Shoalhaven R packraft trip- Greater Horseshoe to Long Point

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Shoalhaven R packraft trip

Postby Lizzy » Sun 03 Apr, 2016 11:23 am

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Re: Shoalhaven R packraft trip- Greater Horseshoe to Long Po

Postby Lizzy » Sun 03 Apr, 2016 11:35 am

A few weeks back is finally got around to this wonderful little trip. We began by leaving a car at Long Point near Tallong- it was freezing cold up there I was wondering if we'd be warm enough overnight. Next we drove off toward Bungonia and after a bit of misdirection we headed out toward Matadoro Ridge. We stashed a mountain bike about 8 km from the end where I thought we might have some problems with the 2wd and then continued on.
The track down to Greater Horseshoe Bend was pretty steep down, down down & took about 1.5 hours.
Had some lunch at the river, inflated the rafts and off we went. The river is just lovely- nice little rapids with beautiful pools in between. The river level was about 0.73m which is about the minimum I would do it at. We paddled everything but it took some carefull handling to avoid getting hung up in lots of areas.
We stopped off for a look at The Chimneys and enjoyed the float through the Block-Up Gorge. I got cleaned up in the Washing Machine rapid which has a strong suck back- fortunately I got out easily but it kept my raft and pack for a while. Be wary of this raid especially at higher levels.
We had an idyllic grassy and spacious campsite for the night. Wasn't as cold as I feared. Hubby had a bit of early morning fishing and caught and released a couple of small bass.
Next day we paddle on past Bungonia gorge and finished up at Barbers Creek at the Bottom of Long Point. Pack up and then the long flog up, up, up. Took us about 2 hours. At the top it was back to the car and time to collect the other car- quite an effort. Poor hubby had the bike shuffle to do- nearly ran over a snake at the top of a rise.
Overall an excellent trip! Highly recommend
Little video at;
https://vimeo.com/159748367
Cheers
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Re: Shoalhaven R packraft trip- Greater Horseshoe to Long Po

Postby ofuros » Mon 04 Apr, 2016 9:23 am

Watery adventures....love 'em.
Me & my 3yo little tacker watched it together over & over. 8)
Mountains view are good for my soul...& getting to them is good for my waistline !
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Re: Shoalhaven R packraft trip- Greater Horseshoe to Long Po

Postby clarence » Mon 18 Apr, 2016 6:19 pm

Great video. I have done the trip several times still rate it as an excellent trip.

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Re: Shoalhaven R packraft trip- Greater Horseshoe to Long Po

Postby vanNek » Mon 18 Apr, 2016 6:42 pm

Wow nice trip! Pack raft is on my lost definitely!


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Re: Shoalhaven R packraft trip- Greater Horseshoe to Long Po

Postby weeds » Mon 02 May, 2016 10:39 am

Thanks for the report.....
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Re: Shoalhaven R packraft trip- Greater Horseshoe to Long Po

Postby Nuts » Mon 02 May, 2016 4:27 pm

Nice footage Lizzy! Your swim brought back memories of my own Shoalhaven experience, lots of big granite and pleanty of swims.
The partner has a healthy sense of humour :)
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Re: Shoalhaven R packraft trip- Greater Horseshoe to Long Po

Postby Lizzy » Mon 02 May, 2016 6:53 pm

yeah I think my hubby entertains everyone more than my swim!! I try to amuse him with slips, trips, swims.....
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