Monday, 27 February 2012
Great gorge walk by Roddy
Today was fantastic! Group 8 had an amazing, fun adventure in the gorge. I had walked through a gorge before but I felt that this might be different.
Thea, our instructor, and her assistant Ruth met us in the yard and told us the kind of equipment we would need.
Soon we were in the minibus and on our way. It was a bumpy ride! The whole road was filled with enormous potholes in addition to the suspension in the minibus was awful.
On arrival the first thing we had to do was climb over some logs that were blown over from the second of January storm.
After that we came to a huge pool that had been damned by twigs and logs so we had to unblock it by chucking the debris into the gorge below then we had to wait for the pool to drain so we could walk across easily.
Later we came to a section where it was quite deep plus that the fact that we had to climb along a ledge that stuck out at a 305 degree angle.It was practically impossible.
Finally we got to the loony slides. I was first on but I was told to sit in the corner of it so the others could get on. You were supposed to make a human damn then Thea would say, "Ok," and you had to let the water push you down to a small pool.
On the way down from the gorge the path was really muddy and none of us made it to the bottom without falling over.