Colo River Canyon Trip

Colo River Canyon Trip

This trip came about when we read a report from our mates the Fat Canyoners who had suffered a rare navigational mishap and managed to completely miss their target canyon. Judging by their photos, it must have been pretty traumatic for them as they remained fully...
Sassafras Gully, Springwood

Sassafras Gully, Springwood

Although 8 people signed up, only 5 people got off the train at Springwood Station (Zhong had driven up and was waiting for us there). Within a few minutes I got a call from person number 7, Kundi, to say she hadn’t got off the train at Springwood, and the next...
Whirlpool Canyon (Wollangambe River)

Whirlpool Canyon (Wollangambe River)

Sometimes I feel like an easy day out, travelling through a canyon I know will deliver maximum bang for my effort. Then there are the times when I crave an adventure, pushing myself into the unknown, with remote, trackless trips that require a lot more technical...
Glen Davis canyoning

Glen Davis canyoning

This trip was organised as a follow up to a trip in June when Paul and I and our recently exported mate Clint had a cold and rushed trip through one canyon and failed to make it up the pass to reach the second canyon. We clearly had unfinished business in Coorongooba...
Claustral Canyon ‘Clausfest’

Claustral Canyon ‘Clausfest’

This unusual trip was organised because when we listed a Claustral trip last month (cancelled because of rain) lots of members got in touch saying they really want to do Claustral but can never get on a trip when one is listed. People are sensibly reluctant to run...

Better Offer Canyon

We all met at Richmond McDonalds carpark at the early hour of 6:30am and departed in convoy to the clearing on the side of the road where the start of the Better Offer Track is. For Stella, Joy and Jingle this was their first abseiling canyoning trip. Once we donned...
Last Minute Canyoning: Bowens Ck Nth (Lower)

Last Minute Canyoning: Bowens Ck Nth (Lower)

As the weather forecast in Sydney and surrounds was in the mid thirties, we thought it would be a good idea to head to a wet canyon, even if it was still pretty early in the season. We gave Alex Allchin (President, Bushwalking NSW) a ride out to Mt Wilson where he set...
Mt Victoria – Mt York

Mt Victoria – Mt York

Trackwork on the Northern Line caused a slight change of routine for me, needing to drive to Gordon Station and picking up Candice at Wahroonga on the way. At Central we got off that North Shore Line train and waited on the same platform for the Blue Mountains train...

Red Rocks

In the leadup to this trip I was expecting subzero temperatures at Newnes on the Friday night and a frigid but clear night on the Saturday. But in the end surprisingly mild conditions awaited us at Newnes when we arrived late on the Friday evening. A train delay meant...
Midwinter Walk

Midwinter Walk

6 people was not a bad turnout for a saturday walk in the middle of exam period. I originally had 11 sign up but 3 pulled out for health reasons, and 2 just pulled out – didn’t give a reason. At least there were no “no-shows”. It was not really...
Balloon Retrieve at Kolonga Labyrinth

Balloon Retrieve at Kolonga Labyrinth

It all began with a random phone call from an engineer friend – a Usyd research team is looking for someone to retrieve a high altitude research balloon that crashed in the Blue mountains. A moment later, a GPS coordinate was sent to my phone. I plotted it in, well,...
Mt Mouin

Mt Mouin

The group met at Blackheath station bright and early, a bit smaller than anticipated with 2 pulling out in the days leading up and 2 no shows. With a lot more space in the two cars than anticipated, we set off down the megalong road, managing to avoid some enormous...
Newnes Glowworm Tunnel

Newnes Glowworm Tunnel

We all met up at Strathfield and set off in Victoria’s car and mine for the drive to Mount Victoria. The railway station loos were used for our comfort stop. After a short break there we then set off for the start of the track which was once a narrow gauge oil...
Bjelke’s Mind

Bjelke’s Mind

The walk out along the ridge dividing the arms of the Boori is easy, long, and a bit boring. A rough footpad took us nearly all the way to the pass we’d used last week, and then it was a short vague bearing across a saddle and a few slabs to get to the next high...
Wentworth Falls Robert’s Pass walk

Wentworth Falls Robert’s Pass walk

Given the short notice of the walk (just 36 hours) I was only expecting a couple to come. Yet we ended up with 6 walkers, and there were two others who enquired but decided not to proceed for health reasons. Most of us met up at Central for the train with Ségolène...
Navigation Weekend

Navigation Weekend

26 people had signed up for this trip before I managed to mark it as full, and then even after marking it as full on the walks programme the emails kept coming and a waitlist grew. The waitlist never got used though, because even by the morning of departure I had 23...
Serendipity and Water Dragon Canyons

Serendipity and Water Dragon Canyons

Ron and I to be were joined by two more, then four more, then ultimately nobody as the weather came and went through the week — but the fog lifted to blue skies as we dropped by the Mt Wilson campsite to say hello to Tony’s group before deciding on...
Horseshoe and Geronimo canyons

Horseshoe and Geronimo canyons

The drive to the mountains was mixed: three people pulled out and the good coffee place in Richmond definitely isn’t open on Sundays anymore, but on the upside it wasn’t raining for the first time in two weeks. We left the Mt Wilson fire shed around 9am, finding the...
Leura to Katoomba new member walk

Leura to Katoomba new member walk

As you can see, a good turnout for this walk on what was a fairly cloudy day with occasional showers. Most of us met up at Central Station, and we were able to mainly sit in two groups with nobody standing. John got on at Penrith and we continued on up the Mountains...

Splendour Rock

I write this trip report mostly to confess to a major stuffup for young members of the club to note. Seven walkers signed up at the start of the week, but after 2 illnesses and 2 complete smokebombs (possibly influenced by the forecast but it would still be nice to...