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.

9 – 10 February 2019 – Canyoning Mt Wilson area. (MSS trip- almost full so you may go on standby list).
Saturday: Upper Bowens Creek South Branch (aka South Bowens) a great day out in a stunning canyon, 2 abseils (or more if the leader decides to take the scenic route), several short swims plus a number of climb downs, all including log combinations  Numbers will be limited.  Sunday:  Bowens Creek North Branch, Upper Section (aka Upper North Bowen), no abseils planned but a rope will be carried for small drops into the canyon (one of which can be abseiled).  A few short swims, some interesting pools to scramble around and some beautiful narrow sections.  This canyon will be exploratory for the leader, but is not expected to be a long day (famous last words). Car camp at Mt Wilson, or join us for one day only but with South Bowen, preference will be given to those doing both days.  If you’re interested contact marilyn_scott@bigpond.com or 0417 453 170

16th-17th February: Abercrombie Caves project weekend. (MSS Trip)
This trip has been REVISED!  We’ll be showing off the best caves, looking for some lost caves, checking out some maps for places not often visited (and perhaps sticking our heads into them – or at least an arm – as that’s often the only thing that will fit).  From such exploration we will help work out what needs to be re-mapped.  Following our day’s activities, we’ll be enjoying the traditional Abercrombie Camp Oven Lamb Roast on Saturday night. If you are interested, please contact Cathi who will then pass on the deeply secret instructions of how to safely navigate the winding roads without having your entrails ripped out by slow moving sheep. As you know, MSS is planning to write the next definitive book on Abercrombie – if you would like to be part of this, join in now.  Email cathi@emeraldimages.com.au or 0414 663 137

8th-10th March: Canyoning in the Blue Mountains. (MSS Trip)
Grade: Hard
Details: Three days canyoning in Yarramun Creek area, Captains Canyon and
one of the Up Ya Canyons (either Up Ya Crack or Up Ya Bum tba). Camping in
either a camp cave on Yarramun or headwaters of Captains. Due to the
exploratory nature of the trip numbers will be limited and experienced
canyoners would be preferred. If the weather forecast is for hot weather, walk
in will start at 6am (possibly necessitating car camp at end of Wollangambe Fire
Trail for some). Contact: JOHN.GRAY@sydneywater.com.au

16th-17th March: Abercrombie Caves project weekend. (MSS Trip)
Come and work on the cave mapping and survey project. Exact details of activities for weekend to be confirmed closer to date. Contact: littlebeth78@hotmail.com

6th-7th April: Abercrombie Caves project weekend. (MSS Trip)
Surface trog weekend, aim to locate and GPS reference cave tags. Contact: littlebeth78@hotmail.com

13-14th April: Navigation Training Capertee Valley. (MSS Trip)
Learn navigation using map and compass.
Contact: Rod Smith  roderick__smith@hotmail.com (note the two underscores)

19th- 22nd April: Ashford Caves at Easter. (MSS Trip)
This is a chance to explore a new area. Ashford is situated near the
Queensland border. According to Google it’s about 8 hours from Sydney. There
are at least four known caves. More details to follow.
Contact: Rod Smith  roderick__smith@hotmail.com (note the two underscores)

25th-28th April: Glenrock Caves. Bush camping and fun vertical caves. Lots of opportunities to find new caves. Bring you own drinking water, very basic bush camp site, no facilities. Contact Brian Reeves 49829905 or 0402 099329.

25th-28th April: Canyoning in Glen Davis area. (MSS Trip)
Grade: Hard
Details: Four days. First day walking up one of the tributaries of Freshwater
Creek arriving at a camp cave by lunchtime and then exploring that branch in
the afternoon. 2nd day we would be exploring the next branch of Freshwater
which is completely unknown. 3rd and possibly 4th days would be exploring
the next creek down (reputedly to be the REAL Doomsday). Due to the
exploratory nature of the trip numbers will be limited and experienced
canyoners would be preferred. Contact: JOHN.GRAY@sydneywater.com.au

4th-5th May: Abercrombie Caves project weekend. (MSS Trip)
NSW Speleo Council Meeting at Abercrombie.
Some associated activities to the project such as any remaining surface trog
required for GPS referencing, or re-survey activities. Contact: littlebeth78@hotmail.com

18th-19th May: Jenolan Caves
Awesome caving in the Blue Mountains, staying at the hut at a small cost. Contact the trip leader Andrew for details: Andrew.Baker@environment.nsw.gov.au

1st-2nd June: Abercrombie Caves project weekend. (MSS Trip)
Come and work on the cave mapping and survey project. Exact details of activities for weekend to be confirmed closer to date. Contact: littlebeth78@hotmail.com

21st-22nd September: Jenolan Caves
Awesome caving in the Blue Mountains, staying at the hut at a small cost. Contact the trip leader Andrew for details: Andrew.Baker@environment.nsw.gov.au