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by T2
21 Feb 2019, 22:45
Forum: Tasmania
Topic: Dove Canyon
Replies: 0
Views: 58

Dove Canyon

WARNING: Dove Canyon can be dangerous in high water levels. It has a large catchment, so water flow increases quickly following rain. There are no exits from the canyon between the first abseil and the final swim. Dove Canyon is a fun series of jumps, slides and abseils in the upper part of the Dov...
by T2
21 Feb 2019, 22:01
Forum: Tasmania
Topic: Machinery Creek Canyon
Replies: 0
Views: 52

Machinery Creek Canyon

Machinery Creek is a pleasant canyon that is suitable when rainfall / high water make other nearby canyoning options too dangerous. The creek gets its name from the rusted machinery and scrap metal left behind from nearby old mines. Difficulty — Medium Time — 3-4 hours Elevation — 300m Number of abs...
by T2
21 Feb 2019, 08:53
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Grand Canyon -- Temporary closure
Replies: 1
Views: 133

Re: Grand Canyon -- Temporary closure

NPWS operation / closure of Grand Canyon has been postponed due to poor weather conditions.
New date to be advised shortly.
by T2
19 Feb 2019, 11:51
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Grand Canyon -- Temporary closure
Replies: 1
Views: 133

Grand Canyon -- Temporary closure

National Parks have just advised that Grand Canyon (both the walking tracks, and the canyon itself) will be closed this Thursday (21 Feb 2019). The closure is due to a helicopter operation which will be bringing building materials in for repairs to the walking track. Like all helicopter operations, ...
by T2
18 Feb 2019, 19:37
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Video of canyoning in 1966
Replies: 0
Views: 61

Video of canyoning in 1966

The discovery of Claustral Canyon in the early '60s resulted in canyoning suddenly becoming a more popular pursuit. This video, shot just a few years later by a young Dick Smith (and narrated by Paddy Pallin) captures two early trips down Claustral and Kalang Falls. It's well worth watching to see s...
by T2
18 Feb 2019, 11:24
Forum: Gear questions, suggestions and reviews
Topic: When to replace gear
Replies: 2
Views: 108

Re: When to replace gear

Warwick, This is actually a really complicated question. It depends greatly on the type of gear, the amount of use, the materials it's made from, etc. Different manufacturers also provide quite different advice. The first thing to think about is what actually reduces the strength of items over time ...
by T2
18 Feb 2019, 11:01
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Toxic mine water pumped into the Wollangambe River
Replies: 2
Views: 84

Toxic mine water pumped into the Wollangambe River

Most Blue Mountains canyoners will remember the major spill of coal fines — basically a slurry of coal particles — that went into the Wollangambe River in 2015. This black sludge was devastating to the river. The NSW Environment Protection Authority not only ordered the owner of Clarence Colliery, C...
by T2
31 Jan 2019, 09:12
Forum: Technique, ropework and skill development
Topic: Using figure 8 descenders on anchors
Replies: 5
Views: 204

Re: Using figure 8 descenders on anchors

Mark, you didn't take a photo you can share did you? It'd be good to visualise exactly what you're talking about. From the sounds of things, they are probably just using old Figure 8s as an alternative to placing a maillon. Although I was wondering if they were installed in such a way that the Figur...
by T2
26 Jan 2019, 16:07
Forum: Photos
Topic: Serendipity at night
Replies: 1
Views: 113

Re: Serendipity at night

Beautiful shot. And very fitting that this would be the location that you would take such a serendipitous photo!

It's been years since I went through this canyon at night. Yet more inspiration to plan some night runs of a few canyons.
by T2
25 Jan 2019, 17:21
Forum: Gear questions, suggestions and reviews
Topic: Why knots drastically weaken ropes
Replies: 5
Views: 232

Re: Why knots drastically weaken ropes

Also remember the rope is significantly weaker when wet. Not sure why, I assume less friction between strands = less laod transfer between stands This is particularly the case with Nylon, which can lose more than 20% of its strength when wet. It's not a mechanical issue (loss of friction) but an is...
by T2
21 Jan 2019, 08:41
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Assistance with canyoning content for recreational bushwalkers' manual
Replies: 0
Views: 271

Assistance with canyoning content for recreational bushwalkers' manual

Bushwalking NSW , the peak body for outdoor clubs in the state, is currently in the process of producing a detailed Recreational Bushwalkers' Manual. This manual will provide guidelines and information for safe, enjoyable community-based volunteer bushwalking in Australia. It will be an invaluable ...
by T2
17 Jan 2019, 22:11
Forum: Gear questions, suggestions and reviews
Topic: Why knots drastically weaken ropes
Replies: 5
Views: 232

Re: Why knots drastically weaken ropes

Good points Kosta. I probably could have worded my post better. I definitely don't think all 6mm ropes are inappropriate to abseil on. The point I was trying to make was more that people need to realise that items of gear such as ropes perform very differently in real-world settings than in tests. S...
by T2
13 Jan 2019, 16:20
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Claustral exit
Replies: 4
Views: 183

Re: Claustral exit

Yea, the very first section, it was super eroded in places and lots of loose rock. The scramble where the hand line was incredibly sketchy as some water was flowing down it making it extra slippery, in hindsight should have just backtracked and had a look around (or read the notes). It seemed famil...
by T2
13 Jan 2019, 16:08
Forum: Gear questions, suggestions and reviews
Topic: Why knots drastically weaken ropes
Replies: 5
Views: 232

Why knots drastically weaken ropes

I've always known that knots drastically reduce the rated strength of ropes (by 50 per cent or more in some cases), but I'd never really considered why this is. I was just reading something that gave one of the best, plain-language explanations I've seen. A bent rope means some of the fibres on the ...
by T2
13 Jan 2019, 15:36
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Claustral exit
Replies: 4
Views: 183

Re: Claustral exit

we just kept going straight up and there was a hand line higher up the gully in a tricky scramble section (reinforcing my incorrect choice), we used this and kept going up, once up we followed a track along a cliff line. This had a pretty well formed track so I guess I'm not the only one to make th...
by T2
11 Jan 2019, 18:04
Forum: Gear questions, suggestions and reviews
Topic: What's in your rescue kit?
Replies: 6
Views: 296

Re: What's in your rescue kit?

Jake, this is a great question. I'm keen to hear feedback from others as I know that what I carry, particularly for easier day trips, is often inadequate. There's a few items I've been looking to buy to rectify this. Currently, I usually have a set of prusiks for ascending. I have a purcell prusik w...
by T2
11 Jan 2019, 12:03
Forum: Gear questions, suggestions and reviews
Topic: What to look at when buying a canyoning rope
Replies: 10
Views: 972

Re: What to look at when buying a canyoning rope

Are there any issues with tying ropes of different materials together? Say a polyester rope with a nylon rope. I imagine there may be some rope creep with the different elongation. Will there be any issues with knots? With the loads involved in canyoning I don't believe there is any issue with diff...
by T2
09 Jan 2019, 13:27
Forum: Gear questions, suggestions and reviews
Topic: What to look at when buying a canyoning rope
Replies: 10
Views: 972

Re: What to look at when buying a canyoning rope

T2, how long will the sale price last on the imlay ropes? Good question. I'll have them available for that sale price until at least the end of this month. Will the price of the Bluewater bulk order be a fair bit more than that price? Mark, I've just posted details of the bulk order here: https://c...
by T2
09 Jan 2019, 13:00
Forum: Marketplace
Topic: Bulk order of Bluewater Canyon Extreme 8mm rope
Replies: 0
Views: 455

Bulk order of Bluewater Canyon Extreme 8mm rope

For those of you who read my recent article on what to look for when buying a canyoning rope (https://fatcanyoners.org/2018/11/17/canyoning-rope/), you will have seen that I highlighted the 8mm Bluewater Canyon Extreme as the absolute, top-of-the line canyoning rope currently on the market. But I al...
by T2
02 Jan 2019, 18:28
Forum: Gear questions, suggestions and reviews
Topic: What to look at when buying a canyoning rope
Replies: 10
Views: 972

Re: What to look at when buying a canyoning rope

Mark, I haven't seen much in the way of detailed reviews of the Imlay ropes in Australian conditions. Craig did an initial review when he bought his Imlay ropes in 2016 (https://sleepwhenwearedead.wordpress.com/2016/09/26/imlay-canyonfire-rope-first-impressions/). Given how much use they have had in...
by T2
24 Dec 2018, 19:08
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Claustral/Ranon - Preferred exit?
Replies: 4
Views: 323

Re: Claustral/Ranon - Preferred exit?

Kshitij, very interesting that the intersection has been actively changed. I went through Ranon about six weeks back and that wasn't the case. I did note at the time that the level of wear on the old Claustral entry track was much less than the exit track up Rainbow Ravine, which suggested that a lo...
by T2
07 Dec 2018, 10:58
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Empress Canyon -- Temporary closure
Replies: 3
Views: 376

Re: Empress Canyon -- Temporary closure

Postponed again...

National Parks have had to cancel today’s helicopter operation due to local weather conditions at Wentworth Falls. They will advise a new date as soon as possible. Empress Canyon and Valley of the Waters have re-opened.
by T2
03 Dec 2018, 11:37
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Empress Canyon -- Temporary closure
Replies: 3
Views: 376

Re: Empress Canyon -- Temporary closure

National Parks have issued a temporary closure notification for Empress Canyon and Valley of the Waters for this Friday, 7 December 2018.

Be aware that this date may change if adverse weather (wind, rain, etc) prevents helicopter operations.
by T2
26 Nov 2018, 10:36
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Campfires banned in Blue Mountains until April 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 10422

Re: Campfires banned in Blue Mountains until April 2019

UPDATE: A reasonably wet spring has reduced the fire danger across much of the mountains. As a result, National Parks have removed the total fire ban from Blue Mountains and Kanangra Boyd national parks. The fire ban is still in place for Wollemi and Gardens of Stone national parks. If there is a r...
by T2
23 Nov 2018, 12:02
Forum: Gear questions, suggestions and reviews
Topic: What to look at when buying a canyoning rope
Replies: 10
Views: 972

Re: What to look at when buying a canyoning rope

Thanks Tom. If people are keen to have their rope float, another option is to use a rope bag with floatation in it. That not only stops your extra rope from sinking in the pool, it also keeps it tidy and prevents tangles. I'd much rather use a harder-wearing rope with a rope bag than a poor quality ...