"I believe that adventure is about stretching yourself: mentally, physically or culturally. It is about doing what you do not normally do, pushing yourself hard and doing it to the best of your ability. If that is true then adventure is all around us, at all times. Adventure is accessible to normal people, in normal places, in short segments of time and without having to spend much money.
Adventure is only a state of mind."
#microadventure - platform diving
What: A Saturday night microadventure
When: 4th June 2016 - 18:07 until 23:32
Where: Mt Donna Buang
Why: Because life is too short for boring
This event will send you on a little adventure - a microadventure. If you don't know what that is, just watch the video below.
Melbourne has a great history of adventurous events and we went on some adventures before: a mid-week camp and a paddle in the dark. This time we're going vertical in the middle of the night. The get together has been inspired by the German event Turmspringen 2.0 im Suderburger Cacherland which will happen at the very same time. Maybe we'll get a live-feed up to our friends on the other side of the globe.
We're going abseiling! And maybe some rope ascending as well but that's not the whole story: To make things interesting we're also doing it at night. This is an event from friends for friends. Nobody of the attendees has a professional qualification so therefore your safety lies within your own hands. We will make this as safe as possible but can't accept any liability. By participating in the abseiling and climbing activities, you agree to this and the Safety Warnings below.
At the coordinates is the infamous 23m heigh Mt. Donna Buang observation tower which hopefully will provide great views even at night. Close by is a little pavillion and some picnic tables.
Are you intrigued? Then log your will attend and come along for a mid-week adventure. Please let us know in your log how many climbers will attend. Now you probably have a couple of questions which we tried to anticipate:
How do I get there?
By car from Warburton. The road is sealed and good for any vehicle.
Can I attend without abseiling?
Yes - like our friends in Germany we welcome all curious, chatty, friendly or interested cachers and muggles.
What happens if it rains?
If severe conditions are expected like a thunderstorm, extreme winds or a zombie outbreak, we will postpone the event. However a little bit of rain doesn't hurt and it is an adventure after all.
What do I need to wear?
Comfortable clothing suitable for the weather - it probably will be cold. Loose fitting trousers are good. Wear firm fitting footwear, training or running shoes are suitable and bring a jacket, just in case the weather changes. Please make sure you get enough warm and waterproof clothing because abseiling will go ahead in light rain.
Will it be dark?
Yes. Pitch-black actually so bring a torch. Of course a head-torch is ideal.
Do I need to bring any gear?
We should be ok for gear however if you do have climbing gear, bring it along. Please read the Safety Warnings below.
You are still here? Good! Trust me - We can also think of a million reasons why this is a stupid idea! And this is why we are doing this and not hiding behind another excuse. Life is just too short for boring. Think about how big your smile will be on Sunday morning.
Adventure is out there
- Climbing is an intrinsically dangerous activity. You could be seriously injured or killed, even by events beyond your control, by taking part in climbing activities.
- Climbing is a team activity. It is typical for people with whom you are climbing to hold your life in their hands (e.g. belaying). Only climb with people you trust. If you are not sure then don’t climb.
- The safety issues relevant to climbing outdoors are totally different to those involved with indoor gym climbing. We encourage you to use safe climbing practices but any climbing you undertake is at your own risk.
- The BWWC cannot guarantee your safety 100%. You are personally responsible for your own safety, which includes choosing where and what you climb, what gear you use (whether it’s yours or anyone else’s), and with whom you climb.
- It is a requirement that all participants wear helmets at all times whilst climbing or belaying, or whenever above or below a cliff or a climbable structure.
- No persons who are under the influence of alcohol are permitted to participate.
- If your gear is deemed to be inappropriate or unsafe, we can't allow it to be used.
- Any advice or recommendation on climbing equipment given to you by BWWC members is not to be taken as any warranty that the equipment is fit for the purpose of climbing or of the performance of the equipment.
- If you feel uncomfortable about any of the above, the answer is simple – do not climb! We do not mean to frighten you off; we just want to make sure that you understand the risks involved and are prepared to accept personal responsibility for these risks.