Biggen­den cadets learn new skills

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

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.

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