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by T2
07 Oct 2021, 10:52
Forum: Blue Mountains NP (NSW)
Topic: Wollangambe Two (Lower Tourist Section)
Replies: 1
Views: 4516

Re: Wollangambe Two (Lower Tourist Section)

Mt Wilson Mt Irvine RFS undertake a lot rescues in the Wollangambe -- most weekends during summer -- and most of them could be avoided with proper preparation and planning. They have installed new signage to ensure groups heading into the area understand what the trips involve and are properly prepa...
by T2
07 Oct 2021, 10:51
Forum: Blue Mountains NP (NSW)
Topic: Wollangambe One (Upper Tourist Section)
Replies: 1
Views: 4178

Re: Wollangambe One (Upper Tourist Section)

Mt Wilson Mt Irvine RFS undertake a lot rescues in the Wollangambe -- most weekends during summer -- and most of them could be avoided with proper preparation and planning. They have installed new signage to ensure groups heading into the area understand what the trips involve and are properly prepa...
by T2
07 Oct 2021, 10:46
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Ongoing closure of Wollangambe One
Replies: 3
Views: 1591

Re: Ongoing closure of Wollangambe One

To make it easier for people to read, attached is a PDF file of all the signage Mt Wilson Mt Irvine RFS have installed: Canyon Warning Signs.pdf Below is the text of the signs, which will hopefully make it easier for people to find when searching online. A MESSAGE TO CANYONERS FROM THE MT WILSON MT ...
by T2
06 Oct 2021, 13:35
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Ongoing closure of Wollangambe One
Replies: 3
Views: 1591

Re: Ongoing closure of Wollangambe One

And it's official. National Parks have updated the alerts page for Blue Mountains National Park , confirming Wollangambe One is no longer closed (although it can only be accessed by Blue Mountains locals until Monday, when Covid restrictions begin easing). If you're planning a trip this summer, have...
by T2
01 Oct 2021, 11:29
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Ongoing closure of Wollangambe One
Replies: 3
Views: 1591

Re: Ongoing closure of Wollangambe One

Exciting news for those hoping to float down the 'Gambe this summer. National Parks have confirmed that the rectification work on the hydraulic feature has been completed and appears to have been successful. This is good news as the option chosen, to fill the hole with natural materials (rocks), was...
by T2
30 Sep 2021, 11:47
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Temporary closure of Waratah Ridge Road (Newnes Plateau)
Replies: 2
Views: 1449

Re: Temporary closure of Waratah Ridge Road (Newnes Plateau)

The latest update from the project is that the first tranche of work is expected to finish in mid-November, allowing the road to reopen from 19 November. We'll then have two months of easy access before the next, more substantial closure.
by T2
23 Sep 2021, 16:12
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Temporary closure of Waratah Ridge Road (Newnes Plateau)
Replies: 2
Views: 1449

Temporary closure of Waratah Ridge Road (Newnes Plateau)

For anyone planning a visit to Hole in the Wall (or other Bungleboori canyons), there's a significant road closure impacting access (I imagine there's quite a few canyoners keen to get out here once lockdown ends). Waratah Ridge Road -- which takes you from Glowworm Tunnel Road to the Hole in the Wa...
by T2
17 Sep 2021, 12:23
Forum: Marketplace
Topic: Aussie store purely for canyoning equipment
Replies: 4
Views: 5425

Re: Aussie store purely for canyoning equipment

Sure thing. It's a little slower to WA, especially with Covid delays, but I can send anywhere. I had a package head off to the Pilbara last week, so no spot is too remote.
by T2
10 Sep 2021, 10:30
Forum: Accidents, injuries, rescues and near misses
Topic: Canyoner returns to Juggler after near fatal fall
Replies: 1
Views: 489

Re: Canyoner returns to Juggler after near fatal fall

I remember when this accident happened. Jason is extremely lucky to have been able to walk away from a fall of that distance. There's plenty of people who have died or been permanently incapacitated by smaller falls. While it's great to hear about someone who got so lucky, and managed to fully recov...
by T2
10 Sep 2021, 10:27
Forum: Gear questions, suggestions and reviews
Topic: Can a hot abseil descender melt slings or rope?
Replies: 2
Views: 18598

Re: Can a hot abseil descender melt slings or rope?

I think there would be some huge variation in the results you get, but that would be interesting and useful knowledge. Some descenders rely on friction between the rope and device. Others are more reliant on rope deformation. Some are made from materials that dissipate heat better or have different ...
by T2
07 Aug 2021, 23:27
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Rope Length - Blue Mountains
Replies: 3
Views: 863

Re: Rope Length - Blue Mountains

I have lots of ropes, but my two 35m ones definitely get the most use. I have longer ropes for areas with longer drops, but most Blue Mountains sandstone canyons don't have particular large drops. Even if you're planning to use DRT, two 35m ropes will be more versatile than a single 60/65m. In the o...
by T2
22 Jul 2021, 14:48
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Wollangambe #1 CLOSED
Replies: 1
Views: 1166

Re: Wollangambe #1 CLOSED

Updates regarding this ongoing closure and the plan by National Parks to reopen the canyon are available here: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=1102
by T2
06 Jul 2021, 12:40
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Access threatened: Wollangambe Two exit track
Replies: 3
Views: 861

Re: Access threatened: Wollangambe Two exit track

I have received the following from the NPWS Reserve Establishment Unit confirming that they are in discussions with the owner of the property. They are examining both the purchase of the land or the creation of an easement protecting public access to the existing track. National Parks and Wildlife S...
by T2
04 Jul 2021, 17:56
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Ongoing closure of Wollangambe One
Replies: 3
Views: 1591

Ongoing closure of Wollangambe One

I thought I'd provide an update on the closure of Wollangambe One, which was put in place following the tragic drowning of two women in January (details of that accident here: https://canyoning.org.au/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=812). Given the popularity of the Wollangambe River and the fact that ma...
by T2
03 Jul 2021, 14:31
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Access threatened: Wollangambe Two exit track
Replies: 3
Views: 861

Re: Access threatened: Wollangambe Two exit track

Update: There's been some good progress behind the scenes. The Blue Mountains Branch of NPWS has escalated this to the Reserve Establishment team, who are responsible for land acquisitions. That is a vital step, because it means the local NPWS management share our view that this land is really impo...
by T2
27 Jun 2021, 10:02
Forum: Meet up
Topic: FreezeFest 2022 -- Newnes Plateau
Replies: 0
Views: 969

FreezeFest 2022 -- Newnes Plateau

*** Save the date *** When: Saturday 18 / Sunday 19 June 2022 (plus Monday 20 June for those who are keen) Where: Newnes Plateau Next year will be the 10th anniversary of FreezeFest in Australia, so rather than do the usual short notice / disorganisation thing, we're going to set the date really ea...
by T2
15 Jun 2021, 12:20
Forum: Technique, ropework and skill development
Topic: Reminder to always check anchors, no matter how new they are
Replies: 0
Views: 681

Reminder to always check anchors, no matter how new they are

The following was shared by Luen Warneke in the Canyoning Far North / North Queensland facebook group . Just a reminder to check the integrity of the anchor on each trip. This includes checking the length of webbing, even if you placed it the day before. In the past couple of years, several parties ...
by T2
15 Jun 2021, 12:04
Forum: Technique, ropework and skill development
Topic: Use of square maillons / quick links in canyon anchors
Replies: 0
Views: 445

Use of square maillons / quick links in canyon anchors

I've noticed a few of these square maillons appearing in canyons recently (see picture below). I'm not sure if they're just something people had lying around from other pursuits, or if people are buying them not realising they are not best practice for canyon anchors. The background to the square st...
by T2
10 Jun 2021, 11:43
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Long-term closure of Spring Creek Canyon (Bungonia)
Replies: 13
Views: 12364

Re: Long-term closure of Spring Creek Canyon (Bungonia)

*** Exciting news *** I have received confirmation that a geotechnical engineer has been engaged by NPWS to undertake a quantitative risk assessment of Spring Creek Canyon. Due to access difficulties, the geotechnical engineer will be using a drone to take three-dimensional photographic images of th...
by T2
09 Jun 2021, 14:44
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Access threatened: Wollangambe Two exit track
Replies: 3
Views: 861

Re: Access threatened: Wollangambe Two exit track

FYI, here are a few of the real estate photos showing the stunning sections of track we currently walk through that are all part of this property.
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by T2
08 Jun 2021, 12:18
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Access threatened: Wollangambe Two exit track
Replies: 3
Views: 861

Access threatened: Wollangambe Two exit track

In alarming news, the land that the Wollangambe Two exit track crosses has just been listed for sale . Most people don't realise, but about 800m of that track (the part through the tall forest with stunning tree ferns) is on private property. The same family has owned it for decades and they've alwa...
by T2
27 May 2021, 20:09
Forum: Meet up
Topic: FreezeFest 2021 -- Newnes Plateau
Replies: 0
Views: 596

FreezeFest 2021 -- Newnes Plateau

After last year's COVID hiatus, FreezeFest is back (complete with the usual short notice / disorganisation). When: Saturday 5 / Sunday 6 June 2021 (plus Monday 7 June if anyone is keen) Where: Newnes Plateau (camping at Barcoo Swamp) What is FreezeFest? FreezeFest is an informal gathering of canyone...
by T2
17 Apr 2021, 13:43
Forum: General discussion
Topic: General Maps of Blue Mountains canyons
Replies: 3
Views: 1186

Re: General Maps of Blue Mountains canyons

Christopher, I've sent you an email re the top map from the Canyons Near Sydney book. The author passed away, but his son should be able to help you. I'd be very surprised if he said no.
by T2
28 Mar 2021, 10:34
Forum: General discussion
Topic: When posting on Facebook, state clearly that it is canyoning and not a bushwalk
Replies: 6
Views: 1827

Re: When posting on Facebook, state clearly that it is canyoning and not a bushwalk

I recall one well known canyoning identity from the 90s who did a lot of his trips barefoot, in speedos carrying a bit of 6mm. Perhaps it was the same bloke. I have a mate who famously went through Whungee Wheengee barefoot after arriving at Mt Wilson following a big night out and discovering the o...
by T2
17 Mar 2021, 11:06
Forum: Accidents, injuries, rescues and near misses
Topic: Two stuck in Claustral overnight 15/3/2021
Replies: 4
Views: 1343

Re: Two stuck in Claustral overnight 15/3/2021

People regularly take longer than expected in Claustral. Many groups find it quite challenging. Most of the times people run late it's because they underestimated how hard the canyon is, or overestimated their abilities (or both). The exit is an open creek junction. Recent rainfall would do nothing ...