Rebecca at the start of Gasoline Alley
Rebecca near North-West Inlet
A little faffing on the pitch followed and then we headed up and through the Second Boulder Choke. Water levels were very low in the cave and there was hardly any water flowing through Gasoline Alley and also the choke, so we stayed quite dry. Descending from the Second Boulder Choke to the lower passage beyond we encountered the mud, which was as gruesome as ever, wellies were lost in the quagmire and Brendan lunged at Jess after allegedly slipping on the mud. Again we paused for a couple of photos alongside the fantastic calcite formations which are a marked contrast to the mud in this section of the cave.
Rebecca viewing the formations after the Second Boulder Choke
From here we headed to the start of Travertine Passage and the route into the Hall of the Mountain King. It was now time for Mark to meet his Nemesis as see if two stone lost on his diet would allow him to pass through the squeeze in Hurricane Highway and passage into the Severn Tunnel. He made it and most of the group followed for a short distance before we regrouped and headed back out. A final photo taken at the formations with Chloe sporting a fine mud beard.
Chloe viewing the formations after the Second Boulder Choke
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Present: Graham Smith, Keith Edwards, Mark Burkey, Jessica Harding, Brendan Marris, Phil Lester, Chloe Burney and Rebecca Carr.