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by T2
07 Dec 2018, 10:58
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Empress Canyon -- Temporary closure
Replies: 3
Views: 183

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: 183

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: 10224

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: 2
Views: 467

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 ...
by T2
21 Nov 2018, 14:01
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Empress Canyon -- Temporary closure
Replies: 3
Views: 183

Re: Empress Canyon -- Temporary closure

National Parks have just announced that this temporary closure has been postponed due to adverse weather conditions. New dates for the closure have not been announced, but December 6 and 14 have are anticipated possible dates. I will post news as it comes, but be aware that these helicopter operatio...
by T2
19 Nov 2018, 13:43
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Empress Canyon -- Temporary closure
Replies: 3
Views: 183

Empress Canyon -- Temporary closure

Empress Canyon (Valley of the Waters) will be temporarily closed this Thursday, 22 November 2018, to allow materials to be flown in by helicopter to repair walking tracks. This closure is in addition to the ongoing closure of National Pass / Wentworth Pass. Note that the closure may get pushed back ...
by T2
17 Nov 2018, 08:31
Forum: Trip reports
Topic: Ranon Canyon
Replies: 0
Views: 77

Ranon Canyon

Reproduced from: https://fatcanyoners.org/2018/11/16/ranon/ Ask a Blue Mountains canyoner to list their five favourite canyons and it’s a safe bet Claustral will be mentioned. While that reputation is well earned — the first descent of Claustral was really what inspired the pursuit of canyoning to ...
by T2
15 Nov 2018, 21:51
Forum: Blue Mountains NP (NSW)
Topic: Ranon Canyon
Replies: 0
Views: 95

Ranon Canyon

Summary: Ranon Canyon is an impressive canyon with a series of lovely abseils followed by a long, sustained constriction. It also allows you to explore a large part of the better-known Claustral Canyon. Difficulty — Medium Time — 10+ hours Distance — 8 to 11 kms (depending on entry route and side t...
by T2
13 Nov 2018, 10:03
Forum: Accidents, injuries and rescues
Topic: An unconventional rescue in Hat Hill Canyon
Replies: 0
Views: 99

An unconventional rescue in Hat Hill Canyon

It turns out, not all heroes wear capes: some wear wetsuits! Reproduced from the Blue Mountains Gazette: https://www.bluemountainsgazette.com.au/story/5746762/beagles-big-adventure-nearly-ends-in-tragedy/?cs=1432 Beagles rescued by canyoners in Blackheath Jennie Curtin The gate accidentally left aja...
by T2
09 Nov 2018, 20:26
Forum: Gear questions, suggestions and reviews
Topic: Anyone tried the Astral Hiyak shoe for canyoning?
Replies: 2
Views: 189

Re: Anyone tried the Astral Hiyak shoe for canyoning?

Kshitij, they're obviously quite popular with paddlers. The one Australian stockist is now sold out of all but size 13. Next shipment won't arrive until February. I'm kicking myself for dragging my feet with the purchase.
by T2
07 Nov 2018, 17:35
Forum: Marketplace
Topic: Aussie store purely for canyoning equipment
Replies: 0
Views: 109

Aussie store purely for canyoning equipment

I've been a little quiet for the last month. One of the reasons is that I've been busy setting up a little online store purely focused on canyoning equipment. At the moment I've only got a handful of products, mostly focused on fiddlestick anchors, but I'm busy talking to distributors and companies ...
by T2
07 Nov 2018, 13:30
Forum: Gear questions, suggestions and reviews
Topic: What to look at when buying a canyoning rope
Replies: 2
Views: 467

What to look at when buying a canyoning rope

I've had a couple email discussions with people recently discussing the best canyoning ropes available and what to look for in a rope. I figure it is worth sharing some thoughts on the canyoning-specific ropes currently on the market and the points to consider when making a purchase. I'd love to hea...
by T2
06 Nov 2018, 16:00
Forum: Meet up
Topic: Fiddlestick training session
Replies: 3
Views: 276

Re: Fiddlestick training session

I'm running a couple more training sessions this weekend. Both will take place in Blaxland (just off the highway, and accessible by public transport). On Friday afternoon (9/11/2018) I'll be running a brief workshop between about 6pm and 8pm. I will cover basic use of fiddlestick style retrievable a...
by T2
05 Nov 2018, 14:22
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Australian Adventure Activity Standards - Canyoning
Replies: 3
Views: 150

Re: Australian Adventure Activity Standards - Canyoning

Thanks for sharing that Alex. I've been putting off reading the latest version of this because I just haven't had the time or energy. But with submissions closing so soon I really should do so. Putting your Bushwalking NSW hat on for a moment, do you know if there will be a submission from the peak ...
by T2
22 Oct 2018, 19:11
Forum: Technique, ropework and skill development
Topic: Figure 8 descenders and larks foots
Replies: 3
Views: 281

Re: Figure 8 descenders and larks foots

Great video Craig. Thanks so much for that. I rarely use an 8, but I'll be sure to show this technique to anyone I take on trips who is using one.
by T2
18 Sep 2018, 16:19
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Inspiring story of a friend's recovery from a serious canyoning accident
Replies: 0
Views: 547

Inspiring story of a friend's recovery from a serious canyoning accident

Nearly four years ago, a close friend of mine suffered a catastrophic injury while canyoning on the Newnes Plateau. Most Blue Mountains canyoners never even heard about the accident, which is what Helen wanted at the time. Helen was pushing a pass out of the south branch of Bungleboori Creek. It was...
by T2
16 Sep 2018, 21:00
Forum: Meet up
Topic: Fiddlestick training session
Replies: 3
Views: 276

Re: Fiddlestick training session

Thanks Marilyn. Was great to finally catch up with you in person.
I was quite amazed how many people came along at such short notice and how enthusiastic everyone was. Definitely the inspiration I need to organise a few more of these workshops.
by T2
16 Sep 2018, 20:58
Forum: Technique, ropework and skill development
Topic: Rescue knife: yes or no?
Replies: 15
Views: 543

Re: Rescue knife: yes or no?

I think that rope probably was a 9mm Tendon, but I don't actually remember its origins. It certainly wasn't a particularly thin rope, nor was it particularly worn or abraded, so those factors definitely didn't play a part in how easily it cut. Even knowing that loaded ropes cut easily, I was still s...
by T2
13 Sep 2018, 14:54
Forum: Trip reports
Topic: Unexpectedly easy canyon exploration
Replies: 0
Views: 174

Unexpectedly easy canyon exploration

Reproduced from: fatcanyoners.org/2018/09/13/too-much-rope/ A few months back I finally explored a little canyon that despite being surprisingly accessible is almost completely unknown. As part of my research for that one I’d trawled satellite images, topographic maps, and photos of cliffs in the a...
by T2
12 Sep 2018, 13:58
Forum: Meet up
Topic: Fiddlestick training session
Replies: 3
Views: 276

Fiddlestick training session

Afternoon all, On Saturday morning (September 15) I'll be running a brief workshop on using a fiddlestick retrievable anchor for a couple people at Blaxland in the lower Blue Mountains. It will only take a few hours, starting at 9am and finishing by about 11.30am. We will go through the basic concep...
by T2
11 Sep 2018, 19:46
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Campfires banned in Blue Mountains until April 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 10224

Campfires banned in Blue Mountains until April 2019

The National Parks and Wildlife Service has imposed a ban on solid fuel fires (including campfires) across almost all the canyoning areas in the Greater Blue Mountains. Blue Mountains, Wollemi, Kanangra-Boyd, and Gardens of Stone National Parks are impacted. The bans are in place until 31 March 2019...
by T2
11 Sep 2018, 12:25
Forum: Photos
Topic: Starlight Canyon
Replies: 1
Views: 134

Re: Starlight Canyon

It's been nearly a decade since I went through Starlight. Thanks for sharing some pics to inspire me to get off my arse and finally return this summer. It really is a beautiful and unique canyon.
by T2
10 Sep 2018, 21:53
Forum: Photos
Topic: Glow worm tunnel canyon
Replies: 3
Views: 178

Re: Glow worm tunnel canyon

Nice pics Merridy, but that's not the correct name for this canyon. Glowworm (or Glow Worm) Tunnel Canyon is one of the names for the walk-through canyon that you can loop through in combination with the tunnel. I believe these photos are actually from Honeycomb Canyon. Chris, I don't knot of publis...
by T2
08 Sep 2018, 13:02
Forum: Technique, ropework and skill development
Topic: Rescue knife: yes or no?
Replies: 15
Views: 543

Re: Rescue knife: yes or no?

LachlanB wrote:
07 Sep 2018, 22:22
Wow, that sounds like it would have been a rather confronting situation to come across. :o
Mind if I ask what had happened?
Lachlan, Paul has just posted the details of this rescue he was part of here: viewtopic.php?f=14&t=148
by T2
07 Sep 2018, 12:26
Forum: Technique, ropework and skill development
Topic: Rescue knife: yes or no?
Replies: 15
Views: 543

Re: Rescue knife: yes or no?

Interesting thoughts and an interesting read. I've always carried a knife on my harness -- or felt guilty about it if I left it at home. It's always been one of those things that is "good to have", but probably provides more psychological security than practical benefit. But I totally agree about th...