Canyoning in the gardens of Stone - 8 Jan 2014

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Party - Bob, Dave

Bob was keen to do a canyon and so was I. We headed up the mountains to see what the weather was like. We were greeted by cool temperatures, mist and light rain. So we kept on heading west and decided to head to the Gardens of Stone where the weather may be a little better. It was. We had almost no rain.

Above - Bob on the firetrail heading towards the canyon

Above - in the canyon

Above - Bob on the first abseil

Above - canyon formation. The canyon has cut a slot at quite an oblique angle here.

Above - a tricky downclimb

Above - the canyon is quite narrow - and this allows you to bridge to avoid getting wet feet.

We finish the canyon with one more abseil and then head to a nearby, and very convenient pass back up through the cliffs. The pass out is quite a spectacular slot in its own right - but easy to walk up.

Above - looking down at our exit slot

Above - intricate and delicate rocky tops of the Gardens of Stone

Above - looking down into our canyon. At this point it changes from one joint controlled slot to another.

Above - nearby cliffs

Above - on the way back we saw these trees - it look like there was a lightning strike

Pink Hyacinth Orchid (Dipodium roseum) - there were lots and lots of these on flower that we saw on the walk out back to the car. Thanks to Roger Lembit for the identification.

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