31/05-01/06/2014 - report - photos
Participants: Tom Brennan, Richard Pattison, Melissa Thomas, Simon Hager, Sue Bucknell, Alison Curtin, Alex Allchin, Nicole Mealing, Kerry Atkins
Birthday girl Sue at Lost Rock
Sue crossing the swamps in the upper reaches of Wooglemai Creek
Ali in scrub high up in Doris Creek
Handlining a short drop
Rich at the top of the main drop of Goondel Falls
Simon abseiling down to the top of the falls
Rich goes over the edge to see if the ropes reach (they are about 10m short!)
Most of the anchors looked something like this. Well vegetated. Doris Creek doesn't look like it gets much traffic!
Sue on the main abseil. We get off on a ledge about 10m up and slide down a scree slope.
Sue on the first stage of Hidden Falls
Mel takes her chances with the nettles (me, I'd take the not particularly wet feet option over the nettles!)
Rich on the second stage of Hidden Falls
Sue takes a slide on the next unnamed falls
Sue continues down...
...to the top of the next stage of the falls
Mel on the lower section of the falls
Mel and Ali in a stand of blue gums, one of the nicer sections of a long creek walk to Doris Falls
Unnamed falls at Devastation Gully
Simon abseiling Doris Falls
Simon and Rich watching Sue abseil
It's birthday cake time for Sue!
The next morning around the campfire - Mel, Ali, Sue, Alex, Kerry
The IAAF (aka Rich) has devised a unique program of events for SBW
The athletic part of the SBW olympics starts, and Rich shows why he's the undisputed champion of the slackline
Sue and Mel watching Ali showing good style
Mel may have a sore foot, but that doesn't stop her from scoring well in the frisbee throwing
Ali fires off a javelin (well, a stick!)
Nicole punches out a shot put (ok, rock put)
Simon is the clear winner of the pack carry, though given one of those is mine, I would have been happy for him to win by even more and take it to the top of Mt Doris!
Kowmung River scenery
Heading down the Kowmung to Doris Creek
Sue crossing the Kowmung
Alex climbing up to Mt Doris
Scrambling on the ascent
Steep rocky country
Nicole in the rain on Mt Ibbai, looking down at Ibbai Bend
It's still raining at lunch, so some enterprising engineers rig us up a shelter
Ibbai Bend from Mt Despond
Kerry takes a break on the slopes of Mt Hopeless
Break on the way up Mt Hopeless, as the cloud starts to lift
Crossing Mt Misery
Blue sky and sunbeams - we didn't expect to see them again!
Late afternoon at Lost Rock
Cloud in the Kowmung Valley in front of Mt Colong