Introduction to Abseiling

In late Autumn, five Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation students, their instructor Kim Ladiges, and a whole heap of climbing gear squeezed into two cars and headed to Freycinet National Park.

With minds full of knots and three-point anchor systems from a pre trip workshop, the students were well prepared for the newly appointed introduction to abseiling short course.  Perched safely on the gleaming granite cliffs of Tasmania’s infamous east coast the students learnt how to apply their knowledge of three-point anchor systems, whilst ensuring personal and group safety parameters on cliff edges.  They also touched on briefings, and learnt how to fit harnesses and helmets.  Not to forget the unexpected schooling on the dexterity and ingenuity of possums.

Special thanks to Kim Ladiges whose experience, teaching style and empathy enabled all the students to cross some personal barriers and move closer to being abseil guides.  Although they weren’t impressed he couldn’t extent daylight hours so that they could stay on the cliffs longer. 

Top Rope 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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