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Title: Ogof Draenen Round Trip Not Passable 4.8.2016
Post by: ogofawyr on August 04, 2016, 08:42:26 pm
Ogof Draenen Round Trip Not Passable 4.8.2016
The clockwise round trip is at the moment not passable. A short way into the Squirrel Rifts after leaving St. David’s Chamber a boulder which has fallen from above has blocked a narrow section of upward going passage. The estimated weight of the boulder is 2 cwt and is well jammed in the constriction. Our efforts to move it failed. It will need to be removed from above. Hence it will need to be approached from the Main Stream following the round trip in an anti-clockwise direction. It may be possible to chisel it out but more likely bang will be required. The Pwll Ddu Management Group have been informed.
Title: Re: Ogof Draenen Round Trip Not Passable 4.8.2016
Post by: dudley bug on August 05, 2016, 12:28:56 am
Wow, that has moved very recently, we went through there on a round trip Sunday.

Could have been nasty.
Title: Re: Ogof Draenen Round Trip Not Passable 4.8.2016
Post by: caving_fox on August 05, 2016, 09:03:22 am
Aren't there several ways through that bit? I don't recall anything narrow - although it was a while ago when I was last there.
Title: Re: Ogof Draenen Round Trip Not Passable 4.8.2016
Post by: Huge on August 05, 2016, 01:58:10 pm
Planning on doing the round trip sometime this year. I'm sure the boulder will get sorted pretty quickly. Not sure if there are alternative ways through Squirrel Rifts as I've always gone the dame way. It is possible to do the trip and bypass Squirrel Rifts altogether.
Title: Re: Ogof Draenen Round Trip Not Passable 4.8.2016
Post by: darkreef on August 05, 2016, 04:04:23 pm
Huge, PB and son are supposedly doing the Round Trip this weekend.
Title: Re: Ogof Draenen Round Trip Not Passable 4.8.2016
Post by: Huge on August 05, 2016, 04:23:03 pm
I've sent you PM darkreef.
Title: Re: Ogof Draenen Round Trip Not Passable 4.8.2016
Post by: prahja on August 05, 2016, 06:47:54 pm
Huge - let me know when you are going! It's been too long since we were in Draenen!
Title: Re: Ogof Draenen Round Trip Not Passable 4.8.2016
Post by: Huge on August 06, 2016, 10:16:12 am
I'll let you know prahja. Might be in a couple of months.
Title: Re: Ogof Draenen Round Trip Not Passable 4.8.2016
Post by: Aggybat on August 13, 2016, 11:05:41 am
The round trip was done earlier this week on the Llangattock Euro Camp and there is no problem. They used the route straight through squirrel rifts. The blockage must be an alternative route.