Monday 18 April 2016

SEC Chimanimani Expedition, 6 - 24 August 2016

Hello SEC Members
We are planning an international joint expedition to Chimanimani in eastern Zimbabwe.  The aim is to descend the deepest caves in southern Africa and explore other deep caves in the area.  The trip involves a two-day drive to Chim village followed by a two-day hike to the caves. 
Costs are shared travel costs, one or two cars (still to be determined), Park fees at 10 USD per person per day, 12 days;  shared Ranger costs of 25 USD per ranger per day (3 rangers);  shared porter costs of 25 USD per one way trip.  We will need to take own food for the 12 days, water is available from a river.  So also tents, sleeping bags, several overalls, it is cold and wet in the caves;  August is generally cold especially at night.
Personal gear is SRT harness etc.  Group gear will be ropes, drills, anchors, solar charges for batteries (most of these still to be purchased/borrowed/hired). 
Requirements SRT proficient members only.  Space is limited.  RSVP John Dickie 073 985 8068.

Friday 15 April 2016

SEC SRT Training and Armegeddon Trip - 30 April, 1 May

Hi SEC Members
We will be having a SRT training day, for all the new SEC members.  This is also open for the members who just want to practise their SRT and/or want to help train the newbies.  Then all those who are proficient at SRT have an opportunity to apply this at THE BIG ONE!  We will go to Armegeddon on Sunday with the plan of doing the Bat Hole, which means a 50m SRT into and out of the sinkhole; and a further three SRT opportunities in the bat hole.
Saturday 30 April:  SRT training 2pm onwards, at 64 Patton Place, Tedderfield, JHB.  If you do not have your own caving harness, you can use club equipment.  There will be an instruction to learn to make your own personal safety and foot loops.  You can buy the rope from the club, about R160.
Sunday 1 May:  meet at 9am; intersection of N12 and R28.  This is a members only trip and you must be SRT proficient.
RSVP John 073 985 8068.  Club harnesses are limited so please book your space.

Thursday 7 April 2016

Climber's Cave - 10th of April

Hello everyone,

Gerrie is organizing a trip to Climber's Cave on Sunday the 10th of April.

The trip is open to visitors, but only if you are comfortable with climbing! The cave is called Climber's for a reason...

Meet at 9 at the corner of the N14 and R500 - 26°11'10.68"S & 27°26'27.14"E

There will be a braai afterwards.

If you want to join the trip contact Gerrie at 078 423 4261.

Enjoy the weekend!


Monday 4 April 2016

SEC Caver Certification

The SEC committee is in the process of implementing and testing a system for certifying its cavers with an aim of increasing skills in individuals to become better and more independent cavers. - See the link below for more info!