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« on: June 11, 2006, 10:59:18 am »
CARCASS CAVE DIGGING next Saturday, meet at cave 10.45am or in the tiny carpark next to the N.T. stone Shute Shelve thingamyjig / otherside of the road from Axbridge Layby.
Mick went digging there last Sunday, straight down the shaft in metre plus phreatic hole, the fill is extreemly easy to extract, just spade and nailbar.
The winch / monorail will be in action
be there or be square :P

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« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2006, 07:24:40 pm »
Perhaps I should have put the date
It will be Saturday 17th June 2006

If anyone goes before us, when I was last digging, I lowered the ladder to the bottom of the dig and tied it on to the scaffold, so it is secure BUT the first two metres of what used to be a fixed ladder, is now a free climb.
However I have a 3 1/2 metre ladder that I have aquired that we are bringing down with us for Saturday.
Even if i had not lowered the present ladder down the dig, we would have needed more ladder if it keeps dropping, we are expecting to drop 2 to 3 metres on Saturday.
Ps, remember to bring water with you.
Cheers.

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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2006, 10:34:13 pm »
We need U to bring the draft meter, so that we can test the draft in Shute Shelve. :wink:

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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2006, 08:18:10 am »
I took the ladder over to Biff last night to see if it would fit into his new bus, it sort of does.
I reminded him that we bought the draught meter for Cacass and we should bring it with us, he claimed he did not need reminding, so he has full control, anyway i don't know where it lives.

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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2006, 07:44:16 pm »
He was pleased to see you then! :)

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« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2006, 09:16:50 pm »
As usual Biff is feeling under pressure, he is suppose to be making a new steel locked gear box for the replacement minibus, ready for the trip to France.
 WHO wants to come, it should be fun
Lots of outdoor sports as well as caving.
I have a very good feeling about Carcass  I am sure we will know what is happenening to this phreatic hole by the end of the day!
That's a promise!!!

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Re: Carcass Cave near Axbridge
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2006, 09:12:07 am »
We forgot to bring the extra ladder, so had to frog leap with the two insitu ladders, must remember to bring it next time.
Only three of us digging Carcass Saturday but it is designed to operate with three, it went well, about 70 half full drums removed from dig site, right out of the cave, floor dropped five or six feet, air very fresh :chef:

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Re: Carcass Cave near Axbridge
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2006, 11:25:40 am »
 :bounce:
Monorail was working perfectly when we lft it.
It is 18 metres long.
So if it is shorter, next time we go and a similar monorail is installed in Elm Street, I expect we will notice :ras:

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Re: Carcass Cave near Axbridge
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2006, 02:33:19 pm »
Here's the proposed new Elm Street spoil removal system in its glory:....



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« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2006, 04:39:33 pm »
           



            Looks very nice! I'm not sure that it will fit through the entrance though! :clap2:

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Re: Carcass Cave near Axbridge
« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2006, 09:12:22 am »
What with Upper Flood Swallet being trebbled in size and also that R/R is deepening lately not been any diging trips into Carcass Cave since before we minibussed our way to The Ardeche.
It was on our long journey home, nine fine young men in that cramped minibus, mainly keeping ourselves amused by talking of digs and which one was more likely to go, that day The M.C.G. banged into 550 metres of new passage.
Hence other digs have rather gone off the boil.
If someone wants to have another go at Carcass, feel free, Doug, Biff or mick don't actually have to be there.
Just start digging the shit out.
If however a number of people say six or seven want to get together on a specific day name the day and we will really make it sing
over to Axbridge Caving Group
and remember u got the permission for the dig!

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Re: Carcass Cave near Axbridge
« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2006, 09:53:27 am »
Thanks, Whitelackington. Most magnanimous of you!


Would rather dig a trench!

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Re: Carcass Cave near Axbridge
« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2006, 10:47:02 am »
 :clap2:

Or a well, perhaps?

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Re: Carcass Cave near Axbridge
« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2006, 05:15:52 pm »
The only object that you would need to carry up the hill,
would be a large pulley.
This should be fixed to the rotting tree @ the top of the monorail.
Everything else you will need is in the cave.
You may need some brute force, so better take some brutes wiv u. :down:

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Re: Carcass Cave near Axbridge
« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2006, 05:23:44 pm »
The only object that you would need to carry up the hill,
would be a large pulley.
This should be fixed to the rotting tree @ the top of the monorail.
Everything else you will need is in the cave.
You may need some brute force, so better take some brutes wiv u. :down:

Would rather go back to Bowery Corner Swallet! Yum!!

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Re: Carcass Cave near Axbridge
« Reply #15 on: November 19, 2006, 06:18:01 pm »
 :tease:

As Mister Hughie, seems somewot less than overwhelmed by my kindly meant offer of letting you all have a go at Carcass (Kilometres of cave still to be found btw)

Just had a little thought,
Question, is it vertically further to climb up to Carcass Cave entrance from the road
than it is to go from the shinney green field, vertically down the ladders @ Templeton to the swimming pool, near the bottom? :doubt:

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Re: Carcass Cave near Axbridge
« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2007, 03:24:38 pm »
 ;)

Last Sunday Week, Farmer Giles & myself spent a few hours digging in Carcass,
air lovelly & fresh but did not feel any draughts :'(

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Re: Carcass Cave near Axbridge
« Reply #17 on: June 16, 2007, 10:28:59 pm »
Hi Whitelackington. Do you have a good dig site in Carcass at the moment? I must go and have a look at it some day, I haven't seen it since you had just broken through from the shaft into the rest of the cave to make way for the monorail. That must be a few years ago now!
Wot tiny writing!

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Re: Carcass Cave near Axbridge
« Reply #18 on: June 17, 2007, 08:00:23 am »
I think when Kevincaveman & Giggsey surveyed it, two years ago,
just after we dug through to the largish chamber,  :beer2:
down through the metre diameter phreatic hole,  ::)
@ the present bottom of the wisecrack choke / shaft
it was surveyed as about 155 metres
but some bits were ignored,
nothing significant found since.

Axbridgecaver did a little survey for me last year.
This was to tie in the bit of the fault wall that you cannot see.
Almost all of this cave is dominated by the fault.
At one of the bottoms of the cave,
the fault wall is beautifully exposed for fifteen metres or so
but between that and the wisecrack choke / shaft about ten metres are missing.
You can see what appears to be a large vertical slab, as you start to descend the shaft, this has considerable void to the left but too tight to enter,
if you follow the fault wall up from the bottom,
just before the two metre climb out,
it kinks @ a small phreatic chamber that I have dug out.
However on Axbridgecaver's survey, it should not kink.
I would like to solve this puzzle.