Caving at Glenrock
Cathi caving at Glenrock

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Recurring Trips:
Dates   Grade Location Activities
Tuesday evenings Climbing Easy-Hard St Leonards Climbing anyone? Tim Grimes is restarting the MSS Indoor Climbing group (@ Artarmon/St Leonards Climbfit, 4/12 Frederick Street). Every Tuesday, starting around 6:30pm (if you plan on going, message Tim or hop onto the MSS FB page on Tuesday to post your interest for attending on that night). Wear your MSS t-shirt for club publicity. Membership of MSS is not required and no trip fees apply, however, if you're not a member of MSS, we'd love you to join! COVID regulations apply, full vaccination and mask wearing when belaying.

 

Dates   Grade Location Activities
01/10/2022 - 03/10/2022 Caving Medium Glenrock You can expect mostly small vertical caves, great opportunity to practice your SRT and to learn how to rig the pitches (from Brian of NHVSS). Also, lots of opportunity to find new caves and we do find the occasional big one!. Basic bush camping, but some mod-cons and opportunity for a camp oven roast if you want to splash out. Joint trip with NHVSS, Glenrock is 1.5hrs north of Aberdeen and is on private property, NHVSS (and specifically Brian) is the only club which is able to obtain permission to explore these caves - you wont find these trips on any other ASF calendars. Option to drive up on Friday is open.
02/10/2022 - 02/10/2022 Caving Medium - Hard Wahroonga Skills development day specifically for those members booked into the Tasmanian Caving Trip in October. Participants in the Tasmanian Caving Trip will need to attend one of the two days that will be run, Sunday 11th September and Sunday 2nd October, mid week days are possible by appointment. Participants will be brushing up on their caving SRT skills, specifically, crossing re-belays on prusik, rossing re-belays on abseil, changing from abseil to prusik, changing from prusik to abseil, fine tuning SRT rig, prusikin over a rounded edge, and other miscellaneous items that the leader might come up with on the day.
08/10/2022 - 09/10/2022 Medium Kosciuszko NP Back Country Spring Skiing Intro - Depending on snow conditions the plan would be to park at Guthega resort and make our way toward Little Mt Tynham via Illawong bridge (possibly walking at this stage). We would camp up the hill from the bridge Saturday night, so back pack skiing ability would be preferred to get to and from the camp (although you could technically walk much of it). We would practice/learn about some hill climbing techniques and, depending on snow conditions, have a go at Tele-skiing, maybe build a snow cave and develop a communal camp kitchen for meals. If weather is not so good we can car camp at Island Bend and do day trips to more sheltered areas. All welcome BUT we will be in the main range without a hut nearby so appropriate equipment will be needed.
08/10/2022 - 08/10/2022 Canyoning Medium Southern Highlands Macquarie Pass, a long day abseiling the many waterfalls of Macquarie Rivulet, wetsuits essential as the water can be cold. Numbers limited and participants need to be experienced canyoner as SRT canyoning skills will be introduced. Sunday, Watta Canyon (see details below).
09/10/2022 - 09/10/2022 Canyoning Medium - Hard Southern Highlands Watta Canyon - multi pitch - participants need to be experienced in SRT canyoning technique. Numbers limited.
15/10/2022 - 23/10/2022 Caving Medium Kangaroo Island A project being run by SA Speleo Counci (SASC). Between 7 - 14 days of surveying new caves found on Kangaroo Island (after the fires eliminated the scrub). Participants need to be competent in the various facets of cave surveying. A group of MSS cave surveyers will be going, other surveyers from MSS are welcome to participate. Most caves will probably be vertical.
15/10/2022 - 15/10/2022 Canyoning Medium - Hard Blue Mountains SRT Canyonig day for beginners/intermediate canyoners. Participants need to be competent abseilers and have already canyoned with MSS Shiva will run through what you need to know for SRT canyoning, setting the rope(s), bleeding the rope, whistle signals, working as a team through the canyon. Participants will then go through a canyoning using what they have learned. Numbers limited.
16/10/2022 - 16/10/2022 Canyoning Medium - Hard Blue Mountains Advanced SRT Canyonig SRT skills deveopment days. Refresher day either in Butterbox or a substitute canyon if the water level is too high. Numbers limited and subject to having completed previous skills development.
22/10/2022 - 30/10/2022 Caving Hard Tasmania 5 - 6 days caving in Ida Bay/Junee Florintine area of Tasmania. Accommodation has been booked for southern Tassie. Participants should be prepared to do 5-6 days of caving and one day of high energy or low energy day walk depending on the mood. Participants must have high level of caving experience in addition to competent SRT skills. As most of the caves are vertical, a condition of participation wil be at least 2 SRT training days, a good level of fitness and appropriate equipment. Participants can return to Sydney on a late Sunday night flight, although some may choose to stay overnight in Hobart. Numbers limited to 6 in total (this number includes co-ordinator, SRT SME, and local guide).
29/10/2022 - 30/10/2022 Canyoning Medium Blue Mountains Saturday - Butterbox - It can be a long day. You need to be experienced and not afraid of heights. There is an easy climb out but it is exposed. Some of the abseils can be under waterfalls, participants need to be proficient in SRT canyoning skills. Numbers limited to 5. Sunday - Yileen, Grade 4, four (or five) abseils, a short swim or two and many wades. Wetsuits essential. Participants must be proficcient with SRT canyoning skills and proficient swimmers. Numbers limited, car camp at Mt Wilson optional.
05/11/2022 - 06/11/2022 Caving Medium Jaunter Continuing the surveying of the caves at Jaunter. Not necessary to do surveying, but surveyors will be given precedence (no survey experience necessary). Small caves, but quite a few options. Some caves are vertical.
26/11/2022 - 27/11/2022 Bushwalking Newnes Valley Overnight pack trip to explore the area around Georginas Canyon. This canyon is located near Newnes and we will climb the escarpment via Koopartoo Pass. Hoping to find a camp cave and abseiling gear will be carried. Reference Bush Explorers Encyclopedia and 1:25 000 Ben Bullen.
04/12/2022 - 04/12/2022 Bushwalking Medium Dharug NP Part of my "no gaps on maps" exercise - in the Sugee Bag Creek area. 5k walk on fire trail, then 3k off track mostly in a creek, then 5k on fire trail back to the car(s). Exploration of a creek with decidedly canyon-like features that I missed out on when Steve R didn't want to get his feet wet in a previous off track adventure. Joint trip with BWOC.
17/12/2022 - 18/12/2022 Canyoning Medium Kanangra Saturday - Box Creek Falls & Sunday - Dione Dell, both multi pitch open creeks, very wet, wetsuits essential. Participants must be proficcient with SRT canyoning skills and proficient swimmers. Numbers limited, camping in the National Park, location tba.
10/01/2023 - 13/01/2023 Bushwalking Medium Tasmania Walls of Jerusalem - 4 day (3 nights) hike of the spectacular Central Highlands of Tasmania, this area contains many lakes and tarns and stunning scenery. Have to be self sufficient with lightweight camping equipment and some overnight camping experience. As this walk has to be booked, and the maximum allowable number per group is 6 people. Potentially numbers could be increased but another booking (under another name would have to be made). Starting date is Tuesday 10th January 2023 pre-walk accommodation and meeting date to be discussed with participants.

 

Proposed:
Dates   Grade Location Activities
TBA Caving Hard Wyanbene Wyanbene Cave is a wild cave in the Deua National Park. It is an efflux which is long and quite wet in places. Expect lots of wading and one section of crawling in the river known as the "Wet Stretch". Some vertical sections requiring ropework as well. We will attempt to reach "Frustration Lake" (so named because it has frustrated all attempts at extending the cave). Entry is subject to a NPWS permit being granted.
Spring 2022 Walking Medium New Zealand The Paparoa Track is a 55.7 km shared hiking and mountain biking track located in Paparoa National Park in the South Island of New Zealand. The track was created as a memorial for the 29 miners who lost lives in the Pike River Mine disaster. The track is the tenth Great Walk to be created, and has been fully open since 1 March 2020.
Summer 2022/2023 Canyoning Medium New Zealand The plan will be to do some of the better rated canyons in New Zealand, which are predominantly located on the South Island. We won't do anything with a high aquatic grading since we don't experience that with Australian canyons. At this stage I'm thinking just a week, but that could be extended to do more canyons or other activities (such as caving, hiking, etc.)

 

Dave in Grand Canyon
Dave S in Grand Canyon
Guide to trip gradings:
Grade Required May involve
Easy
  • average fitness
  • sense of humour
  • steep walking
  • easy scrambling
  • short swims
  • instructional trips
  • day trips
  • car camping
Medium
  • above average fitness
  • sense of humour
  • easy climbing
  • rope work
  • lengthy swims
  • full immersion
  • long days
  • overnight trips
Hard
  • strength and endurance
  • cool disposition
  • sense of ridiculous
  • strenuous activity
  • challenging environments
  • prior experience
  • equipment knowledge
  • intimidating exposure
  • remote areas