NARARA – 9 October 2021
All during the past 100+ days of lockdown a group of enthusiastic MSS canyoners had gotten together via Zoom to talk about all things canyoning (knots, anchors, canyoning in NZ etc). With the end of lockdown imminent David Mason threw out the idea of a bounce trip to Ranon (not yet on the calendar). So, a practice day was set up to fine tune mechanical ascending skills, specifically crossing re-belays.
It was easy for those in the Sydney LGAs to get together, but for Jai and Ali on the Central Coast it was going to be a little more difficult as we weren’t supposed to go into the Sydney LGAs, so I decided to take them to Narara on the Central Coast, where we wouldn’t be breaking any rules.
We spent quite a bit of time making up cow’s tails (safety ropes) to use for Ali and Jai, it takes a lot of practice to get the short one the right length, you basically had to go up (or down), and find out that it was too short or long, deal with it and then adjust it when you got down, made life difficult trying to work with one that was the wrong length, but, that’s part of getting to know your equipment.
After they’d had enough of the ascending and descending, we brushed up on MMO anchors and Figure 8 blocks, taking a knot over the edge and setting up a top belay. Amazing the amount of stuff we covered over the 5 hours we were there.
Was so good to get out and do some practice after 100+ days of lockdown!
Thanks for coming along Jai and Ali and I’m sure you’ll be fine on the Ranon trip!