So a few of the usual suspects decided to return the Blue Mountains again today to do some training and we didn’t really know what to expect conditions wise after a week of unprecedented rain.
We decided to meet at the start of the Six Foot Track course at the top of Nellies Glen and make out way down the stairs. Conditions were as expected, wet, slippery and in most parts ankle deep water on the trail itself. The waterfalls off the tops were spectacular and the noise was impressive.
As we made our way along the Megalong Valley, trail conditions were remarkably good with most creek crossing only knee deep. The real fun started as we started the descent towards the Cox’s Rive and we could hear it before we could see it.
“Wooooh” was pretty much all we could say as the river was several metres higher than we have ever seen and so wide as it crashed over the various rapids down towards the traditional crossing point come race day.
The power of the Cox’s River!
We took the much slower bridge option and made our way up across the first major climb. As the climb started we came upon a poor chap and his dog who had been trapped since Monday between two creeks. As he described, the creek levels were still rising an he didn’t anticipate getting out anytime in the near future.
So will Six Foot be on ? If conditions stay as they are then definitely NO ! The rivers is 4 times wider than it has been for years and just getting any form of rope structure across would be way beyond safe right now. However fingers and all toes crossed that the river drops and the water drains away for race day. We’re all desperate for the race to be on.
The main question is how quick will it drop ? There seems to be so much water higher up in the system, the Cox’s look set to flow for a few days yet.
The video pretty much adds to the debate at this stage.