Evel Knievel and Evel Knievel Double

NEWNES PLATEAU – 5 March 2021
These two minor canyons (unpublished) acquired a number of names during the course of the day, but for this post they’ll be Evel Knievel and Evel Knievel Double (aka Two Sticks canyons and Tough Mudda canyons).  I’d done Evel Knievel about four years ago but had recently heard of the other canyon, a side creek of the main one, easy to get to and apparently better than Evel Knievel. Continue reading

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White water in Dione Dell

KANANGRA BOYD NP – 21 February 2021
I’ve done Dione Dell three times over the last 15 years, but always as a winter (dry) trip and always wanted to do the wet trip, landing in all the pools (which look so tempting when you’re doing a dry abseil).  So, as we were in the area for the weekend we decided to give it a go, particularly as the water flow was exceptionally high at the moment after the rain we’ve had. Continue reading

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Thank you La Nina – wickedly wet and wild

KANANGRA NP – 20 February 2021
The weather forecast didn’t look promising, but what the hell if we stayed home every time  “showers” were forecast we’d never go out. Mind you, camping at one of the highest points in the area with the forecast for thunderstorms (which didn’t eventuate), wasn’t a great idea with all those dead trees around us.   However, by the end of the weekend I was thanking the weather gods that had sent La Nina our way, I may never see this much water in this creek again! Continue reading

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Hindsight is always 20-20

NEWNES PLATEAU – 13 & 14 February 2021
This turned into (yes David), yet another epic trip.  In hindsight, we should have gone with the option to exit via the Tiger Snake exit track, it would have meant backtracking 600m and then going 600m or so up to the exit track and then an easy walk out.  Instead we continued up the Gorge and then an easy pass up onto the plateau, but around 2k of off track through a maze of pagodas,  and going this way probably added an extra 3 hours to the walk out! Continue reading

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3 Bullets Dodged

BLUE MOUNTAINS NP – 12 February 2021
Haystack Ridge>Lower South Bowen> North Bowen exit.
You think you’ve hit the jackpot when you “dodge a bullet” as they say in Australia (you know, when you just avoid a near disaster).  Imagine how happy I was at the end of this trip when I realised that I’d dodged three bloody bullets! Continue reading

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