18/02/2018 – A quiet Sunday afternoon!
Taken from Action Outdoors Association activities for 18/2/18 “We will start with two 20 meter abseils, followed by two 40 meter and then two 60 meter abseil with instructor Sven Borg.”
Just the view of the quarry as we drove in was enough to take my breath away?
Then Sven took us to where the first descent was to take place – just behind that tree branch hiding the person.
We listened to all of the instructions (hoping that we would remember them) and the first person went down.
Soon it was my turn and I managed to not disgrace myself, not scared of falling, but if you tip sideways you crash against the rock wall, that didn’t sound nice.
On to the 40 metre drop, we even got a carpet to help us get over the edge?
Here we are a bit further over the edge, but what he didn’t tell us was that the cliff sort of disappears and you are left….
…. kinda hanging and trying to reach the rock, apparently you are supposed to relax and just go down with the rope at this stage. I was still trying to walk down the rock.
A bit further down, no chance of reaching that rock, I finally let myself just propel down on the rope.
View of the 60 metre drop with me at the top, by this stage the harness was really biting into my body just under the ribs, it was hot, dusty and there were bull ants climbing up my legs, so not that happy.
Last descent as I decided I had had enough at the bottom of the first 60m drop, once was enough, I thought my ribs were going to pop out they were so sore. I waited while some others had their second go. A good experience, glad I did it, but don’t care to repeat that one thanks.