204 -> 161 -> pitch level of March of the Ents ("No sign of Sauron")

Thu 16 Aug 2012

T/U: 13hrs

Headed down 204 and into 161 via the new connection - a fine piece of work by Andrew. Our target was a pitch lead heading west from March of the Ents with a howling draught coming out of it. Rob wielded the drill with occasional helpful advice from yours truly. It took a while to find some decent rock so by the time Rob had rigged the pitch head I was freezing, so went for a quick tourist to Mordor - all very impressive. When I returned, Rob was rigging a rebelay from where he descended to the floor. The pitch is a fine circular shaft, about 5m round, but unfortunately the way on at the bottom is rather uninspiring immature rift. We surveyed into this for a bit until we got to an arbitrary point where the rift got a bit narrower and packed it in. The rift continues but there is no draught - QMB. With that we surveyed out and derigged. There is a possible continuation across the pitch head that could be reached by an easy traverse (2-3 bolts) but it is not obvious if there really is any passage there (QMB). It appears that the considerable draught comes down some aven above the pitch.

At this point we packed up the drill and most of the gear that had been stashed at this relatively inaccessible location to make a tacklebag each to lug out. I made exceptionally heavy weather of the prussik out, not helped by having left my foot jammer behind at the top of the new pitch.

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    2012#16 ['notes', 'elev2', 'notes3', 'plan1', 'elev1', 'plan2', 'notes1']
    2012#19 west f bullet hole 2 ['notes1', 'notes2']
    2012#23 ['PenguinAcrobatics', 'PenguinAcrobatics', 'plan', 'plan']
    2012#41 ['elevation1', 'plan1', 'notes1']
Logbook trips on this date:
    204 -> 161 -> pitch level of March of the Ents ("No sign of Sauron")
    258 - Pitch at 39 steps