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Winter Activities Program01-Jul-2018 to 30-Sep-2018


Sat - 29-Sep-2018
4 MHX - Day Walk
Dumbano Creek and Tunnels
Off the Clarence Fire Trail Dumbano Creek narrows into a series of mini canyons which we will wade through (wet Feet). There is a large cave to be rediscovered and some great pagodas.Mostly off track.
Map: Wollangambe

Sat - 22-Sep-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Mt Mouin
Mt MouinTime: 6 hrs Distance: 15km Fitness: M Skill: EM Ascent: 640mA solid walk to the highest of the peaks in the Wild Dogs, with great views
Map: Jenolan

Sun - 16-Sep-2018
3 MX - Day Walk
Lost City
A walk among the awe inspiring pagodas of the Lost City off the Newnes Forest Road
Map: Lithgow

Sat - 15-Sep-2018
5 H - Creek
Myles Chasm and Dione Dell
Explore a section of Christies Creek usually reserved for canyoners. We'll walk in over Marrilman Heath & Pindari Top, down in to the Myles Chasm and follow the creek upstream to Dione Dell. We'll have to scramble around at least 4 waterfalls. A tape will be carried. 6 kilometres, 350m ascent/descent.
Map: Yerranderie

Sat - 15-Sep-2018
4 MHX - Day Walk
Red Rocks - Kings Tableland
Red Rocks are off the McMahons Point Road and quite distinctive. An area with great views over the Sydney Basin.mostly off track with fire trail access. An area we haven't visited recently
Map: Jamison

Fri - 14-Sep-2018
5 HX - Day Walk
Mugii Murum-ban SCA: Pagoda Spurs and Ravines South of Point Hatteras
Park on the plateau at GR 250 324. Walk on Point Hatteras Trail to GR 250 330; walk east100m, then turn south and explore the first spur to its end at GR 251 328; descend into the gorge to the east and walk up it to its end at GR 251 332. From here, move east and explore the second spur to its end at around GR 253 328. Walk NE, cross another ravine and attempt to gain a high point on the cliff edge at GR 255 330. Walk N from here to GR 255 333 above the W-E running gully; walk above the gully W to the trail. Re-connect with the cars. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 6km.
Map: Glen Alice

Sun - 09-Sep-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Faulconbridge Funicular Railway/ Steam Boiler
The walk starts at the northern end of Highland Road in Faulconbridge and heads down to Linden Creek. We visit the remains of an old steam engine which are located on a small tributary to the west. Then we continue north along Linden Creek. This bit is off track and gets thicker the further you go. Depending on the day we will either head up to Hillcrest Ridge 1 km after the steam engine or follow the creek for another 1 km and head up to Adeline Park. From the web (https://infobluemountains.net.au/rail/cable/ )"Around 1910, a cable incline was built at Faulconbridge, by Henry Joyce, to provide access to a sawmill beside Linden Creek. There must also have been a tram-line or track connecting the sawmill to the base of the incline. The remains of a cutting may be seen at the end of a fire trail which runs off Highland Rd"
Map: Springwood

Sat - 08-Sep-2018
3 MX - Day Walk
Burra Korain ridge and head
We walk out from Ridgewell Rd along a ridge finishing with great views over the Grose valley.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 08-Sep-2018
4 MH - Abseiling
David Crevasse near Mt Banks
An abseil trip through a dry green gully. A 90 minute walk along fire trail to the start of the canyon. About 5 abseils, up to 25 metres. Exit is via another gully. This exit involves an 8 metre prusik up a rock wall. Being able to prusik this height would be good. There is a sloping rock nearby where a top belay can assist with people getting up. People who can prussik only on this trip. Once up the rock face it is a 30 minute walk to the top, where we walk 90 mins along fire trail back to cars.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 08-Sep-2018
5 H - Day Walk
Mugii Murum-ban SCA: The Citadel
This unique but unprotected area, part of the Gardens of Stone region, has an active coal mine underneath it. Find out why it must be protected for future generations. Leave one vehicle at GR 243 305 on Glen Davis Road and drive another to GR 249 322 on the plateau. Walk southwards close to the rim of the escarpment all the way to Ultimate View and The Citadel; then to the Citadel Point at GR 255 301. Use a known pass to descend to the first car. Scrambling and exposure. About 8km.
Map: Glen Alice

Fri - 07-Sep-2018
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Newnes Galleries
Park at Little Capertee Creek Camping Ground and walk up Cathedral Canyon. Once on top, explore the area to the east and north east, which I named on a previous walk Newnes Galleries. Return the same way. Scrambling and exposure. Partly exploratory. About 6km
Map: Ben Bullen

Sun - 02-Sep-2018
4 MHX - Day Walk
Leura Cascades-Lindeman Track-Copeland Pass-Sublime Point- Circuit
Combination of historic tracks- Steep ascent to Sublime Point via Copeland Pass. Side trip rock-climbers track to explore rock overhangs- ledges. Great views- interesting terrain.Some easy rock-scrambling- roped sections. Distance 15 km. Ascents approx' 500 metres
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 02-Sep-2018
3 M - Day Walk
Muogamarra Nature Reserve - Peats Bight
Muogamarra Nature Reserve (near Cowan) is only open 6 weeks of the year and is well worth a visit. The walk to Peats Crater & Peats Bight is the longest and most interesting of the walks available, about 10km return trip or 3-4 hours. There's aboriginal rock art, a convict-built road, and beautiful displays of wildflowers.
Map: Not Specified

Sat - 01-Sep-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Ida Falls and Zig Zag railway
Walk to commence at the main Zig Zag station following a track down to the bottom station then walking via the rail line across the viaduct to the next station UP and then down to Ida Falls gully, after visiting the falls we walk out through the abandoned picnic ground rejoining the track at the halt and walk through Clarence tunnel back to the cars. ROUTE MAY CHANGE IF TRAINS ARE BACK RUNNING
Map: Lithgow

Fri - 31-Aug-2018
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park/Wolgan State Forest: Cliff line below Mount Jamison-Mount Davidson
Numbers are strictly limited. Park at GR 342 178 on Wolgan Road. Walk west, then north west to underneath the cliff line at GR 310 190, below Mount Jamison. From here, follow it north east all the way to Blue Rock Gap, exploring for overhangs, slots and more. Return to the cars. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 8km.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sun - 26-Aug-2018
4 MH - Abseiling
Abseiling trip - Malaita Point
Multi-pitch abseiling trip with 6 exciting abseils. No to difficult starts. Yes to beautiful views. Exercise on the way back to the cars via Furber Steps.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 26-Aug-2018
4 MHX - Day Walk
Slots North East of the Altar Room
It is not far from Newnes to the Altar Room, a spectacular cleft in the escarpment on the North side of Little Capertee Creek. Just to the North East of the Altar Room is a series of interesting slots. We'll explore these slots and then return the way we came.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 25-Aug-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Gladstone pass into Jamison valley
We go down Gladstone pass from the Fairmont until we join the Lindeman track which will take us back via Moya point. Some muddy sections and scrambling.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 25-Aug-2018
4 MH - Abseiling
Hole in the Rock Canyon - Newnes
An abseil trip involving two abseils through "holes in the rock". There are 5 abseils, up to 30 metres. One wet spot that you need to straddle across so you don't fall in. Isolated double rope abseils will be used.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 25-Aug-2018
5 H - Day Walk
Trek for Timor
The club is currently considering entering a team or teams for this event. Members of the UBMBC have been great supporters of recent Blue Mountains Treks. The Trek begins Wilson Park in Wentworth Falls and finishes in either Leura, Katoomba or Wentworth Falls depending on which track length you have chosen. There is a choice of 3 distances; 15, 30 and 50km. The Upper Blueys team was triumphant in 2014 and 2016, completing 50km in under 10 hours. The brilliant support from all trekkers helped organisers to complete some very worthwhile projects in East Timor. Map: Jamison
Map: Jamison

Fri - 24-Aug-2018
5 HX - Pack Walk
Wollemi National Park: Skyline Traverse in Bylong Labyrinth
Strictly limited numbers. Day 1. Set up shuffle. Walk from Growee Gulf to Painted Rock on Lee Creek. Day 2. Walk from Painted Rock to south of Goat Mountain. Day 3. From south of Goat Mountain to Hefrons Gap. Complete shuffle. Further details tba. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 36km.
Map: Not Specified

Sun - 19-Aug-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Asgard - Thor - Ikara Head
Visit Asgard & Thor Head before crossing Asgard Swamp to Ikara Head.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 19-Aug-2018
3 M - Abseiling
Tiger Snake Canyon
Tiger Snake is a dry canyon in the South Wolgan area. There are 4 abseils, the longest is the last abseil, a 27 metre drop into a narrow dark section of canyon, plus some climb downs. It is reached from the Old Coach car park on the Newnes Plateau.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 18-Aug-2018
4 MHX - Day Walk
Baroque Spur and Derailment Hill (Dicksonia 4)
From Baroque Spur cross valley to Derailment Hill and explore the pagoda forest and then return. The pagodas on Derailment Hill are quite magnificent
Map: Rock Hill

Sat - 18-Aug-2018
5 H - Day Walk
Mugii Murum-ban SCA: Airly Turret and the Clifftops to the East
Find out why this area, part of the Gardens of Stone region, must be protected for future generations. Leave one vehicle at Airly Mountain and drive to Airly Gap. Climb towards Airly Turret, approaching it from the west, then explore the turret and its slots. Continue east through dissected terrain of pagodas and ravines until we join the road which will take us down to the first car. Scrambling and exposure. About 6km.
Map: Glen Alice

Sat - 18-Aug-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
The Jedi Traverse. Wolgan Valleu
A repeat of a walk lead by Yuri last year. We will follow the pass up to the base of the uppercliff line then follow it North past some interesting over hang and slots before we scramble up a steep pass to admire the views. From there it's up through the scrub before making our way back down through the cliff lines via a gully to the North.Mostly off track with some exposed scrambling
Map: Mt Morgan

Fri - 17-Aug-2018
5 H - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Woolpack Gap, Alcatraz and Liberty Gully
Numbers are strictly limited. Park at GR 342 178 on Wolgan Road. Walk north west, then north, then north east to enter Woolpack Gap. Next, walk around Woolpack Rock and climb the Watch Tower Spur to the west of it. Follow it north west all the way to about GR 332 204, then walk west to the escarpment and descend into Liberty Gully. Visit Liberty Chamber before proceeding to climb the Alcatraz. From here, use Alcatraz Pass to get back to the cars. Scrambling and exposure. About 12km.
Map: Ben Bullen

Wed - 15-Aug-2018
2 EM - Abseiling
Rescue and Prussik Practice
A relaxed afternoon to learn and practise canyoning skills : Prussiking, descending using an autoblock, self rescue, passing a knot, haul systems, releasable anchors, top belay, anchors and useful knots.
Map: Hartley

Sun - 12-Aug-2018
4 MH - Abseiling
Devil's Hole area abseils
Several Abseils (5-7) up to 45 m in Devil's Hole area - Whores Bed, Africa Wall and Kilimanjaro, Devil's Hole Chockstone. All next to each other. Kilimanjaro abseil has very exposed "interesting" start.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 12-Aug-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Martin's Lookout-Circuit
Martin's Lookout-Glenbrook Creek-Bunyan & Lost World Lookouts-Shark's Head Cave-Rock-climbers TrackAlthough short in distance there is a lot packed into this little walk.Stunning views- ledges- overhangs, Wonderful descent along a narrow rocky spur to Shark's Head Cave. Some rock scrambling.Thanks to Bill Beck for showing us this route to the cave Distance 7 km. Ascents 500 metresJoint activity Bush Club
Map: Springwood

Sat - 11-Aug-2018
3 M - Day Walk
Katoomba Falls - Ruined Castle return
From Katoomba Falls Carpark, down Furber Steps, out to Ruined Castle along Federal Pass Track, return via Golden Staircase and Glenraphael Drive. Approximately 18 km; 460m ascent; All on track.
Map: Jamison

Sat - 11-Aug-2018
4 MH - Abseiling
Malaita pt. - Abseiling trip
Malaita point, just up the road from Scenic World, has 6 abseils, the longest is 38 metres. Short walk in and up the Furber steps for the return.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 11-Aug-2018
5 H - Day Walk
Poets Ridge, Bowen Mountain
Poets Ridge is approx 2 km down a fire trail south of Bowen Mountain, near North Richmond. Despite its low altitude the ridge is both challenging and exciting and it offers great views on the way down. A rope will be used on a couple of occasions but serious exposure is avoided. From the bottom of the ridge we will cut down to Burralow Creek then depending on circumstances (fitness of group, time taken, weather) we will decide which way to return to the fire trail. Depending on this choice the walk will take 5 to 8 hrs. More details will be added closer to the date.
Map: Kurrajong

Fri - 10-Aug-2018
5 H - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Theseus Slot and Ariadne Thread
Park at GR 430 228 on Wolgan Road and make our way up Minotaur Lair Gully; pass through Minotaur Lair, then turn north and climb up the tributary creek to about GR 421 234. Explore the many slots of The Labyrinth, moving westwards, until about GR 415 233. Exit via Minotaur Lair Gully; the exact route will depend on how we go and may include Ariadne Thread. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 10km.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sun - 05-Aug-2018
4 MHX - Day Walk
Hair of the Dog Ravine
From the end of the Waratah Ridge Road on the Newnes Plateau, we will head East and then North to Hair of the Dog Ravine. We'll follow the ravine down to Dingo Creek and return by the spur to the East. The trip will be exploratory for both leaders but the route is described in Keats and Fox's Gardens of Stone Book 4.
Map: Wollangambe

Sun - 05-Aug-2018
3 MX - Day Walk
Mount Victoria pagodas
The real Mount Victoria stands above Mitchell Pass has some incredible rock formations just waiting to be explored. Come and have an enjoyable few hours investigating this mountain ridge.
Map: Hartley

Sat - 04-Aug-2018
4 MHX - Day Walk
Cliffs tops around Victoria Brook and Odin head
Starting from Victoria falls road we will explore the cliff lines with a possible trip down to the brook to see the long overhang then back up and around to Odin head. No creek walking involved. All off track and exploratory.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 04-Aug-2018
4 MH - Abseiling
Long Gully Canyon - Bungonia
Long Gully is a multi pitch abseil trip down a gorge and is a dry trip. There is one 60 metre abseil and about 8 other smaller abseils. It is quite exposed and has a very steep climb out from the Shoalhaven River. Suitable for experienced and fit members. Isolated double rope abseils will be used.
Map: Not Specified

Sat - 04-Aug-2018
4 MH - Abseiling
Nightmare Canyon
A dry multi pitch abseiling trip in the Wolgan Valley. Around 6 abseils the longest being 35m. Double rope abseils will be used. The trip will be weather dependant.
Map: Mt Morgan

Mon - 30-Jul-2018
5 HX - Day Walk
Mugii Murum-ban SCA: The Ravine South of Point Hatteras and more
Park on the plateau at GR 250 324. Walk on the fire trail and visit Mine in the Sky. Continue to Spot Height 1031m, then descend into the gorge to the east. Explore the gorge, eventually linking with Genowlan Mountain Trail at about GR 256 330. Next, visit The Grotto and Ladders Defile, before walking back to the vehicle. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 8km.
Map: Glen Alice

Sun - 29-Jul-2018
4 MH - Abseiling
Narrow Neck Abseiling trip
An abseil trip involving two long and exposed abseils over 40 m each in Narrow Neck area. Walk out via Redledge Pass with amazing views. Isolated double rope abseils will be used. Trip is weather / wind dependent
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 28-Jul-2018
3 MX - Day Walk
Wolgan Pinnacle
Sunnyside Ridge Road and then Fire Trail . This walk has great views over the Wolgan Valley, the Emirates Resort and Donkey Mountain.. Some great pagoda climbing - it's worth a visit even if it has been 10 years!
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sun - 22-Jul-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Find Wentworth Creek
Start at the end of Edward Pde in Wentworth falls and head North on extension trail. Follow ridge north east to GR 589704 at the confluence of Franks Creek and Wentworth Creek. Attempt to find a way down to the creek and whether it is possible to gain access to the ridge starting at GR586705. Return the same way. The aim is to determine if a loop is possible by continuing to Rock Lily Ridge trail.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 22-Jul-2018
2 EM - Day Walk
Mt York Circuit Walk
Easy medium track walk, about 300 metres ascent, approx. 10 km's.Historic walk from Mt York down Coxs Road to Hartley Vale. We will return to Mt York via Lawsons Long Alley. Half day walk with great views & history. Dog friendly walk
Map: Hartley

Sun - 22-Jul-2018
4 MH - Abseiling
Waterfall Creek Canyon
A mostly dry abseiling trip on Kings Tableland involving around 4 abseils the longest being 45m. There is the possibility of getting wet up to waist level in one small pool at the main abseil depending on how much rain has fallen prior to the trip. Walk out is via Kedumba Valley Road. Double rope abseils will be used and the trip is weather dependant.
Map: Jamison

Sat - 21-Jul-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Newnes State Forest: Wolgan Loops and Point Green
Find out why Newnes State Forest, part of the Gardens of Stone region, must be protected for future generations. Park one car on FT No.5 off Sunnyside Ridge Road and the other car near FT 8. From the first car, walk above the Wolgan Loops, then make our way to Point Green and the second car. Scrambling and exposure. About 6km.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 21-Jul-2018
4 MH - Abseiling
Windows Abseil Canyon, Newnes
A dry canyon (possible wet feet, depending on weather). 7 abseils up to 35m. Isolated double rope abseils will be used.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sun - 15-Jul-2018
2 EM - Day Walk
Basic Navigation
an introduction to navigation which will cover grid coordinates, grid and magnetic bearings, and how to use a compass. There will be 2 to 3 hours of "theory" followed by navigation practice at Kings Tableland. Note: bring a compass.
Map: Jamison

Sun - 15-Jul-2018
4 MHX - Day Walk
North of Nobles Canyon to Twin Canyons
Walk through the area to the North of Nobles canyon and see if we can find a route along the western spur of Twin Canyons to enter that system. I'm intending to do a reccy midweek in the first two weeks of July. Anyone interested is invited to join me nearer the time. I'll update details of the walk after the reccy. I'm overseas in June so please don't contact me until the end of the month.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 14-Jul-2018
3 M - Meeting
UBMBC AGM followed by walk
The UBMBC AGM will commence at 10am followed by lunch and a walk down the Grand Canyon. All members welcome. The meeting location is 170 Evans Lookout Rd Blackheath.
Map: Katoomba

Wed - 11-Jul-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Lion Head - Kedumba walk
A repeat of a lovely walk we did last year. Walk out to Lion Head off Kings Tableland and then down the pass to the old Kedumba Farm (Now Kedumba Campground). From there we intend to walk out via the Goat Track Pass or Kedumba pass if wet. Firstly, walk out to Lion Head for morning tea, then backtrack 500 mtrs to the pass. Follow this down to the left to pick up an old road that will lead us to Kedumba. Then follow Kedumba Valley road to the beginning of the goat track. There is a small rock outcrop, with chains that can be climbed up. We can then cross the Kedumba valley trail and continue up a very steep slope, or, alternately, head on up the fire trail which is longer but easier. Up near the top is the remnants of the tractor/ grader used by the Maxwells to develop the road into the valley. Walk back to cars and organised shuffle.
Map: Jamison

Mon - 09-Jul-2018
3 M - Day Walk
Broughtons Waterhole and Delaney’s slaughter House ruins and Soldiers Pinch
A history walk of the original spring near the Toll House at Mount Victoria and the remains of 1890s Delaney's Slaughter House as well as the original Soldiers Pinch.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 08-Jul-2018
3 M - Abseiling
Abseil Training for Beginners and Juggler Canyon
An introduction to abseiling course, covering safety and basic abseiling technique. The course is intended for adult club members who walk regularly with the UBMBC. Canyoning involves carrying wet suits,ropes and equipment as well as scrambling over slippery rocks and climbing in steep, rugged country. A suitable level of fitness and agility is required. Training will take place at Mt York, followed by a short drive to Juggler Canyon for six abseils. The day ends with a lovely walk through part of the Grand Canyon.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 08-Jul-2018
3 M - Day Walk
Walls Lookout to Wongara ridge
We will walk from Bells line of rd to the edge of the Grose valley then down to the climbers track before heading up to Wongara ridge. Short day, amazing views.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 07-Jul-2018
2 EM - Day Walk
Riverwalks of the Nepean
Riverwalks along the Nepean, with an eye to the pre- and post-European settlement history. Plant, fish and birdlife of the river, bridges, crossings, restoring the health of the river. 5 hours walking, easy gradient on tracks and some streets. No car needed, we will start and finish at Emu Plains train station. Also on the Springwood map.
Map: Penrith

Sun - 01-Jul-2018
3 MX - Abseiling
David Crevasse near Mt Banks
An abseil trip through a dry gully. A 90 minute walk along fire trail to the start of the canyon. About 5 abseils, up to 25 metres. Exit is via another gully. This exit involves an 8 metre prussick up a rock wall. You must be able to prussick this distance to do this trip. Once up the rock face it is a 30 minute walk to the top, where we walk along fire trail back to cars.
Map: Mt Wilson

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