Newnes to Putty Road via Wolgan and Colo and Coloul Range

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Newnes to Putty Road via Wolgan and Colo and Coloul Range

Postby Rossbro » Wed 07 Jun, 2017 4:38 pm

Hi there
Thirty years ago I walked from Newnes down the Wolgan to Annie Rowan Creek. At the time I wasn't prepared/equipped to do the next sections - ARCk to Colo, along the Colo and up the spur opposite Munce Creek to the fire trail along the C Range.
Now I have the time I'm wondering if anyone has done this recently? At all? I remember the scrub along the Wolgan near AR Ck being pretty bad but would like some up-to-date info on the downstream sections, especially where the Wolgan canyon tightens before joining the Capertee. Any info or comments would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Newnes to Putty Road via Wolgan and Colo and Coloul Rang

Postby rcaffin » Thu 08 Jun, 2017 9:35 pm

Yeah, the scrub is a bit renowned. The solution is however obvious:
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If you can't walk the banks, you walk the river. I had better point out that there is some quicksand in places, so going solo could be risky.

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Re: Newnes to Putty Road via Wolgan and Colo and Coloul Rang

Postby Rossbro » Sun 11 Jun, 2017 8:27 pm

Hi Roger
Thanks for responding. Nice pic and I must say I never thought of waders!!! Just wondering though - how representative is the pic of the river bed where the Wolgan is squeezed between the cliffs downstream of AR Ck? Massive boulder blockups and log jams that make the waders more of a burden than a blessing?
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Re: Newnes to Putty Road via Wolgan and Colo and Coloul Rang

Postby GPSGuided » Tue 13 Jun, 2017 8:31 am

There's quick sand?
Just move it!
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Re: Newnes to Putty Road via Wolgan and Colo and Coloul Rang

Postby rcaffin » Sun 18 Jun, 2017 9:26 pm

Waders??? Just nylon trousers! Waders would be horrible - and they would fill up with water when you fall over. Fergedit.

Boulder blockups and log jams? No-one said the route was easy. It isn't.

Quick sand? Oh yes, lots of it. Places where the water pops up to the surface from 'below' The sand gets sort of suspended by the water flow, and does not support your weight.

Fwiiw - we (Sue & I) have walked all the Wolgan from around Newnes, all the Capertee from Glen Davis, all the Colo from the W/C junction to Colo-Meroo, and all the Wollemi. There are a lot of cliffs. At least you usually have enough water.

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