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Pinocchio Pot - Leck Fell
« on: April 22, 2021, 03:43:53 pm »
Yesterday Badlad, Geoff, JJ and I rambled up to 50m deep Pinocchio Pot on Leck Fell - three years since we abandoned the dig in a low wet crawl. Simon and Di's survey placed us about 30m from the end of our other dig in Far Frink Passage in Ireby 2. We wondered how three years of rain and flood might have altered the soggy end. It is at the foot of Geppetto Pitch, 25m of clean washed shaft and shoring, that takes a healthy stream in wet weather. The final crawl was dry and a small tube about 2m long appeared below the usual waterline - we could return to dig it in fine weather - though the stacking space is all used up at the bottom. We would have to do as we used to do and haul it up into Magic Money Tree Chamber - though even that 'ballroom' of a chamber is pretty full. We have all-but shored-up and filled any stacking space. We could perhaps fill up Roo's Kitchen in the chamber - but where would we have our snap (diggers on strike)?

We left without making any commitment. I took some snaps and compared them with those we took three or four years earlier. Some interesting differences.

It also happens that Badlad included two names from the dig in the recent UKC competition about naming passages - Magic Money Tree Chamber and the Bruce Forsyth Memorial Stairway to the Stars.

So here are some snaps of the BFMSTTS - with Jackie and Mick having just completed a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers routine and of Badlad doing a solo routine yesterday; Di on Geppetto Pitch when only half dug out, and Geoff yesterday hemmed in with shoring; Simon in the final lake and Badlad gazing into a low and muddy future yesterday.

As the dig was never really concluded we didn't write it up, so some of you may be interested in this little addition to Leck Fell.

Cheers,

Frank

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Re: Pinocchio Pot - Leck Fell
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2021, 03:51:53 pm »
Nice work. Did you fix the scaf poles with dowels?

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Re: Pinocchio Pot - Leck Fell
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2021, 03:57:17 pm »
All the scaff was fixed in with 8mm rebar and all the boards are treated. On an early push the weight of Magic Money Tree Chamber bent a scaff pole, slowly, as we dug underneath it. A sobering sight! We backed it up - still okay!

A slight directional mistake in the above report - we dug away from Far Frink!  :-[ 

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Re: Pinocchio Pot - Leck Fell
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2021, 05:37:18 pm »
.......and we use 12mm rebar to pin the scaffold

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Re: Pinocchio Pot - Leck Fell
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2021, 06:10:46 pm »
 Wow that's some proper engineering!

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Re: Pinocchio Pot - Leck Fell
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2021, 02:50:54 pm »
Yesterday, Badlad, Mick, Geoff, JJ and I spent a short day attempting to re-start the Pinocchio Pot dig. As stated above, we abandoned the dig as it flooded and we ran out recruits to help haul the debris up the twisting shored shaft of Geppetto Pitch. Mick took to digging the now dry lower crawl. He took with him a bundle of builders' bags to fill with the recently exposed silt. The rest of us cleared rocks from the shored ledge half-way up the pitch up into Magic Money Tree Chamber, and then hauled the rocks at the foot of the shaft up to the newly cleared ledge. This made room for Mick's silt-filled builders' bags that had begun to stack up. Badlad did the final shift at the front and both he and Mick uncovered an opening in the silty blockage which then released a strong draught. The silt floor can be seen to drop a couple of metres ahead. The potential for development in this part of Leck Fell is clear - it would seem we have awoken from a three year sleep to see the way on!  ;)

Back in 2018 it was difficult to leave Pinocchio, an epic amount of work by a large group of diggers had revealed a remarkable subterranean feature. The joint swarm of Magic Money Tree Chamber is floored with a mountain of debris and beneath it lies the clean-washed sinuous descent of Geppetto Pitch. The route the pitch follows was entirely dug out. Yesterday we laughed about knowing every ripple, flake, crack and fossil exposed on the walls. We imagine the chamber and lower rift shaft clear of all the remaining debris and shoring and what an extraordinary imagine it conjures, though we probably fail to imagine half of it.

I've attached some more shots of the dig - taken from my 2018 archive. Yesterday we were too busy to stop and take snaps! The first is of the entrance shaft - a typical depth for progress through the surface drift to the bedrock this high on Leck. The following shots are of various points of Geppetto Pitch during the dig and the final shot is of Geoff on first entering Magic Money Tree Chamber - into the "deep air's unmeasured wilderness"!  ;)

Frank

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Re: Pinocchio Pot - Leck Fell
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2021, 03:22:57 pm »
great to see this dig back on the cards with the changes at the bottom....hope it goes
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Re: Pinocchio Pot - Leck Fell
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2021, 11:59:26 am »
We had a major push yesterday to remove all the spoil from the bottom of the pot all the way back into Magic Money Tree Chamber. The recent rain had generated a pool in the newly dug section though it appeared to be draining slowly rather than sumping.

I've attached some shots of Mick looking into the cleared though pooled end to the dig. Badlad went back at the close of play and bailed the pool into a higher sink. Easy silt digging ahead and we now have stacking space for the bags. Also a shot of Mick at a short stretch of scaffold engineering at the start of Geppetto Pitch - there is a lot of weight up there.  :o

Also a shot of the hauling team on the Bruce Forsyth Memorial Stairway to the Stars - the best place for them!  ;)

Digging continues.

Cheers,

Frank

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Re: Pinocchio Pot - Leck Fell
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2021, 01:50:16 pm »
Nice!

But are you only allowed on that project if you wear a yellow suit, Franklin?   :-\

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Re: Pinocchio Pot - Leck Fell
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2021, 02:06:14 pm »
 :lol: Well, good point, Pitlamp - and I was in yellow too. We do permit the occasional difference in helmet colours and Mick, the rebel, does often appear in red!  ;)

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Re: Pinocchio Pot - Leck Fell
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2021, 03:14:16 pm »
 :lol:

S'OK, if ever you invite me on a trip in the future, I've got a yellow suit an' all.   :thumbsup:

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Re: Pinocchio Pot - Leck Fell
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2021, 03:53:23 pm »
Extremely impressive work I must say  :thumbsup:

 

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