Climbing

Climbing

In October the Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation Climbing monkeys were out and about in the Hobart area.  They spent four mornings of the week working with students from Hobart College taking them abseiling and climbing on the cliffs at Coningham Beach.  Hobart College students had the opportunity to climb a variety of climbs, including ‘Working in a Cod Mine‘, ‘Shark Attack’, ‘Dead Memories’ and ‘Floating Riot’.  For the most part, our time at Coningham was sunny and warm, perfect for overlooking the water and hanging out at the cliff.  Having not worked with large groups of students before, it was an invaluable experience for all TasTAFE students and was thoroughly enjoyed.  Thanks to the Hobart College students for the fun sessions!

Lucy briefs students on cliff-side safety

Lucy briefs students on cliff-side safety

Jessie shows students how to belay

Jessie shows students how to belay

The week also saw the Cert IV’s getting out and climbing, as opposed to the general task of rigging!  Wednesday saw them heading to Fruehauf in South Hobart.  Here they climbed with a focus on improving technique and also practiced rescues (in between rain showers).

Ben practicing rescuing an unconscious patient (Jai)

Ben practicing rescuing an unconscious patient (Jai)

On Friday afternoon the Certificate IV crew headed up Mt Wellington to The Northern Buttress on the Organ Pipes to get a taste of some bigger climbs.  Spoilt with super clear views of Hobart and a local Wedgie (Wedge Tail Eagle) flying past, it was an afternoon that won’t be forgotten in a hurry!

Climbing on the Tasman Peninsula

Climbing

During the last week of September, the Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation split again into their electives.  The climbers headed off to the Tasman Peninsula to explore the area.  The main focus of this week was to improve the groups personal climbing skills and coaching.

On day one the troops headed to Parrot Shelf.  We quickly set up four exciting climbs including a challenging chimney.  With the sun beaming down on us we all spent hours on the wall on the various climbs, practicing move after move and challenging ourselves.  We then headed back to our glorious accommodation at Eagle Hawk Neck provided by a group members relative where Lucy cooked the group a fabulous feast!

On day two we were blessed again with amazing clear skies and warm temperatures.  We made our way to Paradiso, abseiling ourselves and our gear to the bottom shelf.  The group was soon exploring the impressive area, we were amazed by the 40m overhang and the amount of possible climbs in front of us.  We even had a lovely little whale swim directly under our climb popping its head up to see what we were up to.  Many, many routes were set up and the team went about solving the various climbing move puzzles the cliff presented.  By the end of the day there were many sore bodies and blistered hands as proof of an excellent climbing day.  As we walked back to the bus the dark clouds began to creep in and the winds picked up.

By day three the weather had deteriorated, with a cold front covering most of the south with large amounts of rain.  With high swells and slippery rocks it was unsafe to continue climbing so to make the most of the day the crew hopped on the bus and went for a tour of unique climbing spots in the Hobart area.  It was insightful for all exposing us to spots we had never seen before.

Overall a productive week, a big thanks to Richard, Renee and Jessie for researching and setting up some fantastic climbs for the group.

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More Climbing

Climbing

NOT just another week at Freycinet National Park for the climbers…

The first week of Spring and the fourth week that the Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation climbers made their way out to White Water Wall campground at Freycinet National Park.  This was to be their last chance to truly consolidate their rigging skills before their final assessments in October.

Spoilt with stunning sunrises, whales and a fresh large population of mosquitoes – the cliffs were ours alone to practice on.

On Tuesday the 6th of September, the climbing crew put their hard work and skills to the test and took a group of students from Dominic College out to Lassies Wall for a climb and an abseil.  The Dominic College students were a wonderful bunch of young people, who thoroughly enjoyed their day.  This exchange of experience was immeasurably important for the TasTAFE students, who generally only practice on each other.  We are all very grateful to Dominic College for allowing us the opportunity.

The remainder of the week consisted of:

Rig, climb, rescue, rig, abseil, rig, rescue, climb, rescue, rig!

Come the end of the week the Certificate IV students had gained a significant chunk of practice as well as further understanding of individual areas of improvement needed before assessments.  All in all, another big week of learning for all involved.  Big thanks to Gary, Richard and Dominic College students and staff.

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Top Rope Climbing

Climbing

Last week the Certificate IV Outdoor Recreation climbing students were back at Freycinet’s White Water Wall to continue their skills in the vertical world.  This time: Top Rope Climbing.

There’s a saying about the east coast: it never rains, but it pours.  The weather was indeed challenging and powerful, with both high winds and heavy rain hitting the sea cliffs.  Never-the-less the students persevered and conducted rescues from above and below in their rain jackets and over-pants.  But the skies did clear when needed, creating windows for recreational climbing and sea-bird sightings.

For some added excitement one evening, the students were unexpectedly confronted with a challenging first aid scenario, where one of the instructors had fallen several meters down a fracture in the granite coastline; right to the edge of the rough ocean below.  Putting their skills to the test the students worked together to rescue their instructor by torch-light, making for a very long day but still a longer night – as they returned to camp on the cusp of the winter solstice.

The students now look forward to taking real participants on climbing and abseiling experiences, and putting their new skills to good use.

Photography: Matt Jones (student)

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Environmental Regeneration & Climbing

Environmental Rehabilitation

At the end of June, our Certificate IV Outdoor Recreation students headed up to Whitewater Wall in the Freycinet National Park for a variety of activities.

Our specialising teams of rockclimbers and whitewater rafters split up at the start of the week. The climbers spent the first two days refreshing and refining their abseiling and top roping skills with the rafters as willing test subjects.  The whitewater rafters in the meantime had been learning rope rescues and systems for upcoming trips.

At the end of the week the team began work with Parks and Wildlife Service as part of a Green Guardians project.  Our students participated in a conservation project chosen by the local rangers to make a tangible difference and to help rehabilitate the Whitewater Wall campground.

This included a lot of hole digging, environmental regeneration, and lots of laughs.

Environmental Rehabilitation

Environmental Rehabilitation

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After  Environmental Rehabilitation

Environmental Rehabilitation

Environmental Rehabilitation

Environmental Rehabilitation

Climbing

Environmental Rehabilitation

Environmental Rehabilitation