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by T2
16 Jul 2019, 14:22
Forum: Technique, ropework and skill development
Topic: JellyFish retrievable abseiling anchor
Replies: 0
Views: 150

JellyFish retrievable abseiling anchor

Personally, I'm a huge fan of the "ghosting" approach to canyoning that comes out of the US. The concept of aiming to leave nothing behind and not modify canyons in any way has encouraged a whole range of new tools and techniques. While much of the world, Australia included, seems to want to "dumb d...
by T2
08 Jul 2019, 11:57
Forum: Wollemi NP (NSW)
Topic: Coinslot Canyon
Replies: 5
Views: 910

Re: Coinslot Canyon

Pete, the drops look longer than that are. None are more than 30m, but for your first time through, you'll probably feel more comfortable with slightly longer ropes. There's also an easy bushwalkers pass (as opposed to the climbers pass most people seem to use). Flick me a PM if you want a little mo...
by T2
01 Jul 2019, 12:16
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Safety near edges and a couple serious near misses
Replies: 0
Views: 142

Safety near edges and a couple serious near misses

While beginner canyoners are often most nervous about the ropework side of things, it's generally the time spent not on rope where the most serious accidents occur. Two of the biggest risk factors when canyoning are exposed edges and slippery rock. Often both are combined at the top of waterfall abs...
by T2
29 Jun 2019, 13:33
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Banned From OzCanyons!
Replies: 6
Views: 273

Re: Banned From OzCanyons!

Julie, like most people, I have always appreciated your efforts and passion for canyoning. I tried to support them by actively encouraging people to join and support the NSWCA when it launched. I would encourage you to continue putting that passion to good use. I also didn't name you in my post, but...
by T2
29 Jun 2019, 11:51
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Massive 756 Acres of Wilderness at Katoomba For Sale
Replies: 1
Views: 96

Re: Massive 756 Acres of Wilderness at Katoomba For Sale

Dave, thanks for sharing that. This huge chunk of land is the last large unprotected stretch of escarpment in the Upper Blue Mountains. It is incredibly significant, both from an aesthetic and an environmental background. The Blue Mountains Conservation Society have been campaigning for years to hav...
by T2
29 Jun 2019, 11:44
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Banned From OzCanyons!
Replies: 6
Views: 273

Re: Banned From OzCanyons!

Dave, I'm sorry to hear about your experience, but am not entirely surprised (although great news that you were unblocked and got an apology -- much more than many others get!) You are one of many active canyoners who have been blocked from that group in recent years. I was banned early this year fo...
by T2
26 Jun 2019, 15:28
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Grand Canyon -- Temporary closure
Replies: 6
Views: 1071

Re: Grand Canyon -- Temporary closure

Great news for anyone wanting to do an icy mid-winter run through Grand. National Parks have completed their track works much quicker than expected, so have lifted the planned closures. Some work still needs to be completed, however it will not require the canyon to be closed.
by T2
18 Jun 2019, 10:16
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Grand Canyon -- Temporary closure
Replies: 6
Views: 1071

Re: Grand Canyon -- Temporary closure

Further closures of Grand Canyon just announced (full marks to National Parks for timing this track work in the cooler months when it causes minimal disruption!) As per the previous closure, the walking track remains open but the abseil and canyon are shut. The closures start from tomorrow, and run ...
by T2
17 Jun 2019, 13:49
Forum: Meet up
Topic: FreezeFest 2019 -- Newnes Plateau
Replies: 1
Views: 341

FreezeFest 2019 -- Newnes Plateau

Okay, in a further demonstration of just how shambolic my life is at the moment, I've just realised that I'd pencilled in this weekend for FreezeFest (winter solstice -- the shortest day of the year -- so seems apt). Given disorganisation and informality are at the core of the concept, I'm going to ...
by T2
17 Jun 2019, 13:42
Forum: Meet up
Topic: Save the date for FreezeFest 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 573

Re: Save the date for FreezeFest 2019

Robert, thanks for the reminder. I'll post details now for people to join!

Oh, and back in 2014 we did it at Kanangra. There was snow on the ground at camp. And half a dozen of us still went through Kanangra Main. Now that was a properly cold FreezeFest!
by T2
06 May 2019, 09:50
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Handling crayfish in Blue Mountains canyons
Replies: 0
Views: 263

Handling crayfish in Blue Mountains canyons

Tim Williams (canyon guide, owner of guiding company Wilderness Adventures , and fourth generations Blue Mountains local) has kindly given me permission to reproduce the following post he has written about how canyoners should interact (both legally and ethically) with the crayfish that live in mos...
by T2
30 Apr 2019, 13:31
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Future of Katoomba Airfield (between Grand and Arethusa canyons)
Replies: 0
Views: 317

Future of Katoomba Airfield (between Grand and Arethusa canyons)

I've been sent the following by Lachlan Garland, President of the Blue Mountains Conservation Society. They are currently running a campaign against the issuing of a commercial license for the Katoomba Airfield -- which would potentially allow helicopter joyflights over surrounding area of Blue Moun...
by T2
30 Apr 2019, 11:15
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Proposed changes to group sizes in Blue Mountains canyons
Replies: 13
Views: 1191

Re: Proposed changes to group sizes in Blue Mountains canyons

Also, below is a reply that I received from the acting Director of NPWS in the Blue Mountains to my enquiry about the review. It is interesting that the expansion from groups of 10 to 12 in wilderness abseiling canyons -- 50% above what recreational groups are allowed and a 25% increase of customers...
by T2
30 Apr 2019, 11:10
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Proposed changes to group sizes in Blue Mountains canyons
Replies: 13
Views: 1191

Re: Proposed changes to group sizes in Blue Mountains canyons

Julie , great to hear you are across this and that the NSW Canyoning Association is putting in a submission. I look forward to reading it when complete. Interestingly, from the discussions I've had with a few guides, it seems the concerns they have a very similar to those recreational users would h...
by T2
30 Apr 2019, 09:35
Forum: Gear questions, suggestions and reviews
Topic: Which camera?
Replies: 4
Views: 375

Re: Which camera?

Tracey, I think there are likely to be three different answers depending on what you want to use it for. If you're someone who likes to take video, or even action shots while abseiling etc, then a GoPro style camera is probably best. If you're after really impressive canyon shots and intend to take ...
by T2
30 Apr 2019, 07:34
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Rock climbing ban in the Grampians / lessons for canyoners
Replies: 12
Views: 848

Re: Rock climbing ban in the Grampians / lessons for canyoners

There has been a burst of media coverage about the Grampians climbing bans. Below is an article by Neil Monteith, who is not only an extremely experienced local climber, outlining the communities concerns about the closures. The ABC has also had a go at bringing together the concerns of climbers, in...
by T2
18 Apr 2019, 12:48
Forum: Meet up
Topic: Save the date for FreezeFest 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 573

Re: Save the date for FreezeFest 2019

John, sorry to hear you'll be away. The date was changed this year to make it fall on the Winter Solstice (June 22) which seemed like a more symbolic date for FreezeFest.
by T2
17 Apr 2019, 16:30
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Proposed changes to group sizes in Blue Mountains canyons
Replies: 13
Views: 1191

Re: Proposed changes to group sizes in Blue Mountains canyons

Should this be handled by this forum or should the NSW Canyoning Association take it on board and get back to its members and this forum with updates and more information. John, I think it's definitely something the NSW Canyoning Association should take action on. If you're a member, I'd suggest co...
by T2
17 Apr 2019, 15:34
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Proposed changes to group sizes in Blue Mountains canyons
Replies: 13
Views: 1191

Proposed changes to group sizes in Blue Mountains canyons

Earlier this month, the Blue Mountains Director of the National Parks and Wildlife Service wrote to commercial canyoning operators to discuss a proposal to increase the maximum group size to 12 -- including in wilderness areas -- while also changing the client ratios so no additional guides are requ...
by T2
04 Apr 2019, 11:31
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Grand Canyon -- Temporary closure
Replies: 6
Views: 1071

Re: Grand Canyon -- Temporary closure

Grand Canyon is closed to canyoners today, tomorrow, and Wednesday to Friday next week (so April 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12).

The walking track is open, but the abseil and canyon are shut while they carry out repair work on safety barriers.
by T2
28 Mar 2019, 11:07
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Rock climbing ban in the Grampians / lessons for canyoners
Replies: 12
Views: 848

Re: Rock climbing ban in the Grampians / lessons for canyoners

Well, that escalated a little... Back to the core point I was trying to make, and what I think the Grampians situation highlights, is that it's not necessarily about what happens, but how it happens. Whether it's bolting, track making, or other modifications of the landscape, if these things are don...
by T2
27 Mar 2019, 10:48
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Rock climbing ban in the Grampians / lessons for canyoners
Replies: 12
Views: 848

Re: Rock climbing ban in the Grampians / lessons for canyoners

Tom, that wasn't my intention. My point was merely to highlight a more extreme example, where someone who holds a position that purport to represent the broader canyoning community was not only placing bolts contrary to the wishes of the land manager, but was then publicly highlighting their actions...
by T2
26 Mar 2019, 23:05
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Rock climbing ban in the Grampians / lessons for canyoners
Replies: 12
Views: 848

Re: Rock climbing ban in the Grampians / lessons for canyoners

Thanks for that clarification Julie. I hadn't seen his subsequent statement.
by T2
26 Mar 2019, 16:49
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Rock climbing ban in the Grampians / lessons for canyoners
Replies: 12
Views: 848

Re: Rock climbing ban in the Grampians / lessons for canyoners

Dylan, not being an active Facebook user I haven't seen "numerous facebook posts". I'm sure that you're right about there being many others, but I've only seen one recently. I was emailed a screen shot of it by someone who was deeply concerned that it came from a committee member of the NSWCA. I agr...
by T2
26 Mar 2019, 13:47
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Rock climbing ban in the Grampians / lessons for canyoners
Replies: 12
Views: 848

Rock climbing ban in the Grampians / lessons for canyoners

I'm a little late to this, not being a climber, but last month rock climbing was banned in parts of the Grampians National Park. (https://www.thecourier.com.au/story/5907978/rock-climbing-bans-at-grampians-national-park/) Much of the areas have technically been closed to climbers for years, but thos...