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Report - Paris Catacombes 16-17/05/07

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by Chess, May 18, 2007.

  1. Chess

    Chess 28DL Full Member
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    Visited with OT, Tank, Snappel Tank and Zero.

    This is the hardest explore I have done and most will do, probably ever likely too. Its not like a wander round a hospital or bunker.

    Well waders are definately needed as you will encounter tunnels with deep water in, make sure these fit properly as your in them a long time and walking on uneven surfaces most of the time. You need a thick pair of socks and insoles. My feet moved around inside mine even though I had thick socks on and I now have enormous blisters on both the balls and heels of my feet its not very comfortable.:mad:

    On the rucksack front I took a 65 litre one that was far to big even though it was 2/3rds full it was still a nuisance when I was dragging or pushing it through the many crawls we did and when bending down in the lower tunnels. I would take a smaller rucksack and take the things you will be wearing waders hard hat etc in a bag that can be folded up and put on your rucksack.

    Self heating meals are great and well worth taking. As was the self heating coffee I took, but it is quite a lot of weight for the amount of coffee you get but a good start to the day. I took too much food so carried round extra weight and you really want to keep weight down. I would put food into small containers so that you can tuck in the gaps in your rucksack and carry your drinks in 1/2 litre bottles for the same reason.

    I destroyed a headlamp, luckily I had a spare, but a helmet with attached head lamp would be preferable less chance of knocking it off.

    Several people have got cold whilst sleeping, well I was as snug as a bug in a rug, I used a cheap Tescos 'summer' sleeping bag (only drawback was it was a little bulky) and slept on a Gelert backpacker airbed (£9.99 from Millets).

    Hope the above info is useful too people.

    Thanks to OT and the others for the explore it was brilliant to see so many places and things in the Catacombes and to meet the catophiles. Definately was a once in a life time experience. So here are a few of my pictures.

    Man coming through the wall.

    Bedroom fit for El Presidente.

    Underground street sign.

    Catophiles having an underground BBQ.

    And finally bones.
    #1 Chess, May 18, 2007
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  2. Oxygen Thief

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    One of you mate...


    And Snappel with his healthy supplies, white beer and jaffa cakes...

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