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Adventure Club – iFly

iFly provides the opportunity to experience the free fall sensation of skydiving in the safety of a vertical wind tunnel while not strapped to an instructor but free to learn some basic manoeuvres to control movement. With training, aerial acrobatics are also possible.

Check-in and a short wait, with the chance to watch a previous group fly, gave us an idea of what to expect and allay some initial fears.  Soon we were suiting up and learning the basic principles and hand signals (the wind is loud in the tunnel) for relax, chin up, legs straight and legs bent.  That’s all there is to it. Off to the staging area to await our turn.

The boys were very quick to master the basic skills.  Three extended length flights allowed them to further hone these skills and demonstrate mastery of the basics to control their movement around the tunnel.  Most choose to have our instructor take them to the top of the tunnel and down again as part of their final flight before our instructor demonstrated some fancier flying techniques with precision. All were smiling ear to ear as we exited at the end of our session.

A stroll down Cavill Mall to the beach before enjoying a casual lunch capped off a great day out.

Images and video available HERE:

 

Mr B Bassingthwaighte

ADVENTURE CLUB COORDINATOR

Adventure Club: iFly – Indoor Skydiving – Saturday, 19 October 2019

Activity # 19-6
Activity Title: iFly Surfers Paradise
Overview: Indoor skydiving is the simulation of true free fall conditions in a vertical wind tunnel. The invention of modern wind tunnels has given skydivers a consistent and practical way to develop and hone skills that usually require jumping from a plane.

Additionally, the increase in availability of wind tunnels has created a whole new genre of sport – bodyflight! It is one of the most exciting and fastest growing sports in the world. There’s no parachute, no jumping and nothing attaching you to planet Earth! It’s just you, the air and an incredible adrenaline rush.

Experience 2 x double length flights

https://downunder.iflyworld.com/what-is-ifly/the-ifly-experience

Details:      
Date: Saturday 19 October, 2019
Travel: Depart TGS 8:30 am (from Margaret St Bus loop)
  Return TGS 4:30 pm (eta)
  Means Mini bus
Accom: n/a
Catering: self-catering – purchase in Surfers Paradise
Equipment: Suitable casual clothing, including suitable shoes.

Flight equipment provided

Small backpack and water bottle

Costs: max $180, charged to TGS account.  Once you have committed to this activity, the cost may be charged if you withdraw from the activity or do not attend for any reason.
Staff: Mr Bassingthwaighte, TBC
Sign Up: Use the google form to sign up for this activity.

https://forms.gle/mKMKFs6Kb1v3FXmr8

Please sign up by Tuesday 15 October – this is so bookings can be finalised.  There is a maximum of 20 places available.

 Other: A parental permission form and waiver is required.  Please have a parent/guardian complete the forms and return to Mr Bassingthwaighte.

Forms – https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1UPrNX1DM2_q7EWT8Se9ZpXlhu0czYcgO?usp=sharing

Parents are also invited to join this activity. 

Adventure Club: Girraween National Park with camping overnight – CANCELLED (Insufficient Interest)

Activity # 19-5
Activity Title: Girraween National Park, with overnight camping at Sommerville Valley (via Stanthorpe)
Overview: Girraween National Park boasts massive granite outcrops, balancing boulders, clear running streams and spectacular wildflowers in spring.

Golden wattles, yellow, red and purple pea flowers, dainty orchids and flannel flowers grow amid forests of red-gum, stringybark and blackbutt. Frogs, lizards and snakes rustle among the leaf litter. Brilliant turquoise parrots, yellow-tufted honeyeaters and superb fairy-wrens splash the granite-strewn countryside with colour, while red-necked wallabies, brush-tailed possums and spiny echidnas weave their way through the wonders of the woodland.

From https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/girraween/about.html#further_information

 

·         Explore the caves around the pyramids and other areas

·         Admire the enormous granite outcrops

·         Overnight camping in a nearby camp ground with full facilities (unfortunately camping in the NP is currently closed)

 

Details:      
Date: Sat-Sun 03-04 August, 2019
Travel: Depart TGS 6:30 am (from Margaret St Bus loop)
  Return TGS 5:30 pm (eta)
  Means Mini bus + trailer
Accom: Camping – 2 person tents available on loan from Adventure Club

The campsite has full facilities.

Catering: self-catering – BYO provisions.  Trangia stoves available on loan from Adventure Club
Equipment: Suitable clothing, including suitable shoes and extra warm clothing

Sleeping bag, crockery/cutlery. (wash up gear provided)

Small backpack and water bottles

Costs: max $85, charged to TGS account.  Once you have committed to this activity, the cost may be charged if you withdraw from the activity or do not attend for any reason.
Staff: Mr Bassingthwaighte, TBC
Sign Up: Use the google form to sign up for this activity.

https://forms.gle/QL9iNTqXS9HYz3xR9

Please sign up by Friday 26 July – this is so transport can be booked.  There is a maximum of 10 places available.

 Other: A parental permission form is required.  Please have a parent/guardian complete the form and return to Mr Bassingthwaighte.

For Forms and other Information:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1zDoWQyJBLD4cJeLnsDUvEwa5VhPmHDlX?usp=sharing

Parents are also invited to join this activity. 

Adventure Club: Activity Report – Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

Adventure Club Activity Report

Activity: Overnight Trip – Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT)
Date: 1-2 June 2019
Participants: See below
Staff: Brodie Bassingthwaighte, Ian Waite

 

A chilly morning greeted the group as we loaded bikes, tents and equipment ready for a weekend cycling the upper sections of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.  Now the longest Rail Trail in Australia, the original line was commenced near Ipswich in 1884 and eventually completed to Yarraman in 1913.  The line followed the picturesque Brisbane Valley.  The final steam trains ran on the line in 1969. Some Railmotor passenger services continued with the line finally closed in 1991 and the line pulled up.  From 1996, local councils and Queensland Rail commenced negotiations to develop the rail corridor into a trail for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, with the final sections opened last year to complete the trail.

Our group enjoyed a glorious first day, riding from Yarraman to Moore.  Grass trees and magnificent valley views make for a great trip.  The section from Benarkin to Linville is almost all downhill (3 to 5 % slope) making for a causal, gravity assisted ride.  It also includes the Benarkin viaduct and its historic culvert.  These are amazing engineering feats for their day.  After a casual lunch in Linville, the group rode onto Moore.  This leg of the trail provides some spectacular views of the upper reaches of the Brisbane River.  After 50km of riding, the group reached Moore in good time and went about establishing camp.  An early dinner saw the boys bed down for a well-earned sleep.

A slight overnight shower did little to dampen the boys’ spirit and enthusiasm for day 2.   The ride to Harlin is over the newest sections of the trail, making for easy riding over a good surface.  Again, there are vantage points to take in the scenic views along the valley. Intermittent light showers added to the challenge as we moved onwards towards our final goal.  The Yimbun tunnel (1910), the only tunnel along the entire trail and 100m in length, again reminded us of the engineering feats evident along the ride. The old Toogoolawah Station building provided a well-earned shelter for lunch.  While some boys chose to end their trip here, there were a couple who were keen to complete the journey, especially as the skies had cleared.  The final leg to Esk was done in good time, before all again boarded the bus for the trip home.

The overall trip was close to 100 km.  The boys showed great perseverance and resilience, never complaining as they completed the ride.  No mechanical problems or flats topped off a great weekend.

Images and trail map available from:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ciKkvEsSVWIH3McXsF1y2u1-V8Nl_nda?usp=sharing

 

Count Surname CName St # Year D/B
1 Bassingthwaighte Brodie staff    
2 Waite Ian staff    
3 Campbell Braith 403220 8 Dayboy
4 McIntosh Edley 46799 8 Dayboy
5 Statham Ewan 46300 8 Dayboy
6 Doran Lachlan 401988 7 Dayboy
7 Strugnell Tumoana 402952 9 Dayboy
8 Strugnell Ashley parent    

Adventure Club – Cycling BVRT

For your consideration…

Activity # 19-4
Activity Title: Brisbane Valley Rail Trail – Cycling with o/night camping at Moore
Overview: Now the longest rail trail in Australia, the 161 km Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) follows the disused Brisbane Valley rail line that commenced construction at Wulkuraka near Ipswich in 1884 and was completed at Yarraman in 1913. The BVRT winds its way up the Brisbane valley, traversing farmland, forests, picturesque rural settings and country towns. Being on the old railway line, the BVRT provides an off-road climb up the valley for day trippers, overnight camping or longer-term adventures.

http://www.brisbanevalleyrailtrail.com.au/

·         Yarraman to Moore (50 km)

·         Camp overnight

·         Moore to Toogoolawah (30 km) (or Esk (+19 km) depending on group)

·         North to South is more down than up.

 

Details:      
Date: Sat-Sun 01-02 June, 2019
Travel: Depart TGS 6:00 am (from Margaret St Bus loop)
  Return TGS 5:30 pm (eta)
  Means Mini bus + trailer
Accom: Camping – 2 person tents available on loan from Adventure Club
Catering: self-catering – BYO.  Trangia stoves available on loan from Adventure Club
Equipment: Mountain Bike or commuter bike suitable for use on gravel  + basic repair kit eg. spare tube or puncture repair kit

(sorry but bike hire is expensive so I have decided not to organise for this)

Suitable clothing, including suitable shoes

Sleeping bag, crockery/cutlery. (wash up gear provided)

Small backpack

Costs: max $55, charged to TGS account.  Once you have committed to this activity, the cost may be charged if you withdraw from the activity or do not attend for any reason.
Staff: Mr Bassingthwaighte, TBC
Sign Up: Use the google form to sign up for this activity.

https://forms.gle/UrCSMSULok4nba2J7

Please sign up by Friday 21 May – this is so transport can be booked.  There is a maximum of 10 places available.

 Other: A parental permission is also required.  Please have a parent/guardian complete the form and return to Mr Bassingthwaighte.

For Forms:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1FQAwCLfwPGiOldk4ePXdsv67Jz-HpbNd?usp=sharing

Parents are also invited to join this activity. 

Adventure Club: Mountain Biking at Hidden Vale Adventure Park

On Sunday, 10 March, 14 boys and 2 parents ventured to Hidden Vale Adventure Park to experience the mountain bike trails on offer.  The day was overcast, although it did become hot as the day progressed.  Happy Gilmore, 007, Dodgem, Trailer Trash and Plane Sailing (to name some of the trails ridden) provided for flowy riding and all the boys were able to meet the challenges of the park, with each riding within their capabilities.  Trailer Trash was especially popular with a number of boys taking the opportunity for multiple runs.

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