Abseiling down into Baiyambora Gorge: The old Plunge Pool of Yabba Falls and the beginning of Kennys Cataract

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bdeh on September 15, 2012

Abseiling is not that difficult Ian, but how did you get back? Great shot btw. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on September 15, 2012

True, Berend, abseiling is very easy provided the wall is relatively simple, but when it keeps changing angles and dropping away it is a bit more fun. About a kilometre further down the gorge in Gates of Yabba, we ascended a forested slope that had lots os small outcrops on it and was steeper than freefall slope (about 45 degrees) and that was very hard work for an old man. It seemed that when we had 4 points of contact we were OK, but the thought of letting go with one hand or foot seemed to mean that we would be sliding down to the next rock or tree below! I had to rest at one point to recover, though the young ones seemed to just keep at it. As I did, my son looked at me and thought, "Dad cold have a heart attack about now, but at least hewill die happy!" I survived and am willing to give it another go sometime, provided I find a different route out!

Ian

Amelia Royan on September 25, 2012

It must take a great deal of faith to step backwards off a cliff edge Ian. It's against all the basic unconscious reflexes of the brain! I don't think I'd give it a go. :))

But I'm so pleased that you enjoyed it, and survived, to look forward to the next time.

Now - has anyone told you to exert more caution? If not, let me be the first. ;-)

Warm wishes from Norway, Amelia

Buts Yuri on September 27, 2012

Excellent composition! Very nice photo! LIKE-3 ! Greetings, Buts_YV

Ian Stehbens on September 29, 2012

Thanks Yuri, Buts_YV. This was part of an awesome experience for me and my group. We were there to explore the gorge and the 160M descent of Yabba Falls.

Regards from Queensland.

Ian

Ian Stehbens on October 7, 2012

Dear Amelia,

It is just like sitting in a chair. I am not too keen on free climbing though, Amelia, for I am not strong enough or supple enough at my age any more. So I am content to sit in an abseil harness and lower myself in a very controlled way. Safe and secure.

My challenge is coming up. To walk up the 200M valley sides, my heart beating out of my chest, takes me to my limit!!

I appreciate your genuine concern, and I will be careful - that is why I surrounded myself with competent climbers with great equipment and thorough preparation.

But the photos cannot convey the incredible joy of the discoveries we made.

Ian

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