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by Flynny
15 May 2019, 17:15
Forum: Technique, ropework and skill development
Topic: Advanced ropework: Fiddlestick retrievable abseiling anchor
Replies: 11
Views: 1828

Re: Advanced ropework: Fiddlestick retrievable abseiling anchor

I finally got the chance to have a fiddle in the wilderness... I'm mean, give fiddle sticking a go on a wilderness canyoning trip. Like most people new to it I guess the biggest mind leap for me was the thought of it releasing mid abseil. I bit of playing in the shed with various bits of pipe and st...
by Flynny
10 May 2019, 14:03
Forum: Gear questions, suggestions and reviews
Topic: Which camera?
Replies: 4
Views: 212

Re: Which camera?

I'll back Tom up with the phone camera comment. The I think the photos Madie gets on her iphone are very bit as good as I get on my TG-4. If you are after share quality that's good enough. You have the added benefit of being able to do basic post editing direct on the phone. They are not print quali...
by Flynny
25 Apr 2019, 15:52
Forum: Videos
Topic: Penrose Gully
Replies: 6
Views: 734

Re: Penrose Gully

Flynny, u r the most knowledgeable in this are among us. I don't know about that. I talk a lot of crap at times... Thou I did show Yuri some stuff he hadn't seen before.... I'm asking this question because I want to visit Tiger Snake/Crooked Crevice soon & I'm gathering known info before I go and e...
by Flynny
27 Mar 2019, 16:46
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Rock climbing ban in the Grampians / lessons for canyoners
Replies: 12
Views: 627

Re: Rock climbing ban in the Grampians / lessons for canyoners

Kosta, There was an event on Saturday night. Promoted through their website and various social media thingies. From all reports it was well attended and a huge success. As to whether they are anti, pro or couldn't careless bolting I don't know, I'm not on the committee and don't speak for them. A bi...
by Flynny
27 Mar 2019, 16:02
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Rock climbing ban in the Grampians / lessons for canyoners
Replies: 12
Views: 627

Re: Rock climbing ban in the Grampians / lessons for canyoners

Tim, officials of NSWCA can and should only represent their members. In doing so, while they can steer and educate they can't dictate and if the majority of members are pro bolt then their stance will need to be pro bolt ie working with land managers to find workable, sustainable solutions that allo...
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: 2178

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: 2178

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: 374

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: 681

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: 301

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: 298

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: 677

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: 1629

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: 628

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: 818

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: 509

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: 509

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: 497

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: 367

Windows and nearby stuff

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by Flynny
11 Sep 2018, 14:39
Forum: Photos
Topic: Ethereal Canyon pics
Replies: 1
Views: 426

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: 577

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: 600

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: 600

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...