The Wattagans still holds some secrets

WATTAGANS STATE FOREST – 31 March 2019
Just when you think you’ve seen all that the Wattagans has to offer, you find out that it still has some surprises … a cave with what looks like old limestone formations, and an old drywall staircase.  Not to mention the waterfall of course, but then that was to be expected. Continue reading

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Who would have thought re-belays were that complicated?

GLENROCK SRA – 24 March 2019
Daniel B had organised a Single Rope Techniches (SRT) field day for Newcastle Hunter Speleos, so Marcia K and I (as associate members) thought we’d go along to get some SRT practice.  Marcia had tried it once before, and I sort of knew what I was doing, but found out heaps that I was not doing right! Continue reading

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Cultivating Weed circa 1980s

MARY JANE CANYON – March 23, 2019
I’ve seen places in canyons (high up in creek systems) where people in the 70s or 80s had cultivated weed … chicken wire used to enclose a big flat area beside a creek (so that the native animals wouldn’t eat it I guess), but this operation was way beyond that!  We didn’t see any of the “gardens” but the overhang used to dry it (in days gone by) suggests a considerable sized crop, not that I’d know (lol)! Continue reading

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Abercrombie … introduction to scaling poles

ABERCROMBIE CAVES – 16 & 17 March 2019
So, what are scaling poles you might ask?  Well, sometimes you need to get a ladder up to a hole in the side of a cliff (or the wall of a cave) so you can climb up to take a look inside.  I’d had them described to me, and they sounded really dodgy, a (preferably) small person climbs the ladder which is only held up by this pole! Continue reading

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IYDM Trip #2 Yarramun Creek Canyons

YARRAMUN CREEK – Wollangambe Fire Trail > Unnamed Ridges > Captains Canyon > Up Ya Bum Canyon > Captains Canyon and return – 7 – 10 March 2019.  An “In Your Dreams M” trip proposed by John G … the walk in and out would be 5 – 6 hours.  We would camp on Thursday night to get an early start.  I wasn’t at all confident, particularly as my backpack weighed in at 15k – way too heavy for me! Continue reading

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