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Summer Activities Program01-Jan-2019 to 31-Mar-2019


Sun - 31-Mar-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Fortress ridge and Darks cave
We will drive along the Mt Hay Rd and then start the walk on a fire trail before reaching the track. This takes us along Fortress ridge to the cliffs overlooking the Grose valley. We will then retrace our steps to the track taking us to Darks cave. Lots of views, historical interest and not too much ascent/descent.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 30-Mar-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Coachwood Canyon
A very pleasant abseil canyon where you get wet feet, but no swims. 6 abseils up to 25m. Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Rock Hill

Sat - 30-Mar-2019
5 H - Day Walk
North of Wollangambie River/ Crater
This walk is to the region north of Wollangambie River, and to the north west of Wollangambie Crater (WC). The track starts as if heading to WC then heads north across the river. For a short distance we join a fire trail and head south down a ridge towards WC, find a way through the cliffs and cut across the river and head back up to the return trail from WC. A small amount of scrambling is required. This is a big walk and Joe Dunn reckons it as one of the better ones we have done. Fitness is required as it is a 22 km walk with 1000 m ascent. Last time it took us 9 hrs.
Map: Wollangambe

Sat - 23-Mar-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Geronimo Canyon
Geronimo has 4 abseils, some with tricky starts, and some short swims. We finish on the Wollangambe River and follow it for a short distance until we begin the climb back to the Mt Wilson fire station.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 23-Mar-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Sunnyside Ridge
A further explore from an old trail near the end of the ridge. From memory the pagodas were very impressive as was the view of the Wolgan Valley
Map: Cullen Bullen

Fri - 22-Mar-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Exploratory bushwalk or non-abseiling canyon
Depending on the weather, either a walk exploring the amazing country in the Wollemi/Mugii Murum-ban or a non-abseiling/swimming canyon walk will be offered. Put this date in your diary and watch Short Notice Walk announcements for exact details.
Map: Not Specified

Sat - 16-Mar-2019
5 H - Creek
Victoria Brook via the Odin Head track
We will access the brook just below the long undercut (approx 479 797) walking in via the Odin head track thus avoiding the 5metre swim. Rock hopping and some wading, mainly knee high. A wild and spectacular creek with a large waterfall to descend, a tape will be set. We will then exit back up to the Odin head track after arriving at the Victoria Creek junction.
Map: Mt Wilson

Fri - 15-Mar-2019
5 HX - Pack Walk
Wollemi National Park: Skyline Traverse in Bylong Labyrinth
Strictly limited numbers. Private property access has been arranged. Day 1. Set up the shuffle. Walk from Spring Log Creek to Growee River south of Goat Mountain. Day 2. Climb Goat Mountain and complete a skyline traverse to Painted Rock on Lee Creek. Day 3. From Painted Rock to Growee Gulf. Finish the shuffle. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 30km.
Map: Not Specified

Mon - 11-Mar-2019
4 MH - Canyon
Hole in The Wall Canyon
Hole in The Wall canyon is a spectacular wet canyon featuring an enclosed chamber lit up by glow worms. 3-5 abseils,longest 15m.
Map: Rock Hill

Sun - 10-Mar-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Tarpeian Rock
Tarpeian Rock is located on the boundary between the Gardens of Stone National Park and Ben Bullen State Forest, not far from Ben Bullen. It provides views over Rowan's Hole and the Capertee Valley. This walk will visit Tarpean Rock and the surrounding ridges. The route will depend on what vehicles are available as parts of the Moffit Fire Trail can only be negotiated with a proper 4WD. (So 4WD owners are especially welcome on this walk!). The walk is graded MHX as it will be mostly off track and, depending on which route we end up taking may be a bit exploratory, but it should be easy walking with not-very-big hills and very little scrub. Our last visit to this area was one of our all-time favourite walks.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 09-Mar-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Breakfast Creek Canyon
A very nice abseil canyon with a few short swims. 3 or 4 abseils up to 25m. Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Rock Hill

Sat - 09-Mar-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Newnes State Forest: Devils Throat and the Cliffs of Camp Creek
Find out why this area, which is part of the Gardens of Stone region, must be protected for future generations.Park cars at spot height 1072, GR 413 058 and follow an old fire trail north east, then a bike track, to approximately GR 422 072. Drop down a ridge and to the left of a gully into East Creek. Head east into Camp Creek gorge and visit the amazing Devils Throat. Return to East Creek; follow it north to the junction with Carne Creek. Take the bike track at GR 418 074 to return to the cars. Scrambling and exposure. About 10km.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 09-Mar-2019
4 MH - Creek
Upper Bell Creek
Hopefully not so hot. Bell Creek is a most beautiful creek, high canyon sides and longish swims. New easier entry so we can go to the end. Wet suits a must.
Map: Mt Wilson

Fri - 08-Mar-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Exploratory bushwalk or non-abseiling canyon
Depending on the weather, either a walk exploring the amazing country in the Wollemi/Mugii Murum-ban or a non-abseiling/swimming canyon walk will be offered. Put this date in your diary and watch Short Notice Walk announcements for exact details. Grade 5 or 6.
Map: Not Specified

Thu - 07-Mar-2019
5 H - Abseiling
Devils Pinch Canyon
Devils Pinch Canyon is up at Newnes and has two sections to it. There are at least 2 abseils, the longest being 30 metres. The abseils have tricky starts. There is only a few short wades/swims so wet suits are optional. The trip is graded as difficult. It will be an early start as the trip can take a while to complete.
Map: Mt Morgan

Wed - 06-Mar-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Grand Canyon
Grand canyon is a beautiful canyon assessed via Evans Lookout, Blackheath. There is just one abseil from the Grand Canyon circuit. We will need wetsuits as there are plenty of wades and short swims. We will be starting at 3pm to accommodate those who work, including myself!!
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 03-Mar-2019
1 E - Meeting
Clean Up Australia Day Evans Lookout
A beautiful spot in the Blue Mountains National Park. Now used more frequently and gathering a little more rubbish than usual. Lets keep our beautiful places beautiful. Will be cleaning up between Neates Glen Carpark to Evans Lookout and Valley View Lookout. Meet at Evans Lookout at 9 and finish by 11 with morning tea. Come along if you can spare any time and join us!
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 02-Mar-2019
3 MX - Day Walk
Goochs Crater via Dargans Arch
We start via Dargans Arch (a lovely dry walk thru canyon), then join the usual track in to Goochs Crater and return to Newnes Junction. A car shuffle will minimise road walking. Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Wollangambe

Sat - 02-Mar-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Victoria Falls to Pierce's Pass (Hungerford Track)
From Victoria Falls road to the base of the falls, then to Burra Korain and exit via Pierce's Pass. Opportunity for a swim in the Grose River. Steep ascent and descent.
Map: Mt Wilson

Fri - 01-Mar-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Exploratory bushwalk or non-abseiling canyon
Depending on the weather, either a walk exploring the amazing country in the Wollemi/Mugii Murum-ban or a non-abseiling/swimming canyon walk will be offered. Put this date in your diary and watch Short Notice Walk announcements for exact details. Grade 5 or 6.
Map: Not Specified

Wed - 27-Feb-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Empress Canyon
Empress is a wet canyon in Wentworth Falls with a long abseil over a waterfall at the end. We will start at 2.45pm as I have to work that day.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 24-Feb-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Hole in The Wall canyon
HITW is an impressive canyon about 5 kms in from the end of Waratah ridge on the newnes plateau. It has a natural tunnel of glow worms, dark sections of canyon and a squeeze through tunnel. It finishes in the Bungleboori. We wade upstream for about 500 metres and a track up joins up to the path intovthe canyon. There are up to 5 abseils, the longest of which is 15 metres.
Map: Wollangambe

Sun - 24-Feb-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Terrace Falls Hazelbrook
A relatively easy walk down a fire trail and into the creek to explore pools and falls. If it's a windy or sunny day it's a cool respite. About 140 metres ascent/ descent. It'll be a relaxing half day walk and finish around lunch time.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 23-Feb-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Dharug National Park Mill Creek
The meeting place is 5 km south of Wisemans Ferry down Wisemans Ferry Road at the junction with Mill Creek Road. The walk is 7 to 8 hrs in length, so we will meet at 9:00 am.The route is shown in the attached map. We will head south along a ridge parallel to the Hawkesbury to (Mount) Starkey then follow ridges east/ north-east. On reaching WP1 on the attached map we will either head for the Aboriginal Carvings via WP2 and then back via WPs 4 to 8 or head directly from WP1 to WP 8 depending on time/ fitness.There is some negotiating of cliff lines, so a tape will be taken. Depending on the route 50 to 100% is off track. However the ridges are reasonably open and there are great views of the Hawkesbury
Map: Gunderman

Thu - 21-Feb-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Whungee Wheengee Canyon
Whungee Wheenge Canyon - Mt Wilson. - Spectacular deep dark Canyon in the Wollangambe area. A sustained and tricky canyon with several tricky abseils and a fair bit of difficult scrambling. There are dark and difficult duck unders if the water level is high. A long day involved.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 17-Feb-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Abseil Training for Beginners
Basic abseil training at Mt York for members who walk with the club and 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.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 16-Feb-2019
4 MH - Creek
Du Faurs and October Creek
A wade /swim down October and Du Faurs Creeks including Clatterteeth Canyon and coming out at Joes Canyon. A longish day but a great one. Wet suits a must
Map: Mt Wilson

Fri - 15-Feb-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Henson Glen
Guest leader: Bob Seibright.Walk Minnehaha Trail and descend into Govetts Creek via a spur. Walk/wade (some deep wades) in the creek through canyon-like Henson Glen for about 2 km. Scramble out near the junction with Katoomba Creek, then re-join Minnehaha Trail and follow it back to the cars. Bring dry bags. Short wet suit is recommended. Rock scrambling. About 6 km.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 10-Feb-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Dunns Leap, Jack Austin Pass , Hourn Pt and Mt Piddington
Meeting a bit later than usual at Mt Vic Station- can vary meeting time to match the arrival of trains from down the mountains. Heading along the pass at the bottom of the cliffs from Coxs cave, the bottom of Dunns Leap and round to Pt Hourn. This path starts in good condition but becomes a less distinct trail as it approaches Pt Hourn. There are a few patches of mild to moderate exposure.We ascend to Mt Piddington and return on tracks to our starting point. Should take 3 to 4 hrs . Anyone driving through Blackheath before meeting at Mt Vic may wish to note that the Farmers Market is on this weekend.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 10-Feb-2019
3 M - Canyon
Koombanda Canyon
Koombanda canyon involves a few abseils, short swims and generally can be done as a half or short-ish day trip. But we are not going to rush and may take time photo puffing if the light is nice on a day. Swims are chilly so wetsuit is advisable.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 09-Feb-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Newnes State Forest: East Creek Glories
Park near spot height 1057 at 427 060. The East Creek Glories walk will start by coming down into East Creek Galleries, then visit a spectacular side ravine; it will then move on to the West Side Falls and West Side Chamber; continue to East Creek Falls; then exit on the eastern side to visit the top of the falls. About 8k.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 09-Feb-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Pierces Pass to Blue Gum
A walk through beautiful rainforest down to the Grose river with great views along the way. Then along the river with opportunities for swimming to the majestic Blue Gum forest. Steep descent and ascent but climbing mostly in shade. A classic walk.
Map: Mt Wilson

Fri - 08-Feb-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Exploratory bushwalk or non-abseiling canyon
Depending on the weather, either a walk exploring the amazing country in the Wollemi/Mugii Murum-ban or a non-abseiling/swimming canyon walk will be offered. Put this date in your diary and watch Short Notice Walk announcements for exact details.
Map: Not Specified

Thu - 07-Feb-2019
5 H - Abseiling
Claustral Canyon
Claustral Canyon is one of the best canyons in the region, but is also one of the most challenging. There are 5 abseils up to 20 metres and several water jumps. This is a cold canyon and it will be a long day (10-12 hrs) and subject to the weather. A tricky climb out through Rainbow Ravine.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 02-Feb-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Edenderry Falls
Leaving from Evans Lookout, Descend via Horse Track, turnoff towards Govetts Creek and enjoy a swim at one of the best swimming holes in the mountains. Return via Rodriguez Pass with opportunities for additional swim. Approx 600 m ascent /Descent 15km distance
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 02-Feb-2019
4 MH - Creek
Ethereal Canyon
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

Sat - 02-Feb-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Grand Canyon Abseil at Night
An easy night canyon and see lots of glow worms. Swimming ability essential. This is an abseil trip. "No Helmet = No Go". Waterproof torch required. The trip finishes around midnight. Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 01-Feb-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Exploratory bushwalk or non-abseiling canyon
Depending on the weather, either a walk exploring the amazing country in the Wollemi/Mugii Murum-ban or a non-abseiling/swimming canyon walk will be offered. Put this date in your diary and watch Short Notice Walk announcements for exact details.
Map: Not Specified

Fri - 01-Feb-2019
5 HX - Day Walk
Mount Jamison to Cape Horn Traverse
Strictly limited numbers. Park on Wolgan Road and use Jamison Pass South to climb to the ledge on the SW face of Mount Jamison. Check out Stargate Slots to the east, then traverse along the ledges and tops in a south easterly direction, all the way to Cape Horne. Descend to the cars. Spectacular scenery. Mostly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 8km.
Map: Ben Bullen

Mon - 28-Jan-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Koombanda Canyon
A nice short and easy canyon with a few short swims & the scrub is reasonable. This is an abseil trip. "No Helmet = No Go". Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 27-Jan-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Porter's Pass, Blackheath
A morning walk from Blackheath Station- only 5-6 km with 200m descent and ascent. This walk on the western side of Blackheath is, apparently one of the oldest tracks in the mountains dating back to the late 1800s. We descend to the W at the end of Bundarra St and take a fork to Fort Rock. We then cut across the open heath to the top of Porters Pass. We descend the pass to and follow the Clliers Causeway under the cliffs before we eventually reach Walls ledge. No doubt there will be climbers above us. We return via Centenial Glen to Bundarra St and Blackheath. An easy Sunday morning walk suitable for new members.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 27-Jan-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Surefire Canyon
Surefire Canyon is an excellent trip but it involves a long walk in and out. Up to 20 klms for the day. There are 5 short abseils but they have tricky starts. There are several wades and one possible short swim. The exit is tricky with several climbs up tree roots, rock walls and trees. Ropes will be needed to assist in the climb out. An early start of 0800 will be required as this will be a very long day.
Map: Rock Hill

Sat - 26-Jan-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Abseil Safety Training Day
An abseil safety training day will be held in the lower Blue Mountains,(venue will be advised) on Sat 26 Jan (Australia Day Weekend). Guy Wittig will demonstrate lowering and rescue systems. The day will follow the successful "do your own thing" format where you can learn from experienced abseilers or practise your skills. Bring a rope if you have one. New canyoners will be able to learn to tie knots, set up anchors, prussik, tie off and self rescue. Contact Geoff for details or to advise attendance. foxes9@westnet.com.au
Map: Springwood

Sat - 26-Jan-2019
4 MH - Creek
Upper Bell Creek Cancelled
Bell Creek is a most beautiful creek high canyon sides and some longish swims. Wet suits a must
Map: Mt Wilson

Fri - 25-Jan-2019
4 MH - Canyon
Bowens Creek South Canyon (non abseiling route)
A beautiful canyon. We’ll enter via Corkscrew Canyon in order to get into our canyon without abseiling. Plenty of rock hopping and scrambling and some narrow ledges to negotiate. Several wades and/or short swims. An interesting exit with a couple of scrambles - rope may be used. Some exposure at the exit and in the canyon. Bring your helmets and dry bags. Wetsuits recommended. About 8k. 5M. Canyon Grade 2.
Map: Mt Wilson

Thu - 24-Jan-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Waterfall of Moss
Waterfall of Moss at Mt Wilson is a very pleasant short canyon. Most of the abseils have slippery ovehang starts so it is classified moderate to difficult. Starting at the Cathedral of Ferns car park we follow the track down to the big bend that is the exit for Wollangambe 2. Here we swim the Wollangambe and climb a gully where a fixed rope helps with a 10 m climb. The canyon ends at the Wollangambe with the beautiful "waterfall of moss" abseil. A 200m swim down the river brings us to our crossing pint were we exit and change into dry clothes. The climb out is steep and returns us to our vehicles. Wet suits are not needed.
Map: Mt Wilson

Tue - 22-Jan-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Unnamed Ridge to Erskine Creek to Nepean Lookout
"Unnamed Ridge" is rocky and offers magnificent simultaneous views of Erskine Creek to both sides. There are about 3 points where you walk along the ridge for the view then cut back a 100ish metres and drop down a layer. None need ropes. You quickly arrive at Erskine Creek with an excellent swimming pool then there is an agreeable walk downstream towards Word Cave and the Nepean. There is another magnificent swimming hole along the way. The climb up the Nepean Lookout is a little bit bushy with a couple of scrambles, but straightforward enough.
Map: Penrith

Sun - 20-Jan-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Empress Canyon and abseil
A very nice short canyon with, swims and a final abseil downthe middle of Empress Falls. We will take the short way in, doing thelower section of the creek As this trip is popular with the commercial groups will make an early start around 8:30 to beat the "madding crowd".
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 20-Jan-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Overcliff track and Round walk Wentworth Falls
We'll start at the Conversation hut, proceed along the Overcliff track to Wentworth Falls taking in all the lookouts over the Jamison Valley, do the Round Walk and ledge down from the falls for more views and then return to the Conservation Hut via the Short Cut track.
Map: Jamison

Sat - 19-Jan-2019
4 MH - Canyon
Twister & Rocky Creek Canyons
Two great canyons with water jumps and swims. There are no abseils but there are a few scramble sections in Rocky Creek. Swimming ability and wetsuit/warm clothing essential. Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Rock Hill

Fri - 18-Jan-2019
4 MH - Canyon
Du Faurs Creek Canyon
A day of wading, swimming and liloing through Du Faurs Creek Canyon. Start and finish at Mount Wilson. Must be able to swim well. Wet suit recommended. Bring helmet and dry bags. About 12k.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 13-Jan-2019
5 H - Canyon
Lower Bell Creek
A magnificent canyon at Mt Wilson, rated 10/10 by Tom Brennan. It's a long day, starting at Watertrough Hill and finishing at the Mt Wilson Fire Station. There are no abseils. The canyon involves some rope assisted descents. There are long swims in dark tunnels. The constricted canyon sections are outstanding. This canyon is suitable for experienced canyoners and bushwalkers.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 12-Jan-2019
4 MH - Canyon
Hat Hill Creek, Blackheath
Hat Hill Creek flows from the northern side of Blackheath to the Grosse Valley parallel with Hat Hill Road.The creek is reatively easy to negotiate with some scrambling over rocks and two small waterfalls. There are some lovely constricted canyon sections and excellent views where Hat Hill Creek plunges into the Grose Valley. Returning upstream we scramble out and follow a ridge over Hat Hill. Wet suits are recommended. Helmets are optional as no abseiling is involved.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 12-Jan-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Newnes State Forest: Howling Arch, the Pool of Diana and the Pool of Aphrodite
Find out for yourself why this unique area, currently under threat, must be protected, now.Drive to approximately GR 468 058 on the Deep Pass Trail. Head down a spur trending slightly west of south and then south as it nears Dingo Creek. Visit Howling Arch, an amazing natural feature. Enter Dingo Creek and progress downstream for about 1.3km, visiting the scenic Pool of Diana on the way, continue underneath high cliffs to GR 476 048, the start of a north, north west trending ravine. Follow the ravine up, visiting the spectacular Pool of Aphrodite along the way, to eventually reconnect with the trail and the vehicles. About 6km. All off track, some rock scrambling and exposure.
Map: Rock Hill

Sat - 12-Jan-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Whungee Wheenge Canyon - Mt Wilson
Spectacular deep dark Canyon in the Wollangambe area. A sustained and tricky canyon with several abseils and a fair bit of difficult scrambling. There are dark and difficult duck unders if the water level is high. A long day involved.
Map: Wollangambe

Fri - 11-Jan-2019
5 HX - Day Walk
Wolgan State Forest: Stargate Slots and more
This is a recce walk for a planned traverse later this year.Park at GR 306 175 and make our way to Mount Jamison. Head to Stargate Slots and check for passes down; then traverse along the ledges and tops in a south easterly direction towards Cape Horne. Reconnect with the cars. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 8km. 6M
Map: Ben Bullen

Thu - 10-Jan-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Serendipity canyon
Serendipity is a canyon on the south side of wollamgambe river. It has around 6 abseils, some of them with tricky starts. However, access to the canyon is a fairly short walk in and we will be taking the shorter route back to the cars. Geoff has also promised to show us a glowworm cave at the end of the canyon!!
Map: Wollangambe

Tue - 08-Jan-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Fortress Canyon
A lovely short canyon off the Mt Hay road at Leura. One 3 m jump into a pool and a short abseil 6m. Some long swims. The canyon finishes with spectacular views of the Grose Valley from "spa" pools on the edge of the cliffs. Suitable for less experienced canyoners.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 06-Jan-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Yileen Canyon
Yileen canyon is on the south side of Bells road and the walk in is close to the mt wilson turn off. It has 4 abseils and the last two are quite spectacular.
Map: Wollangambe

Sat - 05-Jan-2019
4 MH - Creek
Wollangambe 2
A relaxing swim, float down the Wollangambe River. Entering just below the Wollangambe 1 exit and coming out at the Cathedral of Ferns. Wet suits a must, some scrambling over rocks
Map: Mt Wilson

Fri - 04-Jan-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Hole i. The Wall canyon
This is a re-scheduled canyoning trip from December 15. Impressive, wet canyon on Newnes Plateau. Interesting section of glow worm tunnel. Nice trip in hot weather!
Map: Not Specified

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