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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

Acoustic Canyon  25/04/2016  04/06/201708/09/2018

Alcatraz Canyon 30/04/2016 / 27/01/2017 / 04/03/2017 / 20/05/2017   29/10/2017 / 08/02/2018 / 08/09/2018

Arethusa 26/02/2017

Banks Canyon  20/12/2015

Bell Creek Canyon 19/03/201607/04/2018

Bells Grotto and the Glowworn Tunnel 17/04/2016

Billabong Canyon 05/06/2016 / 10/06/2017

Bob’s canyon, AKA Broadhead canyon 24/06/2017

Bowen Creek South, middle upper section 26/11/2016

Butterbox/ MT Hay canyon 03/04/2016 / 14/04/18

Cathedral Canyon 31/07/201628-09-2017

Clatterteeth, AKA Du Faurs crk 01/01/2017

Claustral Canyon 11/12/201624/03/2018

Coachwood Canyon 27-09-2017

Coin Slot 29/07/2017 16/06/2018

Cork Screw 26/11/2016

Crikey 23/02/2017

Dalpura Canyon 26/03/1631/03/2018

Dargan Crk 13/02/1710/02/2018

Davids Crevasse 28/07/2018

Dead Tree 01/04/2017

Deep Pass 15/04/2017

Devils Pinch 29/12/2016 / 20/10/2018

Dione Dell 25/09/201602/09/2017

A dry canyon 17/07/16 20/05/2017

The Dry Canyon AKA Wolgan View AKA Nobles canyon 10/03/2016 / 14/11/2016 / 04/03/201725/06/2017

Empress  Canyon 10/01/2016  05/02/2017

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

The Grand Canyon  25/01/2015 / 29/01/2017 / 25/01/2018

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

Hole in the Wall  20/12/2015 10/03/2018

Horseshoe Canyon 24/02/2018

the Juggler 25/01/2015

Kalang Falls 13/10/2018

Koombanda  canyon 06/02/2016 / 12/11/2017

The Little Canyon 24/11/2017 / 27/06/2018

Magnifying Glass Canyon. (AKA Better Offer) 29/10/2016

Mares Forest Creek canyon 28/12/2016

Mt Hay /Butterbox canyon 03/04/2016 / 14/04/18

Newnes Canyon 07-10-2017

Newnes Plateau canyons 29/09/2018

Nightmare canyon 19/08/2017 02/06/2018

North Wolgan Canyoning 14/08/2016 / 08-10-2016,

Pipeline Canyon  30/01/2016 21/10/2017

Pleasant View Canyon 28/05/2017

Ranon Canyon 17-01-2018

The River Caves  / 19/11/201625/06/2017

Rocky Crk Canyon  / 25/01/2017 / 18/02/2017 27-09-2017 / 23/12/2017

Serendipity 12/11/2016

Starlight 07-10-201720/10/2018

Sheep Dip 08/01/2017 / 11/03/2017

South Wolgan canyoning 22-05-16 / 26-06-16 / 19-07-16 20/05/2017 / 12/06/201729/10/201718/05/2018

Surefire Canyon 31-12-2017

Tiger snake Canyon 08/11/201501/07/2017

Timber Chute Canyon 03/09/2017

Twister   14/01/2017 / 25/01/2017 / 18/02/2017 23/12/17

Waterfall of Moss 14/02/16 / 16/12/2017

Why Don’t /We Do It In The Road 12/11/16

Windows  05/08/201730/06/2018 15/09/2018

Wollangambe 1 canyon 01/01/2016

Wollangambe 2 01/01/2018

Wollangambe Upper, Upper (Upper upper?) 27/01/2018

Wollangambe Wilderness 07/08/2016 /20-08-201608-07-201701/07/2018

Whungee Wheengee 14/02/2016 / 20/01/2018

Yileen Canyon 27/02/2016   06/05/2017

Zorro Canyon: 29-11-15 / 15-05-1628-09-2017 08/09/2018

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

Other sites with trip reports and photos I recommend are David Nobles various pages  and blog or the Fat Canyoners blog (may contain nudity)

The lotsafreshair youtube channel also posted this handy little video about canyon safety and ethics which is well worth the watch

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