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The singularly most dangerous thing ... 28-Oct-2005 At 7:02:37 AM Hatman

On 25/10/2005 Clancy wrote:
>thankfully i could "top
>out" the route (while swearing profusly) and get lowered on another rope...

Ah well nevermind maybe next time

Lots of these stories are about the old abseil, no wonder climbers dont like those dicks who abseil all the time!

My story is also of an abseil. Dan and I were lost on top of south butteress of booromba. We decided to abseil and go home. We could not see the bottom so I tied a mega big knot in the end and threw the 60m rope which we tied to a tree.

Dan abseiled off first and promtly droped the walkie talkie wich we needed cause the wind was up. Dan went outa sight and then faint curseing issued from below along with jerking rope movements and then the rope started swaying and then whent slack. I asumed he was on terra firmer.

So I abseiled. I went pretty quick down the rope and as I abseiled past a ledge to my left I spotted dan. Weird I thought why is he up there as I hit the knot in the end of the rope.
Dan had realised the rope was short of the ground and swung accros the cliff to a ledge and unclipped. So here I was with my device jamed with the knot and still about 10m of the ground. I had prusic loops but could not stand in either as they were to short to reach from above the knot! So after plenty of curseing I managed to get un jammed. I had to untie the knot and swing accross the cliff to another ledge, However the ledge was about a meter off the end off the rope so after much swinging, swearing and courage building I swung out and let the rope through the device. I hit the ledge safe with my heart beating and adrenalin pumping! Then had to go back up and move the rope to rescue dan!

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