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Cousin of Cave VI · Fri. Oct. 14th - Sun. Oct. 16th

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Organized by: Nick Hindley.

Start: Friday, Oct. 14th, 6:00 pm
End: Sunday, Oct. 16th, 11:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 11th, 7:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Clubroom

Description:

The notorious Cousin of Cave returns for it's sixth installment!

This is your chance to become aquainted with the joys of Vancouver Island's subterrainian world; including - but not limited to - mud, tight awkward spaces, absolute darkness, squeeze crawling, and mud. It will be the most intimate with rock you have ever been. I hope.

The plan is for three (~4 person) car groups to head to Vancouver Island to do some caving, most likely in an area west of Campbell River. These caves are generally very wet, so we'll likely be wetsuiting up on one or both of the days. There is a decent amount of opportunity for ropework and in-cave rappels, so there are some prerequisite skills needed. 

  • Comfortable with confined spaces.  Very confined spaces.
  • Above average sense of (type 2) adventure
  • Rappel experience is mandatory
  • Experience ascending ropes is a major asset (aka SRT: single rope technique)
  • Ability to shotgun a PBR in under 15 seconds

If you are not able to get a wetsuit, you will not be able to do the wet cave. Which is the most fun one. Try!

I'll be running a pre-trip meeting and 'classroom' session (1hr).  We'll discuss speleomorphology, cave formations, cave safety, and how to minimize our impact on the fragile environment inside a cave. This will be followed by a 2 hr SRT clinic in the Aviary to practice rope ascending, and getting your setups dialled. If you have not ascended ropes before, or if you are borrowing equipment you are unfamiliar with, it is strongly recommended that you come to this - it will make us much more efficient in the cave, and you'll thank yourself for it when its the end of a long day and you're cold and wet.

Due to the small group size and technicality of this trip, it will not necessarily be first come first served.  Signing up as commited does not necessarily guarantee your place.  Sorry :( I wish I could take everyone but just can't.  Sign-up closes and group will be finalized Oct 11th.

We will depart from Vanvouver to the Island via Horseshoe Bay on Friday evening and will return late Sunday evening. This trip is rain or shine; caving can be done regardless of weather.  Also we'll camp down the logging road for the overnight.

Post on the message board or shoot me an email directly if you have any questions! Also, I love to see that previous Cousin of Cave returnees are interested once again! - But I'll be giving priority to people who's first CoC this is, since I only run it once a year.

Please check out the VOC Wiki Caving page, which contains many nice photos and nice informations. Also contains a rough itinerary for this trip. See link above.

 

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Posted: 2022-09-01 01:07:44
Last modified: 2022-09-16 00:04:02