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A natural curiosity for what's over the next hill has taken me on a vast array of trips over the years, most of which involve human powered travel. There's so much more to do. All images © Darren Mckenzie.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Serendipity Canyon round 2

In the predawn light, two carloads of eager canyoners headed west from Sydney towards Mt Wilson ready to descend Serendipity Canyon. While Scott and I had visited only a month prior, some of our team had not abseiled before, which made the day entirely rewarding seeing new participants immerse themselves in the challenge of canyoning.

Rob, Rudy, Steen, Ian, Dave, Brendan and Holly joined Scott and I on another fantastic day out that had us all smiling and enjoying new company, perfect weather and lots of laughs. The rich organic smell of new growth was an assault on the senses as we left the car park and worked our way down the ridge and into the canyon.

Sensory overload plays an intrinsic part of why I and so many others enjoy the outdoors, and has become a deep seated feeling I have come to expect on any journey. I search for it and have become quite accustomed to finding it and am sure our new friends will continue to do the same.




The A team ready for action at the first abseil, all of whom had no problems handling themselves on the rope throughout the day and given some tricky starts did quite well.


 
 
The middle section of canyon has a great creek walk with plenty of photo opportunities. A recent rain event had pushed some debris through and with a little more water since the last visit, it was nice to rap down the odd water fall.
 
Exiting into the warmer waters of the Wollongambe and back to our lunch spot had the Waterdragons out in the hope of scavenging the odd crumb and for the rest of us, a chance to take to the air before drying out in the sun.
 
There is never any chance of avoiding the climb out which was led at a cracking pace up the front so I hung at the back with the "Super Senior" & Co. I was humbled to learn this Senior citizen had completed the Oxfam in a staggering 22 hours and cleaned up his age division. An incredible test of endurance and one that I've managed to avoid so far.
 
A big thanks to all for an enjoyable day out and Scott in particular for bringing common sense and safety to the party. Good times.....