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Caving exploration under Llangattock.

» Sunday trip to Grolsch
By Martin - 9h14m - 11 - Martin, Pete Darwood
14 JAN 2005: We left Whitewalls at midday and were in Aggy by 12:30pm. There was
more than a certain sense of deja vu as I crawled through the gate at
the entrance to Ogof Gam and signed the visitors' book...

Sunday trip to Grolsch
By Martin - 9h14m - 11 - Martin, Pete Darwood
9 Jan 2005: We left Whitewalls at midday and were in Aggy by 12:30pm. There was
more than a certain sense of deja vu as I crawled through the gate at
the entrance to Ogof Gam and signed the visitors' book...

» Explorations at the end of Priory Road
By Martin Beale - 13h17m - Martin, John
8 Jan 2005: The weekend of January 8/9 was a stormy affair. Little branches had been blown off the trees making the drive down to Anwens bakery quite...

Grolsch keeps going
By Mathias Willerup - 8h34m - 22 - Martin, Tom, Mathias
2004-22-11: I had come over to Bristol for the weekend with the excellent Easyjet connection from Copenhagen. Wife and newborn kid deposited at friends...

Nightdigging at Grolsch Passage
By Martin - 6h49m - 7 - Martin, Royston
2004-20-10: We had a really foggy walk to Aggy. It was very difficult staying on the path and then finding the cave was a bit of a task. We found the walk a bit more demoralising than usual because we had no waymarks along the way. I hope it isn't this foggy in the KIMM.

Two diggers, one dream
By Martin - 6h - 6 - Martin, Royston
2004-6-10: This was our first attempt at a nightdigging trip. Our plan was to speedcave down to Grolsch and to dig for about an hour before speedcaving our way out. This is essentially what we did, although we actually spent about an hour and a half at the dig.

Grolsch Passage Forks Left? Photos of Dig
By Martin - 13h - 53 - Martin, John, Arthur, Alan, Simon, Becky
2004-14-8: The Severn Beach cave digging team congregated once more at Whitewalls on August 14 with the goal of getting beyond what seemed to be a blockage ahead. I was somewhat more circumspect in getting changed this time because to my shock, one of the DSS team was a lass (shock: I never knew that lasses were into digging too).

Boulder Poppin' Photos of Dig
By Martin - 13½h - 50 - Martin, PeteM, Tom, John, Mike
2004-10-7: In order to get an early entry into Aggy on Saturday morning, Tom, Pete and I stayed at Whitewalls the night before. When we got to WW, John was missing. We went down to Crickhowell to find him. John was in The Bear with Arthur propping up the bar. We had a pint with them and then extricated him, leaving Arthur there to finish the business.

Boulder removal Photos of Dig
By Andy Rummings - 10h - 25 - Mark, Alan, Glenn, Andy
2004-16-6: The Severn Beach cave digging team congregated once more at Whitewalls on August 14 with the goal of getting beyond what seemed to be a blockage ahead. I was somewhat more circumspect in getting changed this time because to my shock, one of the DSS team was a lass (shock: I never knew that lasses were into digging too).

No Signs of Stopping... Photos of Dig
By Martin - 13h - 74 - Martin, John, Arthur, Tim, Tom, Pete, Stuart
2004-12-6: Whitewalls was a hive of activity when we got there. There were two totally dressed speleologists (who must have been very hot in their full cavegarb), some caving club digesting a fried breakfast and pondering how to get into Aggy (in the end, I think some of them went into Aggy and some into OyDC) and John and Arthur were there cutting up water drums for trays and packing rope into bin liners for the haul into Severn Beach.

Boulder Problem solved! Photos of Dig
By Martin - 13½h - 90+ - Martin, John, Arthur, Mike, Tom
2004-22-5: On Wednesday, there was the distinct possibility that we had come to the end of Grolsch Passage as we had met a section where the roof seemed to come to the floor. The first topic of conversation we had with John and Arthur at Whitewalls was thus about prospects. John was full of ideas when we talked to him, "sounds like the chert band", "remember that obstacle we hit in Resurrection Passage?", .... We were obviously in good hands. John decided that nothing more exciting than a hammer and chisel would be required to see to this obstruction.

Can You Dig It? Photos of Dig
By Royston Sellman - 10½h - n/a - Martin, Royston, Mathias
2004-19-5: A glorious sunny morning, a day off work and speeding across the Severn Bridge - clearly an opportunity to climb the routes we'd been dreaming of all winter. But no, dedicated to the cause, we passed the Wye Valley turn off and headed over to Llangattock for another push at the end of Agen Allwedd. The fleshpots of Crickhowell, in the form of the bakery and the hardware store, delayed us as usual. Fully caked up we set off up the hill to Whitewalls and quickly got changed.

Grolsch Passage gets longer... Photos of Dig
By Martin - 11½h - 50 - Martin, Alan, Mark, Tom, Mathias
2004-16-5: Cavedigging is an art that requires equipment. As I learnt to my cost, one essential piece of equipment is rope. A good rope really helps when it comes to dragging spoil out from the dig face. John Stevens had a good rope. It was a very long rope and it was a very heavy rope. John gave me this rope at Whitewalls and I packed it in my drag bag. I was so enamoured with John's rope that I packed it in preference to lager.

Severn Beach Digging continues Photos of Dig
By John Stevens - 11½h - 40 - Arthur, Mike, John
2004-24-4: We had cancelled our two previous trips to Severn Beach for various reasons, so we were determined to go ahead with this one. On Friday we were all working on the cottage and were to do the same on Sunday to get the screed floor down. This would leave Saturday to do a reasonable trip.
It was 11:30 when Arthur Millett, Mike Read and myself entered Aggy. A slow steady pace in was set to reach Severn Beach in 3 hours. A break for lunch then the work could start.

Digging at Grolsch Passage Photos of Dig
By Martin - Martin, Royston, Martin
2004-3-4: I was extremely pleased that Royston could make it down the cave: it had been an eleventh hour decision. I met him at Whitewalls in his biking gear (he had set off at 7am from Sheffield).

A visit to the fresh Aggy Dig Photos of Dig
By Martin -Martin, Royston
2004-11-2: We seem to be getting the hang of the Aggy entrance series and the First Choke. Southern Stream Passage takes as long as ever (1h05m). I find it difficult to understand how we are going to get this time down: maybe familiarity will help. Priory Road seems easy by comparison, we hurtled through to Severn Beach in 35m from the junction with SS passage.

Aborted trip midway to Dweebland Mathias roll of digital photos
By Andrew Walker - Fred, Andrew, Mathias, Royston, Martin, Andy, Tom, Alan
2004-31-1: Two teams from 3 countries (UK, Denmark and France) converged on White Walls on the Friday night. As did a moist, warm weather front. The modest objectives of this 48 hour trip were: to bivie at HRC; test the Heyphones there; get to Dweebland; make a timed Heyphone radio contact with Team Speleolabs, (Andy Rumming, ;...) at the Severn Beach end of Aggy; run smoke, smell and draft tests; and attempt an OyDC-Aggy link-up based on these results and some strategic digging. Us, over-ambitious??

Agen Allwedd - Glevum Hall to Squiggly Bit
By Martin -Andrew, Royston, Martin
2003-16-12: After our Dweebland trip it was obvious we needed to know something about the nature of the cave on the "other side" - in Agen Allwedd - so that we could plan for a future smoke test with teams in each cave to spot where (hopefully) smoke would emerge. We decided on an after-work evening trip to the end of Priory Road. Martin and I were joined by Andrew Walker, an enthusiast from Derbyshire who biked down for the trip.

Smoke test in Dweebland photos
By Mathias -Mathias, Royston, Martin
2003-7-11: 2 years after we got to HRC. As you can read for the numerous other reports from OyDC on this site, we've now since been in Daren several times since the start of it all. As I was packing my caving gear in Copenhagen preparing for my trip over the "end" of Daren Cilau called Dweebland, I was wondering if there was any sense in all this. It had been a good year since I'd done any caving and the last two trips to Daren had been so hard that I'd sworn on the last trip never to set my foot in the cave again. But the darkness was beckoning and I was fully committed for this trip, hoping that my lack of fitness or rutine wouldn't too big a problem on this trip with the two top fit Elite Sportsmen Stone and Martin. One thing that I wasn't in doubt of - I wanted badly to get to the end of the cave so that my live could move on in a more normal direction.

Ich Bin Ein Dweeblander
By Martin -Royston, Martin
2003-7-2: And there we were, one cold February evening after work looking down at the entrance puddle with trepidation. This was the culmination of all those previous trips : all that knowledge that had been gained incrementally over those months and years. Although we were both concerned at the thought of close to 48 hours underground, we were both determined to see this one through. I lay down in that entrance puddle and crawled and crawled and crawled.

 


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