Category Archives: Adventure

Blue Mountains Hiking Trip

I had organised a hiking trip in the Grose Valley in the Blue Mountains in late November 2014.

We met at the Bakehouse on Wentworth in Blackheath and decided to park our cars in the neates glen car park. From there we walked to Evans lookout and descended into the Valley from there. When we found the first swim-able water hole, we immediately stopped and went for a swim in it. We did a total of 3 swims on the first day and 1 on the second day. The water was refreshing and not too cold. There was 10 of us in the group with 2 only doing it as a day trip and they turned around and headed back a little bit after lunch. We camped at Acacia flat and checked out the Blue Gum forest. It was a great hike and the weather was good too for that time of the year. It wasn’t too hot but on the second day, it started raining as we were ascending back up to the car park.

Below are some of the photos taken from the trip.

Canyoning at Macquaries Pass

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Canyoning Macquarie Pass with Wulf and his friends.

Had a full day of canyoning last Sunday with Wulf and his friends. Met Wulf from Water Polo and also at Hangdog, so thats how I know he’s into rock climbing and canyoning.

Woke up at 5:45am in the morning and left the house at 6:45am as we were meeting at the car park at the bottom of Macquarie Pass at 7:30am. I’ve done Macquarie Pass twice before but this time we’re dong it from the top, the very start of the canyon. There were 5 people in our group. There was Wulf, Richard, Wulf’s sister Anna, Anna’s boyfriend Andrew and myself. It was Anna and Andrew’s first time canyoning. We parked the vehicle at the top and walked downhill a bit before heading toward the river. It took a while before we got into the river as we got a little lost and had to bash through some really thick plants. Had scratches on my forearms, hands and neck as a result of that. Also there were lots of leeches!!! We kept walking instead of trying to pull the leeches off as there were too many of them and they were jumping on to us faster than we could pull them off.

Once we got into the river, we followed it down stream for a while before hitting the first abseil. There were 3 abseils and a mini jump before getting to the abseil where we would normally get to if we started on Clover Hill Road. The second of the 3 abseils was 35m long!!!! Good thing Wulf and his mate Richard had a 70m and a 100m rope between the two of them! The views of the waterfall were amazing!

We started at around 8:30am and it was around 12:30pm when we got to the start of the first abseil if we had parked at Clover Hill Road.

The rest of the canyon from there was familiar. There were three areas where the slings were removed!?#! Luckily Wulf brought extra slings so we were able to attach new slings. Got to the final slide at around 4:30pm and was back at the car park at 5pm.

There was an accident along the main road we took to get to the parking lot and we could hear Ambulance and a helicopter when we were walking out of the canyon (towards the car park). As a result of the accident, we couldn’t drive back to Albion Park on that road and had to drive up the pass and do a big loop to Jamberoo and around to Albion Park. That took more time and by the time I got home, it was 6:30pm. It also started raining when I was driving so we were very lucky with the weather. 🙂

Great canyoning day!

Road Trip Around New Zealand’s North Island

Last week I did a road trip around New Zealand’s North Island. Few in to Auckland, spent 3 nights in the city, visiting nearby attractions like Mount Zion, Cathedral Cove and Hot Water beach at Coromandel. Then drove to Russel, Bay of Islands, spent a night there, then visited Ahipara to do a Sand Safari along the 90 mile beach, spent a night at the Tree House Lodge in Hokianga before heading to Aukland; but not before stopping by at the Labyrinth, Funky Fish and Waiwera Pools. Below are some of the photos taken on the trip.

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Weekend at the Snowies!

Spent the weekend at Threadbo doing some snowboarding. Brought my goPro Helmet Camera along and here’s some random shots taken from the highest T-Bar in Australia!

It was a fun weekend as we had an awesome group who were a good mix of boarders and skiers (predominantly skiers though).

And I figured why not add one of me falling backwards off my board too. 🙂

Rock Climbing at Mount Keira

Went rock climbing at Mount Keira last Saturday with Brendan and Brett.

Below is a shot taken of Brendan showing us how its done!

Brendan Rock Climbing at Mount Keira

Mountain Bike Riding at Appin

Went Mountain Bike Riding at Appin last Saturday. Being a first time mountain biker, it wasn’t a good idea to take my camera on the ride, so here are a few shots taken before and after the ride. There is a post at Wollongong Fitness about how the mountain bike riding went.

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