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I tend to forget that unless you know them, people are usually not aware that getting to waterfalls in the Blue Mountains of NSW is not a case of walking UP to them, it's distinctly the opposite. For North Americans, the analogy would be getting to the bottom of the Grand Canyon from the top. Almost.

The challenges with getting to the very base of the big waterfalls in the Blue Mountains are several.

First is the fact that the tracks to some of them, including Katoomba Falls, are no longer in use or maintained, nor signposted, nor easy to find. Last year I found the ancient track to this spot, but it involved crossing another creek across and behind the next ridge on very slippery rock, with backpack and tripod.

The second challenge is the sheer steepness of the long trek down. In this case, negotiating the 100-year Furber steps, a zig-zag carved into the vertical sandstone cliff face.

On this day it was mid-winter and barely above zero. Once you get to this spot there are two massive boulders right at the base. I climbed on top of one to set up, but found that you couldn't swing a cat let alone choose at will where to shoot from.

The next problem was the wind. It would come barreling up the valley behind me and shift the main drop from left to right. And left meant a different flow area on the rock entirely plus spray onto me and the camera. Good thing I had the umbrella. I must have looked quite a sight to the tourists in the cable car going across the valley high above me, if they could see me that is.

All up, one of the most challenging waterfalls to shoot I've ever experienced. I'm hoping to go back soon and attempt to climb the other, larger, boulder for a better view. Will have to go guerilla on the gear choices though.

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