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The Festival of Tom's birthday continued with a weekend of canyoning in the Wolgan.
Tom abseiling into our first canyon
Gill log walking
Gill being stared at by everyone as she negotiates a short drop (most of us abseiled)
The snaparazzi are out in force!
Tom at the top of a series of 3 drops - Smiffy jumped them all - some of us waited until the water was over head-high so only did 1 jump
Toni contemplating the jump which we all did
Looking up the canyon
Gill enjoying another dunking
Toni demonstrating one way to get down
Tom taking advantage of the last opportunity for a water jump
Little did he know round the corner was Rich waiting with the Thomas and Friends Celebration Cake! Though we were all so cold that we pushed on a bit so we could stop shivering and enjoy the cake.
Looks in pretty good nick given it's been sitting in Rich's car for the past 2 weeks while he has been out canyoning. Should we be disturbed? (For reference it was made in Scotland and has been "thawed for our convenience".)
Tom is embued with angelic properties as he sets to cutting the cake (the box did have very explicit instructions on how one should cut the cake... which Tom duly ignored)
Camp for the night
Gill with some of the gourmet treats - cream cheese and smoked salmon on one, prawns with home-made pistachio dip on the other. yum!
Breakfast time on day 2
Rich starts up our pass
while the rest of us wander up the creek for a squiz
Looking back down the canyon once I've hit a large impassable waterfall
Snake that I walked past completely obviously on the way up the canyon
Back down the canyon
Tom climbing the pass using a rope set by Rich
Toni and Smiffy climbing the pass using ropes set by Rich
Gill climbing the pass
Tom enjoying the views
Tom halfway down a short section of canyon in our second creek
Gill abseiling down a short section of canyon
Tom happy that we found what we were looking for - a very large drop!
Looking back up the drop
Short abseil at the end of the canyon