Abseil into Ferny Canyon

Canyons Page

by floyd1

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Walk Reports

Yarramun North, blocked-up - January 2015
Bjelke's Mind, Whip Bird - December 2014
How not to cut your Rope, and
Transport Tyrolean Highline
Bridge Canyon - March 2013
Navshield 2012 - Colo River - July 2012
Devils Pinch and Nightmare Canyons - March 2012
Colo River - Mt Lagoon, Colo Meroo - Feb 2012
Festival Of Canyons 2012. Mt Wilson
Belmore Falls - January 1st 2012
Bungleboori South - Canons Canyon December 2011
Where the Wild Bush Cherries Grow - Wollemi Wilderness - November 2011
Mt Solitary Circuit - September 2011
Goulburn River National Park- July 2011
Whungee Wheengee Canyon - February 2011
Bull Ant Canyon - February 2011
Horseshoe Canyon - February 2011
Wollangambe Crater - January 2011
Contradiction Canyon, Rocky Creek, Wolgan Vally - December 2010
Pantoneys Crown - October 2010
Dhurug National Park - Wild Flowers September 2010
Lake Mungo and Murray Mildura to Coorong - July 2010
YellowRock, Broken Back Range - 16 May 2010
Wollangambe Crater - 1/2 May 2010
Rocky Waterfall Creek (Rocky Horror) - 25/26 April 2010
Crikey Canyon Feburary 27/28 2010
Ferny Canyon - 26 January 2010
Windows Canyon Extended - 24 January 2010
Quick Dip Canyon - 23 January 2010
Exploritory Trip Around Yileen Canyon - 16 January 2010
Koombanda Canyon - New Year's Day 2010
Annie Rowan Creek walk down the Walgan 4 days
Barinton Tops, Pol Blue to Craven - 6 days walk
Wallis Lakes Kayak Paddle - January Long Weekend 2009
Course Set Training March 2009
Dead Log Canyon - RCA Training
Ferny Canyon, What a Way In. Dec 10 2009
Hole in the Wall, Sheep Dip, Breakfast Creek, Rocky Creek,
Through the window in Windows Canyon December 2008
Pantonies Crown - Garden Of Stones October long weekend 2008
Barrington SAR X October 2008
COLO River - BWRS Induction Walk, Sept 2008
Australian Rogaining Championships 2008 - Copeton Dam
Morton NP July 2008 - Part 2
Morton NP July 2008 - Part 1
Easter 2007 - Rail Motor Ridge
Canyon Extraviganza 2007
First wet canyon of the season
Kerry Mountain Oct 2006
Widden to Lithgow July 2006
Upper South Bowen Creek and Yileen Canyons - April 29/20 2006
A walk along the Stockton 19 mile beach April 22/23 2006
Scatters andLuna Park - Easter 2006
Canyon Extravaganza Jan 2006
Beginner Trip to Newnes Canyons - Mar 2006
Starlight, Tiger Snake - Nov 2005
Mt Yengo National Park Sept 2005
Garden of Stones August 2005
The Buderwangs Rece July 2005
Allyn Ridge - Paterson Gorge May 05
Canyoning Australia Day Week 2005 Part 1
Canyoning Australia Day Week 2005 Part 2
Canyoning Australia Day Week 2005 Part 3
Brisbane Water NP - Spring 2004
June Long Weekend 04 -  Pomany Creek Canyons
Goulburn River National Park Flag pick up
Australia Day Canyons Jan 24-25-26 2004
Bjelke's Mind 3-4 Feb 04
Wollangambe One and Two Jan17/18-2004
Wollangambe, Mt Wilson To Upper Colo
Rocky Creek Canyon and Sheep-Dip Jan 2004
Canyons South East of Newnes Dec 2003
Wollami Canyons Dec 20-23 2003
Coachwood, Breakfast Creek, Galah Canyons Dec 2003
Australian Wild Flowers Nov 03
Tiger Snake, River Caves, Oct 03
George Brook, Jungaburra. Sept 03
David Crevasse Mt Banks Aug 03
Whungee Wheenee In A Thunderstorm
Widden Valley In June
The Final Beginners Trip for the Canyoning Season
Autumn, Mount Wilson, two good canyons
Wollangambe One
Gloucester by Rob
Gloucester Falls
5 in a Kelvinator
Dalpura, David Crevasse, Bowen's creek South
Earth Light
Pipe Line, Devils Pinch, Starlight

For the Blue Mountain Canyoners

Hey get the hell out of the canyon in heavy rain.

The Blue Mountain canyons are incredibly beautiful.  I try to describe them in word pictures but have not yet learnt how.  I have read many excellent descriptions of canyons but none have captured the essence of what I, see, hear, smell, touch or feel or imagine and dream.  Many now find them a spiritual place, I don't.  I am told that in the past, aboriginals regarded them as a place not to go because they are the home of spirit people, I can understand that but I feel welcome, in most.  If you care to stop and listen you may hear the spirit people whispering out loud to you, from here, then there, then there, then over there!

I have seen may fine pictures and photographs that capture a moment of one place, but that place is always changing.   At the same time I have a sense of history, timelessness as these place have been there for millions of years.  How can the one place be timeless and constantly changing?  Who cares, as long as they are there?

Have I seen changes in the canyons due to use over the years?  You bet I have: -  

  • moss all gone;
  • sand from the access tracks silting up everything;
  • safer more reliable belays;
  • trees, tree ferns, other plants destroyed and lost;
  • yabbies disappearing from some creeks or even sadder now ignoring passers by in others;
  • loose rocks, snags and annoying logs removed.

Are the canyons changed by use still beautiful? Yes of course.

My approach to canyoning is to make every visit an exploration, even when I know thousands of others have been through before.

When I go to a canyon for the first time I only read enough so that I can find my own wayin. Of course if I find a track I follow it. For two very good reasons: -
1) I don't want to damage the environment any more by breaking a new track and
2) Bloody hard work pushing through dence scrub.
When I lead a canyon I do it in such a way as everyone is exploring and getting the unique to them experience. I get them to find the way through, locate anchor points, workout where to throw ropes. In that way I am allowing them the wonderful experiences I have but more importantly they are learning the things they will need when they are leading.

I don't give grid references, track notes, or details, because I don't want to take away the pleasure others will have exploring for themselves and finding their own way. Thus they develop the skills required for exploration, discovery and adventure.

How and why canyons flood

Many canyons have extensive areas of sphagnum swamp in there head waters.  These swamps hold vast volumes of water bound within the vegetation and mosses.  Normally these release water slowly.  This is why canyons flow all the time even after extended dry spells.  During heavy rain the swamps hold much of the water that falls on them but water falling on normal ground runs off and funnels into the creek system (some of these creeks run through the swamps as creeks).  This water can quickly fill up the very narrow canyon sections to a height of many 10s of meters.  

As I said above the sphagnum swamps hold vast volumes of water and normally this releases slowly but there is a mechanism that can suddenly release a lot of this stored water unexpectedly.  The exact mechanism is only speculation at this stage but it is thought to be related to a sudden change in ph.  What can cause a ph change in such a large buffered system is hard to imagine.  Whatever the cause be aware of sudden rises in water levels and be prepared to find a high spot in a wide section of canyon.

Doug in Tiger Snake  

This page created by Dug Floyd for the Blue Mountain Canyoners.  

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  Dug Floyd.


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