After trying to organise a group paddle with some new faces on the Shoalhaven River, the weather had other plans and sent the gauges high. We had wanted to run some higher volume rapids, or a least technical enough to keep gaining valuable experience.
When the Shoalhaven was scratched, Gus, Craig and I decided to run Pheasants Nest to Maldon on the Nepean river which is graded as 2-3 and around 11km's. The gauge was sitting at around 1 metre which had us talking safety at the put in due to the fast flowing and continuous conveyor belt of water.
It was good day out which saw a few spills, injury, and plenty was learned by all.
This Video was shot and edited by Craig.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
After spending so much time on inland adventures lately, my mind has been wandering back to the ocean and the calm that coastal trips place on the soul. There is something to be said about the deep feelings of contentment that come from walking silently through heath and over sand dunes to the melodic rumbling of ocean swell greeting land.
It was perfect timing when I read Kelto's trip report on Broughton Island while in the process of looking for new areas to explore. I was instantly thinking of ways to reach the island, and one that holds the most interest is wind power. Hopefully I'll have a new kite boarding setup soon which, along with careful planning, will allow a visit to Broughton and the surrounding islands. I'm sure I'll be in the company of some like minded friends who have similar interests in all things adventure.
To make the most of our small window of opportunity, Dana and I camped on Friday night, waking well before sunrise to walk across the dunes to Dark Point under moonlight. The whole area holds significant value for the local aboriginal people who have history dating back 4000 years, and as we walked towards the beach, tried to fathom the enormity of time these tribes had been inhabiting the region.