Some Welsh Action
Ogof Nant Rhin - Down in Wales
Part 1 Frank
“totally inaccessible to persons of larger than average build” Says the book, “ contains fine formations it adds” A bit of googling reveals that the original entrance has been modified. A photo of the alleged new entrance backs this up. Apart from the alleged tight squeezes the trip looks pretty simple so I head up for a solo foray one evening. Last year I had tried to find the entrance but failed on a step jungly slope . this time I do better and quickly locate the entrance. A narrow rift leads to a pool followed by a crawl over fin like limestone to a squeeze. The squeeze looked pretty fearsome. I stuck myself in but being solo didn’t want to commit so excited to the pub
Part 2 Frank
Returned and went a bit further into the squeeze ( about another foot) then decided that it would be best not to risk inconveniencing others so bottled it. Spent some time playing with my camera and excited. Found a interesting half buried rock arch which sounded echoey enough to warrant some graft. Later. Went to the pub.
Frank, Pete Reynolds ( advance party ) Guy Robertson, Lee somebody (back up )
Having recruited a keen non caver and work colleague I returned. The presence of another body enabled me to stop being a ***** and pass the squeeze which wasn’t that hard after all. Then it all went wrong. The cave refused to comply with the description and quickly ended in sumps.On the way back to the car I found the second team recovering from a bit of jungle exploration. Directed them to the entrance and went to the pub. Later following a bit of discussion with Guy we concluded that we had actually explored Elm Hole . The cause of this was traced to incompetence coupled with someone incorrectly attributing a picture of the Elm entrance to Nant Rhin.
Frank , Guy Robertson
Having figured out the actual location we headed of and parked in the correct layby. The entrance was quickly found and accurately matched the book description. A short shored passage required a bit of crawling in the stream mainly to ensure the roof and walls were not put to the test. The way on was a small rift progress generally made by a roomey crawl at the bottom. A brief shower and we were at the first junction . A narrower rift lead past some nice formations to the large and pretty Aven D’Ozong.
Returning to the junction we took the right branch. More fine formations and a diggable boulder chocked rift were passed before reching another fine aven Distant voices. A rope entered from the right and later conservations with locals revealed another entrance 3 pitches above this.We continued to the final twin avens and checked out one of the passages that finished in a upward choke of stream cobbles. On the return a side passage led past fine straws to the Garden of delights a muddy chamber filled with broken stall and collapsed false flooring. All in all a superb little cave with pleasant formations throughout.
And coming soon some stories from Daren and Draenen
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