Upper, Upper, um… Upper Wollangambe

27-01-2018

Upper Blue Mountains Bushwalking club trip lead by Kate.

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Anyhoo

So this year I set a bit of a goal to do a couple of the sections of the ‘Gambe I hadn’t done before, I  am super keen to do the section between the crater and Mt Wilson, so when I saw a trip to the Upper, Upper section on the program of UBMBC I signed up for the walk.

Turns out the walk would be to a section further up but that was OK it was on the list too.

So after a meet and greet we headed off along a suprisingly good track. I was kind of expecting to be zero tracking. No idea why I thought that, just one of the preconceved ideas you sometimes get completely wrong…

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Heading out toward pagoda country
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After a warmish walk in along the ridge we we looking forward to hitting the water

Water levels in the ‘Gambe are fairly low at the moment. This coupled with the hot conditions has lead to a bit of an algae bloom. And when I say “a bit” this section was full of algae. It was a bit of a shock being use to the usual crystal clear waters but it was ok just a bit harder to see where you were putting your feet in the shallow sections.

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Some pleasant canyon sections were interspaced with more open sections

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Typical stunning Wollangambe cliff lines

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Hawk Moth, possibly Coequosa australasiae?

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This section reminded me of a similar bit on October Creek
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Or Fortress canyon

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Interesting vertical slabs in a side creek put me in mind of shark gills
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Side creek
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More canyony bits

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John proving some boys dont grow up. click images to enlarge

After the monster yabbie we saw in Whungee last week this little nipper was a bit cute

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“Giant” Spiney Crayfish, Euastacus spinifer
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Final swim

Then it was onto the ridge where the wild flowers are still in bloom despite the hot dry spell

 

 

Group size: 12

Time: 8hrs car to car relaxed pace

 

The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper
Eden Phillpotts

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