Everything begun at 6:30 in the morning. David (secretary of the
Juan Carlos, Juanky, Ruly and I met in Calle Berrocal, next to David's house,
to go to the Refugio de la Zapatilla, in Valsalobre.
We were ready to practicing in our Caving Rescue team.. The
activity coordinator was Cartuli, and we were the
last to get there (everyone else had arrived on Friday night
and had spent the night there.)
None of us knew for sure what cave we were about to go, but many of us thought it will probably be Manuel Mozo, so we didn't expect many surprises. But, in order to get to the cave, Cartuli proposed a "game": we are about to simulate that we don't know how to get there, and all we have are the GPS coordinates and a map.
So, Cartuli chose two people as an exploration group (Juanky and Jesus el murciano), he gave them a GPS and the coordinates, a map, and they told them to go inside a car. Everyone else should follow them. After a while they took the road to Manuel Mozo, but the GPS started to send them to another place... after taking two or three turns, we left the car next to the road and went on walking... until we found the point marked by the GPS: Sima Diana!
For those of you who don't know it, I shall say that Sima Diana is known to be "Flash secret cave", because they seem to know it rather well, but it doesn't appear in the books and it is not well known by the rest of the caving groups, despite being very close to the Zapatilla.
After arriving there, we began working on the practice; the supposed wounded is David, and the people is divided into two GII; in one of them, the team leader is Juanfe, and their rescuers are Juanky, Pedro, Gabi and me. We take care of rising the injured from the bottom of the cave by a 26 meters well, and then carry him by a ramp. The other GII is led by Isaac, and the rescuers are Juan Carlos, Jesús (Murcia), Ruly and rover.
The practice runs smoothly. The pit was not prepared at all for a rescue, so we had to place a lot of spits (I remember my GII placed about 15) and the rock, despite seeming bad at first, is very hard and holds up well.
We finished ashortly after dusk, and a few of us went back to Madrid, while the others stayed to do something more on Sunday.