May 3, 2007 at 4:01 AM #377
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.May 3, 2007 at 11:34 PM #789
TomMay 14, 2007 at 8:54 AM #790
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?????
TomMay 14, 2007 at 11:02 AM #791
Probably get away with no SRT skills? Well, now.
I’m interested.May 14, 2007 at 2:10 PM #792
Need a bit more practice first so I know I can keep up with you guys.May 14, 2007 at 10:42 PM #793
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!
TomMay 15, 2007 at 6:47 AM #794
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.May 15, 2007 at 7:03 AM #795
OK Tom You’ve convinced me. Sounds like fun, should have had more practice by then too.July 1, 2007 at 10:53 AM #796
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.July 1, 2007 at 1:01 PM #797
I’m been to Wee Jasper many times and am keen to go back.
chalkyJuly 17, 2007 at 6:27 AM #798
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?!August 30, 2007 at 10:37 PM #799
Geez, VSA is full of slackers
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.September 3, 2007 at 11:50 AM #800
Yes, I will definately be there. My leave has been arranged. ” title=”Very Happy” />September 22, 2007 at 10:48 AM #801
” title=”Sad” /> [b:3lec7742]NO NO NO[/b:3lec7742],
Have to work that weekend.September 25, 2007 at 2:28 PM #802
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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