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    It was Aussie thanks,

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    Some night spider photography now.

    It's really windy I walked into his/hers anchor line and broke it , its web is on a high eve outside and almost looks like a small crab. Pretty descent.

    It knew exactly what had happened and where, as the wind then started bouncing the web it was working on around wildly.

    Within minutes it absailed down to the ground , spent a few moments anchoring a new line on the bricks and straight back up it went ,stopped and bobbed for "photo opportunity" ,
    And its job done.

    Intelligent and Brilliant .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kindling View Post
    It was Aussie thanks,

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    Some night spider photography now.

    It's really windy I walked into his/hers anchor line and broke it , its web is on a high eve outside and almost looks like a small crab. Pretty descent.

    It knew exactly what had happened and where, as the wind then started bouncing the web it was working on around wildly.

    Within minutes it absailed down to the ground , spent a few moments anchoring a new line on the bricks and straight back up it went ,stopped and bobbed for "photo opportunity" ,
    And its job done.

    Intelligent and Brilliant .
    We have a few orb weavers around our house, you just dont want to walk around at night time without a torch to navigate.
    Having a large spider wrapped onto your face with sticky web just isnt pleasant, even though they are pretty harmless.
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    It's a long weekend here in WA. My mate Scotty and I finished my first multi-pitch climb.
    It was a five-pitch climb called Raven, on Gibraltar Rock, (the Western Australian-version, not the other one)
    This was a 240m sport climb with a small cave at the top of the second pitch. The crux (hardest part of the climb) was only 3m off the ground but it made the start quite .... interesting.
    Scotty is a very experienced climber (think Nepal, New Zealand etc) so he led the level 15 climb like a rat up a drain pipe.
    The cave is about 3m each way. There are stories of people spending the night there but it would be a pretty uncomfortable night and you wouldn't want to roll over!
    The second crux is as you leave the cave and basically goes up along its side. Personally, I thought this was harder than the true crux but that's because I am a short, fat, bastard....
    The third pitch was the steepest and hardest. The rock was pretty slabby with lots of nubs to grab on to and Scotty kept reminding me to use my legs but, after two and a half pitches, they were starting to shake like Elvis.
    The changeover was a hanging belay, where you are hanging off a couple of bolts, which is pretty hairy to my mind. Another first for me.
    The fourth pitch was kinder to me and the second hanging belay was not anywhere near as scary.
    The final pitch was more a scramble to the top but my climbing shoes were killing me so it was great to get them off.
    In all, the climb took about four hours.
    Parts of the walk out were almost as hairy as the climb, especially in sandals, but we made it back safely to head to the Tree in the Rock picnic area for lunch with Scott's partner who had just completed a 25km trail run which took her over 12000m in elevation. Impressive overachievers, these two.
    A coffee at the Porongurup store before heading home.
    I can tell you, it wasn't long before I was asleep on the lounge.
    How can I ever get lost when everyone is always telling me where to go?

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    Went for a walk round Henry's Wood for exercise & checked out the road after the recent rain. More road works needed.
    Yesterday we bought another truck, a 4x4 diesel Triton tray back with a long range fuel tank & wide wheels. This will be a replacement for our property vehicle, a Lada Niva. This will mainly be used for carting firewood out of the forest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hairyman View Post
    What size hail damages solar panels Keith?
    Golf & tennis ball sizes mate!!! I am thinking of constructing a roll of heavy plastic sheet to roll out over the panels if I know there is hail coming. As it was this time it came as a complete surprise, & it would have been dangerous to go outside once it had started.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Loup View Post
    Golf & tennis ball sizes mate!!! I am thinking of constructing a roll of heavy plastic sheet to roll out over the panels if I know there is hail coming. As it was this time it came as a complete surprise, & it would have been dangerous to go outside once it had started.
    Keith.
    ... perhaps some wire mesh would be more protective, sounds like plastic would get shredded or blown away ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie123 View Post
    ... perhaps some wire mesh would be more protective, sounds like plastic would get shredded or blown away ?
    I am thinking of pretty heavy thick stuff, I will have to take a look through Bunnings & see what they have. Wire mesh might work if I can find the right stuff, I will keep an open mind when looking around Aussie. Thanks for the idea.
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    I fitted a new battery terminal to the battery on the new truck & did some rewiring. I secured the high lift/Wallaby jack to the truck along with the winch cable, & I put the winch, tool bag, axle stand & wedges in the truck tool box. It is ready now for the boys to take wood cutting on the weekend.
    Keith.

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    "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
    I took the one less travelled by,
    And that has made all the difference".
    Robert Frost

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    http://neclhg.freeforums.net/
    http://australiansurvivalandpreppers.blogspot.com.au/

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