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Sun, 26 Mar


Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre

Dove Canyon!

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Dove Canyon!
Dove Canyon!

Time & Location

26 Mar 2023, 8:00 am

Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre, 4057 Cradle Mountain Rd, Cradle Mountain TAS 7306, Australia


About the trip

Aiming to do a couple of laps through the beautiful adrenaline rush that is Dove Canyon. Max participants will depend on guide availability.

Participants will either need some canyoning or white water experience, to be comfortable moving through the white water environment of the canyon. If you haven't canyoned before, get in touch with Nicko to work out whether this is the trip for you.

Aiming to get into the canyon ahead of the morning commercial tour group, which means those coming from Hobart will have a horribly early start time. But that means we'll be able to make the most of the day to get a second run in. If you want to camp the night beforehand, there's convenient cheap camping at Gowrie Park, or free slightly more basic camping on Olivers Road.  Nicko and Jess will be based at Olivers road the night before and others are welcome to come join to avoid the long predawn drive. 

Dove is cold, even by Tas canyon standards. Commercial groups usually run >6mm neoprene arms and legs, and 10~12mm on the torso, and it's not because commercial punters are soft. Double up wetsuits or wear lots of thermals, and make sure to put some sacrificial boardshorts over the wetsuit, since there's going to be a lot of sliding and scrambling. Like rafting, make sure you're not wearing any cotton, and that your shoes will grip on wet rocks. Volleys or dedicated whitewater shoes. Normal runners/sneakers are a nightmare that'll have you slipping over the whole day, no fun for anyone. It's a good 30 minute walk from the carpark to the get-in, where we'll be stashing dry clothes and lunches. So make sure you're dry clothes are comfy for a bit of a jaunt.

What you need:

  • Join the club here: Join the club!
  • $10 to cover all the wear and tear on ropes and other club canyoning gear
  • Thermals to go under wetsuit
  • Towel, dry change of cloths and dry shoes
  • Money for food and fuel
  • Enclosed footwear for in the canyon (Something you can swim in like Dunlop Volleys, Wetsuit booties, etc)
  • Lunch, snacks and water bottle
  • Backpack to carry your stuff to the start of the canyon.
  • Sunscreen

Wetsuits and all other gear you need can be provided by the club!

Contact Nicko Hewenn on FB with any questions

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