KOHINOOR & DIAMOND CAVES – 22 April 2018
Interestingly, all the caves in this small area are named after diamonds or precious gems. I had given up my spot on the Marakoopa trip on the day before, but was looking forward to finishing the week of caving with a couple of minor sporty caves, with Janice M and David W-C leading the trips.
We were all pretty much stuffed after caving pretty much every day, but these two caves would be relatively easy and David and Janice were doing a recce to see how appropriate they were to put on the 2019 ASF Conference program. It had been a while since David had done both. Eleanor, Janice’s young daughter joined us for the day.
Mel actually went up the climb and found a less dodgy way, so half of us went up the climb and the other half did the squeeze. I did the climb, by this time they’d put the hand line down to make it easier. Now that David knew that the climb wasn’t as bad as he first thought and the way down was easy, it’s back on the Conference program.
We were in and out of Diamond in about 1.5 hours. Garry and Murray decided that they’d had enough and would head back to the cabin to clean up the van in preparation to returning it to the rental company the next day, so David was left with the girls!
We exited the cave at about 4pm after exploring all the accessible areas. The last cave for our big Tasmanian Adventure.
A big thank you from us all to Garry for organising the trip and to David and Janice, taking time out of their busy schedules to show us around some of the caves that we hadn’t done before. And I’ve now decided on what caves I want to do at the Conference at the end of this year.
So, 10 days in Tasmania, 8 of them caving – and 38 hr 20 min underground! Melissa did all 8 days caving – winning the prize for “stamina”. However, I brought up the fact that she was the youngest of us all, closely followed by Andrew and that maybe there should be a handicap for her and Andrew’s youth. So, when Garry and Murray were sitting at the cabin trying to figure out a handicap system, they cleverly came up with one which took into account age, and guess who won the prize – yours truly, closely followed by Garry! They very kindly didn’t count my Marakoota day (cause I’d given up my place as the permit only allowed for 6)! I may also have taken out the prize for “most bruises”!
Back on the mainland now, managed the 8 days of caving with no serious injury, only to go on a tourist walk 3 days later and fall off a retaining wall, have seriously damaged my knee so am out of action for a little while – my new mantra “I must be more cautious!”.