Student life in Melbourne

Exchange semester in Victoria University, Melbourne

Camping trip to King Valley

Good afternoon everyone from Melbourne!

Todays topic is the camping trip to King Valley, which was part of the unit Introduction to Adventure in Sport and Active Recreation

It took place from Friday morning to Monday evening. The first day was basicly just settling down and get to know the place we came. It was about 2 hour bus ride to King Valley, where we were staying on the land of local farmer. During the camp we stayed in two person tents.

The interesting part of the first day was when we were collecting fire wood from the near bushes and from the side of the road, I saw a big black snake, which was a couple meters away from me. Later on I googled and guessed that the specie of the snake could be Lowland copperhead.

At Saturday the ‘real fun’ began. Earlier on we were divided into two groups – my group started with abceiling and the other group with white water rafting, and then we would change the activies for the next day.

The day was really sunny and perfect for doing abceiling. I have never done it before, so it was new and exciting thing for me. I had done before once bouldering and a couple time wall climbing, but I could not say that I am really expert on that or have any knowledge how to really do it.

The day consist of two different abceiling case and one rock climbing. The first abceiling was app. 10m height and the second one app. 30m. The rock climbing part was after the first one, when we climbed back up to the rock cliff. The day was full of adrealine, I’m a little bit afraid of heights (falling), so it was really about challenging myself and face my fears and come out as a winner and after all I also did well job.

At Sunday it was time for white water rafting. The other group did not do it yesterday, because of the water level was too low in the river we were suppose to go first. So, the plans changed and we all went to another river called Buffalo River as a big group. The day was not good as yesterday, it was raining all day long, but it did not matter, because we would get anyway and it would be too hot in wet suits and life jackets if it would be hot weather. Unfornately, of the weather and the river I could not take mobile phone with me and take pictures of this. I recommend that you google White Water Rafting if you are not familiar with the subject, so you know what is it all about and what it looks like!

White water rafting last much longer than abceiling, we were almost 4 hours in the river going with the river and rapids. We were all the time active by paddling and trying to keep our balance in the raft. Abceiling in the other hand was just a couple minute performance. These rafts that we used were operated by one person! So, they were not the big rafts were is 6-8 persons, but this was much more challenging and funnier! You really were control of the raft, there were no one else to help you going down the rapids. Among the rafts, there were two bigger and longer rafts, which were little more trickier to control and go down through the rapids and rocks. (Luckily) Unfortunately, I was offered (forced) to go down with the other one. It was faster and much more unstable, so the in the rapids I had to be really focused and try to go right route that I would not get stucked to the rocks and fall down. Even the rapids seemed to be quite dangerous, no one got hurt even they fell off the rafts down to the stream. In the beginning, mine raft also went upside down, because the person in front of me got stuck in the rock and blocked the whole route and I hit him and the raft went upside down. I hold my grip of the paddle and also got grip from my raft and walked against the stream to the shore. The depth of water was about my waist in that point and the stream was neither that strong (altough it was quite strong).

In the last day, we packed the camp and had reflect sessions and headed back to Melbourne. I had a lot of fun, new experiences and friends. This was biggest part of the outdoor unit, which was compulsory to complete. The camping part was not that hard, if you have done the army, this felt like a holiday. Although, many of Australians were little bit uncomfortable when you can not flush the toilet and you have to sleep in sleeping bag and in tent.

Here is a couple pictures from the trip

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If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask and as always have a nice day!