3rd January 2017

With Roz. First trip of the New Year.

After a wet and miserable day on Sunday 1st, there are several puddles along the approach passage and some drips elsewhere in the cave.

At the furthest reaches in Merlin’s, still heading west, into more open space beyond, so near and yet…

Drilled a total of 6no. holes plus an extra for the trimmings, these were split into two groups of three. One group was placed as far forward as I could drill, just beyond a natural joint in the rock; the second group, including the trimmings, was placed to create more space to ease future digging operations. These groups were about a metre apart so two detonators were used. Everything was brought to a satisfactory conclusion.

The plan is to return on Thursday evening and continue the rock engineering process.

Author: mendipgeoarch

Archaeologist, Geologist, Speleologist