Here is the photo gallery for sharing photos from past MountainSphere trips.
Something very strange happened on this navigation weekend – it stopped raining! 7 enthusiastic clients attended early on a cool and windy morning, autumn had arrived! Apart from the occasional very light shower, the rain held off for the whole weekend. After our morning nav session at Bell we set off on our walk and soon were enjoying our lunch with panoramic views of the surrounding areas. Clients learned how to use the mirrors on their compasses to take sightings, and after lunch navigated their way through the complex terrain to our sheltered campsite. We enjoyed a beautiful evening where the stars came out and sugar gliders were seen jumping from tree to tree. Next day was windy but clear with blue skies and spectacular scenery. We enjoyed a full day of walking both off trail and on trail and learned new skills along the way. We had lunch in the sun before doing some final navigation work to return to Bell. A fantastic group of people and a great weekend had by all.
Many of us were expecting yet another wet weekend but apart from some low cloud and the occasional very light drizzle we had a lovely weekend of mild weather, almost no wind, and even some nice sunny breaks! This navigation weekend included 7 ladies from Diamonds In The Rough Adventures, plus some other clients of MountainSphere Adventures to create a large group of awesome navigators for this fun filled weekend! After the morning nav lesson under a tarp at Bell we set off and soon reached panoramic views for our lunch nav lesson. The team then worked out a route to our campsite. The intended camp spot was already occupied so we found a lovely quiet spot high on a ridge just as the sun was setting. Next day was an adventurous hike and excellent navigation practise, and an exciting and adventurous clamber in and out of a steep river gorge. After this excitement we enjoyed lunch with 360 degree views of the surrounding area and used the views to learn how to do a resection. Then it was a 2 hour walk and another mapping exercise to return to Bell. A fantastic weekend enjoyed by all!
Another amazing navigation weekend! But first we had to get through the early morning with a cold wet southerly rain band passing over the Blue Mountains just as we were arriving at Bell. So the morning navigation lesson was done under a tarp in cold wet weather but by the time we set off on the hike it had already begun to clear. By afternoon we were enjoying crystal clear blue skies and the glow of afternoon light on the pagoda landscape. The group were enthusiastic learners and gained a huge amount of new skills that will build their confidence in the outdoors. After a busy day of learning and hiking we arrived at a huge rock cavern which we were lucky enough to have to ourselves. Here we enjoyed a well earned cup of tea, wine and food while stars studded the clear night sky. It was a glorious autumn day on Sunday with no wind. It was a longer walk today, and an excellent opportunity to build on the navigation skills taught the previous day. There was a steep descent and ascent, a river crossing, and a lovely lunch with 360 degree views of the surrounding area. Then it was a 2 hour exercise with some very useful navigation training exercises to cap off the day. A fantastic weekend enjoyed by all! Thanks to everyone who attended!
For the first time in what seems like forever the weather forecast showed 0% chance of any rain for the entire weekend! So we enjoyed clear blue skies throughout this navigation weekend. It was the first taste of winter though, with cold mornings and a cold wind blowing from the west that only eased off on Sunday afternoon. Throughout this weekend of clear cold weather the team of new navigators enjoyed a weekend packed with the learning of new skills, put immediately into practice on a 2 day bushwalk in a beautiful and very special area. We pretty much had the place to ourselves, including our campsite in a large sandstone amphitheatre in spectacular surrounds. It was a great group of people who all got on like a house on fire and everyone came back full of new skills and happy memories, ready for more adventures to come. Thanks to all who attended!
What a great nav weekend! A great group, bracing weather, a rainbow, a stunning campsite and panoramic views set the scene for the final navigation weekend of the autumn 2022 season. The weather was mild on Saturday morning for the navigation tutorial at Bell, and these conditions prevailed through the morning and to our panoramic viewpoint where we had lunch. During the afternoon the group were navigating their way on high ground towards camp when the wind blew a squall of rain over us and then a rainbow lit the sky as the weather cleared. The beautiful rainbow set the scene as we navigated the final stage of the route into camp. We reached a spectacular campsite in a sheltered location and all were settled into camp by the time the sun set, which is early at this time of year! The next day was cold and clear, bracing weather for a beautiful day of navigating through interesting terrain along ridges and crossing deep gorges. The group learned a whole suite of new skills along the way including both on and off-trail navigation. A fantastic trip enjoyed by all and a great group of people and many new friends made!
Due to cancellations just 2 clients attended the first navigation weekend of the spring season. We had a great time and despite a few showers around lunch time on Saturday we enjoyed glorious clear late winter weather with only light winds. Our campsite was peaceful and quiet, and the morning sun reached us by 8am just as we set off on Sunday morning after a good night’s sleep. The days are getting longer now, we had ample time to practise navigation skills taught during the hike. The navigation weekend is full immersion into a bush environment where you learn skills and apply them while hiking in the most practical possible way. Our navigation was so pinpoint accurate we were able to navigate right up to the driver’s side of our cars at the car park when the trip concluded! You see? It works!