Monday 1 April 2013

Exploring The Nave, OFD II

After a strenuous but rewarding trip to the extremities of Dan Yr Ogof on Easter Sunday, we met with an excited Chloe Monday morning for our planned trip to The Nave to practice her SRT and explore the other proposed route for a future exchange trip with Pendulum Passage.
Taking the easiest route to get there, as we were all carrying kit bags. Chloe went ahead, navigating very well to the Corkscrew, along Salubrious and past the Trident and Judge.
Again the rigging guide wasn’t always accurate, but rigging was fairly straight forward. As we descended to the first chamber we were awestruck by the gorgeous formations that came into view. After some well deserved photos we continued along the passage, down some interesting climbs and descended the second pitch, where again we were rewarded with amazingly beautiful formations.

Chloe admiring formations in the Nave

The third pitch dropped us into the second oxbow of the stream way. Mark wanted to find the end of Pendulum passage, upstream, so we set off through the water, Chloe jumping happily into the first pot she found. After a few minutes, Mark stopped and looked confused. “Hang on Donkeys, which way is the water flowing?” Yes, we’d been happily splashing our way downstream!

Once we’d turned around, Mark quickly found Pendulum passage, and happy that he’d connected the dots for a future return we started back up the pitches.

Jess on the 2nd pitch
 Chloe made easy work of the SRT and also all the awkward climbs up on the way back, but by the time we were making our way out we’d been underground for seven hours and we were all feeling the weight of the kit bags.

A really good trip and far more beautiful than we had expected!

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