Workshop Wednesdays – Videos by Craig (Flynny) Flynn
Every week, Craig Flynn and his team are releasing a series of technical and safety video’s for canyoners. These are currently available on Facebook, but will soon be made available on youtube. Feel free to provide feedback on current video’s or suggestions for new video’s.
Preventing Harness Hang Syndrome, AKA Suspension Trauma
When I did the video about haul systems I mentioned the dangers of Hang Syndrome and suggested setting a foot loop up for the haulee so they could releave the pressure on their legs. A few people have asked how that would work so I convinced Gabby to model for us while I explain the concept.In the video I say that most people hanging motionless in a harness have onset of hang syndrome within 15mins. I just read some new research that says it has been observed in as little as 3min.If you can't set up a foot loop, for whatever reason, even just moving your legs around to activate the muscles will help delay the onset.For those who wish to read up some more a good place to start is https://www.dynamicrescue.com/blogs/news/13262417-ask-a-pro-what-is-suspension-trauma-aka-harness-hang-syndromeAs always the people appearing in these videos are volunteers. Be polite, be kind, be awesome. Catch you all out there somewhere: Flynny
Posted by Australian Canyoning Association on Tuesday, 3 March 2020
Note: As of February 2020, The NSW Canyoning Association has changed its name to The Australian Canyoning Association.
Prusiks / Friction Knots
Workshop Wednesday: Back to basics wioth prusiks and friction knots.I've been a bit time poor lately so I'll probably take the WW videos to a monthly rather than weekly thing. If anyone has something they want to see in a WW video or wants to chip in and help out comment below.
Posted by Australian Canyoning Association on Tuesday, 18 February 2020
Ghosting techniques 1. Fiddlesticks
Workshop Wednesday: Ghosting techniques 1. One way to set up a retrievable anchor so you are not leaving tape tatt behind is to fiddlestick. There's the Canyon Gear Fiddlestick or the BG Smooth Operator and probably other brands that work basically the same.
Posted by Australian Canyoning Association on Sunday, 9 February 2020
What’s More Efficient? Throw and Go versus Contingency
One of the preceptions (at least it was for me and I have had it echoed by others) is that rigging contingency/releasable anchors, while a good idea, is slow and inefficient. If all your abseilers are competent Throw and Go is just quicker and easier so in line with the Keep It Simple Stupid philosophy people are reluctant to change. But what is the reality? Well when you get away from coiling rope each drop and start stuffing it into your pack things get a bit interestting. Today I time each method.
Posted by Australian Canyoning Association on Friday, 31 January 2020
Adding More Rope to a Lowering System
When things go wrong they sometimes go wrong in the weirdest ways. What happens if you find yourself in the position of needing to lower someone but for some reason don't have enough rope in your system to get them all the way to the ground? Here's one way to add more rope in
Posted by Australian Canyoning Association on Tuesday, 28 January 2020
*While most of our canyons remain closed, the Blue Mtns themselves are open for business and many of those business are suffering due to a lack of the usual summer visitors. So while we can't get out and canyon there are plenty of practice friendly clifflines in the parks and reserves that are open (Mitchells Ridge and Hassans Walls spring to mind) So why not set a practice day with your mates and spend a bit of money while you are in the area? If you are new to these techiques consider some professional instruction from one of the local adventure companies.*Anyhoo continuing on with Releasable/Contingency anchors let's run back through my fav, the 8 block. It's quick, relatively easy and figure 8s are cheap. There are a few different ways to do the block. This shows just one of them. If you have a method you prefer feel free to describe it in the comments. Note* in this video I use a climbing quickdraw (2 standard gate karabiners joined by the short bit of sling.) To be extra safe a canyoning quick draw should be used (ie 2 screw gate karabiners joined by a short sling)
Posted by Australian Canyoning Association on Thursday, 16 January 2020
Munter Mule Overhand (MMO)
This week we continue with single stand techniques and introduce releaseable, or contingency, anchors as Joel takes us thrugh the MMOPlease remember the people appearing in these videos are enthusiastic volunteers just trying to share knowledge so keep your comments positive and constructive, seek personal instruction and practice in a safe environment.
Posted by Australian Canyoning Association on Saturday, 11 January 2020
This week we dip our toes into the single strand abseil set ups with the 'biner block’.There are a bunch of ways to do the block so if you have a different method you prefer feel free to describe it in the comments but please remember the people appearing in these videos are enthusiastic volunteers just trying to share knowledge so keep your comments positive and constructive, seek personal instruction and practice in a safe environment.
Posted by Australian Canyoning Association on Thursday, 2 January 2020
Anchor Safety – Especially Post Fires
Workshop Wednesday: on Tuesday…. It could be a while before some Blue Mts canyon areas get reopenned but when they do there is every chance old anchors will be compromised. So what sort of checks should we be doing?
Posted by Australian Canyoning Association on Monday, 30 December 2019
Harness Loop Cut Incident
Harness Loop Cut Accident: Freak Accident or Real Risk?In 2006 Todd Skinner, an experienced climber, died from a fall after his belay loop broke.According to his friend, Hewett, the belay loop was 15 to 20 per cent already worn out, probably from continued fraying as a result of using a girth hitch around the belay loop for intensive wall climbing. Hewett explained that on the day of the accident Skinner had his 2 ascenders girth-hitched directly into the loop, the higher one connected via an arm’s length sling and the lower attached to an aider. These girth hitches were probably rubbing in one spot while Skinner was climbing and cut the belay loop, causing him to become detached to the rope and fall.To test how difficult it is to actually cut a belay loop with a sling, Craig Flynn did some experimenting in this video. You can clearly see the real risk!
Posted by Australian Canyoning Association on Wednesday, 11 December 2019
Workshop Wednesday: Haul systems. This is a fairly complex one and I've been a bit under the pump this week so I just realised my dyspraxia kicked in and I reffer to U hauls as Z hauls all the way through this but let's focus on the concepts of the haul systems 🙂 As always WW vids are to give you ideas of what to go out and learn. Seek professional instruction and practice in a safe environment
Posted by Australian Canyoning Association on Tuesday, 10 December 2019
Anyone who partakes in rope sport should know how to ascend a rope to get themselves out of trouble.Today we compare traditional prusik techniques against modern ascenders. Also if you haven't practiced in the last 18months the answer to the question "Can you ascend a rope?" is probably no. With so many NPs being closed at the moment it might be a good oportunity to practice your skills in the park 🙂
Posted by Australian Canyoning Association on Tuesday, 3 December 2019