Gladstone Pass navigable after recent rains?

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Gladstone Pass navigable after recent rains?

Postby mandragara » Tue 05 Jan, 2021 1:52 pm

Hi,

I'm looking to take my father along the Lindeman Pass and up Gladstone Pass this Friday.

However due to the recent rains there have been some closures in the Blueys due to saturated creek catchments.

My understanding is that the catchment of Gladstone is so tiny that this isn't an issue, it should be the same as it always is as long as there has been a day or so of no rain.

However I'd just like to calibrate my thoughts against someone who knows the area better, I've only walked Gladstone's twice.

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Re: Gladstone Pass navigable after recent rains?

Postby mandragara » Mon 11 Jan, 2021 2:54 pm

Just to answer my own question, walked it in gentle rain last Friday and the water level seemed ever so slightly elevated but not in a way that is at all meaningful, so you'd really need a major downpour to get the constricted area with the stairs to flow dangerously IMO
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Re: Gladstone Pass navigable after recent rains?

Postby FatCanyoner » Thu 14 Jan, 2021 12:09 pm

I was going to answer and say it should be fine, but I haven't actually been down there following heavy rain. The catchment is extremely small though. And even in bigger catchments, sandstone areas see waters rise and fall quite quickly. Even in canyons in the area, water can flow at dangerous levels one day and be back to safe levels the next day. It's amazing how quickly it drains in the Blue Mountains.
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Re: Gladstone Pass navigable after recent rains?

Postby mandragara » Thu 14 Jan, 2021 10:12 pm

What I don't understand is where all the water comes from if the catchment is so small. It' always has a solid amount of water pouring out of it in all weather. Is it possible for the catchment to be larger and flow subterranean perhaps? Or is it all just bound up in the vegetation like a huge, deep sponge?

Hydrology is so interesting...
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