Thursday, 23 May 2019
John Cooper, Adrian Vanderplank and Jude Vanderplank. 8mm hole 150mm deep for single det drilled. Popped the boulder from the base of the bottom pitch. Fumes came out very quickly. Then a bit of judicious hammering allowed Jude, Adrian then John into the continuation. Unfortunately the squeeze up to the left was immediately followed by a drop back down into an enlargement of the rift about 3m long, 1m wide. There are holes in the floor on the right which appear to drop back down into the continuation of the original passage. Appears that it might be easier to dig down at the upward squeeze point for future glory. Now need a lot of cementing walls to hold the spoil nearer the bottom rather than lifting all the way to the Spiral Staircase. 2 hours.
Monday, 20 May 2019
Tom Chapman, Clair Cohen, John Cooper, Pete Hellier, Mike Kousiounis, Sarah Payne, Will Reed, Tony Seddon, Wayne Starsmore, Adrian Vanderplank and Jude Vanderplank. Adrian and Tom went to the bottom and capped the current obstruction. The rest of us cleared 32 loads of spoil from the bottom of Four-Tonne Shaft depositing it at The Spiral Staircase. Order was Jude (loading), Will, Sarah (on ledge), Mike, Tony, Pete (in Pit), John, Wayne, Claire. Once the spoil was cleared some moved on down to the bottom tunnel to move spoil along to the base of the bottom shaft, burying the end of Jude’s SRT rope in the process! However the dig is putting up a valiant fight and stronger measures than capping are called for. 2½ - 3½ hours.