An Introduction to Kanangra Creek Canyons (read me first)

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An Introduction to Kanangra Creek Canyons (read me first)

Post by DavidM » 10 Apr 2019, 17:36

Use these descriptions at your own risk. You are responsible for your and your party's safety.

There are six canyons leading into Kanangra Creek. By the writer's judging of order of difficulty:
- Kalang Falls. More an abseil trip, usually dry
- Kanangra Main
- Danae Brook
- Davies (usually overnight)
- Thurat Rift (usually overnight)
- Carrabeanga (overnight)

Kanangra Canyons are very different from Blue Mountains canyons. Overall, they are bigger and harder
- Much more vertical. Abseils are long, with most canyons containing some 60m drops
- Many abseils, typically 10-15
- Steep trackless walkouts of 600m or more altitude gain
- Some have challenging navigation for the walk in and exit
- Loose rock, loose slopes underfoot, and scratchy prickly bush
- Remote
- Long days, commonly 8-12 hours

Some recommendations for those new to Kanangra:
- Become familiar with Kanangra conditions. They are very different from the Blue Mountains
- Do the easier canyons first. Do not go straight to the hardest.
- Use single-rope techniques, setting the rope length for each drop. This is much faster than lobbing your 60m rope down a short drop. Use a descender that is smooth and provides enough resistance for your single rope.
- Use a rope bag and your rucksack for rope management. Do not lob your 60m down the cliff; it will get snagged and waste your time. Learn to stuff a rope into the rope bag and/or your rucksack, not coil it after every drop.

A note for those wanting to "explore" these canyons:
The body text of the canyon route descriptions is minimal, other than The Slot. It contains a very short introduction, and route information largely by means of grid references to find the canyon and to exit. The abseils information and GPS files are separate attachments. If for some reason you want a mystery tour in the wilderness, just read the text section. However, at least one member of the party should carry and have available the abseil information, and have the GPS information loaded into a device, to be used if necessary. For Carabeanga due to previous fatalities the crux abseils are presented inline.

A note for visiting foreign canyoners:
Most Kanangra canyons are v4a2 to v4a3. The ropework is not difficult, it's that the abseils are long. The rivers are not aquatic, except if it rains hard. The water is not particularly cold. Navigation and the conditions for the walk-in/out are probably much harder and the walks much longer and more vertical than you are used to. The anchors are very much poorer than you may be used to. A good suggestion is to post on the "Blue Mountains Canyoning" or the "OzCanyons" Facebook groups for local canyoners to take you on a trip. If you do one Kanangra canyon, it has to be Kanangra Main via The Slot v4a2/3 (depending on rain); it's nice and sporty and vertical, with minimal walking to the canyon and between abseils (but a steep walk out).

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Re: An Introduction to Kanangra Creek Canyons (read me first)

Post by Chris Koziarz » 23 Jul 2019, 16:55

Hi David,
Can you explain (or point out the link explaining) the mysterious, multi-components grading of Kanangra canyons, e.g. what do you mean by a grade of v4a2VI*** (4 components I presume)?

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