Climber going caving film


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A few weeks ago I took a somewhat famous professional climber caving, Robbie Phillips. I took him down Notts 2 to film it, so he can compare caving to climbing. He wanting somewhere gruelling but as it was his first trip, I picked something easy which could be made harder. So we did the usual upstream and downstream stuff and inlet 8 (I think). Once I was happy he was okay in the unfamiliar environment, I took him through the Lost Johns connection dig, to get the gruelling in!

We used a variety of technologies for filming, I think we had 4 filming devices altogether, including my phone, I don't know makes and models of his kit.
1 x Very expensive heavy camera, mainly used for filming the bigger stuff.
1 x Small camera for filming the tighter stuff (He forgot to check it was waterproof, so was dead by the time we came to use it!)
1 x HD hero, chest mounted until the chest mounting broke.
1 x Galaxy 9 phone (mine), basically most of the footage from the connection choke onwards.

What do you guys think of his vid? He may have overegged the claustrophobia bit, but at least he included all the nice formations etc.


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So what happened to the harness he was wearing as he went in, and which he definitely wasn't wearing when he came out?


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So what happened to the harness he was wearing as he went in, and which he definitely wasn't wearing when he came out?

I suggested he wear the harness to hang is big massive camera bag off of, especially for the entrance shafts. But he decided towards the end he did not like it after wearing it for so long (8hr trip all told). He just manhandled his bag back up the entrance shaft to leave. I think I had his harness in my bag by then and he may have regretted that decision lol. He would have been better with a belay belt for hanging gear off but I did not have one spare.

Yes I could have carried the camera but it looked bloody expensive and I did not want to be responsible for dropping it. It's not the full experience unless you are lugging kit around anyway.

Ian Ball

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I often wonder if something as wonderful as Notts 2 is a bad place to start, where can you go from there!


Very cool video, it is good to watch, Always nice to see people having fun  :beer:

Did you know that if you use Davinci Resolve for your video editing, you can really clean out all the background noise and enhance the talking, It's such a wonderful piece of software and it's free to use,  :idea: