Chloe's Caving Adventure Print E-mail
Written by Chloe- Mallacoota P-12   

2A in Wilson's CaveOne sunny day on the 22/11/10 a group called 2A from SRC took a day trip into Buchan to go wild caving. We started out walking through a paddock and eventually came to a hole surrounded by rocks; this was the entrance to Wilsons cave. First to enter the cave was Brodie, followed by myself. At the start I was a bit nervous but mostly pumped.

It was a fairly tight squeeze entering but as we soon discovered there was more in store. The first challenging climb we faced was when we had to climb up a muddy slope that was pretty vertical and flat, there were not too many rocks to grab onto if you were slipping. We were shown how to use our knees and push our back against the wall behind us. If we fell, at the bottom of the slope there was a big gap where the rocks opened up into a drop that was big enough to fall down and it went straight down for as far as you could see. When we made it to the ‘letter box’ we didn’t think we would fit because the rocks were not spaced very far apart. The letter box was on a slope downwards which meant when you were working your way through, you were laying head first between 2 walls of rocks. We all made it through of course but it was a bit of a struggle. At times our helmets got stuck in the bits where the rocks got really close together and you had to wriggle and twist as much as you could to get free and pull yourself along with your arms out in front of you.  At this stage everyone was loving it and all nerves were gone. Next up was the wombat hole. It was literally the size, if not smaller than a wombat hole. It was not very long but quite challenging. If you didn’t go into it with momentum you would find it pretty hard because it dips and turns a little corner half way through. I found myself stuck once again and had to wriggle out which took a lot of effort. There were only a few little challenges after this before our caving adventure was over. We were in the Wilsons cave all morning whilst 2B was looking through the Royal cave and the in the afternoon 2A and 2B swapped over after having a BBQ lunch at the park. Caving was heaps of fun and I had a fantastic day.


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