About us

The Fat Canyoners Club is simply a handful of mates drawn together by two things: a love of nature and a lack of fitness (well, actually only a couple of us fit into the second category).

The Club was born out of our deranged ramblings on a multi-day canyoning trip on the Bungleboori a couple years back, where the heat and fatigue led us to not only curse the effects of age, office work and family on our physiques, but also develop an impromptu Fat Canyoners Club theme song (renditions readily available after a few glasses of wine around the camp fire).

This website started as a central compilation of trip reports and photos from some of our journeys, covering everything from easy day trips to long multi-day efforts, with a mix of bushwalking, canyoning, cycling and caving depending on the season and our interests.

Since then we have developed several other sections that we hope may help other canyoners, bushwalkers, trekkers, and general outdoor enthusiasts. The Bush Guide provides reviews, useful info and technical tips, while the Good Grub Guide brings together the best places to eat on your way home from a big trip when you are canyoning or bushwalking around Sydney.

We do most of our walking with the Sydney University Bushwalkers and regularly run trips suitable for beginners and less experienced walkers. If you want to join us on a walk feel free to become a member of Suboir.

Oh, and we’ll let Homer Simpson have the last word on why we do what we do. (Which is only fitting as T2 once had a woman tell him he was her perfect man because he reminded her of Homer. Turns out she wanted a man she could cook and clean for and generally look after. Unfortunately T2’s campaign to legalise polygamy following this came to nothing.)

13 thoughts on “About us

  1. Tim is the one in the second (portrait) pic.
    The handsome fellow in the top picture is Bjorn.I.am who (considers himself) an honorary fat canyoner, after paying his dues carrying the senior (in the literal sense of the word) members ropes and beating them up 600m exit climbs with a leg requiring 8 stitches.

    • Just to clarify Mr Storm Mountain’s tale of woe (and I do need to write up a trip report on this one) but on the Ranon Canyon trip where you scored the gash to your leg requiring 8 stitches you not only didn’t carry our ropes, but I seem to recall strapping your pack to mine after it broke. Sure you’ve been the rope bitch plenty of times since, but not when injured!

    • Gilles, the vast majority of our canyons in the Blue Mountains are sandstone. Canyons cut through sandstone generally produce the deepest, narrowest and darkest constrictions.
      In other areas close to Sydney we also have canyons cut through other rock types, such as metamorphosed quartz. There are also a small number of canyons in limestone rock. These last two rock types generally produce more open canyons.

  2. Ok, and thank you for your reply.
    In France, we have essentially canyons in limestone or granite.
    This gives completely different geological configurations.
    Would you be interested to publish an article on your blog, talking about the canyoning in France?
    I can give you photos and descriptive text for the canyons.
    See you soon,
    Gilles.

    • Thanks for the offer, but all the articles on our site are based on our own trips. I would love to get over to Europe to try some canyoning there. I think it is best that we save the write-up for that time. When I do eventually get the time and money to do a trip I will be sure to send you an email to get the info on the best areas / canyons.

  3. I understand, no problem!
    I love your blog, and it has changed my view of Australia.
    For me your country was very flat and dry, with just a few wild kangaroos eating dry leaves …
    But your articles persuaded me to visit you one day !!!
    See you soon,
    Gilles.

    • I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the blog. When you do eventually make it to Australia drop us a line. I’m sure we will be able to take you out to visit a few of our more spectacular canyons!

  4. Tim, I am researching the Kerosene Shale Mine that operated on the “Tonalli Walls”, circa 1940/46? about 7 to 8 klicks north of Yerranderie. ( in a straight line !!) In your bushwalking, have you ever come acoss the “remains ” ( there were rails left there coming down the hill side ) of this small, but historical, project? If so do you know exactly where it was?.
    I worked at Nattai Bull Colliery for 40 years, and always marvelled at the amazing view of the valley when we came around the ” Bluff “. I envy you and your friends in your bushwalking trecks.

    • Phillip, I definitely haven’t, but I can think of a couple people who might have. I’ll email them with your request and contact details. I’m keen to hear what you find out. There is some amazing history to that area, like most of the Blue Mountains!
      You certainly had a better view than most people at work. This is a truly stunning part of the world. As for the trip envy, you can always get out there yourself! ;-P

  5. Awesome Phillip, I have seen the remains up under the Tonalli cliffs, stumbled upon them quite by accident. That was in ’81 and I was there again in 1990. Sections of the railsare still in place for some distance down the slope. Further up is an old International Harverster engine just sitting there in the scrub. We found at least one mine entrance but did not go in far for obvious reasons. It is all astonishing to behold in such a place, nowhere near any track. Someone years later told me it was called the Teneriffe mine after the famous peak.
    We found it after tracing Barrallier’s route up to the cliffs under Tonalli Peak. By prying around we actually managed to accomplish what Barrallier could not and that is to get to the top. After descending we angled down the southern side of the cliffs looking for a campsite and started finding relics here and there. Then I think we found the rails. Nearby is a beautiful perched freshwater pond under Melaleuca stypheliodes. We camped there on both visits. I know a friend of mine in Canberra has some photos. I’ll put him on the spot about it.

  6. Hello, my name is Robert 36 and a nudist. I would like to join the club. I haven’t been nude bushwalking before. I have been going to nude beaches for a few years now and would like to meet other like minded people.

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