76 - Strangeways

Fri 28 Jul 2006
Jenny Black



Went to Strangeways with the aim of finishing the top half of the survey, derigging and rigging down plugged shaft. Got to the top of the 1st pitch head in Strangeways and decided that moving some rocks might well improve it enough to make it the trade route for this year. Surveyed from where we ended before up through the top of Strangeways to the rubble shaft below the Plugged Shaft rock bridge. I went out to get the drill while Olly moved loads of rocks out the way, both to make it safer and bigger. By careful aiming he was able to throw the rocks down the pitch in such a way as to smash off the worst protrusions on the way through. Once I had returned with a drill we put a bolt in the boulder near the pitch head, and with the aid of a stop, a pulley, me prussiking on the rope, and Olly directing the rock, we managed to relocate it along with a few other rocks. Having made the pitch head considerably more passable, we proceeded to rig down to Yesterday's Terminus in a suitable-for-lots-of-use kind of a way, rather than a pushing-only way. Got to Yesterday's Terminus and returned, on the way out I added a bolt for the little climb in Strangeways and discovered that placing bolts in the ceiling is crap. Attempted to add another bolt near the rock bridge but the drill was flat after only 15 1/4 holes :( so exited the cave.

Survex files on this date:
    caves-1623/294/294
    caves-1623/2002-06/2002-06
    caves-1623/204/trunk/dutchelm
Wallets on this date:
    2006#07 ['notes2', 'notes1']
    2006#19 ['notes0001', 'notes0002', 'elev', 'plan']
Logbook trips on this date:
    204 - 204
    204 - Surveying QM's in Treeumphant
    76 - Strangeways
    Surface wanders