POSTPONED – This Weekends Blue Mountains Canyoning Trip

Due to unforeseen circumstances the planned club event this weekend will be postponed until later in the year. I will keep everyone up to date with the new details as they are planned. With an injured trip leader and a large amount of the club about to head into exams next week this is just particularly bad timing. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Coffs harbour lead and top rope

Check out the facebook event for more up to date info.

The Coffs climbing trip is for club members who have had a taste of the plastic stuff indoors and are interested in seeing what all the fuss is about outdoors. The weekend is essentially an intro trip where depending on your ability/level of interest, you can skill-up and learn some useful sport climbing techniques.

So who’s keen to climb on some real rock? For those who don’t already know, Coffs Harbour offers some really sweet sandstone crags and less than two weeks we’re going there to climb them. We’ll be heading to Fort Knox, Coffs’ premier sportclimbing crag and depending on psych levels we might drop into Wonderland on the second day of our two day trip. If you’d like to take a sneak-peak at some of the climbs in the area or download the pdf guide, get onto ‘the’ and scroll through the rocky goodness.

The plan so far:

6:00pm – Meet at the Bunnings carpark for carpooling and a 6pm departure. Stop at Moonee Woolies for any last minute supplies before arriving at Corindi Beach Holiday Park and setting up a late camp.

9:00am – Leave Corindi Beach
9:30am – Arrive at Fort Knox carpark, meet any Armidale stragglers and make our way up to the crag, roughly a 30minute slog uphill through the sclerophyll forest.
10am until 5pm – ‘Climb on’ and ‘Climbing’.
Evening – Camping at Corindi Beach Holiday Park and a hearty counter meal at the Corindi pub.

7:00am – Get up, pack up and breakfast on the headland.
9:00am – Leaving Corindi Beach for a 10am climbing start at Knox or Wonderlands.
Late afternoon – Swim at Glenreagh and then a beer at the Golden Dog before the 3 hour drive back to Armidale.

What we’ll supply:
– All sportclimbing gear – harnesses, helmets, ropes, quickdraws, boltplates, karabiners etc.
– Sunday morning breaky
– Tents for those who need them. We have limited supplies of mattresses/sleeping bags available also (first in, best slept)

What you need to bring:
– A backpack and sturdy shoes
– Water bottle/s (there’s no running water at the crag)
– Climbing shoes (or tight fitting thin soled shoes – Dunlop Volleys are alright), harness, chalk bag (if you have such luxuries, we’ll bring spare harnesses)
– A headlamp
– Sleeping gear
– Pack your lunch/snacks for both days – alternatively there is a supermarket 15km’s from Corindi
– Swimmers if you want a dip at Corindi Beach
– Your sense of adventure

– Camping will work out to be roughly $15 per head (or cheaper)
– Chip in for a bit of petrol with your driver
– Dinner/pub meal, lunch, snacks

If you’ve got any other questions, post them here. Providing the weather is kind it’s sure to be an awesome weekend – see you there!


Mountain Bike Intro Day

March the 8th, a week after climbing and bushwalking at Gara Gorge, it was the turn of the SportUNE mountain bike track to host the fun. Seven riders turned up to enjoy a morning of riding and skill discovery. The level of experience ranged from the veteran, those gaining the wounds of experience as well as those with some very new purchases.

We started slowly as people became adjusted to the feel of dirt under the wheels and the new bikes were given their initiation of dust. Here we should give a shout out to Tristan who did well tackling the dirt on his fully rigid bike with hybrid tyres, not the easiest machine no matter the level of experience. The back half of the course provided some inspiration in the form of several Advanced or “A” lines such as the rock rollover that showed what was possible. As we progressed both the confidence and smiles grew and initial doubt was changed into a willingness to have a go. The handlebar scraping section through some cottonwoods was a highlight for many, with the closeness of the trees leading to many exclamations of beauty. A few nice fast switch backs had us back at the start, and ready for either another lap or some tasty treats.

Written by Andrew Woolley.