Thursday, December 12, 2013

Hi Ho Tonto/Tomo

There were no Lone Rangers as the CACTI merged into a seemless CACTUS teem to horse around at Punakaiki and delve into the subterranean depths of the Paparoas. Warm up for the big day was a stop off to wind up the hairpin bends of the Croesus Track from Barrytown with a quick descent back to the car. The 2 1/2 hour horse trek up the Punakaiki stretched the novices and exhilarated the more experienced. Lunch on the short trip up to Charleston fueled us for the 5 hour caving expedition into "The One" [Te Tahi]. No worries as the team dropped over the edge of the 40 m Hi Hi Tomo sinkhole. We were committed - no turning back now! Squeezes, drops, chimneys, waterfalls were all in the mix in this active water cave. As Tim put it: "Pain is weakness leaving the human body". The team was strengthened in more ways than one through this awesome day! Breakfast and end of course presentations to wind up the course are on Friday. Meet at bodyworx at 6:45 as usual.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

TERM 4 CHALLENGE - 7 December

This terms challenge will take CACTUS up to the Paparoas. The Big Day will include a 2 1/2hr Horse Trek at Punakaiki and a 5 hr Adventure Caving Expedition in the Te Tahi cave system at Charleston. Entrance to Te Tahi is via a 130 ft abseil down an awesome sink hole. The big day starts at 6am and we will return to Hoki around 8pm. We will throw in a hill challenge on the Croesus track on the way north. This will be a hard out challenge and an awesome day!

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