The accidental discovery of Midwinter Canyon

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The accidental discovery of Midwinter Canyon

Postby FatCanyoner » Mon 13 Aug, 2012 11:30 am

G'day folks,

If, like me, you love to do a bit of armchair wilderness exploration when you're unable to actually be out there then you'll absolutely love reading this story of how Midwinter Canyon was discovered.

To set the scene, it is the mid-80′s. Three bushwalkers from the Sydney Uni Bushwalkers, Roger Lembit, Ian Wilson and Michael Donovan, are exploring an area of the Wollemi near Numietta Creek on a sunny, but freezing winter weekend. Then, quite by accident, they stumble upon the dark, narrow, spectacular slot of what became known as Midwinter Canyon.

While there had been a few earlier attempts to look for canyons in this northern region, this was the first quality canyon located in the area, and its serendipitous discovery sparked three-decades of exploration which still continues to turn up exciting new canyons in this amazing, remote wilderness.

You can read Roger Lembit's account of that amazing trip (which he's generously agreed to share) here: http://fatcanyoners.org/2012/08/13/midwinter-canyon/

Tim
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Re: The accidental discovery of Midwinter Canyon

Postby juxtaposer » Sun 02 Sep, 2012 7:18 pm

Love it. Discovering things accidentally is the best way to discover them.
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Re: The accidental discovery of Midwinter Canyon

Postby FatCanyoner » Sun 09 Sep, 2012 12:22 pm

juxtaposer wrote:Discovering things accidentally is the best way to discover them.


Totally agree. I really hope I'll stumble on something this impressive one day!
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