Millrace Cave, Jan 2018 · Index · Galena King Mine, April 2018

Trip Report: Vertical training at Box, February 10th, 2018

NMT Caving Club

Trip leader: Scott Christenson and David Hunter

Attending: Tyler, Connor, and Eshani

This was a long-awaited vertical training session. Regrettably, the shortage of trip leaders and large number of beginning cavers seldom allows for more advanced trips. We finally managed a vertical training trip. Though, only having 2 vertically trained cavers, we could only handle a few trainees.

The vertical training took place at Box Canyon, a popular climbing area near Socorro. There are several shorter cliffs that make for good vertical training, and the climbers installed lots of anchors.

2 cavers descending at Box.

The trainees were introduced to repelling in the school gym on short drops. Once they are used to repelling, the shorter cliffs provide a bit more challenge.

Bottom belaying

Tyler enjoyed the rappel.

Tyler repelling

Eshani starting down.

Eshani also enjoyed the rappel. But saying "Eshani enjoyed..." is generally stating the obvious.

Millrace Cave, Jan 2018 · Index · Galena King Mine, April 2018

Last Updated: Oct 2018; Original Posting.

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