Glen Davis in the heat

30-12-2018

Madie, Viacheslav, Kents Crew and meeee

This was another one people rave about. The canyon has 4 or 5 branches that all contain good quality canyons. The 2nd branch, or B branch, is one I had wanted to do for a while and one I had built up in my mind so when Kent put it on during a 5 day trip to Glen Davis I jumped on it.

Madie met me at my place early and we drove on down to meet up with the others. A quick meet and greet, ropes sorted packs on and we are away.

For the first part of the walk in we’d traverse the southern cliff line and then up into the bottom of the canyon so had bits of shade in between the baking heat.

The cool shade at the bottom of the canyon was a welcome haven and we took the opportunity for morning tea and a quick dip to cool off. Then it was back into the heat up the other side.

Kent on the tops

While the scrub was quite thick at times it offered little shade and so it was with a bit of relief, 5hrs after leaving the cars we reach the top of the canyon and wasted no time dropping in for lunch in the cool confines.

Madie

Madie, me and Slavr then went ahead to explore the canyon and set ropes while the others followed passing ropes forward as needed.

We soon came to the junction with 1 or A branch and explored up it aways. I failed to get up this little waterfall, Madie decided to show me how easy it was….



Slavr on a narrow bit
But wait, there’s more
and more
and more
Every time you think it’s about to open out… Boom there’s more

The water was a bit odd. It went from black to crystal clear to murcky brown and back in between disappearing for long stretches all together

We must be at the end now….. Nope

Madie and Slav
regrouping

and it continues

And then, just after I began to think the canyon would go forever we round a corner and we are back at the morning tea spot.

What an awesome day full of challenges, wild beauty and great people. A great way to finish off 2018 outdoorsP

Time: 11hr car to car. The fluctuation between heat stroke and hypothermia taking its toll a bit

So what did I think of it? The people I had spoke to it invariably rated it “Best ever” or “Top 5”. Whether the low water levels effected my views I cant say but too be honest I wouldn’t put it in the same category as Claustral or Rocky Creek (or even Grand for that matter) as far as jaw dropping beauty nor would I rate it on the bang for buck and out and out fun scale as high as Whungee Wheengee or Danae Brook but for complexity, length of constrictions and true untouched wilderness feel it’s certainly up there.

It’s a true canyoners canyon. Tricky Nav, obstacle after obstacle to figure out in a constriction that just seems to go and go and go and get better as it goes… I’d def do it again but maybe not when it was so hot and maybe I’d wait until just after a bit of rain.

Don’t waste time waiting on sometime. Get out there now.

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*March 2019 I am once again participating in the Wests Cycle Classic to raise money for the Westpac rescue helicopter. If you enjoy my blog or just want to help this great cause think about making a small donation

2019 West Cycles Classic

RIDING TO RAISE FUNDS FOR OUR RESCUE CHOPPER

In 2019 the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service will celebrate the 24th Anniversary of the Wests Cycle Classic. The Annual Wests Cycle Classic is one of the services longest running events having over the years raised millions of dollars.

The 24th Annual Wests Cycle Classic will be travelling through stunning terrain and tackling some challenging climbs whilst also having fun and raising money for your Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

A small contribution from you helps us to continue this much needed support. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is one we all hope we will never need but in the event we ever do, there could be no more dependable hands to find ourselves.

When: Tuesday 12 March – Sunday 17 March

Where: Port Macquarie and Bonny Hills with a visit to Jolly Nose MTB park, Bago Winery, Queens

Lake & Middle Bother Lookout

Distance: over 350km in 5 days

The Annual Wests Cycle Classic is a significant fundraiser for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, raising over $100k in 2018, and with your support last year I managed to be the 3rd highest individual fund raiser.

I ask that you support us so we can support this iconic regional service. To donate visit https://westscycleclassic2019.gofundraise.com.au/page/CraigFlynn1

For further information on the Westpac Rescue Helicopter visit www.rescuehelicopter.com.au

Breakfast Creek

12-12-18

Jen, Mark, David-Stephen and meeee

Jen put out the call to see who wanted to do a canyon on her birthday. Much banter ensued. Problem was it was it was going to be mid week. 

Then after a couple of big weeks the boss suggested I take a day in liue. Woohoo. How’s Wednesday suit he said? More Woo. Longer Hooo.

The organisational banter continued online and before we knew it it was a dress up party.

Not your usual canyoning attire

Anyhoo,  Breakfast creek is a short trip with a couple of nice sections in it


Dropping in
Portal into the strangeness and charm
Latest styles for the fashion conscious canyoner

One of the nicer bits

You may be cool but you will never be Zoot Suit canyoning Baboon cool

Unless you are a penis headed canyoning morman cool


Environmentally friendly anchors to maintain the wilderness experience


A quick look up another canyon (Quick Dip?) on the opposite side of Rocky creek, I’m sure there was a deep pool at the bottom of this when I last visited it 

All little girls want a dress up party
New album drops March 5th. Or sumfink 
I’ve done this climb twice previously. Once I disturbed a venomous snake on one of the ledges and the other we got stuck in a massive hail storm


Mandy and Della climbing out in the hail some time around the mid-late 90s

Another fun day in the bush with great people

Party size 4: All experienced

Time: 6hr car to car with some photo phaffing and hi jinx

“and I am convinced that the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folks are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed.”  The Scarecrow

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