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Congestion Management Plan for the Long Weekend 25-Oct-2005 At 5:17:16 PM gfdonc
Congestion Management Plan for the Long Weekend – Arapiles

Due to the combination of the Nati Frinj Festival, VCC trip plans and general expected levels of mayhem over the token ‘long weekend’ of the Cup, Safer Cliffs Vic, in conjunction with the Natimuk Police, SES and West Goroke Boy Scouts are pleased to announce a congestion management plan (CMP) will be put in place for the coming weekend.

The plan is as follows:

1. Major trade routes
A booking scheme has been set up, see (or dial 1-800 CLIPME). Be quick, at present only the following slots are left:

The Bard – 7:30, 12:10 Saturday, fully booked Sunday, 11:15 and the ‘epic slot’ of 6:15 Monday afternoon. Note daylight savings time applies.

Ivan - still plenty of availability, call the 1-800 number for preferred times.

Tiptoe Ridge – no bookings accepted, instead the CMP prescribes a ‘soloing only’ policy for this route over the entire weekend to ensure everyone gets a go. Slower climbers please keep to the left to allow faster climbers to pass. A drinks station will be set up on the Pinnacle.

Syrinx – site of the VCC barbeque so you will need a lunch voucher before queuing up on this route.

2. The Plaques area
Setting up individual topropes is prohibited, instead the CMP team will set up a rotating pulley system that bears some similarity to a rope tow system at minor ski resorts. Climbers will be able to attach themselves at 3 metre intervals via a modified ‘nutcracker’ system that runs around a one-way pulley. Please ensure you exit cleanly. Note: A 30-second time limit applies for deliberations at the Dramp roof to ensure those stuck waiting above and below you do not get pumped out.

3. Organ Pipes
A bookings system has been deemed impractical, instead a series of turnstiles and Tensa barriers have been installed to ensure an orderly queuing system. The Natimuk Police will be in attendance to ensure the crowd does not become riotous.
A strict limit of 20 climbers will be imposed on the ledge at the base of Red Wall. Once this limit fills up, climbers will have to wait for someone to exit before heading up, much like the capacity systems in place at popular nightclubs. Neil Monteith has offered to play bouncer.

Thanks all for your cooperation and have a great weekend.

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