Depth through thought
OUCC News 20th May 1992
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1) Medical information.
In case you have forgotten what we said last week, it is time to get yourself inoculated against all the evil microbes in Spain. This is what you do...
a) Go to the University Occupational Health Service (Tel 270080) and say that you want to be vaccinated against Spain. Say that you are a member of an approved University Expedition. Say that Professor Warrell has spoken to your Expedition Nurse and that he has advised that you should make sure that your childhood vaccinations are up to date, especially Polio and Tetanus and that you should be proofed against Hepatitis A (on the subject of Hepatitis A, you should say that you are a case of special need, and that you should be given the NEW VACCINE and not Gamma Globulin). The nice lady will give you an appointment. Don't forget it!
b) Don't forget your appointment! When the time comes go and get it.
c) Go again a bit later.
2) Gear Order.
The expedition gear order is coming on fine. The stuff from Lyon will be available for collection from Dent this weekend. The rest will be coming real soon now. Mark has arranged a dodgy deal from Comsac where we get to try out some new and expensive Edelweiss rope, it is meant to be a competitor to Edelrid Superstatic, which is what makes up the bulk of our order. We are meant to be field testing
3) T Shirt.
This will be out soon. If you want one, tell Sean NOW. We need to know how many we should order.
4) Expedition Equipment.
If you still have any expedition equipment, it is time to give it back. Things that spring to mind are: Daren drums, bolting equipment (hammers and drivers), digging implements, bivvy bags, alpineces, sleeping bags, tents. Look in your caves, in your sitting rooms, in the boot of your car and, especially, under your bed.
The recession has hit our benefactors hard. They have not supplied us as generously as in the past. We will, however, make up any differences with a trip to the cash and carry, so there is no need to worry about your supplies of peanuts.
6) A.C. Irvine fund.
The new arrangement with the Irvine Fund means that the expedition committee will not kick you very hard to apply for Irvine Money, because we have other things to worry about. It is YOUR problem. We will, however, help as much as we
can. Sean has all the details and can tell you what to write. We will also be putting in an application from the expedition which should help you a bit. The closing date for the applications is very soon now, so get writing.
7) Personal Contributions.
If you haven't paid the fixed part of your personal contribution, then please do so now. You really are a bit naughty, and should feel very guilty. It will soon be the deadline for payment of the variable part of your contribution. Please let Sean know as soon as you can when you will be coming to Spain, and for how long. Please pay him as soon as possible too. The committee are being hindered a bit now by not knowing how many people will be out at any given time, and this makes it hard for us to PLAN, which is what we are for.
Well that's it really. Any difficulties should be directed to the following:
Please leave me in peace. Love from David. (No hugs please, I'm English)
Emerging from the disturbed silt, the water was clear and slightly blue, like swimming in an unimaginably huge gin and tonic. After cruising over small pots, rock bridges and through a squeeze, all at around -15 feet, a comfortable oval section tube rose to emerge in a small streamway.
Pete Moody (the only previous visitor as far as is known) had tied off his line about twenty feet up the passage. Ten feet beyond this a crowbar was used to take the edges off a spiky squeeze between projections through which water could be heard rushing. Immediately before this a pretty bodysized tube sloped diagonally upwards, looking rather like parts of the damp link. A body length in, a bulge of rock prevented further progress, but the passage was seen to continue slightly larger, for at least six feet to where it appeared to curve to the right.
Back in the stream the terminal squeeze was enlarged and partially passed,
from where it was seen that the rushing water (where does it go if the
previous sump is apparently static?) came not from a waterfall, but rather
welled powerfully out of another sump. This is both undived and diveable,
but lack of time and air prompted a return to the mars bar on the far side
of the sump, a pleasantly thought-provoking swim with no visual distractions.