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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19th-20th September: Timor Caves
The hut now has a new veranda along the full length of the front, so looks pretty cool. The trip will be limited to 12 participants so we can do our best to maintain social distancing. I would suggest that participants bring their own stoves for cooking on the veranda, so there wont be more than 3 in the kitchen at any one time. This will be a pet free trip.

There is plenty of water in the tanks for showers.

We will be just be visiting the larger caves to reduce people being in confined spaces breathing the same air, due to the COVID risk. We will all be traveling as much as possible in our own cars to the cave locations. This may also be a good chance to do some surface trogging to look for new caves at locations not searched well in the past. 

We will also have another look at removing the lock (grinder) and getting into the other part of the Lake Cave which has been inaccessible for about 20 years.
Contact/Trip leader: Garry K. Smith gksmith29@icloud.com

26th September: Canyoning at Mt Banks (MSS Trip) **NEW**
Grade: Medium/Hard
6 abseils of different lengths, longest is approximately 25m, involves a 7k walk in and out on fire trail to the Crevasse, and once through the abseils, there is a 7 – 10m pitch to prussic up to the exit footpad. No swims.
Contact: marilyn_scott@bigpond.com

27th September: Bike ride- Parramatta (MSS Trip) **NEW**
Cycling on the Parramatta River Cycleway from Silverwater to Parramatta Park and return.   Approximately 20kms of easy cycleway, bring a picnic lunch.  Bicycles must be roadworthy and helmets are mandatory.
Contact: dstuckey@tpg.com.au

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

14th-15th November: Snowy Mountains Trip **NEW**
Bring your book, boots, bike and/or boat (kayak) for a relaxed break of day trips based in Jindabyne. There is the option of staying at the Canberra Alpine Club lodge in the centre of Jindabyne or organising your own accommodation. Proposed dates 12 to 16 November but can be changed based on demand.
Potential day trips include:

  • Dead Horse Gap to Thredbo top station and return via the Rams Heads
  • Kosciuszko
  • Mount Stilwell and Kangaroo Ridge to the half way station
  • Blue Lake and beyond
  • walk or bike the Thredbo to Jindabyne valley track
  • kayak on the Thredbo river
    Contact: Peter Downes: peter.downes1953@gmail.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.