Butterbox

AKA, Mt Hay canyon, AKA Rocky Points Ravine

14-04-2018

Dick Madie and me

So it looked like we’d get another warm Autumn Saturday before the cold change was due to roll in so a good oportunity for another wet canyon. A few ideas were floated before Butterbox was settled on, as Julie hadn’t done it for ages and was super keen for a revisit.

Unfortunately She had to pull out last minute and so it was me Dick and Madie who set off fromthe car park amongst laughs and giggles. We spoke to another group in the car park who were leaving just behind us and a tour group was some where ahead of us.

With the other two offering to carry ropes I got to enjoy a relatively light pack. Winning!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Dick on the first down climb
butterbox-3.jpg
Dick on the first Abseil

Madie was keen to show us some alternate ways down various obsticals. Like, instead of down climbing in the creek or abseiling from the side why not slide down this log

butterbox-5.jpg
It works.

Butterbox is an interesting creek with a very short canyon section. It’s normally the rock formations, greenery and play of light in the constriction that draws me to a canyon but the sheer amount of adventurous fun that Butterbox offers makes it a trip worthy of repeat visits

butterbox-6.jpg

Mind you, while short the main constriction is spectacular.

butterbox-7.jpg
We catch up to the group from Eagle Rock Adventures at the top of the main constriction.

2 tricky abseils with very little stance between them mean we are going to have a bit of a wait here.

Let’s do the Slide! Madie busies herself trying to wet down the sloping rock by using her helmet as a bail.

 

butterbox-9.jpg
The water isn’t normally that deep here and it looks lower than normal. A few of the clients in the tour group are not quiet sure what to make of it all and I’m sure the guides were wondering what the hell was going on.
butterbox-11.jpg
It’s really fun

 

Me and Dick have a couple of goes to amuse ourselves while waiting, it’s bit of an effort to climb back up. Madie must have doen it a dozen times.

butterbox-12.jpg

butterbox-13.jpg

butterbox-14.jpg

butterbox-16.jpg
Did I mention the main constriction is spectacular?

butterbox-19.jpg

butterbox-22.jpg

butterbox-23.jpg
We emerge back into the sunlight with a jump into this stunning pool

butterbox-25.jpg

And that’s it for the short constriction. A bit of fun getting too it. Very stunning when you get there and the adventure isn’t over yet as the climb out, usually the most hated part of any canyon trip, holds a bit of adventure to it and is another highlight.

We follow the cliff line up hill and down dale, up and down and up again. But mostly up.

Until we find ourselfves on the halfway ledge. The halfway ledge is a feature found through out the Blue Mountains. A fault where different sandstone layers of the Narrabeen group such as the Banks Wall formation and the Burra Moko formation are separated by a thiner claystone layer, often resulting in a traversable ledge.

butterbox-27.jpg
Don’t fall right

Sometimes the ledge disappears, sometimes the claystone erodes in under the top layer of sandstone making for some interesting scrambling.

 

 

butterbox-33.jpg
Views like these don’t come cheap

Through the cave and then the ledge ends. Above us the sandstone cliff still towers.

A short rock climb is required to get us to the next ledge up.

photos thanks to Madie, click to enbiggen

and then it’s up a snotty little gully to the ridge line

butterbox-36.jpg

 

butterbox-38.jpg
it was a tad windy but the views!
butterbox-40.jpg
Looking back down into the canyon
butterbox-41.jpg
The up hills not finished yet but ther are still smiling

A quick side trip to the top of Butterbox point for even more views and then an easy walk back to the cars.

Another great day in the great outdoors.

Party size 3. All experienced

Time: 6hrs car to car with about 30min mucking around on the slide waiting for the tour group to clear the chock stone abseil, a relaxed lunch, a bit of stuffing around on the climb and a bit of time at the lookouts.

You should be silly and do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.

BACK

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s