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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_0031 Below the second abseil.
img_0036 Magalie dropping in.
img_0037 Below the abseil.
img_0042 Dave C. abseiling into the second section of Tiger Snake.
img_0043 Athough Dave F. looks like he's having a panic and sucking his thumb... I'm sure he's OK.
img_0044b Having overcome his fears, Dave F. abseils into the abyss.

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Text and photos by Chris Collier.

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