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Spring Activities Program01-Oct-2019 to 31-Dec-2019


Sat - 21-Dec-2019
4 MH - Creek
Wollangambe 2
My first swim of the season Wollangambe 2 is the prettiest reach of the River. Wet suits a must as there are some long stretches of deep water. Lilos optional. A look up Wheengee Whungee Canyon included.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 07-Dec-2019
4 MH - Canyon
Lower Bell Creek
A long day in a magnificent canyon rated 10/10 by Tom Brennan. There are no abseils but some rope assisted climb downs are necessary. Lower Bells Creek is a cold canyon with long swims through dark tunnels. Starting at Mt Wilson we cross upper Du Faurs Creek and enter through Belfry Canyon, a short side canyon. Lower Bells has great variety - creek walking, boulder scrambling, waterfalls and long tunnel swims in dark constricted canyon sections. We exit with swims and wades up Du Faurs Creek and climb out through Joes Canyon to return to Mt Wilson. A wet suit and/or thermals are highly recommended. This canyon is suitable for experienced canyoners.
Map: Wollangambe

Sat - 07-Dec-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Wollemi Creek Crawfords Lookout
This walk was entirely new to Joe and me (but it will, of course, be familiar to others). We will head past Hollow Rock near the car park, then slightly west of north along a ridge, through the cliff line and along a small creek to Wollemi Creek, approx. 3 km up from the junction with Munee Creek and 4 km from the Colo. This is a reasonably clear route, but all off track. We walked down Wollemi Creek, which was intermittently overgrown, towards the junction with Munee Creek. There are many pools suitable for cooling dips. Then it’s a short walk up to Crawford Lookout, a couple of scrambling sections being involved. A tape will be taken.This is an even more distant walk for the UBMBC than the Grassy Creek walk on Nov 2nd, but I think it is worth it.A link with maps and photos is attached.
Map: Six Brothers

Sun - 01-Dec-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Upper Canobla Creek
From Newnes we will walk west, nearly to the end of Little Capertee Creek, then head up to a pass on the Wolgan-Capertee divide. From there we will drop into the headwaters of Canobla Creek and follow it downstream. This section, from here back to the ridge, will be exploratory for the leader. When I visited the upper sections of Canobla creek in June it was completely dry so I don't expect there will be much water in the creek, even further downstream. Some way down the creek we will turn South and follow one of the gullies back up to the ridge. From the ridge it is a steep but straightforward descent back to Little Capertee Creek and Newnes. The walk will be exploratory so, while I anticipate it will not be a hard day, walkers need to be prepared for a long day if necessary and happy to walk without many breaks.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 30-Nov-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Tunnel Creek Ledges, Tunnel Terrace Gorge and some Old Relics
Explore the ledges and terraces above and behind the Glow Worm Tunnel. Just past the Glow Worm Tunnel we'll climb through the lower cliff line and walk up to the ledges. We'll follow the ledges and terraces for some 750 metres to the head of Tunnel Terrace Gorge and a hidden slot that will take us out of the gorge. Along the way we'll see old walls and a cave house, relics from when the Wolgan Valley Railway and old Pipe Line. A tape will be carried.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sun - 24-Nov-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Lions Head
This is an easy, short day walk along Kings Tableland.There are wonderful views of the Jamison valley and Mt Solitary.Not too much ascent, so it's enjoyable even in hot weather.
Map: Jamison

Sat - 23-Nov-2019
4 MH - Creek
Ethereal Canyon Creek
A walk through canyon/creek. Some knee deep wading but no swims mainly ankle high. Accessed off the Waratah Ridge Road. Only rated Grade 4 as it is all off-track, no steep climbs. Spectacular undercuts, canyon sections and a waterfall.
Map: Wollangambe

Fri - 22-Nov-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Green Gully Cliff Walk
From Newnes follow the Pipeline Track to the saddle at approximately GR 447 274. Leave the track and head north along the cliff edge for about 2.5 km to GR 437 295 and then attempt to walk out to the end of the spur at GR 435 300. Possible return via Petries Gully. Exploratory sections. Scrambling and exposure. About 15 km.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 16-Nov-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Bungleboori Ridges
A delightful walk along the ridge fingers above Bungleboori Creek. Open country, great views. Walk starts at the end of Waratah Ridge Road. All off track.
Map: Wollangambe

Sat - 16-Nov-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Newnes State Forest: Point Green and Wolgan Falls
This is a walk in another spectacular, unprotected part of the Gardens of Stone region, currently under threat. We will visit Point Green and the Wolgan Falls, starting and finishing on Sunnyside Ridge Road. Find out why this area must be protected for future generations. About 9km. Scrambling and exposure. About 9km.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Fri - 15-Nov-2019
5 HX - Day Walk
Blue Mountains National Park: Point Repulse
A very big day with serious exposure and nasty scrub plus two 750 m climbs. Descending into Kedumba Valley from the locked gate we will stride out on the Cedarland Fire Trail close to the forbidden zone. We then scramble up onto the Korrowall Ridge and along the 4 km dangerously exposed ridge onto Mt Solitary. The route back may be via the East Col track or by Miners Pass if time and stamina allow. Scrambling and exposure. About 24 km.
Map: Jamison

Fri - 15-Nov-2019
5 H - Pack Walk
K2K
Starting at Kanangra we will do this classic overnight walk over three days.
Map: Kanangra

Sun - 10-Nov-2019
3 MX - Day Walk
Burra Korain Head
This is an interesting walk starting on Ridgewell Rd and travelling along the Burra Korain ridge. We may detour to take in views of Hanging rock before we proceed to Burra Korain head which opens up spectacular views of the Grose valley.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 09-Nov-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
The Torbane Balcony
The Torbane Balcony is a ledge that runs for some 750m along the pagodas on Mt Airly's Great Wall. We'll get some wonderful views as we walk south along the ledge to the south-west pagodas.Distance: 8k, elevation gain/loss: 600m.
Map: Glen Alice

Fri - 08-Nov-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Gardens of Stone National Park: From Flying Carpet to Michelangelo Cave via Koan Pass
Park one car at GR 423 131 off Glowworm Tunnel Road and another car at GR 415 150. From the second car, descend The Gurgler and visit the Flying Carpet. Walk back underneath the cliff line to Koan Cave, then continue south via Koan Pass and above the cliff line, all the way to Michelangelo Cave. Visit Michaels Chair and re-connect with the first car. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 8 km.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sun - 03-Nov-2019
2 EM - Canyon
Canyoning: Single-rope and releasable rigging techniques.
A practical day for Canyon Leaders understanding, learning and practicing contemporary canyoning rope methods. Learn all about single rope techniques (SRT), what they are good for, and why to use them. We'll learn on some crags at Mt Wilson, then try out our new skills in Serendipity.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 02-Nov-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Grassy Hill Fire Trail, Little Pass, Colo River, Canoe Creek 02-NOV-2019
This is a long walk, largely off track (approx. 9hr and 18 km), but you are rewarded by a magnificent ridge, an interesting descent down a 'pass', the best swimming pool I have seen in the mountains, and a bracing walk back up the Colo then Canoe Creek to the starting point.Colo River is less commonly visited than much of the Blue Mountains, but I believe it is worth the effort.A link with maps and photos is attached.
Map: Colo Heights

Sat - 02-Nov-2019
5 HX - Pack Walk
Wollemi National Park: Mt Canobla and Mt Gundangaroo Traverse to St Johns Point
A 2-day pack walk. Numbers are strictly limited. Private property access is required. Day 1 - Park near Canobla Gap and ascend Mount Canobla on a razor blade spur. Continue to Mt Gundangaroo and camp near the trig. Water was found in a nearby gully. Day 2 – Walk to St Johns Point, then descend to Canobla Gap Trail and walk back to the cars. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 10 km.
Map: Glen Alice

Sun - 27-Oct-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Radiata Plateau - Blacks Ladder - Esgate Pass
What a way to celebrate the preservation of Radiata Plateau! Join me, a new leader with UBMBC but a regular one with SBW, on a circuit walk from the plateau, down to the ledges and following them through to Esgate Pass. Some scrambling and exposed sections on the ledges and then an exposed traverse along a narrow ledge followed by an awkward scramble and then a 4 metre clamber up chains with a very exposed drop below. Not technically difficult but if you are not comfortable with exposure then this is not the walk for you. Probably 5 hours depending on the group and weather.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 26-Oct-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Ben Bullen State Forest: From Heaven To Hell And Back
Ben Bullen State Forest, part of the Gardens of Stone region, encapsulates, in a relatively small area, everything that is exciting and interesting about bushwalking – incredible rock sculptures, tall pagodas, narrow slot canyons, magnificent caves, verdant forests and more. Find out why this area must be protected for future generations. This walk includes a visit to the stunning Hall of Elrond. All off track, scrambling and exposure. About 8k.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 26-Oct-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Constance Gorge and Tiger Snake Point
From the end of the Old Coach Trail on the Newnes Plateau we will walk North to Constance Gorge and follow Constance Gorge down to Deanes Creek. At the junction we will head up the ridge on the North side of Tiger Snake Canyon (Tiger Snake Point) and return along the ridge. About 15 km, half of which will be off track, with some easy scrambling (little or no exposure).
Map: Mt Morgan

Fri - 25-Oct-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Newnes Balcony and Daves Pass
Walk in Capertee Gorge, then climb out to the north at about GR 397 243, then explore the amazing Newnes Balcony between two cliff lines, starting at GR 400 240 and going east. Retrace our steps to a pass to the tops, traverse north east and use Daves Pass to come down at the Newnes Hotel. Scrambling and exposure. About 13 km.
Map: Ben Bullen

Wed - 23-Oct-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Lions Head
I will be leading an E-M walk out to Lions Head on the Kings Tableland, Wentworth Falls. It is a walk with many views of the Jamison Valley from a different angle and at this time of the year, the wildflowers should be out.Bring lunch as the walk is about 2 hours each way although a visit to the Mountain Top Pie shop at Wenty afterwards is on the cards!
Map: Jamison

Wed - 23-Oct-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Penrose Canyon and Alcatraz Canyon
Penrose (aka Crooked Crevice) is on the Newnes Plateau near Tiger Snake Canyon. It is a very tight canyon where you squeeze between the walls. There are three abseils. A short drive brings us to Alcatraz canyon, (named after a nearby prison farm). This canyon has one spectacular abseil down a curving waterfall into an enclosed bowl. You can change clothes immediately after the abseil. . There is a short walk in and out.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Mon - 21-Oct-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Numantia Falls
Victoria Track – Clarinda Falls – Numantia Creek – Numantia Falls – Sassafras Ridge – spur line – Sassafras Gully
Map: Springwood

Sun - 20-Oct-2019
3 MX - Day Walk
Wilkinson Hill Wild Flower Walk Sunday Dec 20th
This is a repeat of the mid-week walk to Wilkinson on Dec 9th. A couple of UBMBC members, living under the curse of employment, asked me if I could put it on again at the weekend.So, it is a slow walk along to Wilkinson Hill and back to enjoy the beautiful flowers and splendid views of the Grose Valley. Estimated time is 5 hrs. I have attached a link to Brian Graetz’s excellent photos from Dec 9th.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 20-Oct-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Wolgan Falls Abseil
Wolgan Falls is a new abseil trip created by Laurie Cohen and Mick Barr. It is located off the Blackfellows Hand Trail and only accessible by heavy duty 4 WDs. Abseil 1 is only a short walk from where we park. The pagoda landscape is spectacular with the Wolgan River twisting through the sandstone gorge then plunging over the falls. There are four abseils with drops around 40m. The final abseil is next to Wolgan Falls. It is a dry trip with no swims or wades. We have lunch below the falls then climb through the cliffs, visiting some excellent lookouts on the way. This trip is suitable for experienced canyoners.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 19-Oct-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Dargans Arch and Goochs Crater
An exploration of Goochs Crater GR 459 950 plenty of Pagodas and overhangs. Walking in via Dargan's Arch off Sandham Road, Dargan.Mainly open bush, includes crossing the Wollangambe via a large log.
Map: Wollangambe

Wed - 16-Oct-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Evans Crown
An easy half day walk to Evans Crown followed by lunch at the Tarana Hotel. This is in somewhat different country with huge granite boulders on top and with nice rural type views.
Map: Not Specified

Wed - 16-Oct-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Tiger Snake Canyon
Tiger Snake Canyon is ideal for less experienced canyoners. It is located on the Newnes Plateau near the beginning of the Old Coach Road. There are four easy abseils. Tiger Snake is a dry canyon but you can expect wet feet in a shallow pool. The final abseil (25m) is down a narrow crack in the dark. The final canyon section is dark and constricted. The walk in and out is on track.
Map: Mt Morgan

Mon - 14-Oct-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Perch Ponds
Magdala Creek – Perch Ponds – Martins LO
Map: Springwood

Sun - 13-Oct-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Sunnyside Canyon and Wolgan Falls Peninsula
Two short walks on the Newnes Plateau. Sunnyside Canyon is a walk through canyon with some rock scrambling. There are no abseils. The total distance is less than 2km. I have done this canyon with young children.Next we drive a short distance to Wolgan Falls peninsula with excellent views of spectacular pagoda country. Again the walking distance is less than 2 km. This are was featured in the Gardens of Stone photographic competition. Both walks are suitable for less experienced walkers and will be conducted at a leisurely pace. The walk involves fire trail and off track walking.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 12-Oct-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Exploring Genowlan Mountain
Walking from Airly Gap, visit some of the lesser known parts of Genowlan Mountain - the Charcoal Drawings, the Genowlan Pinch, the Airly Frustum and Airly Turret Slot as well as some old favourites.
Map: Glen Alice

Fri - 11-Oct-2019
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Glen Trig
Early start. From the Glen Davis Camping Ground, climb to the top of Glen Trig via the canyon route. Return the same way. Stunning views of the Wolgan and Capertee Valleys. Scrambling and exposure. Partly exploratory for the leader. About 6km.
Map: Gospers Mountain

Wed - 09-Oct-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Darks Cave
Half day walk to explore this historic site. Fire trail and uneven track with some scrambling.
Map: Katoomba

Wed - 09-Oct-2019
3 MX - Day Walk
Wilkinson Hill Wild Flower Walk
A walk along Wilkinson Hill to see and photograph the wildflowers. The pace will be slow, and there will be frequent stops. I was out there on Saturday and it was just as beautiful as I remember from last year. I have attached a map showing the rough track we will be taking. I estimate 4 to 5 hrs duration.
Map: Mt Wilson

Mon - 07-Oct-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Jacobs Ladder
From Devils Hole follow the base of the cliff line in a northerly direction until we reach the old cable which was used as a cable ladder from the coal mine to the top of the cliff line in 1919. Explore the area and most likely return down the slope to the 6 foot track and return via Nellies Glen, mostly off track.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 06-Oct-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Better Offer Canyon
Better Offer is a short canyon near Mt Wilson on the Bells Line of Road. There are several short abseils and two chest deep pools. The forecast temperature is 29 degrees C and you change clothes soon after the pools. There is a nice overhang abseil in a waterfall at the end of the canyon. The exit is a steep climb in Birrabang Brook with great views of the Grose Valley from the cliffs above.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 06-Oct-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Navigation Training
A training day in basic navigation using a compass and topographic maps. The day begins with a theory session at Wentworth Falls followed by a practical session at Kings Tableland. Full details will be provided in an email. The presenters are Nicole Bordes and Bernard Pailthorpe. Bookings and inquiries to be made to Geoff Fox. This course is suitable for experienced off track walkers.
Map: Jamison

Sat - 05-Oct-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Off the Eastern side of Sunnyside Ridge's Fire Trail Number 6 and through the Cracks of Doom
Park in the vicinity of 376117. Follow fire trail N for about 1km to 382128. Descend on E side of ridge to visit the ledges below the cliff marked 116r.Turn around and head W of South, cross the National Park boundary Walk south until reaching the creek at 384125. Large people follow cliff line S. Medium to small ascend valley to find Crack of Doom 1 which they descend. Groups rendezvous at the bottom of Crack of Doom I and then walk through Crack of Doom 1.5. Follow the cliff line and visit Crack of Doom 2 and the Star Slot/Cavern. These slots have been visited most recently by club canyon trips but can also easily be explored on a walking trip, probably without the need for tape assists.Continue to follow the cliff line and use one of the tributary valleys to climb up to the fire trail. 379114 is a known exit. Follow the fire trail to return to the cars.This walk covers territory in walks 6.18 (Eastern section) and 6.19 (Northern section) in the Gardens of Stone and Beyond, Book 6. The exploratory part will be linking parts of these two parts.Sunnyside Ridge and Fire Trail 6 is rough country so numbers of walkers who can be taken will depend on enough 4WDs being available.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 05-Oct-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Rock Island
This is an amazing area on the Newnes plateau. There's some off track walking, but this brings us to wonderful views, amazing pagodas and lush rainforest.The wildflowers on Rock Island will be at their best.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 05-Oct-2019
4 MH - Pack Walk
Wild Dogs-Coxs River Circuit- 3 Day Pack Hike
Day 1: Dunphys Carpark-Carlon Creek-Blackhorse Ridge-Wombat Parade-Traverse To Splendor Rock-Camp. Day 2: Splendor Rock-Mt Dingo-Yellow Pup Ridge, Coxs River- CampDay 3: Coxs River-Ironmonger Spur-Ironpot Ridge-Dunphys carparkBeautiful walk in wilderness areas away from hordes. Stunning views, 11 km following snaking Coxs river upstream. Sandy beaches, grassy sections, rock-hopping interesting rock formations, numerous shallow wade crossings.Several long steep ascents descents Fit experienced pack hikers who enjoy an adventureJoint activity Bush Club
Map: Kanangra

Sat - 05-Oct-2019
5 H - Pack Walk
Wollemi National Park: A 3-day pack walk
Route to be advised later on, based on water availability and other factors. Watch short notice announcements.
Map: Not Specified

Fri - 04-Oct-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Abseil Training for Beginners Repeat Course
Abseil Training for Beginners. This is a repeat of the course conducted on 14 Sep - Basic abseil training at Mt York for members who have not abseiled previously. In the afternoon we drive to Medlow Bath for Juggler Canyon which has six abseils. Members must have a level of fitness and agility suitable for canyoning. To enrol you must have done at least one bushwalk with UBMBC and completed a non abseil canyon. Equipment provided.
Map: Katoomba

Wed - 02-Oct-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Mt Hay and Butterbox Point
We will drive to the end of the My Hay road walk to the top of Mt Hay and explore a little around there and return to circuit Butterbox Point, climb that and then return to the cars. This is a 1/2 day walk.
Map: Katoomba

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