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by DaveJones
29 Jun 2019, 13:54
Forum: General discussion
Topic: NSWCA Update
Replies: 1
Views: 127

NSWCA Update

An update just posted on NSWCA Facebook page NSW Canyoning Association Hi all It has been a while since we have posted anything and I apologies for this as a few things have gone on behind the scenes that have kept us busy. I would like to announce that our President Julie Burton has stepped down fo...
by DaveJones
29 Jun 2019, 10:18
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Massive 756 Acres of Wilderness at Katoomba For Sale
Replies: 1
Views: 96

Massive 756 Acres of Wilderness at Katoomba For Sale

This is huge, I had no idea such a massive private land existed at Katoomba, and now it's for private sale for the first time in 40 years. 756 Acres! 309Ha, that's over 3 million square meters! Does anyone know if there are any canyons there? Anyone got a spare $2.8M and want to buy it and give it t...
by DaveJones
29 Jun 2019, 10:14
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Banned From OzCanyons!
Replies: 6
Views: 273

Re: Banned From OzCanyons!

UPDATE: Julie has now apologised and unblocked me, I have reapplied to join the group again and was accepted. I just noticed in the sign up the rules are: Group Rules from the Admins 1 Be Nice! Healthy debates are welcome, but shit-stirring, rudeness, or inflammatory comments will not be tolerated....
by DaveJones
28 Jun 2019, 21:43
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Banned From OzCanyons!
Replies: 6
Views: 273

Banned From OzCanyons!

Wow, Julie just booted me from the OzCanyons forum! I'm stunned. Why? I posted a link to this 756 Acre property for sale at Katoomba, yes, 756 Acres! https://www.domain.com.au/28-pulpit-hill-road-katoomba-nsw-2780-2015405115 I posted it because it's a massive amount of wilderness up for private sale...
by DaveJones
05 May 2019, 18:00
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Proposed changes to group sizes in Blue Mountains canyons
Replies: 13
Views: 1180

Re: Proposed changes to group sizes in Blue Mountains canyons

4) A new online booking system now manages commercial canyoning trips and abseil sites in the greater Blue Mountains;
Will we have read-only access to this booking calendar?
It would be really nice if we all had access so we could avoid commercial groups. And I'm sure they like to avoid us as well.
by DaveJones
20 Mar 2019, 18:22
Forum: Accidents, injuries, rescues and near misses
Topic: Failure of a maillon (quick link) in Blue Mountains canyon
Replies: 14
Views: 2570

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

WOAH! I'm probably largely responsible for the 2005ish increase in quicklinks (Maillons) because I started the "Great Quicklink Experiment" on the old OzCanyons forum, not only placing some myself, but also encouraging others to place them which they did. The idea was to see if: a) People would use ...
by DaveJones
07 Mar 2019, 11:18
Forum: Gear questions, suggestions and reviews
Topic: What belay/rappel device do you use?
Replies: 28
Views: 3669

Re: What belay/rappel device do you use?

Mostly the Kong Hydrobot.
Used to use the Aussie PittStop and have a couple of racks, but I like the Hydrobot the best.
by DaveJones
06 Dec 2018, 13:48
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Largest Aussie adventure travel company to run canyoning in Blue Mountains after buying BMAC
Replies: 3
Views: 782

Re: Largest Aussie adventure travel company to run canyoning in Blue Mountains after buying BMAC

Probably good for the guides, as they might be moved to other places during the down season.
by DaveJones
06 Dec 2018, 13:44
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Largest Aussie adventure travel company to run canyoning in Blue Mountains after buying BMAC
Replies: 3
Views: 782

Re: Largest Aussie adventure travel company to run canyoning in Blue Mountains after buying BMAC

I'm surprised it's taken this long actually.
Although there can't be a lot of money in adventure guiding, especially with the limited numbers.
by DaveJones
05 Dec 2018, 21:40
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Movie featuring Blue Mountains canyons
Replies: 4
Views: 837

Re: Movie featuring Blue Mountains canyons

In the credits there is a "Making Of" Director and camera person. Might be something interesting in that if anyone can find it?
Sponsored by Dunlop Volley!
Only two mountain guides, both of which were the stunt doubles. Last name Salijenic?
by DaveJones
31 May 2018, 08:53
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Mystery Canyon Pierces Pass?
Replies: 10
Views: 1304

Re: Mystery Canyon Pierces Pass?

The insurance part is always tricky, anyone can choose to sue you at any time for any thing. But the laws and legal precedent were certainly changed in favor of trip organisers who take "reasonable precautions". The law can always be tested in new ways, it's never cut and dry, if it was we wouldn't ...
by DaveJones
30 May 2018, 20:28
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Publishing details of wilderness / remote canyons
Replies: 9
Views: 1213

Re: Publishing details of wilderness / remote canyons

My take is to not add information about little or not described canyons. If the canyon already has a proper write up in Jamison's book, people can go nuts and add more details as much as they like. If Jamison could publish them, why can't anyone? I don't buy any argument that Jamison is somehow the...
by DaveJones
29 May 2018, 23:44
Forum: Lost and found
Topic: Camera found after two years lost in a canyon
Replies: 7
Views: 1592

Re: Camera found after two years lost in a canyon

Wish I could get mine back from the big jump in Fortress. My GoPro Hero 4 has been sitting at the bottom for several years now. Reward for anyone who returns it dead or alive!
by DaveJones
29 May 2018, 23:40
Forum: Gear questions, suggestions and reviews
Topic: What belay/rappel device do you use?
Replies: 28
Views: 3669

Re: What belay/rappel device do you use?

I use the Kong Hydrobot for most stuff.
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by DaveJones
29 May 2018, 23:35
Forum: Accidents, injuries, rescues and near misses
Topic: Death of experienced canyoner in Claustral - 6 Dec 2007
Replies: 2
Views: 679

Re: Death of experienced canyoner in Claustral - 6 Dec 2007

A very tragic event that was, so sad for our good mate the Knapster. I have a story of big coincidences about this incident: I did Claustral with Ian once and got to the spot were he died. He said he always jumped this small drop instead of doing the rope climb down. I said don't jump because he'll ...
by DaveJones
29 May 2018, 23:22
Forum: Accidents, injuries, rescues and near misses
Topic: Death in Empress Canyon - 22 Jan 2005
Replies: 2
Views: 616

Re: Death in Empress Canyon - 22 Jan 2005

I remember this incident vividly, as many people thought it was me who died in that canyon that day. I was the same age that was reported on the news, and everyone knew I was supposed to be organising a big group into Empress that afternoon as I have planned it and announced it on the forum a month ...
by DaveJones
29 May 2018, 23:14
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Mystery Canyon Pierces Pass?
Replies: 10
Views: 1304

Re: Mystery Canyon Pierces Pass?

I am constantly amazed, in the litigious world in which we live (I'm not saying Oz has totally gone that way, but when you're advertising to tourists you need to safeguard yourself from litigation from overseas), that there's so little thought about the need (as a leader) for insurance, all it take...
by DaveJones
29 May 2018, 00:44
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Mystery Canyon Pierces Pass?
Replies: 10
Views: 1304

Re: Mystery Canyon Pierces Pass?

It's a tough one. I've seen meet up groups who charge nominal fees too. I've also seen clubs charge a nominal fee for trips. I think there's a big difference between kicking in a few bucks to cover gear wear and tear etc, versus running something that is clearly a commercial enterprise without the ...
by DaveJones
28 May 2018, 00:02
Forum: Videos
Topic: Knox Canyon (WA)
Replies: 5
Views: 940

Re: Knox Canyon (WA)

I don't recall there being those stringent requirements when we were there in 2008

They even have proper bolted spots at the top of the cliffs for various rescue scenarios, they take the whole thing ridiculously seriously.
by DaveJones
27 May 2018, 23:46
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Mystery Canyon Pierces Pass?
Replies: 10
Views: 1304

Mystery Canyon Pierces Pass?

This AirBnB trip is a "mystery canyon". https://www.airbnb.com.au/experiences/170909 Starts at Pierces Pass, but doesn't look like Yileen? Looks like they go down to the Grose? Anyone know? More photos on the page showing a slot and more. https://a0.muscache.com/im/pictures/fcc52407-85b0-45d3-ab0b-7...
by DaveJones
25 May 2018, 21:33
Forum: Videos
Topic: Knox Canyon (WA)
Replies: 5
Views: 940

Re: Knox Canyon (WA)

Knox was single day trip, but we combined it with a side trip up another canyon and did most of the others up the abseils and back through over two days. All the Karijini canyons are really easy to do compared to Sydney canyons. Most a few minutes walk from the carpark, designed for tourists to go i...
by DaveJones
25 May 2018, 21:02
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Bushfire safety tips for canyoners
Replies: 3
Views: 551

Re: Bushfire safety tips for canyoners

I can remember doing Claustral many years on the first day it reopened after fires, and as luck would have it, closed the next day again due to more fires. It was a 40+deg day and there was a fire on the opposite ridge as we walked out. We didn't want to dawdle, it was so hot it felt like the trees ...
by DaveJones
23 May 2018, 16:57
Forum: Videos
Topic: Penrose Gully
Replies: 6
Views: 934

Penrose Gully

by DaveJones
23 May 2018, 16:55
Forum: Videos
Topic: Knox Canyon (WA)
Replies: 5
Views: 940

Knox Canyon (WA)