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

14 – 18 November Snowy Mountains (MSS members invited to attend by NHVSS) – Several days of day based activities based at Jindabyne with potential day trips including day walks on the Main Range/Ramshead or from Dead Horse Gap, the Thredbo Valley walking/mountain bike trail and/or white water kayaking on the Thredbo river. Bring your walking boots and/or Mountain bike and/or white water kayak and join in the fun. For those that are interested accommodation is available at the Canberra Alpine Club lodge in the center of Jindabyne for $50 per night for adults (with en-suite) and $25/19 for juniors/preschool. Alternatively book your own.  Contact Peter Downes if you’re interested.

17 November (Saturday-MSS Trip) – Canyoning – Fortress Canyon (in the Leura area) Grade 2 – a fairly short day with one short abseil, a jump and a few swims.  Ends at the second best lookout in the Grose Valley.  Contact Rod Smith (not two underscores __)

18 NovemberCanyoning – Grand Canyon – (in the Blackheath area-MSS Trip) Grade 2 – a very short trip, one abseil with a 30m (cold) swim.  Contact Rod Smith (not two underscores __)

18 November (Sunday-MSS Trip) – Canyoning – Kamarah Gully (Bells Line of Road area) – a short day, a couple of short abseils and a pool or two – exploratory for the leader so be prepared to hunt around but how hard can it be?  Email  (out of office until 12 November) if you’re interested.

23 – 25 November (Friday – Sunday- MSS Trip) – Canyoning – Friday – Dead Log Canyon; then camping somewhere on the Bunglebori on Friday & Saturday nights. Saturday, Luna Park. Sunday exiting upstream to Hailstorm Retreat. Numbers limited. Possibility of attending only Saturday/Sunday but would mean rendezvousing very early in the morning on Saturday with the group camping (and only possible for those with excellent navigation skills). Email  (out of office until 12 November) if you’re interested.

NHVSS christmas party will be held at the Hunter Wetlands Centre on Saturday 1st December. The address is 1 Wetlands Place, Shortland NSW 2307.

We have a booking at the cafe/restaurant for 12 noon. They have a good selection of food to choose from. The restaurant overlooks the wetlands centre’s large ponds with lots of water birds. (No entry cost if your only going to the restaurant.)

For those who would like to paddle a canoe around the wetlands many canals and creeks, meet at the centre at 9am. The hire of the canoes is $10 per person and entry to the wetlands centre $5 each (Children not paddling canoe but riding in them is $3 + $5 entry)

Hope we get a good roll up for paddling at 9am. It was a very enjoyable activity last time we went to the wetlands centre.

Please email both Melissa and I, if you are coming so we have an idea of numbers. Garry K Smith and Melissa


Expressions of interest (MSS): 

  1. Grand Canyon by Night – either Friday 16 November or Saturday 17 November, starting from the car park around 7pm to arrive at the abseil on dusk.  Email (out of office until 12 November) if you’re interested.
  2. 15 & 16 December – canyoning (canyons tba and based on those who sign on), yes, I know, close to Christmas but if you haven’t got your Christmas shopping done by then, you’ll be fighting the hoards of shoppers, good reason to be out canyoning.  Email (out of office until 12 November) if you’re interested.

The next ASF Biennial Conference is being held from the 30th December 2018 to the 4th January 2019 in Devonport, Tasmania. Here is the promo…

Lots of pre and post conference caving opportunities on offer!