The idea of this get-together was to give newer boys and girls on the block a greater appreciation of single rope techniques. Better to have some idea of what do do if a situation arises when a caver may be hung up on a rope for whatever reason. Change-overs from rope to rope, re-belays, back-prussiking and deviations were demonstrated as well as recovery of a casualty from the mid-rope position. The worst case scenario was shown by Peter recovering Geoff from a rope and bringing him to relative safety at floor level. Whilst this did take some time, nearly half an hour, that would always be better option than leaving a casualty hung-up waiting for a rescue, and risking serious circulation problems. Matt and Caddy tackled a similar operation. It seems important to stress the need for every caver to carry spare jammer and cows-tail, pulley and knife, especially on major outings.
Later in the day some carried on the exercise whilst others went a-swimming in the KMC Rowten sumps.
The day was a great success and needs to be repeated very soon with more emphasis on knots and rigging and man-hauling a fatigued climber. That is a common enough state of affairs and everyone should know how to tackle it.
Thanks to Steve H, Emma, Victor, Peter, Geoff, Chris, Matt, Ian and Caddy for their support.