In order to cover the eastern aspect of the Blue Mountains we conducted a pre-expedition expedition in August 2005 in search of a new site for a potential base camp. We had already identified 'Site A', a prominent lookout on the eastern side of the Blue Mountains but it did not meet our absolute requirements. After a thorough survey of the area, we finally located 'Site B', which was nicknamed 'Apache Rock'. The new location gave us a high altitude and a 180-degree panoramic view, covering south, east and westerly directions. On Friday 23rd September we were dropped off near the end of the plateau and the four of us began another strenuous hike. Carrying all equipment necessary our packs were loaded beyond their capacities. The hike was hazardous - in some areas a false move would have had devastating consequences.

By 1.30pm we were at 'Site B' and setting up base camp. Over the five days we had the pleasures of meeting the local wildlife: brown snakes, scorpions and bird-eating spiders. Just before 5.00pm we began our observations on the outcrop of Apache Rock. Three cameras were set in place, one using an IR filter. A trifield meter measuring EMR (electromagnetic radiation) was monitored constantly. It is known that high levels of EMR are emitted during a close encounter. Furthermore, this device also acted as an early warning system for an unidentified presence in case no visual observations were made. Not much happened until 7.30pm. Kellie, who at the time was scanning the horizon with a night-vision monocular, was suddenly blinded by a glare within the unit. A flash emitted from an unknown source gave her temporary blindness in the right eye. Luckily she recovered.

There was a shift change at 1.00am. Now, Larraine and Phillip were left watching the night sky. At 2.47am a silent pulsating golden light appeared from NW heading SE. As it approached all electronic equipment went dead. Furthermore, the batteries in two torches were drained to a point of depletion. But as the anomaly gained distance, Phil's video camera automatically switched 'on' and recorded the last few seconds of the sighting. After doing an analysis of the recording (freeze frame with enhancement and light level adjustments) I was astounded to find an outline of a classic 'flying disc' with a dome-like structure encased in the centre, flying at a near 90 degree angle. Furthermore, the low level flight of this unknown places further evidence that the UFO was heading towards the lake system.

Was it interested in the condition of our water supply? Was it assessing the chemical and/or mineral contents or was there some other motivation? This is an addition to the amazing images we have accumulated of UFOs in the Blue Mountains.

The following day was met with further observations. At night fall the clouds gathered in and a thick mist shrouded the valley before us. We persevered.

Around 9.00pm a strong odour spread throughout the camp. The foul stench was unpleasant and we scanned around the campsite for visitors. There was no sound whatsoever. In fact the entire surroundings became an eerie silence. It is worthy of mention that after base camp was established the previous day I had set a trip wire (fishing line) linked to an electronic buzzer for our safety. We were all waiting for it to go off!

The odour came and went and finally around 10.00pm we were glad to be rid of it. We assumed that whatever lurked within the trees and ferns had eventually graced us with its absence.

It was now 25th September. The changing weather only gave us a few hours of observing time. Kellie had to return home and we escorted her to the top of the plateau. At 4.15pm Frank arrived in his 4WD and gave the remaining team supplies to see us out for the next few days.

By the time we reached base camp it was dark and raining. The elements were against us that day. Next day was my 34th birthday and I spent most of it in my tent. Base camp was battered by rain and strong winds. Despite the unpleasant circumstances, the weather did give us a few hours break - every second was worth it. Near 11.00am an elongated object was noticed heading up towards the river. At first we thought it was debris. Then, a small cloud of mist passed in front of it and obscured any visual contact for around 30 seconds. When the mist passed, the anomaly was no longer there!

The weather was getting worse. Around 1.00pm we were getting ready to pack our equipment when we heard a helicopter approaching at low altitude from the eastern mountain ranges. We trained our binoculars on the approaching aircraft and discovered that it was a black, unmarked helicopter! More rain, spiced with distant thunderstorms brought an end to our day.

At 12.25am Phillip alerted me that the sky had cleared up. It was our final night and the break we needed. But that did not last long. 45 minutes before a total whiteout a star like object was observed in the southeast hovering above the Burragorang Lake system. Like a light bulb being switched off the object vanished within a fraction of a second.

The night watch came to an end around 3.00am. 27th September 2005 was the official end of our expedition. Floundering through wet foliage and mud we made it to the top of the plateau where Kellie and Andrea arrived in a 4WD just before another down pour.

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