“It is important on severe trips that the bodily condition of the party be maintained at a high level and the supply of energy restored at regular intervals. It is important not to eat too soon before setting out, because the digestion must have time to work. The correct procedure is to take a well-balanced meal about two hours before starting. This is supplemented when in the cave by energy-rich foods — chocolate, glucose tablets, raisins, boiled sweets, and so forth.” The house | The dinner | Thermal pool | Expedition One | Expedition Two | Charades etc | Movies


Chapter 2: Yarrangobilly Dinner
The first night's dinner was a lavish affair, with all the trimmings. Whilst the chefs slaved away over a hot barbeque plate, feverish work was taking place in the kitchen. Meanwhile, battle plans for the next day were being formed in the front drawing room.

Importantly, decisions also had to be made about seating arrangements, resolved by ingeniously placing the dining table at a rakish angle to promote hearty discussion (and to fit everyone in). A bountiful amount of food and wine was prepared, and consumed with great gusto. We slept well that night, and grew excited by the prospects of tomorrow's adventures.

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Ivan and Jim discuss the merits of ABS, ESP and VDC
Ivan and Jim discuss the merits of ABS, ESP and VDC
Jen has an audience with John: official photographer in deep concentration
Jen has an audience with John: official photographer in deep concentration
Jim explaning some funky dance moves he picked up last Saturday night
Jim explaning some funky dance moves he picked up last Saturday night
Pip preparing her speciality dish (baked oven glove) in the second kitchen
Pip preparing her speciality dish (baked oven glove) in the second kitchen
Jen and Sue learn that baked oven glove is on the menu
Jen and Sue learn that baked oven glove is on the menu
Jen now having second thoughts about menu choices
Jen now having second thoughts about menu choices
Geoff believes that he has the ratio of meat to onions about right
Geoff believes that he has the ratio of meat to onions about right
Barbeque in full swing, Geoff relinquishes his post briefly...
Barbeque in full swing, Geoff relinquishes his post briefly...
Celebrity chef Mike inspects Geoff's handiwork
Celebrity chef Mike inspects Geoff's handiwork
John assumes the head chef ornamental head torch
John assumes the head chef ornamental head torch
Meanwhile, guests assemble for dinner in the front room
Meanwhile, guests assemble for dinner in the front room
Exclusive shot of room sans riff-raff
Exclusive shot of room sans riff-raff
The dinner table, ready for action
The dinner table, ready for action
It was cosy, warm, noisy and fun
It was cosy, warm, noisy and fun
The official photographers were kept busy
The official photographers were kept busy
Pip remembers that she left the glove in the oven
Pip remembers that she left the glove in the oven
The well-dressed side of the table
The well-dressed side of the table
Pauline and Brian take a break from photography
Pauline and Brian take a break from photography
Mike tries a Facebook self-portrait, and misses
Mike tries a Facebook self-portrait, and misses
The aftermath: Brian concentrates intently on Pip's big cat impression, whilst Mike wonders how his wineglass became empty
The aftermath: Brian concentrates intently on Pip's big cat impression, whilst Mike wonders how his wineglass became empty

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