Jason, Russ, Madie, Leo and me
It’s late, very late as we find somewhere to pitch tents. There excitement in the air and a bit of a buzz as you get after a long drive for adventure.
We have an early start so it’s pretty up straight to bed to find some sleep.
We’ve come north to the hills inland of Coffs Harbour with grand plans but the weather is fickle. Rain through the week has the creeks pumping.
The big canyons are heavy.
The water is dropping each day but still they are heavy.
With this in mind we opt to start with Wayper. It’s relatively high in the catchment so unlikely to be a handful
Creek walking and boulder hopping become the theme of the day.
And lots of creek walking and boulder hopping in between
I’m not going to mention the abseil where I came last only to realise I’d left my bag up top.
The awkward over hanging start made it challenging to get back up. But a bit of creative thinking and a foot loop got me there.
We do the final abseil and decide to beat a retreat straight up a scree gully to hit an old logging track.
The leaches are tenacious up here. My ankle itches but we haul out.
At one point I liken the trip to Dione Dell with a Danae exit.
But it’s hotter than a Lithgowite is use to and there may be another reason I find the exit a tough slog.
Kylie greats is at the car park and we decide to head to Dorrigo because all we want and all we need is a good a pub feed.
And there’s options to chase a bit more water
To be continued.
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