I’m not really sure what this blog is going to be all about.
So far this is how it has been evolving
2014 on Bikes Was where it really started. I had 4 little videos of Me, Tal and, our friends enjoying riding mountains bikes throughout 2014 posted about the place and felt they needed somewhere to link them all together. Looking back I’m pretty happy with the videos. I reckon they do a good job at capturing the diversity of riding we are lucky enough to have access to around Lithgow
2015 Outdoors Expanded that concept to include some of our outdoor activities, beach, canyons and walking. At times I struggled to get the right mix of action in these compilations. That said it contains some of my favourite edits so far
2016 Outdoors. Following on the same theme. 2016 was a quiet year for me on the bike but lots of walking and canyoning with a great bunch of people condensed down into 2 videos.
2017 outdoors. I had a big year in 2017. Managed to get out for at least 1 canyon or MTB ride every weekend. It was a bunch of fun. Hooked up with a few different canyoning groups too which is always a good way to learn new things and meet new people. Again condensed down to 2 videos
Swimming Spots in the Blue Mts Whenever I’d post a photo or video I’d get people asking where to find this or how to get started in that so I thought a good place to start would be a guide to some of the swimming spots near by. This list in by no means exhaustive, and is more orientated around Lithgow so far, we really do have some nice spots with easy access, and I will continue to add to it as I go.
Easier Bushwalks around Lithgow is a basic guide to some bushwalks around Lithgow and the upper mountains. Again it is no where near a complete compilation but lists some introductory walks around Lithgow and the upper Mtns and I’ve tried to list them in order of increasing difficulty (difficulty taking into account not just the physical effort but navigation and rock scrambling needed)
Natural Archs. There are a whole heap of rock archs hidden in the bush around Lithgow and a bit further afield. Some of them are harder to find than others but all of them are worth the detective work and exploring needed to seek them out
And the rest so far is a blog of our canyon trips since getting right back into it in 2015. These are anecdotes not guides.
so far there is
Banks Canyon 20/12/2015
Bells Grotto and the Glowworn Tunnel 17/04/2016
Bob’s canyon, AKA Broadhead canyon 24/06/2017
Bowen Creek South, middle upper section 26/11/2016
Clatterteeth, AKA Du Faurs crk 01/01/2017
Coachwood Canyon 27-09-2017
Cork Screw 26/11/2016
Davids Crevasse 28/07/2018
Dead Tree 01/04/2017
Devils Pinch 29/12/2016
Fern Tree Gully 21/05/2017
Fortress Canyon 10/01/2016
Four Dope Canyon AKA Birthday Suit Berty Canyon 05/05/2018
Glen Davis canyoning 02/12/2017
Geronimo Canyon 24/02/2018
Gobsmacker (Bowen Crk North Lower section) 15/02/2015
Great Uncle George canyon 25/04/2017
Hat Hill Canyon 24/01/2016
Hobnail (Range Crk) 26/11/2016
Horseshoe Canyon 24/02/2018
the Juggler 25/01/2015
Magnifying Glass Canyon. (AKA Better Offer) 29/10/2016
Mares Forest Creek canyon 28/12/2016
Newnes Canyon 07-10-2017
Pleasant View Canyon 28/05/2017
Ranon Canyon 17-01-2018
Surefire Canyon 31-12-2017
Timber Chute Canyon 03/09/2017
Why Don’t /We Do It In The Road 12/11/16
Wollangambe 1 canyon 01/01/2016
Wollangambe 2 01/01/2018
Wollangambe Upper, Upper (Upper upper?) 27/01/2018
If you are inspired and looking to start canyoning I recommend doing a trip with a commercial guide company or joining a bush walking club.
Those that know me and have asked to come along, um I tend to plan these trips at the last minute and am terrible at rememberng to invite people. I head out most weekends so if you get in contact the Wednesday or Thursday I let you know what I’m doing and whether it would be suitable.
Those more experienced and adventurous may pick up clues or get a bit of an idea of what to expect from my videos and photos but I don’t generally give directions or instruction. For that sort of thing I highly recommend Tom Brennan’s site at Ozultimates or the Immortal Outdoors Site
The lotsafreshair youtube channel also posted this handy little video about canyon safety and ethics which is well worth the watch