Here is a very incomplete list of some of the trips the Eldon have been up to recently.

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Round the corner it got bigger :-)

20m more

Closed down :-(

Still it was pretty pretty and I'm sure if they could reach it the Mendipians would put a lot of ribbon on the ceiling.

A Fine Sunday Afternoon prospecting in Coume Ouarnede. 20/09/20

More of a dog walk really than a serious prowl (As I was the only member of "Team Geriatric" present) but it yielded a fine result.

I decided for want of a better idea to follow the line on the surface the Riviere Pyrrhanalphabete inlet that lies some 100 metres below. At the upstream end on the survey it indicates a pitch up estimated to be around 40m that has never been climbed, It has to start somewhere! Sadly nothing significant was found as we followed down the hill however as the line crossed the re-entrant and started to head up the hill towards the Henne Morte I began to give up as the vertical distance between my feet and the inlet beneath was increasing dramatically. In the end I did and began an aimless traverse of the slope. Deep cracks in the karst were tantalising but revealed nowt of interest then true to form as it was decided to head back to the car I spotted a small opening  of about 6 inches in diameter which as I tried to extract a rock collapsed to open up a sizeable hole big enough to poke my head in. I could see about 6m (back to metric) to the floor of a passage which I would estimate to be 10m high by 4m across leading straight into the hillside.

  

A bit more clearing of small stones, roots and earth exposed a massive lintel that looked as if it had been placed centuries before to block the entrance though probably not as I have never heard of this happening anywhere in the forest.

 

I cut a couple of stout branches and despatched the lintel into the hole leaving a perfectly adequate opening.

Now I have to wait till the end of the week before I can get back with rope and bolts to make the drop. I can see 20 or more metres to where the passage curves to the left and appears to descend out of sight.

Anyroad even if nothing develops round the corner I have christened the hole Gouffre des Amygdales (Tonsils)

Barny

 

 

Just Luke and I on his return trip after child birth. Easy trip tonight surveying this old mine in Cressbrook Dale. Fairly straight forward trip on a rather cold evening including the upward extensions we pushed a few weeks ago. Total trip 2.5hrs, with a brief look at the push at the end of the mine. It looks easily passable albeit a bit tight around the rotten stemples which should be passed with extreme caution. Plans are made to return another time to explore and dig through this section.

Luke in the dig/squeeze
Luke in the Natural heading back to surface
Luke in the entrance squeeze
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