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Offline yrammy

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smell , hear, feel ,taste
« on: December 05, 2018, 09:00:46 am »
Few people would deny the beauty that can be found underground and the standard of cave photography these days is amazing. But the other senses come into play and I wonder what is felt, heard, smelled or tasted underground has impressed you over the years. For me it is the smell of 'outside' at the end of a long trip.

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Re: smell , hear, feel ,taste
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2018, 10:12:07 am »
I like the almost musical repetition of a cave stream.

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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2018, 11:09:01 am »
The sound of a large rock whistling as it flies through the air when dropped from the edge of an undescended shaft of unknown depth, then booming from below as it hits a ledge many seconds later and continues to ricochet with overlapping echoes as its fragments continue to descend. An intoxicating cocktail of terror and excitement.

And the taste of a warm Mars Bar carried in my helmet, consumed at the bottom of a sporting cave before starting the journey out.

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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2018, 11:16:22 am »
The texture of soggy pork scratchings that have burst and got wet in a SRT bag.

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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2018, 11:31:09 am »
I love the smell of napalm wet limestone in the morning.
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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2018, 11:53:16 am »
I like to stop for a nap whilst my companions carry on and do exciting and energetic things. In a dry sandy passage I love the sensory deprivation, no sound, no light, no smell and no air movement. It is weird, I sometimes think I can hear or see things that I know are not there. Maybe I need to adjust my medication.

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Re: smell , hear, feel ,taste
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2018, 12:20:56 pm »
I don't miss the smell of spent carbide.
I do miss the taste of a pint after an exhausting day underground. (I can't physically cave anymore and my beers are medically restricted.  :( )
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« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2018, 12:27:42 pm »
I taste a lot of rocks and minerals. Out of plain curiosity and to help identify them (the same goes for plants, trees, mushrooms, and soil). The smell of limestone exploding under the hammer varies a little depending on the rock. The unexpected awareness of the far-off roar of water is exciting in an unfamiliar or virgin cave.

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« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2018, 12:41:49 pm »
Love the clink of metal as cavers move with SRT kit on, the click of krabs, the rattle of ladders being unwound down a pitch...

You can hear it now can't you?  I can  :)

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« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2018, 01:08:19 pm »
20 years on I can clearly remember the taste of Peak Cavern mud, having had to repeatedly lick the tape measure clean to read it, whilst on a surveying trip with John Beck.
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« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2018, 01:12:16 pm »
I did that in Daren Cilau. I sat near the bonsai tree in the streamway,  whilst my pals went a bit further. With the light off I clearly heard - or thought I did, people coming from both directions, a dog and a bird!

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« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2018, 02:03:51 pm »
The muffled sounds of companions moving and talking along narrow dry muddy passages, contrasted with the acoustics in big echoey rift passages and pitches.

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Re: smell , hear, feel ,taste
« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2018, 03:39:11 pm »
The taste of Inglesport breakfast and beer in the Marton / Clapham Bunk Barn  ;D

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Re: smell , hear, feel ,taste
« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2018, 03:40:14 pm »
The sulphur smell you get after you've smashed up a load of rocks cleaning a pitch head...

Or when someone has launched a rock at your head and it has just missed you before shattering into many pieces!

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« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2018, 04:01:49 pm »
I love the squelch of properly glutinous mud - Craig A Fyynnon or Hall of the mountain King.
Also the feel of a smooth squueze over calcite floor when you can push and slide.
The force of water as you battle a stream
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Re: smell , hear, feel ,taste
« Reply #15 on: December 05, 2018, 04:20:40 pm »
The incredible strong smell of Ozone as you exit a cave .
 

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« Reply #16 on: December 05, 2018, 04:50:33 pm »
The smell of "cave" that seems to permeate my house.
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Re: smell , hear, feel ,taste
« Reply #17 on: December 05, 2018, 09:51:31 pm »
The thunder of an underground river, the sting of icy spray lashing your face, the tranquility and disconnect as your head disappears below water.

These sensations cannot easily be captured in a photograph.

It seems a fitting opportunity to re-share a piece of accidental audio art, created when my camera began recording in my wetsuit pocket, before falling into the stream only to be recovered several days later when it was spotted by a passing caver.

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« Reply #18 on: December 06, 2018, 09:45:19 am »
Pete Hall  - you should get the Turner prize. Now there's and idea........

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« Reply #19 on: December 06, 2018, 09:49:09 am »
I can't believe the enticing feel of a cold draught in a dig or unexplored passage hasn't been mentioned yet. Some really stick in the memory.

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Re: smell , hear, feel ,taste
« Reply #20 on: December 06, 2018, 10:40:42 am »
The smell of limestone giving way to hammer and chisel

The sound of a pebble, tossed into a too-tight way on, rattling down a bedding plane and plopping into an unseen pool

The feel of a hot shower after a weekend's Daren camp

The taste of bang fumes that haven't quite cleared properly, but you're too eager to get on and see what's happened

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« Reply #21 on: December 06, 2018, 10:33:44 pm »
Pete Hall  - you should get the Turner prize. Now there's and idea........
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« Reply #22 on: December 07, 2018, 12:03:49 pm »
The work of centuries is ruined with only a little "tink"

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« Reply #23 on: December 08, 2018, 07:56:27 am »
The feel of that first welly filling with freezing water on a winter trip and then realising that any thoughts of going back have now gone.

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« Reply #24 on: Today at 09:06:13 am »
Very profound Kenilworth  - that should go on a t-shirt.