The dig was first introduced to me and Chris a few years ago by James Rhodes and Mike Soulby who had inherited it from the Eldon. We went back a couple of times before Chris moved to Macclesfield and subsequently across the border. I’d visited a couple of times in the last year but not really made too much progress, usually just as an aside to a Flower Pot to Gin trip.
However, now with new interest and a bit of motivation we’ve decided to put some effort in and see where the passage leads. Job one was to acquire some sandbags which were kindly donated by Henry, the SUSS digging guru, so we can pile up the spoil without inconveniencing any other visitors by blocking the rest of the cave up. So, for the past couple of weeks a renewed effort has been made to go to the dig by myself and Sam G with some assistance from some eager freshers. In the 2 trips last week we’ve made good progress, started the wall of sandbags for spoil stacking and progressed about 1.5m forward in the face.
The addition of a daren drum sound system ( or DDSS) makes the whole thing a rather enjoyable trip, the temporary dam has also been used so we can dig down the end without the passage past the outlet being constantly topped up with cold water.
The last trip made a breakthough of sorts into an aven (airbell) that we’ve been gathering spoil out of for quite a long time as it kept filling up each time it rained heavily. Considering the sizeof passage we’re digging in, the air bell is relatively large being one of those rare places in Carlswark where you can actually stand up. Standing up is all you can do, but it’s better than nothing. From here we are back into floor level sand filled passage again which, whilst not particularly spacious, should allow for good distance to be excavated relatively quickly.
Keep watch for further updates and the big breakthrough coming soon to a cave near you.