A Climbing Experience & Caring for the Land

White Water Wall

Two weeks ago the Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation students came together and headed out to White Water Wall in Tasmania’s beautiful Freycinet National Park.  This trip gave the opportunity for the climbing students to show off their skills and instruct the paddlers through a full experience as their clients in both abseil and top roping on Freycinet’s iconic granite walls.

The two days spent on the ropes gave an excellent chance for climbers to get a feel for what working as an instructor post Cert IV will be like and to consolidate all their skills.  For paddlers the pressure was off and they were able to soak up the sun while pushing themselves to find the next hold on the wall.

The next two days of the trip were spent working with field officers Fiona, Scott and Marty from the Parks & Wildlife Service on environmental management.  With an aim of subtly and sustainably improving the White Water Wall campsite and surrounding areas, we got our hands dirty.

Displaying an incredibly strong work ethic the Cert IV students and instructors launched into their work and accomplished a massive amount in the areas of re-vegetation, drainage, signage and overall maintaining the areas natural integrity for the future.

Before saying goodbye to the coast the majority of us dove into the cold clear winter waters and washed off the week’s sweat.  With learning, plenty of laughs and some dirt under our fingernails we climbed onto the bus hopefully leaving Freycinet even better than we found it.

The following is a thank you email from Fiona, a Ranger with the Parks & Wildlife Service at Freycinet:

“On behalf of the Acting Senior Ranger Richard Dakin and the staff of the Freycinet Field Centre and Freycinet Visitor Centre, I would like to sincerely thank you and the Cert IV Rec volunteer group for their terrific work at White Water Wall and also Honeymoon Bay.  I’m particularly pleased with the outcome at White Water Wall where the group worked on drainage, revegetation and presentation of the site and I am sure this will be appreciated by the many visitors and members of the climbing fraternity who will visit there.

The works were completed safely and sympathetically to balance with the existing ambience of the site; this is a very good outcome and really builds upon the work done by previous years Cert IV Rec volunteer groups.

Although we had initially planned two days of works at White Water Wall, the speed with which your group achieved the proposed outcomes far exceeded our expectations and this led to the choice to look at works on another site within the park.

I hope to revisit the site soon and (as promised) when I do I will take many photos which I will forward to you.  Your group can be justifiably proud of what they achieved and when they return to White Water and Honeymoon in the future they can take some ownership for the good environmental outcomes we are seeing at these sites”.

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