Balkonhöhle - N Pitstop

Fri 05 Aug 2022
Nat Dalton

After some last minute plan changed, Chris was able to convince me that a Balkon camp trip would be a good idea, despite the fact I'd only just arrived on expo/up the hill! We packed up the camp and assorted chattels (with Chris trying to unsuccessfully fat-shame Hannah and I into taking less food) along with rope, drill and hangers into several oversized tacklesacks. We managed to find some willing volunteers to assist with the ridiculous carry and we were off.

Steady progress was made down to Pitstop, with some minor route finding issues in Upper Balkon trying to avoid the sandy crawl. Whilst Hannah and I faffed, Chris has found an excellent [], so we commenced work. A while later a cosy camp, wellstocked with a variety of delicious foods, fluids and pits. After a full on day, we got an early night.

After trying to hide from Chris, who got me up at about 7:30, for a while, Hannah and I gave up and got up. After a leisurely start and a 45 minute/hour commute, we were at the pushing front, an about 50m drippy pitch that Hannah rigged under Chris' tutolage avoiding going down the wet shaft to land in a bouldery chamber (Tartarns). A lead off to the right has a cathedral echo and with various bottomless holes in the floor potentially leading down to the same place.

Carrying on down the passage (with various leads on the right) intersects in a passage going up/down (dip/~30degrees) with a wet trench at the bottom. Needing to survey up the pitch we headed back to camp after a long day. (Bed 3am)

After a late start we headed out, fettling various bits of rigging on the way out. (out 23:30). Bolted crappy pitch before Mongol Rally.

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Survex files on this date:
Wallets on this date:
    2022#17 (hugtheplug) Survey superseded by later resurvey ['hugtheplug']
    2022#22 horrorbank ['elev2', 'notes2', 'notes1', 'plan', 'elev1']
Logbook trips on this date:
    Fischgesicht - Hug the plug and tasteful noods
    Balkonhöhle - N Pitstop
    290 - WhichCave - Rigging Amelia's Pitch
    Balcony - Happy Campers
    Balkonhöhle - first and last of the 2022 Balkon camps – Part 1a