MT WILSON – Dalpura Canyon, 24 February 2019
More about that white stuff later … the plan for the day was to go down the unknown section of Upper North Bowens Creek, but, with the outside temperature of 11ºC, did we really want to do a canyon which might have numerous compulsory swims?
Everyone arrived at the designated rendezvous right on time … Heather R, Alan G, Steve R, Emma P, Murray N, Anna O-B and Jon F. We drove around to Wynnes Rocks to look at the route and the wind was blowing up to the lookout … it was really, really cold. Everyone was happy with my decision to do a “dryer” canyon, except Heather (who’ll go anywhere with me), she was still keen to get wet … never mind Heather, we’ll definitely do the canyon when you’re next free.
So, we agreed to go do Dalpura, which is “almost dry”, a few of us had done it before, and I decided that we’d do the final abseil, which is fun, and take them on the dry route, which is also fun. So, we headed over to the car park at the entry. Too bad for anyone else who turned up to do it, the car park was full after we arrived!
I put Jon, Emma and Murray in charge of going first, always good for people who haven’t done it before to go first.
We came to the usual abseil spot, looked over the edge and decided that it may not be possible to land on the ledges under the water this time, maybe the water was a little higher than normal, with all the rain, so I took them on the dry route.
We had a bit of lunch out of the wind and then headed back. It’s a really easy walk out, a good track and then up over some pagodas. Now, Dalpura wouldn’t normally be blog-worthy, other than the fact that we wanted to stay dry, but, once on top of the pagodas, we came to the really interesting part which I thought was blog-worthy.
An easy walk out, we were back at the cars at 2pm, with enough time for me to pick a billy of blackberries by the side of the road.
Thanks everyone for being so easy going about changing the trip from an exploratory trip to a little half-day canyon. I will put upper North Bowen on the calendar again, maybe when the weather gets warmer!
Banner: Anna making her way down with a hand-line
Thumbnail: the group on the pagoda