2013-03 - Checking Ants in Your Pants for snow level

Sat 02 Aug 2014
Michael S

AIYP (2013-03) is a possible back entrance to Tunnocks, explored in 2013 but found to be blocked by snow. Corresponding but of cave underneath found snow & leaves, so almost certainly connected.

From the surface, looked like a straight hang to the floor, kicking all the snow & ice of 2013, particularly ice bridges across the shaft. Found to be not the full 60m shaft but only 30m down to what was marked a ledge on 2013 survey, so rest of shaft blocked by snow. Could not see bolts for traverse shown on 2013 rigging guide.

Also checked 2012-ns-01 for connection into Tunnocks. Snow level was lower than 2013 as it connected straight into AIYP, but required ~30m hand line when walking over snow slope.

Need snow level to be much lower for hope of making the connection into Tunnocks, even though 2014 has a particularly low snow level anyway.

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Survex files on this date:
Wallets on this date:
    2014#08 Coldfinger ['notes2', 'notes1', 'elev1', 'plan1']
    2014#16 Tibet (161-107 connection) ['notes2', 'notes1', 'elev1', 'notes3', 'plan1']
    2014#23 Futrell prospects ['notes2', 'notes1', 'elev1', 'notes3', 'elev1', 'plan1', 'notes4']
Logbook trips on this date:
    107 - Gemshohle - Attempt #2 to push Wookey & Jess' lead at North end of China
    2013-03 - Checking Ants in Your Pants for snow level
    Tunnocks - Champagne on Ice