Trip List

Note: Some MSS trips have limited numbers where priority is given to their members, please contact the trip leader to register your interest.

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11th July: Canyon Trip – Blue Mountains (MSS Trip)
Hard Trip. “Whore’s Bed” canyon and “Sahara” Abseil route, numbers limited, exposed abseils. Trip Leader: Marilyn Scott
Contact: marilyn_scott@bigpond.com

Friday 10th to Sunday 12th July: Timor Caves

There will be no pets permitted on this trip and everyone is asked to do there best in observing the distancing protocols implemented by the NSW government. See below some of the current government restrictions.

We will have a look at removing the lock (grinder) and getting into the other part of the Lake Cave which has been inaccessible for about 20 years. There will be some general caving on private property and on the Timor reserve. I don’t envisage doing any vertical caves on this trip. If your keen on digging out a new cave then there are two new prospects and we can also extend the dig at Eyrie Cave, so bring some digging implements.

The cost will be $5 per person per day which will go to the property owners, plus $3 per day which will go to NHVSS. The NHVSS component tops out at $10 for families.

Due to the number of bedrooms, this may mean that we are short on space, so if there are more than ten participants, people may have to throw in a tent in the event they can’t get into a room. I will try to accommodate family groups into rooms so as to reduce risk of possible COVID19 spread. The earliest confirmations will have priority. Maximum allowed on trip is 20.

Members of ISS have expressed interest in joining us on a trip to Timor, so I have extended an invite to them. The Total allowed on trip is 20, according to the current NSW government regulations. 

If you have not been to Timor before, then I can send you a map and details of what is available at the Glendhu hut.

Please contact Trip Leader Garry gksmith029@gmail.com and CC to Melissa lis.hadley@gmail.com if you would like to participate.

24th- 26th July: Cross Country Skiing
Travelling to the Snowy Mountains on the 23rd. Arrive late Thursday afternoon 23rd – and depart for home about midday on Sunday 26th July. For people arriving on Friday morning or evening (because they can’t get Thursday or Friday off work), we can make arrangement to catch up.

If we travel down south on Thursday morning and arrive late afternoon in Cooma (meet and stay overnight in a rest area – details later), those hiring skis could get them in Jindabyne Friday morning on the way through to the ski field. With this scenario participants will have Friday, Saturday and half Sunday to practice skiing.

However, if participants can’t get the extra 2 days off work and travel down on the Friday evening, then they will get 1.5 days of skiing in.

So if you would like to participate, then also indicate if you can get the Thursday and Friday off work. We can still make arrangements to cater for everyone, if some participants would like to do the extra day (Friday) and others can only participate on Saturday and half Sunday.

Camping will be at Island Bend next to cars, in the top camping area near the toilet facilities. I will provide a map for participants. There are no showers at the camp ground. We would have day trips for learning to cross country ski and you will get away from the crowded downhill slopes and see some spectacular mountain scenery. If you have never done this before then this is the perfect opportunity to learn. Please don’t hire skating skis, you need “back country skis” preferably with NNN BC bindings. I will send out more info to participants, including a suggested equipment list of things to take. It will be lots of fun, so come along and join in the adventure. Trip Leader: Garry K Smith. Contact: Email gksmith29@icloud.com

25th July: Canyoning – Blue Mountains (MSS Trip)
“Boar’s Head” abseil route contains 5 Abseils up to 45m with intimidating exposure. Limited numbers. Trip Leader: Marilyn Scott
Contact: marilyn_scott@bigpond.com

3rd-5th October: Kempsey Caving (MSS Trip)
This is an opportunity to explore a new area. We’ll also be looking for “lost” or brand new caves. The recent fire has cleared a lot of the undergrowth meaning the opportunity won’t last forever. Still in the early stages of planning, so watch this space. Trip Leader: Rod Smith
Contact: Roderick__Smith@hotmail.com

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January 2021, Monday 4th to Thursday 7th: Upper Hunter Caving
Staying at the Orchard Lodge just north of Moonan Flat. Arrival Monday 20th April 2020 & depart Thursday 23rd April  2020. Caving is easy, visiting caves we don’t get to very often. Permission is still pending on some properties and subject to road conditions etc.
Cost for accommodation is $30.00 per adult per night & $15.00 per school aged children per night. Check out the lodge, it’s awesome! theorchardlodge.com.au
Trip fees as usual apply in addition to the accommodation cost. Contact Jodie to register: jodie@rutco.com.au

TBA: Glenrock Caves
You can expect small vertical caves mostly, but lots of opportunity to find new caves and we do find the occasional big one!. Basic bush camping, 1.5hrs north of Aberdeen. Contact Brian Reeves: 0402 099329.