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The Grose - Part 1


  • Memorial Park 2-14 Station St Mount Victoria, NSW, 2786 Australia (map)

A series of overnight hikes culminating in travelling the complete length of the Grose River in the Blue Mountains.

This adventure will suit fit people who have recently completed challenging hikes. You need good equipment and previous experience to participate. Consider the walk HARD and understand that it involves steep ascents and descents, scrambling and climbing, off-track navigation, wading in creeks and rivers, rock-hopping on slippery and steep boulder fields and pressing through dense scrub.

We start where the Grose River does, in Mt Victoria, with plans to travel the first 15 kilometres of the river, exiting at Pierces Pass. Bring your gaiters, as we may encounter lawyer vine, stinging nettle and leeches as we make our way along the Grose. Allow for a total distance of about 20 kilometres on this first leg, as we spend 2 days and 1 night in the Grose Valley. Keep an eye out along the way for remnants of the 1850’s Engineers Track.

We’ll get an early start, meeting at Memorial Park, Mt Victoria ready to leave at 8:30am. Before we meet, we need to take some vehicles over to Pierces Pass Picnic Area, where we plan to finish Part 1. See this map for travel directions waypoints and route plan: https://goo.gl/gKRkQ6

To participate, send an email to Rick (rick@hikeout.org). Expect to have a discussion prior to joining the hike, particularly if you have not been on trips with Hike Out. Putting your name on a list on social media does NOT confirm attendance! Event numbers are limited.

See the links below for further information.

COST:
• No camping or park use fees

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
• Follow the instructions to reserve your spot. Email only.
• Be at Memorial Park, Mt Victoria ready to depart at 8:30am.
• Let someone know your plans and when you expect to be back.
• Have all supplies and equipment in your backpack, including;
 - Warm and waterproof clothing
 - Tent, sleeping mat and good sleeping bag
 - Food for 2 days/1 night, cooking gear, utensils and fuel
 - Drinking water and water filtration/treatment equipment
 - Supplies for making hot drinks
 - Snacks
 - Hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and a variety of clothing
 - Map, compass, GPS, PLB, first aid, camera, and all the equipment and supplies that you usually take on a remote hike of this nature.

PLANNED CAMPING LOCATION:
Saturday: Somewhere in the upper Grose Valley

It is up to each person to be fully prepared, fit and on time for the adventure. We explore as a group of friends each accepting the personal risks involved with this type of activity. We understand that there is no insurance cover provided.

MORE INFO:
1. Dave Noble - Trip Report Upper Grose Valley
http://www.david-noble.net/blog/?p=3211

2. Wikipedia - Grose River
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grose_River

3. Colong Foundation for Wilderness - Grose Wilderness
https://www.colongwilderness.org.au/archive/RedIndex/NSW/grose99.htm

4. NPWS Pierces Pass Walking Track:
http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/pierces-pass-to-blue-gum-forest-walking-track

5. Book - The Upper Grose Valley - Bushwalkers Business
http://www.bushexplorers.com.au/books/ugv1.htm

Event photo by John Finnan https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnfinnanimages/

This event is planned for members of Hike Out, the friendly, diverse and inclusive community of outdoor enthusiasts where everyone is always welcome. Find out more at http://www.hikeout.org/

Earlier Event: October 16
Red Rocks
Later Event: November 14
Kiama Coast Walk