Geoff, Gabby, Kent, Ash, Gemma, Mick and meeeee
So before Christmas I had organised a trip to Luna Park canyon. It was suppose to be a big trip for a soso canyon but it’s one I wanted to check out.
Then Thing 1 and Thing 2 surprised me with tickets to see Paul Kelly at the Domain on the same day and I had to pull out.
Kent graciously offered to run the trip, they copped a stinking hot day and the majority of the group swore they’d never do that F$#%ing canyon ever again.
But I was still keen and so when Geoff asked me if I’d join him for a trip I rearranged some other commitments, scored a leave pass and jumped at the chance.
In contrast to the other group our day was cool and drizzly making perfect conditions for big day in steep terrain
Before long we leave the trail and head off into untracked scrub
It’s a big walk in, you have to drop down a steep ridge, cross the Bungleboori and climb an even steeper break in the cliff on the other side but the day was pleasant and the company was great so it didn’t see that big an ordeal. In fact I really enjoyed the walking.
Some 4 or so hours later we arrive at the start of the canyon, suit up, have a bite to eat then drop on in.
The first abseil has an awkward start into a small chamber. I go first, belay Gabby and Kent down and then me and Gabby go ahead to set up ropes on the next drop
And then comes the abseil Kent had been warning everyone about. Crowded start. Sharply over hung lip. I offer to be LPAR and wait at top with safety rope just in case.
Kent has no issues but most others have some difficulty. Geoff (a very experienced and capable abseiler) gets the rope jammed badly between device and the rock and needs assistance. Ash goes upside down off the start. Gemma almost gets into the same predicament as Geoff but manages to free herself. Mick gets a finger of his glove stuck under the rope and for a bit I thought we’d need to cut it off.
All this is made me a bit nervous but I go over without drama only to get through the difficult bit and then slip at the very bottom, ungraciously ending up on my butt under the water fall.
The canyon below this might be short but with the atmospheric drizzle adding to the ambience I thought it was outstanding
And then comes the “Luna park abseil” so called because the arch you abseil through is meant to look like the Luna Park Mouth. I don’t see it.
And then we have a long but pleasant walk up a magnificent section of the Southern Bungleboori.
Gemma is a bit of a fungi appreciator and had mentioned finding some rare blue specimens on a recent trip in the blue mountains. I don’t have a clue about fungi, or most things really, but told her I had seen blue mushrooms on a couple of trips in the bungleboori
And sure enough
Gemma assured us they were very rare but the seemed to be popping up everywhere along the banks of the ‘Borri today.
Before long we are changing back into not so dry clothes and making our way back up through the broken cliff lines back to civiliation
We’ve been going for about 10.5hrs at this stage. It’s been drizzling all day. I haven’t been dry since I got out of the car but I’m smiling like a simpleton.
I turn to Gemma and Mick, People must think we are insane. Say I. But I love this shit.
They laugh and agree. It’s been a great day
Part Size: 7 all experienced
Time: 11hr car to car steady pace.
Do what makes you happy and be happy with what you do