Trip Details

Budawangs scrambling or Shoalhaven packrafting Part I.

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Date:10/06/2016 - 12/06/2016
Leader:Paul Griffiths
Email:Paul [this one is meant to be a dot] griffiths [replace this stuff with the at symbol] sydney [this one is meant to be a dot] edu [this one is meant to be a dot] au [that completes the address and now comes a subject suggestion] Budawangs scrambling or Shoalhaven packrafting Part I.
Budawangs scrambling or Shoalhaven packrafting Part I. June 11 - 13 (Queens Birthday Holiday long weekend)

Breaking News. June 7th. The Shoalhaven river is in spate, so it looks like we will be packrafting! Email me personally if you have the gear and want to join.

With the current run of weather it’s hard to imagine that there will ever be enough water to packraft again. Hence this plan.

A. In the unlikely eventuality that the Shoalhaven river is high enough, then we will packraft Blockup Gorge. Details here: The plan is to do the section from Horseshoe Bend to Long Point, or perhaps a bit further to Badgery’s Lookdown, portaging the very demanding Washing Machine rapid.
To join this trip you need to be confident running rapids up to Grade III and have access to a packraft, or at a minimum a tough-skinned, small inflatable boat and a canoe paddle.

B. If the river is NOT high enough, we will climb Donjon Mt in the Budawangs. This is the most rarely climbed of the Budawangs peaks and is reported to involve some serious scrambling verging on climbing. Given the short winter days it will be a full day to walk to Sunset Cave from the Wog Wog entrance, then a day to climb the mountain, and then a day to walk out from Sunset Cave. There should be time for a side-trip to Monolith Valley for those who have not been there, and we could vary the route on the way back to take in a spectacular stretch of the Corang River. Some photos of this country here:

Numbers will be limited and experience essential. It is OK to join the trip just for the dry option, understanding that this will be cancelled if there is enough water for packrafting.

I am in the bush with no internet access from May 28th to June 5th, so if you join the trip in that period you will not hear from me until the 5th
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