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Activities from Earlier Programs


Sun - 29-Sep-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Coachwood Canyon
Coachwood Canyon is on the Newnes Plateau near Rocky Creek. It has five abseils and is suitable for beginners. The canyon is dry but the exit down Rocky Creek involves knee deep water.
Map: Rock Hill

Sun - 29-Sep-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Exploring the heads of Mt Victoria
We walk to Ikara head from Victoria falls rd seeing a wonderful view of the upper Grose valley. Then we make our way past Girraween cave to Thor head with a possibility of examining an old mine and proceeding to Asgard head if time and energy allow.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 28-Sep-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Tootie Creek, Colo River
The walk starts at the car park at the beginning of the T3 track, approx. 5 km north of Mountain Lagoon (map attached). We follow a ridge W then NW for a couple of km, then another ridge NE down to Tootie Creek. This is off track but both ridges are reasonably open. There is a little scrambling down to the creek and a tape will be used if necessary. There is an excellent swimming pool where we join the creek. We then follow the creek down towards the Colo River. The first half is open with rock platforms but the vegetation gets thicker as we approach the Colo. We join the Colo at the bottom of the T3 track, and can cool off again in the river if the weather is hot. Then it is a straightforward walk up the T3 track back to the cars.The ridges and creek are excellent, and the going is not too hard. Nevertheless , estimated time is 9 hrs. I would grade this walk as the hard side of 4, but not enough to make grade 5.
Map: Mountain Lagoon

Fri - 27-Sep-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: From Capertee Creek Gorge to Little Capertee Creek via Newnes Balcony
Set up a car shuffle. Walk into Capertee Creek Gorge until GR 386 243 then climb out to the north east via the western part of Newnes Balcony. Continue north east and descend into Little Capertee Creek. Scrambling and exposure. About 10 km.
Map: Ben Bullen

Wed - 25-Sep-2019
1 E - Meeting
Snake Bite Treatment Course
This is a repeat of the Snake Bite Treatment course conducted earlier this year. The venue is Pulse First aid, Hazelbrook, 6pm to 8pm. Neville Burns, one of Australia’s most respected herpetologists, Neville Burns. Neville lives in the blue mountains and is an expert on local snakes. He is a most entertaining speaker and had the audience enthralled with his snake encounters, hospital experiences and depth of knowledge. The session concludes with Frances Davidson from Pulse First Aid demonstrating first aid and the correct application of a pressure bandage. Cost $20, pay on the night.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 22-Sep-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Ikara Head
Due to weather the walk to Mt Hay & Butterbox has been cancelled due to high winds and overnight.New walk Ikara Head.The walk to Ikara Head will leave from the Victoria Falls Road out to the head for morning tea and return to the cars. Easy Medium 1/2 day walk.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 21-Sep-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Ben Bullen State Forest: Witches Watch, Hecates Cauldron and Tara Point
Park the vehicles at around GR 306 175 on the branch road off the Bicentennial National Trail. Follow the Great Dividing Range north to Gordian Knot and then to Witches Watch, a spectacular lookout above Hecates Cauldron. From here, descend into the Cauldron and explore it underneath the cliff lines and also above, amidst “the bubbles”. Visit the Tower of Hope and other attractions. Descend into the headwaters of Baal Bone Creek, cross the valley and climb up through Tara Slot onto Tara Point. More amazing views. From here, move up to the ridge and re-connect with the vehicles. Unbelievable views, rock formations and pagodas. Scrambling and exposure. About 10 km.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 21-Sep-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Gosper & Mailes Ridge, Colo River
Start at Upper Colo bush fire station and head up Gospers Ridge then down Mailes Ridge to Paul Landa Picnic area on the Colo, then back along the Colo River to the fire station. This walk mostly on track but has some ups and downs and is 'not without interest.' Approx. 6hrs, 18 km and 600 m ascent
Map: Mountain Lagoon

Sat - 21-Sep-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Nobles Canyon
Explore beyond Nobles Canyon. Interesting cliffline, pagodas and great views over Carne Creek
Map: Cullen Bullen

Fri - 20-Sep-2019
4 MHX - Abseiling
David Crevasse
David Crevasse is a dry canyon accessed via the Mt Banks picnic area. There is a long but picturesque walk (6kms) along the ridge to get there. There are 6 abseils and then on the walk out from the canyon a prussick of around 8 metres to get back to the track out. You need to be confident with prussicking to come on this trip. There will be a limit of 6 participants.
Map: Mt Wilson

Wed - 18-Sep-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Blackmans Crown, Capertee
A circumnavigation of Blackmans Crown with a climb to the top for an awesome view. Some scrambling and a short ascent and descent.Short day walk.
Map: Capertee

Sun - 15-Sep-2019
5 H - Abseiling
Abseiling - Whore bed, Africa Wall and Kilimanjaro
Five abseils. Three abseils in Whores Bed, then walk up via Devil's Hole track and do Africa Wall (40 m) and Kilimanjaro (50 m) abseils. Kilimanjaro is mostly overhanging abseil and has a tricky start. Head for heights required. Exposure guaranteed. If there is enough interest and power to walk up Devil's Hole track again, we may throw in chock stone abseils as well.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 15-Sep-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Valley of The Waters to Sublime Point via 4 Passes
Conservation Hut-Empress Falls-Roberts Pass-Lindeman Pass-Gladstone Pass- Copelands PassCombining 4 historic Passes. Stunning valley views, beautiful Passes, interesting terrain, waterfalls, rainforest.Copeland Pass invloves rock scrambling, exposure. Agility, fitness required. Strenuous walk, fit adventurous walkersAscents 1000 metres. Distance 10 kmJoint activity, Bush Club
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 14-Sep-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Abseil Training for Beginners
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

Sat - 14-Sep-2019
3 MX - Bike Ride
Bike trip on road exploring the country south of Walllerawang
Explore the country lanes south of Wallerawang by bike. Lovely undulating hills, quiet roads and we will try to get to the Wallerawang coffee shop for morning tea. Distance not extreme an enjoyable cycle
Map: Portland

Sat - 14-Sep-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Grose Valley - Govetts Leap to Pierce's Pass
We will descend from Govetts Leap on the Williams Track to the base of Bridal Veil falls then onto Junction Rock and the beautiful Blue Gum forest for lunch. From here we follow the Grose via Little Blue Gum to Pierce's Pass. A total of 14 km and approximately 500m descent and ascent - a full day of walking and a car shuffle involved
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 14-Sep-2019
5 H - Abseiling
Nightmare Canyon
Nightmare canyon is situated near Newnes and you access it via the Pipeline track. It is a great canyon and there are eight, fairly tricky abseils. It is a grade 5 canyon so not suitable for beginners or those with limited abseiling experience.
Map: Mt Morgan

Thu - 12-Sep-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
mystery mountain zobel's pointing gulley
steep climb to top of mystery mtn. and walk to zobels pt. then descend to old newnes railway via zobels gulley then return to base of mountain.at least 400 m.up and down.12 km.joint walk with ANB club
Map: Ben Bullen

Wed - 11-Sep-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Zig Zag railway loop, Clarence
Starting and finishing at Clarence, a loop walk with lots of history and great views. Bring lunch, morning tea and a torch for the tunnels.
Map: Lithgow

Mon - 09-Sep-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Norths Siding and tramway alignment, Katoomba
Investigate what remains of the tramway, suspension bridge and Norths Siding which carried the coal skips from the current Scenic World to the main Railway Line, Katoomba, plus more. Strictly limited numbers
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 08-Sep-2019
3 MX - Day Walk
Lockleys Pylon, Du Faurs head and Yardleys cave
This is a classic walk coming off the Mt Hay Rd at Leura. We walk along a ridge to the pylon and then proceed along the cliff edge to Du Faurs head before heading back to to Yardleys cave. This is a large overhang with views of the Grose valley. Great sleeping cave!
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 07-Sep-2019
5 HX - Day Walk
North of Little Capertee Creek
From Newnes we will walk West along Little Capertee Creek until it divides and narrows. From there we will head steeply up a gully to the North. Once on the top we will make our way East on the broken ridge line until we find a notch that provides an easy way through the cliffs below the Altar Room. Then it is a steep descent to the creek and a short walk back to Newnes. The walk is mostly off-track. All except the first and last hour will be exploratory for the leaders. Expect some scrambling, wild country, great views and a pogoda-fest. Graded 5 because of the exploratory nature of the walk. Co-leader is Lisa Harvey.
Map: Ben Bullen

Wed - 04-Sep-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Across the Jamison valley
Walk from the Golden Stairs past Ruined Castle, and head off across the Jamison Valley.we descend 700 m to Kedumba creek, cross over, and head back up to Lindemans track at the base of sublime point. we will then ascend up Copelands Pass to the top of sublime point.This will be a moderately paced walk, with large ascent/descent.Some exposure land climbing on Copeland pass.
Map: Jamison

Wed - 04-Sep-2019
1 E - Day Walk
Mount Tomah, Botanical Gardens
Easy day walk, bring lunch, social day out enjoying the gardens.
Map: Mt Wilson

Mon - 02-Sep-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Coxs Road and Lockyers Road
This is the third walk of the Historical crossing walking tracks. From Mount York walk down Coxs Road and return via Lockyers Road, a half day with plenty of explained history.
Map: Hartley

Sat - 31-Aug-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Balcony Point Du Faurs Creek circle from Bells Line of Road
Part exploratory along the pagoda ridges to Balcony Point overlooking Clatterteeth Canyon and then back via a different route. Marvallous views good going
Map: Wollangambe

Fri - 30-Aug-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Ariadne Thread and Theseus Slot
Park 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, including Theseus Slot, moving westwards, until about GR 417 234. Exit via Ariadne Thread and Minotaur Lair Gully. Scrambling and exposure. About 10km.
Map: Ben Bullen

Mon - 26-Aug-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Lockyers Road and Lawsons Long Alley
Park one vehicle on Mount York Road at the junction with Lawsons Long Alley, 438 815 and another on Mount York Road at 434 847. Starting at the top of Lockyers Road and walking down it to approx. 434 847 and then off track descending the spur there to the east to connect with Waltons Road approx. 441 847 and then walking back up Lawsons Long Alley. About 200m +&- and about 8km. Joint walk with The Bush Club.
Map: Hartley

Sun - 25-Aug-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Castle Head Abseil
Castle Head Abseil is situated 1 km further along the road from the barrier at Narrow Neck, Katoomba. We do a car shuffle form the Golden Stairs car park to the barrier. There are 6 abseils down the cliff, the longest of which is 45 metres. There is a fairly exposed step across a gap between 2 cliffs after Abseil 4. At the end of the abseils, we walk down the ridge to the tourist track close to the Ruined Castle, then back up the Golden Stairs to Narrow Neck.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 25-Aug-2019
3 MX - Day Walk
Trig Overhangs, Rhubarb Rock and Shattered Canyon - Narrow Neck Plateau
A walk out along Narrow Neck Plateau to see places shown on the 1961 Nelly's Glen Map. I've been past these spots a many times without paying too much attention. Time to have a better look and perhaps visit Rice Terrace. 30% off track with some thick heath. 10k, 900m ascent/descent.
Map: Jamison

Sat - 24-Aug-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Malaita pt. - Abseiling trip
This is a re-scheduled trip from 10 August. Malaita Point entry is close to Scenic World. There are up to 7 abseils and we finish on the main track which is close to Furber steps.If there is enough time and interest, we can also do Juggler incthe afternoon.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 24-Aug-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Malaita pt. - Abseiling trip
This is a re-scheduled trip from 10 August. Malaita Point entry is close to Scenic World. There are up to 7 abseils and we finish on the main track which is close to Furber Steps. We will return to Scenic World. If there is time and enough interest, Guy has agreed to lead Malaita Walls in the afternoon. There are 5 abseils down the cliff wall which are bigger and more exposed than Malaita Point. The first abseil in particular is 45 metres and exposed so it is a harder grade than Malaita Point.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 24-Aug-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Traverse of the Ridges of Dunn
This walk was cancelled on 10th Aug owing to snow.The Ridges of Dunn are a series of parallel rocky ridges to the SW (approx. 2 km) of Wollangambe Crater. They show up particularly well in the Google Earth view (attached file).We start along the track to Wollangambe Crater and cut east at the first creek and then slightly south down to another creek which feeds into Wollangambe Creek. We cross this creek and head up the central ridge of Dunn, which is a playground of pagodas, and have a look at the parallel ridges to the E and W. Then we head back along a ridge to the W then S which leads to the heavy vehicle Inspection station at Bell. This is reasonably open and the last half is lightly tracked.The central part of the walk is off track but open. The pagoda ridges offer scrambling, or detours around the scrambling, depending on how you feel. The open nature of the ridges makes for excellent views. The walk will last approx. 6 hrs and I am grading it as 4 but it is on the easy side of that.
Map: Wollangambe

Fri - 23-Aug-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Historic tracks of the Foy's Hydro Majestic
Retracing the maze of tracks built in the Hey day of the Hydro. We will visit 3 Brothers, the Flying Fox, the Sunbath, the Coloseum Track to the landslide section, and Mark's Tomb finishing on the Wonderland track and returning via Station St past the Hydro itself
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 23-Aug-2019
5 HX - Pack Walk
Wollemi National Park: Lee Creek and Bylong Labyrinth
A 3-day adventure. From a base camp at Lee Creek, explore the surrounding wild terrain of Bylong Labyrinth. Further details to be advised.
Map: Not Specified

Wed - 21-Aug-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Lions head and the goat track
We will walk out to lions head pass and down into kedumba valley to the clearing, then proceed along the road till we join the track up goats head pass. The pass involves a climb up some chains and has some exposure.then we will climb up to kedumba gate. Car shuffle will be required
Map: Jamison

Mon - 19-Aug-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Berghofers Pass, Mount Victoria
Half day walk from Mount York Road follow Berghofers Pass until it meets the highway and return, and then a drive out to the end of Mount York Road. The history and maps of when this was listed as the Great Western Highway will all be explained.
Map: Hartley

Sun - 18-Aug-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Altar Room
Walk up Little Capertee Creek to the Altar Room and across the top with spectacular views. We will then descent via a canyon like slot to the Newnes camp ground.The walk has one short 'climby' bit, where we pull the packs up and can then use the rope as a hand-line to assist people getting up if necessary.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 17-Aug-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Box Creek Waterfalls - Kanangra Boyd Nation Park
The Waterfalls of Box Creek are spectacular after rain. Black Banksia Falls, Box Creek Falls and the Dungalla Cascades should be flowing after the recent rain. All off-track through open forest but not a big walk - 6k in total, 400m ascent/descent.
Map: Shooters Hill

Sat - 17-Aug-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Hat hill, Bald hill, Bennetts Lookout
We have a gentle walk towards the edge of the Grose valley along the Hat hill ridge.Fabulous views, easy half day.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 17-Aug-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Hole-in-the-Rock Abseil
A winter abseil trip (with 1 pitch into waist deep water, so change of clothes needed) and with a "testing" scramble over the pool at the H-I-R. 5 abseils up to 30m. Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 17-Aug-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Newnes State Forest: Silkpod Point and Silkpod Gorge
Park the cars on Fire Trail No. 4 off Sunnyside Ridge Road, at about GR 402 078. Head south east into a gorge and down to the junction with Carne Creek. Continue downstream and explore 2-3 other ravines running north before reconnecting with the cars. About 7km.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Fri - 16-Aug-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Little Capertee Creek and the Plateau to the South
From the camping ground at Newnes, walk along Little Capertee Creek to about GR 380 250, then climb to plateau top, head east to about GR 390 250 and descend a tributary creek. Return to Newnes camping ground. About 14km. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Ben Bullen

Thu - 15-Aug-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Eldorado Ledge,Ariadne Thread and MinotaurLair
late notice walk.Joint walk with ANB.Steep climb(350m),rock scrambling.short tape assisted descent, level dry slot canyon.
Map: Ben Bullen

Wed - 14-Aug-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Under cliff, Over cliff track
An relatively easy 1/2 day walk starting at the Conservation Hut and we'll explore all the lookouts over the Jamison Valley and side tracks returning to the Conservation Hut via the Short Cut track.
Map: Jamison

Mon - 12-Aug-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Blair Athol Coal Mine
Blair Athol Coal Mine close to Mount Victoria has a fascinating history. The mine and the surrounding area ruins, ventilation shaft, explosive storage will be checked out with oral history of the mine. A half day walk. Keith Painter author of the Chert Bubble, Mount Victoria will be a guide
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 11-Aug-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Mystery walk Blackheath
This walk has beautiful views of the Grose valley and lush sections of rainforest. Mostly on track but some muddy areas. Short day.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 10-Aug-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Malaita pt. - Abseiling trip
This is a trip to celebrate Gerard,s birthday! There are 6 abseils down the cliff where you can enjoy great views. There is an optional 7th abseil at the end. We meet at Scenic World with short walk to the first abseil. We finish on the main track below and then its a climb up the Furber steps to Scenic World.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 10-Aug-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Mount York
A 10km Circuit walk starting at beautiful Barden Lookout, Mt York. We will follow Coxs Descent (approx 260m) and admire the historical markings and signs of the first road over the mountains, built in 1815. Then return up the pretty Lockyer's Pass ( 260 m ascent), started in 1835 but never completed.
Map: Hartley

Sat - 10-Aug-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Traverse of the Ridges of Dunn
The Ridges of Dunn are a series of parallel rocky ridges to the SW (approx. 2 km) of Wollangambe Crater. They show up particularly well in the Google Earth view (attached file).We start along the track to Wollangambe Crater and cut east at the first creek and then slightly south down to another creek which feeds into Wollangambe Creek. We cross this creek and head up the central ridge of Dunn, which is a playground of pagodas, and have a look at the parallel ridges to the E and W. Then we head back along a ridge to the W then S which leads to the heavy vehicle Inspection station at Bell. This is reasonably open and the last half is lightly tracked.The central part of the walk is off track but open. The pagoda ridges offer scrambling, or detours around the scrambling, depending on how you feel. The open nature of the ridges makes for excellent views. The walk will last approx. 6 hrs and I am grading it as 4 but it is on the easy side of that.
Map: Wollangambe

Wed - 07-Aug-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Berghofer's Pass
From Mount York Road follow the 1912 (?) Berghofer's Pass down to its junction with Victoria Pass. Early automobiles were unable to cope with the steepness of Victoria Pass and the alternative route was used.Easy half day walk.
Map: Hartley

Wed - 07-Aug-2019
5 H - Abseiling
Coinslot Canyon
Coinslot a short canyon is near the Capertee camping ground at Glen Davis. There is a demanding climb through the cliffs to reach the first abseil. Rick Jamieson grades this canyon as 6. There are five abseils. The "coinslot' abseil is a 30m drop in a narrow crack and is quite spectacular.
Map: Glen Alice

Sun - 04-Aug-2019
1 E - Meeting
AGM 2019
The clubs AGM will be held at Don and Karin's in Evans Lookout Road, Blackheath. Walks will be held after the meeting.Please do not post other walks on that day. More information will be circulated via the googlegroup.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 03-Aug-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Penrose Gully & Tiger Snake Canyons
Two excellent dry(ish) canyons with a very interesting abseil into the dark section. Mostly on reasonable track. Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Rock Hill

Sat - 03-Aug-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Wild Dogs Circuit
Green Gully - Ironmonger - Cox's River - Blue Dog Spur - Knights Deck - Cattle Dog Ridge - Hobbles Spur The classic tour of the Wild Dogs
Map: Jenolan

Fri - 02-Aug-2019
5 HX - Day Walk
Mugii Murum-ban SCA: Pagoda Spurs and Ravines West of Genowlan Gorge
Park on the plateau at GR 250 324. Walk down Genowlan Mountain Trail to about GR 255 329 and find a way up a north-south running defile. Check the pagodas around GR 255 332 and to the south of there. From here, check the ravine and slots to the north west, then walk out on the spur to the south at GR 2525 3300. Now, use the next defile to the west to descend and eventually return back to the cars. About 8km. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Glen Alice

Wed - 31-Jul-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Radiata Plateau
An easy half day walk to the trig with a view to the south as far as Cloudmaker and Crafts Walls and 180 Degrees to the North. The rock platform looks down on Back Creek in the Megalong with Kanimbla Valley in the distance. A panorama.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 28-Jul-2019
2 EM - Abseiling
Prussik and Rescue Practice Day
This is an informal practice day to consolidate safety and rescue skills. The venue is Yellow Rock Lookout (above the Nepean River, follow Singles Ridge Rd from Winmalee) . The day will be very much do your own thing and learn from each other. I will have some ropes and rope protectors. Bring your own ropes. You can practise abseiling, try different descenders and ascenders, learn to tie knots, prussik, tie off, lower using a munter hitch, pass a knot and top belay. Mechanical advantage systems will be used to practise rescues. Please let me know if you will join us and arrive whenever you like. We will start at 1030. I will have prussik cords for people who would like to learn to prussik. This day is for members who are in the UBMBC canyoning program. A learn to abseil day for members will be held soon.
Map: Springwood

Sat - 27-Jul-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Dione Dell Canyon
This is a mainly dry canyon trip, near Kanangra Walls, that involves 5 abseils, with the longest being 32 metres. You may get your feet wet in one or two sections and there is a short thigh deep traverse.. All abseils have easy starts and it is a good trip for members new to abseiling.
Map: Kanangra

Sat - 27-Jul-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Hippocrene / Vera Falls
Starting at Wentworth Falls head down the rock face past the falls. Icy dip in the water optional! Head down Slacks stairs and on to Hippocrene falls and past Vera falls. Depending on time and energy we can either head back up valley of the waters or Roberts pass. Various easy routes to choose from to get back to the start.
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 26-Jul-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Zorro and Pleasant View Canyons
Zorro, Grade 3, is a very short canyon on a fire trail off Sunnyside Ridge on the Newnes plateau. There are three abseils. A short one in a slot, tricky one in the dark, down a sloping rock into a knee deep pool and a nice 20 m abseil at the end of the canyon. The exit is up a wonderful rainforest gully. After abseiling into the pool on abseil 2 you can change clothes immediately and remain dry for the rest of the day. Pleasant View Canyon is very close to Zorro. There are no abseils. It is a nice, walk through canyon ending with great views of Carne Creek and the cliffs opposite. There are holes and cracks to explore. These canyons are suitable for less experienced canyoners and are a lot of fun.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Wed - 24-Jul-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Castle Head
Half day walk on track to an awesome lookout and return.If easy midweek walks are wanted please show support.
Map: Jamison

Tue - 23-Jul-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Donkey Mt
Situated in the Wolgan Valley, North of Lithgow, Donkey Mt, is a unique combination of pagodas, caves, passages, and mini canyons. A steep climb and descent are required to reach what has been described as “an adventure playground for bushwalkers”. I have been exploring and mapping Donkey Mt for twelve years and always find something of interest. This walk is an introduction to Donkey Mt and will cover most of the basic features. We will visit, Jenny Craig Crevasse, the Titanic, the Green Room, the Columns, Donkey Canyon and the Grand Hall. The walk is suitable for experienced walkers who must be prepared to squeeze through tight passages, climb pagodas and crawl through tunnels.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sun - 21-Jul-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Hole in the Rock canyon
Hole in the Rock is a mostly dry canyon, although you do get wet in a small pool, possibly less than waist deep, at the end of the second abseil. There are 5 abseils up to 30 metres. At the end of the third abseil, there is an exciting bridging activity to avoid another pool. Access is similar to Windows Canyon, 4 kms this side of Newnes, on the Wolgan road.
Map: Not Specified

Sun - 21-Jul-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
The Rain Cave and Pyramid Rock
Pyramid Rock is situated in Carne Creek on the Newnes Plateau. We park on Fire Trail 7 on the Glowworm Tunnel road and descend to the Weather Cave and the Rain Cave on the edge of the cliffs. Next there is a great scramble up the Governors Pagoda for great views, Photos on Michael's Chair are optional. We follow the cliff line to the Gemini Cave then descend steeply into the valley to Cleopatra's Needle and Pyramid Rock. Climbing Pyramid Rock is optional. We return to the cliffs and climb Miracle Pass. On our way back to the vehicles we visit the remarkable Double Arch Cave. It is a demanding day. Bookings open on Mon 15 July.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 20-Jul-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Girdwood Ridge - Holts Heaven
Clarence Fire Trail - Girdwood Ridge Holts Heaven. Time to explore this magnificent pagoda area again.
Map: Wollangambe

Fri - 19-Jul-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

Thu - 18-Jul-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Dalpura Track, Birrabang Brook, Yileen Spur
Distance 10K, Ascents/Descents 290m. Off track components, mild exposure, use of climbing tape.
Map: Mt Wilson

Wed - 17-Jul-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Looking Glass Canyon
Looking Glass is in the cliffs above the Wolgan River at Newnes. We begin with a 5 km walk on the Wolgan River Fire trail then climb through the cliffs and enter the canyon by a side abseil. There are five, mainly short abseils and some waist deep pools.On e abseil has a difficult start. Looking Glass joins Firefly Canyon giving us three more abseils. We return along the Wolgan River Fire Trail. It's a long, demanding day.
Map: Mt Morgan

Mon - 15-Jul-2019
3 M - Bike Ride
Cycle trip from Blackheath station to Hanging Rock
Cycle ride along Ridgewell road, through the national park until we reach the track to Hanging Rock. Park the bikes and walk to the wonderful views from Hanging rock. The return journey to Blackheath station should take around 2 and a half hours, and give us time to enjoy the views. If we still feel energetic, we could continue the ride along the back streets to Govetts Leap Lookout and back to the station. The trip would be a half day and finish by lunchtime. You will need a mountain or hybrid bike.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 14-Jul-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Malaita Wall abseil
Malaita Wall is a multi-pitch abseil trip with 5 abseils, the longest being 45 metres; It is similar to the Malaita Point abseil trip but the abseils are longer and the first one of 45 metres is more exposed. At the end of the abseils we will walk up Furber Steps.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 13-Jul-2019
5 H - Pack Walk
Splendour Rock
From Dunphys Campground walk down Carlon Creek, cross Breakfast Creek and up Blackhorse Ridge, Mobbs Swamp and onto Mt Dingo to camp near Splendour Rock. Splendour Rock has one of the most spectacular views in the Blue Mountains (just my opinion). The next day return on the Eastern side of Mt Dingo, Mt Merrimerrigal, Mt Warrigal, down Blackhorse Gap, Medlow Gap and walk the fire trail back to Dunphys.
Map: Jenolan

Sat - 13-Jul-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Wolgan State Forest: Western Escarpment of Wolgan Valley
Find out why this part of the Gardens of Stone region must be protected for future generations. After placing vehicles at each end of the walk, leave from near Wolgan Gap Trig, climb to the top of the cliff line, then follow the ins and outs of the cliff line for about 7km. Stunning views.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Fri - 12-Jul-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Gardens of Stone National Park: Koan Cave and Flying Carpet
Park one car at GR 419 130 off Glowworm Tunnel Road and another car at GR 415 150. From the second car, take an old fire trail north west, then descend the Long Zig Zag Pass. Continue south east underneath the cliff line, visit the incredible Flying Carpet and then Koan Cave. Move generally south under the cliffs until the Koan Pass. Re-connect with the cars. Scrambling and exposure. About 6 km.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Thu - 11-Jul-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Windows canyon
Windows canyon is a dry canyon with 7 abseils rangingfrom 5m to 29 metres for the final abseil. The access point is about 4 kms this skde of Newnes, on the Wolgan road. Possible wet feet, but unlikely with the dry weather. At the end of the third abseil, there is a great morning tea/lunch ledge with views down the Wolgan.
Map: Not Specified

Mon - 08-Jul-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Rienits Mine site
Located Victoria Creek and accessed via Ridgewell Road, Blackheath. approx. 8km off track and 6km on firetrail. Recent history by the leader has come to me about this site.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 07-Jul-2019
3 M - Abseiling
David Crevasse - 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

Sat - 06-Jul-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Mount Townsend
This walk explores a small section of the Southern end of the Colo Wilderness. It starts near Upper Colo, about 40 minutes drive from Richmond and 90 minutes drive from Blackheath. Lisa and I can provide transport from Richmond railway station. Car sharing from the upper blue mountains may be possible. From the start of Bob Turner's track we will head South and then West to Mount Townsend. The aim is to find a way down one of the ridges to the North of Mount Townsend and meet up with Bob Turner's track. If there's time we could head down to the Colo River before returning along Bob Turner's track to the cars. Mostly off-track walking, possibly with some scrambling but nothing exposed or scary. The middle section (North from Mount Townsend to Bob Turner's track) will be exploratory.
Map: Mountain Lagoon

Sat - 06-Jul-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
To the N and W of Maiyingu Marragu (Blackfellows Hands )Cave
With today's other walk booked out, I would like to explore the area to the north and west of Maiyingu Marragu. It will be partly exploratory as we make our way north and then west to the pagoda surrounded valleys and hills to the east. We will return to Maiyingu Marragu via the 4WD track. Having seen "Destination Pagoda" this week , this is one of the areas where there is some damage but the country is great to explore. Ledges to be avoided!
Map: Cullen Bullen

Thu - 04-Jul-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Spiral Canyon
Spiral is a dry canyon on the Newnes Plateau with four abseils. There is a 6km fire trail walk before we reach the turn off then push through thick bush to the canyon. It is an open canyon and not high quality but it has two really good abseils.The canyon ends opposite Rock Island in Deans Creek which is very pleasant walking for about 500m. The exit is by a steep gully with a rock scramble up the cliffs. We then push through thick bush to return on the fire trail.
Map: Mt Morgan

Sun - 30-Jun-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Darwin Walk/Wentworth Pass
This classic walk has been reopened. Ascents/Descents 400m (lots of steps) Distance 11kmPlease provide mobile phone number on booking.Joint UBMBC/ANB walk.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 30-Jun-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Wild Gorge, Split Rock and the Cosmic Cave
A spectacular walk in a tributary of Carne Creek on the Newnes Plateau.A descent of a ridge brings us to Wild Gorge and the Dome Cave. We follow the creek through thick bush to Split Rock and climb one of the rocks. After finding a creek crossing we climb under the cliffs to Cosmic Cave, one of the largest caves on the Newnes Plateau. A climb through the cliffs takes us back to the vehicles. Wonderful ,wild scenery the whole way. This walk was discovered by Michael Keats, Yuri Bolotin and Brian Fox in 2015. Bookings open on 24 June.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 29-Jun-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Malaita Point
A relatively easy multi pitch abseil trip but with exit now by Giant Stairway as Furber Steps are likely to be closed (if not we will take the easier Furber Steps exit). Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 21-Jun-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Exploring Airlie
We will car camp at Airlie on Friday night.On Saturday we'll head up the hill (off track) and wend our way to "Gnome Gully " a beautiful rainforest gully before exploring other areas with interesting pagodas and other features.On Sunday, we'll have a short walk along a fire trail to see the cave houses and other features of historical interest.Walkers not wishing to camp can meet us on Saturday.
Map: Glen Alice

Fri - 21-Jun-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: From Capertee Creek Gorge to Little Capertee Creek via Newnes Balcony
Set up a car shuffle. Walk into Capertee Creek Gorge until GR 386 243 then climb out to the north east via the western part of Newnes Balcony. Continue north east and descend into Little Capertee Creek. Scrambling and exposure. About 10km.
Map: Ben Bullen

Wed - 19-Jun-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Birrabang Ridge, Yileen Spur and Liversidge Hill
Walk down Yileen Spur, cross Yileen Gully onto Birrabang Ridge and continue on to Liversidge Hill. Traverse NW & pick up Birrabang Ridge to walk out. 10km +/-400m.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 15-Jun-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Thr Flying Carpet
The Flying Carpet is a wonderful rock formation above Carne Creek on the Newnes Plateau. It is only two metres wide and projects horizontally from the cliff face. It reached by scrambling under the cliffs and a rope assisted climb. We also visit Koan cave then follow the cliff line for some excellent views of Carne Creek. After pushing through some thick scrub we walk through open forest back to our vehicles. This walk is for experienced bushwalkers. 4WD vehicles are need because the Glowworm tunnel road is in poor condition. Bookings open on 8 June.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 15-Jun-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Windows Abseil Canyon
A dry canyon (possible wet feet) with great views into the Wolgan Valley. Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sun - 09-Jun-2019
5 HX - Day Walk
Donekey Mt - A path less travelled
We visit some of the less accessible features of Donkey Mt - possibly Hidden Canyon, The Dark Side, Terrace Canyon and the Bermuda Triangle. This walk is for experienced walkers who have visited Donkey Mt previously. Bookings open on 1st June.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 08-Jun-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Ben Bullen State Forest: From Heaven to Hell and Back
Find out why this part of the Gardens of Stone region must be protected for future generations. This is a walk of great contrasts. We will drive to a spot off the Great Dividing Range and make our way through the soaring pagodas into the stunning Hall of Elrond and then down into the green valley and to the edge of an open cut coalmine. Using another ridge, we will then make our way back up to the top of the Great Dividing Range and the cars through more stunning pagodas. Scrambling and exposure. About 8km.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 08-Jun-2019
4 MHX - Canyon
Twin Canyon and Nobles Canyon
We will park just to the north of the Nobles Canyon parking area and head west to the cliff edge. We will then follow the cliff edge north and eventually find a way down to the end of Twin Canyon. After some exploration we will follow the canyon south to the watershed and then down into Nobles Canyon. We will walk towards the entrance to Nobles canyon and then follow one of the gully's north to where the cars are parked. Some short exploratory sections. Some mild exposure on the descent to Twin Canyon and a a leg up and scramble needed to exit from Twin Canyon. On the border of the Ben Bullen/Cullen Bullen maps
Map: Ben Bullen

Fri - 07-Jun-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Ridges West of Bulga
Drive to Bulga on Putty Road and ascend Milbrodale Ridge. Walk west and climb Mount Whybrow. Continue west on Milbrodale Ridge for as far as the time permits. Return the same way. Rarely visited and very pretty area. About 12km.
Map: Not Specified

Sat - 01-Jun-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Pool of Siloam to Conservation Hut
A pleasant half day walk starting in Leura via Lyrebird Dell, Pool of Siloam then Leura's back streets to Fairmont Resort track to Lilians Bridge and Nature Trail ending at conservation Hut Wentworth falls. A few deviations to lookouts on the way. Suitable for new walkers, photographers and the less experienced.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 01-Jun-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Red Ridge area Kings Tableland
Further to our initial exploratory last year. A look at Mount White and Mount Gibson which we saw but didn't conquer!! Only disadvantage is a 4 km walk in along a good trail and return.
Map: Jamison

Sat - 01-Jun-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Violet Crumble Crevasse
This abseil trip involves 5 abseils from 10 to 60 metres. The 60 metre abseil is exposed but not hard. There is off track walking. There are difficult pagodas to climb over with flaky edges. Narrow rock ledges to negotiate. Scrambling skills required. Meeting spot will be Lidsdale.
Map: Ben Bullen

Mon - 27-May-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Mount Hay and Butterbox Point
From the end of Mount Hay Road, Leura follow the walking track to Butterbox Point and Mount Hay Trig. About 8km, wonderful views and history.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 26-May-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Ben Bullen State Forest Series – The Northern Valleys
Ben Bullen State Forest west of the Great Dividing Range 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. This unique area is currently under serious threat from mining. Find out why this area must be protected for future generations. About 8k. All off track, some rock scrambling and exposure.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 25-May-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Castle Head Abseil
Multi pitch abseil trip with great views & some exposure. Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 25-May-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Glenbrook, Glenbrook Creek, Kanuka Brook, Red Hands Cave
Meet at the Blue Mountains National Park entrance at Glenbrook. Walk down the road to the Causeway then upstream along Glenbrook Creek via Blue Pool to Duck Pool by the junction with Kanuka Brook (approx. 3 km). This stretch is partly tracked and reasonably open. Head up Kanuka Creek for approx. 1 km. There is an intermittent track marked by splodges of blue paint. Then head up a gully to the left (south) for 50m until it forks. Climb the ridge between, weave through some cliff lines (always marked with blue paint) and follow a clear track on the ridge until it meets Red Hands fire trail. Turn left and make your way down to the Red Hands Cave. Continue down the track to the junction with Camp Fire Creek (1.5 km). Turn left here and follow Camp Fire Creek downstream to the Glenbrook Causeway. Cross the causeway and climb back up the road to the park entrance.Approx. 6 hrs, 13 km, 400 m ascent.Links to a couple of blogs of this walk - a Tom Brennan blog https://bushwalkingnsw.com/walk.php?nid=729 and a David Noble blog http://www.david-noble.net/blog/?p=6290
Map: Penrith

Fri - 24-May-2019
3 M - Pack Walk
A romp around Kanangra
We will meet at Boyd river on Friday and explore the magnificent Morong Falls.On Saturday we'll go to Pages Pinnacle, a classic walk on the plateau with constant stunning views.On Sunday, we do a short walk to Box creek falls before heading home.Mostly easy walking with not much ascent/descent or scary edges.This is a car camp with day walks.
Map: Kanangra

Fri - 24-May-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Blue Mountains National Park: Mount Banks to Pierces Pass Traverse
A spectacular cliff edge traverse, connecting these two iconic destinations. Exploratory for the leader. Scrambling and exposure. About 6km.
Map: Mt Wilson

Mon - 20-May-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Fortress Ridge
Once again 3rd time lucky to put on the Fortress Ridge half day walk, the last two times it was raining so we diverted to the waterfalls. Great views and history.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 19-May-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Megalong Ledges
As referenced in Jim Smith’s “How to see the Blue Mountains” 2nd edition, walk No. 83 on page 44. A series of ledges with some scrubby sections between. No real exposure or rock climbing involved. We start at Medlow Bath behind the Hydro-Majestic and finish above Black's Ladder on Radiata Plateau.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 19-May-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Nellies Glen to Devils Hole.
Pretty walk through rainforest, some firetrial and an interesting exit gully. Includes many steps, a bit of mud and a little scramble on exit. Please state if you can help shuffle walkers the short distance to and from Katoomba station. This is a combined walk with ANB so I would appreciate if you could let me know that you are UBMBC. Thank you. Distance 10KM, Ascents/Descents 450m
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 18-May-2019
5 H - Abseiling
Kalang Falls Abseil - Kanangra Walls
There are 10 abseils with the longest being 50 metres, and 6 of them over 30 metres. Most abseils are exposed with great views. A lot of rock scrambling but the trip is dry but you may get your feet wet in one or two spots. A very steep and long climb out. A long day involved and an early start will be needed.
Map: Kanangra

Sat - 18-May-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Mirrorball Abseil
Abseil trip in the Grose Valley with spectacular views and a great morning tea spot on the Mirrorball. Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 18-May-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: Wollangambe

Sun - 12-May-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Donkey Mountain
An introduction to Donkey Mountain's magic world of passages, mazes, caves and pagodas. A steep climb and descent is involved. Walkers must be prepared to squeeze through narrow passages, crawl through caves and scramble over pagodas. Excellent views of the Wolgan Valley. Expereinced walkers only. No bookings before May 5.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sun - 12-May-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Lochleys Pylon
We walk from the small car park on the Mt Hay Road out to the pylon and the magnificent views of the valley and return. If the road between Fortress Ridge and the start of the walk is still poor we may need 4 wheel drives get through a steep section or walk from the Fortress Ridge carpark. 1/2 day walk.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 11-May-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Lagoon Creek
Walk in country which is totally different to the Blue Mountains and examine old gold mining relics. Check out old tunnels (in solid granite and safe) Short walk but lots of mining history.
Map: Portland

Sat - 11-May-2019
5 H - Pack Walk
Point Nicholson
From Newnes we'll follow Little Capertee Creek, then walk through some delightful pagodas to get to the campsite on a rock shelf overlooking the Capertee Valley with spectacular views of Pantoney's Crown as we watch the sunset. This is a dry camp with no water nearby, so you will have to carry all the water you require for the walk and camp, as the water from Little Capertee Creek is unreliable. This walk is mostly off track, so only walkers with off track pack walking experience please.
Map: Ben Bullen

Fri - 10-May-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Safety and Rescue Practice
This is an informal practice day to consolidate safety and rescue skills. The venue is Mt York basic training site (past the green shed) starting at 1430. The day will be very much do your own thing and learn from each other. You will be able to prussik, tie off, lower using a munter, pass a knot as well as tie a wrap three pull two anchor and top belay. Mechanical advantage systems will be used to rescue. Please let me know if you will join us and arrive whenever you like. I will have prussik cords for people who would like to learn to prussik.Regards,On Friday 10 May we will have an informal practice day to consolidate safety and rescue skills. The venue is Mt York basic training site (past the green shed) starting at 1430. The day will be very much do your own thing and learn from each other. You will be able to prussik, tie off, lower using a munter, pass a knot as well as tie a wrap three pull two anchor and top belay. Mechanical advantage systems will be used to rescue. Please let me know if you will join us and arrive whenever you like. Io will have prussik cords for people who would like ot klearn to prussic.Regards,
Map: Hartley

Thu - 09-May-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Abseil Training for Beginners
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

Sun - 05-May-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Boars Head Abseil
A dry multi-pitch abseil trip with some great views and lots of exposure in the slot (not for the faint hearted). 5 abseils up to 50m. Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Rock Hill

Sat - 04-May-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Ropeway across Jamison Valley
Down Furber Steps and then follow the cables (intermittently) from Malaita Point across the valley to the Ruined Castle and return by the Federal Pass to Furber Steps. A walk through history.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 28-Apr-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Jenolan Caves Circuit
Park at Jenolan Cabins and walk down the Six Foot Track to Jenolan Caves. The Devils Coachhouse is closed due to a rock fall so we will go to the McKeowns Valley and follow the river to Rowe's cottage ruins and the ascend a steep ridge to the cabins. About 12 Kms.
Map: Jenolan

Sat - 27-Apr-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Mt Solitary Traverse
The classic walk Kings Tableland - over Solitary finish - Golden Stairs traversing the Jamison Valley. Some very steep sections about 20 kms and 9 -10 hrs walking so an early start to get it in before dark Walk will be at a moderate pace - fit walkers only, please
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 27-Apr-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Zorro Canyon
A reasonably easy abseiling canyon with 1 tricky chimney to avoid waist deep water. 2 or 3 abseils up to 25m. Great views as we walk in from the top. Wet feet, but no swimming. Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Fri - 26-Apr-2019
5 HX - Day Walk
Mugii Murum-ban SCA: West of Genowlan Trig
Leave one vehicle at GR 243 305 on Glen Davis Road and drive another to GR 249 322 on the plateau. Climb onto the escarpment and walk southwards, enjoying spectacular views. Next, explore the area west of Genowlan Trig. Use Citadel Pass South to descend to the first car. Mostly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 8km.
Map: Glen Alice

Wed - 24-Apr-2019
3 M - Pack Walk
Splendour Rock Bushwalkers Anzac Service - overnight walk
Wednesday 24th April to Thursday 25th April. Overnight walk from Carlons Farm in the Megalong Valley out to Splendour Rock and return 14 klm each day. It will be a 5.30 am rise on Anzac day for dawn service at 6.00 am. This site is the bushwalkers memorial site where a plaque was placed in 1948 and the services commenced from that date. The walk is along track all the way with a couple of steep climbs. Water is not available at the campsite and needs to be carried about 3 klms. You would need to carry at least 2 litres of water from this point to get you through the night and for the walk out. Over the last few years it has become popular again with many walking clubs, scouts and other groups attending, with up to 100 people at the service. Meeting place will be in Blackheath at about 0800.Tent and cooking equipment required.
Map: Jenolan

Sun - 21-Apr-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Mt Wilson - Pheasant’s Cave and Tessellated Pavements
Two short, scenic and very different walks showing off the best of Mt Wilson. Approx 9km in total, the first walk has few hills, the second 150m ascent/descent approx. Feel free to do one or both walks.Please advise if you are happy to drive and take passengers.There is no public transport. Contact me by email please.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 21-Apr-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Table Rock in Jenolan State Forest
Walk off track up ridge adjacent to Table rock, then climb Table Rock for a fantastic 360 degree view. Not very long walk but spectacular. See what Bernard O'Reilly did when he climbed up in 1931. The climb up Table Rock is a bit exposed. I will climb and put a tape down.
Map: Hampton

Sat - 20-Apr-2019
5 H - Day Walk
North of Wollangambe 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 - 20-Apr-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Penrose Gully & Tiger Snake Canyons
Two dry abseil canyons. 3 drops up to 20m in Penrose Gully (this section is not for fat people & can be missed). 4 drops up to 25m in Tiger Snake. Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Rock Hill

Fri - 19-Apr-2019
5 HX - Pack Walk
Wollemi National Park: Baker Labyrinth and more
Co-leader Ian Thorpe. A 4-day pack walk adventure that will include crossing of the incredible Baker Labyrinth and exploration of the nearby areas. Details to be advised. Scrambling and exposure. Mostly exploratory.
Map: Not Specified

Mon - 15-Apr-2019
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, named Newnes Galleries on a previous walk. It contains spectacular rock formations. Return the same way. Scrambling and exposure. Partly exploratory. About 6km.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sun - 14-Apr-2019
4 MH - Creek
Budgary Creek - upstream from River Caves - Newnes Plateau
The walk involves creek walking in water and high ferns, with compulsory waterfall jumps and slides. A few rope assisted climb downs also. Mostly off track. Wetsuits optional. Need 4wd vehicles to get to start of walk.
Map: Rock Hill

Sat - 13-Apr-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Around the Altar Room
This walk visits the interesting and not-so-often visited area North of the Altar Room (a deep slot in the ridge that separates Little Capertee and Canobla Creeks, near Newnes). Rather than going through the Altar room we go around it. From Newnes we head West up Little Capertee Creek and then ascend steeply up to the hanging valley below the Altar Room. We then traverse West and North, emerging on the spur that separates the Western and Eastern parts of Canobla Creek. From there we descend an easy slot to the East and traverse around the Northern side of Mount Tricky to Cathedral Pass, from where it is a long and steep but not difficult descent back to Newnes. Around 6 hours of walking, almost all off-track, a few scrubby patches (nothing too bad), little or no scrambling and no exposure.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 13-Apr-2019
3 M - Day Walk
Burra Korain Head
We meet on Ridgewell Rd and follow Burra Korain ridge to the edge of the Grose valley.Mostly on track with interesting rock formations along the way and a spectacular view at the end.Not too much ascent/descent.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 13-Apr-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Jugglers Canyon
Juggler and Grand Canyons are suitable for abseilers of all ability. You do need to have completed the abseil training with UBMBC. Juggler has 6 abseils and is a dry canyon and Grand has one entry abseil with a lovely walk/wade/swim through canyon. They are conveniently situated near each other, so doing both canyons should only take 6 to 7 hours in total.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 07-Apr-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Hole in the Wall canyon
HITW canyon is a wet canyon on the Newnes plateau. There is a 6 km walk in and out. Glow worms are in a tunnel section. There is a great canyon section and a squeeze through or climb over. There are 5 abseils. At the end of HITW there is a 500 m wade through a spectacular section of the Bungleboori canyon.There is just time to do it before the weather gets too cold!
Map: Not Specified

Sun - 07-Apr-2019
2 EM - Day Walk
Slavens Cave
A walk at Wallerawang through open Forest and mainly on track. You need to bring a torch. Afterwards we will drive to Mount Lambie for lunch or afternoon tea with an expansive view. Map is Meadow Flat.
Map: Lithgow

Sat - 06-Apr-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Honeycomb Canyon
A reasonably easy abseil canyon, where with a tricky scramble, you can stay largely dry. 3 or 4 abseils up to 15m. Walk back through the Glow Worm Tunnel so head torch needed. Joint trip with CBC.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 06-Apr-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Newnes State Forest: Temple of Doom, Lost Ark Point and Indiana Gorge
Find out why this area, which is part of the Gardens of Stone region, must be protected for future generations.Drive to GR 332 088 on Blackfellows Hand Trail. Walk north through the magnificent Temple of Doom and then continue exploring the pagodas on the east side of the ridge, heading north. Arrive at the high cliffs above Wolgan Valley and then walk to Lost Arc Point. After enjoying the stunning views, proceed under the cliffs and into Indiana Gorge. Check out the amazing Indiana Slot and the rest of this scenic hidden valley. Exit the gorge at the south end and make our way back to the cars. About 8km. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 06-Apr-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Pantoney's Crown
An Iconic walk via the Northern end. 12 km total length, ascent/descent 600m. There are 2 straight forward rock scrambles involved where a tape will be set. We traverse the entire length and return via the same route. We will follow a well used track from private property to the base.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 06-Apr-2019
3 M - Pack Walk
Tootie Creek
From Mountain Lagoon at the end of the fire trail we'll follow the T3 track down the rocky ridge with spectacular views to the Colo River to camp for the night. The track is well defined but steep in some sections. Very pleasant camping on the sandy banks of the Colo River with the possibility of a swim. Return the same way on Sunday. This is a short walk that will allow for a reasonably early return home on Sunday.
Map: Mountain Lagoon

Fri - 05-Apr-2019
5 HX - Day Walk
Mugii Murum-ban SCA: Pagoda Spurs and Ravines West of Genowlan Gorge
Park on the plateau at GR 250 324. Walk down Genowlan Mountain Trail to about GR 255 329 and find a way up a north-south running defile. Check the pagodas around GR 255 332 and to the south of there. From here, check the ravine and slots to the north west, then walk out on the spur to the south at GR 2525 3300. Now, use the next defile to the west to descend and eventually return back to the cars. About 8km. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Glen Alice

Thu - 04-Apr-2019
4 MH - Abseiling
Galah Canyon
Galah Canyon is an excellent canyon in the lower reaches of Rocky Creek. It features a number of interesting abseils and a magnificent cathedral-like chamber at the end. It requires a fairly long walk in and out, and there is an exposed climb of about 6m back up the cliffs at the end for which we will run a top belay. Expect an 9-10hr day. Wetsuits optional.
Map: Rock Hill

Wed - 03-Apr-2019
3 M - Abseiling
Empress Canyon
Empress canyon is a short and impressive canyon close to the conservation hut in Wentworth Falls. There are several wades and short swims so a wetsuit is recommended. The canyon finishes with a 30 metre abseil into a pool below.
Map: Katoomba

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

Sun - 24-Mar-2019
3 MX - Day Walk
Fortress Ridge
Due to last Monday changing the walk to another location (Prince Henry Cliff Walk) due to bad weather, I am re putting on the Fortress Ridge walk. A half day walk
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 24-Mar-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Serendipity Canyon
Serendipity is a lovely canyon, reasonably short canyon, easy to get to from Mt Wilson fire station and it has up to 6 abseils.
Map: Mt Wilson

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
3 M - Abseiling
Horseshoe Canyon
An short, easy canyon on the Wollangambe River at Mt Wilson. Three abseils. We should finish mid afternoon. This canyon is suitable for beginners.
Map: Wollangambe

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

Wed - 20-Mar-2019
3 M - Creek
Wombeyan Caves and Mares Creek Canyon
Drive to Wombeyan Caves. Go through a cave then set up camp. Fees apply. Thurs 21 March. Swim wade and scramble the spectacular limestone canyon in Mares Creek. Visit a great swimming ho;le with jumps and slides. Wetsuit recommended. Return home mid afternoon.
Map: Yerranderie

Mon - 18-Mar-2019
3 MX - Day Walk
Fortress Ridge
Half day walk along the Fortress Ridge track off Mount Hay Road
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 17-Mar-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Pisgah Rock-Erskine Creek-Dadder Cave- Surrounding Ridges
Descent to Erskine Creek via Monkey Ropes & Lincoln Creeks.Rock-hop through beautiful Erskine Gorge to Dadder Cave Blands Pool.Steep ridge ascent/ descent offering great views. Exit via Pisgah rock.Challenging walk with sections off-track rock-scrambling- some exposure Great rock-pools for swims along Erskine Creek. Interesting varied terrain. Ascents 500 metres. Distance 11 km Joint activity Bush Club
Map: Penrith

Sun - 17-Mar-2019
3 MX - Abseiling
Yileen Canyon
Yileen is an abseiling canyon, located on the south side of Bells Line of Road. There are 4 abseils, the longest is 40 metres. It is easily accessible and the walk in and out is not too long. It suitable for canyoners with some experience.
Map: Mt Wilson

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
4 MH - Abseiling
Galah Canyon
Galah Canyon is an excellent canyon in the lower reaches of Rocky Creek. It features a number of interesting abseils and a magnificent cathedral-like chamber at the end. It requires a fairly long walk in and out, and there is an exposed climb of about 6m back up the cliffs at the end for which we will run a top belay. Expect an 9-10hr day. Wetsuits optional.
Map: Rock Hill

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

Wed - 13-Mar-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

Mon - 11-Mar-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Hat Hill
From Hat Hill a history half day walk to Bennett Lookout, Bald Hill etc
Map: Mt Wilson

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 MH - Day Walk
Lindeman Pass Circuit
Roberts Pass-Lindeman Pass-Copeland Pass-Sublime PassHistoric Tracks-Passes-Great views. Steep scrambly ascent of Copeland Pass-Fixed ropes-some exposure-Requires agility, fitness.Visit nice overhangs below Sublime Point via rock-climbers trackJoint activity Bush Club
Map: Katoomba

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
2 EM - Day Walk
Evans Lookout to Pulpit Rock
The walk starts at Evans Lookout and ends at Pulpit Rock. There will be views and views galore.A car pool is necessary.
Map: Mt Wilson

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 - Canyon
Hat Hill Canyon
No abseils but plenty of rock hoping and scrambling.Meet at 9.00am at Hat Hill car park (next to Hat Hill on Hat Hill Road) and drive some cars to the track in Godson St. Follow the track to Hat Hill Creek. Put on wetsuits. Continue downstream to where Hat Hill Creek plunges into the Grose. Retrace upstream to the exit point. Change into dry clothes for the walk out. If we have time, we will visit the Aboriginal engravings and grinding grooves near the car park. Drive to the start of the walk to collect vehicles.Bring the helmet and dry bags. Wet suit or thermals depending on how you handle cold water. We will be in and out of the creek all day. Shoes that grip on wet rocks. Water. I would not recommend drinking from Hat Hill Creek. There are side creeks where we can refill. Leave a change of clothes in the car.
Map: Mt Wilson

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

Mon - 04-Mar-2019
4 MH - Day Walk
Clarke Head
Ruins of Wallace 1927 house, than walk to Clarke Head and descend to the top of Orang Utan Pass and return
Map: Mt Wilson

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

Sat - 02-Mar-2019
5 H - Day Walk
Wallaby Tunnel - Newnes (Starlight Canyon)
The walk is along a creek, through tunnels that will have glowworms and maybe some bats. A long fire trail walk in (6 klm each way). Bush bashing up and down steep hill plus rock scrambling involved.
Map: Mt Morgan

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

Fri - 01-Mar-2019
4 MHX - Day Walk
Wollemi NP: Kenobi Canyon, Jedi Point and Double Decker Cave
Park on Wolgan Road at GR 430 221, cross Wolgan River, use Glowworm Tunnel Track for a while, then climb to the top cliff line and traverse underneath it via Penrose Cave to Kenobi Canyon. Next, climb up to the plateau, visit Jedi Point, then walk to the top of the ridge and north to about GR 438 215. Descend to the bottom of Hole-in-the-Rock gully. Traverse under the cliffs to Double Decker Cave, then descend back towards the cars via Double Decker Gully. About 9km. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Ben Bullen

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

Sat - 29-Dec-2018
4 MH - Abseiling
Geronimo Canyon
The day begins with a pleasant walk to the Wollangambe River at Mt Wilson. After crossing at the bend we climb through the cliffs and follow the ridge to our descent point. Geronimo has three abseils, and some short swims. It is not a long canyon and soon we emerge on the Wollangambe River. Some rock hopping and swimming brings us back to the bend where we begin the climb back to the Mt Wilson fire station.
Map: Mt Wilson

Fri - 28-Dec-2018
3 M - Abseiling
Empress Canyon
A short but spectacular canyon in Valley-of-the-Waters Creek near Wentworth Falls. Final 30m abseil down the waterfall, and option of coffee afterwards in the Conservation Hut.
Map: Katoomba

Wed - 26-Dec-2018
4 MH - Abseiling
Pipeline Canyon - Newnes
This Canyon has 9 abseils with the longest being 25 metres. There are a few swims and wades involved. Wetsuits are optional as it should be warm at this time of year. Some of the abseils have tricky starts. A good track to and from this canyon. We will be meeting at the main campground, at Newnes, at the end of the road. Do not drive across the Wolgan River. We will be meeting at 0900.
Map: Mt Morgan

Sun - 23-Dec-2018
3 M - Abseiling
Dione Dell Canyon
This is a dry canyon trip, near Kanangra Walls, that involves 5 abseils, with the longest being 32 metres. You may get your feet wet in one or two sections. The abseils have easy starts and it is a good introduction trip for people new to abseiling and canyoning. We will be meeting at Boyds Crossing campsite at 0900.
Map: Kanangra

Sun - 23-Dec-2018
5 H - Creek
Henson Glen (North Katoomba/ Leura)
A little known and varied walk starting from the fire trails out the back of North Katoomba. The walk descends to Govett's creek via a short section of Bruces Walk then follows the creek through Henson glen as it becomes a canyon. We will wade through the creek as there is no track beside the creek- the creek is fairly shallow for the most part but can be waist deep in parts and involves scrambling over rocks and sections of dammed up trees (like a canyon). Then at the junction of Govett's Creek and Katoomba Creek we can swim in the pool if its a hot day. The we ascend back up to the ridge via a rock scramble that gives us access to the spur (tape can be provided to assist with the tricky section) that eventually takes us to the Minni Ha Ha fire trail. From here we can either return directly to the cars or do a quick visit to the Minni Ha Ha waterfall (time and energy permitting). Not appropriate for beginners and canyoning experience would be very helpful. Need to bring shoes with good grip (like dunlop volleys or canyon shoes), a dry bag, clothing and a bag that can get wet in the creek.Maximum group will be 6 people.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 22-Dec-2018
4 MH - Creek
Deep Pass and River Caves
Two creeks in one day! Down to Deep Pass then up beautiful Nanook Creek wading and some pulls up fixed ropes. After lunch to River Caves and wade up that delightful creek
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 22-Dec-2018
4 MH - Abseiling
Waterdragon Canyon
We walk down the Wollangambe 1 exit and cross the Wollangambe. We climb the ridge to the north of the river and cut left into the creek. Before entering the Wollangambe we pass through the dark section that gives the canyon its alternative name of Kelvinator. If you have ever entered from the Wollangambe you will noted how chilly this section is compared to the main river. On reaching the Wollangambe, we go downstream to the morning's crossing point and exit up the track we had earlier descended. Flotation is needed for the Wollangambe. Helmets and abseiling gear needed. It has already been suggested that some participants may wish to adorn their helmets with reindeer horns or other festive paraphernalia. While these sentiments are noted, the rest of the party may not appreciate constantly disentangling those so inclined.
Map: Mt Wilson

Thu - 20-Dec-2018
3 M - Abseiling
Abseil Training for Beginners and Juggler Canyon
This course is an introduction to abseiling for members who have not abseiled previously. It covers basic abseiling techniques, equipment and safety. The training will be held at Mt York followed by six abseils of varying difficulty in nearby Juggler Canyon. Participants must have the skills agility and fitness for canyoning.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 16-Dec-2018
3 M - Abseiling
Juggler and Grand Canyons
Juggler and Grand Canyons are suitable for abseilers of all ability. You do need to have completed the abseil training with UBMBC. Juggler has 6 abseils and is a dry canyon and Grand has one entry abseil with a lovely walk/wade/swim through canyon. They are conveniently situated near each other, so doing both canyons should only take 6 to 7 hours in total. Sandra will also be helping with the leading.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 15-Dec-2018
3 M - Day Walk
Hat Hill to Bennett's Lookout circuit walk
Starting from near the Hat Hill track, we take a ridge out to Bennett's Lookout, cross the gully to the high point above the Anvil Rock carpark, then head back through the bush along the line of Perry's Lookdown Road. Maybe some poking about Surveyor's Gully as well. A very beautiful area.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 15-Dec-2018
3 MX - Canyon
Hole in the Wall
Hole-in-the-Wall is an impressive canyon flowing into the north branch of Bungleboori Creek (now known as Dingo Creek). It features an upper and a lower section separated by a section of open creek. The lower constriction also features an enclosed tunnel populated with glowworms. There area 5 shortish abseils. Julie Burton will also be a co-leader.
Map: Not Specified

Tue - 11-Dec-2018
3 M - Abseiling
Bowens Creek South Branch Canyon
South Branch of Bowens Creek is near the Bells Line of Road at Mt Wilson. There are three abseils, an open forest section then spectacular dark caverns with some long swims. Getting down a log sloping at 30 degrees will prove a challenge. After the canyon opens out we climb through the cliffs and return to Bells Line of Road.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 09-Dec-2018
3 M - Abseiling
Penrose Gully (aka Crooked Crevasse) & Cracks of Doom/Cathedral Canyon
Penrose is a dry canyon, close to Tiger Snake. It has three abseils. It has some interesting very narrow cracks and some really tight sections to squeeze through. After Penrose we continue our "Squeezing" adventure and visit Cracks of Doom and Cathedral Canyon. Do not eat too much the night before :-)
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 08-Dec-2018
3 M - Day Walk
Mystery Walk Blackheath
All on track (rough at times). Beautiful rainforest, creek. About 300meters ascent/descent on track to get to walk.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 08-Dec-2018
5 H - Day Walk
Newnes State Forest: Ethereal Canyon and Falls, plus Midsummers Night Grotto
Find out why Newnes State Forest, situated within the Gardens of Stone region, must be protected for future generations. Park one vehicle at GR 465 014 off Waratah Ridge Road and another one at about GR 460 005. From the first vehicle, descend into Ethereal Canyon and follow it through a beautiful canyon section and to the falls. No abseiling, but wet feet and more likely. Then visit the small but stunning Midsummers Night Grotto. From there, ascend to the Five Ladies Lookout over the Bungleboori and its pagodas (Three Sisters, watch out). Re-connect with the second car. Spectacular scenery, all unprotected within the State Forest. About 8k.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Fri - 07-Dec-2018
4 MH - Pack Walk
Morton NP Pack Walk
One of two walks depending on how hot the weather will be (historically weather in December is unpredictable!). Option 1: if it's not going to be a scorcher, we will start this three day walk on Friday - walking for about 13k on an old dis-used fire trail (approx 5 hours with lots of stops, mostly flat terrain), setting up a base camp at the Lost Pools which ends in a mini canyon. On Saturday, with a daypack, we'll make our way to Lyrebird Leap, overlooking Cinch Creek and New Moon Creek (a mini canyon). Plenty of opportunities to cool off in the many pools in both these creeks. Sunday we will walk out retracing our steps on 13k of fire trail. Option 2: If the weather's going to be hot, this is a much shorter walk and we will start the walk on Saturday morning, walking in to Corang Cascades - where we will relax and swim all day (take along a pool ring!), plenty of opportunity to explore up the cascades or just chill out, floating around in your pool ring (and maybe drinking margaritas!). Both will be joint trips with members of other clubs (BWOC, MSS and CMW). We will be driving down on Thursday night (for 3 day trip) or Friday night (for 2 day trip). Car pooling can be organised.
Map: Not Specified

Fri - 07-Dec-2018
5 H - Day Walk
The Ultimate Traverse
As the name of the walk suggests, I expect this to be one of the most incredible traverse journeys in the Greater Blue Mountains. Early start. Leave one vehicle at GR 243 305 on Glen Davis Road and drive to Airly Gap. Ascend the spur towards Airly Turret, then continue clockwise close to the rim of the escarpment all the way to the Ultimate View and to The Citadel and then to the tip of the spur at GR 255 301. Use a known pass to descend to the first car. Pagodas and views paradise. Scrambling and exposure. About 12km.
Map: Glen Alice

Sun - 02-Dec-2018
3 M - Day Walk
Lions Head
This is a walk on Kings Tableland with wonderful views over the Jamison valley. Not too much ascent/descent, just a cruisey, shortish, enjoyable day.
Map: Jamison

Sun - 02-Dec-2018
3 MX - Abseiling
Malaita Point
This is a substitute for the postponed Hole in the Wall canyon which has been deferred. A series of abseils down the cliff from the top of Cliff Drive.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 01-Dec-2018
3 MX - Day Walk
Blackheath and Shipley area
A short steep descent and nearly all on tracks. A new walk walkfor this club.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 01-Dec-2018
4 MH - Abseiling
Serendipity Canyon
This canyon at Mt Wilson involves up to 6 abseils, longest being 15 metres. Current rain should not be an issue. Great canyon formations. We do not access the Wollangambe River but should see plenty of water in it. There are a few swims and wades so wetsuits recommended.
Map: Mt Wilson

Tue - 27-Nov-2018
3 M - Abseiling
Upper Bowens Creek North Branch
This is an exciting canyon at Mt Wilson. There are three abseils including the "the hole" (see photos) . The lower canyon has excellent canyon formations. Wading and swimming is involved. Entry is via a beautiful rain forest gully.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 25-Nov-2018
3 M - Day Walk
Mt Hay to Venus Tor and Boorong Crags
Up and over Mt Hay, then follow the ridge out to Venus Tor and Boorong Crags. Maybe try to work our way around the bottom of Mt Hay on the way back?
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 24-Nov-2018
3 M - Creek
Hat Hill Creek
Hat Hill is a delightful Creek at Blackheath. No abseils are involved but a wet suit is recommended. There are some impressive canyon sections and rock pools to relax in. A steep climb out is involved to a gentle ridge leading back to Hat Hill.The UBMBC Christmas function at Blackheath is a great way to finish the day.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 24-Nov-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Return to Kamarah Ridge, Jungaburra Ledges, Wilkinson Hill
This walk heads starts on the Bells Line of Road about 1.5 km east of Bell. We head down Kamarah Ridge and cut south towards Jungaburra Brook to the east of Kamarah Bluffs (see attached GPS trace). We drop down by a brook and join a climbers’ edge half way down the cliff line. We follow that ledge east along the northern side of Jungaburra Brook then cut across to another climbers’ ledge on the southern side of Jungaburra Brook/ the northern side of Wilkinson Hill and follow that west. We climb up onto the western end of Wilkinson Hill (deviating from the GPS trace) and then along the southern edge of Wilkinson Hill for some great views of the Grose Valley. Finally, we head north and follow the ridge first north then east to the Bells Line of Road. Total time approx. 6hrs. Walk half off track through open bush. V. limited exposure.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 24-Nov-2018
1 E - Meeting
UBMBC Christmas getogether
Saturday early evening you are all invited to come to our Christmas function at Evans Lookout Road Blackheath. BYO plate and drinks. Note to leaders, please schedule walks in the Blackheath area this day so members can come to the party.
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 23-Nov-2018
2 EM - Day Walk
Thor Head
Aswan Swamp, Thor Head and old mine adit. Off Mt Victoria Road.
Map: Mt Wilson

Fri - 23-Nov-2018
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Red Rock Creek and Woolpack Gap
Numbers are strictly limited. Park at GR 342 178 on Wolgan Road. Walk north west, then north, then north east towards Woolpack Gap. Stay underneath the cliffs and use the Amphitheatres Pass to climb on top of the escarpment. Once on top, walk west to the lookout point at GR 341 203. From here, walk north east and down underneath the cliff line above Red Rock Creek, at around GR 342 210. Traverse underneath the cliff line all the way to Woolpack Gap, descend through the pass and walk back to the cars. About 12k. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. 6M.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sun - 18-Nov-2018
5 H - Abseiling
Mirrorball Abseil
John Murray, Ev Obriadina and I will lead an abseil to Mirrorball canyon. Mirrorball is approached from Pierces Pass and has 3 long, exposed abseils down an exposed cliff, close to a climbing area. It is suitable for those who have done a few abseils/canyons, not people fairly new to abseiling.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 18-Nov-2018
4 MH - Creek
Upper Bowens Creek
This is a creek walk,not a canyon. There are no abseils. We begin at the Mt Wilson sign before the hairpin bends and follow Upper Bowens Creek North Branch from its beginning to the canyon entrance gully. A wet suit is need for short swims and deep wades.There are three rope assisted drops. Excellent creek walking and a lovely exit in a rain forest gully.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 17-Nov-2018
5 H - Day Walk
Ben Bullen State Forest: Pagoda Maze
Find out why Ben Bullen State Forest, part of the Gardens of Stone region, must be protected for future generations. Park the cars at GR 276 193 on Moffits Trail. Climb N and explore several pagoda ridges, before crossing into Gardens of Stone NP to visit Palatine Rock and Tarpeian Rock with their spectacular views. Then on to the amazing Pagoda Maze, best part of which is located back in the State Forest and is therefore unprotected. About 8km. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 17-Nov-2018
4 MHX - Day Walk
Bungleboori revisited
For those who missed out on Rob and Lisa's walk, here is an alternative, more exploring of the Bungleboori Ridges.Go up onto the "fourth ridge" and explore it on the top . Wildflowers in profusion plus interesting pagodas etc. Also looking for an alternative way off the ridge.Parking at end of Waratah Ridge Road.
Map: Wollangambe

Sat - 17-Nov-2018
4 MHX - Day Walk
North of the Altar Room
This trip extends recent reconnaisance trips to the area. From Newnes we will ascend through the spectacular Altar Room and then try to follow a previously untried slot into the headwaters of the Eastern tributary of Canobla Creek. The creek is dry, quite open and easy going. We will head North and then East, trying to find a way up to the top of Cathedral Pass on the South East side of Mount Tricky. If we're successful we will descend Cathedral Pass to Newnes. If not, we will return to Canobla Creek, exiting through a slot on the Western side of the creek, and go back down through Altar Room. Be prepared for a few false leads and a bit of scrambling but not serious exposure.
Map: Ben Bullen

Fri - 16-Nov-2018
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Capertee Creek Gorge and Mount Dawson
Park at GR 420 250 and walk up Capertee Gorge all the way to the non-negotiable waterfall at GR 387 242, checking out an interesting short canyon and tunnel just before that point. Now, walk back a few hundred metres, climb out on the northern side and walk to Mount Dawson. From there, head east to a pass at GR 393 238 and come back down into the Capertee Creek Gorge. Keep under the cliff line this time, whilst making our way back. The first section is through private property; access has been arranged. Partly exploratory. About 12km. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Ben Bullen

Thu - 15-Nov-2018
2 EM - Abseiling
Abseil Training for Beginners and Juggler Canyon
A introduction to abseiling for members who haven't abseiled previously or who a returning to canyoning after a long break.The training covers basic abseiling technique, safety, communication, bottom belay, tie- offs and negotiating an overhang. The training session will be held at Mt York near Mt Victoria. in the afternoon we drive to Medlow Bath for 6 abseils in Juggler Canyon. The exit is a lovely walk through part of the Grand Canyon.
Map: Katoomba

Mon - 12-Nov-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Hazelbrook Creek
From the locked gate at the end of Binnowee Drive to Blue Mountain Trig, follow the ridge north east 600m, than east down into the northern end of one of the Hazelbrook Creek tributaries to check out a cavern and 20m waterfall. GR 640 690. Continue up the tributary back to the ridge line to join the Lawson Ridge Fire trail and back to the cars.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 11-Nov-2018
2 EM - Day Walk
Bald Hill via Hat Hill
Easy walk with great views and only about 150m ascent. A half daywalk.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 11-Nov-2018
4 MHX - Abseiling
Ranon Brook Cayon
About 4 abseils and a few tricky climb downs. Exiting back up the upper half of Ranon canyon back to the road (a short day). Please note this is Ranon Brook caynon (shortish day) and not Ranon canyon (which is a long day).
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 10-Nov-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Kamarah Ridge, Jungaburra Ledges, Wilkinson Hill
This walk heads starts on the Bells Line of Road about 1.5 km east of Bell. We head down Kamarah Ridge and cut south towards Jungaburra Brook to the east of Kamarah Bluffs (see attached GPS trace). We drop down by a brook and join a climbers’ edge half way down the cliff line. We follow that ledge east along the northern side of Jungaburra Brook then cut across to another climbers’ ledge on the southern side of Jungaburra Brook/ the northern side of Wilkinson Hill and follow that west. We climb up onto the western end of Wilkinson Hill (deviating from the GPS trace) and then along the southern edge of Wilkinson Hill for some great views of the Grose Valley. Finally, we head north and follow the ridge first north then east to the Bells Line of Road. Total time approx. 6hrs. Walk half off track through open bush. V. limited exposure.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 10-Nov-2018
3 M - Day Walk
Megalong Road to Bowtells Swing Bridge
Walking part of the 6 Foot Track from Megalong Road, past historic Megalong Cemetery, through farmland, forest and granite boulders to Bowtells Swing Bridge. We will stop at Coxs River for lunch before retracing our steps to Megalong Road. May be an opportunity for a swim.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 10-Nov-2018
3 M - Day Walk
Wentworth Falls
Tracks: Darwins, Lincoln Rock, Over/under Pass, Nature Trial, Gladstone Lookout.16 K approx on good tracks returning to station via the local laneways.
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 09-Nov-2018
5 H - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Starlight and Devil Pinch Canyons Look-in
Drive to Newnes and park at the locked gate at the Wolgan River Trail at GR 425 262. Walk the trail to GR 464 269 and walk in at the bottom of Starlight Canyon. Proceed to the last abseil and back. Swim/wade likely. Glowworms may be seen. Then visit the bottom of Devils Pinch Canyon, starting at GR 468 269. Both canyons are very impressive in their lower parts. About 12k. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Mt Morgan

Wed - 07-Nov-2018
5 H - Abseiling
Butterbox Canyon
Butterbox is accessed by the Mt Hay Rd at Leura. It is classified as Grade 5 difficult so it is suitable for experienced canyoners. There is a challenging abseil under a chockstone, a jump into a pool and some short swims.The exit has a grade 11 rock climb. It is a beautiful canyon with a spectacular 40m abseil.
Map: Katoomba

Wed - 07-Nov-2018
4 MHX - Day Walk
To the North and East of Maiyingu Marigu (Blackfellows Hand Cave)
Last weekend a club walk visited the area from The Catacombs to Last Crusade point. On this walk we will Park at Maiyingu Marigu and explore the area to the north working our way east towards the valley south of Lost Crusade point and overlapping with some of that previous walk. We will return to our starting point, in part along the track.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sun - 04-Nov-2018
4 MH - Abseiling
Boars Head abseiling trip
Five pitch abseiling trip with great views and "exciting" traverse in a narrow crack (Safety line can be rigged). Exposure guaranteed. Short (ish) walk out via Devils Hole track. We'll have a leisure mid/late-morning start time to allow extra hour in bed on Sunday morning.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 03-Nov-2018
5 H - Abseiling
Arabanoo Creek Canyon
From Dance Floor Cave at Kanangra we will descend a gully and do up to 6 abseils, the longest being 40 metres. The abseils will be down, or next to waterfalls. The last abseil will be done on SINGLE rope. There are one or two sections where you will get wet up to your thighs. The climb out is steep and the trip will take about 9 hours so an early start will be required. Email requests only.
Map: Yerranderie

Sat - 03-Nov-2018
4 MHX - Day Walk
Around Airly
We plan to camp at Airly on Friday night and then head up the hill to roam around the area. We will visit gnome gully, the old silver mine, Pt Hatteras which has spectacular views and finish by visiting "the Ultimate Slot ". Lots of variety in this interesting area. Some off track.
Map: Glen Alice

Sat - 03-Nov-2018
5 HX - Pack Walk
Wollemi National Park: Middle Hill and Blackwater Creek
Day 1. Drive to Mount Coricudgy. With water for the day, walk to Middle Hill and set camp at around GR 541 694. Explore the nearby area that shows a couple of interesting slots. About 10km. Day 2. Find a way down into the creek to the north, explore a possible volcanic ‘neck’ on the way, then descend into Blackwater Creek. Take water, climb a ridge to the west and walk back to the camp. About 10km. Day 3. Find a way down into the creek to the south and follow it to Blackwater Creek, exploring a number slots along the way. Walk up Blackwater Creek and find an exit at around GR 545 658. Walk the ridge and then the trail back to the cars. About 12km. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Not Specified

Fri - 02-Nov-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Perrys Lookdown, Grose River/ Govetts Creek, Du Faur Head, Lockley Pylon and back
Head down from Perrys Lookdown to the junction of the Grose River and Govetts Creek, then up to Du Faur Head and along to Lockley Pylon and back. This walk is all on track but it involves two steep climbs (and descents) of 600 m each, so a reasonable level of fitness is required.Length 14 km, ascent 1300 m, duration 7 hrs (est.)Meeting at Friday 8 am Nov 2nd at Perrys Lookdown car park, GR 537 791
Map: Mt Wilson

Wed - 31-Oct-2018
3 MX - Abseiling
Wotta and Dalpura Canyons
Two short canyons on Bells Line of Road Wed 31 Oct On Wed Nicole and I are exploring Wotta Canyon and Dalpura Canyons. Starting on Birrabang Ridge we descend into Wotta Canyon. This is new canyon for both of us. It involves some short abseils and swims across pools. The canyon finishes in Birrabang Creek which we follow to the Birrang exit along Dalpura Ridge. From Dalpura we descend into Dalpura Creek for one abseil into a delightful chamber. We then follow the Creek with some short swims and deep wades. Leaving the creek, we climb to Dalpura Head for some magnificent views of the Grose Valley. A pleasant walk along Dalpura Ridge returns us to Bells Line of Road.
Map: Mt Wilson

Mon - 29-Oct-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Wilson Glen Creek
Explore a small section of Wilsons Glen Creek to check out Wallace Falls and the overhangs around Linda Rock, Woodford
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 28-Oct-2018
5 H - Day Walk
Newnes State Forest: Temple Creek, Holy Grail Ravine and Last Crusade Point
Find out why this unique unprotected area, part of the Gardens of Stone region, must be protected for future generations. Park vehicles on the Blackfellows Hand Trail at GR 327 090. Walk north down into Temple Creek, then turn west and walk along the base of the cliffs to Last Crusade Point and Ravine. Climb to the tops, then descend into Holy Grail Ravine. Walk to the end, then climb out on the eastern side and return to the vehicles. Scrambling and exposure. About 9km.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 27-Oct-2018
4 MH - Pack Walk
Carne Creek Exploration
Explore Sunnyside Ridge pagoda ridge line - steep descent into Carne Creek - camp - exit via Miracle Slot. Carne Creek has been described as one of the last pristine creek systems in the Greater Blue Mountains. Lots of scrambling and interesting rock formations of explore. Beautiful campsite. Come visit this area before it is destroyed by mining forever. Joint trip with SBW.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 27-Oct-2018
4 MH - Abseiling
Yileen Canyon
Located south of the Bells Line of Road at the Mount Wilson turn-off. Moss lined canyon walls, short swims, and up to 4 abseils. Walk up Pierces Pass takes us back to the cars (Car Shuffle required). We will take our time to enjoy the canyon and take photos. Abseiling equipment and wetsuits are required.
Map: Mt Wilson

Wed - 24-Oct-2018
4 MH - Abseiling
Closet Canyon
A long day with an early start. Closet is N of Coachwood and Breakfast Creek canyons. The walk in and out is about 5 km each way through bush. There are 7 abseils ending with a spectacular 40m drop into Rocky Creek. After completing the canyon we wade a lovely section of Rocky Creek and exit through the cliffs to return the way we came in.
Map: Rock Hill

Sun - 21-Oct-2018
2 EM - Day Walk
Ikara Head
A morning walk to Ikara Head overlooking the upper end of the Grose Valley. On the way we'll enjoy a sea of wildflowers and waratah.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 20-Oct-2018
3 M - Abseiling
Fortress Canyon
Fortress is off the Mt Hay Rd at Leura. It is an ideal canyon for people new to canyoning who don't mind a 2 metre jump. There is one 6m abseil as well as the 2 metre jump. The canyon involves creek walking, wades and swims. At the end there are magnificent views of the Grose Valley from rock pools where Fortress Creek plunges over the cliffs.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 20-Oct-2018
3 M - Day Walk
Pulpit Rock and Popes Glen
Easy medium half day Grade 3 walk along the Pulpit Rock and Popes Glen tracks to Blackheath station. From the “Blue Mountains Georgraphic Encyclopedia” we will explore the lookouts and other features along the Pulpit Rock track.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 20-Oct-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Rock Island
My annual romp around this interesting area.Mostly off track, we go through a rainforest gully, climb pagodas, enjoy spectacular views and spring wildflowers .
Map: Ben Bullen

Tue - 16-Oct-2018
3 M - Abseiling
Penrose and Alcatraz canyons
On Tuesday 16 Oct Nicole and are leading Penrose and Alcatraz Canyons. Penrose is a dry canyon, on the opposite side of the ridge to Tiger Snake canyon. It has three short abseils. The second abseil is down a very narrow crack and the canyon has some really tight sections to squeeze through. Large people would find it very difficult. After Penrose we return to the Tiger Snake car park then drive to Alcatraz Canyon. Alcatraz has only one abseil but it is really spectacular. The anchor is above a narrow curving chute, which usually has with knee deep water flowing. The chute curves through the rock wall and drops in a 6m waterfall to a waist deep pool. (see the photos) The base of the waterfall is an enclosed bowl formed in the rocks. The only way out is through a “letter box slit’” in the base of the bowl. It’s a really exciting abseil. You will get soaked but can change soon afterwards, so wet suits aren’t needed. There is a short walk and climb back to the vehicles through magnificent pagoda country. Bookings Geoff Fox email preferred foxes9@westnet.com.au or phone 0400 628063Penrose : https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6irmibo0u1aechp/AADxvtL6H7jzNbusxD3gWxUDa?dl=0Alcatraz : https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ng73071fkn8bgnn/AAAgHN_ie65a7lx4Vn-3FMOda?dl=0
Map: Cullen Bullen

Mon - 15-Oct-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Dakin Falls and Wallace Falls
To explore two little known waterfalls in the south Woodford area. Dakin Falls and Wallace Falls. The distance is short but steep and scrubby hence higher grade. Ref: Blue Mountains Geographical Encyclopaedia
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 14-Oct-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Donkey Mountain
Donkey Mt in Wolgan Valley, North of Lithgow, is a maze of passages, caves, slots, pagodas and mini canyons. There is a steep climb to reach the top and a steep descent. This walk is an introduction to Donkey Mt for experienced walkers who must be prepared to scramble over rocks and squeeze through tight passages.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 13-Oct-2018
4 MHX - Day Walk
Bird In the Sky Ravine and surrounds
Further exploration on this area. Spectactular views with interesting pagodas
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 13-Oct-2018
5 H - Day Walk
Pantoneys Crown
An Iconic walk via the Northern end. 12 km total length, ascent/descent 600m. There are 2 straight forward rock scrambles involved where a tape will be set. We traverse the entire length and return via the same route. We will follow a well used track from private property to the base.
Map: Ben Bullen

Mon - 08-Oct-2018
3 MX - Day Walk
Shipley Plateau walk No. 2
With more information available a second walk down the bridle track from Arthurs Lookout to Kanimbla Drive to explore the area for possible trial coal mine and overhangs.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 07-Oct-2018
3 M - Day Walk
Wolgan Falls Peninsula
This walk combines two half day walks on the Newnes Plateau. Sunnyside Canyon is an easy canyon (no abseils) on Waratah Ridge, with a spectacular round window cave. Some scrambling is involved. A short drive brings us to a fire trail and bush walk (less than I km) to a narrow peninsula above Wolgan Falls. The gorge and pagodas are magnificent. We return on the same track. 4WD vehicles are required for this trip.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 06-Oct-2018
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 8:30 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

Sat - 06-Oct-2018
3 M - Day Walk
Megalong Road to Bowtells Swing Bridge
Walking part of the 6 Foot Track from Megalong Road, past historic Megalong Cemetery, through farmland, forest and granite boulders to Bowtells Swing Bridge. We will stop at Coxs River for lunch before retracing our steps to Megalong Road.
Map: Katoomba

Wed - 03-Oct-2018
4 MH - Pack Walk
Mount Kinabalu Sabah - Malaysia
5 days 4 nightsPackage cost RM1,500Air ticket optional 400 to 600 (Malaysia)Deposit Payment RM 300Contact Sunny: info@via-sun.com.au / 0414 766 051
Map: Not Specified

Wed - 03-Oct-2018
3 M - Abseiling
Zorro and Pleasant View Canyons
Zorro is a short canyon on the Newnes Plateau with three easy abseils. There is a waist deep pool but you can change clothes immediately afterwards. Pleasant View is a short walk through canyon (no abseils) on the opposite side of the ridge to Zorro. This is a good trip for less expereinced canyoners.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Mon - 01-Oct-2018
4 MH - Abseiling
Abseiling Malaita Point
Another trip down Malaita point. Six Pitches. Exposure to heights but no difficult starts. Walk out via Furber Steps.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 30-Sep-2018
4 MH - Abseiling
Castle Head Abseiling Trip
Multi-pitch abseiling trip off Narrow Neck, Katoomba with 5 - 7 abseils (depending on the route) up to 40 m. Some exposed scrambling. Great Views of Mt Solitary and Katoomba cliff line. Back to the cars via Golden Stairs.
Map: Katoomba

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

Fri - 28-Sep-2018
3 M - Day Walk
Shipley Plateau
Exploring Shipley Plateau including the little known Arthurs Lookout but also visiting Mount Blackheath, Hargraves Lookout, Panorama Point and more.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 23-Sep-2018
3 M - Abseiling
Juggler Canyon
Juggler Canyon is a dry canyon, near Medlow Bath, with around 6 abseils and suitable for those with less experience in abseiling and canyoning. It is reached after a short walk. We return to the cars via the Gran Canyon and Pilcher track. As it is not a long day, and for those interested, we could also practice some abseiling skills at Mt York afterwards.
Map: Katoomba

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

Sat - 22-Sep-2018
4 MHX - Pack Walk
Overnight Walk in Wollemi area
Starting from Putty Road, we will follow ridges to Gibba Trig and then to Wollemi Creek where we will camp. Return via similar route. Whilst this is exploratory, the area can be scrubby but there is very little elevation involved (maybe ups and downs of 60 - 80m) with a drop of 200m to the campsite (scrambling down to campsite through cliff-lines using a hand-line may be involved). This trip will appear on other club calendars, and because of exploratory nature, numbers will be limited to between 6 and 8. MAPS: Six Brothers. This wont be a difficult walk, I've had a few epics lately so am expecting it to be a bit of a bludge walk, if you want a low-level adventure, contact me on 0417 453 170 (M) or email marilyn_scott@bigpond.com (out of mob reception from 7/9 - 14/9). ** Note: This Trip also appears on the Walks Programs of - Brisbane Water Outdoors Club and Coastal Mountain Walkers.
Map: Not Specified

Fri - 21-Sep-2018
3 MX - Abseiling
Windows canyon
Windows canyon is a dry canyon with 6 abseils and a lovely platform halfway down with stunning views where you can have lunch. We would meet at the Lisdale turn off and drive down Wolgan road to about 5 kms short of newnes. Then it is a climb up the hill and around a ridge to the canyon. All downhill from then on.
Map: Ben Bullen

Wed - 19-Sep-2018
3 M - Abseiling
Better Offer Canyon
Better Offer Canyon is on the Bells Line of road near Mt Banks. It is suitable for beginners. There is one waist deep pool but you can change clothes soon after it. The canyon has one spectacular abseil down a waterfall into a cavern. The exit is a pleasant bush walk up Birrabang Creek onto Dalpura Ridge. It is not a long day
Map: Mt Wilson

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
3 M - Pack Walk
Bell to Wollangambe Crater
Bell-Wollangambe River-Crater-Return BellScenic pack walk into pagoda country pace at unhurried pace to better enjoy-explore the many interesting features of Wallangambe wilderness. Suitable for pack hikers of all abilities. Some easy rock-scrambling. Joint activity Bush ClubGreat campsite. Suitable pack hikers of all abilities Total ascents 500 metres
Map: Wollangambe

Sat - 15-Sep-2018
3 M - Abseiling
Dione Dell Canyon
This is a dry canyon trip, near Kanangra Walls, that involves 4 abseils, with the longest being 35 metres. You may get your feet wet in one or two sections. The abseils have easy starts and it is a good introduction trip for people new to abseiling and canyoning.
Map: Kanangra

Sat - 15-Sep-2018
5 H - Creek
Myles Chasm and Dione Dell Deferred
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
3 MX - Abseiling
Coachwood Canyon
Coachwood canyon is in the Newnes Plateau area near Rocky Creek. This canyon has 4-5 abseils up to 30m, and a nice walk through some Coachwood Forests. Abseiling experience is necessary but it is not a particularly difficult or long canyon.Wetsuits are not required but we end up walking through Rocky Creek so will get wet up to the knees. There is a slightly exposed section on the exit but a rope can be set up if you are worried.
Map: Rock Hill

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
3 M - Abseiling
Abseil Training for Beginners and Juggler Canyon
This activity is for members who have not abseiled previously or who wish to return to abseiling after a break. It covers safety and basic abseiling technique. The training course will be held at Mt York followed by a short drive to Medlow Bath where we put our skills into practice with six abseil in Juggler canyon.
Map: Katoomba

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 metresJoint activity Bush Club
Map: Katoomba

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 - Abseiling
Abseiling trip - Malaita Point
Re-scheduled from 26th of August. 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

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

Wed - 29-Aug-2018
4 MHX - Abseiling
Cathedral Canyon and the Cracks of Doom
Cathedral Canyon (aka The Diamond Cavern) is near FT 6 on Sunnyside Ridge. Access from above is by very narrow slots - "The Cracks of Doom". The slots are so narrow that this trip will be restricted to people who can squeeze through. Cathedral Canyon has one 6m abseil. After completing the slots and canyon we will explore the cliff line looking for another way up and back to the vehicles.
Map: Cullen Bullen

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

Wed - 22-Aug-2018
3 MX - Day Walk
Redledge through to Rock Pile pass
This walk follows ledges above Redledge Pass through to Rock Pile Pass. Here we crawl along a ledge then follow a rockclimbers' track to the road on Narrow Neck and return to the locked gate. There are some exposed sections. It is not a long day.
Map: Jenolan

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

Sat - 30-Jun-2018
4 MHX - Day Walk
Window in the Sky Ravine
Walk in on Birds Rock Trail to great lookout above Carne Creek then follow cliffs above Carne Creek. Great pagoda views and slots
Map: Cullen Bullen

Mon - 25-Jun-2018
3 MX - Day Walk
Odin Head
A short half day walk approximately 5km return. From Victoria Falls Road to Odin Head and return.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 24-Jun-2018
2 EM - Day Walk
Historic Mulherron's Walk Wentworth Falls
Mulherron built many of the popular paths around Wentworth Falls and his expertise can still be seen today. This walk has been investigated and reclaimed by Jim Smith. It goes along the cliff tops with great viewsA short but interesting day.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 23-Jun-2018
4 MH - Abseiling
Boars Head Abseil
5 pitch dry abseil trip with spectacular views and an exciting traverse along the "slot". Longest pitch 48m. Some exposure, especially in the "slot". The trip ends with an easy walk out up Devil's Hole. Trip requires a head for heights.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 23-Jun-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Mount Victoria - Sugar loaf - Kanimbla Valley - Bushrangers Cave
Starting down Berghofers Pass up across the GWH to the real Mount Victoria the down the knife edge to the Kanimbla Valley and return up the trail past the Bushrangers Cave. This walk coudl be done in reverse
Map: Hartley

Fri - 22-Jun-2018
5 H - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Matisse Caves, Faberge Caves and maybe more
Park at Little Capertee Creek Campground and walk up Cathedral Canyon. Once on top, visit Matisse Caves and Faberge Caves, and explore the immediate area for more ‘artistic’ caves. Return the same way. Partly exploratory. About 6km.
Map: Ben Bullen

Mon - 18-Jun-2018
3 MX - Day Walk
Ikara Head and Girraween Cave
Ikara Head and Girraween Cave
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 17-Jun-2018
3 MX - Day Walk
Jinki Ridge & Wilkinson Hill
We'll explore one or 2 of the eastern spurs off Jinki Ridge then make our way around to Wilkinson Hill. Plenty of pagodas and great views of the Grose, particularly Thor head directly opposite Wilkinson Hill.
Map: Mt Wilson

Thu - 14-Jun-2018
3 M - Abseiling
Advanced Abseiling Course
This is course conducted by Australian School of Mountaineering, Katoomba (ASM). It is intended for canyoners who want to extend their skills and learn more about canyoning. It is an excellent opportunity to ask questions. Participants should have their own equipment and be able to cooperate in a canyon environment. They should have completed a range of canyons and be proficient in prussiking. The cost for the two day course at Mt York is $300. The course is fully booked and waiting list has been created. UBMBC members are the only participants and will decide the course content with the instructors. The course will be held at Mt York. Marchelle Madden is organizing the day.I expect that the course will be offered again next year/
Map: Hartley

Thu - 14-Jun-2018
5 H - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Newnes to Mount Dawson via Capertee Creek Gorge
Park at GR 420 250 and walk up Capertee Gorge as far as the terrain allows, then climb out on the southern side and walk to Mount Dawson. There are a number of options for the return route - that will be decided closer to or during the walk. The first section will be through private property. Access has been arranged. About 10km. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sun - 10-Jun-2018
3 M - Abseiling
Abseil Skills Practice Day
Drop in during the day to practise knots, anchors, prussiking, self rescue, rigging and rescue methods. Location : Narrow Neck Road above the Water Board ladders. Stay for as long as you like. Learn from each other. This day will be repeated on Wed 13 June if there is further interest.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 09-Jun-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Dalpura Ridge and Plateau
The walk will visit various points on the cliff edge of Dalpura Plateau overlooking Dalpura Creek, the Grose River and Birrabang Brook.. Over half is off track. Estimated duration is approx 6 hrs. A GPS track and photos are available in the link.
Map: Mt Wilson

Fri - 08-Jun-2018
5 H - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Inca Pathway
From the Little Capertee Creek Campground, follow the track along the northern side of the Wolgan River. Just past the crossing of Petries Gully commence the ascent of the ridge following the Pipeline Track to the saddle at the head of Green Gully. From this point, follow the ridge generally north east, firstly on a canyoners track and then untracked, walking with some rock scrambling. Spend time at the Inca Pathway. The return journey will be by the same route. About 16km. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sun - 03-Jun-2018
3 M - Day Walk
Fortress ridge and Darks cave
We park on the Mt Hay Rd and walk on a fire trail and then a track towards Fortress hill which has spectacular views over the Grose valley. We then return and go along another fire trail that takes us to a track down to Darks cave, an amazing overhang next to a waterfall.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 02-Jun-2018
5 H - Day Walk
Ben Bullen State Forest: Neubecks Spur and Hermit Spur
Find out why Ben Bullen State Forest, part of the Gardens of Stone region, must be protected for future generations. Park the vehicles at GR 263 090. Walk SW and explore Neubecks Spur and then Hermit Spur. This walk has both the spectacular pagoda landscapes and fascinating historical elements in it. Scrambling and exposure. About 8km.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 02-Jun-2018
3 M - Abseiling
Dione Dell Canyon
This is a dry canyon trip, near Kanangra Walls, that involves 4 abseils, with the longest being 35 metres. You may get your feet wet in one or two sections. The abseils have easy starts and it is a good introduction trip for canyons.
Map: Kanangra

Sat - 02-Jun-2018
3 MX - Day Walk
Mount Victoria under the Cliffs Tour
Starting in Fairy Dell, visiting Cox's Cave, Dunn's Leap Ferris's Cave and more. Great views all the way
Map: Hartley

Fri - 01-Jun-2018
3 M - Canyon
Zorro Canyon
Canyon at Sunny Side Ridge. Relatively easy canyon. Short day. Mainly dry, especially after this long dry spell. There is a video that you can google if you want to have a look what it is like.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sun - 27-May-2018
2 EM - Day Walk
Historic Mulherron's Walk WEntworth Falls
Mulherron built many of the popular paths around Wentworth Falls and his expertise can still be seen today. This walk has been investigated and reclaimed by Jim Smith. It goes along the cliff tops with great viewsA short but interesting day.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 27-May-2018
3 M - Day Walk
Mount Townsend
Pleasant walking on the Southern edge of the Colo Wilderness. The route starts at the beginning of Bob Turners track and follows a ridge to the South of Mount Townsend. Return back the same way. Reasonably open off-track walking with a few ups-and-downs and occasional excellent views. Meet at Windsor railway station.
Map: Mountain Lagoon

Sat - 26-May-2018
4 MH - Pack Walk
Colboyd Ridge, Kowmung, Bullhead Ridge and Kanangra Tops
Walk down the Colboyd Ridge past Executioner Bluff and Stone Hag to camp on the Kowmung, returning up Cambage Spire and up the Bullhead Ridge. A tape will be carried. 22.4k 1500m ascent/descent. All downhill when the load is heavy.
Map: Yerranderie

Sat - 26-May-2018
4 MHX - Day Walk
Dicksonia Ravine part 3
The aim is to go down the twin ravine next to Dicksonia, explore the valley leading to the pagodas of Derailment Hill.Up the end of Baroque Spur and return.
Map: Rock Hill

Sat - 26-May-2018
3 M - Day Walk
Leura cascades to Katoomba Falls
Starting at Leura cascades descend via steep descent via stairs (220m) to Leura forest. Up Dardanelles Pass to Furber Steps (370 m ascent) then exit at Katoomba falls. Alternately you can take exit via Scenic world at start of Furber Steps and pay for a less strenuous exit :) New members welcome
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 26-May-2018
3 MX - Abseiling
Rescue Training for Abseil Leaders
This is a follow up of the course conducted on 5th May.• Lowering using a munter hitch• Lifts to unweight a stuck descender• Simple mechanical advantage for a raise - Z drag• Lightweight equipment for efficient rescue Priority will be given to UBMBC canyon leaders who attended the previous course and to leaders who were unable to attend the previous course. Guy Wittig will lead the day. The venue is Yellow Rock. It is possible that another follow up day will be organized in June.Contact and questions - Geoff Fox foxes9@westnet.com.au
Map: Springwood

Fri - 25-May-2018
4 MHX - Day Walk
Mugii Murum-ban SCA: South West Mount Airly returning via Gap Creek
Park vehicles at Airly Gap, GR 238 326. Walk south and then west following the alignment of the former ‘tramway/self- actuated incline to the transfer station site then the double track skip haulage to the high level tunnel through the SW end of Mount Airly; climb the spur to the top of the SW corner of Mount Airly, inspect the crest /edge of cliff line before heading north to descend into a tributary of Gap Creek and hence back to the vehicles. Exploratory for the leader. Scrambling and exposure. About 8 km.
Map: Glen Alice

Wed - 23-May-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Tracey Taylor-Young Memorial Bench
This walk is a rare visit to the legendary "lost" Tracey Taylor-Young memorial bench. The walk is straightforward except for the last 0.5 km which is off track and very overgrown. Overall distance is approx 20 km, but 14 km of that is along Narrow Neck fire trail to the fire tower. Elevation Gain/Loss 500m. Estimated time 6 hrs.
Map: Jamison

Sun - 20-May-2018
3 MX - Day Walk
Tessellated pavement and beyond
We drive through Mt Wilson and Mt Irvine enjoying the beautiful autumn colours and then start the walk. After wandering along a ridge, we arrive at an open stone platform with amazing views over the Wollangambe. We then go further onto a rocky, narrow ridge.Return the same way.
Map: Wollangambe

Sat - 19-May-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Ben Bullen State Forest and Gardens of Stone National Park: Witches Watch, Hecates Cauldron and Tara Point
Park the vehicles at around GR 306 175 on the branch road off the Bicentennial National Trail. Follow the Great Dividing Range north to Gordian Knot and then to Witches Watch, a spectacular lookout above Hecates Cauldron. From here, descend into the Cauldron and explore it underneath the cliff lines and also above, amidst “the bubbles”. Visit the Tower of Hope and other attractions. Descend into the headwaters of Baal Bone Creek, cross the valley and climb up through Tara Slot onto Tara Point. More amazing views. From here, move up to the ridge and re-connect with the vehicles. Unbelievable views, rock formations and pagodas. Scrambling and exposure. About 10k.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 19-May-2018
4 MH - Abseiling
Castle Head Abseil
A 6 abseil trip along a narrow ridge with spectacular views down Cedar Valley and Jamison Valley. Longest abseil 45m, some exposure in places and a little scrambling to get to some of the abseils.Finish with lunch on Ruined Castle and walk back via Golden Stairs.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 19-May-2018
3 M - Day Walk
Leura cascades to Katoomba Falls
Starting at Leura cascades descend via steep descent via stairs (220m) to Leura forest. Up Dardanelles Pass to Furber Steps (370 m ascent) then exit at Katoomba falls. Alternately you can take exit via Scenic world at start of Furber Steps and pay for a less strenuous exit :) New members welcome
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 19-May-2018
5 H - Day Walk
Wild Dogs Scenic Tour
A challenging walk 2 steep descents and 2 steep ascents. Down ironmonger Spur to the Cox's up to Knights Deck. Down Cattledog and then up Hobbles Spur to return. Glorious views plus a feeling of accomplishment
Map: Jenolan

Sun - 13-May-2018
4 MHX - Day Walk
To the south of Nobles Canyon
In 2014 the club walked in this area in an anticlockwise direction. Towards the end of the day we found a slot heading north that some of us explored a short way. This time I would like to see if we can enter this feature just south of Nobles Canyon to see if we can follow it from bottom to top. After that we will follow the course of our previous walk past the deep cracks in the cliff edge until we reach Nobles Canyon. After checking the view at the end we will exit along the canyon floor.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 12-May-2018
3 MX - Day Walk
Hat Hill Creek - Bald Head - Bennetts Lookout - Burramoko Ridge
Undulating track out to the lookouts. A steep scrubby descent to Hat Hill Creek. Explore down the creek a way before returning and exiting out (steep and scrubby) to Burramoko Ridge.
Map: Mt Wilson

Mon - 07-May-2018
3 MX - Day Walk
Explore the old c1891 walking tracks in the Bonnie Doon Falls area
We will be walking down part of the Six Foot Track in Nellies Glen to the last water fall, Ethel Falls, than endeavouring to find the old track infrastructure which loops back up to the walking track above the main cliff line.The history of the area will be explained as we progressGrade: 200m descent and ascent, first part on track, a section off track as the old 1890 track will be long gone.Meeting: 8:30am near locked gate at the start of the Six Foot Track, Nellies Glen Road, Katoomba.Duration: half day, 2 to 4 hours.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 06-May-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Heathcote Circuit-Royal NP
Heathcote-Kangaroo creek-Robertson's Knoll-Uloola Falls- HeathcoteInteresting walking through some beautiful forest on a variety of tracks. Not a difficult walk4km hugging Kangaroo creek on historic rough tracks- passing by some great rock-pools-angophra forest. Some fun rock-hoppingPleasant autumn with much variety at unhurried pace.Distance 17 km. Total ascents 300 metres. Joint activity : Bush Club
Map: Port Hacking

Sat - 05-May-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Mt Banks - North East Traverse
Mt Banks is often overlooked as a bushwalking destination. This walk explores an area not often visited. Pagodas, high cliffs, incredible onion weathering and some wonderful views. There are some wild spots on this walk - exposure is optional. 8k +/- 400m ascent/descent.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 05-May-2018
3 M - Abseiling
Rescue training for abseil leaders
A one day, canyon rescue workshop, has being planned for Sat 5th May. The workshop will be conducted by Michael Brown who has extensive experience with SES and Bush Search and Rescue (formerly BWRS). Michael will discuss some of the real dangers in specific canyoning accidents/incidents and the importance of the leader to act quickly and efficiently. This will lead into the techniques best suited for quick rescue without getting too technical. • Lowering off• Lifts to unweight a stuck descender• Simple mechanical advantage for a raise• Lightweight equipment for efficient rescue Numbers are limited. Priority will be given to UBMBC canyon leaders and potential canyon leaders. The venue is Yellow Rock.
Map: Springwood

Fri - 04-May-2018
4 MHX - Day Walk
Mugii Murum-ban SCA: The south east cliffs of Genowlan Mountain
Park vehicles on the Capertee to Glen Davis Road at approximately GR 268 298. Head out along a spur to the north, descend into and cross Dog Trap Creek at approximately GR 271 306 before ascending a long north orientated ridge towards the cliffs of Mount Genowlan. Climb up a further 200m to reach a point on the cliffs where the drainage tips to the west. From this point explore the headwaters before ascending through the next line of cliffs before heading ENE to a compound slot at GR 275 330. Descend through the cliff line and return to the cars via a northern tributary network of Dog Trap creek. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 10km.
Map: Glen Alice

Sun - 29-Apr-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Blackmans Crown
Map: Capertee. Situated just before the town of Capertee, it has commanding views of the area. A miniature version of Donkey Mountain with rock scrambling and ledge walking involved. All off track.
Map: Not Specified

Sun - 29-Apr-2018
4 MH - Abseiling
Hole in the Rock Canyon
Hole in the Rock is an interesting, dry canyon just up the hill from Windows Canyon. The track uphill is on Wolgan Road, just a few kms before Newnes. There are 5 abseils - 3 of which are 27 to 30 metres and the entry to the canyon is through a rock, hence the name.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sun - 29-Apr-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Leura Cascades-Lindeman Pass-Wentworth Falls
Follow Leura creek off-track upstream this time, for about 1 km- merge with Lindeman track-Gladstone Pass- Moya Point &Gladstone Lookouts-Lilians Bridge-Wentworth Falls.We will be on the lookout for more endangered dwarf pines.Some easy scrambling. Mainly on bush tracks. Interesting terrain. Nice views-rain-forest. Several steep ascents.Total ascents 450 metres. Distance 17 km
Map: Jamison

Sat - 28-Apr-2018
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 - 28-Apr-2018
3 MX - Day Walk
Ikara to Asgard Mt Victoria
We walk from Victoria Falls Rd and go to Ikara head. We then walk along with views of the Grose valley, passing Valhalla, Thor and Asgard heads before heading back to the cars. Some off track, optional detour to old mine.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 28-Apr-2018
3 M - Abseiling
Malaita Point Abseil
Malaita Point is a multi-pitch abseil which involves 6 abseils down into the valley. Longest abseil 40 metres. Most of the abseils are straight forward and would be good for members who have done the clubs abseil training or an introduction to multi-pitch abseil trips.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 21-Apr-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Dicksonia Forest Ravine and Baroque Spur
A stunning valley of tree ferns off the lower Deep Pass Fire Trail plus Baroque Spur which ends overlooking Dingo Creek with good pagodas. Exploratory walk with great interest
Map: Rock Hill

Sun - 15-Apr-2018
4 MHX - Day Walk
South corner and Eastern side of Rock Island (new date)
This trip (rescheduled from 24/3, now on 15/4) will explore the spectacular South East corner and Eastern perimeter of Rock Island. We’ll make it up a bit as we go, but the provisional plan is to walk from the Tiger Snake Canyon car park (on the Newnes Plateau) down to the Place that Time Forgot, then head up on to Rock Island and wander over to the pagodas on its most Southern corner. We will try to find a way down to Deanes Creek which might involve some scrambling, but we won’t do anything tricky or exposed. If we get down to the creek we will return to the top by a straightforward gully on the East side. If we can’t find a way down we’ll explore the Eastern perimeter of Rock Island. While this walk is mostly off-track and partly exploratory it won’t be difficult or strenuous.
Map: Mt Morgan

Sat - 14-Apr-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
The Mt Airly Highlights
Mining History, Cave Houses, Tramways, Pagodas, Slots and amazing views! This walk has it all. We walk through the old Mt Airly Village, past the Cave Houses, the old Mines and then follow an old tramway for a while. We'll thread our way through the Great Wall pagoda maze, climbing up onto Mt Airly. Our return to the cars takes us through the Gap Creek Pagodas and down a lovely chute back into the valley. 10k, 5k off track, 350 m ascent/descent.
Map: Glen Alice

Sun - 08-Apr-2018
5 H - Day Walk
Carlon Head-Tarros Ladder-Blackhorse Ridge
Circuit walk from Dunphy's campground. Megalong valleyExposed exciting ascent of Carlon Head- in stages- assisted by chains and spikes in cliff face. Tarros Ladder-Meadlow Gap-Blackhorse Ridge-Carlon creek. Stunning views. Interesting terrainFit experienced rock-scrambling bush-walkers with a head for heights. Distance 16 km. Total ascents 700 metres
Map: Jenolan

Sun - 08-Apr-2018
4 MH - Abseiling
Hole in the Wall canyon.
Grade 3 to 4 canyon. Several short abseils and some swims and wades. Highlight is the glow worm tunnel. Longish walk in and out. Will have to cancel if the weather is too wet or cold as we are very late in the season..
Map: Ben Bullen

Sun - 08-Apr-2018
5 HX - Pack Walk
Wollemi National Park: Complete East to West Wollemi Traverse Closed
This walk will attempt to traverse the Wollemi NP from its easternmostpoint near Bulga in the Hunter Valley to its westernmost point at Oz Mountain next to Bylong Valley Way. It is expected to take 12 days. Please note that this walk is now closed. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Not Specified

Sat - 07-Apr-2018
3 M - Day Walk
Pool of Siloam to Conservation Hut
A pleasant half day walk starting in Leura via Lyrebird Dell, Pool of Siloam then Leura's back streets in Autumn sunshine (hopefully) to Fairmont Resort track to Lilians Bridge and Nature Trail ending at conservation Hut Wentworth falls. A few deviations to lookouts on the way. Suitable for new walkers, photographers and the less experienced.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 07-Apr-2018
4 MHX - Day Walk
Pt Hatteras the other way
This walk explores a different route to Pt Hatteras, up through the cliffs from Genowlan Creek. Our return route will be through the pretty Ladders Defile canyon. We might not get to Pt Hatteras - there is a large cluster of pagodas worth exploring on the way. Part exploratory. 8k +- 550m ascent/descent.
Map: Glen Alice

Fri - 06-Apr-2018
3 M - Day Walk
Coorongooba Car Camp
Camp in this beautiful camp ground, toilets but no showers.Explore, day walks with an optional tour of Glen Davis works on Saturday afternoon ( cost $15, I think ). Bring water, swim and feed the kangaroos. Camping is free.
Map: Gospers Mountain

Sun - 01-Apr-2018
3 M - Day Walk
Darwin's Track, Lincoln's Track, Under/Over Pass, Nature Trail
This is a 17 km walk with about 200 to 250 metres of ascent and descent. It goes from Darwin's Track to Lincoln Track along Under/Over pass and then the Nature Trail with a side trip to lookouts at the back of the Leura Golf Course. There some road walking (return from Conservation Hut) and fire trail of 1.5 km in the Lincoln rock area.
Map: Jamison

Sun - 01-Apr-2018
4 MHX - Day Walk
Golden Stairs-Ruined Castle-Mt Solitary-Landslide-Furber Steps
Iconic Blue Mountains walk with some interesting variations on the usual route. Some fun easy scrambling up the Knife edge- at times away from the tourist route. Morning tea atop Ruined CastleLunch at Melville Lookout- Mt Solitary- offering stunning views beyond Kanangra Walls. Return Landslide-Furber Steps. Walk starts/ finishes Katoomba oval- opposite-kiosk- top of Furber Steps.Fit experienced bush-walkers. Mainly on tracks.Distance 21 km. Total ascents 750 metres
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 31-Mar-2018
4 MH - Pack Walk
Mt Waratah and the Nattai River
Mt Waratah - Hidden Creek - Nattai River - camp - explore Fish Pools and Blatchs Pass on Saturday afternoon - Sun morning explore Stockyard Creek - return via unnamed ridge to Mt Waratah / Maps Mittagong, Hilltop
Map: Not Specified

Thu - 29-Mar-2018
4 MHX - Day Walk
A Memorial Quest
For years I've heard stories of a memorial out along Narrow Neck Plateau that was erected to remember Tracey Taylor-Young after she died crossing an ice fall in Nepal. I've seen a photo of the memorial but I've not found it yet. The weather forecast is good so we'll give it another go. Mostly on track but expect off track sections to be challenging. 20k Elevation Gain/Loss 500m.
Map: Jamison

Thu - 29-Mar-2018
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Ravines and Slots of Koopartoo Mesa South
Park at GR 430 228 on Wolgan Road and make our way up Minotaur Lair Gully, then use Minotaur Pass at GR 419 230 to climb up to the top of Koopartoo Mesa. From here, walk SW and find a way down into a tributary of Koopartoo Gully at around GR 415 226. Moving SSE, investigate slots and pagodas until about GR 416 222. From here, walk W and use the tape to descend at GR 414 222, or, if time allows, traverse to GR 413 220 and use a known double tape descent route from GR 414 221.Descend to Wolgan Rd at GR 420 216 and walk 1.5km back to the cars (alternatively, a car shuffle could have been set up). Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 6km.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sun - 25-Mar-2018
3 M - Abseiling
Death Trap Canyon
Despite its name Death Trap (aka Sheep Dip) is so much fun. It's a short canyon with slides, little waterfalls, jumps, wades and one lovely abseil. It's just past the Galah Mt turn off on the Newnes plateau. It's best after rain when the creeks are flowing and the max temp forecast for Sunday is 24 degrees. After the abseil there is a nice rain forest section, a huge cave and the biggest boulder ever! Then it's a short walk back to the car.
Map: Rock Hill

Sun - 25-Mar-2018
5 H - Day Walk
Leura Creek-Jamison Valley-Sublime Point Ridge-Lindeman Pass
Follow Leura Creek through some magnificent rain-forest- (steep scrambly descent in sections) for about 3.5 kilometres deep into Jamison Valley.Some great off-track open country walking in the vicinity as well.Very little walking on fire-trail. Steep long ascent of Sublime Point Ridge-wonderful section of Lindeman Track-walk starting/ finishing parking area above Leura Cascades.Strenuous walk- fit experienced off-track walkers with heightened sense of adventure. Distance 14 km, ascents 800 metres
Map: Jamison

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