A weekend of caving with the RAT crew

Discussion in 'Randall's Adventure & Training®' started by Jeff Randall, Aug 15, 2017.

  1. Stone

    Stone Member

    Messages:
    3,942
    Likes Received:
    4,154
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Way Far NE US
    Then I'd say this about that: that was one deep freaking pit. :confused:

    The nadir must've been down near the asthenosphere (where the crust meets the mantle).

    Why, that's deeper than my ex's ... insatiable ego. :oops:

    I call that delegation, a mark of wisdom, which is why your business has been a role model for mine for years. You made it to where you are now -- founder of this fine forum (void of politics and religion, thank you very much) and ESEE Knives -- by delegating, and knowing when to take a <choose one or more> rest, restitution, vacation, delegation, conflagration ... OK, that's enough.** You get my point. (If not, I'll come back later to clarify.)

    (** Jeff pays me $0.75 per word for flattery, minus what appears on the invoice as $0.43 for "Alabama State Tax", so I write as many flattering words as possible. )

    Now, about that 600' of rope. Can't we just get a solar powered crane in there? It would save a lot of belay.
     
    Zeek likes this.
  2. Guyon

    Guyon Member

    Messages:
    95
    Likes Received:
    216
    Location:
    TN
    Belay was pretty much a placebo. With so much stretch in that new rope, the bottom belay probably wasn't stopping anybody. It was nice to know someone had a hand on rope, but I don't think it mattered much.
     
  3. Guyon

    Guyon Member

    Messages:
    95
    Likes Received:
    216
    Location:
    TN
    2.jpg

    I did my homework, and this part is what had me freaked out for weeks. That said, we did have a safety line--contrary to some reports I'd read. And the mud was kind of a tacky clay consistency, which helped a bit with grip. It was still unnerving, especially on the return trip while so tired.
     
    Strigidae likes this.
  4. Jeff Randall

    Jeff Randall ESEE Knives / Randall's Adventure & Training Staff Member

    Messages:
    4,082
    Likes Received:
    9,687
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Alabama
    The crawl on that narrow ledge above the 400' drop didn't bother me as bad as the rig point for the drop. That was just freaky looking off into the abyss with nothing but a fine mist of water reflecting off your headlight. Actually the only thing I simply got tired of was the damn slimy mud. I don't mind mud and dirt but this stuff was like thick snot keeping you from manipulating anything with your hands.
     
  5. Jeff Randall

    Jeff Randall ESEE Knives / Randall's Adventure & Training Staff Member

    Messages:
    4,082
    Likes Received:
    9,687
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Alabama
    Trip was completely miserable. Found these in there on the wall:

    DSC_1662.jpg
     
    kreeves and Zeek like this.
  6. Strigidae

    Strigidae Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    10,280
    Likes Received:
    12,847
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    United States
    Stalactites?
     
  7. Guyon

    Guyon Member

    Messages:
    95
    Likes Received:
    216
    Location:
    TN
    Fixed for you.
     
    Zeek, BigJake, kreeves and 1 other person like this.
  8. kreeves

    kreeves Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    101
    Likes Received:
    146
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    North Bama, Roll Tide
    I was belaying you, but was 98.76% focused on how much the pit sucked so yeah you probably would have smashed into the death rocks.
     
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2017
  9. kreeves

    kreeves Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    101
    Likes Received:
    146
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    North Bama, Roll Tide
  10. kreeves

    kreeves Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    101
    Likes Received:
    146
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    North Bama, Roll Tide
    moving the 3 ft diameter 45 lb rope donut was fun too.....
     

Share This Page