Cave Surveying 101!

WOMBEYAN CAVES – 14 – 15 October, 2017
I’d heard about surveying caves, but didn’t have a clue as to how to do it, and MSS doesn’t do enough caving for me to learn “on the job” so to speak.  So, I Googled cave surveying and found Mike L (from SUSS), who in the past had run courses.  I asked around and there were enough people interested that Mike would run a course for us. Continue reading

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Mares Forrest Creek – another one crossed off the wish list!

WOMBEYAN CAVES – 13 October 2017
This trip had had a lot of interest on FB nine months ago and suddenly everyone and their brother was flocking to the creek.  I liked the look of the trip but didn’t like the thought of hoards of people nor the fact that it was only short and for me involved a 3.5 hour drive, an hour of it on winding fire trail.  As I was going to be at Wombeyan Caves on the weekend, going up on Friday morning and checking out the creek seemed pre-ordained. Continue reading

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In search of Wattagans “canyons” #2

WATTAGAN MOUNTAINS – Unnamed side creek of Gap Creek – 8 October 2017
After our exploration of one of the Gap Creek side creeks back in April, Laurie A suggested that we check out another creek which he dubbed “Asterisk Creek”.  This creek wasn’t actually a side creek of Gap Creek, it ended at the cliff line (possibly 70m), and then was just a gully beyond according to the map. Continue reading

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Is it warm enough yet for a wet canyon?

SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS – 30 September – 1 October 2017
So, the conversation went like this … (me) “So, Murray, you think the full length of Macquarie Rivulet will be do-able on the October Long Weekend? Will it be warm enough?” … (Murray) “Yeah, should be fine!”  So, six months ago, the date was set! Continue reading

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Kiwi Hunting

RAKIURA NP, Stewart Island, NZ,  9 – 17 September 2017
New Zealand during the “shoulder season”… not really winter, but not summer either.  And as far south in NZ as you can go, I was a little apprehensive with visions of endless rain and blisteringly cold winds off the Antarctic, particularly as a cold front was on its way. Continue reading

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