Arse over Tit By

My friend Pieter beats me in everything. He has spent many hours in the pub making him exceptionally good at Pool. He has long lanky legs that are built for running. His arms can stretch 3/4 of the way up a an air hockey table. But abseiling I almost had him!

With our harnesses secure around our waists we set up the path. Our guide fastens the rope to Pieter’s harness. As he takes his first step backwards his arms and legs turn to jelly. Slowly he makes his way down like a nanna using a walking frame.
My turn next. The guide pulls up the rope and fastens it to my harness. One step, two steps and off I go like a special op's person rescuing someone who is stranded on a cliff.

"Impressive" Piet says as I detach the rope.

Piet goes again he has upgraded to a walking stick, he makes it to the bottom. The smile is still beaming on my face I had finally won. I go again one step, two steps and holly shit I am looking at Piet who is standing at the bottom ready to snap a photo. My legs are dangling over my head.

Have you ever seen someone do a summersault but get stuck half way? well that was me only on the side of a cliff.

"Are you ok" Piet yells from the bottom.

"Yeh but I’m stuck" my bum had managed to wedge itself in the only groove in the rock face. After some careful manoeuvring I gracefully returned to the right way up and put my feet on the ground. I was greeted by Pieter and his loud chuckle that still continues today when ever we reminisce.


in Warrandyte, Victoria, Australia

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