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Party - Ashley Burke, Rob Hynes, Don Cameron, Dave Noble
The time between Xmas and New Year is a good one for heading to the Northern Blue Mountains for a multi-day canyoning trip.
We walked in to a nice campsite.
We climbed up a steep pass and then looked for our first canyon. This was one that another party had been down earlier - but none of us had seen it before.
Above - Looking down the first canyon - it looked good at the start.
Above - the abseil was followed by a tricky downclimb
Above - Looking down the canyon - it looked good, but unfortunately ended just around the corner!
Above - Later that afternoon we explore another short canyon. Ashley and Don set up the rope to abseil down a short drop
Above - On day 3, we climb out of the valley
Above - Rob, Don and Ashley
Above - Orchid
Above - Don in the next canyon. This canyon was quite long with lots of abseils. It was one I had been down before - but was new to the others.
Above - Don watches while Rob abseils down a narrow drop
Above - Looking down the canyon
Above - Ashley in the canyon
Above - Don prepares to abseil down a narrow gap between chockstones
Above - Ashley just about to abseil in an abyss
Above - Looking back up the canyon
Above - back on the tops
We headed back to our second campsite via another creek that had short sections of canyon
Above - Ferns
We left or campsite via another creek that had sections of canyon - and it was interesting finding a way up. Then we walked accross a broad ridge system. This had been burnt out a few years earlier - and was now a sea of wildflowers.
Above - Checking the maps
Above - a mallee ironbark?
Above - ants at work
Above - Ashley unclips off the rope on the second abseil of our last canyon
Above - The third abseil is down a spectacular drop
Above - Ashley on top of the third abseil
Above - We find this dark satanic slot
We walk out back to the car
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