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by T2
06 May 2019, 09:50
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Handling crayfish in Blue Mountains canyons
Replies: 0
Views: 187

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: 214

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: 906

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: 906

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: 212

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: 627

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: 3
Views: 423

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: 906

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: 906

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: 4
Views: 635

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: 627

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: 627

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: 627

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: 627

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: 627

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...
by T2
20 Mar 2019, 13:15
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Assistance with canyoning content for recreational bushwalkers' manual
Replies: 1
Views: 500

Re: Assistance with canyoning content for recreational bushwalkers' manual

Bushwalking NSW is holding an initial meeting to kick off the project, discuss what should be contained in the canyoning section, and break up the work into small, manageable parts that people can assist with. It is taking place next Friday (29 March 2019) from 6.30pm in the lower Blue Mountains. If...
by T2
18 Mar 2019, 14:47
Forum: General discussion
Topic: A little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing...
Replies: 4
Views: 453

A little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing...

Once upon a time, activities like canyoning (not to mention other rope sports) required you to know someone who could take you out and teach you the skills, a club, or a commercial guide. The internet has made it easier than ever for people to get out there. While it's great that our pursuit is more...
by T2
18 Mar 2019, 14:33
Forum: Accidents, injuries, rescues and near misses
Topic: Failure of a maillon (quick link) in Blue Mountains canyon
Replies: 14
Views: 2176

Re: Failure of a maillon (quick link) in Blue Mountains canyon

Kosta, those photos make clear that the screw thread / nut appear to be in good working order, so the failure was not caused there. The description I was originally given was that when rigging the abseil, the first person found the nut was loosely closed (i.e. it could be screwed and unscrewed by ha...
by T2
18 Mar 2019, 13:18
Forum: Accidents, injuries, rescues and near misses
Topic: Failure of a maillon (quick link) in Blue Mountains canyon
Replies: 14
Views: 2176

Re: Failure of a maillon (quick link) in Blue Mountains canyon

I've been sent some further photos of the maillon in question. The first shows the maillon immediately after it failed. You can see that the rope has been caught on the nut, while the sling has caught on the bent end near the thread. The following three photos are close-ups of the nut and screw thre...
by T2
18 Mar 2019, 13:08
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Empress Canyon -- Temporary closure
Replies: 4
Views: 711

Re: Empress Canyon -- Temporary closure

Empress Canyon will be closed this Thursday, 21 March, to allow a helicopter to lift in materials for walking track repairs.

As with all these closures, they can be postponed last minute due to adverse weather conditions.
by T2
14 Mar 2019, 12:31
Forum: Accidents, injuries, rescues and near misses
Topic: Failure of a maillon (quick link) in Blue Mountains canyon
Replies: 14
Views: 2176

Re: Failure of a maillon (quick link) in Blue Mountains canyon

Hank, in relation to the "screw gate was loose" comment, I've confirmed that it was not unscrewed when they came to it (it may have been a half turn unscrewed). Rather, they were conveying that it was not screwed tight or rusted shut. The nut part did not seem wobbly. So it appeared to be properly f...
by T2
14 Mar 2019, 10:52
Forum: Accidents, injuries, rescues and near misses
Topic: Failure of a maillon (quick link) in Blue Mountains canyon
Replies: 14
Views: 2176

Failure of a maillon (quick link) in Blue Mountains canyon

A couple things to highlight up front. I am writing this based on information from a party member on the relevant trip. I wasn’t there, didn’t see the maillon fail, and haven’t examined it. The information I have is that the maillon that failed was a Maillon Rapide brand, zinc plated steel Delta (tr...
by T2
11 Mar 2019, 12:43
Forum: Gear questions, suggestions and reviews
Topic: Old slings / tape in canyons
Replies: 3
Views: 510

Old slings / tape in canyons

I just thought I'd share this interesting discussion from the Canyon Collective forum in the US (http://canyoncollective.com/threads/webbing-failure-during-test-bouncing.25665/). A group of canyoners came to an anchor where two separate pieces of tape came out from under a large rock. The only visib...
by T2
11 Mar 2019, 12:19
Forum: International
Topic: Remote canyoneering over nine days in West Canyon (Navajo Nation)
Replies: 0
Views: 251

Remote canyoneering over nine days in West Canyon (Navajo Nation)

A few friends of mine were part of this 2017 trip to a very remote and rarely visited canyoning area in the US. The trip ran over nine days and required a helicopter shuttle in and out. Not only is it an enjoyable video, it captures some really interesting ghosting techniques that are probably forei...
by T2
11 Mar 2019, 12:12
Forum: Accidents, injuries, rescues and near misses
Topic: International Canyon Accident Database
Replies: 0
Views: 217

International Canyon Accident Database

The Coalition of American Canyoneers (https://www.americancanyoneers.org/) recently created a new, international canyon accident database. It aims to better document and understand the causes of canyon related accidents, so they might be avoided in the future. I will be adding some of the high-profi...