BORENORE – 13 – 15 May 2022
MSS has a trip on the calendar for August, but it didn’t sound like there was going to be much caving on offer so when NHVSS put on a trip for this weekend I decided to go and see if there was more to Borenore than what I’d heard. The weather forecast was released for the weekend, I really didn’t want to go to Borenore (freezing cold) and when rain was forecast I was doubly not that keen to go. But Garry didn’t have a big group, so I decided to go.
We drove up on Friday afternoon, stopped at Bathurst to pick up the cave key(s) and then found the Molong Showground where we’d be camping, good thing I did come along on the trip as Garry would have been camping here by himself (the rest of the group were staying locally with family). We set up camp and had a lovely evening with no rain (so much for the forecast).
Next morning we set off for the caves, we were supposed to meet the rest of the group (Belinda & Gus and Kate & Jason) at 9am at the entrance to the reserve. We set the road we should be on into the SatNav and headed off. At the road, not knowing which way to go we turned left, and started driving. When we got too close to Orange we stopped and asked a “local” and she sent us off on another road. After far too long on this road, we decided to backtrack (never trust a local lol), set up the SatNav again and eventually passed the road that we’d first turned left on – should have turned right – reason #1 (know where you’re going) why you should do a recce (I was sort of doing a recce for the August trip). Anyway, we met up with the others (who had travelled down from Tamworth for the weekend).
The plan was to take a look at The Arch, then walk a couple of k to check our Verandah Cave and Tunnel Cave. The others had looked at The Arch while waiting for Garry and me, so they cooled their heels while Garry and I set off to The Arch.
Eventually we arrived at The Verandah cave, I wondered why it was called a cave as I couldn’t see a “dark” area (criteria for being called a cave), but apparently there’s a small passage off from the “verandah” which has a dark section.
And now my, not so good photos
We then made our way up the hill behind Verandah Cave to look for the entrance to The Tunnel Cave.
Eventually we found one of the multiple entrances that there are. This cave is closed from May to September because bats roost in it, we were very fortunate to be able to go into the cave.
I have to say that I really enjoyed this cave and will try for a permit for us in August (the sign that says you can’t cave between May and September was a little ambiguous).
We tramped back to the cars and made arrangements for the next day, then Garry and I headed off with my GPS to find tomorrow’s Cave, Cathedral Cave. Reason #2 for a recce (know what other caves are in the area and where they are) … we tramped all over the hillside, we didn’t have a topo map so had to rely on a GR we’d been given. Tramped back and forth, trying to figure out which way the GPS wanted us to go, neither Garry nor I were any good at reading the bloody thing! After about 45 minutes, we finally stumbled upon it, in a spot that neither of us had expected it to be. Certainly cut out a lot of looking around the next morning! And if I hadn’t gone on this trip with Garry I would never have known the cave was there! So, early next morning we headed off again for the Reserve.
Thanks Garry for a great trip, although I was reluctant at first it turned out to be a magic weekend, and the weather was GREAT. Thanks for your company on the drive to Orange!
So, for our trip in August, I know a few pitfalls to avoid, how to find the caves, and which ones to apply for a permit for – recces aren’t a bad thing (lol).
Banner: The group, photo Garry K Smith, Thank you sooooo much for your professional photos Garry.