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Re: P8 Xmas Aven dig diary
« Reply #25 on: April 15, 2018, 07:01:02 pm »
A fine and productive dig was had today, me and Tommy were accompanied by prestigious sand digger Rostam Namaghi.

Anyways, we headed in, and started moving stuff. Met some folks from Rubber Ducks on the way in, and some other folks from the YSS. A good day for P8!

Once in the dig, we dumped the sandbags that had been kindly given to us by Nick Williams this morning (will buy him a pint at some point!) And proceeded to get digging!

Whilst the previous pictures show the scaffold at my nipple height, it is now above the shoulder. Below the scaffold the dig is getting larger and could comfortably fit two people. Tommy says the dig is still trending horizontally downwards.

The dig will now need more scaffold to split the pot and start a wall up the middle, as we have run out of scaffing space.

After taking out lots of spoil over 4 hours, we each payed our respects to the Eavis shrine and left the cave

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Re: P8 Xmas Aven dig diary
« Reply #26 on: April 15, 2018, 10:01:14 pm »
Andy Eavis has a shrine down there? Well, it was his first ever cave...
The end is where we start....

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Re: P8 Xmas Aven dig diary
« Reply #27 on: April 16, 2018, 12:22:20 pm »
Andy Eavis has a shrine down there? Well, it was his first ever cave...

It's a shrine to the whole dynasty

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Re: P8 Xmas Aven dig diary
« Reply #28 on: April 16, 2018, 12:58:35 pm »
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Re: P8 Xmas Aven dig diary
« Reply #29 on: April 16, 2018, 01:05:49 pm »
P8 is exactly due west of my window, so I can pay my respects every morning from here.

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Re: P8 Xmas Aven dig diary
« Reply #30 on: April 16, 2018, 01:39:16 pm »
As long as I am left out of it - I am only an Eavis by marriage. I am far to punctual to be a real Eavis ;)

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Re: P8 Xmas Aven dig diary
« Reply #31 on: April 16, 2018, 01:57:52 pm »
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Re: P8 Xmas Aven dig diary
« Reply #32 on: April 19, 2018, 09:33:08 am »
A team of 3 Backhoe Buccaneers were down P8 last night, myself, Olly, and Jack.

We agreed to meet after work, Jack's day had run over slightly, but Olly and I mitigated the delay by removing the rear seat from his 2CV, sticking some tunes on and basking in the glorious spring sunshine to pass the time.

Now changed and through the fields, Jack sped off ahead to make it from entrance to sump in a record 5 minutes, myself and Olly were there in around 10. Up into the dig and we began.

We began with the same system as last time; man 1 quarter filling a bag, passing it out to man 2, who passes it up to man 3, man 3 then consolidates it into a larger bag on the pile. Rubbish! We then remembered the reason for the scaff and bags was to enable a 2-person team to dig more efficiently, with 3 of us there it made more sense to haul out to the top of the pot and stack/tip above. Thus, no more scaff is yet required if we can keep a team together, increasing bag stocks wouldn't hurt though either way!

Once the percolation slurry is cleared from the dig face, progress becomes much quicker. We seem to have broken through a layer of clay which wouldn't have been helping drainage much.

With some 25 kibbles removed, we have now driven a trench down into the dig, meaning we are digging forwards, rather than downwards. At last! There are still some larger boulders in place acting as trench wall, for now if we don't stare at them too hard they'll stay put. We won't be able to lift them out of the dig without resorting to destructive methods, though one lay directly ahead to tackle.

After some scraping and prodding, and the smaller boulder reft from its earthen captivity, the session culminated in being able to stick my arm forwards above the face and feel some calcite coming down from the roof. Intriguing...

We made it out in good time, however slightly slower moving uphill. A quick stop off at the Wanted to see Nick and the Bull Pit team, we also found a troop of SUSSites in there for a brief natter. However, the hour was late and it was time for bed. By the time I was fed and the soil removed from under my finger nails it was about 12:30/1am.

All in all a great session, we're going prodding in another location next week to allow the air to refresh itself a little in Christmas Aven, it wasn't an issue, but we were aware of a slight change as the session went on, it's not draughting yet!

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Re: P8 Xmas Aven dig diary
« Reply #33 on: April 19, 2018, 08:46:51 pm »
Thanks for the report - sounds like the dig is progressing well