Stephane came to collect us from Brussels Charleroi late on Friday, upon arriving at Senzeilles, we found everyone asleep and so had to have the quietest BBQ ever - thanks to Stephane for much needed beer! This was my fist night sleeping in a hammock and it was great! I like arriving in a destination at night, and then waking up to see where you have come to. In this case big smooth faced marble quarry with what from a distance looked like giant spiders webs rigged across it in every direction. We were up bright and early, keen to get ourselves signed up, and get on the ropes.
Groupe Speleo Centre Terre are known for being "rope monkeys" in Belgium, and this was no surprise when we were handed the rigging guide, which wasn't really a rigging guide. But it indicated the three different levels of rope practice in the quarry. Green: very easy, for kids. Orange: "soft route". Red: "pro route". Myself and Andy started on the very easy ropes to get a feel for the place, take a closer look at their rigging, and make sure all our gear was set up correctly for the course. And so onto the "soft route". This consisted of walking halfway to the top of the quarry to the starting point, then what can only be described as 40-50 minutes of fairly tricky rope work!
|Andy on the "Pro Route"|
|Stephane in Monto St. Etienne|
|Andy in front of Brussels Cathedral|
Many thanks to Stephane for his wonderful hospitality!