Biggenden cadets learn new skills
BIGGENDEN PCYC Emergency Services cadets have completed their rock climbing and abseiling course, which was cut short in April thanks to rain.
A 4am start did not deter cadets and parent drivers, neither did the sight of the 25 metre drop off the summit of Mt Ngungun at the Glasshouse Mountains.
Cadets also had to contend with a swarm of winged ants that remained on the summit for more than an hour, while they were getting harnessed up and ready to abseil.
Once cadets gained confidence in the abseiling technique, the 50 metre abseil was quite manageable.
Cadet co-ordinator Moira Thompson said cadets were also taught how to stop mid-way on an abseil, using the rope like a seat with a break.
“As well how to develop quick reflexes, should the belayer let go of the rope,” she said.
Rock climbing and abseiling are considered to be one of the best elite sports to teach team work, trust, confidence and overcoming fear.
These skills will be vital, should any of the cadets choose to use vertical rescue in the SES, fire service, police, helicopter rescue, military or outdoor education.
Mrs Thompson said the North Burnett Regional Council was to be sincerely thanked for their ongoing support of young people.
“Former Mayor Don Waugh, and former Councillor LoftyWendt as well as Deputy CEO David Wiskar, as well all of council voted unanimously to support cadets financially in this venture,” she said.
ON TOP: Lucas McAskill steps off the rocks to abseil down Mt Ngungun.
Biggenden cadets were eager to undertake their rock climbing and abseiling course off the summit of Mt Ngungun at the Glasshouse Mountains.
Adult leader Nigel Reed with cadet Kaylee Garrigon at the rock climbing and abseiling course at the Glasshouse Mountains.
Biggenden cadet Samson Wykamp.