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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

Sat - 24-Mar-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Kanangra Walls - Pages Pinnacle
This walk is on the Kanangra plateau with fabulous views. There is not a lot of ascent and descent. It is a classic walk in this amazing area.
Map: Kanangra

Fri - 23-Mar-2018
3 MX - Day Walk
Blackheath Glen to Medlow Bath
An exploration of the site of the old Glen Saw Mill and possible tram line up to Medlow Bath.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 24-Mar-2018
5 HX - Pack Walk
Wollemi National Park: Baker Ridge and Holbrook Castle
Strictly limited numbers. Private property access has been arranged. Day 1 – Friday 23 March. Early start. Drive to Widden Valley and park at the national park boundary at GR 471 767. Ascend Baker Ridge until about GR 468 740. The objective now is to find water in the gullies below. Camp at Baker Ridge and visit Holbrook Castle. Distance about 6km. Day 2 – Saturday 24 March. With day packs only, walk south, then east on Baker Ridge, through the labyrinth of spurs, till about GR 490 722. Return to the camp. If time permits, visit Sheep Station Point. Distance 8-12km. Day 3 – Sunday 25 March. From the camp, walk into a side gully to the west and down to Widden Trail and the cars. Distance 6km. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Not Specified

Tue - 20-Mar-2018
4 MH - Canyon
Geronimo Canyon
Geronimo Canyon is a good canyon tributary of the Wollangambe River. It has a relatively sustained constriction, punctuated by a number of abseils, some of which are a bit tricky. It finishes in the Wollangambe.
Map: Wollangambe

Sun - 18-Mar-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Glastonbell
Glastonbell, on the Bells Line of Road at Dargan, was formerly a meditation retreat. It is now privately owned. Marcia Kaye, who once lived in the area, has obtained access for our club. We last walked here in 2013. The property contains cliffs, pagodas and wonderful caves. Most of the walking tracks are overgrown or obliterated by the 2013 fires. Marcia and I will co lead this walk. Bookings open with Geoff on 11 march. None before this date please. The owners reserve hte right to cancel access even on the day of the walk.
Map: Lithgow

Sat - 17-Mar-2018
3 M - Day Walk
Burra Korain Ridge
Burra Korain Ridge, Crayfish Creek, camping cave and back to Burra Korain Ridge.Mostly off track, probably no wet feet, small canyon to explore.
Map: Mt Wilson

Fri - 16-Mar-2018
5 HX - Day Walk
Wolgan Rock
Early start. 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 try to find a way up at about GR 347 205 (alternatively, traverse further east to Collett Gap). Once on top, walk to Collett Gap and from there, to Wolgan Rock. Return either via Collett Gap or the new pass at GR 347 205 (if it is possible). About 12k. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. 6M. M333E.
Map: Ben Bullen

Wed - 14-Mar-2018
5 H - Abseiling
Claustral Canyon
Claustral Canyon is one of the best canyons in the region, but is also one of the most challenging. We will be going via the new NPWS route so this will be a long day (10-12 hrs) and subject to the weather. Wetsuits a must.
Map: Mt Wilson

Wed - 14-Mar-2018
3 M - Abseiling
Tiger Snake Canyon
A short, dry canyon with 4 easy abseils. It's situated on the Newnes plateau and is ideal for less experienced canyoners. The walk in and out is almost all on track.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sun - 11-Mar-2018
5 H - Day Walk
Newnes State Forest: Gang Gang Canyon, Tunnels and Falls
The spectacular Gang Gang Falls and the ecosystems of Gang Gang Gorge that they are feeding are unlikely to survive the expansion of underground coal mining, recently approved by the Government. See this unique area whilst you can.Park at GR 398 038. Descend into Gang Gang Canyon and walk all the way through to Gang Gang Tunnels, visiting a cave at about GR 309 400 seen on the previous trip, as well as the cave at GR 405 043. After exploring the Gang Gang Tunnels, turn south and walk to the falls at GR 407 045, whilst inspecting the caves along the way. Continue south to visit Lots Wife and the adjacent cave. Find a way out to the western side and re-connect with the cars. About 6km. All off track, some rock scrambling and exposure.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sun - 11-Mar-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Shark's Head Cave, Lost World Lookout, Psalm Rock
Shark's Head Cave, Lost World Lookout, Psalm Rock. Day Walk - The walk starts at Martin's Lookout nr Springwood. We head down "secondary" path to the junction of Western Creek and Glenbrook Creek, a decaying but partially restored path, then directly north up a challenging looking ridge to Shark's Head Cave. This ridge has a little scrambling, with limited exposure as you head up to Lost World Lookout. There are a couple of excellent viewpoints. From Lost World Lookout we head 1/2 km along a path to Kings Link Track to Bunyan Lookout, our probable lunch spot. From there we follow another old and partly maintained track to Glenbrook Creek and back up to Martins Lookout. On crossing Glenbrook Creek we will take a detour approx. 300 m downstream to Psalm Rock, where the entire Psalm 23 (King James version) is chiselled into the rock. If it's a warm day we can take a dip in the pool. This is not a long walk, being only 6 km & 500 m ascent, but it is reasonably strenuous. Estimated time 4-5 hrs.
Map: Springwood

Sat - 10-Mar-2018
5 H - Creek
King George's Brook
Some creek walking with a few short swims. Spectacular undercuts with lunch above a waterfall. Check out the photos. A short but steep section on the climb out.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 10-Mar-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.
Map: Not Specified

Sun - 04-Mar-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Mystery Mountain to Zobels Gully
From Newnes, climb the short but steep track to the top of Mystery Mountain. Then follow wide ledges on the western side of Mystery Mountain south for about two kilometers. Scramble up an easy slot to the saddle above the north arm of Zobels Gully. Descend the open gully back to the Wolgan Road.
Map: Mt Morgan

Sat - 03-Mar-2018
4 MH - Creek
Du Faurs Creek
One of our favourite summer creek wade/swim. Beautiful Creek and exit at Joe Canyon, park at Mount Wilson.Wetsuit preferred to lilo
Map: Wollangambe

Sat - 03-Mar-2018
3 M - Day Walk
Horse Track - Rodriguez Pass
Descend via the Horse Track to Grose River and return via Rodriguez Pass with lots of swims. 600m metre ascent.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 03-Mar-2018
5 HX - Pack Walk
Wollemi National Park: From Growee Gulf to Goat Mountain in Bylong Labyrinth
Note: there is currently an open fire ban in the Wollemi National Park, to be reviewed on 28/02/18. We may only be able to use gas stoves.Day 1-Saturday 3 March. Park at Growee Gulf on Bylong Valley Way. Use Deliverance Gully to gain Growee Range, then follow it east to Key Saddle. Descend into Lee Creek for overnight camp. Distance 10km. Day 2-Sunday 4 March. With day packs, return to Key Saddle, then traverse a tight and convoluted ridge towards Goat Mountain, as far as the time permits, before returning to the camp. Day 3-Monday 5 March. Make our way back to the cars along Growee Range and down through Wanda Wanda Crater and Gully. Distance 10km. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. Numbers are strictly limited.
Map: Not Specified

Fri - 02-Mar-2018
2 EM - Day Walk
Booderee National Park
2 March - 6 March - 4 night car camping trip to Greenpatch at Jervis Bay. Great beaches, snorkelling, bush walks, cycling, wildlife, relaxing, good amenities including hot showers. This will be a laid back trip with optional activities. I have booked 1 large site which is now full but adjacent sites still available if you are quick.
Map: Sussex Inlet

Sat - 24-Feb-2018
3 M - Day Walk
Cronulla to Kurnell
Cronulla-Gunnamatta Bay- Boat Harbour- Cape Bailey-Cape Solander. Botany Bay NP-Kurnell.Taking advantage of low tide we will at leisure explore rock pools-amazing rock formations and enjoy some relaxing beach walking- rock-hopping- stunning ocean views.No significant ascents. 17 km. Joint walk with Bush Club
Map: Port Hacking

Sat - 24-Feb-2018
3 M - Day Walk
Evans Crown - Flat Rock
Steep ascent to Evans Crown near Tarana. Lunch at Flat Rock swimming hole. Option for a coffee at Tarana at the end. Walk / social.
Map: Lithgow

Sat - 24-Feb-2018
3 M - Abseiling
Fortress Canyon
Track walk into canyon. Water jumps and a few swims. One 6 metre abseil. Spectacular lunch spot. Uphill track walk out.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 24-Feb-2018
5 HX - Day Walk
Newnes State Forest: Wild Gorge, Dome Cave and Cosmic Cave
Find out why this spectacular and threatened area must be protected for future generations.Park at GR 396 071 off Sunnyside Ridge Road and walk east to the head of a tributary of Wild Gorge. Descend it, visiting Dome Cave along the way, then explore both branches of the gorge, including Pinch Point Circle. Move south east and out towards Carne Creek. Locate a ledge that leads towards Cosmic Cave. Exit via Split Rock Point and Pass. Re-connect with the cars. About 8k. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 24-Feb-2018
3 M - Bike Ride
Oakes Firetrail - Cycle
Cycle Woodford station to Glenbrook station mostly on firetrail in the National Park. This is a beautiful ride, after a few hills with a bit of sting in the first half it is then a lovely down hill run to to Glenbrook Creek. Then a steep climb up from the causeway. Meet at Woodford station and then catch train back to Woodford (or a variation that suits you). 28km, total elevation 764m. Not suitable for road bikes.
Map: Springwood

Fri - 23-Feb-2018
5 HX - Canyon
Bowens Creek South Canyon – Middle Section
This trip explores the middle section of the canyon. No abseils, but tape will be carried.Park one car at Range Hill on Bells Line of Road at GR 558 834 and another one at GR 575 852 on Bells Line of Road. From the first car, enter the canyon at GR 557 855. Continue to GR 575 862. Walk up to the second car. Bring helmet and dry bags. Wet suit recommended. Exploratory. You must be a confident swimmer. Scrambling and exposure. About 8km.
Map: Mt Wilson

Wed - 21-Feb-2018
3 M - Abseiling
Horse Shoe Canyon
Horse Shoe is a short canyon at Mt Wilson. There are three abseils. We intend to find a new way into the canyon and explore the Wollangambe downstream afterwards.
Map: Wollangambe

Sun - 18-Feb-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
The Pentafid
Start from the car park at the end of the Old Coach Road (Newnes Plateau). Follow the Tiger Snake Canyon track for a couple of kilometers. Then leave the track, heading east then north, following an open ridge down a gentle slope all the way into the heart of the Pentafid. Explore one or two of the fingers of the Pentafid before exiting to the Tiger Snake track on the North side of the Pentafid and following the track back to the cars.
Map: Mt Morgan

Sat - 17-Feb-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Glenbrook
Glenbrook station to Glenbrook Creek, up and past Red Hands Cave then beyond this to the old track into unnamed creek past another unnamed creek into Kanooka Brook.Joint UBMBC and Bush Club walk. Ring before 7pm.
Map: Penrith

Sat - 17-Feb-2018
4 MH - Creek
Upper Bell Creek
From Watertrough Hill walk to the Creek. A steep slide into Creek from a side creek then enjoy Upper Bell Creek some long swims fascinating rock formations. Wetsuit preferred to lilo.
Map: Wollangambe

Fri - 16-Feb-2018
5 HX - 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 - 16-Feb-2018
4 MH - Abseiling
Hole in the Wall
Several short abseils. May be a swim or two and a couple of wades. Lots of glowworms in the dark section if you leave the torch switched off and a narrow squeeze.Longish walk in and out, but it's worth it!
Map: Wollangambe

Wed - 14-Feb-2018
4 MH - Abseiling
Geronimo and Horseshoe Canyons
Geronimo Canyon is a good canyon tributary of the Wollangambe River. It has a relatively sustained constriction, punctuated by a number of abseils, some of which are a bit tricky. It finishes in the Wollangambe. Time permitting we will also attempt Horseshoe Canyon. It is a short canyon and can be reached by climbing back up the same ridge.We will need to start by 8:00 at Mt Wilson Fire Station.
Map: Wollangambe

Sun - 11-Feb-2018
4 MH - Creek
Dismal Dingle and the Camels Hump
Walk down Dismal Dingle, cross Claustral Brook and climb up onto the Camels Hump. Explore the rocky outcrops and views on the Camels Hump. Drop back into Claustral Brook and walk downstream and follow the canyoners track out. 7k Elevation Gain/Loss 500m.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 10-Feb-2018
4 MHX - Day Walk
Popeye Canyon
A walk through canyon with wet feet wades and a short swim. No abseiling or ropes necessary. We will explore further up the creek this time.
Map: Wollangambe

Tue - 06-Feb-2018
1 E - Day Walk
Minimal Impact Bushwalking Training Walk
Bushwalking NSW is holding this free Minimal Impact Bushwalking Training Walk at Walls Cave Walk, Walls Cave Road, Blackheath.This is a short walk (2 hours) through the gardens of native wildflowers and a small canyon to learn about minimal impact bushwalking. It is a Bushwalking NSW event.To do this activity please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/minimal-impact-bushwalking-training-walk-walls-cave-walk-tickets-40899044142#map-target
Map: Jamison

Sun - 04-Feb-2018
3 M - Abseiling
Juggler and Grand Canyon
Jugglers is a relatively easy, dry canyon with a short walk in. On the way back, we do a short detour to the one and only abseil into Grand Canyon. There are wades and short swims so a wetsuit is recommended. If someone is willing to co-lead with me, that would be great.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 04-Feb-2018
3 M - Day Walk
Yarramundi to Grose River via Engineer's Track
A walk beside the lower reaches of lovely Grose river to the Gauging Station. Bring cossies for swim if weather is warm.
Map: Kurrajong

Sat - 03-Feb-2018
3 M - Abseiling
Bowen Creek North Canyon
Steep descent to creek. Three abseils up to 15 metres. Water jumps and a few swims. Steep climb out of canyon.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 03-Feb-2018
3 M - Day Walk
Pierces Pass
Pierces Pass to Grose River and return with lots of swimming.
Map: Mt Wilson

Fri - 02-Feb-2018
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Wolgan Rock
Numbers are strictly limited. Early start. Park at GR 342 178 on Wolgan Road. Walk north west, then north, then north east towards Woolpack Gap. Stay underneath the cliffs and try to find a way up at about GR 347 205 (alternatively, traverse further east to Collett Gap). Once on top, walk to Collett Gap and from there, to Wolgan Rock. Return either via Collett Gap or the new pass at GR 347 205 (if it is possible). About 12k. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sun - 28-Jan-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Lapstone to Glenbrook:Rock-hopping Through The Gorge
Lapstone- Nepean River-Glenbrook Gorge-Jellybean Pool-Blue PoolPleasant walking following Glenbrook Creek as it winds it's way through a spectacular Gorge Ample swimming opportunities to cool off along the way.Joint activity with Bush Club
Map: Penrith

Sat - 27-Jan-2018
3 MX - Day Walk
Springwood
An idea from Gary Barnard UBMBC President from long ago.Springwood station to Fairy Track to Perch Ponds and then continue to 23rd Psalm Rock. Return by Sassafras Gully to Springwood. Nearly all on track with a steep climb on the way out. Joint UBMBC and Bush Club walk.Please ring before 7pm.
Map: Springwood

Sat - 27-Jan-2018
4 MH - Creek
Upper Upper Wollangambe
A lovely swim/float down this rarely visited part of the Wollangambe River. Wet suits preferred, no abseils. About 5 km walk in /out
Map: Wollangambe

Tue - 23-Jan-2018
4 MHX - Day Walk
Wollangambe 4
Co-leader Anna Ossig-Bonanno. Limited numbers. Park at the locked gate at Boronia Point Trail and walk down to the exit of Wollangambe 3 at GR 583 925. Walk/swim/scramble down the gorge until the sharp bend at GR 598 925. Exit up the spur and re-connect with the vehicles. Must be able to swim well. Exploratory for both leaders. Scrambling and exposure. About 10km.Bring helmet and dry bags. Wet suit recommended. Lilo optional.
Map: Wollangambe

Mon - 22-Jan-2018
3 M - Canyon
Serendipity canyon
Ruth and SueEasy/medium grade canyon at Mount WilsonSeveral abseils, longest 20 m.Wetsuits for lower section if you don't like cold water.We will be taking the short exit route out.
Map: Wollangambe

Sun - 21-Jan-2018
5 H - Day Walk
Passes of Narrow Neck Redledge to Mitchells Creek via Rock Pile Pass
From Redledge we follow the cliffs through to Rock Pile Pass. There are some exposed sections. From Rock Pile Ledge we descend to a lower ledge using a fixed rope, then follow the ledges to the spiked tree in Mitchells Creek. The climb out returns us to the fire tail leading back to the locked gate.
Map: Jenolan

Sat - 20-Jan-2018
4 MH - Creek
Dalpura Canyon
Dalpura is a short creek with a nice canyon section. There is a nice cave with a waterfall. No abseiling. No swimming. One deep wade so waterproof your gear. We will follow a different route in to the canyon to previous walks I have led. 7k. Elevation Gain/Loss 200m.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 20-Jan-2018
3 M - Day Walk
Victoria Falls - Pierces Pass
From Victoria Falls Road to the falls then to Burra Korain and exit at Pierces Pass. Opportunity for a swim in the Grose River. Steep descent & ascent.
Map: Mt Wilson

Fri - 19-Jan-2018
5 H - Canyon
Blue Mountains National Park: Grand Canyon (wet section, without the abseil)
It is going to be a very hot day on Friday, so I propose to spend the hottest part of it in this delightful wet canyon.We will meet at 1230pm at Evans Lookout car park and walk down to the abseiling canyon exit, then walk upstream to the abseil point and back again. It should take about 2 hours each way (the canyon part). There is one 20-25m swim at the start (and therefore the end), otherwise it is wading only. Bring helmets and appropriate shoes for slippery rocks. Waterproof bags for your food, clothes and personal items. Bring water.After finishing the canyon, we will return the same way to Evans Lookout.Canyon Grade 2. Bushwalk Grade 5.
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 19-Jan-2018
2 EM - Abseiling
Grand Canyon - Canyon
This canyon will be done at night to view the many glowworms. Tourist track walk in to the only 17 metre abseil. Creek walking ,wading and one or two swims. The trip will start about 1900 and take about 4 hours.
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 19-Jan-2018
4 MH - Abseiling
Whungee Wheengee Canyon
Spectacular deep dark Canyon in the Wollangambe area. A sustained and tricky canyon with several abseils and a fair bit of scrambling. Can involve duck unders if the water level is high. Finishes in the Wollangambe. Joint leaders Guy Wittig & Ruth East.
Map: Wollangambe

Wed - 17-Jan-2018
3 M - Creek
Dargan Creek Canyon
No abseils but some little climb downs, short swims, rope assisted drops and a tricky exit via a spiked tree.Entry into the creek via a secret climbers track requiring a hand line assisted, exposed drop, must be comfortable with exposure.Dargan Creek is an excellent Canyon in the Clarence area with beautiful canyon formations.Optional swim in the spectacular dam afterwards.
Map: Lithgow

Sun - 14-Jan-2018
4 MH - Day Walk
Bundeena-Marley Lagoon- Royal NP
Bundeena-Marley Lagoon-Jibbon Beach-Bundeena.Experience a different aspect of scenic coast route on historic rarely used tracks. Taking advantage of a low tide we will rock-hop by some beautiful rock-pools. Canyon section-sea caves- some easy scrambling- aboriginal engravings- amazing rock formations old forts-sand dunes-beautiful lagoon and more. A unique look into The Royal NP on ways less travelled
Map: Port Hacking

Sun - 14-Jan-2018
3 M - Bike Ride
Faulconbridge Point Cycle
Ride to Faulco Point from Springwood. Morning tea overlooking the Grose River then cycle back. Easy to moderate riding on a fire trail - a few hills and rough patches but lots of fun. Suit beginners with some experience. A short half day, about 20km. Not suitable for road bikes.
Map: Springwood

Sat - 13-Jan-2018
3 M - Day Walk
Katoomba Falls - Ruined Castle - Golden Stairs
Park in Katoomba Falls Carpark, down Furber Steps, out to Ruined Castle along Federal Pass Track, over the castle, down the back, return via Golden Staircase and Cliff Drive. Optional: To climb the ruined Castle which is bit exposed. Bit of Car swap involved at two car parks.Approximately 18Km; 460m ascent; All on track.
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 12-Jan-2018
4 MH - Abseiling
Galah Canyon
Galah canyon is a spectacular canyon in the Rocky Creek area of Newnes Plateau. It is deep and dark has a number of good abseils. It is the canyon on the cover of Rick Jamieson's book, Canyons Near Sydney.There is a fairly long walk in and out and some challenging climbing on the exit, so this canyon is for experienced canyoners only.
Map: Rock Hill

Fri - 12-Jan-2018
5 H - Canyon
Hat Hill Canyon
There are no abseils but plenty of rock hoping and scrambling. Drive some cars to the track in Godson St. Follow the track to Hat Hill Creek. Put on wet suits. Morning tea break at a suitable place in the canyon. Continue downstream to where Hat Hill Creek plunges into the Grose. Retrace upstream to the exit point. Have lunch, change into dry clothes for the walk out that will take about one hour. We will connect with the track leading to Hat Hill. 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. 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. Waterproof bags for your food, clothes and personal items. 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

Sun - 07-Jan-2018
4 MH - Creek
Dalpura Canyon
Dalpura is a short creek with a nice canyon section. There is a nice cave with a waterfall. No abseiling. No swimming. One deep wade so waterproof your gear. We will follow a different route in to the canyon to previous walks I have led. 7k. Elevation Gain/Loss 200m.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 06-Jan-2018
5 HX - Day Walk
Newnes State Forest and Blue Mountains National Park: Cerberus Canyon, Cerberus Falls and Hair of the Dog Ravine
Half of this walk is in an unprotected area of Newnes SF; the other half is in the Blue Mountains NP. The straight boundary line, drawn by politicians, makes no sense when it comes to natural beauty. See it for yourself!Park the vehicles at the locked gate at the end of Waratah Ridge Road. Walk into and down the Hair of the Dog Ravine at GR 493 038. After exiting the ravine, make our way west to Cerberus Creek and its canyon. Go through the canyon, visiting Cerberus Falls and exit at about GR 472 038. Walk on the road back to the cars. About 10k. Partly exploratory.
Map: Rock Hill

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

Sun - 24-Dec-2017
4 MH - Day Walk
Faulconbridge to Springwood via Numantia Falls
Faulconbridge-Victory Track-Numantia Falls-Perch Ponds-Magdala Gully-SpringwoodFrom Faulconbridge we join Victory Track descending into lush rainforest along Sassafras creek. Side track to beautiful Numantia Falls Ascend on rough rough track to Aboriginal Art Cave- then some easy open off-track (approx 3km) exploring interesting overhangs-rock formations. Descend to Sassafras creek through a neat pass, No exposure. Proceed to Glenbrook Creek then past waterfalls along Magdala creek. Ample swimming opportunities. Distance. 15 km. Ascents 400 metresJoint Walk With Bush Club
Map: Springwood

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

Fri - 22-Dec-2017
5 HX - Day Walk
Mugii Murum-ban SCA: From Mothers Arms to the Land of the Stone Dragon
Early start. Park on the plateau at GR 250 324. Walk on Genowlan Mountain Trail to about GR 268 350, then walk east to a high pagoda at GR 271 350 seen on a previous walk.From here, move southwards and explore Mothers Arms area, then continue through the Land of the Stone Dragon and re-join the road at about GR 266 339. Walk back to the vehicles. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 12km.
Map: Glen Alice

Thu - 21-Dec-2017
3 M - Canyon
Wollangambe3/4/5 Exploratory
Starting at the exit of Wollangambe 2 going downstream as far as we make it. When 'it's time' - go out one of the many exits I explored last winter. Small Group
Map: Wollangambe

Wed - 20-Dec-2017
3 M - Canyon
Rocky Creek and Twister Canyons
Spectacular canyons in the Wolgan area that do not require abseiling. We start with Twister (aka Sheepdip) which involves a few jumps into pools and slides down waterfalls. Then we follow on down Rocky Creek which is a spectacular canyon with a number of swims and scrambles. We will then reverse Rocky Creek and walk out back to the cars.These are cold and dark canyons so wetsuits are recommended. You should have sticky shoes as wet rocks can be be very slippery, and you must be comfortable swimming up to 50m with a pack on.
Map: Rock Hill

Tue - 19-Dec-2017
3 M - Creek
Wollangambe 1
Join us for a leisurely float along the Wollangambe River at Mt Wilson. This is a classic air bed trip with deep water and massive canyon walls. Ability to swim, float and tread water compulsory. There is some rock scrambling in the river and a steep climb out to return to the Mt Wilson Fire Station. Floatation strongly recommended. There will be an optional side trip to explore part of Water Dragon Canyon.
Map: Wollangambe

Mon - 18-Dec-2017
3 M - Abseiling
Whore's Bed, Devil's Hole, African Wall, Kilimanjaro
After the canyon we'll walk up Devil's hole and abseil on to the chockstone and down off the chockstone. Then we'll climb up the other side of Devil's Hole and do African Wall and the magnificent Kilimanjaro (exiting start). Co-leader Nicole Bordes.
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 15-Dec-2017
5 HX - 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

Wed - 13-Dec-2017
4 MH - Day Walk
Blacks ladders to Ben Esgate pass, radiata plateau.
We will walk onto radiata plateau, and follow a track to Blacks Ladders (spikes in a 2-3 m drop).Then we traverse around the cliff lines, on a series of ledges, to Ben Esgate pass at the base of Megalong Head.The pass is an exposed scrabble on ledge around a small cliff, a scramble up a crevasse, followed by a 4 m climb up a rock face with chains. The climb is actually easy, but there is a lot of exposure. Rope will be taken for belay if needed. Nice views over megalong the whole way.Lead by Sue and Ruth
Map: Katoomba

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

Sat - 09-Dec-2017
3 M - Abseiling
Breafast Creek Canyon
3 abseils. A few short swims or wades, a little climb. Co-leader Sheila Zaman.
Map: Rock Hill

Sat - 09-Dec-2017
5 H - Day Walk
Newnes State Forest: Point Green and Wolgan Falls
Only a few spaces left. This is a walk in another spectacular, unprotected part of the Gardens of Stone region, currently under threat. We will visit Point Green and the Wolgan Falls, starting and finishing on Sunnyside Ridge Road. Find out why this area must be protected for future generations. About 9km. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Fri - 08-Dec-2017
4 MH - Canyon
Closet Canyon
A very long day. A long walk in and out. 7 or 8 abseils. A nice canyon. Some scrub, off track walking.Two short swims.Steep climb out - up tree roots. Participants need to have a reasonable level of fitness.Possible camping at Barcoo Swamp for Sunday Canyon. Co-leader Sheila Zaman.
Map: Rock Hill

Fri - 08-Dec-2017
5 HX - Day Walk
The Wonders of Alcatraz
Note early start. Only a few places left on this walk, which promises to be a spectacular adventure. Numbers are strictly limited due to multiple private properties access. Park at GR 357 188 on Wolgan Road. Walk N, then NW, then SSW and locate a narrow ridge at around GR 332 192. Now, climb this ridge and find a way to the tops. Follow the escarpment NW, then N around a tributary of Liberty Gully till about GR 331 201. From here, walk SE and visit a high point at around GR 333 199. Retrace NW, descend the gully to the W and make our way to the top of Alcatraz. Find a descent via the gully to the S; alternatively, use Woolpack Gap. About 13k. Scrambling and exposure. Exploratory.
Map: Ben Bullen

Wed - 06-Dec-2017
3 M - Canyon
Coachwood Canyon
Coachwood canyon is a fairly short and open canyon in the South Wolgan area near Galah mountain. There are several interesting abseils up to 25m, and we end up in Rocky Creek. We walk through Coachwood forests and take the Rocky Creek exit. Wetsuits are optional. This is suitable for beginners who have abseiling experience.
Map: Rock Hill

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

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

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

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

Sat - 02-Dec-2017
4 MHX - Day Walk
Newnes State Forest: Point Green and Wolgan Falls
This is a walk in another spectacular, unprotected part of the Gardens of Stone region, currently under threat. We will visit Point Green and the Wolgan Falls, starting and finishing on Sunnyside Ridge Road. Find out why this area must be protected for future generations. About 9km. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Cullen Bullen

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

Fri - 01-Dec-2017
4 MH - Day Walk
The Torbane Balcony
Come and explore The Torbane Balcony, a ledge running for some 750 metres along the western face of the pagodas of Mt Airly's 'Great Wall'. The ledge twists and turns as it follows the contours of the pagodas with views to the southwest near the southern end of the ledge. There are just a couple of vacancies left for this walk.
Map: Glen Alice

Wed - 29-Nov-2017
4 MH - Creek
Jamison Creek to Kedumba River
Creek walk starting at Valley of the Waters Conservation Hut, down past Vera Falls to the Jamison Creek junction. Then down Jamison creek for about 5km (off track) past the mystical Prince Regents Glenn, to meet the Sublime Point fire trail. Return via ascent of Sublime Point. This will be mostly off track and a fairly long day with about 5km of creek walking and a steep climb up Sublime Point.
Map: Katoomba

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

Sun - 26-Nov-2017
4 MH - Day Walk
Katoomba-Ruined Castle-Mt Solitary
Katoomba-Narrowneck-Golden Stairs-Ruined Castle- Mt Solitary-Landslide-Furber Steps-Katoomba. Very scenic walk starting/finishing Katoomba railway station. Great lookouts-rainforest-Waterfalls-optional scramble to the top of Ruined Castle-lunch on Mt Solitary following neat ascent up the knife edge. Return via Landslide-Furber Steps Ascents 600 metres. Distance 22 km. Joint Walk with Bush Club
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 25-Nov-2017
3 M - Day Walk
Blaxland to Glenbrook via Duck Hole
The walk is a short descent to Glenbrook Creek then a walk of about 6 km along the creek followed by a steep but short section back to Glenbrook. There is a path along the creek but it is overgrown and faint, disappearing totally from time to time There are a number of fallen trees over the track, and intermittent lawyer vine. I have graded it as a 3 but was tempted to grade it as 4. There are some pleasant pools, and swimming is possible at Duck Hole and a couple of other spots. When I last walked it I saw a platypus swimming in one pool and heard a couple splashing into the water at other spots, so we may get lucky and see one this time. It will involve a car shuffle, or we could park at Glenbrook and catch a train to Blaxland. Estimated time 5 hrs, distance 9 km and height climbed 250 m.
Map: Penrith

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

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

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

Fri - 17-Nov-2017
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. Limited spaces available. We start at Medlow Bath behind the Hydro-Majestic and finish above Black's Ladder on Radiata Plateau.Email contact preferred please.
Map: Katoomba

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

Wed - 15-Nov-2017
3 M - Abseiling
Ranon Brook
A delightful short canyon near Mt Charles on the Bells Line of Road. It has four easy abseils. A wet suit is recommended. The exit is up Mistake Ravine and involves climbing three waterfalls. This canyon is suitable for less experienced canyoners.
Map: Mt Wilson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sat - 30-Sep-2017
4 MHX - Day Walk
Burra Korain Head
Blackheath Ridgewell Road and then along ridges to Burra KorainHead with great views. Bush track along the way also some scrub.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 30-Sep-2017
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: North of Penrose Gully
Park on Wolgan Road at GR 429 220, cross Wolgan River, use Glowworm Tunnel track for a while, then climb to the top cliff line and traverse it, looking at slots. Climb up to the plateau at GR 432 206, using one of the two known passes, then walk to the top of the ridge and north to about GR 438 215 – the start of Rock-in-the-Wall gully. Descend the gully and attempt to find a way around the first abseil. Depending on what we find, we will return the same way or down at about GR 439 220. About 8km. Exploratory. Includes possibly impossible sections. Scrambling and exposure. 6M, S333E.
Map: Not Specified

Fri - 29-Sep-2017
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: The Ledge between Koopartoo Ravine and Koopartoo Gully
Park at GR 412 209 on Wolgan Rd and climb NW into Koopartoo Ravine. Walk up the ravine, then climb E to the base of the cliffs at about GR 405 217. Follow the ledge SE and then around to the extent possible, ideally all the way to Koopartoo Gully at about GR 415 221 or even beyond to GR 420 221. Descend to the Wolgan Rd. Includes possibly impossible sections. About 6k. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Ben Bullen

Wed - 27-Sep-2017
3 M - Canyon
Spiral Canyon
Spiral (grade 3) is a short canyon on the Newnes Plateau with four abseils. There are no pools, it's a totally dry canyon. There is a 4 km walk on the Deans Creek Trail to reach the canyon. After the canyon we enjoy a lovely walk up Deans Creek below Rock Island. The exit up a side creek involves a grade 9 rock climb. There will be ropes for extra safety. Then it's back along the Deans creek trail to hte vehicles.
Map: Rock Hill

Mon - 25-Sep-2017
5 H - Pack Walk
Bibbulmun Track - Kalamunda to Albany (WA)
The Bibbulmun Track is one of the world's great long distance walk trails, stretching 1000km from Kalamunda, a suburb in the hills on the outskirts of Perth, to the historic town of Albany on the south coast. It passes through the heart of the scenic south west of Western Australia. The Track takes walkers through towering karri and tingle forests, down mist-shrouded valleys, over giant granite boulders and along breathtaking coastal heathlands. It passes through many of the most beautiful national parks of the south west forests and coastline.Grade: 4/5; max 8 walkers; food 'drop' options.
Map: Not Specified

Sun - 24-Sep-2017
2 EM - Day Walk
Abercronbie Caves overnight car basecamp trip with day trip walk
I am leading an easy medium overnight car base camping trip to Abercrombie caves one hour south of Bathurst or approximately 200kms west of Sydney. Visiting caves and including a past gold panning ruins site on a circuit track walk within the reserve. Max. 8 (min. 3 to start). The camping site has not been visited by our club lately and is a worthwhile stay for early spring visitors.
Map: Not Specified

Sat - 23-Sep-2017
4 MH - Day Walk
Carlons Farm - Mount Moin
Starting at Carlons Farm walk to Green Gully, Carlons Creek to Mt Moin and return. The hard climbs are worth the view from Mt Moin. Mostly on track
Map: Jenolan

Sat - 23-Sep-2017
3 M - Day Walk
Mill Creek - Car camp & walks
Saturday will be the 11 Km Mill Creek loop approx 5 hours walk starting mid morning - some steep sections and scrambling - aboriginal rockart and beautiful gullies. Sunday will be the 9 km Old great northern road loop featuring many historical convict features and a picturesque return along the Hawkesbury river. Some steep sections approx 3 hours. Camping Saturday night at Mill Creek campground - campfires permitted and I'll be bringing wood! Also a short scenic drive and drink at historic St Alban's pub late late Saturday afternoon for those interested. Camp fees apply and must be booked 24 hours ahead. Not usually crowded so you can wait till see how the weather turns out before booking. The walk will be cancelled in the event of wet weather. Details of walks and campground at nationalparks.nsw.gov.au. Note: NPWS grade these walks as Grade 4 and 5 respectively, but I would class them as Grade 3 only. Steep sections all on track and some scrambling. You are welcome to join just for either walk if you wish.
Map: Gunderman

Sat - 23-Sep-2017
5 H - Day Walk
Newnes State Forest: Waratahs and Pagodas in Holts Heaven
Find out why this unique part of the Gardens of Stone region must be protected, now.This walk is a ramble and scramble through the amazing pagoda terrain of Holts Heaven, with a camera in hand and an eye on the Waratahs, which should be out by then. We will access the area through a fire trail at GR 463 965. About 7km. Scrambling and exposure. 5M, S223E.
Map: Wollangambe

Fri - 22-Sep-2017
3 MX - Canyon
Juggler Canyon
Ruth East and I will co-lead Jugglers canyon on friday 22 september. It is an entry level canyon suitable for those who have completed Geoff,s training. However, you need to be confident with scrambling, some mild exposure etc. Please contact Ruth or myself, if interested.
Map: Katoomba

Wed - 20-Sep-2017
4 MH - Day Walk
Across the Jamison Valley with Sue and Ruth
Start at golden stairs, past Ruined Castle to Cedar Gap. From here we descend to Kedumba River for lunch.Then we climb a spur and cross over Kedumba Valley Road.then it is a steep climb up Sublime Point to the cars.The point has some minor exposed climbing.Descent/ascent approx 750mDistance approx 11 kmsCar shuffle required
Map: Jamison

Sun - 17-Sep-2017
3 M - Day Walk
Coxs River - Aboriginal and settler history
From the junction with the 6 Foot Track ( a traditional Gundungurra campground) we'll walk upriver to Bowtels Bridge. We'll continue upriver off-track, then return the same way. A fair drive from Mt. Vic, 4WD's needed. Maps: Hampton & Jenolan 8 kms.
Map: Hampton

Sat - 16-Sep-2017
5 H - Day Walk
Adrenilin Ledges
Two walks taking in some spectacular scenery. Mainly off-track Slots, Pagodas and ledges. An area we haven't walked in for a few years. 4WDs needed for access.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Fri - 15-Sep-2017
5 HX - Pack Walk
Bylong Labyrinth West Exploration
This is challenging and spectacular country. Early start on Friday. Day 1-Friday 15 September. Park at Growee Gulf on Bylong Valley Way. Find a new route to the tops and follow the Growee Range east to Key Saddle. Descend into Lee Creek for overnight camp. Distance 10km. Day 2-Saturday 16 September. With day packs, return to Key Saddle, then traverse a tight and convoluted ridge towards Goat Mountain, as far as the time permits, before returning to the camp. Day 3-Sunday 17 September. Make our way back to the cars along Growee Range, using some variations in the route. Distance 10km. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. Numbers are strictly limited. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Not Specified

Fri - 15-Sep-2017
5 HX - Pack Walk
Wollemi National Park
There will be a 3-day pack walk in the Wollemi Wilderness that weekend. I am currently working out the details, which will be advised. Numbers are strictly limited.Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. 6M, M333E.
Map: Not Specified

Wed - 13-Sep-2017
3 M - Canyon
Better Offer Canyon
Better Offer Canyon is a short canyon off the Bells Line of Road near Birrabang Canyon.. There are 5 abseils, waterfalls and a waist deep pool. Warm weather is forecast and you are able to change into dry clothes soon after the pool.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 10-Sep-2017
5 H - Day Walk
Miracle Slot, Pyramid Rock, the Rain Cave and other Caves
Pyramid Rock is in the middle of Carne Creek just waiting to be climbed. After driving along the Glowworm Tunnel road we visit the Double Arch cave then descend into Carne Creek to Pyramid Rock. (climb optional). The climb back to the cliffs takes along some lovely ledges to the Gemini Cave, Rain Cave, Michael's Chair, and the Shovel Cave.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 09-Sep-2017
3 M - Day Walk
Mount Hay to Boorong Crags
We drive to the Mt Hay car park and walk to the top of Mt Hay and then down the other side, then along a ridge with wonderful views of the Grose valley to Boorong crags for a great lunch spot. A short day all on track.
Map: Mt Wilson

Fri - 08-Sep-2017
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Firefly Point via Galaxies Gully East
Park at the locked gate GR 434 258 and walk on Wolgan River Trail, then use Galaxies Gully East to climb up to the tops at GR 450 250. Next, walk to Firefly Point at GR 461 258. From here, find a way underneath the cliffs, starting from the southern side, then traverse underneath the cliffs until Galaxies Gully East. Walk down to the Wolgan River Trail and to the cars. About 10k. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. 6M. M333E.
Map: Mt Morgan

Sun - 03-Sep-2017
3 M - Abseiling
Abseil Training for Beginners
An introduction to abseiling will cover equipment, safety and abseiling technique. Participants will develop skills on graded rock faces at Mt York (near Mt Victoria) then abseil Juggler Canyon at Blackheath. Members must have fitness and agility suited to canyoning.
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 03-Sep-2017
2 EM - Day Walk
Mt Hay walks
Half day walk in the Mt Hay area. We'll go to the summit of Flat Top for the views. Also walk to Mt Hay via Butterbox Box.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 02-Sep-2017
4 MHX - Day Walk
Mount Cameron to Yah Hut
Yah Hut was built by the Catholic Bushwalkers for relaxation but unfortunately was destroyed by bushfires. We intend to find the remains of the Hut and also to explore the little visited area near Mount Cameron.
Map: Rock Hill

Thu - 31-Aug-2017
5 HX - Day Walk
Gardens of Stone National Park: South Eastern Cliff Line of Donkey Mountain
Park on Wolgan Road at GR 370 191 (The Style). Walk up south east to the saddle on top of Donkey Mountain at GR 376 183. Descend to the first ledge on the southern side and explore it to its full extent. Return to the saddle and come down to the second ledge. Visit Masterpiece Wall and the cave before it. Retrace to about GR 373 181, climb back on top from there, then descend to the cars. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. About 6km.
Map: Ben Bullen

Wed - 30-Aug-2017
4 MH - Day Walk
Lapstone To Glenbrook - Rock-HoppingThrough The Gorge
Challenging walk through a beautiful gorge with scrambly steep side trips to scenic Portal and Tunnel View Lookouts then some easy off-track to Jellybean pool..Continue to Blue Pool- along Glenbrook Creek for a neat little ascent to finish at Glenbrook.The distance may seem short but there is a lot of interesting features packed into the walk and it will require reasonable fitness.Distance 12 km Ascents 400 metres
Map: Penrith

Mon - 28-Aug-2017
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Cliffs above Newnes Campground
Park the vehicles at the Newnes Campground. Ascend Cathedral Canyon till about GR 421 273. From here, explore three consecutive spurs running south east. Exit via Mount Tricky and Cathedral Canyon. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.About 6km.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sun - 27-Aug-2017
2 EM - Day Walk
Darwins walk to National Pass to Nature track to Leura Fairmont Resort
I am leading an easy medium track walk leaving from Darwin’s walk (Wentworth Falls) thru along an escarpment on the national pass arriving at the conservation hut for morning tea or lunch, time permitting. Then continuing from here to back the nature track circuit to Edinburgh Castle Rock for afternoon tea. To crossing the Lilians bridge over to our final destination at Fairmont Resort (Leura) or Leura Golf club for late drinks before return back to Wentworth Falls Railway station. Car shuffle required to complete start and finish rendezvous’s. Please respond by email preferred or text message mobile. Max. 8 (min. 5 to start) persons including myself go get in early to avoid disappointment!!!
Map: Katoomba

Sun - 27-Aug-2017
3 M - Abseiling
Zorro and Pleasant View Canyons
Zorro is a short, easy canyon on the Newnes plateau. The exit slot is spectacular. Pleasant View is a non abseil canyon on the opposite side of the ridge to Zorro. The upper section is really nice.
Map: Cullen Bullen

Sat - 26-Aug-2017
3 M - Day Walk
Federal Pass & Dardanelles Pass South Leura
Walk down Leura Falls & visit the rainforest in the Jamison Valley via The Federal Pass & return via Dardanelles Pass.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 26-Aug-2017
4 MH - Day Walk
Fire trail No 6 off Sunnyside Ridge Road
Follow firetrail and then walk around under cliffs. Explore pagodas, caves and slot
Map: Cullen Bullen

Wed - 23-Aug-2017
3 M - Creek
Galong Creek
I am leading this walk with Ruth East. Galong Creek is in the Megalong Valley near Carlons Farm. We follow the fire trail past Ironpot Mt, over Tinpot Hill almost to the Coxs River. From here we follow the creek upstream, round waterfalls, deep pools and huge boulders. It's about 4 km through spectacular granite rock country. Wet feet are highly likely. before we return to Carlons Farm. This walk is suitable for fit walkers who enjoy rock scrambling. We should have an early finish.
Map: Jenolan

Tue - 22-Aug-2017
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: The Slots and Pagodas of The Labyrinth
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 what we will find and may include Ariadne Thread. About 9km. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sun - 20-Aug-2017
3 M - Day Walk
Rienits Mine Victoria Creek
Visit the Mine and explore the area. Walking through mainly open bush. A good "first off-track" walk with an early finish around 3.00pm. We walk in via Ridgewell Road Blackheath. No creek walking involved.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 19-Aug-2017
3 M - Day Walk
Explorers Tree - Megalong Valley - Winery
6 Foot Track section from Katoomba to Megalong Valley then on to Mehalong Creek Estate winery open day. Walk is around 10 km's, some ascent & steep descent. Limit of 7 walkers, led by Tracie & Ross
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 19-Aug-2017
5 HX - Pack Walk
From Goat Mountain to Oz Mountain via Bylong Labyrinth
Maps: Growee, TaloobyCo-leader - Ian Thorpe. Drive in on Friday for an early start on Saturday. Day 1-Saturday 19 August. Leave some cars at Growee Gulf near Bylong Valley Way and drive other cars to Growee. Walk up Growee River and then climb Goat Mountain from around GR 334 828. Walk in a northerly, then northwesterly direction via a series of narrow ridges towards Key Saddle, then descend to Clef Crater for the overnight camp. Distance 12km. Day 2-Sunday 20 August. Ascend back to Key Saddle and continue west to Oz Mountain. Descend to the cars, then drive to Growee to pick up the other cars. Distance 8km. Private properties access is being arranged. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Not Specified

Sat - 19-Aug-2017
4 MHX - Day Walk
Gardens of Stone National Park: Donkey Mountain
I will be doing a day trip up Donkey Mountain this Saturday 19th of August mainly focusing on the North East section. The walk has steep ascents and descents and may include some scrambling. If anyone is interested in coming let me know thanks.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 19-Aug-2017
5 H - Day Walk
Wild Dogs Scenic Tour Cattledog Ridge - Knights Deck - Ironmonger Spur
A challenging walk 2 steep descents and 2 steep ascents but a glorious scenic tour of the Wild Dogs. Down to Cattledog and then up the spur -along to Knights Deck with superb views and then down to the Cox's River. Up Ironmonger Spur to Ironpot Mountain
Map: Jenolan

Fri - 18-Aug-2017
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Ravines and Slots of Koopartoo Mesa South
Park at the Wolgan Road, GR 420 216. Make our way up Koopartoo Gully to a known (but tricky) pass at GR 414 222. Once above, head east to about GR 416 222 and, starting from here, explore this extremely dissected terrain. Return the same way. About 6km. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sun - 13-Aug-2017
4 MH - Day Walk
Liversidge Hill and Birrabang Walls
Birrabang Ridge is to the west of the Bells Line of Road just next to the turn-off to Mount Wilson. The walk is relatively straightforward, half on track, half off track, but along open ridges. The view from Birrabang Walls in particular is excellent. This has not been walked for a few years by the UBMBC. Distance is approx 9 km, only a few hundred metres climbing. Estimated duration around 5 hrs.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 13-Aug-2017
4 MH - Abseiling
Minotaur's Lair Abseil Canyon
A dry canyon with 1 short (15m) abseil. Great views, some scrub bashing to get to the abseil. Helmet & abseil gear required.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sun - 13-Aug-2017
4 MHX - Day Walk
Pagodas to South and North of Tiger Snake Canyon
This walk will explore the pagodas to the South and North of Tiger Snake Canyon, a particularly scenic part of the Newnes Plateau. We will follow the Tiger Snake Canyon Track to about 445208 then look for a way up on to the pagodas to the SW. Return to the Tiger Snake Canyon Track and cross Tiger Snake Creek between the upper and lower sections of the canyon. Ascend the pagodas at 448211. Then head W up a lovely gully and easy pass to join the ridge at 437210 and return along the Tiger Creek Canyon Track.
Map: Mt Morgan

Sat - 12-Aug-2017
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-Aug-2017
4 MH - Day Walk
Terrace Falls Hazelbrook & Leslie Falls via Lawson Creek
Explore the old Western Track at Terrace Falls, South Hazelbrook. Then up via the beautiful Gorge of Lawson Ck to visit rarely seen Leslie Falls & onto Federal, Junction & Adelina Falls South Lawson. The first part is on track & up Lawson Ck is off track.
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 11-Aug-2017
5 H - Pack Walk
K2K
Harold and myself are leading this classic walk from the two opposite ends as a three or four day walk. Thus no car shuffle will be required. Ascents and descends are steep. A good level of fitness is required. The tempo will be moderate and steady.
Map: Kanangra

Fri - 11-Aug-2017
5 HX - Day Walk
Wollemi National Park: Firefly Point to Galaxies Gully East
Park at the locked gate GR 434 258 and walk on Wolgan River Trail to about GR 461 262, visiting a cave house ruin on the way. Next, attempt to ascend along the ridge all the way up to Firefly Point at GR 461 258. From here, climb to spot height 858 and continue along the ridge. If time permits, descend into Firefly Creek around GR 455 252, then climb back out on the ridge. Finally, descend into Galaxies Gully East, and then all the way back to the Wolgan River Trail and to the cars. About 10k. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Mt Morgan

Sun - 06-Aug-2017
2 EM - Day Walk
Asgard Head and Thor Head
The walk visits Thor Head and Asgard Head with fantastic views from the heads.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sun - 06-Aug-2017
4 MH - Abseiling
Hole-in-the-Rock Abseil Canyon
A dry'ish canyon (unless you fall in the pool at the 3rd abseil) - waist deep in 1 short pool in July 2016. 5 abseils up to 30m. Helmet & abseil gear required.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 05-Aug-2017
4 MH - Day Walk
Traverse of the Jamison Valley
The classic walk Kings Tableland - Solitary - Golden Stairs traversing the Jamison Valley. All on track but some very steep sections about 20 kms.
Map: Katoomba

Fri - 04-Aug-2017
2 EM - Rogaine
Navigation Practice
Following the successful navigation course conducted by Nicole and Bernard we will revisit the area. The 20 check points are still in place. We will redo the practical navigation component around Queen Victoria Hospital, Wentworth Falls. A basic understanding of .navigating with a map and compass is required. Map and worksheets will be provided. You will need your own compass.
Map: Jamison

Thu - 03-Aug-2017
5 HX - Day Walk
Mugii Murum-ban SCA: Treasure Chest Spur and City in the Sky
Park up on the plateau at GR 245 316. Walk on the fire trail to GR 253 319, then head NNE and locate Treasure Chest Spur. Advance to a spectacular area of many pagodas, City in the Sky, at around GR 257 325. Explore on both sides of the spur, moving NNE all the time. Visit two high points at the end of the spur, then find a way down to the fire trail at around GR 259 329. Follow it back to the vehicles. About 6km. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Glen Alice

Sun - 30-Jul-2017
1 E - Meeting
Club AGM
Meeting Room is in the Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre, Gardiner Crescent, Blackheath. That's the room under the building at the eastern end.Starting time is 10 am on Sunday 30th.Members are invited to send agenda items for the General Meeting.
Map: Katoomba

Sat - 29-Jul-2017
3 M - 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 walks with great interest
Map: Rock Hill

Fri - 28-Jul-2017
4 MH - Day Walk
Lindeman Pass
Bill, Lyn & I plan to walk the whole of Lindeman / Roberts Pass from Valley of the Waters to Leura Cascades.It is all on a rough un-maintained track & involves some scrambling & possible some scrub / lawyer vine.Route (plotted on Jim Smith's map) is at the Dropbox URL.
Map: Katoomba

Thu - 27-Jul-2017
5 H - Day Walk
Mugii Murum-ban SCA: The Towers
Co-leader – Peter MedburyDrive about 1km past Airly Gap; park the cars and walk on the trail around Mount Airly Check out the cave houses on the way, then climb The Towers – the area of high pagodas centred at around GR 222 350. Explore the area, then return the same way. About 12km. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Glen Alice

Sun - 23-Jul-2017
2 EM - Day Walk
Evans Crown 1/2 easy track walk with Tarana pub meal visit
I am leading an easy ½ day track walk for Evans Crown in the Gardens of Stone National Park near Tarana for a late meal and drinks at Tarana pub. Max 8 (min. 3 to start) persons including myself. The pub tiger burger is one to tick off your bucket list!!!
Map: Not Specified

Sun - 23-Jul-2017
4 MH - Abseiling
Windows Abseil Canyon
A dry canyon (possible wet feet, depending on weather). 7 abseils up to 35m. Great views. Helmet & abseiling equipment required.
Map: Ben Bullen

Sat - 22-Jul-2017
4 MH - Day Walk
Mt Banks Low Traverse
From the Mt Banks car park, follow the fire trail around Mt Banks to where it overlooks the Grose Valley. Drop over the edge and follow the ever narrowing middle ledge north across the face of Mt Banks. There is exposure in the narrow slot known as the Devil’s Throat. An area very rarely walked. 10kSpectacular views along Banks Wall & one of the best walks I’ve ever done.
Map: Mt Wilson

Sat - 22-Jul-2017
3 M - Day Walk
Navigation Training for Beginners
Nicole Bordes and Bernard Pailthorpe will conduct a practical navigation course at Kings Tableland Wentworth Falls. Maps will be provided. Participants will need their own compass. Following a theory session you will practice navigating through the bush using a map and compass. Coordinator : Geoff Fox
Map: Jamison

Sat - 22-Jul-2017
5 HX - Pack Walk
Wollemi National Park: Bylong Labyrinth Area
Co-leader Ian Thorpe.Drive on Friday night to Kandos or camp near the walk start. Early start on Saturday morning.This is a recce walk for the planned Wollemi traverse. Details to be advised after the walk of 1-2 July 2017.Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Map: Not Specified

Thu - 20-Jul-2017
3 M - Day Walk
Redledge Pass
Redledge Pass is one of Katoomba's classic walks. Starting at the locked gate on Narrow Neck we follow Redledge for excellent views of the Megalong Valley. A steep descent of the scree slope brings us to relics of the Glen Shale mine. We then follow the route of the cable way to a steep climb ending at Devils Hole. This walk will be conducted at a slower pace and is suitable for photographers, walkers recovering from injuries and people who walk at a slower pace. It is 50% on track. Expect Blue Mountains Winter conditions.
Map: Katoomba

Tue - 18-Jul-2017
2 EM - Day Walk
North Lawson Falls & Empire Pass
North Lawson, visit the original Echo Pt, now called Echo Bluff & Fairy Falls & return via the Empire Pass.
Map: Katoomba

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