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Buffalo Aid Weekend – report for 20-21 Nov 2010

9:36:11 PM
>I want to free it
Fair enough.
Sorry about blowing your cover. ☺
~> Good luck with it.

(PS If you need a belayer for it let me know, and I will help out!).
5:00:28 PM

Didn't send, but only really gave it a half-assed effort. One or two move route of quality in a nice location; the approach is a joke. If you're super strong and crank on face holds you might not even have to get too physical in the roof, if you're not you can easily pull through that section with one #4 and one #5 Camalot (long sling plus draw and slide above you)) and still do a classic 18 with a few neat moves. My gear got in the way of my feet such that I didn't have room to get my knees in. Dealt with the offensive bits of dead tree, some loose rock in it's roots, and brushed the headwall crack. We're hoping to encourage traffic. Approach pitch was judged to be only 18 (but three star), not 22, by both myself and my second, Sir Gledhill (whom I passed on the highway an hour ago casually walking away from his totaled car waving and smiling, "I'm OK"). Largely distracted by other project that was then still a construction zone but is now ready to go...
6:20:47 PM
i took some photos of two people on Country Road on thursday, when i was across the on the other side of the gorge, was that you guys?
9:47:27 PM
Bloody hell Singer - I saw that blue Falcon being loaded on the towtruck on the Hume when I was driving back this afternoon around 4pm and wondered if ... but thought it was just too coincidental.

Glad to hear Geoff's OK, the car looked badly smashed.
- Steve
10:55:59 PM
Good to hear that Geoff's OK. I guess that model Falcon will be discontinued - obviously not up to scratch.

11:05:54 PM
Also glad to hear Geoff is OK.
~> This incident also adds to the too-much-weirdness that I have seen on the roads lately...
Fish Boy
11:43:52 PM
Singer, I passed you and geoff walking out, I was going down to Beowolf...nice work.

Having driven behind geoff around buff, I'm shocked he hasn't smashed his car sooner...?!?!
12:24:34 PM
Probably us. I think I had a pinkish shirt on and him a white helmet.

Car well smashed indeed. How about the guard rail? I was too shocked to even take a picture after yelling across the road with him a bit. It was a bizarre scene.

"The car performed very well." I think he even said something like "quite soft" to describe the impact. Turns out he fell asleep after having already stopped for rest. A good lesson for us all and really great he's unscathed.

As far as weirdness on the roads, don't be afraid to call the Hoon Hotline 1 800 333 000. Or dial 000, ask for the local police and file a dangerous driving report; they're very friendly on the phone. The tail-gating on the Hume highway from Seymour to the city is particularly bad (not to mention the psychotic semi truck drivers on the Western Highway). I can't believe the stuff I see people do. In the States that'd be a great way to get shot by someone a lot crazier than you or to get your face stuffed into the hood of a cop car by the highway patrol, state police, local police, or county sheriff. There's next to zero cop presence on the roads in Oz. It's a good time for this video:

Almost certainly in Nevada, probably on the 80.

Geoff's much more familiar with the car's limitations than we are and he likes to drive. He has been through every bend on that road about 62,000 times. He's tame in comparison to my friend Dirk "German Man" Debus who used to race cars and now engineers racing data recording systems. Out of the blue, he put a rental Commodore Executive wagon sideways through the last "Y" bend going up to the Camel's Hump then later spat at the "cheap" tires for having left black streaks across the road. I would have dobbed him into the Hoon Hotline for sure.

12:20:33 PM
My earlier posted trip report (1st post on this thread), has suffered the shortening process common to long posts on Chockstone that occurred after the hack-attacks, so here is the final portion to complete it again and maybe restore meaning to posts that followed it...

~ ~ ~

Earlier, bl@ke progressing his photography skills, managed to capture on video one of bones’s flight sessions, that is still the subject of fall-post-mortem. It appears that he rested on a well placed #1 RP, but before he could get comfortable found himself airborne, with the arrest of his fall resulting in further gear being stripped below that piece downwards, as well as one base-piece by upward rope tension. A well placed upward load piece adjacent the belayer, prevented further upward stripping of the route, though not the lifting of the belayer from the ground up to the limit of her tether. The RP remained in-situ but broke its cable slightly above low-centre of the karabiner ‘eye’. The krab involved showed slight marking from cable wear, but no damage.
I witnessed the fall, and further examined the video, but am at a loss to explain the RP breakage, as on first hand close inspection of the RP it appeared to be new and otherwise undamaged.
In hindsight, my best guess as to the cause of breakage under basically a body-weight only situation, is that maybe bones fified directly into the piece alongside the ettrier krab, and that slight sideways movement caused an edge of the fifi to slice through the cable under tension? This is a heads-up to me, as I have often fified into the pro piece directly, particularly when trying to extract every centimetre of height off it to gain a higher placement. I shall be circumspect in this regard if thin wires are involved in the future!

As best I could ascertain, all of those who attended enjoyed themselves, and many gave me positive feedback that they also learnt new skills to add to their bag of tricks.

It was a good weekend, and I thank the previously unmentioned people behind the scenes (particularly climbau), for the loan of supplementary aid equipment for others, even though they could not attend themselves, as it greatly contributed to the success of the weekend.

Some photos (hopefully from others as well as mine), to follow...

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