Mt Wilson Canyoning

“Geronimo!” So screamed Glen Robinson on the third abseil of this Wollangambe River canyon, as he sailed past in a single jump. Our own trip there had much lower water, so we all chose to forego this tradition,* but we appreciated the sentiment of enthusiasm. We’d actually been a party of five members, driving two…

Scraping down the Goobarragandra

Apparently, kayakers in countries of snow-melt are able to paddle in summer! For Australians, however, we rely almost exclusively on rain (or Hydro releases, such as my recent trip down Cataract Gorge in Tasmania), so at the end of a dry summer many kayakers are chomping at the bit – or, more accurately, are refreshing…

Cataract: The Flood-Gates of Heaven

cataract, n. 2. b. transf. A violent downpour or rush of water. †1. a. pl. The ‘flood-gates’ of heaven, viewed as keeping back the rain (with reference to Gen. vii. 11, viii. 2…) “The flood-gates of heaven.” What a title! Cataract Gorge, in northern Tasmania, is on the lower section of the South Esk River,…

Kayaking in Kangaroo Valley

Tranquil, the kayak glides effortlessly across the almost still water, the walls of the canyon green with she-oaks and eucalyptus trees… An almost silent yellow blur rushes past, and then the polo ball splashes down in front of me. I turn over my shoulder to see two double kayaks bearing down in my direction, and…

Tanzania, I presume – Safari and Safari Blue

NAAAAAAAAAA TSA BENYAAAAAAAA BABA ITSI BABAAAAAAAAA! * Apologies to my Zulu friends, but it was this poor reproduction of the opening words to the song “Circle of Life” from Walt Disney’s The Lion King that was most definitely going through my head as the sun rose over the Serengeti behind a pair of giraffes. In…