Like everyone else here, my friend and I are the adventurous type and are very keen to try caving. He is an experienced rock climber (real rock climbing, not indoor ” title=”Smile” />) and has all the associated equipment (long static line, harnesses, ascenders etc). I have pretty much no ropes experience (except when he sent me off The Horn of Mt Buffallo for a 90m rappel last week, amazing!)
Ideally we would like to try a cave that is accessible after a nice day’s hiking, camp out there for the night, and spend the following day carefully figuring out the basics. Sounds like the perfect long weekend.
Can anyone recommend a cave that would offer good introductory challenges, such as basic rappelling / ascending, some assisted climbing etc.
I realise this could be quite dangerous and I’m expecting to take quite a bit of time planning and preparing, including a trip to Arapiles for my friend to give me an introduction to rock climbing.
Caving offers quite a number of challenges which can be different to rappelling off Buffalo and rock climbing (even if they sound similar). Having said that, Wilsons Cave at Buchan is a nice introduction to caving for someone who hasn’t been caving before.
Jarrod, I suggest you come along to one of our VSA meetings and consider joining up. Your caving experiment would be safer and more productive if practised with experienced cavers. We meet on the first wednesday of each month at 8pm in basement room of St Francis Church, cnr Eliz/Lonsdale Sts (but no meeting in January).