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All the best for 2018!!! Messin around in South Wales over Xmas
« on: January 05, 2018, 06:10:42 pm »
As is often the case with my posts this will be more piccys than words but wanted to share some fun we had over Christmas.

After 4 weeks in a row working weekends I was going a bit stir crazy, so much so that when the heavy snow fell and we literally couldn't get to work I set about building a 'Snow Cave' and made poor Jess don her caving gear to mess about in it at night with the temperatures dropping to -4.


Jess not impressed

I can't think why but she wasn't overly impressed but it did the trick and she arranged a trip in to  Hendre Spa Mine for the Dudley Christmas Trip.


The gang in Hendre Spa Mine

With bellies full of Turkey and Xmas pud we headed to South Wales between Christmas and New Year where we had great fun playing with Roo's 3D scanner in OFD and the Dinas Silica Mines ahead of some planned trips later in the year.


Scanning in Big Chamber


Scanning in the Dinas Silica Mines

Our first caving trip was to take the group on the OFD 1 round trip as the others hadn't been in there before. After the standard trip the girls went off to do some walking in the snow whilst the rest of us went to take some photos around the eagles nest.


Passage by the escape route


Pi Chamber


Passage near the Eagles Nest

The scanning was interesting stuff, but we weren't burning off the xmas fare stomping around big chamber and so the bigger trip of our break was planned. The snowmelt would mean that water levels were on the up and we had a fair bit of rain over night and so a plan began to form. Brendan and I had found a high level route to enter the Marble showers series without the need to traverse a couple of years ago and found a spectacular view of the main stream way that I really wanted to go back and photo in high water. To compliment the Dudley crew that had come for a couple of days caving, we picked up Nicky Bayley whom I had never had the pleasure of caving with before.
We went in via Edwards Short Cut and headed up the Sky Hook Pitch to the upper oxbow series where, after a little persuasion Nicky took a couple of photos, before descending the 20m and 8m pitches down to splash inlet. We followed this through to the Marble showers series to the balcony looking down to the main stream. I descended to check that it wasn't too dangerous to get people down the bottom to light the shot and after a little persuasion the team grabbed walkie talkies, flash guns and flash bulbs to get a shot of this beautiful area in flood conditions.


Nicky at Marble Showers


The gang happy not to have died or nuffink!

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Re: All the best for 2018!!! Messin around in South Wales over Xmas
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2018, 06:51:49 pm »
The Marble Showers pic (in particular) is a corker!    :thumbsup:

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Re: All the best for 2018!!! Messin around in South Wales over Xmas
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2018, 07:14:01 pm »
Agreed, that Marble Showers shot is epic Chunky!! :clap2:

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Re: All the best for 2018!!! Messin around in South Wales over Xmas
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2018, 08:11:57 pm »
Absolutely, same thoughts here.
It says a lot about what caving is all about.
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Re: All the best for 2018!!! Messin around in South Wales over Xmas
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2018, 09:17:04 pm »
That Marble Showers pic needs framing!

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Re: All the best for 2018!!! Messin around in South Wales over Xmas
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2018, 09:40:28 am »
Thanks all :)

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Re: All the best for 2018!!! Messin around in South Wales over Xmas
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2018, 10:15:57 am »
The way the shot in the spar mine is taken has a look of  the limestone working about it.
Cracking photos as usual  :thumbsup:

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Re: All the best for 2018!!! Messin around in South Wales over Xmas
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2018, 07:47:58 am »
Absolutely top photos again, Chunky! I think Marble Showers is a great wet-weather destination in OFD (from above!). A few of us went last year and it was quite impressive, but I need to get my survey out later and take a look - I didn't realise you could go via Splash Inlet.

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Re: All the best for 2018!!! Messin around in South Wales over Xmas
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2018, 10:22:42 am »
Absolutely top photos again, Chunky! I think Marble Showers is a great wet-weather destination in OFD (from above!). A few of us went last year and it was quite impressive, but I need to get my survey out later and take a look - I didn't realise you could go via Splash Inlet.
I think technically it's only the foot of the 8m pitch which is splash inlet as the water then sinks in to the continuing passage. Not sure of a proper name for the interconnecting passage leading to the marble showers series though.

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Re: All the best for 2018!!! Messin around in South Wales over Xmas
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2018, 12:18:06 pm »
Not sure of a proper name for the interconnecting passage leading to the marble showers series though.

Mutiny Junction?  :unsure:
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Re: All the best for 2018!!! Messin around in South Wales over Xmas
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2018, 01:25:07 pm »
The current survey is better but when I first did Marble Showers 45 years ago we had serious problems when we couldn't find the right level as the drops weren't shown clearly. The photo is superb - one of your best Mark IMO particularly in view of the technical difficulties posed by water and the noise re communication.

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Re: All the best for 2018!!! Messin around in South Wales over Xmas
« Reply #11 on: November 28, 2018, 04:49:46 pm »
Where'd the pictures go?
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