Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Ogof Y Ci - Where The Sun Don't Shine

Making the most of the fine weather we decided to visit another wet cave where we would benefit from water that was a little less chilly than normal. Parking up the road from the farm we took a short walk through the farmyard, around the barn and then down into the gorge. The middle entrance was located between boulders a few metres away allowing us to get out of that horrid sunshine stuff. A short scramble down the polished boulders took us into the rather nice main stream passage. We decided to head upstream first as our plan was to exit via the lower downstream entrance. We soon met a low flat out crawl in the stream, but like most of the low wet sections, there was a dry bypass to it. The passage was more pleasant than we had expected and were greeted with much less crawling than expected. We took our time exploring all the side passages and oxbows and eventually reached a sand filled passage at the end of the cave. The survey we had was incomplete and so we missed one of the passages that branch off towards the end of the cave, something to come back to another time. We then headed downstream taking photos as we went. We passed the middle entrance and continued to follow the water through flat out crawls until we reached a maze of passages near the lower entrance. We first headed out of the dry upper entrance, after which Mark headed back in the lower wet entrance and then came back out the upper entrance.

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Jess in a smaller passage - Ogof Y Ci

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Jess in the main streamway - Ogof Y Ci

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Jess in the main streamway - Ogof Y Ci

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Jess in a side passage - Ogof Y Ci

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Mark in the main streamway - Ogof Y Ci

A fun cave that was more extensive and pleasant than we had originally anticipated.

Present: Brendan Marris, Mark Burkey and Jessica Harding

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