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Buchan 16-17 May 2009



<img src=” title=”Sad” /> Disappointedly, I had only one participant, Tenille Gray. Fortunately for her, I was already working in the Buchan area so the trip still went ahead.

Saturday morning was spent with a rope up a tree at Homeleigh fitting Tenille’s SRT kit and performing various rope maneuvers a couple of meters off the ground. After lunch it was off to ‘Rocky Knob’ to put into practice all the maneuvers learnt in the morning, except with 30 meters of open cliff exposure. Two ropes were set so that I could be beside Tenille observing her perform abseiling / climbing / abseiling changeover, knot bypassing and rope change. Then back to Homeleigh for some food before doing the real thing, a vertical cave. We entered Baby Berger at 7:30PM and abseiled down the main pitch. Both wearing fading headlamps, Tenille went first and was surprised at the depth and size of the 35 meter pitch. I soon followed down. We had a brief look at the resident pair of frogs living in the pool at the bottom before ascending up and out of the cave. Then back to Homeleigh, warm fire, good food and port before retiring at 12:30AM.

10:00AM Sunday, we went abseiling at ‘Wilson’s Cliff’ practicing basic abseiling using a figure 8 device, no auto-locking descender so good technique required. Returned to Homeleigh for lunch and departed by 2:00PM.

Overall, a stress free weekend of easy instruction. <img src=” title=”Very Happy” />