76 - to the Tap Room

Sun 01 Aug 2004
Jenny Black

Went back down to the top of Keg Series, but this time continued down the 70s route, down a short climb to a small chamber. The route continued down the rift; we used a chockstone (a big one) as a backup and Olly suggested a good place for a spit. I climbed round and started to put the spit in; I got as far as it nearly being set when I gave up (sore ankle + leg cramp) + let Olly take over. Olly was impressed at how far out I had managed to place the spit and didn't call me a wuss for not finishing it. A deviation got us to the next ledge where Olly put in a backup spit and got started on a Y. Over the space of a couple of minutes what was a very distant small water trickle became very loud + sounded very close – I was concerned that a raging torrent along with loose rocks would appear from an aven above; fortunately it didn't and we didn't die. It transpired that it had started to rain about 40mins earlier. Olly carried on down the pitch and got to a narrowish rift; this widened out where a passage joined from the right into a chamber with big boulders (the Tap Room). This was very drippy and wet so we left rigging on for another day and looked at the other inlet, reached from a small climb. This soon intersected a big pitch, with the passage continuing on – it looked reasonably easy to swing across, but we left this for a later date. We surveyed and derigged out; I greased the spits as well, until the grease ran out at the bottom of Plugged Shaft, which was good as we had far too much to carry already.

Survex files on this date:
Wallets on this date:
    2004#36 ['notes4', 'notes2', 'notes6', 'notes1', 'notes3', 'notes7', 'earthenware2exten…
    2004#38 ['notes', 'plan']
    2004#41 ['notes2', 'notes1', 'notes3', '04-15elev', '04-15plan']
Logbook trips on this date:
    204 - Earthenware
    76 - to the Tap Room
    Loser Plateau - Surface prospecting near Hauchhöhle
    Cave - Skinny Festerers