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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Rock hopping at high tide

CENTRAL COAST – Forresters Beach to Shelly Beach – 17 December 2017
Ordinarily, a 2.5 hour walk wouldn’t be blog-worthy, but it was “king” tide and at one sketchy spot, Trish commented that even a 2.5 hour walk with me turns into an adventure, so we decided that it was indeed blog-worthy!

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Fergies “should be a shorter day”!

NORTHERN WOLLEMI CANYONING – 25 – 26 November 2017

Well, those would be famous last words!  We had an amazing day on Saturday doing Greenup/Midwinter – no issues and we arrived back at Ray’s right on 6pm (as planned).  Sunday was a whole different ballgame – a trip of epic proportions! Continue reading

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Wineglass Tor & Washedaway Creek

MORTON NATIONAL PARK – 10 – 12 November 2017
Matodoro Ridge Trail > Monitor Mount > Little Horseshoe Bend > Shoalhaven River > Specimen Hill > Wineglass Tor > Backbender Buttress > Shoalhaven River > Washedaway  Creek >  Matodoro Ridge Trail
Two epic trips (combined into one … what was I thinking?) in some rugged country.  Knife edged spurs, rapids, waterfalls and death-defying scree but we all survived – and another trip crossed off the wish-list. Continue reading

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Cave Surveying 101 – Part 2

CLIEFDEN CAVES – 4 – 5 November 2017
Piggy-backing on our cave surveying course, Rod S. had organised a practice weekend at Cliefden Caves so that those of us who had done the course in October could do some “real surveying”.  Heather, Beth and I were able to go and Rod joined us with Phil and Luke (rookies / potential surveyors).  Surveying guru Bob K from Illawarra Speleos (ISS) and our Orange Speleos (OSS) contact, Bruce made up the rest of the party. Continue reading

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