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  • #803

    ag
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    I would like to come along on – happy with the 17/18th of Nov date

    #804

    Peter Freeman
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    Welcome to the trip Agnes. It will be fun. <img src=” title=”Smile” />

    [i:3ayjs93r][b:3ayjs93r]Confirmed [/b:3ayjs93r][/i:3ayjs93r]participants are now Peter, Lynne, Agnes.

    Date is currently the weekend 17/18 Nov, plus as many days before and after that weekend as are desired. My own timing, in particular, is very flexible, and will probably cover approx 5 caving days. Change from [i:3ayjs93r][b:3ayjs93r]this [/b:3ayjs93r][/i:3ayjs93r]weekend is now unlikely – work leave has been booked (sorry Chalky).

    Travel – my car is full: I can comfortably carry only two persons with caving and camping equipment. Please consider your own travel.

    Doug and Tom – I am assuming that you [i:3ayjs93r][b:3ayjs93r]will [/b:3ayjs93r][/i:3ayjs93r]both participate, but please confirm here ASAP.

    #805

    tom-aberdeen
    Member

    I’m confirmed!! the weej is back!

    #806

    Peter Freeman
    Moderator

    Confirmed participants are now –

    Peter
    Lynne
    Agnes
    Tom

    #807

    tom-aberdeen
    Member

    Okay folks, four so far and room for more. Who else wants to come to Wee Jasper?

    #808

    Peter Freeman
    Moderator

    Participants –
    Confirmed – Peter, Lynne, Tom, Agnes.
    Possible – Doug – are you with us?
    Chalky was unfortunately unable to comply with this date.

    Arrivals –
    PF+LA arrive Thursday afternoon 15-11-2007. We will be camped up at back of campsite (Fitzpatrick Trackhead Camping Reserve – the one near to Dogleg and Punchbowl Caves)). Look for my light blue Suzuki SX4 UZQ720.
    TA+AM arrrival late Friday or daytime Saturday: TBD.

    Departures –
    PF+LA will stay until approx Tuesday 20th. Other participants’ departurtes yet to be finalised.

    Caving agenda (in this order) –

    1. Punchbowl Cave, with concentration on reaching Loxin Chamber via Strawberry Shortcut. We will also try to cover all other internal locations, and Signature Cave, on the same day. Entrance Pitch might be dual-rigged for supervision of descents and ascents.

    2. Dip Cave, entering via usual abseil into S4, and with concentration on reaching S3 Extension. Abseil in through large daylight hole to S2 is also a possibility.

    3. Dogleg Cave – reach beyond Sandtrap and Opera House.

    Late enrolments for this trip are still welcome.

    #809

    ag
    Member

    Awesome trip! Thanks Pete for organizing!! The Weej caves are great fun… and good to see all objectives were achieved… and more. <img src=” title=”Smile” />

    some pics from the w-end:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/57599597@N … 244024414/

    #810

    Peter Freeman
    Moderator

    Sat 17th – The Dip. We covered virtually the whole place in around 5 hours. To my gratification we did find Series 3 Extension (and Tom realised that he’d been there before – with Amy and Doug!). S1 upper passage was still missed, but we did do the ‘Heart-Throb’.

    Sun 18th – Punchbowl. Again we covered virtually the whole cave, also in about 5 hours. In this cave also I managed to see the parts I’d missed before, and Tom and Ag also enjoyed them and other places in this fabulous cave. The special objectives were the Mezzannine Level, the Strawberry Shortcut, Loxin Chamber and The Crystal Pool: all found after some diligent exploration.

    We omitted to visit Signature Cave (done before, and couldn’t be bothered), but we did perform a two-party exchange through Anemone Cave (Peter and Lynn passed Tom and Ag midway through this stupendous [20m] through-cave).

    Next we visited Dogleg Cave. We passed through the Sand Trap into the Opera House, but could not ascend the UP Pitch. Not a major issue – we don’t think there’s a lot past there.

    Mon 19th – 30m abseil into Dip S2 followed by simple walk-out. Lynn also did this cave, having missed the other two majors due to injury. This was a good experience, but the drop is not long enough! Later on this day we took a tour of Carey’s (Show) Cave. As the electricity had just failed, we four received a special "cavers’ tour" from the proprietor Jeff Kell, using our own lights.

    This was a great weekend. Billy Grace Campsite was good, weather warm-to-hot (too many flies), caves great, saw lots of bats. I really love Punchbowl Cave and The Dip. Journey from Melbourne is 680km via Yass (all sealed road), or 600 via Adjilong (includes 30km unsealed).

    Thanks to fellow participants Lynne, Tom and Agnes.

    Full report later in Nargun.

    #811

    tom-aberdeen
    Member

    Thanks guys, awesome trip.

    #812

    Peter Freeman
    Moderator

    or 600 via Adjilong (includes 30km unsealed)

    should be

    or 600km via [i:29saboel][b:29saboel]Adjungbilly [/b:29saboel][/i:29saboel](includes 30km unsealed).

    #813

    peted
    Member
    "pfreeman":3f859tvc wrote:
    Sat 17th – The Dip. We covered virtually the whole place in around 5 hours. To my gratification we did find Series 3 Extension (and Tom realised that he’d been there before – with Amy and Doug!). S1 upper passage was still missed, but we did do the ‘Heart-Throb’.

    Sun 18th – Punchbowl. Again we covered virtually the whole cave, also in about 5 hours. In this cave also I managed to see the parts I’d missed before, and Tom and Ag also enjoyed them and other places in this fabulous cave. The special objectives were the Mezzannine Level, the Strawberry Shortcut, Loxin Chamber and The Crystal Pool: all found after some diligent exploration.

    We omitted to visit Signature Cave (done before, and couldn’t be bothered), but we did perform a two-party exchange through Anemone Cave (Peter and Lynn passed Tom and Ag midway through this stupendous [20m] through-cave).

    Next we visited Dogleg Cave. We passed through the Sand Trap into the Opera House, but could not ascend the UP Pitch. Not a major issue – we don’t think there’s a lot past there.

    Mon 19th – 30m abseil into Dip S2 followed by simple walk-out. Lynn also did this cave, having missed the other two majors due to injury. This was a good experience, but the drop is not long enough! Later on this day we took a tour of Carey’s (Show) Cave. As the electricity had just failed, we four received a special "cavers’ tour" from the proprietor Jeff Kell, using our own lights.

    This was a great weekend. Billy Grace Campsite was good, weather warm-to-hot (too many flies), caves great, saw lots of bats. I really love Punchbowl Cave and The Dip. Journey from Melbourne is 680km via Yass (all sealed road), or 600 via Adjilong (includes 30km unsealed).

    Thanks to fellow participants Lynne, Tom and Agnes.

    Full report later in Nargun.[/quote:3f859tvc]

    Great to see you guys coming up from Vic to do our local caves. I happened upon this post and just had to make a comment about Dogleg Cave. Quite simply the area beyond the sand trap is quite probably one of the best caves in Australia. You must come back and get up the wall, once up the wall there is another wet sump that is passable (went through there on the 28th Nov 07) and beyond this point there is simply not enough superlatives to describe how good it is.

    I will try and post a couple of the pics I took just two days ago.

    Cheers.

    Pete

    #814

    peted
    Member

    Here is a link to the pics set on flickr. These are all Dogleg Cave.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/13410571@N … 320027250/

    Cheers.

    Pete

    #815

    Peter Freeman
    Moderator

    Dammit PeteD ! Now I’ll have to go to WJ again! You have made it quite clear that there [b:1rahht7n][i:1rahht7n]is [/i:1rahht7n][/b:1rahht7n]worthwhile cave beyond the Opera House that we missed.

    Our reason for not proceeding –

    We hooked our rope around a stalagmite halfway up the wall, and climbed up using foot-loops and hand-loops to where we could just reach a hanging cord. The cord was dark red, approx 3mm diameter, polyethylene by the look of it, with grab-loopps tied in it. It felt safe (we pulled hard), but we couldn’t be sure, so we declined to trust it.

    What you have described does sound worthwhile, and your photo’s are great.

    FYI, I will PM you the full trip report that I intend to publish in next Nargun (VSA journal).

    I love WJ. As I comment in the article, there are not many good caves there, but the very few good one are REALLY good.

    Now you’re probably going to tell me there are LOTS of good caves there ……. !?

    ps.

    Hey, keep in touch through the forum. Perhaps you could come cave on our patch sometime.

    #816

    peted
    Member

    Great, I have added a shot of the wall and two from the top to my Flickr shots so everyone can see.

    I quite like Dismal Chamber and Gong.

    Cheers.

    Pete

    #817

    lamore
    Member

    Hi PeteD welcome to forum. I was at WJ too but missed out on most. Would like to get back there soon, will send PM.

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