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by Flynny
19 Mar 2019, 15:49
Forum: Accidents, injuries, rescues and near misses
Topic: Failure of a maillon (quick link) in Blue Mountains canyon
Replies: 14
Views: 1335

Re: Failure of a maillon (quick link) in Blue Mountains canyon

Firstly, it is almost impossible to tighten a maillon appropriately by hand. Given this, it is fair to assume that the nut was not tightened to manufacturer specifications at the time it failed. Torquing it to spec does not add strength, it just prevents the nut undoing. I'd be speculating but most...
by Flynny
19 Mar 2019, 15:37
Forum: Accidents, injuries, rescues and near misses
Topic: Failure of a maillon (quick link) in Blue Mountains canyon
Replies: 14
Views: 1335

Re: Failure of a maillon (quick link) in Blue Mountains canyon

For what it is worth myself and 2 friends used that maillon the week before. We each checked it and noticed nothing wrong. We replaced several anchors that trip but none of us felt the need to replace that one..... Kinda scary
by Flynny
20 Feb 2019, 17:08
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Toxic mine water pumped into the Wollangambe River
Replies: 2
Views: 180

Re: Toxic mine water pumped into the Wollangambe River

While the metal levels have been shown to be disastrous to macro invertebrates they are below levels that would currently be considered harmful to humans and the water quality is about 3x better than water out of Katoomba's house hold taps. Should Centennial clean up it's act and comply with stricte...
by Flynny
04 Feb 2019, 18:09
Forum: Technique, ropework and skill development
Topic: Using figure 8 descenders on anchors
Replies: 6
Views: 355

Re: Using figure 8 descenders on anchors

Skinner wrote:
02 Feb 2019, 09:22
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Something to do with the design of a figure 8 that made them more susceptible to cracking when dropped than a carabiner.
I always thought it was the heating and cooling that descenders went through that added to the issue.
by Flynny
04 Feb 2019, 18:06
Forum: Photos
Topic: Can't sleep. Clown will eat me
Replies: 0
Views: 167

Can't sleep. Clown will eat me

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by Flynny
26 Jan 2019, 08:09
Forum: Photos
Topic: Serendipity at night
Replies: 1
Views: 177

Serendipity at night

This is my new fav photo and it was a complete accident. Serendipity at it's best
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by Flynny
25 Jan 2019, 16:58
Forum: Gear questions, suggestions and reviews
Topic: Why knots drastically weaken ropes
Replies: 9
Views: 399

Re: Why knots drastically weaken ropes

Also remember the rope is significantly weaker when wet. Not sure why, I assume less friction between strands = less laod transfer between stands
by Flynny
06 Jan 2019, 11:19
Forum: Gear questions, suggestions and reviews
Topic: What to look at when buying a canyoning rope
Replies: 10
Views: 1129

Re: What to look at when buying a canyoning rope

Craig did an initial review when he bought his Imlay ropes in 2016 (https://sleepwhenwearedead.wordpress.com/2016/09/26/imlay-canyonfire-rope-first-impressions/). Given how much use they have had in the last couple years, perhaps it's time for him to publish an updated review. Thanks for the nudge....
by Flynny
14 Dec 2018, 15:12
Forum: Videos
Topic: Butterbox Canyon and climb out
Replies: 2
Views: 464

Re: Butterbox Canyon and climb out

Firstly, it is recommended that you don't handle yabbies / freshwater crayfish. This is because the females carry their fertilised eggs around for a month or more before they hatch, and the stress of being picked up (to them we are seen as predators) can result in them dropping their eggs. Tim, I'v...
by Flynny
26 Nov 2018, 15:58
Forum: Technique, ropework and skill development
Topic: Figure 8 descenders and larks foots
Replies: 4
Views: 608

Re: Figure 8 descenders and larks foots

I filmed the frying pan skit but decided against including it in the video as the clip and flip method reduces the risk of dropping the 8 when nerves are shakey at the top of your first canyon abseil or the adrenaline is twitchy at the bottom as you unclip in a deep pool :-)
by Flynny
05 Nov 2018, 19:04
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Australian Adventure Activity Standards - Canyoning
Replies: 3
Views: 347

Re: Australian Adventure Activity Standards - Canyoning

So while the rest of us get tangled up in red tape and best practice guidelines, potentially making it harder to run trips or increasing the legal risk (or fear of legal risk) for trip leaders, the numpties that get into trouble will carry on oblivious to these guide even existing. While I'm not su...
by Flynny
02 Nov 2018, 15:14
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Australian Adventure Activity Standards - Canyoning
Replies: 3
Views: 347

Re: Australian Adventure Activity Standards - Canyoning

I've put submissions from myself and Gabby on my site if anyone wants a bit of a guide or a review of our concerns


https://sleepwhenwearedead.wordpress.co ... ice-guide/
by Flynny
06 Oct 2018, 14:11
Forum: Photos
Topic: Exploration
Replies: 1
Views: 372

Exploration

Some times you end up with just a scrub bash other times you stumble across gems not that far off the beaten trail

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by Flynny
16 Sep 2018, 22:30
Forum: Photos
Topic: Windows and nearby stuff
Replies: 0
Views: 254

Windows and nearby stuff

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by Flynny
11 Sep 2018, 14:39
Forum: Photos
Topic: Ethereal Canyon pics
Replies: 1
Views: 317

Re: Ethereal Canyon pics

Great shots.
Lots of different names for this one, including D-Day Canyon, Mossy Bottom Canyon or Towers Canyon
I always just called it the little canyon but the earlist name is probably Waratah canyon.

PS this post is now longer than the canyon itself :lol:
by Flynny
11 Sep 2018, 14:32
Forum: Photos
Topic: Glow worm tunnel canyon
Replies: 3
Views: 401

Re: Glow worm tunnel canyon

The "side" passage that bypasses the first abseil is possibly even more impressive
by Flynny
14 Aug 2018, 16:39
Forum: Trip reports
Topic: When men were Men
Replies: 2
Views: 462

Re: When men were Men

More for the coke ovens and heating or possibly infrastructure (bridges and poppet heads) than props. The immediate valley was logged out.
by Flynny
10 Aug 2018, 19:14
Forum: Trip reports
Topic: When men were Men
Replies: 2
Views: 462

When men were Men

And women were even more so. Or sumfink A long time ago dad told me about this timber chute up a slot that gave easy access to the cliff tops above the Wolgan. They use to slide logs down it, said he. It’s somewhere around here, it’s an easy road up to the base of it and you can sit on the cliff edg...
by Flynny
02 Aug 2018, 17:01
Forum: Photos
Topic: David Crevasse
Replies: 4
Views: 633

Re: David Crevasse

It's still a 16km walk for 4 or 5 abseils in a pretty gully.
If I were to do it again I'd take bikes and combine it with something else
by Flynny
30 Jul 2018, 17:39
Forum: Photos
Topic: David Crevasse
Replies: 4
Views: 633

David Crevasse

Longish walk, shortish canyon-like gully, trickyish exit.

Prettyish but
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by Flynny
23 Jul 2018, 16:00
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Publishing details of wilderness / remote canyons
Replies: 9
Views: 814

Re: Publishing details of wilderness / remote canyons

marilyn_scott1950 wrote:
23 Jul 2018, 10:07
(unless I'm at my wits end and decide to play the "little old lady" and "I only have 2 years of exploration left in me" cards).
Damn it! I don't have a little old lady card and my bumbling middle aged git card doesn't seem to work.
by Flynny
21 Jul 2018, 19:20
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Publishing details of wilderness / remote canyons
Replies: 9
Views: 814

Re: Publishing details of wilderness / remote canyons

I'm going to be all wishy washy and end up sitting on the fence... As someone who does publish a bit of information I feel a bit hypocritical at times when I discourage others from doing so When you look at the 9 Gardens of Stone and beyond books now published there's not too much Keats and co find ...
by Flynny
21 Jul 2018, 19:01
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How to get into canyoning?
Replies: 5
Views: 565

Re: How to get into canyoning?

Personally my little brother once took us through Rocky Creek and got me hooked. Started exploring, bought some gear and did a basic abseil course..... Looking back we were pretty naive and I have no idea how we found our way in to some of the spots let alone got ourselves back without major inciden...