What an amazingly rugged part of the world. Everything out here is steep. Really steep. You don't see many topo maps with contour lines this tight. Based on first hand experience, I absolutely know why Mt Paralyser is named so.
And the canyons. Well, they're not really canyons. More like open gullies punctuated with awesome waterfalls. The canyons aren't like those in the Bluies, the terrain is steeper but more open. The rock is mostly quartzite rather than sandstone making for a slippery affair. And the days are long. Usually 10-12 hours with a bloody long walk out. One of the better known exits for Kalang Falls, Danae Brook and Kanangra Main is Murdering Gully - 'nuff said.
So, get out here. It's awesome.
Woo Hoo! 3rd and final EPIC training trip for a private NZ Mountaineering Trip next week and a huge one off my bucket list - I've now completed all the Kanangra Canyons flowing into Kanangra Creek - mind you, I haven't done Kanangra Main via the Slot - does that count? Now I've just got to do all the Canyons flowing into the Kowmung.
Kanangra Main is my photography nemesis. When I last did Kanangra Main way back in 2008 with Greg and Paul I somehow managed to format my SD drive after a few too many Coopers around the camp fire and lost all my shots and so was keen to do it again. As Anton, Bec, Mike and I are due to do a Mountaineering Course in mid-January, this seemed like a good way to do some hill climbing in preparation.
We decided to head up on Boxing Day arvo, so everything was a rush - I couldn't find my Kanangra map so had to print one out, didn't manage to get food prepared so a roast chicken from Coles was the best I could manage ...
Finally we departed at around 5:00pm and as we expected the Pizza place in Hartley to be closed, Mike and Bec bought some hideous potato scallops from the the Mt York servo - and what do you know? The Pizza place was open after all. So we had Pizza - how could you not?
Epic! That's what the boys reckon. I thought it was awesome. It has everything you could ask for and more! A demanding and remote adventure with absolutely stunning waterfalls and abseils, pristine creek walking, an optional side trip to Danae Brook, the best walk out ever and a great open fire cook up with a few glasses of plonk on the banks of Kanangra Creek. But seriously very hard - Kanangra Main is a Picnic in comparison.
Awesome!!! Davies Canyon is one of of the best canyons I've done, but really Tuff. It's actually an open gorge rather than a canyon, but boy is it spectacular!
I'd previously written this up in another website which was hacked so hopefully I've remembered it correctly. It's entirely possible that I may have exagerated certain aspects of the trip ;-)
We'd been organising this trip for a while and Stuart had decided to buy a new rope to match his existing rope for the long 50m abseils, what dedication is that? But why did he choose 11mm instead of 9mm? Unlike many other canyons, there really wasn't much info on the internet on Davies apart from what was available on Tom Brennan's Ozultimate site, so it was bound to be an exciting adventure.