Prospecting near Garlic Cave

Tue 16 Jul 2019



This started as a trip to the bivvy site at Garlic Cave, to retrieve bivvy gear stashed there last year. We went via Fish Geschicht to Homecoming cave, which had some fun scrambling. If you go only 50m beyond Homecoming you reach the spray painted hunters trail that heads up hill to Garlic Cave. But the team cut up direct to the Garlic Cave GPS. Pete then lost his prized hat (that one had his toe bone in it) down a crevice above a big hole. Then he abseiled into the hole, which is just above the Garlic Cave bivvy, and retrieved the hat. The leads were also checked and none went.

Then the team headed downhill along the hunter's path, towards homecoming. About halfway to Homecoming Becka found an old Mark Shinwell GPS, while Nat dropped to see no way on.

Pete then went 30m further downhill to a second inclined hole, which was probably also a Mark Shinwell GPS entry (1626.p2018.ms03). This was eventually given a Katraster Tag (CUCC-2019-PT) A squeeze blocks at base of dolime, is soon followed by easy 3m climb down into catchy rift. That soon reaches a 5m pitch down, and a body sized tube heading up on left.

LABELLED DIAGRAM ON PAGE 21 OF LOGBOOK PDF

Pete first dropped the pitch from a single bolt at the very top of rift. It rubs a little, but OK. The pitch lands in small chamber, with a very narrow and immature rift below. With SRT ? off, Pete forced ? for 6m, but gets narrower, and no draft. This is not a great lead.

From the top of pitch down, Pete then squirmed up the body sized tube, which has a strong draft. This eventually reaches a small bolder blockage, after 30-40m. It is feasible to move small boulder with a short rope and crow bar. The draft is very strong. But Pete's best guess is this is near the surface, and this a recirculating draft. After 1.5 hours Pete got back out to see Nat and Becka sunbathing.

They went home on hunters path to near Homecoming and then via Fishgeschicht to Top Camp. You could get back to the drafting tube, to move small boulder, and see where draft is going. But probably recirculating from a surface entrance.

OTHERSIDE OF PG 21 AND ONTO 22 BRIEF RIGGING GUIDES FOR TRAVERSE IN LIPSTICK DIPSTICK AND BALKON