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Invite to Sydney event for outdoor enthusiasts 16-Jan-2014 At 9:50:24 PM FatCanyoner
G'day folks,

Next Thursday (January 23), from 7.30pm ‘til late, we’ll be holding the next Adventure Time event. It's a monthly meet up of Sydney’s outdoors community and local adventurers (although you'd know that if you'd seem this thread before).

This month we have talks by:

Dr Jeffrey Crass – The “Muller 82” caving expedition

Jeffrey Crass started caving 45 years ago, with the Sydney Speleological Society. He has been rock climbing for 42 years and was the Foundation president of the NSWIT Rock-climbing and Mountaineering Club. He also started mountaineering 38 years ago in Canada and has been a member of the New Zealand Alpine Club since 1981. Jeff was the expedition leader for multiple Australian first ascents in the Himalayas; Mera, Mera North and Naualek in 1982, and was a member of the “Muller 82” caving expedition to Papua New Guinea. Subsequently, Jeff has continued to rock-climb, mountaineer, cave, boulder, kayak, alpine ski and motorcycle around the world – more recently in NZ, Spain, Canada and Scandinavia.
He will be talking about his experiences as an expedition member (ferret, climber and scientist) on the Speleological expedition to the Muller Range of Papua New Guinea in 1982 - “Muller 82”. The expedition discovered the longest cave in Papua New Guinea “Mamo Kananda”. At the time Mamo Kananda was the 11th longest cave in the world and the deepest in the southern hemisphere. The total length of explored passages was 55km. Three chambers had colossal sizes, exceeding volumes of 1 million m³. “Atea Kananda”, was also further explored and the passage length increased to 35km, and it is now the second longest cave in Papua New Guinea. Come along to hear Jeff speak and also find out why “Obscured by Clouds” by Pink Floyd is so named and its links to this expedition.

Pete Ridgeway – Aboriginal art exploration in the Wollemi

Pete Ridgeway is a bushwalker and canyoner with a passion for wildlife and heritage conservation. Over the last decade he has catalogued over 200 Aboriginal art sites across the Wollemi, Pilbara and Tasmanian wilderness but of all these places it is the Wollemi which is the most captivating. ‘Wollemi’ is said to translate as ‘watch your step’ and there is something about this twisted landscape which always draws you back for more. Pete will share three years of experience searching for Aboriginal art in the Wollemi wilderness. As well as recounting the experiences and artwork of the Wollemi he will explore the diversity of Aboriginal sites and how to look for and look after this remarkable heritage.

Bonus features:

As usual, we will also have a slack line (provided by and alcoholic beverages including beer, wine and cider (by donation). You may also BYO.

Where is it?

A warehouse just up the road from St Peters climbing gym: 12 Hutchinson St, St Peters.

See the facebook event page:

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