A Whingee Whungee Wheengee

27-10-2019

The Angles, the Demons and meeee

I had a busy weekend lined up and didn’t think I’d get out bush at all but when The Mad One lined up a trip with the awesome Canyoning/Climbing fam I was keen as a bean for a catch up so I rearranged some stuff to free up my Sunday. They really are a great bunch of like minded folk and a ball to hang out with

Anyhoo we meet at Mt Wilson at a very lazy 10am and dither about before setting off along the fire trail. Laziest start to a canyon day for ages.

The walk in would soon address that….

The shade of the overhang below the first abseil proves an enticing place to have lunch so more lazing about before we slip down the creek. I scramble into the start of the canyon and try to entice the others down with my best Pennywise impersonation, Do you want a balloon too, Georgie? but they go over the top to the next climb down.

The first little bit was as dry as a nuns nasty

Madie and Aleasha making their way in

The swim into the first “Duck under” was little more than a deep wade. There followed an impromptu chorus of Ooooh shit it’s cold. Which had Libby dubbing the trip the Whingee Whungee trip.

Russ and Libby Liability enjoying a coolish dip

Whungee is usually such a high quality canyon but the low water and lack of glowworms took a bit of the shine off

io! Wanna fight? Caaarn, I’ll fight the lot of yas
Leo and the Wizard
It does have some beautiful bits thou
Dualing photographers dual

Barely a duck under
Russ, Libby, Aleasha and Jez

Ok the top section was a little down on it’s usual high standard but the final hallway is still bloody stunning

We briefly check out a rumoured short cut exit but decide the climb is too dicey today so it’s into the ‘Gambe for a float down to the usual exit.

Surround yourself with exceptional people, experience exceptional things

Party Size: 8

Time: I didn’t really pay much attention but I think it was 7-8hrs with plenty of stops along the way

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Lower Bell Creek Canyon

07/04/2018

Madie, Autal, Marchelle, Craig, Ev and me.

Madie told me she had trouble finding the entrance to the lower section of Bells creek on a solo mission. So we threw a few dates around. Nothing worked for us both

Poo i have to go to Zanzibar. Says she. I guess April wil be too late.

Na Aprils good. And shit Zanzibar!

Great Now I have a Hoodoo Guru song stuck in my head. And it’s not even one of my favourate Hoodoo Gurus songs

Anyhoo.

Man I’m back, keen for bells creek???

Apparently Madie’s back. We lock in a date. Others were invited. The weekend came and it was a warm one for this time of year. Perfect for Bells

I breifly considered a car shuffle from the Bells line of road out along the ridges but group size would make that awkward so I opted for the standard slog down to Du Faurs creek and over the ridge. A couple of people dropped out but any way it not a bad walk

I pull into the carpark next to the Mt Wilson fire shed. Marchelle, Ev and Craig are waiting. I look around sure Madie would have camped. Oh that looks like Autal down there.

Autal wanders up. Madie’s there. She is making coffee.

Yep she has a full on camp kitchen going on with a frying pan full of water on the boil. Anyone want coffee. I need coffee.

Sometime later we are all ready to go and set off along the fire trail.

It’s easy walking and with some friendly banter distracting us it seems like no time and we are making our way down the rope into Du Faurs creek

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Marchelle on the hand over hand

We reach the standard start point for Clatterteeth canyon but head straight across and make our way up through a series of little cliff lines on the oposite side

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Some interesting traverses are required

There is a slight track leading up to the ridge top but then we are on our own. The scrub has grown back since the last lot of fires but nowhere near the horror stories of yore.

I take a compass bearing and we make our way along the ridge and drop off the other side. I considered trying to drop into Little Bell but opted for the easy gully where a track comes and goes at random and soon we reach the start of Belfry Canyon.

It’s taken us just under 2hrs. Which is fairly good going.

For a trip that has a relative beginner rating of 2 in the guide book there are some tricky bits. The navigatioin being one and some interesting down climbs being another.

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In any other canyon this would be an abseil for most people.

No one wants to carry in abseiling gear if they don’thave too, despite the unnecessary ring bolt above a realy nice natural anchor….. It looks worse than it is. It’s a pretty simple down climb and a deep pool below, if you land in the right spot…

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After a warm/humid walk in this looks that inviting it’s not funny

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the Temptation is too much for some

Bellfry is such a pretty canyon in it’s own right and the early Autum sun light gave us some rays in the narrow bit

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The yellows and oranges of the sandstone som give way to lush greens

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sun beams starting to show through

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a lot of photos were snapped by the group in this section

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There are usually some very dark sections on this trip

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Last time this was pitch black. Such a nice light in here today thou

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We emerge from the dark swim and fnd ourselves at the junction with Bell Creek

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From here there is a bit of creek walking interspaced with some bounder scrambling and a couple of down climbs that have you scrtching your head at the beginner rating

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Again, I’ve seen abseils set up on easier down climbs. Autal and Craig giving Marchelle some tips while Ev takes photos and watchs with some apprehension

And then we descend into lower Bell Creek Canyon.

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The constrictions in Bell Creek are really top notch. It’s a high quality canyon for a long way

Hulks hand? The Angry green man seems to like canyons.

The canyon closes in.

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There are some big log jams that are tricky to negotiate. Testament to the raging power of this place in flood

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This time I decide not to make the same mistake as last time and suggest we blow the lilos up.

Oh, we didn’t bring any.

So me and Madie blow our lilos up and the others will be swimming

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You can see by the moss that the water level is down a bit 

Again there is so much more light in this section than on my previous visit.

longish lilo/swim sections are broken by some wading, down climbing and boulder hoping

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And then we get to the long dark tunnel like swim.

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some soft sun rays in the usually dark section

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Who needs a lilo? Not Autal, turning floating on his pack into an art

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and just when you think it’s opening out it goes from a narrow dark canyon to a deep grand gorge

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Madie and Craig adding some perspective to the scale

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Madie waiting on Autal, Marchelle and Ev. It’s well past lunch time. I think she is getting hungry.

What time’s lunch? I’m hangry

How about we get to the junction with Du Faurs, there might be more sun.

How far it that?

Just around the conrer…

It was a bit further. but we continue

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We eventually stop on a sandy beach and replenish energy supplies.

Then make our way up into the lower section of Du Faurs creek

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Traffic jam with another group coming down Du Faurs. AKA Clatterteeth Canyon

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There are so many cool rock formations in this trip. Every time you look up you see something cool

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Lots of options in Du Faurs to climb up the walls and jump back in

And then we exit up Joes canyon.

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From there it’s a quick walk around to meet the usual Wollangambe entrance track at the big Pagoda and a final slog up to the car park.

Another enjoyable day with a great bunch of people.

Party Size: 6 all experienced

Timing: A tad under 8hrs car to car

Include some foolishness to you serious plans. It’s wonderful to be silly at the right moment.

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Geronimo and Horseshoe Canyons

24-02-2018

Julie, Dick, Lewis, Ben and me

THEY DON’T PULL BODIES OUT UNTIL MORNING.

The voice of god boomed out as we stood beneath the NP information sign at the Mt Wilson fireshed.

 

OK, so the weather forecast was not the best. I’d been watching it closely for a few days, feeling Geronimo was becoming my castle in the air. The unattainable goal forever out of arms reach.

Each trip I had tried to organise had been called off for one reason or another but all was looking good this time around.

Then Lewis messages me. What’s your thoughts on the Weather forecast?

Hmmm. 20mm Saturday and 40mm Sunday with a Storm warning.

Ah, yep let’s keep and eye on it.

I text the same question to Julie as I knew she had been through both canyons a few times.

I wouldn’t like to be in Horseshoe in a down poor. Says She. But Geronimo should be fine.

Cool

A few hours later another text from Julie. Fark! I just looked at the forecast.

Let’s keep an eye on it.

Saturdays rain did not eventuate and while Sunday dawned gloomy it didn’t look too bad. I’d been watching the radar and it looked as though the bulk of the rain had thus far swung to the south.   Weatherzones 48hr forecast had showers throughout the day but the heavy rain wasn’t due until late afternoon.

Julie and Dick arrive we discuss alternate plans as we head up to meet Lewis and Ben at Mt Wilson. The views from the high points gave us confidence in the 48hr forcast.

Ben and Lewis message to say they are running 10 min late. At the fireshed we wonder over to the NP sign to discuss plans further. A note on the board from another group “Sorry guys no canyon today. 90% chance of rain. David.”

The eerie voice booms out from behind some bushes.

THEY DON’T PULL BODIES OUT UNTIL MORNING.

What?

All those people died in there in weather like this a few years ago! An old dude in a camper van up by the road gives us a not so friendly warning.

OK the Wollangambe does rise rapidly in heavy rain. It has a massive catchment. Being known as an easy canyon can give people a false sense of security. There have been numerous rescues but mostly from injuries or lost parties. That said,  a young man did die in the Gambe after being dragged under high water in 1999.

It’s not something we take lightly.  Members of the Mt Wilson fire and rescue team have photos of the usually placid Gambe with a raging torrent 3 or 4m above the usual levels. Ed’s done a trip in high water where on of his mates got pinned under water and was lucky to escape. We are not taking this lightly and I wouldn’t have entered a long section of the Wollangambe in this weather

It’s no good looking at the Penrith forecast. You should be checking Lithgow!!

Yep, we cross referenced Lithgow, Katoomba and Richmond plus the 512km composite Sydney radar loop

Well it’s your choice. He gets in his van and drives off.

OK, let me make this clear we were not being flippant about heading out canyoning on a day like today. Here are a few things that went into making our choice.

  1. A close look at the forecast. Not just the morning we were heading out but we’d watched the forecast,  synoptic chart and rain radar in the days prior to get an idea of the prevailing weather patterns.
  2. The lead up. With a long dry spell the background water levels are low. This can be a two edge sword. It will take a bit of rain to get water levels back up to normal but with the ground being so dry and hard any rain that does fall is likely to sheet straight off and into the canyon rather than soak in to the ground.
  3. The catchments and length of constriction. The canyons we had planned had relatively small catchments and relatively short constrictions
  4. Knowledge. Julie was familiar with both canyons
  5. The group. I’ve canyoned with Julie a bit now, she has a wealth of experience and I trust her skills and judgement. I’d hope she thinks the same of me. I’ve done a couple of trips with Lewis and again have confidence in his abilities and his level head. While Ben and Dick are relative beginners as far as canyoning goes they have rope experience and are capable in the bush. Not one of the group would I consider a liability if things went wrong.
  6. Back up plans. At no point were we so determined to do the trip that we weren’t prepared to abandon it or change plans if things looked dicey.

So with the predicted heavy shower at 9am not arriving and the radar showing the bulk of the rain still passing to the south we gather gear and head on down to cross the ‘Gambe and up the other side.

Dropping off the ridge a fraction early we traversed through scrub below the upper-cliff lines for quite a ways. In hindsight it looked as though a track came down off the ridge further along.

Anyoo. All part of the adventure or sumfink.

We find the first abseil and look down on a nice dark slot. Just as Lewis ropes up the drizzle starts.

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Lewis dropping in

The first abseil is straightforward and probably the easiest of the day. The next involved an anchor strung around a boulder pearched right on the edge. Clipping it required a long reach while on a sloping ledge. Julie set a safety, threaded the rope and set some off cut anchor rope up as a retrieval so the rest of us could pull the ropes around to clip on in a safer location.

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Julie sorting the anchor for abseil 2

the drizzle was still light but constant. It gave the canyon an eerely soft light

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Julie waiting in the constriction below.

This is the infamous Geronimo drop where legend has it Glen Robinson jumped into the shallow pool below on the first descent. It’s normally a swim through here the combination of a long dry spell and siltation meant it was barley a deep wade today.

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after a narrow hall and stunning chamber the canyon opens out a bit before the walls close back in. Busy taking photos I fall behind slightly and as I round a bend I’m greeted by the site of the rest of the crew leaning over intently studying something…

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Shall we go down the hole? Will we fit? Sure we will. Are you sure? Yeah Sure. Can we use that log for and anchor? ……

All OK for the skinny folk but it was a bit of a squeeze for me and for a moment my pack snagged and I thought I was wedged in but a bit of wiggling and contorting got me through. I’d blame big shoulders or some thing but, um. yeah…

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It’s a lovely section of canyon

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enjoying the ambience

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Lewis abseiling in to the next section from an anchor higher up on the side

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Julie following

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Dick into the next section

And just like that we are back to the Wollangambe. We swim, wade and otherswise make our way down stream through some grand sections of canyon. Rounding a corner we are confronted with a large boulder choke. Typical of the Gambe but in this instance it looks as though a fresh collapse has added to the obstical

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I’d not been in this section of the ‘Gambe before. it has some superb bits to it

We reach the bit where we had first crossed a couple of hours before and spread out on a bit of a grass to eat lunch. The 2pm heavy showers hit right on cue. Well perhaps more rain than showers but it was pleasant sitting there in the rain reflecting on our day so far.

The rain eases and we make the call to head back up the opposite side to the start of horseshoe. The haul up the hill seemed much easier this time around, maybe because we didn’t have to route find so much to get through the clifflines, and before we knew it we were dropping off the ridge again, gaining the creek  right on the massive chock stone that marks the start of the canyon without the need to abseil the top cliff line nor bash down the scrubby creek from higher up.

over head the ominous boom of thunder.

That doesn’t sound good.

Another rumble

Looking about the sky was still light and the clouds looking misty rather than stormy. Knowing we have a short constriction ahead of us and a small catchment above we opt to drop in. The biggest worry is the Wollangambe and we are on the wrong side of it now anyway.

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Julie, Ben, Lewis and Dick at the first abseil in Horseshoe

It might be short but it sure is nice

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The drizzle certainly added to the atmosphere but I wouldn’t want to be here in a 100year gully raker

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Julie down in the dark woohooing as Lewis descends one of the nicest abseils in this part of the Blue Mts

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Ben in the depths

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Looking back up the canyon from the top of the last abseil

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A final dark tunnel

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and we emerge to scramble down to the ‘Gambe

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and a bit more swimming and wading down an more open section of the Wollangambe and we reach our exit point.

The weather  has turned a bit cooler now Lewis, Ben and Julie opt to leave their wetsuits on for the walk up. Julie changes at the big pagoda where we rejoin the main track.

All in all another great day in a truly beautiful part of the world

The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time. – Henry David Thoreau

Party Size: 5

Time: 7hrs car to car, not rushing but not dawdling either

 

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Whungee Wheengee woohoo

20-01-2018

Ed, Tal, Gaz, Jodie and me

*Slight detour* in March I am again taking part in the West Cycles Classic to raise money for the Westpac rescue helicopter service. Whether preforming bush rescue, emergency patient transfers, and all the rest no one has ever had to pay to use the helicopter due to public donations. If, like me, you believe this is an invaluable service or if you just enjoy reading my blog think about pitching in with a donation. Large or small every bit counts. follow this link for details 2018 West Cycles

 

Anyhoo…

I explained the naming of Whungee Wheengee on the write up of our previous visit there. It’s a great canyon with lots of different challenges, or “Activities” as Ed described them, things of interest and wow moments. It’s very technical in places and the water is much colder than that of the wider Wollangambe. It’s also reasonable sustained.

Anyway, on a hot day it was a great place to be.

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Crossing the Wollangambe. Water levels have dropped at least 3″ since our New Years day trip 3 weeks ago

On the walk in we had caught up to a larger party at the climb down the tree roots, They were doing Whungee too and  graciously waved us throu. They caught us on the climb up the other side and again at the abseil point. but were happy for us to go in first.

Through the week a couple of groups had posted to Ozcanyons about a brown snake inbetween two of the abseils. I let our lot know to be careful and let the other group know as well, offering to point it out to them if we saw it.

We saw it, waited for a while but it was getting a bit cold and while we couldn’t think of a way to notify them we figured it had been really obvious so they’d have no trouble spotting it. We meet up again at the exit beach.

Did you guys see it? asks Ed

Yeah, laughs one of their guys, wasn’t quiet the size they made out.

Ah it was a good meter long, Says Gaz

Really? The one we saw was tiny… Holds up his hand 15cm apart.

Ok there are a few snakes in Whungee Wheengee at the moment.

 

Anyway on with the show

Abseiling down the cliffline into the creek I was molested by a dead tree… It grabbed me right on the arse…. Well it caught my shorts that I wear over the wet suit to protect it a bit. Um I’m kinda stuck.

There was a little fork in the top and it wasn’t letting me go. I was nearly ready to crack the prusiks out. Before I did I tried a final pull up with the top hand and reef on my leg. Rippppppp!

OK thats the 3rd set of shorts I’ve torn the arse out of in 3 canyons…. Bugger

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Jodie dropping into the first “optional” bit of canyon

Optional? yep you can bypass this bit by staying on ledges above… No idea why you would though, unless it was in high water or you are in a big hurry.

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Why you you bypass these cool little tunnels

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Jodie squeezing down a hole

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The first dark tunnel swim

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Canyon formation

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Gaz in a more open bit

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Gaz

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Entering the next constriction

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When the water levesl are up a bit you have to swim under water to pass this “Duck under”

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The top section alternates between the dark tunnels and these grand passageways

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Another duck under

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Tal

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Tal emerging from another tunnel swim

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Another “Duck under”

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Crap photo pf a leaf tailed gecko getting fat on the massive cave crickets. Gaz got some cool footage of it swimming in the video linked below.

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Gaz and Ed coming out of the cave

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Check out this grand old dame. The big yabbies are typically the females they carry their young and eggs, or berries as they are called, under their tail. I double checked this one had none before lifting her out of the water for some photos. It’s the biggest one I have seen in ages.

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Eastern Water Dragon

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Tal doing his ABCs.

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And all is good

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Canyon formation

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Another tunnel section

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Tal following Ed downthe canyon

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The final hallway

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After a few hours in the cold confines of Whunee Wheengee the more open Wollangambe feels almost bathy warm

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And as always with the ‘Gambe there are options for water jumps

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A room just for Ed.

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And a final float down to the exit point.

Another great day out in the great outdoors with great people. Whungee throws a little bit of everything at you  and never has a dull moment. I’d have to put it in my top 5 favourate canyons

Group Size:5 all experienced

Time. 8hrs car to car

This edit is slightly longer then normal but Whungee is such an action packed canyon and gaz got so much good footage I thought it worth it.

Human beings make life so interesting. Do you know that in a universe so full of wonders, that they have managed to invent boredom.-  (Terry Practett)

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Wallangambe 2

01-01-2018

Ed, Ethan, Caius, David, Shaz, Tom, Claire, Tillie, Skinny, Dyso and I

For the 3rd year in a row we’ve decided to spend new years day floating down a canyon rather than nursing a hang over (Why can’t we have both? Maybe we do)

Anyhoo this year Tal and Beth both ditched us but Shaz and her kids were back and Skinny and Emily joined us as well.

We opted for the section of the Wollangambe commonly reffered to as the Lower Tourist Section or Wollangambe 2. That’s a little misleading as there are many canyon sections (Including some of the best bits) up stream. It is also reffered to as the Greg section by some of the older bushwalking club stalwarts.

While I’ve done bits and pieces of this section as part of trips to the steeper, narrower, more canyony side canyons I’d never done this bit in it’s entirity on it’s own so I was keen to check it out.

We met at the Fire Shed at the crack of 9:30am. chuck all the gear and most of the people out and then drop cars down at the camp ground in the spirit of being lazy.

The walk in was uneventful, we set a handline on the exposed down climb that had made the news 2 nights before after a seriously under prepared group on a bucks party required rescuing when several members were too worn out/freaked out and couldn’t climb it…. Do your research and go prepaired people

Every one made it down without incident before I told them that story. I reteived the rope and made my way down.

Did I mention the spirit of being lazy? We get to the water and it looks so inviting. People pull out lilos and start huffing and huffing. Me on the other hand had had a brillant idea before leaving that morning. I’d pulled out the soldering iron and rigged a little high volume pump to plug into my MTB light battary.

I had worried it might ruin the serenity of other groups but no one was around and it had most of the lilos up in no time (After some manipulating the cheap pool beds Shaz had got the kids who valves were plastic welded shut). It was certainly less disturbing than listening to a bunch of people hyperventilate trying to blow air into the air beds.

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And then we were off

Despite a number of cars at the fire shed and at the camp ground we didn’t see a single group in this section of canyon.

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The kids were obviously hating it

I was pleasantly surprised with this bit of the river. There was some nice long pools through some reasonable canyon sections and there seemed to be a bit less boulder scrambling than in the more popular “Upper tourist Section/Wollangambe 1”

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Jumping oportunities were propably a bit rarer and harder to get to but that’s OK

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The boulder scrambles that were there were generally short and relatively easy, though this one required a precision jump or short hand over hand down a rope

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The cliffs might not be as high but it’s still very nice

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It was a crackng day

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And smaller jumps were available

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A narrower canyon section

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The locals were freindly enough

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The water was divine

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The side trip up the bottom end of Whungee Wheengee is well worth braving the colder water for.

 

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Claire wasn’t about to let a bit of cold water deter her from exploring

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I have no idea why they call this section the “green room”

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You can make your way a fair way up Whungee Wheenge but even the first hundred meters or so is worth a look. Walking up it is impressive but when you turn around to come back down the bottom chamber is something else again

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Back in the relative warmth of the Wollangambe we sun ourselves a bit then continue down.

By now we’re starting to get a bit peckish but the exit isn’t far down and that’s probably the best lunch beach near here so we keep on going.

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Along the way are some fun little chutes

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and a bit of portage up the sand dune to the last, and probably most difficult boulder scramble of the trip

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The kids handled it with just a little help

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And a final grand section down past the exit of Waterfall of Moss Canyon

It’s time for a late lunch as we let the floaties deflate, wetsuits dry and bodies warm up

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All ready for the haul out

Then it’s a steep climp up through the cliff lines and a longish walk up the ridge, all up gaining about 400m elevation, and back to the camp ground

Party Size: 11 mixed experience

Time: Didn’t really pay attention but I’m guesing around 7hrs relaxed pace

 

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Waterfall of Moss

16-12-2017

Tim, Kent and their awesome crew.

Waterfall of Moss is a shortish canyon that flows into the Wollangambe just up stream of the usual exit for the Lower Tourist/Wollangambe 2/Greg section.

I visited it for the first time with Ed last year as an addition to a Whungee Wheengee trip. It made sence to us to do it that way as the canyon itself (minus the walk in and out)only takes acouple of hours . That said I was pretty trashed by the time we mae it back to the car park that trip.

When Tim put out the invite to do WoM on it’s own I had to convince myself the walk in and out would be worth it just for that. But it is a nice canyon and I was hell keen on trying to capture better photos of the Arch.

Anyhoo it was off to Mt Wilson for the usual meet and greet at the car park and we are off.

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Wild flowers along the ridge added splashes of colour.

 

It was hot and humid and the walk down to the Gambe went without incident. Almost…

Al was walking along when all of a sudden the sole of his shoe decided it needed time alone. It didn’t start to separate and slowly peel off. One step it was fine the next it had come away from his shoe whollis bollis!

20 steps later the other one did the same thing. His shoes are now little more than protection for the top of his feet. He sets the now useless soles on the side of the trail for collection on the way back and soldiers on

By the time we get to the Gambe we were ready for a swim. Al scoffs at me as I take off my shirt as he dives straight in.

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Girls you may want to wait up there for a bit. Calls Kent.

I should point out he did declair his intention of a nudie swim back at the car park.

The girls were already here. Kent was not to be deterred, Oh well you don’t have to look if you dont want and I suggest you dont. he declares or sumfink….

Anyhoo. We cross the warm waters of the Gambe and soon begin the climb up the other side. Thankfully Kent has his clothes back on.

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Yuri and Chardy on the steep climb up the opposite side

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It’s a short haul up the ridge and before long we are ready to drop into the canyon

I had a very clumsey day and tripped, slipped and fell over just about everything, including the starts of one of the abseils but somehow stayed uninjured….

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One of the awkward overhanging starts made worse by the anchor being faily long and onto small tea tree bushes. Tim warned last tim they had worn through a rope from the anchor bouncing and so Joel and Al rig a bit of a rerouter to make the start easier and save a bit of rope wear

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And while they do that I busy myself snapping pitcures of the arch below me

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Last time we were here it was later afternoon and the phone photos were very washed out, a still from the go-pro was the best I got. Being here earlier I was hoping for better light but shooting up toward the sky from the small ledge below the arch was still very contrasty. Every now and then the sun would go behind a cloud and I’d click away and hope for the best

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Max rappling through the arch

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It took a bit of editting to knock out the harsh glare but not too shabby considering

Then it was straight into another abseil down a slope then over hung into a pool. Al’s new rope got a run. Coming down last I noticed the sheath damaged were it had been rubbing over a rock edge, the stretch in the rope allowing it to rub back and forth.

I’m not sure if using SRTs makes the rope more prone to this sort of damage, or it was just back luck, or poor rope management but either way Al now has two shorter ropes….

The bottom section of canyon is a very fine constriction. Straightish and narrowish all the way to the Gambe

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Looks like you are almost done but 3 or 4 abseils still await

There were a a couple of abseils in this final section I remember having very tricky starts. Sharp over hangs with anchors set low and a long way back.  I was looking forward to the challenge but someone has redone the anchors and replaced them with ones that take a fair bit of the challenge out.

Don’t get me wrong they are well thought out and placed and definately make the starts easier, the pull downs easier and probably the rope wear less but as I was looking forward to the challenge I almost felt dissappointed it had been removed.

Just me being a weirdo, thinks I, but then Kent voices the same thought. I always like taking people here to give thier skills a bit of a test. he says. The trip feels a bit deminished

so that’s two 2 weirdos.

And I suppose if you feel that way there is nothing stopping you rigging the old anchor points to reclaim the challenge.

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Chardy and Yuri below drop 6 with Tim disappearing down drop 7 in the back ground

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Yuri in the canyon

 

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Tim in the canyon

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Tim the the canyon

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Tim on the Waterfall of Moss

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Joel on the Waterfall of Moss with Al looking on

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Looking back up the canyon from the junction with the Wollangambe

A short float back down the Gambe to for lunch at the exit point and then the long hot walk up the hill to the car.

 

There are only two reasons people fail to reach their goals. 1. They didn’t really want it or 2. They haggled over the cost.

Group. All Experienced

Time:6hrs car to car

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