|Gerkin Press > Canyoning > Surefire Canyon April 2004|
3rd April 2004
Chuckling at the often grossly over estimated times to do Surefire, Dave, Rob and myself set off from Barcoo Swamp about midday Saturday, mountain biking the first leg of the trip.
A bike ride and a bushwalk soon had us above the canyon, and looking for an alternative entry upstream of the regular way in. We eventually got in right at the top of the creek and enjoyed a beautiful walk through rainforest and ferns on our way into the canyon proper.
Once you're in, this canyon is really spectacular! Some short tricky abseils, cold wades and a short cold swim, then you're walking through a really beautiful, narrow, damp, and green canyon.
A bit further downstream of the exit, there's a nice lunch spot to sit and marvel at what a great place this is. And from here I took the opportunity to head back up the canyon for some more Surefire Canyon photos. (that bit is for the search engines...)
The exit is tricky with some short rope and tree assisted climbs, before another nice walk got us back out on the fire trail for the bike ride back to camp before dark.
All photos were taken with my new Canon IXUS 400, and for canyon and low light shots I've now upgraded from a tiny little bendy leg tripod, to a slightly bigger bendy leg tripod with a ball joint head.
Text and photos by Chris Collier.
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