April 26, 2009 at 6:18 AM #524
My name is Pete Davey and I am currently living in Canberra and caving with the ACT Scout Rock Team. Some may remember my photos from the back end of Dogleg Cave at Wee Jasper that I posted last year.
We run advanced abseiling, climbing and basic caving courses for Scout members in the ACT and the surrounding districts and would love to have a look at some caves a little further afield to give our guides and instructors a wider range of caving experiences. To that end we are interested in doing a trip down to the Buchan area and thought that here would be a good place to start for some advice on best caves to start and how to gain access.
We did a couple of new caves at Yerrongabilly over last Christmas and we are pretty keen to do some others towards the end of this year.
PeteApril 26, 2009 at 6:32 AM #1425
Would also like to add that I am horrified that I can no longer access my old posts where I posted some of my photos and would now like to delete them, assuming that they are still there and I am not allowed to access them nor should anyone else be able to.
PeteApril 26, 2009 at 8:52 AM #1426
Sorry about that! I have now moved the Wee Jasper Trip topic (which contains no sensitive VSA information) from the closed area of the Forum back to the Open Discussion area, so you have access again. We do appreciate your participation in the forum, as with other knowledgable and relevant non-VSA contributors, and I hope that the majority of discussion will still take place in public view. You will, I hope, appreciate that there are some items that we need to keep to ourselves, and this includes [i:86wm8u0n][b:86wm8u0n]some [/b:86wm8u0n][/i:86wm8u0n]trips issues.
To see [i:86wm8u0n][b:86wm8u0n]upcoming [/b:86wm8u0n][/i:86wm8u0n]trips, though, you only need to look on the main VSA website calendar page.
I will answer (or get Tom to answer?) your other issue later. We’d love to help visitors see some of our good caves down here.April 26, 2009 at 11:22 AM #1427
Thanks for that, very much appreciate the response.
Still a pity that the trip reports are closed, at least in the case of the Wee Jasper trip your members did not see what is one of the best decorated caves at Wee Jasper and in this case I was able to inform them of this, sadly no one from outside your membership will be able to add to your own experiences now.
PeteApril 26, 2009 at 11:36 AM #1428
Yes Peted – but it’s a compromise. We have issues here that make it best that detailed trip planning be private. When we come to do Forum-based trip reports (the full versions of which are generally published, eventually, in Nargun) we can also raise non-sensitive issues in the Open Access Discussion area, so that such as yourself can comment. Your comments regarding Dogleg Cave were of course quite enlightening for us.
For myself, as I look through trip reports that I have so far put on the VSA Forum, I can see items that I’d like to be VSA-only and items (the majority) that don’t need to be secret. I will address this conundrum by splitting my inputs appropriately between the closed and open areas. For example, ooohing and aaahing about great experiences can be open, as can wondering aloud what is the reason for a certain cave feature or characteristic. If I’m wondering about a possible lead that I may want to follow up, myself, then I may confine it (at that stage) to the closed area.
A compromise, and rather sad I know, but there we are……April 26, 2009 at 2:39 PM #1429
I am the Information Officer and also the Program Organiser for the club, and I usually respond to these sorts of queries through the main VSA email address (enquiries AT vicspeleo.org.au). I’d be happy to help! We do have some good caving in Buchan.
I’ve got your email address and will send you some information by regular email. PS – I also live in Canberra, which may be handy for you in setting up Buchan trips!
Tom AberdeenApril 26, 2009 at 8:36 PM #1430
Thanks very much Tom.
We are assosiate members of the ASF of course but I think because of the type of group we are that is all we can be. Individually we have some members that are also members of different speleo groups but we tend to spend a lot of our time delivering programs to the Scout youth members and trips like this are excellent to develop the skills of our guides and instructors.
PeteMay 7, 2009 at 10:29 AM #1431
Victoria has a Scout caving group that is an associate of ASF, called "Victorian Scout Caving Team". The team is an "affliate" of VSA some some teams are also long-time members of VSA who have held official positions in VSA. The caving world is fairly small !
Glenn (VSCT, VSA)
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