The Grand Canyon

29-01-2017

Mandy, Tallis and me

We had nothing firm planned but it was too nice a day to waist so we roused Tal out of bed for a quick trip through the Grand Canyon at Blackheath.

For the less adventurous there is a nice tourist trail along the rim of the canyon

It was hot and sticky on the walk in and we got to the abseil point just as another group were roping up. So we suited up at a wider area of the track before making our way down just as the last 3 were about to abseil in. It was a pleasant surprise to see the familiar face of Lyn Cook.

We dropping after and have a quick hello with Lyn and Jim. We let their group head off while we phaff around with photos before following them down.

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Eastern Water Dragon, Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii
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Pulling ropes
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Waterfall just upstream of the standard abseil point
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Crappy shot of Eastern Brown snake, Pseudonaja textilis. I disturbed it from it’s hiding spot near where members of the previous party were changing. It took off into the water, realised it was too cold and made a bee line for this rock. which I happened to be standing on at the time. I did some quick back pedaling before snapping this shot.
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Skink trying not to be come the snakes dinner
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Looking back up the canyon towards the falls
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Canyon formation
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Tallis under sun beams
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Mandy in the canyon
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Tal in the canyon
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Small Cascade about halfway through the canyon
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Tal in the Grand Canyon
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Some where I have a shot of me and Scott in this spot from 20 years ago. I conned Tal into trying to recreate it, though now I can’t find the original

*edit: I found the photo  not quite the same angle but not bad for a spur of the moment thing going off a memory from 20 years ago

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Looking up to a bridge on the tourist track over a side creek trying hard to become a canyon of it’s own
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Mandy and Tal relaxing in the canyon as the first booms  of thunder echo over head
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Tal in the canyon

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Mandy and Tal get to the swim just as the storm hits

Storm in the Grand Canyon

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Art. For art sake
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Tal and Mandy just before the canyon rejoins the walking trail
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Looking back into the canyon from the tourist trail

Party size: 3, all experienced

Time: 3.5 hrs car to car relaxed pace

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