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The Funnell

The Funnell

Not exactly rock climbing but excellent rope adventure anyway in an extremely exposed secret location. This funnel is the largest manmade tunnel in the Southern Hemisphere - access is via a bloody long, extremely scenic drive from Sydney - then two hours along a dirt road - set up camp with 30 plus other people from around Australia get your 120m long 11mm static and start coiling it into your bomb bag ... when your forarms start burning and your back muscles start screaming your almost finished coiling it into the bomb bag - now haul that big farker onto your back and hike around to the entrance ... set up a very strong ancor setup, lots of lurvely equalising to be done here, plently of failsafes ... Throw your bomb bag over the edge into the 50m in diameter 110m deep funnel below and watch as the rope uncoils in a sexy slither all the way down the drop - then ... *thud* it hits the bottom, you're almost sure you've split the bottom of the bag but you don't care, this is going to be a fun abseil!!! At 70m down the pitch there's a lip - so you head on down, place an anchor - put on the rope protector and finish the abseil - just brilliant fun!!! No worries about the rope snagging, dodging ledges etc. etc., just a nice fun fast clean abseil!!! 30 odd people follow you down and then you explore the rest of the tunnel. Then wait for nightfall and do it again and again in the dark!!! WOOT!

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