16th February 2017

With Roz and Tav.

The plan was to clear the rock debris created by Tuesday evening’s effort.

On the way up to the current end of Merlin’s, I reeled in the wire and left it high, dry and out of the way. Tuesday’s rock engineering had the required effect, the ‘nose’ of rock was gone and the passage was wider. There was, also, a pile of rock to shift that included some larger lumps needing further reduction. A substantial lump would not succumb to some hefty whacks from the sledge, so that was moved to a place where it could be capped and the digging effort not disrupted. It was, later joined by an equally large lump.

When all the larger lumps of rock had been cleared away, Tav and Roz came up to the end and had a good look at the potential way forward. There is, of course, a lot more spoil to move.

We all moved back and cleared the pile of rocks out to the surface, leaving a clear cave for Saturday.

Some of us got changed, not Roz though, because she had left her clothes at home and had to go to the pub in her undersuit, under my coat. Good job it was the landlord’s night out!

Author: mendipgeoarch

Archaeologist, Geologist, Speleologist