Ruined Castle

Ruined Castle

As you can see, a cast of thousands. I had overbooked like the airlines do, expecting a couple of people might drop out on the Saturday evening. As it turned out there was not a single “no show”! This walk was also on tracks often shunned by tourists,...
Donkey Mountain and Red Rocks Traverse

Donkey Mountain and Red Rocks Traverse

What is it about the Red Rocks and eclipses? In just under 10 years from now we’ll be heading to the Red Rocks for my total solar eclipse Red Rocks birthday party, and here we were late on a Friday night scrambling up Donkey Mountain to get ready for the longest total...
Boxvale track, 40 Foot Falls and Nattai Gorge

Boxvale track, 40 Foot Falls and Nattai Gorge

The Southern Highlands contain some nice bushwalks of all grades, and can get you into some quite wild country, yet still close to civilization. One of my favourites is the Box Vale track just outside of Mittagong. It has a number of highlights along the way, with...
Mt Vic to Blackheath 2 night Bushwalk

Mt Vic to Blackheath 2 night Bushwalk

I was late putting this trip on the calendar so was pleasantly surprised to have Penny keen for a 2 night trip in the middle of winter and with only 3 days’ notice! The forecast was for 10 degree days getting down to -1 at night with winds ranging from 20-40km/h.  So...

South Lawson Waterfalls Walk

One of the coldest June days ensured we would stay moving for most of the day in order to keep warm as we explored the waterfalls south of Lawson. The day began with 4 of the 12 attendees not putting in an appearance or notifying me of their absence. Their loss. After...
Mt Victoria Mt York

Mt Victoria Mt York

A very interesting trip with lots of unusual things to see: Kangaroos, sheep, a Black Chook, horses, bats, a steam loco, and something very rare: a steam-powered road traction engine. After gathering most of the team together at Central Station, we settled in for the...
Navigation Weekend

Navigation Weekend

Wow! There is no doubt this trip is one of the most popular SUBW trips of the year. I had 36 people sign up before I managed to mark the trip as full. You really can’t take more than 20 at the absolute maximum and in the end it was 21 people including myself who...
Kanangra-Boyd NP, Brumby Ridge, Kowmung and Gingra Range

Kanangra-Boyd NP, Brumby Ridge, Kowmung and Gingra Range

The plan was to get out to Kanangra and use a few days to get a good look at the place. Originally it was thought to head down Brumby Ridge, along the river and back up Gingra Range trail, however I was already doubtful of the use of a longish day just heading up...
Walls Pass and Cedar Creek

Walls Pass and Cedar Creek

A long day in perfect weather with just enough excitement to keep it interesting. We met at the university at 07.00 and, after coffee and muffins in Katoomba, were walking down the Narrowneck firetrail at 09.15, with the Jamison Valley bathed in bright sunshine on one...
Pantoneys Crown and Point Cameron, Gardens of Stone National Park

Pantoneys Crown and Point Cameron, Gardens of Stone National Park

If you don’t believe me, just ask the people on it: “The pics are amazing and the trip was unforgettable—great leader and great company! Hope to see you all soon on future trips, or even sooner at the gear night:)” “This is one of my favourite trips in the Blue...
Yileen Canyon

Yileen Canyon

We met at the North Richmond bakehouse early Sunday morning and car pooled into 3 cars to the clearing that is right on the turnoff of the Mt Wilson road. The 3 car drivers did the car shuffle leaving 2 vehicles at pierces pass and the other at the Mt Wilson Turnoff....
Ruined Castle

Ruined Castle

Before I start on this trip report, I remind members that if you go to the Royal Easter Show at Olympic Park, you can buy woollen socks at retail outlets in the Sheep Pavilion. Last year they were $8 a pair. They are much more useful than cotton socks, which you...
New member walk

New member walk

As you can see, bigger than Ben Hur, and the demand was such that I had to put on a second new member walk this coming Sunday, and that’s full!. Obviously a demand for walks if more people want to run some. A trip this size is not normal, and required several...
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...