to pull down the rope, it seemed to be stuck for a while. Once we got the rope down, they all drew my attention to the small waterfall (not really a waterfall just a drip from the creek above).
The vegetation surrounding the waterfall was covered in ice. It was like an ice garden, absolutely magic, I couldn’t stop oohing, ahh-ing and OMG-ing!
Took loads of pictures but they just don’t do it justice. If ever they have snow in Katoomba again, I’m heading up to the mountains to do Whore’s bed again, it was truly spectacular.
After that everything else was a bit of an anti-climax, other than the pools of ice up where we had lunch, the ice was about 1/2″ thick!
We went on to do the two abseils at the Devil’s Hole Chock Stone, either side of it,
Trish wasn’t so keen on the first abseil, it was sort of awkward, and then when we did the second abseil and I said “this one’s easier”, it turned out to be awkward too, so we got to do some tricky starts which is always good practice.
A great half day in the mountains, long way to drive, but well worth it!