Monday 28 January 2013

Ogof Ffynnon Ddu 2 - Lost in the Labyrinth

After two weeks of snow the trip down to Wales proved uneventful until at the top of the hill to the Caving Club a group of cars and a minibus were found stuck in the snow. I spun my car around and parked at Toby's before trudging through the wet snow to the Caving Club. The planned trip into Danny was called off and so we headed into OFD 2 to test out Mark's new flashguns and slaves and have some route finding practice too.
We headed to Big Chamber and then on to the top of Arete Chamber and Bagpipe Chamber taking in all the possible route options. We then headed to Cairn Chamber for a few photos before looking at the route to Column Hall and then headed into the Labyrinth.

Jess in Cairn Chamber

Jess and Mark in Cairn Chamber

A leisurely journey through the maze of passages was taken exploring all the side routes as we went including the way into the bottom of Arete Chamber. Towards the end of our route we went along Northern Canyon to the boulder choke and inspected the route over the bolders in preparation for a future trip. Eventually we were out of the Labyrinth and heading up Salubrious Passage. A short detour to the bottom end of Gnome Passage on the way out was taken for Mark to have some practice taking photos of some large passage with his new set up. I am sure Mark will post some of his photos here shortly.

Mark viewing formations at the end of the Labyrinth.

Present: Jessica Harding, Mark Burkey and Brendan Marris

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