Hot off the winch, cavers might like to hear the news that the Gower Pot Men
have had a breakthrough in the Caswell Valley System. A loose rift-like
entrance (which some of us visited last summer) has been subjected to a
serious digging exercise over recent weeks, with the evenual result that
Rob and the Holtsfield team broke through to a 20m pot via a silly squeeze
requiring a winch to pull caver up and down. Below, a large, currentl
flooded pool looks to fly away just below the surface in several
directions. A good draught in previous weeks before the flooding suggests
that this may be a passable entrance into the middle of the Ogof Carrig
Mawr (?) system (again, some of you may remember digging stupidly
there...). Details are currently under wraps for access reasons.
Over is DTT's first 3D printed image. Silly I know, but I thought it might
be fun. Who knows what next: C9 in 3D? Apologies to those electronic
readers who probably get a pile of nonsense.
Last Friday a very successful SRT practice was held at New College School
Gym. Lots of people turned up and learnt everything from, climbing electron
ladders, and how to put on chest harnesses, to negotiating one of James
deviations. Many thanks to all those who turned up to lend a hand, or let
their SRT kit be used. By Ten thirty we had it all derigged, and there was
time for a pint in the Lamb and Flag, before we went back to Keble to drink
Pepper Vodka, and try out some of the squeezes (The 6 inch slot above
Will's door is worthy of a mention). Well done to Catherine and Sarah for
their enthusiastic participation, and remember I've got the Photos. For all
you who missed out on this fun, there will be another session later on this
term, before the Yorkshire weekend in 7th week.
The Undoing of Mr Plant.
To the tune of "yesterday"
Oxford Uni seemed so far away
That's because I was down OFD
And OFD is ecstasy
I'm not sure where we're supposed to be
It's my fourth time down this passageway
Oh, OFD's a maze to me
Why we had to go, I don't know, we couldn't say
It's a lovely cave, but you just can't find the way ..oh oh oh
Were James and Urs, Will and Kitty
Melissa, Maarten, Olly and Knobby,
And Mr Plant and Johnny P.
Over this I'm sure we'll all agree
Crystals, stal and straws abundantly
It's really quite extraordinary...
OFD's a great complexity
And a dubious hydrology
The streamway's flooded fearsomely
Callout five O'clock - we've gone astray
We're caving uneconomically
I might soon be a rescuee....
They say to me
"Look it gets tight, there is no way"
But because we're lost we can't agree
And there's a light - my liberty
We've escaped to cave another day
After comedy in OFD
Next time We'll take the large survey
(Yes we got lost, in OFD....)
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