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  • #377

    Peter Freeman
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    :idea:

    This notice is rather vague at present, but I plan to organise a further visit to WEE JASPER before TOO long. I know that Doug and Tom are keen – anybody else?

    I was very impressed with the area when Doug took me there a few months ago. There are only a few good caves, but they’re REALLY good.

    My own aims for the next trip are to get into Series 3 Extension in Dip Cave, to pass the Sand Trap and Opera House in Dogleg, and to reach Loxin Chamber in Punchbowl.

    I’m thinking around October for the trip. Maybe only 2-3 consecutive days of caving, which means just a slightly extended weekend. Logistics for WJ are good – no permits, nice camp site, not high and cold, easy trip up Hume Freeway.

    #789

    tom-aberdeen
    Member

    Hi,

    I’m there!!

    Tom

    #790

    tom-aberdeen
    Member

    BUMP!

    C’mon people, it’s hardly any further than Buchan and you could probably get away with no srt skills. Who’s up for it?????

    Tom

    #791

    f-nitschke
    Member

    Probably get away with no SRT skills? Well, now.

    I’m interested.

    #792

    lamore
    Member

    Need a bit more practice first so I know I can keep up with you guys. :lol:

    #793

    tom-aberdeen
    Member

    I have been to Wee Jasper once only – It was not long after I started caving and I had NO srt capability at all. I borrowed a harness from Doug Henry and abseild into Dip Cave (easy abseil), and then walked out of the bottom entrance. I also abseiled into Punchbowl, and laddered out. Punchbowl is a long ladder pitch (around 25-30 metres I think) but it is doable. You could also ladder into dip and punchbowl. So what I am saying is if you are confident on a ladder then you would not need SRT skills for Wee Jasper. We would obviously belay anyone that was doing longish ladder pitches.

    Wee Jasper is a GREAT area, and is a reasonably rare trip for us, so everyone of any level of experience should come!

    Tom

    #794

    f-nitschke
    Member

    Belay on a ladder? Yup, that’s definitely do-able.

    Am also interested in the abseil in, walk out for Dip Cave. I’ve read a fair bit about it.

    #795

    lamore
    Member

    OK Tom You’ve convinced me. Sounds like fun, should have had more practice by then too.

    #796

    pete.
    Member

    Count me in always happy to cave at WeeJasper. Especialy with the last couple of times I was there I had time constrains on where.when and what we did plus except the last decent into dip it was pretty wet outside.

    #797

    chalky
    Member

    Hi,

    I’m been to Wee Jasper many times and am keen to go back.

    chalky

    #798

    Peter Freeman
    Moderator

    Folks, I’m setting the date for this trip as weekend of 17/18 November. However, this is arbitrary – it’s a good fit for me and splices in with other planned VSA activities, but it is open to variation if any of you have problems with the date. I suggest travel up on Friday 16th, cave for two full days (maybe 2.5), return on Monday 19th. Activities as advertised above. Camp at Trackhead Reserve (weather will hopefully be nice by November). Albury Bypass freeway has opened, therfore the trip is easy 7 hours. No permits required, so it’s a flexible schedule. Number of participants unlimited, and all skill levels will find something to do.

    Interest so far is from pf, ta, dh, chalky, fiona, lynne. It’s a great spot, with at least 3 good caves. Why be in Buchan when you could be in Wee Jasper?!

    #799

    Peter Freeman
    Moderator

    Geez, VSA is full of slackers :evil:

    Several people have expressed an interest within this discussion thread, but no-one has actually said "yes, I’m definitely coming on that date". To properly plan caving trips, such commitment is necessary. It needs to be firm, because pulling out can mess things up for others who may have made arrangements (travel, accommodation, leave, etc).

    As it happens, logistics are easy at WJ – no permits, no camp booking, no ferry, etc. So we can be quite flexible for some time yet, but commitment to this great trip is still requested.

    [b:q4gy1n4e]The trip is ON.[/b:q4gy1n4e] Date is set as weekend 17/18 Nov, stretched at each end. The most likely stretch (for me) is Wed 14 – Mon 19, but this need not be exactly same for each participant.

    #800

    lamore
    Member

    Yes, I will definately be there. My leave has been arranged. <img src=” title=”Very Happy” />

    #801

    chalky
    Member

    <img src=” title=”Sad” /> [b:3lec7742]NO NO NO[/b:3lec7742],

    Have to work that weekend.

    #802

    Peter Freeman
    Moderator

    Chalky, please suggest alternative dates when you are available.

    NOT 3/4 Nov – that may be Limestone Creek trip. NOT too soon after Bungonia, and NOT too close to Tasmania. But I still cannot guarantee change of date now – at least one participant has booked work leave.

    All other potential participants – please post now regarding attendance or non-attendance, or alternative dates.

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