Blue Mountains Canyoning -CANCELLED

Trip type: 
$20-$30 for fuel, bring money to buy dinner on the drive up to the mountains Friday evening
Start date: 
Friday, 26 February 2021 - 4:30pm


Hi all,

I am planning to lead a weekend canyoning trip in the Blue Mountains weather permitting. Depart Friday night, camp at Blackheath Glen Reserve, Arethusa Canyon Saturday and the short Whore's Bed canyon Sunday returning to Canberra by late Sunday afternoon. 

The trip is only suitable for people who have canyoned previously and are confident abseilers and don't mind an exposed rock climb out of the canyon on Saturday. This trip will only proceed if the weather forecast for the blue mountains is suitable (no thurnderstorms or rain forecast) - a decision to proceed will be made the Wednesday prior. 

Details of the canyons can be found here: and

Arethusa Canyon requires three rock climbs on the exit - we will only undertake this canyon if I can get a competent lead climber along (5x draws required for the ring bolts, and comfortable leading on a static rope - note the bolts are reported as being very closely spaced). If no leader climber is present, we will undertake Bowens Creek North Branch canyon - notes here and then do Whore's Bed on Sunday - camping at Mt Wilson Cathedral of Ferns camoing area. 

If I haven't been on a trip with you, please note in your sign up your canyoning and rope experience and if you are comfortable lead climbing. Not suitable for beginners. Preference for attendence will be given to members of the canyon training group from 2020 as a further opportunity to develop canyon leading skills.  

Pretrip Meeting Details
Pretrip date: 
Thursday, 25 February 2021 - 5:30pm
Pretrip location: 
Outside gear store
Intended plan: 
With lead climber - Saturday Arethusa Canyon, with exit up Alpheus Canyon if time permits otherwise standard climbing exits per description in link. Without lead climber - Bowens Creek Canyon North Branch (upper and lower - if running out of time early exit at the start of the lower section)
Departure and intended return times: 
Target 1630 on Friday, depending on participant availability to leave this early. If two cars, one may leave early and the other a bit later. Expected back in Canberra by 5pm Sunday, Whores Bed is a short half day canyon.
Local knowledge: 
Trip leader has completed Whore's Bed previously, North Bowens lower section but not Arethusa or North Bowens upper. Trip leader has led circa 70 canyon trips.
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