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Meet report: Grotto Ravine and Caves, 4 September 2016

Advertised as a cave/climb combo, this meet was a little different from the usual CPSS one. The caves we were to visit are too small to make an outing in themselves, therefore additional interest would have to come from the climb up to them. Our route, Grotto Ravine, was chosen to supply this.

Eleven of us set off from the mountain access point on Theresa Avenue, up to the Pipe Track and along it for a while before turning off and making our way up to the first rock band. A small but slightly awkward 'B' pitch here was the most formidable obstacle we were to meet on the ascent; it did not trouble any of us. More climbing, a short breather in a bit of forest under a cliff, yet more climbing, and we were on top. Now for some caving, and we kitted up. Helmets. Lights. A few conspicuously never-been-caved-in-before overalls were to be seen. Let's change that: a few tight wet crawls, a squelch to a squeezy exit, and everyone emerged satisfactorily dirty. More caves? Yes, down the ladders into Echo Valley, across to the Valley of Isolation, and here were two more to explore: one, a tunnel crawl, short and wet, the other a walk-in, even shorter, even wetter.

All that remained now was the descent. This was via Diagonal. Down at something past 5:00p.m., we'd had quite a full day.

Stephen Craven, sweeper and bag-minder.
JP and Riaan, helped to carry rubbish (we cleared the caves of two bags worth).



















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