Author Topic: Something That Wasn't Gimli's Dream (Carlswark / Merlin's Mine)  (Read 959 times)

Offline thehungrytroglobite

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Something That Wasn't Gimli's Dream (Carlswark / Merlin's Mine)
« on: December 12, 2020, 11:26:37 pm »
Greetings darkness-dwellers,

I was wondering if anyone could help me out with a passage I found at the base of the Eyam Dale Shaft this week.
It was at the end of a Carlswark round trip (my first time in the cave), and I had been planning on having a look at the connection to Merlin's Mine. Unfortunately, the sandwich bag in which I had so lovingly tied my survey had given up on me during some soggy section of the trip and the survey had disintegrated into mush. I thought I'd still have a go at finding it anyway, relying purely on my memory of the survey from earlier.

What I did was: climb slightly up the base of the pitch to an opening on the opposite side to the passage leading into Carlswark. I then found a small squeeze-like opening which I slithered through, crawled left and then right to a larger chamber with some nice white stuff on the walls. I think there were maybe 2 of these, in the second chamber there was a hole at the back of it on the left with a puddle at the bottom and a stemple on top. This didn't look like it went anywhere, but there were footprints going down a hole straight ahead.

So I followed these, down a mud slide which was made even smoother by a flat rubber conveyor-belt type thing, into a very long, muddy and tight passage. I crawled through this, which and then up into a space where I wedged myself up the mud, into another passage which was even smaller, tighter, and muddier than the last one. We're talking thicker-than-mistral mud here. I went along here for a bit but it kept going and, feeling happy enough that I'd found the connection and remembering that there was a newbie diligently waiting for me to return to the base of the Eyam Dale shaft, I reversed backwards until I found a space to turn around in a funky head-over-heels maneuver. Getting back down the narrow vertical drop and back to the other passage was interesting - the lack of turn around space and slippery mud forced me to drop into a full on handstand before slithering into the other passage that way, feeling very much like the cave-wyrm my housemates keep warning me about.

Anyway, it was only after looking at a few surveys afterwards that I am now wondering if I did find Gimli's dream at all - the passage was far too narrow, long and muddy for what it appears to be. Perhaps I was instead in a different offshoot? But why were there such obvious footprints leading down into it? Does this passage have a name? Should I have taken a closer look at the puddle with the stemple?

If anyone could answer these questions I would be very grateful! I'm itching to go back and have a proper look next time.

Anna  :bounce:
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Re: Something That Wasn't Gimli's Dream (Carlswark / Merlin's Mine)
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2020, 11:34:04 pm »
My unhelpful guess with lack of knowledge of the area suggests maybe these two places?

But I don't know.

Looking forward to hearing the answer!

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Re: Something That Wasn't Gimli's Dream (Carlswark / Merlin's Mine)
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2020, 05:39:26 pm »
Hi Anna

At the base of Eyam Shaft, there is an opening opposite and higher than the passage into Carlswark.

At the bottom of this is a small slot, go left, slither, then right into a chamber which has moonmilk on the walls. There's a big mud/scree cone leading upwards in the middle.

On the opposite side to where you came in is a dug connection (about 1.5m deep) to Merlin's and Gimli's.

Drop down that, go left, slither, then right, and you pop out into Merlins proper.

However, the only conveyor belt I know off in that area is just beyond NorthWest Passage before you reach the streamway in Cockle passage.

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Re: Something That Wasn't Gimli's Dream (Carlswark / Merlin's Mine)
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2020, 06:20:13 pm »
Hi Anna

At the base of Eyam Shaft, there is an opening opposite and higher than the passage into Carlswark.

At the bottom of this is a small slot, go left, slither, then right into a chamber which has moonmilk on the walls. There's a big mud/scree cone leading upwards in the middle.

On the opposite side to where you came in is a dug connection (about 1.5m deep) to Merlin's and Gimli's.

Drop down that, go left, slither, then right, and you pop out into Merlins proper.

However, the only conveyor belt I know off in that area is just beyond NorthWest Passage before you reach the streamway in Cockle passage.

Hmm... the chamber with the moonmilk and the scree slope is where the entrance to this muddy passage was. However from that description and from the survey it seems like this tight muddy passage was not the correct route?? If so does it have a name and does it go anywhere?

I might pop back tomorrow and have a better look...
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Re: Something That Wasn't Gimli's Dream (Carlswark / Merlin's Mine)
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2020, 09:45:46 am »
Perhaps take some photos if you do return.
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