trip report

Cocktails on the Castle 2013 - the heatwave edition!

Arguably, bushwalkers are not always the most elegant outdoor enthusiasts. They don't have the cat-like sinewy leanness of rock climbers, the presence of sleek lines of carbon fibre mountain bikes, nor the sheer Baywatch hair-shake sexiness of surfers.

However, once a year, outdoor enthusiasts from all inclinations within the ANU Mountaineering Club go bushwalking up to The Castle within the Budawang Range, and there don dinner jackets and cocktail dresses for a night of elegance, cocktails and the most delicious food any bushwalker ever dreamed of.

White Water Rescue and Safety Course

Buoyed on top of the frothed water by my life jacket, I counterintuitively rolled myself into the white water swimming position (on one's back, feet downstream and high in the water) and eyed off the approaching trunk stretched across the river. Seconds later I collided with it, losing some air as the strainer hit my chest. My body immediately bent around the obstacle, with my feet and lower body getting sucked under and my upper body being pushed over by the strength of the rapid.

Tigersnake Canyon, Newnes Plateau, Blue Mountains - Lead by Richard Salmons

On March 10 as part of the Blue Mountains Extravaganza, our carload (Mika, Colin, Floyd, Emma and myself) departed early for the drive to the Newnes Plateau to explore Tigersnake Canyon - a seldom-visited location.  It's far into the Newnes forest, but in fact only about the same driving time as Rocky Creek - just follow the Glowworm Tunnel Road and turn off to follow the Old Coach Road all the way to the end.  About 1 hour 15 mins from Blackheath.  The access trail in turn is well formed, about an hour from the car to the canyon start, and easy going.  The exit track comes into the trail o


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