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Tiger Snake Canyon

26th July 2003

Trip Notes

Snowing at the Zig Zag railway, it was a bloody cold morning! Never the less we drove out towards the Glow Worm Tunnel through pine forest white with snow, for a day of winter canyoning.

Tiger Snake Canyon is definitely one of the better dry canyons I've been through so far. It has two separate canyon sections, and while it's not very long it is quite impressive, especially the lower section.

Starting with a climb down a narrow slot, there are three abseils to come. The first can be done hand over hand with care. The second, between the two canyon sections is about 15m with an overhang. The third, into the lower section is through a narrow slot into shallow pool.

The lower section is narrow and deep with an arch and a small round chamber half way through. The first group (Bob Sault, Steve McDowell and David Noble) to discover the canyon, back in 1977 had a bit of trouble getting past an angry tiger snake in this chamber, hence the canyon's name.

The walk/scramble out is through some impressive pagodas, with some equally impressive views from the tops. A very nice canyon.

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img_0021 Audrey on the first abseil.
img_0022 Audrey on the first abseil.
img_0024 Richard climbing in.
img_0025 Dave C. exiting the first part of the canyon.
img_0026 Lights, cameras, action!...
img_0027 Dave N., Audrey and Magalie, look away while Mitchell shares an intimate moment with the tree...
img_0028 Siobhan on the abseil below the first section of Tiger Snake.
img_0029 Dave on the second abseil.
img_0030 Jen, on the second abseil.

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Text and photos by Chris Collier.

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