204 into 161 via traverses -> Blown Away

Sun 12 Aug 2012

T/U: 14 hours

Early morning negotiation with Julian who was driving to expo meant I was given the all clear for a last day of caving + I really wanted to see the new connection stuff. We took Emma's camera to get some shots of the traverses for Anthony's conference talk on Sat + took other shots later on. Headed off down the huge drafting passage to the climb that Wookey + Rob had stopped at on their trip 2 days ago. Rob shinned up this then rigged it + then he rigged the short pitch down to Holey Low whilst Andrew + I shivered in the howling gale. Finally we got to our lead, Blown Away, marked as 300m to Eislufthoehle on Julian's mini-survey. The last survey station was at the start of a straightforward traverse that Andrew waltzed across whilst Rob + I started the survey then Andrew took over the DistoX as Rob had shaky hands + we rattled down 150m or so of lovely phreatic passage with a strong draft until, BUM, all the air disappeared up a poxy aven. This left a pitch drafting out which Rob freeclimbed to the head of but we called it a day + derigged the traverse. Andrew put bolts in for the up-climb on Holey Low on the return + also bolts for the tiny traverse on the far side of Mordor. Then plodded on out, a good end to 5 days caving!

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Wallets on this date:
    2012#11 pfuetzenschact ['elevation1', 'plan1', 'notes1', 'notes2']
    2012#12 doppleganger hole ['notes1', 'notes2']
    2012#15 klippenhohle ['elevation1', 'notes3', 'plan1', 'notes1', 'notes2']
    2012#25 ['bigboulders', 'bigboulders-plan', 'bigboulders-elev', 'bigboulders']
    2012#30 ['blownaway-plan', 'blownaway-elev', 'blownaway', 'blownaway']
Logbook trips on this date:
    204 into 161 via traverses -> Blown Away
    Hochdruckblasi (Woising)
    83 - Under a Rock, Down Under