Surface prospecting above March of the Penguins

Mon 20 Aug 2012
Julian Todd

It was too hot to make my escape to base camp in the morning, so somehow it seemed like the agreed idea to explore on the surface and give people a rest so they could take Becka caving the next day. Maybe we could find a cave entrance and sit in it. MotP is in an isolated mound of limestone higher than the entrance, and there must be a way into it from the surface. This area is paydirt. I quickly found a cave entrance on the edge, which drafted on account of the hole it came out of 12m away. I still have the cuts and scratches from the through trip no one will ever do again because it is now tagged to show the next person who finds it that they did not discover it. Poked around a snow plug. Found some deeper holes that rattle a long time to the east of the area, encouraged Noel to check out another hole with SRT rigged from the hole drilled for the tag, and then surveyed Bat Shit Cave (all 4 legs). A lot of holes here. Very tantalising.

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Wallets on this date:
    2012#36 ['notes4', 'notes2', 'notes6', 'notes1', 'notes3', 'notes7', 'plan-soilchute', …
    2012#37 ['original_notes', 'readable', 'original_drawing', 'elevation', 'plan1']
    2012#42 ['elevation1', 'plan1', 'notes1']
    2012#43 ['elevation1', 'plan1', 'notes1']
    2018#55 Elevation rigging guide found in potato hut in 2018 - purple lupine shaft- in 2015-mf-06 ['rigging', 'found-page']
Logbook trips on this date:
    Surface prospecting above March of the Penguins
    204 -> 161, leads near Runnel Stone
    148 Deep Space pushing trip