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WHERE THE CAVES ARE - The Caving Regions => Mendip => Topic started by: The Old Ruminator on January 01, 2019, 07:34:29 pm

Title: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 01, 2019, 07:34:29 pm
Of course " fun " is a relative word.

The " boys " get muddy .

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/PC080037%202_zpsysr4jj1m.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/PC080037%202_zpsysr4jj1m.jpg.html)

TOR gets a touch.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P4260039%202_zpsvlxeea2f.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P4260039%202_zpsvlxeea2f.jpg.html)

Heave Ho

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P5190050_zpskcp1otfm.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P5190050_zpskcp1otfm.jpg.html)

TOR boxed in by Mr O' Doc.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/40141602_10155975449789811_8927753689888718848_o_zpsbj1bwjww.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/40141602_10155975449789811_8927753689888718848_o_zpsbj1bwjww.jpg.html)

Mr O'Doc takes a break.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/IMG_0415%202_zpsi7jfg2gw.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/IMG_0415%202_zpsi7jfg2gw.jpg.html)

In the beginning.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/IMG_0395%202_zpsyrtbvvd8.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/IMG_0395%202_zpsyrtbvvd8.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/IMG_0367%202_zpsv2kvmssv.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/IMG_0367%202_zpsv2kvmssv.jpg.html)

Two to tango.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P5190026%20-%20Copy%202_zpsnn9vpzw1.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P5190026%20-%20Copy%202_zpsnn9vpzw1.jpg.html)

Tis a fine hole we have.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P5190072%202_zpsaj9xlqhs.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P5190072%202_zpsaj9xlqhs.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 01, 2019, 08:01:02 pm
Last of the summer wine.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P6230003_zpsbbvcmhew.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P6230003_zpsbbvcmhew.jpg.html)

From small beginnings. The way on at the bottom of the pipe.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P6230026_zpsxi2hc2uj.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P6230026_zpsxi2hc2uj.jpg.html)

Those warm Summer days.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P6300089%202_zps3p35vjq6.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P6300089%202_zps3p35vjq6.jpg.html)

Quite mad.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P7140065%202_zpsqt1umi3i.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P7140065%202_zpsqt1umi3i.jpg.html)

Flutterbyes.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P7140055_zpskblgueo6.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P7140055_zpskblgueo6.jpg.html)

When the music stops ---

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P7140158_zpskolrmn2p.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P7140158_zpskolrmn2p.jpg.html)

The long drop.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P7140152_edited-1%202_zpsyloudszi.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P7140152_edited-1%202_zpsyloudszi.jpg.html)

Onward to glory.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P7140129%20-%20Copy_zpsoejiuv2o.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P7140129%20-%20Copy_zpsoejiuv2o.jpg.html)

We have the power

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P7210251%202_zpsck9xn6tf.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P7210251%202_zpsck9xn6tf.jpg.html)

Our first chamber.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P8110157%202_zpsrrvh2jkx.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P8110157%202_zpsrrvh2jkx.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 01, 2019, 08:26:39 pm
Kate gets a leg over.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P8110104%202_zpsuvlfq9z6.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P8110104%202_zpsuvlfq9z6.jpg.html)

Fixing the fixable fixed ladder.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P8180087_edited-1_zpsuaqp5plc.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P8180087_edited-1_zpsuaqp5plc.jpg.html)

A startling revelation. Our second chamber.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P8250025_zps3kx4mjeo.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P8250025_zps3kx4mjeo.jpg.html)

Its so wonderful !

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P8250031_zpsvcjjnamq.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P8250031_zpsvcjjnamq.jpg.html)

He said what ?

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P8250036%20-%20Copy_zpsqp36bh5a.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P8250036%20-%20Copy_zpsqp36bh5a.jpg.html)

He is asleep again.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P9010100_zpse9tvdg0e.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P9010100_zpse9tvdg0e.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P9010147_zpshypd5qhc.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P9010147_zpshypd5qhc.jpg.html)

Lets have a cement fight.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P9080197_zpsean7ha0a.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P9080197_zpsean7ha0a.jpg.html)

Huh. Rocks don't scare me.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P9150045_zpspo5a65o3.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P9150045_zpspo5a65o3.jpg.html)

Easy with plug and feathery things.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P9150015_zps42ozbud6.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P9150015_zps42ozbud6.jpg.html)

I may trawl the archives for some more.
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: Badlad on January 01, 2019, 08:55:31 pm
Two questions

Is there any solid rock down there  ;)

And what has that guy done to his hands and head?
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: mrodoc on January 01, 2019, 10:30:52 pm
We are now in solid rock. The 4 pitches (with a combined vertical range of 40m)  are all in proper cave.
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 02, 2019, 09:44:33 am
We have been unable to reach the visible "bottom" of the cave since early autumn. The survey is still incomplete. This is because we have CO2 gradually increasing in level until the top of the 11m pitch where it is currently about %3. Beyond here is a 20m pitch and two more shorter pitches. The cave is all solid rock from the top of the 11m pitch. The CO2 levels are being monitored and we hope to be back in spring.
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 02, 2019, 11:04:48 am
My idea for this post is to celebrate the fun and effort in cave digging rather than a write up of the cave which will be done in due course in the caving literature. I have done 144 trips and have had the old TG2 with me each time. Firstly because I think that keeping a record is important but also for my liking of caver portraits. Maybe something that some photographers miss. The camera can tell a good story but one has to be persistent ( and annoying ) to achieve it.

Some strange goings on in our field.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P9220003_zpsdf2rild7.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P9220003_zpsdf2rild7.jpg.html)

Getting too old for this lark ( Aren't we all ? )

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P9290057_zpsnnedtt08.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P9290057_zpsnnedtt08.jpg.html)

Yes a tempting target Mildred . Shame about the fence.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/PA060004%202_zpsikfxxcya.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/PA060004%202_zpsikfxxcya.jpg.html)

There is a certain satisfaction in mucking about with scaffolding. Takes one back to childhood days with Meccano I suppose. Sometimes the photographer makes his own best model.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/PA060084%202_zps657rovvv.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/PA060084%202_zps657rovvv.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/PA060023_zpskahpm30f.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/PA060023_zpskahpm30f.jpg.html)

Power on. Eventually the cable went down over 60m.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/PA130004_zpsjlvoad44.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/PA130004_zpsjlvoad44.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/PA130018%202_zpsyhcukgfp.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/PA130018%202_zpsyhcukgfp.jpg.html)

Do ya think I am sexy ?

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/PA200015_zps716zargy.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/PA200015_zps716zargy.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/PA200099_zpsw4tup3r6.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/PA200099_zpsw4tup3r6.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/PB030045%202_zpslru5cveq.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/PB030045%202_zpslru5cveq.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/PB030025_zpsekcmghpu.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/PB030025_zpsekcmghpu.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/PB170104_zps8tgzkjlx.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/PB170104_zps8tgzkjlx.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 02, 2019, 07:00:12 pm
OK a few more then whilst Photobucket is behaving. You do have to refresh it after a while.

Thought this a nice one of his Lordship. Its his birthday today.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/PB240159_zpscex7u7l1.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/PB240159_zpscex7u7l1.jpg.html)

The washing facilities at the club hut could do with an upgrade.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/PB240166_zpsita3f6p8.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/PB240166_zpsita3f6p8.jpg.html)

All mod cons inside though.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/PB240170%202_zpsmrq5hshp.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/PB240170%202_zpsmrq5hshp.jpg.html)

There are times when it all looks hopeless. We went 3m down this wall in solid mucky fill with no sign of a draught. We were not even sure if we were in the right place. Eventually it turned to gravel then I knew we were in the right place.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/PB240116_zpsetnu381h.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/PB240116_zpsetnu381h.jpg.html)

The arrival of Santa cheered us up no end.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/PC010079%202_zpsqeikbveu.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/PC010079%202_zpsqeikbveu.jpg.html)

More of the folks.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/PC010051_zpsgwngtkyc.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/PC010051_zpsgwngtkyc.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/PC080056%202_zpsdzu5khqh.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/PC080056%202_zpsdzu5khqh.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/PC080023%202_zpsfgwaityc.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/PC080023%202_zpsfgwaityc.jpg.html)

Well you cant win them all.
ET call home.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/PC080050%20-%20Copy_zpsxevh094d.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/PC080050%20-%20Copy_zpsxevh094d.jpg.html)

Acros and ladders. I do love acros and ladders. ( and base jacks ).

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P2230022%202_zps5vrg3eyh.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P2230022%202_zps5vrg3eyh.jpg.html)

Sometimes its all just too much.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/PC150124%202_zpsy6jq8mtf.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/PC150124%202_zpsy6jq8mtf.jpg.html)

Some idiot gets cement in his eyes.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/PA020002_zpshsi0m6dv.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/PA020002_zpshsi0m6dv.jpg.html)

Just when you think its all over up pops another chamber. This after digging for months in mud and slop. Start a new shaft in the floor.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P5310012_zpsm16xart0.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P5310012_zpsm16xart0.jpg.html)

Technical work. We send a probe down though the choke.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P5240157%202_zpsummb0f5z.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P5240157%202_zpsummb0f5z.jpg.html)

" Damocles " and a nice pillar to hold him up.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P8090070_zpsq9tmqdti.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P8090070_zpsq9tmqdti.jpg.html)

Lady with scaffolding.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/PB150139_zpsdmnab9gk.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/PB150139_zpsdmnab9gk.jpg.html)

January 2017.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P1030011_zpsj0meewas.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P1030011_zpsj0meewas.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P1030053_zpsj0lahh4k.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P1030053_zpsj0lahh4k.jpg.html)

Vurley closed karst basin.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P1240051_zpslkdyv0ul.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P1240051_zpslkdyv0ul.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 02, 2019, 07:42:49 pm
The winter 2017 rains make life difficult.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P1030630_zpsydqqibho.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P1030630_zpsydqqibho.jpg.html)

Who is going down first then ?

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P1030629_zps4ccm6uhq.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P1030629_zps4ccm6uhq.jpg.html)

Some fool always volunteers. It was too wet for selfies.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/PB220063_zpsqgrgnulw.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/PB220063_zpsqgrgnulw.jpg.html)

So after many more weeks of digging this hole appears. Being a considerate fellow I let the good doctor go though. Well it looked horrible to me.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P2280040_zps3radraix.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P2280040_zps3radraix.jpg.html)

Yet another chamber. As always just as things get desperate a chamber comes along. We shall call it La La Land as the funny business at the film awards took place that week.
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: braveduck on January 02, 2019, 09:42:12 pm
Proud to have supplied you with my digging buckets to achieve what you have so far .
Hope you find something really big down there . :)
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: tony from suffolk on January 03, 2019, 09:18:19 am
Some superb photos there Mr OR. Please keep them coming!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: tony from suffolk on January 03, 2019, 09:47:57 am
Oh, thought you might be interested that Google Earth renewed their satellite images over Mendip in June 2018, so Vurley's rather easier to see.
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: Laurie on January 03, 2019, 11:46:38 am
Lovely way to start the year.
Many thanks OR.   :)
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 03, 2019, 04:28:29 pm
La La Land from where the epic dig The Egg Timer was to be.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P3280051_zpsgj3juap8.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P3280051_zpsgj3juap8.jpg.html)

All those boulders have gone now.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P3280021_zpsglfs4ipv.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P3280021_zpsglfs4ipv.jpg.html)

Cheddar is that way states the venerable doc.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P3210107_zpsys37pqyh.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P3210107_zpsys37pqyh.jpg.html)

Following the solid wall at The Egg Timer.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P3210131_zps7evu0yp3.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P3210131_zps7evu0yp3.jpg.html)

Digger secured in The Egg Timer.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P4040038_zpsuaprl1mo.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P4040038_zpsuaprl1mo.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P4040012_zpsalvtwnew.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P4040012_zpsalvtwnew.jpg.html)

We try to stay happy.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P4040016_zpssg2ovisk.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P4040016_zpssg2ovisk.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P7040007_zpsqay2wadk.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P7040007_zpsqay2wadk.jpg.html)

The Egg Timer has a few more weeks to go before finally timing out.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P4060019_zpsyuhpciq0.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P4060019_zpsyuhpciq0.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P4110089_zps83qbayk7.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P4110089_zps83qbayk7.jpg.html)

Head first down a hole I look into a void and see what is holding the entire Egg Timer choke in place.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P4110097_zps2crurtei.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P4110097_zps2crurtei.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P4110098_zpszow35c4z.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P4110098_zpszow35c4z.jpg.html)

Time Out. The Egg Timer has gone . We are back to square one.



Summer 2017.

A new Egg Timer has been built. Stronger, deeper . We shall prevail.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P7040037_zpswlnpobi9.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P7040037_zpswlnpobi9.jpg.html)

" The Great Wall " rises in La La land.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P6060100_zpsmxokklxw.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P6060100_zpsmxokklxw.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P7110014_zpsyjgwbnv5.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P7110014_zpsyjgwbnv5.jpg.html)

Can we go home now ?

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P5300091%20-%20Copy_zpsjntj3y9o.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P5300091%20-%20Copy_zpsjntj3y9o.jpg.html)

Base camp La La Land.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P6060044_zps0xyuorja.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P6060044_zps0xyuorja.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P6060013_zpsv3zgudvx.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P6060013_zpsv3zgudvx.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P7110025_zps7rkghilo.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P7110025_zps7rkghilo.jpg.html)

At the coal face.

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(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P7040089_zpsifkvqdy5.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P7040089_zpsifkvqdy5.jpg.html)


(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P6060002_zpsalqmxgen.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P6060002_zpsalqmxgen.jpg.html)

All angles.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P7040098_zpssavpihhr.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P7040098_zpssavpihhr.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P6060053_zpsrci7cqw4.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P6060053_zpsrci7cqw4.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P7040100_zpsp2erdkkx.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P7040100_zpsp2erdkkx.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P6060128_zpsxr6v5jdv.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P6060128_zpsxr6v5jdv.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P6060141_zpso2p0hvxu.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P6060141_zpso2p0hvxu.jpg.html)

Dr Hilti's magic hammer.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P5300051_zps9wsvayhq.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P5300051_zps9wsvayhq.jpg.html)









Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 03, 2019, 05:45:18 pm
Just people and things. Summer 2017.



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(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P7040115_zpsjvltsby5.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P7040115_zpsjvltsby5.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P5230115_zpstxmdq1pi.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P5230115_zpstxmdq1pi.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P6060092_zpsfyfjl3pr.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P6060092_zpsfyfjl3pr.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P6200056_zpsgovlzecu.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P6200056_zpsgovlzecu.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P5300006_edited-1_zpsumbgko5w.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P5300006_edited-1_zpsumbgko5w.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P5230050_zpsizk94o5r.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P5230050_zpsizk94o5r.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P5300018_zpszyo0zqqq.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P5300018_zpszyo0zqqq.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P6130037_zps9fhukuhl.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P6130037_zps9fhukuhl.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P6060076_zpsw6jl6ss8.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P6060076_zpsw6jl6ss8.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P6060050_zps0rqlx6yi.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P6060050_zps0rqlx6yi.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P6060108_edited-1_zpsja2rxja4.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P6060108_edited-1_zpsja2rxja4.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P5300062_zpsplmeen9r.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P5300062_zpsplmeen9r.jpg.html)


Ultimately I want to believe that I can approach a form of artistry. I want the images to say more than here we are in a muddy hole in the ground. I want them to be a record but more than that. I want to do it simply with just a little camera. I don't want anything to be posed. I want to see and record " the moment ". To carry that little mental image home and see if its still there in the camera. Basically I want to be different. Not technically accomplished with expensive kit and loads of time. I want the recollection to be instant and unrepeatable. Do I succeed an any of this ? Well I certainly cant say though I feel pleased with what I have accomplished. Maybe not in quality but certainly in quantity. Certainly in getting that tiny slice of time as a visual record. Oh I do dig as well. Just as much as the others and in terms of trip numbers usually more. I wonder if I can call myself a cave photographer. Maybe I am just a digger with a camera. I exist in a medium somewhere in between. Remember the head of thread word " fun ". It has to be that or it has no meaning at all.
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 04, 2019, 09:46:35 am
I never know whether to rush on with my photo splodges or slow them down a bit. I think Dickens had the right idea about all of that. Publish part works then keep 'em waiting. Photoshop works well for a bit then needs refreshing to keep going so it does get tedious after a while.

The long Summer of 2017 has been a bit too warm for some .

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P6200055_zpsknmwhpip.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P6200055_zpsknmwhpip.jpg.html)

Winter comes to Mendip and down the cave everything changes.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/PC280011_zps1ite3gaw.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/PC280011_zps1ite3gaw.jpg.html)

Those frost free January days can be so lovely.  View towards the low col that became the lake overflow in periglacial times.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P1300007_zpsbjfsvsst.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P1300007_zpsbjfsvsst.jpg.html)

In time we make The Egg Timer timeless. It gets double banked and braced with scaffolding but then there is always the worry on what lies beneath.

In time we find that out.

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Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: braveduck on January 04, 2019, 11:09:47 am
Can you start a new posting ,takes a long time to get to the bottom of this one . But keep the pictures coming
fantastic . :clap2:
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: Laurie on January 04, 2019, 12:16:39 pm
We only have a one Meg connection at the MNRS and I'm not much better off at home.

.............but they're worth the wait.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 04, 2019, 05:50:29 pm
Can you start a new posting ,takes a long time to get to the bottom of this one . But keep the pictures coming
fantastic . :clap2:

Certainly not D. B. It wont be a photo splodge then will it  ? Like the Egg Timer in a while the forum page will crank over and start a new at page 2.
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: JohnMCooper on January 04, 2019, 06:57:44 pm
Does it start a new page after a certain number of posts? If so we can all post compliments on here to force it quicker. Perhaps a moderator can give us a guide as to how many we need to post?
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: Les W on January 04, 2019, 07:37:55 pm
Perhaps a moderator can give us a guide as to how many we need to post?

Or just go to another multi page topic and count them...  :tease:

So it looks like 25 posts per page...  :smartass:
So 5 more to go yet
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: braveduck on January 04, 2019, 07:45:14 pm
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Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 04, 2019, 08:07:48 pm
The Mendip Hills are a wonderful and an usual place. They have their genesis some 340 million years ago when the carboniferous limestone was laid down in warm tropical seas near the equator. The British Isles are part of a northward continental drift that one day may take us to the North Pole. In geological terms the known Mendip caves are relatively young as is the denuded plateau we know today. To understand caves you need to be able to relate them to the landscape and climate changes that have occurred over the last million years as well as the geology. That is very difficult as to us everything seems so static yet it is in a continual pattern of change. 250 million years ago the Mendips were a Triassic desert mountain a kilometre high. There are infilled wadis on the plateau and much Triassic material on the flanks. Lateral pressures pushed the limestone up to form the four denuded periclines that we know today. Indeed the pressure was so much that an upfold was forced up along the SW flank of the hills to form The Southwestern Overthrust. Vurley Swallet lies close to this and may even be on one of the subsidiary parallel faults. Unlike the classic Mendip cave model ( down dip ) Vurley will have to depart the Overthrust and travel along strike to reach Cheddar. ( If indeed that is where the water goes.). Vurley is not expected to emulate the Mendip classic mode of formation whereby swallet streams quickly reach the phreatic zone to enter deep flooded passages.
Reservoir Hole may have its origins some 700,000 years ago when High Country was actually the master cave ultimately truncated by Cheddar Gorge. Contrary to most casual observations the gorge is youthful and possibly only 150,000 years old. It is an anomaly and the only effect that it has had on cave formation is to lower base level and truncate the fossil passages . So it is possible that Goughs was once connected to Cox's Cave and the risings were higher at Long Hole and Great Ooones though they probably ceased to be a resurgence before 350,000 years ago. That prior to the long glacial maximum 280,000 to 330,000 years ago. In fact over the last 600,000 years sea levels were 100 metres plus lower than they are today on at least four occasions. Our separation from the continent at the last time being only some 12,000 years ago.
Stanton identified about 16 closed karst basins most of which are aligned along the Overthrust. The one at Vurley is closest to Cheddar Gorge and has an over spill col at one end leading to a dry valley in the escarpment. Little work seems to have been done in determining the basins age or development. In periglacial conditions the basins likely held lakes with the frozen ground unable to take drainage. At some point maybe 15,000 years ago loess blew in to be deposited as a sediment 7 metres deep within the basins effectively sealing any caves . Subsequent collapses within the sediments hint to voids beneath. We never thought Vurley to be a true swallet and were amazed to see the volume of water cascading down the entrance pipes in times of flood. Basically this comes as overspill from a nearby pond which I take to be artificial as there are several such dew ponds in the area. Previously this water must have sank though the loess but now we have a conduit drainage will be more effective. ( Resulting in the need to massively support the immediate area under the pipes which is an ongoing process.)
The upper parts of Vurley seem to be %50 boulders and %50 solid rock. Stalagmite formation seems to be almost non existent though large lumps have been found in the boulders suggesting various phases of development. Possibly some of the chambers were part filled with in washed loess which seems to be in the process of removal. Areas of river born gravels can be seen in some areas. Bone fragments were found at at about 12m depth and again much deeper at around 40m depth. The latter were tiny and might have been avian. Suddenly at around 66m depth the cave enters solid limestone and completely changes character. We still have not had time to evaluate this area properly due to the CO2. For the next 60m the cave becomes vertical. In Summer this area pretty much dries out but in Winter becomes very wet. Numerous small and sometimes vertical vadose trenches testify to the corrosive power of the water which has picked up CO2 in the deep soils . The first pitch seems to have been entirely formed by drip and is aligned along a fault before the passage runs down dip to the next pitch. At around 110m depth the vertical cave passes through the cobble layer near the base of the Clifton Down Limestone. The cobbles are very well exposed and indeed friable here making the climb a little hazardous. Quite probably this is the same layer seen in the passage roof between Goughs Sump Two and Three. The layer is also poorly exposed in the cliff face opposite the landslip quarry in the gorge. At around 140m depth there appears to be large scallops which may correlate with a developmental stage in Reservoir Hole. Vurley bottom ( as yet unentered ) still has some 50m to go to reach the current base level at around 28m. Vurley has a total depth potential of close to 200m. So currently Vurley is unique on Mendip being the only cave to reach a considerable depth within a closed karst basin. There is a temptation to think that others exist and could be linked by deep water flow along the Overthrust with Vurley the last in line. Much depends on where the Vurley water goes. It could discharge through springs in the Triassic escarpment or take take the longer route along strike within the limestone to emerge at Cheddar. Clearly there is a lot more interpretation to be formed and this view is merely that of an enthusiastic amateur.

I really did not mean to depart from the thread in a long textual way but there it is done now and maybe it has put some of the images into context. Maybe also it will give a clearer insight into the cave's development by others more erudite than I
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 04, 2019, 08:08:54 pm
Bum. Post again. :) :)
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 04, 2019, 08:13:22 pm
Perhaps if I post a few singular images.

7m loess deposit with angular boulder layer at 6m.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/IMG_0426_zpstc5t0vx8.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/IMG_0426_zpstc5t0vx8.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 04, 2019, 08:15:30 pm
In situ bone fragments at 12m.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/IMGP0307%20-%20Copy_zpscpdou7yt.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/IMGP0307%20-%20Copy_zpscpdou7yt.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 04, 2019, 08:16:09 pm
Hooray Page 2.   :clap2: :clap2:
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: Roger W on January 04, 2019, 11:21:00 pm
Aargh! Trying to hit the "2" wth my finger end on my tablet, hit the "all" instead  :wall:

Don't do that, folks!
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 05, 2019, 08:45:58 am
Will splodge some more photos now we are happily on our way with page two. If the page turns with say 25 posts I can add less images per post that might get us to page 3 quicker. ( if I even get that far ).

The cement run.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P8020174_zpsk6shepct.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P8020174_zpsk6shepct.jpg.html)

Looking back after looking ahead.

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P8110040_zpsicv3cmlg.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P8110040_zpsicv3cmlg.jpg.html)

(https://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m236/salsettediving/Album%2012/P8110036_zps0qp8kqhq.jpg) (https://s105.photobucket.com/user/salsettediving/media/Album%2012/P8110036_zps0qp8kqhq.jpg.html)

I have a 3m reach with the selfie stick. Useful for looking onward in unknown territory. Camera on Programme with 12 sec timer. 
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 05, 2019, 11:37:55 am
Experimenting with Flickr.
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 05, 2019, 11:43:41 am
I have just upgraded to Pro with Flickr as my account was locked for exceeding the 1,000 image limit. It would be much easier for all of us if I can post directly from Flickr and reduce the file size to medium. My Flickr images are chronological so its easier for me to select them where before I was searching all over the place for Photobucket images. The upload is quicker and no constant refreshing the Photobucket upload page.
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 05, 2019, 11:56:58 am
The drill . Went down some 70m depth from the generator. Got a bit " twitchy " sometimes .

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2913/33314911882_66c44ed846_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SKVCCs)Nigel Cox in La La Land (https://flic.kr/p/SKVCCs) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Upper La La Land.

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3813/33298448652_78fa6e2a20_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SJtfFE)La La Land (https://flic.kr/p/SJtfFE) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

A big one in The Egg Timer.

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2884/32611159904_8ed090eb67_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/RFJHFE)Tony Boycott in La La Land. (https://flic.kr/p/RFJHFE) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3666/33298233672_b35f8c8db5_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SJs9M7)La La Land (https://flic.kr/p/SJs9M7) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

So if somebody can confirm the images are there and not just a URL code it would help. Thanks.
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 05, 2019, 11:59:15 am
Image size 800 x 600 and you get an additional description. Sadly it also blows my cover as The Old Ruminator.

The Flickr engine does seem to " improve " an image when added to the photostream. I suppose this comes across in the post as well.

So awaiting confirmation that others can see the images. I am not too clever with this internet thing.
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: tony from suffolk on January 05, 2019, 12:21:58 pm
Yep, I can see the images just fine Mr OR. Or should that be...Mr Chipchase?
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 05, 2019, 12:26:33 pm
Thanks Tony I will continue with Flickr.
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 05, 2019, 03:40:53 pm
Winter 17/18 continued.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4174/34203535240_11015608a1_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/U7s4oQ)Vurley collage. (https://flic.kr/p/U7s4oQ) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr


With the loss of the original Egg Timer ( it fell down a hole. ) a new Egg Timer was built.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4346/36088983954_7eb019d86c_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WZ4tBh)The Egg Timer. (https://flic.kr/p/WZ4tBh) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

This was the deepest point in August 17. Thankfully it was goodbye to The Egg Timer Choke though some time later we would meet again.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4433/36114968173_98f9c90ea1_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/X2mDP4)Vurley. Deepest point to date. (https://flic.kr/p/X2mDP4) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

The phantom sandwich snatcher lurked.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4583/26665634309_36a70e1733_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GCmm4F)Phantom Sandwich Snatcher. Vurley. (https://flic.kr/p/GCmm4F) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

It was all tiresome work.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4337/36752253202_7b59451617_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XZEUrY)" Rob " (https://flic.kr/p/XZEUrY) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 05, 2019, 08:23:42 pm
La La land base camp.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4706/40677267221_b50547b4cf_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24YvCnt)La La Land (https://flic.kr/p/24YvCnt) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

So goodbye for now Egg Timer choke as a vertical shaft forming a bypass was excavated.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4401/37069011821_263b57446d_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YtEnKt)Vurley (https://flic.kr/p/YtEnKt) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Much capping and hauling up to La La Land which is starting to fill up. We always find another chamber in such circumstance so stay hopeful.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4372/37069005851_cfb827e328_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YtEkYx)Vurley (https://flic.kr/p/YtEkYx) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4423/37211480685_4d42e08252_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YGfyMc)Vurley (https://flic.kr/p/YGfyMc) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4548/24570744148_45d14bcb26_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DreucN)PB140042 (https://flic.kr/p/DreucN) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Eventually the shaft is cleared of boulders.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4680/24341368267_6b3af74126_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/D5XSKe)Vurley. (https://flic.kr/p/D5XSKe) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

And we find -


Our old friend The Egg Timer Choke looking angrier than ever and no other way on.

A small hematite rock in the centre.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4568/26824332659_36f7652461_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GSnHy8)Vurley red rock in situ 70m down (https://flic.kr/p/GSnHy8) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4575/38706793561_934a1cf799_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21YorcF)Terminal choke now collapsed at Vurley. (https://flic.kr/p/21YorcF) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4540/37679878635_ea245b56ba_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZpDeaV)Choke with stream below about 70m down in Vurley. (https://flic.kr/p/ZpDeaV) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

15m of that all the way back up to La La Land.

It all looked pretty hopeless.

Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 05, 2019, 08:31:54 pm
We are a trifle dismayed.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4582/38600495086_8773d8a49f_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21NZCnm)Chris Milne. Vurley (https://flic.kr/p/21NZCnm) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Hematite.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4568/37883731084_525f780671_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZHE2pj)Odd rock from 70m down in Vurley (https://flic.kr/p/ZHE2pj) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

View up the shaft.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4550/37851142154_942faa569b_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZELZRd)Pitch below The Egg Timer. Vurley. (https://flic.kr/p/ZELZRd) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

A choke 15m up to La La Land. Stacking space restricted, no apparent way on , a long staged haul all up The Egg Timer.
Seemed like the whole project had hit the buffers --

But --
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 06, 2019, 09:50:28 am
Just this one today.  Most of the group and you might guess who is the most useful.

Not the twit at the back.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7831/46618448111_6abe751cf6_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2e2vJsK)P3040207 (https://flic.kr/p/2e2vJsK) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 07, 2019, 09:33:25 am
There is always hope.

Remote view of solid rock and a small stream behind The Egg Timer choke.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4557/37819143065_7f6c072212_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZBWZCM)Small unentered streamway at Vurley. (https://flic.kr/p/ZBWZCM) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Engineering might solve it. Two acro props are fitted with pins into solid rock on either side of the choke.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4741/26118068888_de904317ea_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FMXVWy)Vurley (https://flic.kr/p/FMXVWy) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Then braced back to the solid wall at the bottom of the shaft.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4611/25119948477_a00e5b9728_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/EgLivX)Peter Glanvill. Vurley (https://flic.kr/p/EgLivX) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4631/26118057128_9bc2474797_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FMXSrN)Vurley (https://flic.kr/p/FMXSrN) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4712/25119924247_57e1124113_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/EgLbjc)P1300023 (https://flic.kr/p/EgLbjc) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

It looks a mess but every pole has a purpose.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4745/40249479291_6db09f4f02_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24jH6Vv)Vurley (https://flic.kr/p/24jH6Vv) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4669/40249460891_91e1d75e60_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24jH1sg)Vurley (https://flic.kr/p/24jH1sg) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Eventually we can work around the choke.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4740/26651087048_f056b42119_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GB4MEQ)Mac and Tony in Vurley. (https://flic.kr/p/GB4MEQ) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr



Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 07, 2019, 10:43:20 am
Vurley has consumed some 100m of scaffolding. Some 60m of this was kindly donated by JR Diving Services of Cullompton. Not the normal Mendip way but fast and effective remembering that time is short for us old codgers. Also Galmington Social Club for donating the rust proof mesh ( left over from the football court fencing ) with which we made gabion baskets of sorts for The Egg Timer. Actually I would think quite useful in cave digs though not cheap.

http://gabion1.co.uk/gabion-baskets/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6rHQ8b3b3wIV7r3tCh04Ug33EAAYAiAAEgLnlPD_BwE
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 07, 2019, 11:14:01 am
Vurley when active. Not very helpful.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4701/39538231934_b448313985_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23eRLS3)Vurley (https://flic.kr/p/23eRLS3) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 07, 2019, 11:15:13 am
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4663/25004656657_ce04d9e513_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/E6zpgX)Vurley. Jan 2018. (https://flic.kr/p/E6zpgX) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 07, 2019, 11:20:35 am
The dig goes on.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4701/40576534732_dd45289eda_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24PBm7q)P3040010 (https://flic.kr/p/24PBm7q) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4630/39626850045_bac640fc34_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23nFXWv)Vurley. Tony Boycott. (https://flic.kr/p/23nFXWv) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4656/39811997864_5e12a3f8cf_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23E3TWh)P2270019 (https://flic.kr/p/23E3TWh) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4612/38594438550_33c88292e8_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21NszYj)Chris Milne. Vurley (https://flic.kr/p/21NszYj) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4612/26534376638_471d841ac7_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GqKBJo)P2200050 (https://flic.kr/p/GqKBJo) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4769/40479634312_f95aac7a0e_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24F3GZw)P2270032 (https://flic.kr/p/24F3GZw) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 07, 2019, 06:44:14 pm
Rift between The Egg Timer and the vertical pot.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/802/39561914670_6417ea6090_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23gX9V5)Below The Egg Timer. Vurley. (https://flic.kr/p/23gX9V5) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

The vertical pot ( all dug )

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4654/40677285341_a554670b45_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24YvHKT)Below The Egg Timer. Vurley (https://flic.kr/p/24YvHKT) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Looking up the pot from the choke.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4597/27426193539_8fea4a8a7f_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HMypPR)Vurley c -70m (https://flic.kr/p/HMypPR) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

" Gabion boxes" in The Egg Timer.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4547/38536340862_242f38acfd_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21HjPy3)Stacking rocks in The Egg Timer at Vurley (https://flic.kr/p/21HjPy3) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 07, 2019, 06:55:41 pm
Ladder in the pot about to be bolted to the stemples.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/785/41238216371_0ecbf3f1f4_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25Q5D1x)Vurley at about 60m down (https://flic.kr/p/25Q5D1x) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Following the solid wall and the stream behind the choke.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4702/38711979910_43cd2a297f_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21YR1Vu)P2270016 (https://flic.kr/p/21YR1Vu) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

At last we get under the choke and into solid rock.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4694/26534416858_266d8ceb52_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GqKPFQ)Peter Glanvill. Vurley. (https://flic.kr/p/GqKPFQ) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Thats it. The very last and deepest boulder in the choke now securely scaffolded in. Depth about 65m.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/901/27259050068_200289cf7d_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HwMKTS)Vurley. The lintel. Holds up the big choke ! (https://flic.kr/p/HwMKTS) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Scribble from my log. The brown line is the " event horizon " . The change to cave in solid rock.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4907/32744339268_3bb832d68a_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/RTvigA)P3070002 (https://flic.kr/p/RTvigA) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 07, 2019, 07:14:26 pm
" Putinesque" at the hut . Joint caving experience 110 years.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4898/39651209813_9692d0ce0f_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23pQPfv)P7240002 (https://flic.kr/p/23pQPfv) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

The " dew pond " in Winter.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4639/39202337001_b51ee1b8bf_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22Jbe16)Vurley. (https://flic.kr/p/22Jbe16) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Long Summer days.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4481/37337591821_33d41963a6_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YToVe8)Vurley in September (https://flic.kr/p/YToVe8) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

The selfie stick.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4342/36357806052_5424c34e40_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XoPg43)vurleyaug112017 017 (https://flic.kr/p/XoPg43) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Shifting.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4170/34439544351_d2af3ec2c1_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/UtiEFr)Help ! Vurley. Nigel Cox. (https://flic.kr/p/UtiEFr) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

When all seemed lost. The Egg Timer has timed out.

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3930/34013034451_06552c4aa6_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/TPBG9t)After the fall. La La Land (https://flic.kr/p/TPBG9t) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Surveying the mess.

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2933/33300797984_5a59fa6cd0_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SJFi4o)After the fall. La La Land (https://flic.kr/p/SJFi4o) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Unhelpful models.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/494/31109276663_3657cf6a1c_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Pp2b82)Stop it Sally ! (https://flic.kr/p/Pp2b82) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Meanwhile at The Hunters.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/581/31007809484_8be7b6f908_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Pf48sU)Trevor and Pete in The Hunters. (https://flic.kr/p/Pf48sU) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 07, 2019, 07:31:16 pm
The reindeer shed.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/284/30784158694_189b93d8a8_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NUhRSN)PC130007 (https://flic.kr/p/NUhRSN) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Doctor Hilti.

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5472/31095890170_df977d8a0e_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PnQyMq)Peter Glanvill in Vurley. (https://flic.kr/p/PnQyMq) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Sally in the ally .

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5728/30891863762_6bac42bc57_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/P4NSQJ)Vurley with Sally Glanvill (https://flic.kr/p/P4NSQJ) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Bone found at 36m.

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8557/29886428951_e01fb4c026_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MwXL6M)Bone found at _36m. Vurley. (https://flic.kr/p/MwXL6M) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Bubble draught testing.

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8498/29886406451_9fc83c586d_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MwXDpR)Bubble draught test at Vurley. (https://flic.kr/p/MwXDpR) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Mr Up and Mr Down.

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8476/29755986461_d8a42fbf25_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Mkrd6k)P9200116 (https://flic.kr/p/Mkrd6k) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Supporting " Damocles "

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8879/28621283292_8fedd5fedb_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KBaynA)P8020004 (https://flic.kr/p/KBaynA) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Old Sparky

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7372/28033319251_361529a9ce_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JHd69x)P7050077 (https://flic.kr/p/JHd69x) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Thank you JR Services.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7305/27638342036_c22350c06f_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/J7iJby)P6140015 (https://flic.kr/p/J7iJby) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Mark's marvelous wall.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7049/26917724184_260a65c015_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/H1CnAQ)P6070047 (https://flic.kr/p/H1CnAQ) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

To baldly go.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7784/27127696342_6ff30f8882_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Hkbx1s)To baldly go --- (https://flic.kr/p/Hkbx1s) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Fun with photoshop.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/315/19700236581_9d879675b3_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/w1QRZp)Peat Rose at home (https://flic.kr/p/w1QRZp) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

The view from the hill.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/557/19303395455_92cbda8dbf_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/vpLWX2)Cheddar (https://flic.kr/p/vpLWX2) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 07, 2019, 07:39:51 pm
The boulder net.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/298/18504436173_c371f39c44_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ucb5bZ)Vurley. The boulder net. (https://flic.kr/p/ucb5bZ) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

The tripod.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/494/18898119305_b7eed3e1fa_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/uMXNtc)Vurley (https://flic.kr/p/uMXNtc) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/526/18026457194_6f4f7a964d_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/tsWiG7)Vurley Swallet. (https://flic.kr/p/tsWiG7) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Pipe dreams.

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5328/17715202088_4d70515d48_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/sZr3oL)Pipes ready at Vurley (https://flic.kr/p/sZr3oL) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Topping out.

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5322/17715069760_0936c20dd5_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/sZqn4f)Vurley Swallet (https://flic.kr/p/sZqn4f) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Starting point

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7640/16568632300_5ba78d4b0b_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rf7z99)Vurley Swallet (https://flic.kr/p/rf7z99) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Early purple orchid at Vurley.

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8802/17144167328_c473d1829f_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/s7YkDS)Early Purple Orchid, Mendip (https://flic.kr/p/s7YkDS) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr


A bit deeper next time ----
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 07, 2019, 07:42:05 pm
Well and truly splodged ! :beer2:
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: Laurie on January 07, 2019, 11:56:24 pm
Well and truly splodged ! :beer2:
Agreed.  :clap2:

Thankyou.  :)
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 08, 2019, 07:47:51 am
Ahh just what I wanted. Page Three. Gone Caving ------
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 08, 2019, 07:07:34 pm
A good day experimenting with the TG2 and Yongnuo flashgun. Failed in clearing the Jill's Slither sump with drain rods.

Ladder fixed in the pot.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/892/41371247741_946f23643f_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/262QsAR)Fixed ladder below The Egg Timer. (https://flic.kr/p/262QsAR) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Under the choke is a small chamber with a tight slot leading off to the left. The stream follows this.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4720/40618450611_a770d62e0d_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24TjbeZ)P3040072 (https://flic.kr/p/24TjbeZ) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Taking a look.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4712/39967321294_65928489e1_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23TLYbs)Unentered streamway ( as yet ) Vurley. (https://flic.kr/p/23TLYbs) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Widening the slot beyond which is a big deep hole. Boom, boom.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/864/26260774027_990aa987b0_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/G1zkcZ)Vurley. " The Master Cave " (https://flic.kr/p/G1zkcZ) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 08, 2019, 07:24:58 pm
Nearly there.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/805/39323288170_3181789b51_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22US8z5)Vurley. decent stal at last . (https://flic.kr/p/22US8z5) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Start of the slot.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7909/46566529132_16eee42f1b_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2dWVCKW)P3040020 (https://flic.kr/p/2dWVCKW) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

The little stream enters.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7907/45894584224_21238bdc8f_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2cVxJWU)P3040031 (https://flic.kr/p/2cVxJWU) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

The initial slot widened.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/799/40476484165_0252ca4f73_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24ELyyD)Kate. Vurley. (https://flic.kr/p/24ELyyD) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

The slot leads to an awkward take off on a pitch.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/832/27002685987_5365c77860_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/H98PMv)Vurley (https://flic.kr/p/H98PMv) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7860/45703952525_3aeb68b139_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2cCGGMt)P4170320 (https://flic.kr/p/2cCGGMt) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

The pitch is 11m and quite roomy.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/910/41827984902_474e913f6a_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/26JcmDu)Vurley (https://flic.kr/p/26JcmDu) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr



(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/946/41871080721_8a8d831281_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/26N1ewR)Vurley (https://flic.kr/p/26N1ewR) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Below a bigger chamber at the head of a bedding passage.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7866/46618269051_3edd5b4fca_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2e2uPev)P4170121 (https://flic.kr/p/2e2uPev) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/830/40063289650_02ec563b1d_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/243fQeh)Vurley (https://flic.kr/p/243fQeh) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/974/41870874261_a925b07cb6_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/26MZbac)P5010069 (https://flic.kr/p/26MZbac) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4886/45704331375_9333764769_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2cCJDpn)P5010347 (https://flic.kr/p/2cCJDpn) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Vadose trench at the end of the bedding plane.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4806/45701553795_768dde5580_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2cCupJ4)P5010091 (https://flic.kr/p/2cCupJ4) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Fault below the 11m pitch.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7839/45894231284_0aab881e45_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2cVvW2J)P4170025 (https://flic.kr/p/2cVvW2J) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr






Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: ChrisJC on January 08, 2019, 09:45:44 pm
Where do you get your concrete pipes from?

Chris.
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 09, 2019, 09:33:54 am
Where do you get your concrete pipes from?

Chris.

Serendipity.

In the next field somebody had attempted to construct some sort of soakaway or cess pit with the pipes buried upright two at a time. The present landowner was glad to get rid of them. So we had a nice hut, pipes to hand, an occasional stream sink, a closed karst basin in lovely surroundings and a helpful landowner. ( now changed to another nice landowner ). Acquiring the initial finance meant getting all interested parties together to form a consortium. Keeping that on track is the hard part.

Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 09, 2019, 06:03:12 pm
Vadose trench at the bottom of the bedding passage.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/979/40972183865_ac9e42688f_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25qz9Pc)P5010144 (https://flic.kr/p/25qz9Pc) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Leading to 20m pitch.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/976/27002924107_f466b8505c_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/H9a3z2)Vurley (https://flic.kr/p/H9a3z2) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/980/27002966577_101a47432d_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/H9agcg)Vurley (https://flic.kr/p/H9agcg) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/944/28002026808_0bb8f982e9_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JErGZE)Vurley (https://flic.kr/p/JErGZE) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Not much recorded beyond here. Only 5 of the group have been down the 20m pitch then the other two shorter pitches that follow. Final point is a view down into a small chamber where the stream sinks under the wall. Nobody has been there yet. CO2 still %3 at the 11m pitch. You dont want to climb 3 more pitches with that.

Poor photo looking up 20m pitch.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4843/31736958857_5a69300063_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QmudaP)P5170066 (https://flic.kr/p/QmudaP) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Friable cobble layer at around 120m at the base of the Clifton Down limestone.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7843/32803667948_07d5c48790_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/RYKnBS)P5170055 (https://flic.kr/p/RYKnBS) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Small scallops at about 110 m. Possibly indicating fast vadose flow. Large, possibly phreatic, scallops are seen closer to 150m.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7925/45954172904_16c91199cc_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2d1P9zW)P5170070 (https://flic.kr/p/2d1P9zW) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 09, 2019, 06:11:07 pm
The overthrust at Vurley.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4868/31725793827_f64289c20c_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QkuZci)P5010001 (https://flic.kr/p/QkuZci) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Boulders from the loess.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7899/45752286895_14accc684f_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2cGYqUF)IMG_0437 (https://flic.kr/p/2cGYqUF) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Where the pipes will start.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4854/45942615444_bf1148aca3_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2cZMUXo)IMG_0434 (https://flic.kr/p/2cZMUXo) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Back to the beginning.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7826/46667480571_cb9acd8e30_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2e6R36Z)IMG_0586 (https://flic.kr/p/2e6R36Z) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7839/31725702557_c32806d822_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Qkuw4F)IMG_0422 (https://flic.kr/p/Qkuw4F) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: Speleofish on January 09, 2019, 10:44:44 pm
As always, this is fascinating! When (and where) are you going to publish the details about Vurley? In the meantime, please keep posting the pictures - they're wonderful!
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: mrodoc on January 09, 2019, 11:02:14 pm
We need to a) finish the survey and b) push the bottom. Waiting for the CO2 levels to drop sufficiently. The OR will then be able to put a ladder down the big pitch and take photos of the bottom.
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 10, 2019, 10:19:05 am
As always, this is fascinating! When (and where) are you going to publish the details about Vurley? In the meantime, please keep posting the pictures - they're wonderful!

Thank you for the nice reply.

Vurley details are appearing in some club magazines. Mr O' Doc has been running a commentary in Belfry Bulletins  ( BEC ). I have done a little in Chelsea SS mags.

I have recently joined the Wessex Cave Club ( they might well regret that ) and hope to start a full history of the dig with my amateur geological ramblings the first of which may be out this month.

Our consortium numbers about 15 so consequently we have different views . I am taking a chance with these images as the wrath of The Karst Police may yet descend on me. Up until now we have been reticent regarding publicity mainly because we have a new landowner so we are treading carefully. We do not allow visitors as yet. I have restricted the thread to images only with little comment. I feel the time is right for that as images and videos have been shown at Hidden Earth and at the J'Rat awards. I did the same with Reservoir Hole which recorded over 100,000 views and as far as I know none of the backlash that some of the group feared. I hope for the same this time.

Another issue within the group hinted at by Mr'O Doc was whether the 20m pitch should be SRT only. Not my forte at age 71. Therefore it has not been climbed on ladders yet.
There is a ledge half way down so the pitch may well split as two ten metre ladder drops.( there is an SRT deviation here ). Easily obtained with a small platform ( there are two such in Reservoir ) but the SRT purists are dead against that idea today. Two of us have bought the ladders for the 20m pitch but no additional bolts for the ladders and lifeline have yet been added. I therefore do not know when or if this will happen.

Clearly the main concern is the CO2. Possibly we have been happily burrowing away with that in the past but with four pitches that is clearly not advisable now. Regular monitoring is still going on and as before we have no real idea when things might change for the better.
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: MarkS on January 10, 2019, 11:06:46 am
Our consortium numbers about 15 so consequently we have different views . I am taking a chance with these images as the wrath of The Karst Police may yet descend on me. Up until now we have been reticent regarding publicity mainly because we have a new landowner so we are treading carefully. We do not allow visitors as yet. I have restricted the thread to images only with little comment. I feel the time is right for that as images and videos have been shown at Hidden Earth and at the J'Rat awards. I did the same with Reservoir Hole which recorded over 100,000 views and as far as I know none of the backlash that some of the group feared. I hope for the same this time.

I'm delighted you've made this topic. It's been really interesting viewing/reading.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 10, 2019, 11:26:30 am
Vurley by SRT.


(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/952/41828041422_8e2f0047fa_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/26JcDrY)P5010004 (https://flic.kr/p/26JcDrY) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Autumn 2018.

Now that the entrance pipe has become an occasional active conduit we thought it best to reinforce all of the area directly below the pipes. Basically I volunteered to do this as I can go at my own pace on my own and enjoy the countryside as well.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7828/46687570031_06a022c78d_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2e8BZZZ)P8020002 (https://flic.kr/p/2e8BZZZ) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

First thing was to recover the half bit of pipe left over in reforming the old Balch entrance. This was cut to make one permanent piece and one a temporary concrete mould.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4915/45962750794_324a1b8180_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2d2z7uA)P8170001 (https://flic.kr/p/2d2z7uA) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

The temporary moulding was used at the bottom of the entrance ladder then the space behind filled with concrete.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4812/45962650434_4ff2259577_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2d2yAEf)PA090043 (https://flic.kr/p/2d2yAEf) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

After that a stone wall was built up part way using cement. That then continued as a dry stone wall as it looked more natural.

The permanent piece was used to fill under the pipe where there had been some washout.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4839/39722684813_4151bd40a1_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23wa9h6)P8170020 (https://flic.kr/p/23wa9h6) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

This looks better today as it has been cemented over at the top to join up with the pipes.

A wall was then built where the gravel matrix has washed out in the rift below the ladders.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7914/32812766828_d49316661f_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/RZy1p7)P7310046 (https://flic.kr/p/RZy1p7) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr



(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4879/31745932487_3770c3cff1_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QnhcHz)P8020015 (https://flic.kr/p/QnhcHz) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
Post by: The Old Ruminator on January 10, 2019, 11:42:54 am
The Fool on the Hill.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7925/45772610285_01d950d3f7_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2cJLAkX)P8170019 (https://flic.kr/p/2cJLAkX) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

I also braced up two areas of roof that might be affected by washout some time in the future.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7863/39722723623_4c2c837e05_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23wakPe)P7310007 (https://flic.kr/p/23wakPe) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

Acro cut short and pinned to the wall on either side. Belt and braces really.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4810/45772607725_f0780cb77a_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2cJLzzP)P8170010 (https://flic.kr/p/2cJLzzP) by Nicholas Chipchase (https://www.flickr.com/photos/96466079@N05/), on Flickr

I still have more dry stone walling to do when I am in the mood for it.