Sunday 11 October 2015

Unhinged in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu!

Having been unable to get underground for almost 2 weeks I was going a little stir crazy.

Fortunately Chloe, Mark Burgess and Brendan came to my rescue with a couple of days play in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu.

Chloe wanted to have a go at leading a through trip from OFD 1 to top entrance and so the plans were made.

Water levels were low going in and we swiftly made our way up stream, pausing for a quick shot on the way to boulder chamber and through the connection. At the letterbox Chloe looked at me doubtfully as I showed her how to hold the chain and slip in to the slot feet first, but giving it a go, she agreed it was actually much easier than our usual head first lunge through.
After the flat out crawls and climb down the divers pitch it was time to enter the main stream.

The last time I tried to take some shots in this area of the cave I had lost a flash gun to the flowing water and so was keen to have another go at shooting the stunning black rock and calcite streaking.
After half an hour of photography I decided that everyone was looking chilly enough, so packed up my kit, only to find a hinge on my Peli case had snapped.
I would normally try to traverse all the wet pots in the stream, but didn't want to risk slipping and dunking the camera gear, so the next hour was spent chest deep in them with the camera box held high!
After climbing out at Maypole inlet it was a pleasant stomp along our familiar route out along Salubrious, up through the corkscrew climb, and out via Gnome Passage.

Monday was a very lazy day of playing with multiple exposure shots in Big Chamber and Gnome Passage.

Mark In Marble Showers
Chloe in the Main Stream Way
Mark in the Main Stream Way
Many Me's in Big Chamber Near The Entrance (Picture Brendan Marris)
Brendan in Gnome Passage

Present: Brendan Marris, Chloe Burney, Mark Burgess & Mark Burkey

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