10th September 2016

With Jake, Tav and Nick.

Vince digging, Nick clearing and loading the skip, Jake hauling and shuttling to the entrance, Tav on the surface, in the rain apparently. It was lovely and dry at the end.

Tuesday evening’s blast had worked a treat and there was plenty of rubble, comprised of lumps of rock and gravel, to shift. There is a large flake of rock, probably half a ton in weight, on the left side that is just about loose but, realistically is too big to do anything with. This will require further attention at a later date.

Towards the end of the session I pulled out a large piece of old detached flowstone from the narrow rift at the end to reveal what appears to be a clear way forward. A small, draughting gap that looks to widen lower down. There’s plenty of work to be done before we can access it though. I will have to arrange some supplies and a midweek trip to apply some rock engineering techniques.

60 skip loads out to the surface, plus a joint effort to extricate the last lump of conglomerate.

At the Hunter’s caught up with John and Ally Beauchamp who are visiting from Australia, haven’t seen them for about 20 years I reckon.

Author: mendipgeoarch

Archaeologist, Geologist, Speleologist