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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