North Wolgan wandering

08-10-2016

Mandy and I

After a lazy long weekend in the Wolgan, with just a stroll up to the arch to break up the eating and drinking

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Wolgan Arch

I was keen to head back down and have a bit of a look around a dry canyon I knew of but hadn’t explored before and so I dragged Mandy out and ventured back down the valley.

I’d heard about this in the early to mid 2000s but never got around to having a look.

The road in crosses some private property, a couple of old school mates owned a block up the end but wasn’t 100% sure there weren’t other properties on the way up so in the interest of doing the right thing we left the road at the first gate and wandered up through the scrub on the other side of the creek.

We soon passed Ringo and Karl’s block and started climbing the steep hill that would bring us to the lower cliffline and the first short canyonette.

It was steep and loose and the weather had decided to play spring so it was fairly muggy too but we made our way up and reached the base of the cliffs without too many dramas.

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The first canyon section started with some promise, a scramble up through another impressive arch. The slot carved up through the lower cliffs but opened out almost as soon as it started.

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Nice scramble up through an arch into the canyonette

Climbing out of this brief slot we wandered up through a pleasant, if sometimes scrubby amphitheater  to the next cliff line

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The scrub was thick with lawyer vines as the valley rose up to the base of the upper cliffs but once there the cool breeze racing up the constriction was like a sigh of relief.

We had to negotiate a squeeze through a tunnel section under boulders

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Mandy making it look easy

And then we were into the main constriction

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Mandy enjoying the cool breeze

My original plan had been to scamper up and out the top to admire the views and check out some other  little canyons near by but Mandy hadn’t been feeling the best so I contented myself taking a bunch of photos and then we retraced out steps back the way we came.

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If you stick our tongue out it helps you squeeze your gut through

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A Window on the Wolgan

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Mandy under the arch

Party size 2, both experienced, but Mandy feeling unwell on the climb up so taking it slow

Time: 4hrs with lots of photo phaffing

 

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