Depth through thought
OUCC News 2nd February 1994
Volume 4, Number 12
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Jim's unique ability to mix malicious gossip with factual tidbits has prompted me to start a new column: Pumpenschwingel. Please feel free to contribute to this worthy section whenever you feel the urge to convey only slightly relevant facts, rumours, gossip, or news in a mildy humorous manner. If you want to know the origin of the name, ask your secretary (married name: Jennifer Jaberwocky-Jones), or ponder cabbages.
Also in this issue of Depth, two reports from our foreign correspondents (for those of you unfamiliar with MacSumpool, its JC's peculiar style of humour).
Finally, in my capacity as your new Expedition Medical Officer I think we should discuss the proposal that this year's expedition should be alcohol free.
Tim's address from 11th February will be: 31 Wellington Street, Jericho, Oxford
Subtle Subliminal Message; (Je ne pense pas)
Go on Expedition
It will be Good
Nothing new on the expedition admin side, Dr Tim is now the expedition medical officer in charge of drugs and contraception (nearest post to Pleasure Officer we could come up with). The Sports Council were so impressed/appalled with our application that they don't need/want to talk to us. As no-one else wants to be treasurer I'm it for the time being. As we presently have no accountants on the executive team we are in a negative collateral situation. Some unkind soul has suggested that our current position may be due to the large number of accountants on last years trip, but that is a viscous slur and I want to put a end to such talk immediately, so stop it.
On the caving front, the continued precipitation in
the Picos de Europa continues to cause further
subterranean erosion, The caves are getting deeper
all the time!
Jim (your toothsome treasure)
At the bottom you have two choices, either you go right in the direction that the arrow points. That'll be another one of those nice men. That way you follow a whole bunch of walking size passageways and eventually end up at the Main Chamber. Pretty boring really. Alternatively you go left, along a suspiciously less well worn passage. Seeing as the last time I was down here I'd gone left and turned back, due to unpleasantly deep mud, left was obviously the best decision. Sure enough the mud was still there, but Scottish cavers are made of sterner (or was it denser) stuff than southern softies from Oxford, so we waded through the waste deep mud, crawled through the tubes of slime, even leapt off the 10ft drop into the poll of mud of indeterminate depth, convincing ourselves that we must be heading for Mud Hall, cos we'd heard of that even though Mr Elliot had neglected to give the route in his book. No pitches apparently. We even admired with inpenetrable boulder choke, which could be described as an obvious conclusion to the trip. Muddy, but happy we returned to the up bit, in the sure knowledge that we'd be rinsed off on the aqueous bits.
The journey home had the added interest of meeting real adventure cavers. Adventurous, cos they were supposed to go down Bar Pot (a sensible route into Gaping Ghyll) but there had been too many sensible cavers choking the entrance, so they decided to chance popping down someone else's ropes, and run round to the bottom of Bar. We wished them luck, told them to try right at the bottom, and derigged. (There was another set of ropes down there, so we were not Messrs. Callous). Wonder what became of them. Maybe they provided some fun for the rescue practise that night. Very nice men in the C.R.O. They rescued us in the Land Rover just outside Ingleborough Show Cave, and got us down to the car park in plenty of time to get back for a few more pints of Dent and a Pizza. Heaven!
Sunday. Waterfall walk. Bugger that caving.
MacSumppool. e s i s @ G
The last weekend our group together with other cavers from Budapest decided on to go try to exploring the end sump of seventh deepest cave of Hungary, which called Fekete-barlang (Black Cave). The cave was explored in 1977, nearly 1 km long, it is an active sinkhole. It has a sump at the 137 m level, and the next one is at -151 m. The first one is not really a sump like in Britain, it is a squeeze rift filled with sediment and water usually. The second one is unknown. After the exploration from this we just saw a short communication, but nobody knows it. We decided on to dig through the first one, and try to find the "new" part.
At this weekend it seems to be everybody was
bored at home, because on Friday at 11 p.m. more
then 20 cavers arrived to the entrance, and went to
the cave. The first series is a pit series, and at -70
m has a chamber which is good for bivvy. But not
for twenty. But at the surface was -10 C, so there
was big enough place. We had big planes:
hundreds of cavers here, we can make 3 hours
period of work times at the sump, the others
climbing some unknown chimneys, and had a rest.
After the first team the last was. The sump
unfortunately was filled water, as not usually.
After it the aims has changed photo trips,
absolutely squeeze side parts was the program. At
Sunday most of us decided on to find other cave in
the area to caving. So the cave keep his secret for
the next year, when we has a chance to find the end