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Buffalo Adventures Camp

I went on the Buffalo camp with 12 other students, Mr. BowenMs. Farquharson and Ms. Kawashima. We camped at the lake Catani campground on Mt Buffalo for what was meant to be four nights and ended up being three. 

On the first day, we were dropped part of the way up the mountain and walked up a picturesque track with instructors from Adventure Guides Australia while the bus took our gear to the campsite. The second day we were broken into two groups and spent half a day abseiling and half rock climbing up the Cathedral. 

We had already had to change our planned activities slightly to account for the forecast rain in the latter half of the week, but the first two days had beautiful weather. On the second night, it started raining. Little did we know, it wasn’t going to stop for the next four days. The third day also consisted of splitting into two groups and swapping between kayaking on lake Catani and caving. By the end of the day, it was decided that we could use the mountain hut for cooking and attempting to dry our clothes. 

At this point, there were a significant number of leaking tents (including teachers), which resulted in it an interesting night for most people. The next morning, everything was wet (tents, clothes, food, people, etc.) and the roads were beginning to flood, so it was decided that we would go home a day early. 

The rain meant we couldn’t have done any of our planned activities, so we gave up on keeping everything dry and packed up to leave. I was one of the lucky few that had a dry change of clothes for on the bus. In the end, we got about 250 millimetres of rain in 48 hours. Regardless of the rain, I really enjoyed this camp and would definitely do it again.

PIA MURRAY  
Year 11