Cascade Falls v3a2I*

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alex.motyka
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Cascade Falls v3a2I*

Post by alex.motyka » 22 Dec 2020, 11:30

Map: 9028-4N ROBERTSON
Height: 130m
Longest Drop: 37m
Rock: ?
Rope: 2 x 40m
Area: Macquarie Pass
Anchors: Slings, unlinked bolts
Flash flood: Low
Length: 300m
Season: Spring/summer/autumn
Car shuffle: No
Time: 3 hours
Wetsuits: Optional

Cascade Falls is a short and sweet series of waterfalls that can be descended quite quickly. A great training canyon for beginner canyoners or a nice run for more experienced canyoners who only have a few hours to spare. Super-easy access, short walk-in/out. Some get-fully-wet abseils, potholes and pools, but easy to drip off / warm up on open slabs between abseils so can be done in cooler weather. Can easily walk out from most drops, so ideal for beginners who may be cold or don’t want to abseil further. Very good for teaching/practicing canyon rigging.

Map
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Approach
By car
  • Cascade Falls Parking spot is located at -34.571387, 150.678420 along the Illawarra Highway at the base of Macquarie Pass. Park on the north side of the road (true left).
By foot
  • From the Cascade Falls Parking spot cross the grassed field and walk along the Cascade Walking Track to the base of Cascade Falls
  • At the base of Cascade Falls cross the creek to the river left and proceed uphill sideling up along the creek/waterfalls
  • Proceed uphill until you reach a sign advising “track closed”. Turn left and walk a few meters to the creek and the beginning of the canyon
  • You will know if you have gone too far if you hit Calderwood fire trail. If this occurs simply walk west along the fire trail until you reach a ford across the creek. At this point simply walk down the creek until you reach the first abseil
Route description
  • A series of 7 drops with various anchors, most placed to get you wet
  • All abseils are optional and can be walked around
  • Some of the drops land in deep-ish wet “potholes” and can be a little tricky to traverse
  • R6 Can be jumped (check depth first)
R1 | 22m | Sling, river centre | Sling off boulder in stream (reach under the boulder), stepped abseil with 3 potholes in a row
R2 | 37m | Bolts, river centre
R3 | ~15m | Bolts, river centre
R4 | ~25m | Bolts, river right
R5 | ~15m | Sling, river right | Sling off tree
R6 | ~15m | Sling, river right | Sling off tree. Can be jumped (check depth)
R7 | ~30m | Sling, river centre | Sling off boulder in stream (look under boulder)

Exit
  • From the base of Cascade Falls walk back along the Cascade Walking Track to the Cascade Falls Parking spot

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DaveJones
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Re: Cascade Falls v3a2I*

Post by DaveJones » 23 Dec 2020, 15:40

Nice work compiling this, thanks!

canyoning.cat
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Re: Cascade Falls v3a2I*

Post by canyoning.cat » 29 Dec 2020, 18:18

Here are the notes I put together to help out the MSS trip going there.
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Jakub
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Re: Cascade Falls v3a2I*

Post by Jakub » 03 Jan 2021, 08:41

Brilliant, thanks for the write up!

Rad
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Re: Cascade Falls v3a2I*

Post by Rad » 21 Feb 2021, 13:02

This is a fantastic days adventure, can be done twice easily if you don't get caught behind alldayers and thanks Alex and C Cat for notes and pics. Top effort.

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