Spring Activities Program 01-Oct-2017 to 31-Dec-2017


30-Dec-2017 - 1 E
Day Walk
Dunn Swamp overnight camping trip. Day Walk - Come visit a regular camping haven to the club with walking, swimming and liloing trip. Camping Area near Kandos/Rylestone in the Wollemi NP. Easy walking graded tracks!

23-Dec-2017 - 3 M
Day Walk
Evans Lookout - Edenderry Falls. Day Walk - Day Walk - we head down Rodriguez Pass from Evans Lookout and then turn off towards Govetts Creek. Edenderry Falls is one of the best swimming holes in the mountains. Approx 600 metre ascent via the Horse Track to return to Evans Lookout.

16-Dec-2017 - 4 MH
Creek
Upper Bell Creek. Creek - Enjoy a leisurely swim/ wade down this beautiful creek. Wet suits preferred or lilo with thermals. There are some longish swims. A few block ups but all negotiable ..

10-Dec-2017 - 3 M
Creek
Hat Hill Canyon. Creek - No abseils. A lovely creek at Blackheath with swims and wades. Wet suit advisable. Some excellent canyon sections and "spa" pools at the end.

09-Dec-2017 - 4 MH
Day Walk
6 Foot Track - Cox's River - Megalong Creek. Day Walk - Walk along the 6 foot track to the swing bridge on the Cox's River. Then go up stream along the Cox's until the junction with Megalong Creek and up onto the 6 foot track. Cox's River is very picturesque, Megalong Creek has lovely granite boulders. Definitely a chance for a swim

03-Dec-2017 - 4 MH
Day Walk
Dadder Cave/Erskine Creek. Day Walk - Start from Nepean Lookout Trail to Pisgah Rock then down Monkey Ropes Creek to Lincoln Creek and to Erskine Creek. Along to Dadder Cave. About 300 m west of Dadder Cave head SE up to the cliff line and follow this back a couple of km. This gives great views of Erskine Creek. Follow the spur north down to the junction of Erskine and Lincoln Creeks. This ridge has some scrambling and one part where a rope is useful, but probably not necessary. From the junction of the creeks head back up the track to Pisgah Rock and to the Nepean Lookout Trail. There are a couple of spots where a rope will be used if necessary. Great spot for a swim before walking back up. Distance approx 10 km. more than half off track, ascent approx 500 m, time 7 to 8 hrs.

03-Dec-2017 - 4 MH
Abseiling
Grand Canyon Abseil Canyon. Abseiling - One of the gems of the mountains. One easy abseil and a number of swims, including about 50m swim towards the end of the canyon.
Helmet & abseiling gear required and wetsuit / thermals recommended

02-Dec-2017 - 3 M
Creek
Colo River Overnight Lilo Trip. Creek - Mountain Lagoon - T3 Track - lots of huffing and puffing as you blow your lilo up - launch - camp overnight on sand bar - exit river at Paul Landa Reserve - Mailes Ridge - Gospers Ridge Track - Mountain Lagoon
Approx 19 km walk and 9 km liloing on Mountain Lagoon Map / Joint trip with SBW

02-Dec-2017 - 4 MH
Day Walk
Ethereal Canyon. Day Walk - A glorious walk. Some knee deep wading but no swims mainly ankle high or along the banks. Accessed off the Waratah Ridge Road. Only rated as high as Grade 4 as it is all off-track, no steep climbs. Spectacular undercuts and canyon sections. PLEASE NOTE: I am away most of October and will reply to emails when I return.

02-Dec-2017 - 3 M
Day Walk
Pierce's Pass. Day Walk - Pierces Pass then along creek to swimming hole. It's a nice pass into the Grose with plenty of rain forest.

26-Nov-2017 - 2 EM
Day Walk
Jenolan Caves circuit walk. Day Walk - Jenolan Caves Easy Medium day (mainly track) circuit walk taking in Blue Lake short track loop walk. Some short off track hill climb around 250m accent. Come visit an interesting limestone area sometimes visited by our great club!

25-Nov-2017 - 4 MH
Day Walk
Altar Room. Day Walk - Walking up from Little Capertee Creek to the beautiful Altar Room. One (tape assisted) climb - nothing too difficult. Return to Newnes camp ground via a canyonlike gully, which is scrambly. Fantastic view from the top

24-Nov-2017 - 5 HX
Day Walk
Mugii Murum-ban SCA: Mothers Arms and more. Day Walk - Early start. Park on the plateau at GR 250 324. Walk on Genowlan Mountain Trail to about GR 267 355; explore the area to the east, moving southwards towards the northern extent of Mothers Arms at GR 268 348. Explore Mothers Arms, moving southwards and re-join the road at about GR 267 345. Walk back to the vehicles. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 14km.

19-Nov-2017 - 4 MH
Abseiling
Serendipity Canyon. Abseiling - A nice easy canyon with 6 easy abseils and a few short swims. Helmet & abseiling gear required as well as swimmers and a wetsuit / thermals.

18-Nov-2017 - 4 MH
Day Walk
Newnes State Forest: Gang Gang Canyon, Tunnels and Falls. Day Walk - The spectacular Gang Gang Falls and the ecosystems of Gang Gang Gorge that they are feeding are unlikely to survive the expansion of underground coal mining, recently approved by the Government. See this unique area whilst you can.
Park at GR 398 038. Descend into Gang Gang Canyon and walk all the way through to Gang Gang Tunnels, visiting a cave at about GR 309 400 seen on the previous trip, as well as the cave at GR 405 043. After exploring the Gang Gang Tunnels, turn south and walk to the falls at GR 407 045, whilst inspecting the caves along the way. Continue south to visit Lots Wife and the adjacent cave. Find a way out to the western side and re-connect with the cars. About 6km. All off track, some rock scrambling and exposure.

17-Nov-2017 - 5 HX
Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: The Wonders of Alcatraz. Day Walk - Note early start. Only a few places left on this walk, which promises to be a spectacular adventure. Numbers are strictly limited due to multiple private properties access.
Park at GR 357 188 on Wolgan Road. Walk N, then NW, then SSW and locate a narrow ridge at around GR 332 192. Now, climb this ridge and find a way to the tops. Follow the escarpment NW, then N around a tributary of Liberty Gully till about GR 331 201. From here, walk SE and visit a high point at around GR 333 199. Retrace NW, descend the gully to the W and make our way to the top of Alcatraz. Find a descent via the gully to the S; alternatively, use Woolpack Gap. About 13k. Scrambling and exposure. Exploratory.

13-Nov-2017 - 5 HX
Day Walk
Mugii Murum-ban SCA: Land of the Stone Dragon and Genowlan Canyon. Day Walk - Early start. Park on the plateau at GR 250 324. Walk on Genowlan Mountain Trail to about GR 266 339 – the take off point to the Land of the Stone Dragon. Descend into the Dragons Mouth, then continue on the rising spur southwards to the top of Genowlan Canyon at GR 273 333. Descend towards the southern cliff edge of the Hammer, then walk counter clockwise, visiting the northern cliff edge of the Hammer, before retracing towards the trail at about GR 267 332. Walk back to the cars. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 8km.

13-Nov-2017 - 5 H
Day Walk
Rock Pile Pass. Day Walk - Rock Pile Pass is located on the Narrow Neck peninsula at Katoomba. Starting at the locked gate we take a different route along ledges from above Redledge Pass to Rock Pile Pass. A rope assisted descent to a lower ledge and the spiked tree in Mitchells Creek add to the excitement of this walk. From Mitchells Creek we climb to the Narrow Neck road and follow it to the locked gate.

12-Nov-2017 - 4 MHX
Day Walk
Mount Tricky and the Altar Room. Day Walk - The provisional plan is to ascend Cathedral Pass from the Newnes campground, traverse the eastern slopes of Mt Tricky, and descend through the Altar Room to Little Capertee Creek. The route is provisional and may be altered slightly, or perhaps done in the reverse direction, after a reconnaissance trip. Leaders are Rob Herbert and Lisa Harvey

12-Nov-2017 - 4 MH
Day Walk
Sublime Point - Lindeman Pass - Leura Cascades. Day Walk - We will complete the western section of Lindeman Pass.
Track is rough in places and there is some exposure getting down Sublime Point

11-Nov-2017 - 1 E
Day Walk
Birrabang Canyon. Day Walk - A short day. No abseils but a couple of scrambles and maybe wet feet.
A nice canyon and a spectacular gorge.

05-Nov-2017 - 3 M
Day Walk
circut from the Fairmont via vera Falls . Day Walk - Fairmont resort, Roberts Pass (there is a steep downhill section), Vera Falls, base of Wentworth Falls , Wentworth Pass, Valley of the Waters,Lillians bridge, Fairmont Resort.

05-Nov-2017 - 4 MH
Day Walk
Oronga Canyon. Day Walk - Walk out across Wongara Hill to the Grose Valley Cliffs and down into Oronga Canyon, aiming for a rock shelf overlooking the falls and the Grose Valley. Walk up the gorge and climb out to finish on Oronga Ridge. A tape will be carried.

04-Nov-2017 - 3 MX
Day Walk
Dicksonia Ravine part 2. Day Walk - Continuing exploring Dicksonia Ravine with an exit up Baroque Spur. Beautiful tree fern valley , interesting pagodas along spur. Maybe a bit of a scramble up the spur

29-Oct-2017 - 2 EM
Day Walk
Berghofers Pass - Hartley Vale. Day Walk - Easy medium track walk, about 300 metres steady ascent, 8-9 km's.
Historic walk from the base of Victoria Pass on Berghofers track to Hartley Vale. We may follow Lawsons Long Alley to Hartley Vale. Option to visit Hartley Vale historic cemetery on the way back. Half day walk with great views & history. Dog friendly walk

29-Oct-2017 - 3 M
Abseiling
Dione Dell Abseil. Abseiling - Grade3. 4 abseils. Co-leader John. Suitable for beginners. Only about 40min to first abseil. If it's a nice hot day we will go the "direct route". Wet, splashy, fun.

29-Oct-2017 - 4 MH
Day Walk
Lapstone to Glenbrook:Rockhopping Through The Gorge. Day Walk - Reasonably challenging walk through a beautiful gorge with scrambly steep side trips to scenic Portal & Tunnel View Lookouts-then some easy off-track to Jellybean Pool. Continue to Blue Pool- along Glenbrook creek. Exit via a neat pass to finish at Glenbrook.
Ample swimming opportunities.
Distance 12 km. Ascents 400 metres

28-Oct-2017 - 5 H
Abseiling
Arabanoo Creek abseil. Abseiling - From Dance Floor Cave at Kanangra we will descend a gully and do 4 to 5 abseils (not hard). Some tricky climbing, especially if you don't want to get wet. The climb out is quite steep and long. We will be camping for next day's canyon. Co-leader John.

28-Oct-2017 - 3 M
Day Walk
Bungleboori Three ridges. Day Walk - A delightful walk, although mostly off track, easy open ridge walking and hopefully some magnificent wild flowers. Of course with magnificent views. Accessed from Waratah Ridge Road.

27-Oct-2017 - 3 M
Abseiling
Breakfast Creek Canyon . Abseiling - Breakfast Creek Canyon is a short, easy canyon near Rocky Creek. Guy Wittig is leading the canyon and Geoff Fox is taking the bookings. After a short walk along the Galah Mt fire trail we find a rough track to the start of the canyon. There are 4 easy abseils. The highlight is St Pauls Cathedral, a wonderful dome cave. The canyon ends in Rocky Creek then we wade up stream to the Coachwood Canyon exit for a climb through a lovely rain forest gully to return to the vehicles.

22-Oct-2017 - 1 E
Day Walk
Ikara Head. Day Walk - From Mt Victoria Falls Road the walk goes to Ikara Head for great views of the Grose Valley and return. Come and see the spring wildflowers and Waratah in bloom. This is a half day walk.

22-Oct-2017 - 4 MHX
Day Walk
Sublime Point to Valley of Waters-Via 4 Historic Passes, Blue Mountains NP. Day Walk - Sublime Point- Copeland's Pass-Lindeman Pass-Gladstone-Pass-Robert's Pass-Valley of Waters-Conservation Hut
Combination of historic walking tracks with some challenging sections requiring good fitness-agility and comfort with some rock scrambling and minor exposure. There are some steep scrambley sections- fixed ropes. Stunning views-beautiful waterfalls and rain-forest. Variety of interesting terrain-challenges packed into the walk. Distance 11 km. Ascents 950 metres

21-Oct-2017 - 4 MH
Day Walk
Wollangambe Trail Dumbano Creek. Day Walk - This is a interesting walk with great rock formations, mostly off track with some scrub, creek crossing and fire trail.

18-Oct-2017 - 4 MH
Abseiling
Claustral Canyon. Abseiling - Claustral is a cold, wet but beautiful canyon. There are 5 abseils, water jumps, scrambling, plenty of wades and a few swims. A steep walk out and a long day.

15-Oct-2017 - 3 M
Abseiling
Looking Glass abseil. Abseiling - 8 short easy abseils. None over 10m.Suitable for beginners. Longish walk in

14-Oct-2017 - 4 MH
Abseiling
Honeycomb Canyon. Abseiling - An easy short, but lovely, canyon where (if you can manage the tricky scramble around a slot) you will only get wet to thigh deep. If you have to abseil into the slot then it will be wet to the waist, but no swimming.
A joint trip with CBC.

14-Oct-2017 - 4 MH
Day Walk
The Best of the Wild Dogs. Day Walk - Down from Green Gully to Breakfast Creek then up Cattle Dog Ridge. Along to Knights Deck and return. This walk takes in the most spectacular views of the Wild Dogs. Cattle Dog Ridge is about 400 meters ascent /descent and is a nicely graded ridge.

11-Oct-2017 - 4 MH
Day Walk
Re run of across the valley walk.. Day Walk - This is the second version of this trip for those who missed the first. This time we will walk from sublime point, across the valley to ruined castle. There are a few places available.
Step decent down Sublime Point, with some exposed minor climb downs. Step descent continues till reaching Kedumba Valley Road.we then head down to Kedumba River, and back to Ruined Castle.
Descent/ ascent 750m
Distance approx 12 kms.

10-Oct-2017 - 4 MH
Pack Walk
Blue Mountains NP: Wollangambe Crater. Pack Walk - Walk from Bell station to Wollangambe Crater, camp the evening, and return the same way next day. With daylight saving we should have plenty of time to check out some interesting pagoda formations, or just relax in camp.
Pagodas, ridge walks and rainforest in the Wollangambe wilderness. Some off-track and minor scrambling. Total is 18km with 520m climbs over the 2 days. Co-leader is Bob Seibright, maximum 8, joint walk with The Bush Club.

08-Oct-2017 - 2 EM
Day Walk
Lockley's Pylon. Day Walk - The classic walk out from Mt Hay Rd and back.

08-Oct-2017 - 3 M
Abseiling
Multi Pitch Abseil. Abseiling - Malaita Point is a multi-pitch abseil which involves 6 abseils down into the valley. Most of the abseils are straight forward and would be good for members who have done the clubs abseil training.

07-Oct-2017 - 4 MH
Day Walk
Rock Island. Day Walk - This walk has fabulous wildflowers and views and is all off track. It has rock scrambling but no exposure.

07-Oct-2017 - 4 MH
Day Walk
Twins Canyon. Day Walk - Come and explore the Twins Canyon system. Two small creeks , each with their own canyon combine in a hidden hanging valley. We will use a tape to get into and out of the canyon. No big climbs but scrambling in the canyon.

06-Oct-2017 - 5 HX
Day Walk
Mugii Murum-ban SCA: Gap Creek Pagodas. Day Walk - Co-leader – Peter Medbury
Park at Airly Gap and walk up Gap Creek. Explore its northern branch, then climb out to the tops at about GR 231 335 and explore the pagoda spurs on the northern side of Gap Creek, moving east. Descend into Airly Gap. About 8km. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.

04-Oct-2017 - 3 M
Canyon
Spiral Canyon. Canyon - Spiral is a short canyon on the Newnes Plateau with four abseils. There are no pools, it's a totally dry canyon. There is a 4 km walk on the Deans Creek Trail to reach the canyon. After the canyon we enjoy a lovely walk up Deans Creek below Rock Island. The exit up a side creek involves a grade 9 rock climb. There will be ropes for extra safety. Then it's back along the Deans creek trail to the vehicles.

01-Oct-2017 - 4 MH
Day Walk
Bell to Wollangambe River. Day Walk - From Bell walk enters Wollangambe Wilderness.
Much variety; interesting rock pagodas, stunning views, canyon, wildflowers, swim at Wollangambe river and a visit to the crater.
Party limit eight.
Option to carpool from Katoomba or to meet at Bell
Ascents 500 metres. Distance 20 km