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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: 10174

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: 1
Views: 72

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: 1
Views: 72

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: 129

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: 367

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: 742

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: 510

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 ...
by T2
17 Mar 2021, 09:41
Forum: General discussion
Topic: When posting on Facebook, state clearly that it is canyoning and not a bushwalk
Replies: 6
Views: 742

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

I ran into a large group of kids at Rocky Creek once, maybe a dozen or so, some had wetsuits some didn't, none had packs. The older leader was a guy barefoot in just a pair of footy shorts, no pack, nothing. I remember running into a large group of teenagers (probably 18 or 19 year olds) on the tra...
by T2
17 Mar 2021, 09:33
Forum: Accidents, injuries, rescues and near misses
Topic: Two stuck in Claustral overnight 15/3/2021
Replies: 4
Views: 510

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

One of them spoke briefly to a journalist following their rescue ( see clip here ). From those brief comments, it sounds like they missed the exit and ended up back above the Black Hole. This aligns with the rescue footage, which appears to show them being winched out from just above this location. ...
by T2
14 Mar 2021, 15:24
Forum: General discussion
Topic: When posting on Facebook, state clearly that it is canyoning and not a bushwalk
Replies: 6
Views: 742

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

Based on some of the regular rescues, particularly in non-abseil canyons (think Rocky Creek or the Wollangambe), it's clear lots of people with little idea of what they are doing head into canyons. I think the Instagram crowd can be worse than Facebook, as they're chasing the spectacular image witho...
by T2
12 Mar 2021, 12:21
Forum: Accidents, injuries, rescues and near misses
Topic: Rescue from Macquarie Pass Rivulet
Replies: 5
Views: 591

Re: Rescue from Macquarie Pass Rivulet

People are notoriously bad at accurately assessing risks, not just in canyons. I find that many people -- particularly those newer to canyoning -- think the ropework is the dangerous part. The fact is, accidents on rope are extremely rare. Most injuries occur during the 95% of the time that we're no...
by T2
10 Mar 2021, 19:06
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Coorongooba campground and canyons closed
Replies: 2
Views: 1266

Re: Coorongooba campground and canyons closed

Coorongooba campground (and the canyons accessed from this area) are closed while National Parks upgrades the road and campground. I've spoken to National Parks and confirmed that this closure isn't just restricted to the campground, but to all access (including day trips). The area is closed at the...
by T2
10 Mar 2021, 09:57
Forum: Technique, ropework and skill development
Topic: Knot a pull cord to the abseil rope
Replies: 1
Views: 419

Re: Knot a pull cord to the abseil rope

Daniel, I primarily use my dyneema pull cord with a fiddlestick, so don't have a clear solution for you. A couple points though. Firstly, if you're using a pullcord in a conventional way (i.e. to physically pull your rope down) then you'll need some sort of block at the anchor. My preference in that...
by T2
22 Feb 2021, 13:53
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Access issue -- Malatia Point, Malatia Wall and Castle Head abseil routes
Replies: 0
Views: 312

Access issue -- Malatia Point, Malatia Wall and Castle Head abseil routes

The walking exits to a number of popular multi-pitch abseils into the Jamison Valley are temporarily closed. Essential maintenance work at the Scenic Railway has blocked access to the Federal Pass track. Combined with the ongoing closure to the Golden Stairs following a landslide last year, this mea...
by T2
12 Feb 2021, 16:38
Forum: Southern NSW
Topic: Macquarie Pass v4a3III**
Replies: 3
Views: 8493

Re: Macquarie Pass v4a3III**

National Parks have a really clear closure notice on their website about trying to access the top of the falls from the road (see below). I believe there are cameras now and police are called if people try to go in that way. The best way to do the upper section is to head in via Clover Hill Rd (like...
by T2
08 Feb 2021, 22:38
Forum: Technique, ropework and skill development
Topic: valdotain tresse
Replies: 3
Views: 549

Re: valdotain tresse

Michael, a VT definitely works as an autoblock. It works much better than a normal prusik when above the descender as it can be released when loaded. That said, I haven't used it on double ropes when abseiling. It definitely grips them well (I've played around with ascending double ropes with it, bu...
by T2
02 Feb 2021, 11:48
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Grand Canyon walking track one way
Replies: 3
Views: 881

Re: Grand Canyon walking track one way

See below a request for feedback on this trial. It would be worthwhile for canyoners to outline the fact that the reverse track direction would be preferable for canyoners (and probably for bushwalkers too, as they'd end at the impressive lookout). Also worth mentioning that if the direction is reve...
by T2
21 Jan 2021, 13:34
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Grand Canyon walking track one way
Replies: 3
Views: 881

Re: Grand Canyon walking track one way

Interestingly, commercial operators are being given special treatment to ignore the one-way rule, which seems to suggest National Parks know it's the wrong direction for canyoners. This article in the Blue Mountains Gazette quotes a NPWS spokesperson saying: "The trial includes provisions for commer...
by T2
14 Jan 2021, 12:04
Forum: Gear questions, suggestions and reviews
Topic: Descender advice for heavier canyoners
Replies: 3
Views: 1106

Re: Descender advice for heavier canyoners

I think the Sterling ATS is really under-rated. Like most modern canyon descenders, it's primarily aimed at use single rope (Australia is the only place on earth where double rope abseiling is still the norm among canyoners) but it works well with double ropes. The horns provide easy friction adjust...
by T2
14 Jan 2021, 11:53
Forum: Technique, ropework and skill development
Topic: Purcell Prusik (an extendable cowstail safety line)
Replies: 5
Views: 5764

Re: Purcell Prusik (an extendable cowstail safety line)

There's definitely big differences between the handling of different accessory cords, even those produced by the same companies. BlueWater do a dynamic prusik cord that's pretty perfect for use as a Purcell Prusik. It is produced in the same way as a climbing rope, so has similar dynamic properties....
by T2
12 Jan 2021, 13:16
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: Grand Canyon walking track one way
Replies: 3
Views: 881

Grand Canyon walking track one way

National Parks are currently undertaking a trial of requiring walking on the Grand Canyon walking track to only go in one direction. This trial is running until the end of January. During this time you need to descend via Evans Lookout, then exit at Neates Glen. It seems the motivation for the chang...
by T2
12 Jan 2021, 12:34
Forum: Kanangra-Boyd NP (NSW)
Topic: Kanangra Main via The Slot v4a3V**** to a4
Replies: 4
Views: 6449

Re: Kanangra Main via The Slot v4a3V****

Rad, good call to bail and just scout around if unsure. Too many accidents happen when people push through with trips that they aren't properly prepared for. There are three canyon trips in close proximity. Kalang Falls is the easiest (and a good starting point for you). They are on Kanangra Brook (...
by T2
12 Jan 2021, 12:24
Forum: Closures, access changes and condition reports
Topic: General High Water WARNING
Replies: 1
Views: 594

Re: General High Water WARNING

With very little rain for more than a week, National Parks have taken that warning down again. Still expect more generous water flows than what had been standard for recent drought years. I wouldn't be surprised if this warning -- or even some targetted canyon closures -- happen if there's another s...
by T2
07 Jan 2021, 15:52
Forum: Accidents, injuries, rescues and near misses
Topic: Two people drown in Wollangambe 1 (Mt Wilson)
Replies: 9
Views: 4059

Re: Two people drown in Wollangambe 1 (Mt Wilson)

@DaveJones I've edited the subject from your original post. I hope that's okay. I just want to ensure it's easy to find going forward, especially as there are likely to be further posts following the Police investigation, etc.
by T2
07 Jan 2021, 13:16
Forum: Accidents, injuries, rescues and near misses
Topic: Two people drown in Wollangambe 1 (Mt Wilson)
Replies: 9
Views: 4059

Re: Two people drown in Wollangambe 1 (Mt Wilson)

I’ve given this a few days, because this tragedy is still very raw and hard for a lot of us to process. In that time there has been some very good, very respectful discussion among canyoners on social media and elsewhere. I wanted to bring together some of the key points to help people better unders...