the key from the cave group of the MNS and photocopied the survey, never before
published - RRCPC newsletter scores another first! The taxi dropped me off
amongst the usual muddle of hawker stalls pedalling coconuts, flowers and
curry. Not your average Bernies breakfast! I met Philip and Wye at the bottom
of the 272 steps leading to
The entrance was 10 by 15m and blackened by torchlights of the past. Little monkeys swung on the vines draped over the entrance and watched with interest as we got the carbide going and had a “sort”.
at one point was open to the public so a concrete walkway leads through the
first two caverns, the smell increases in Intensity and we were soon inches
deep in guano infested with a million of the worlds largest cockroaches. The
junction between Cavern A and Cavern B (names almost as inventive as the Welsh)
could easily link by a high level route to
You know when you reach the Great Oxbow as a shaft of light descends from the heights above (now over 150 ft) and lights up the boulder breakdown. Still gloomy the place feels like a massive cathedral but without the organ. Awe inspiring bar the graffiti. We headed for the mud and misery of Cavern E and saw a few formations along the way. Apart from sheer size there’s not much to see. I decided to leave the vertical mud slide for another day. Unfinished business?
We squelched back to the Great Chamber and had a peer into the pothole series.
Cavern D is a lot smaller and therefore more interesting as there is more in view to look at. We had a ferret and found a lot of potential digging sites, all filled in with reddish sand which would be an easy but sweaty job to remove. The next motorway route was Cavern C, by now almost thirty metres wide. The floor was firmer with less guano and then suddenly the air was filled with dust and small flies dropping from the bats above. Heads down, mouths shut, nostrils covered we rushed through what we hoped was a short section. No, the dust went to the end, end what a disappointing end. It must go - but where? and how!?? We tailed it out and returned to the Great Chamber for fresh air. We had been in for over three hours and decided to have a look at the Ganeshes.
At least we reached the foot
of the hill before I realised that my tackle bag and purse were still in the cave (typical), so we went
back for a second look. The
second time was much more interesting as we noticed a few more boulders and
played hide and seek. This is not caving RRCPC style but has much to recommend it!
Then filthy, sweaty, hot, and smelly we went back to Philips flat to repaint his shower area a nice shade of brown and guzzle beer.
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