Return to Vertical Caving Techniques – Training Sessions

Camels Hump – 31 May 2009



The weather was cool so a indoor training venue was chosen in Werribee along with a late start of 10:00AM. Initially, crowded conditions prevailed with four participants (Geoff, Helena, Nicole & Garrett) and three instructors (Naomi, Ian and I) crammed into the small room with two ropes secured to the ceiling.

Training started with ground training practice using a descender (SRTE Stop) as some participants had never/limited abseiling experience. This was followed by fitting of the SRT kit and basic ascending. After lunch, Naomi and Ian departed as only one instructor was required. Various manoeuvrers such as climbing – abseiling – climbing changeovers, knot bypass whilst climbing /abseiling, rope changing and finally ladder technique were practiced.

By 4:00PM, most participants had had enough due to fatigue and discomfort.

Overall, a good day of training in a warm environment which is suitable for training no more than four participants. <img src=” title=”Very Happy” />