Mathers Creek v4a4III***

Highest drop 28m

Public access


Plenty of variety: high jumps, low technical jumps, perfect slides, back to back absiels and beautiful narrows.

Guidebook updates:

R3 anchors have been completely ripped out by a flood.  Alternative descent by climbing to TL rim, and scrambling down to rappel back to the R4 pool. 

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  1. Sid says:

    Interesting trip, I did the R8 14m jump, landed incorrectly and concussed myself to the point of not remembering much of the middle section of canyon. Huge thanks to the gang of Phoebe, Bree, Jemma, Rob and Grace for getting me out of there safely.

    All anchors in good condition, but when we were at R7, we watched a massive tree fall from TR across the base of the R6 TL pitch where we had been standing just 2min before pulling rope.

    It fell low enough in the creek to not have affected the R6 anchors, but the landing ledge and small jump are likely be full of debris, and it’s likely the cliff above on TR remains unstable.

    • Date -22/1/23
    • Water level -lower than normal
    • Anchor conditions -All in good condition
    • Group size -
    • Time: approach/descent/return (eg: 1hr/4hrs/3mins) -2/7/0:15
  2. Tom Brazier says:

    all anchors functional including trees/chockstones/webbing (backed up a couple but they held ok)

    approach pink tape was very helpful every 5m or so on the traverse section, where there isn’t really a clear track/footpad (after climbing various branched footpads on spurs of least resistance)

    • Date -16/1/23
    • Water level -lower than normal
    • Anchor conditions -All in good condition
    • Group size -2
    • Time: approach/descent/return (eg: 1hr/4hrs/3mins) -2/6/1
  3. Oscar says:

    Walk in was a bush bash, found pink markers closer to the entrance. Descent was good, the R3 anchor could do with swapping out for well placed bolts, However descent is still possible. Great trip, the lower section is definitely the highlight of the descent

    • Date -8/1/23
    • Water level -lower than normal
    • Anchor conditions -All in good condition
    • Group size -4
    • Time: approach/descent/return (eg: 1hr/4hrs/3mins) -In 2hrs Down 4hrs 30mins Out 20mins
  4. Pirate says:

    Everything is looking great, -R3 has a singular bolt which is fine, you can just down climb it aswell if you’re able enough.
    Replaced a bolt at R14 (start of C section).
    Decided to slide R16, which was really fun and a fast steep slide.

  5. Shanan Fraser says:

    Slightly higher flow than last time I was in. The access track is poorly marked and we spent as much time bush bashing as we did following the intermittent pink markers.

    Replaced the webbing on a number of anchor stations. 1x new bolt on R3 (TR above old bolt holes) it could do with a second bolt but we didn’t put one in as it would be good to have a proper anchor station (chain) so didn’t want to put the second bolt in the wrong place. One of the bolts on R5 is loose and just spins when trying to tighten.

    Mather could definitely do with some love from a keen crew to replace some bolts and maybe put proper steel anchor stations in.

  6. Dan Clearwater says:

    Next team who knows how to properly replace the webbing linking the anchors should take 15m of sling to do the job. Quite a few of the bits of webbing are in dire need of replacement (recognized some from 5 years ago….)

    R3 anchors are completely ripped by a flood. A new set could go nicely on the huge boulder, right of center. Scramble down on the TR wall to a nice stance. Room for a good DBA on the mossy top surface of the boulder, with good lines of absiel, no rope rub and easy retrieval!

    The trees on the TL won’t last forever (small ones near the edge!)

    Big tree fell in on R4, but its not too much of a problem if you stay TL of it.

    There’s trees down in the line of the R6 pitch. Would be a bit ugly in high water, but easy in normal or less water..

    A huge slip came in from the TL near the end of the middle section, pretty impressive to see, but didn’t effect the canyon.

    A few anchors looking a big worse for wear, but nothing that stops a descent… If you feel generous and have some 10mm stainless ring hangers, there’s a few rusty maillions which ought to be changed out!

    Classic canyon for sure, a bit of TLC will keep it awesome!

  7. Dan Clearwater says:

    A crew replaced the damaged bolt in early january

  8. Dan Clearwater says:

    Update from Boulvert Renaud 14 December 2019.

    One of the bolts on R7 has been damaged and was removed. If you have the skills and equipment to replace that bolt to create a suitable 2-bolt anchor, please do so!

  9. Chucky says:

    Update from Ben Ellis, March 2019.
    J 6m btween R6 and R7 (upper section): We believe a small section of the canyon has fallen in. A few large rocks are visible from a small slip out of the photo on TR. Anchors all OK but J 6m was shallow (more of a down climb).

    – R14: Top bolt spinning in hole

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