The case for built in Sat-Nav

NEWNES PLATEAU – 9 June 2018
As with most of my forays into the wilderness – it sounded “easy enough”.  We’d be going to the Newnes Plateau, finding the start of a canyon and checking out the exit – which was the unknown bit.  Who would have known there were so many fire trails on Newnes Plateau that aren’t marked on the map – and for much of the way it was 4WD, the Mazda survived, but only just!
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I’m not sure the physio had this type of walk in mind

GLEN DAVIS – 12 May 2018
John G had scheduled a return trip to Drowned Rat Canyon for this weekend and even though I couldn’t do the canyon because of my injured knee, I wasn’t going to miss out on the trip! Continue reading

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Caving in Tasmania – the prize for “stamina” is announced

Interestingly, all the caves in this small area are named after diamonds or precious gems.  I had given up my spot on the Marakoopa trip on the day before, but was looking forward to finishing the week of caving with a couple of minor sporty caves, with Janice M and David W-C leading the trips.  Continue reading

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Caving in Tasmania – “there’s a waterfall to climb”

LYNDS CAVE – 20 April 2018
Another stream-way cave with a waterfall to climb up.  Garry assured us that the waterfall was do-able – “all you have to do is traddle the top where the water flows over, and there are lots of foot and hand holds”.  I stressed all night worried about a bloody 20m waterfall that I’d have to climb – whilst trying to avoid getting wet.  In hindsight I should have asked how high the waterfall was. Continue reading

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Caving in Tasmania – “you should only get your legs wet”

CROESUS CAVE – 19 April 2018
Those were Garry’s words, plus “if you lean on one hand, and hold your pack to the side you shouldn’t get too wet” … wrong! It was a squeezy passage just to get in and then there was a deep pool – chest deep for me! It was going to be a long cold trip – not to mention being behind schedule due to the road being closed off for a car rally. Continue reading

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