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Spider Photos

Courtesy of Andrew and Mark here are a selection of photos from their recent trip through Spider – all the way to the sumps and back again.

Spider_Chris in Pirates_01 (ABaker)

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Last Minute Invitation to Jenolan Caves

There are a few spots left on a joint CSS and UTSSS trip for this coming weekend, that is the 16th and 17th June 2012. If you are interested contact me (Peter Brady [email protected]) ASAP.

Jenolan Sycamore Weeding Weekends

National Parks and Jenolan are running a number of landcare weekends to clean exotic weeds. See the PDF flier for full information.

If you are interested in these weekends please apply directly using the contact details on the flier.

Trip Update: Jenolan Bookings for 2011

Andrew has made three joint bookings for UTSSS and NHVSS for 2011 at Jenolan Caves. Check out the dates on our upcoming trips page.

Jenolan 5-6 June 2010 Trip Report

Present: Andrew Baker (NHVSS/UTSSS), Chris Turner (NHVSS), Bronwyn Turner (NHVSS), Julie Burton (NHVSS), Dave Hammond (UTSSS), Jess Swart (UTSSS), Stephen Baker (UTSSS).

Chris and I arrived at Jenolan just after 4:30 pm on Friday afternoon, reported in at the Guides Office and then headed up the valley with the aim of locating the entrance to a couple of caves we hadn’t been in before. In the fading light, we jogged down the hill, jumped the electric fence to the wallaby enclosure (which wasn’t switched on) and within minutes we located the entrance to Henrys Hole (J134), thanks to some helpful directions from Steve Reilly.

Interestingly, there was a strong flow of warm air out of cave entrance, which was quite pleasant given the brisk temperature. By this stage the light was rapidly fading and we didn’t like the prospect of trying to find Dywers Cave in the dark so headed back to the Cavers Cottage for dinner. Stephen, Jess, Dave and Bronwyn arrived late in the evening.
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Caving at Jenolan 15th and 16th May 2010

Present: Andrew Baker (NHVSS/UTSSS), Chris Turner (NHVSS), Peter Brady (UTSSS), Andrew Cummings (UTSSS)

Reported by: Andrew Baker

On Friday afternoon I returned to my desk at work, to find that the key to the Cavers Cottage hadn’t arrived in the post. This was a bit frustrating, since it should have arrived Thursday, but several phone calls later, a spare key was located at Jenolan and I breathed a sigh of relief. Unfortunately, after picking up the spare key from the Guides Office we found that the key didn’t fit the lock! Several phone calls later, it was discovered that lock had been changed but the spare key had not been updated.

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Jenolan Caves Volunteer Weekend – Sycamore Control

Present: Andrew Baker, Tessa Robson, and about 20 people who were equally as keen to destroy some sycamores.

Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) is a native of Europe and that belongs to the Maple family (Aceraceae). Unfortunately, this fast growing deciduous tree is also very invasive. Within the Jenolan Caves Karst Conservation Reserve, sycamores have spread rapidly from the area around Caves House to almost the top of Oberon Hill. These trees grow in such densities that they outcompete the native vegetation and in many places there is no vegetation except sycamores. It has been estimated that since the 1980’s the area covered by sycamores has doubled in size.

This was the first of two volunteer Sycamore control weekends held in spring 2009 by the Lithgow-Oberon Landcare Association in conjunction with Jenolan Caves Trust and National Parks and Wildlife Service. The aim of these weekends is to eradicate some of these troublesome trees.

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Caving at Jenolan August 22nd and 23rd 2009

Present: Andrew Baker (L), Julie Burton, Tessa Robson, Michael and Jodie Rutledge, Chris Turner, Stephen Baker (UTSSS), Brad Smithson (UTSSS) and Robert Vorbach (UTSSS).


I picked the cave keys up Friday afternoon, being keen to have a big day in Spider Saturday. Chris was also super keen and wanted to get everyone up really and be in the cave at 7 am. Fortunately sanity prevailed and we opted for a more leisurely 7 am wake up (still rather early by NHVSS standards). Jodie and Michael hadn’t been well the previous week and opted to go for a walk up the valley and visit ‘Café Cave’. The rest of us headed down to the Playing Fields and entered Spider Cave at approximately 9 am.

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Killing Maples at Jenolan

There will be a few combined landcare days at Jenolan later this year to drill and poison the nasty invasive maple trees in and around the reserve.  If you’re interested in attending these weekends (5/6 September and 31st October/1st November) please contact me and I’ll pass on your details.

Pete Brady