OTCCC Kalang Falls circa 1982

OTC Caving and Canyoning Club

by Robert Brand

I was instrumental in forming the OTCCC – we even added canoeing into the letters (OTCCCC at one stage). This trip was around 1982 and was in a little valley between Kanangra Falls and Kanangra Walls. It had about 8 major abseils with the longest one being 60m (about a 20 story building). This trip was a simple one day trip with the best part of a day descending the waterfalls and enjoying the scenery.  The trip out takes only about an hour for the super fit and 2 hours for the less fit climbing out of the valley with a grade of about 45 degrees with no track. There were leaches too.

Above: The top of the vertical part of the Kalang Falls. The team contemplates the first drop.

Above: Jeff Hinwood’s son (l) and Gary Hope (Paddo ITMC) (r) making the first abseil.

John Oxley (Paddo ISTC), Jeff’s son, Jeff hinwood (HO) and Gary Hope (ITMC Paddo)

Above: Robert Brand (ITMC Paddo) abseiling after the lunch break

Above: Robert Brand (ITMC Paddo) belaying an abseiler.

Above: Robert Brand (ITMC Paddo) abseiling

Above: John Oxley and Jeff’s son starting down the 60m drop

Above: Robert Brand (ITMC Paddo) storing the ropes in his backpack before the climb out.

I have to laugh, my 15 year old daughter who has seen me at the beach wearing less, finds these pictures very disturbing!

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