Hi everyone. Hope you're doing well. Next Monday's a public holiday so I thought I'd put up a climbing trip for those that are interested. This trip will be beginner friendly, but we may have a limit on the number of beginners we can bring. I will email everyone on Saturday night to tell you if you can come and to organize the car pool. The estimated fuel cost will be divided evenly amongst everyone in that car, so ideally drive back to Canberra in the car that you came in.
We will leave in our respective cars at around 7:00 and aim to arrive at Tianjara falls at 9:00. A group of more experienced climbers will set up top ropes and teach how to lead climb to those that are interested. At 12:00 teaching will end and the more experienced climbers will start climbing their own stuff. We will start packing up at around 16:00, aiming to leave the car park at 17:00, and arriving at Canberra at 19:00.
Necessary Gear: Helmet, harness, climbing shoes, shoes that you can hike in, layers in case it gets cold, rain jacket, minimum of 1.5L of water, lunch/snacks, sunscreen/other sun protection, head torch, and a book or other entertainment. I will borrow ropes, quickdraws, ATCs, carabiners, PLB, and anchors for everyone to use.
Pre-trip Meeting: I will be in the gear store from 19:00 to 19:30 on Friday to help people borrow gear and answer questions. The pre-trip meeting is not mandatory.
Risk assessment and mitigation: Outside of driving to the crag and walking to the wall, the greatest danger is probably due to human error. Human error can occur while belaying, clipping, cleaning, setting up anchors, etc. However, this risk can be mitigated by vigilance and proper technique that is mastered so that it is second nature. As such, try to learn and practice as much as you can about lead climbing before the trip. Also note that the more experienced climbers who will be teaching you are NOT certified guides, so the emphasis is on you to stay vigilant and be aware of what can injure/kill you to your greatest capacity. Here are some youtube videos to get you started.