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by dyl_jo
17 Apr 2019, 19:10
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Proposed changes to group sizes in Blue Mountains canyons
Replies: 13
Views: 702

Re: Proposed changes to group sizes in Blue Mountains canyons

Hey T2 I really appreciate your post, but wanted to point out a few areas where I think your post is a little biased and/or incorrect. - It looks to me that this document is targeted at those groups who are already required to gain consents or licences for their activities. In that sense it makes se...
by dyl_jo
26 Mar 2019, 16:06
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Rock climbing ban in the Grampians / lessons for canyoners
Replies: 12
Views: 513

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

" I was recently shown a facebook post by a committee member from the NSW Canyoning Association bragging about placing bolts in a National Park. " I think it is important to maintain a distinction between the actions of committee members and official statements by the NSWCA. I am not a committee mem...
by dyl_jo
15 Mar 2019, 19:51
Forum: Accidents, injuries, rescues and near misses
Topic: Failure of a maillon (quick link) in Blue Mountains canyon
Replies: 14
Views: 1983

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

In addition to the great suggestions above, I think it's also worth adding that it is highly desirable to back up anchors to test them. For example, for the first person down, they rig up on a single rope attached directly to the anchor in question (sling/maillion/tree/etc), then the other half of t...
by dyl_jo
15 Mar 2019, 19:49
Forum: Gear questions, suggestions and reviews
Topic: Old slings / tape in canyons
Replies: 3
Views: 457

Re: Old slings / tape in canyons

In addition to the suggestions above, I think it's also worth adding that it is highly desirable to back up anchors to test them. For example, for the first person down, they rig up on a single rope attached directly to the anchor in question (sling/maillion/tree/etc), then the other half of the rop...
by dyl_jo
26 Feb 2019, 08:52
Forum: Gear questions, suggestions and reviews
Topic: Why knots drastically weaken ropes
Replies: 9
Views: 602

Re: Why knots drastically weaken ropes

I'm really worried that this discussion hasn't differentiated between MBS and SWL. http://www.ropelab.com.au/carabiner-specifications/ Additionally, I'm also worried that the discussion has been about weight and not force. While the MBS for 6mm cords might be in the 0.75kN range, the SWL is much les...
by dyl_jo
26 Feb 2019, 08:24
Forum: Technique, ropework and skill development
Topic: Using figure 8 descenders on anchors
Replies: 6
Views: 581

Re: Using figure 8 descenders on anchors

I would happily hit a figure 8 with a steel hammer, throw it as hard as I could at a brick wall, run over it with the car a few times and still abseil on it (as long as it passed a simple visual inspection). I was involved in an experiment where we systematically dropped, bashed and abused 50+ alloy...
by dyl_jo
12 Jan 2019, 08:01
Forum: Gear questions, suggestions and reviews
Topic: What's in your rescue kit?
Replies: 6
Views: 561

Re: What's in your rescue kit?


As a canyon leader this is my kit. In the top of my pack I'll also have some sling for replacing anchors, and I carry a set of Omega Pacific Link Cams and a selection of wires or tri-cams for backing up or improvising anchors.
by dyl_jo
11 Jul 2018, 19:19
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Largest Aussie adventure travel company to run canyoning in Blue Mountains after buying BMAC
Replies: 3
Views: 656

Re: Largest Aussie adventure travel company to run canyoning in Blue Mountains after buying BMAC

The NPWS maintain strict control over the number of commercial parties that are permitted in any canyon on any given day (and in fact this control extends to maximum numbers for any week, month or year. Eg. Whungee Wheengee currently is only permitted to have only one commercial party per day and a ...
by dyl_jo
02 Jul 2018, 11:19
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How to get into canyoning?
Replies: 5
Views: 707

Re: How to get into canyoning?

Hi Hayden. You can do short courses through Registered Training Organisations like TAFE and other private providers. I believe that 5 star training and consulting does a short course (done in conjunction with the Australian School of Mountaineering - see below). This course assumes some prior knowle...
by dyl_jo
22 May 2018, 20:44
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Canyoners Code of Ethics
Replies: 8
Views: 886

Re: Canyoners Code of Ethics

I sincerely think that it is worth referencing the land managers codes too. I'm only familiar with the main land manager in NSW but I imagine other states would have something similar: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/safety/adventure-sports-safety http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/conservation...