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Hiking down the cliff face with all my gear to go abalone diving: A 1/4 inch thick neoprene wetsuit with hood and gloves, mask/fins/snorkel, abalone float, roughly 12kg (about 26 pounds) of lead weights, picking iron, measuring gauge, plus a container holding my license/zip-ties/indelible marker. Some paths you can stroll down, but when the cliffside is steep then getting all your gear to the beach can be a real pain.... and potentially dangerous.
Abalone diving is strenuous and requires proper training. Do not attempt it without instruction and an experienced diver to show you the ropes. Each year, several abalone divers die. The most common cause is drowning after getting caught in the kelp, the second most common cause is falls from cliffs. Drowning secondary to heart attacks is also common, due to the physical exertion and induced hypoxia from breath-hold diving.