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Re: What caving related thing did you do today?
« Reply #425 on: October 05, 2020, 10:58:10 am »
Watching other people's videos of water flowing into main entrance of swildons & out of wookey (& Gough's) - I went flood kayaking...

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Re: What caving related thing did you do today?
« Reply #426 on: October 05, 2020, 02:03:39 pm »
Watching other people's videos of water flowing into main entrance of swildons & out of wookey (& Gough's) - I went flood kayaking...

Smiling at the trouble a certain ex-doctor got into trouble with his wife for going down Swildons's yesterday. They had to exit via the hollow tree.

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Re: What caving related thing did you do today?
« Reply #427 on: October 05, 2020, 02:19:08 pm »
They weren't the only ones.

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Re: What caving related thing did you do today?
« Reply #428 on: October 05, 2020, 06:44:45 pm »
Looking at photos of Fairy Cave Quarry. Withyhill was extremely active with a stream gushing out of the entrance pipe. I do hope that any further silting has not been too bad. We might have to swim over to the dig tomorrow.

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Re: What caving related thing did you do today?
« Reply #429 on: October 06, 2020, 07:44:49 pm »
I repaired the spine, which had just about completely fallen off, of my somewhat worn copy of Cave Hunting by Boyd Dawkins. Bit of glue and some elastic bands to hold things while they set and now a lot less disintegrated looking!

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Re: What caving related thing did you do today?
« Reply #430 on: October 13, 2020, 08:33:36 pm »
Well, we've finally finished the paper mache cave!











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Re: What caving related thing did you do today?
« Reply #431 on: October 13, 2020, 09:23:30 pm »
That's amazing! Next year's hidden earth Art Salon entry right there :thumbsup:

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Re: What caving related thing did you do today?
« Reply #432 on: October 14, 2020, 09:42:02 am »
Photographed in Hillwithy Cave at FCQ.

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Re: What caving related thing did you do today?
« Reply #433 on: October 14, 2020, 12:43:16 pm »
listened to the BCA AGM debate (to see how badly Rostam had made me sound by editing) and then voted in the ballot.

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Re: What caving related thing did you do today?
« Reply #434 on: October 14, 2020, 06:20:00 pm »
Made some new digging buckets and drag trays . :)

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Re: What caving related thing did you do today?
« Reply #435 on: November 15, 2020, 07:04:15 pm »
Washed and hung out the last couple of weeks caving kit, then finally made myself the glove airer I've been promising myself for the last few years...
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Re: What caving related thing did you do today?
« Reply #436 on: November 16, 2020, 04:05:51 pm »
A policeman woke me in the night. He said that people park here and overdose sometimes. We talked for a while about why I was sleeping in a truck. My back was cold and stiff and I asked if I could make us tea. Well we sat on top the mountain and had tea and looked at the stars. He talked. He said, "We got ta see an put up with thangs you would not believe." But he didn't say what they were and I looked at the unlit houses in the valley. When he rose to go the east sky was green on bottom.

The water was running all over the mountain, the cave taking enough to make the entrance crawl unavoidably wet and the waterfall climb a downright soaker. I'm not used to cold water caving. I'm skinny, thermally worthless, poorly clothed. The only thing is to keep moving fast, so I laid aside the survey stuff and hustled into an upstream crawl.

This little tube was once the conduit for the discovery of a significant upstream section of cave.  While the downstream passage is heavily inscribed and besmoked, this crawl and the passages it leads to are nearly pristine, and are marked only with a solemn list, in carbide, of names and dates from 1931. Only in the clay crawls are any other marks discernible, and here they have received the patina of old age. Until I came here, of course.

I climbed out of the stream and up a breakdown pile. Up there joints led to joints and breakdown after breakdown. But I went there to check out a pit. It was narrow, sculpted, 31 feet deep by laser measurement. I wrestled a slab of rock across the top of this crack, rigged my rope to it, and inched down. The rappel rack ground against the wall in front of me while my spine ground against the wall in back. Once down, I found only another series of narrow, jagged joints, all ending in breakdown.

It is something similar to liberating to struggle against a problem with no one near to help, to have no choice but to succeed. I have long been a fearful man, and often declined difficulty out of fear of disaster. Experiencing real disaster has driven out most of that fear, and it is a blessing that its place has not been left empty, but filled with determination and curiosity. So climbing out of a tiny crack was calming, instead of the terrifying it would have been to my younger self. It took a very long time.

Then, exhausted, I made my way back to the survey gear and worked on drawing cross-sections. Sitting by a still, quiet, pool, unskilled but meticulous, trying to tell the truth on paper about a hole in the ground. I saw a big white crayfish in the pool beneath me. I tried to draw it. But by then the cold had returned, and the pencil was erratic. The shivered sketch looks alien, monstrous. It is a good momento of the day. I climbed out.

The walk from the cave overlooks the highway. I saw a young man with a backpack and a white cane, tapping his way along the guard rail of the four-lane. And the policeman wheeled around, got out to talk to him.

 

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