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cookie [Log Book] Gough's Caving Trip into Far Rift Dig 03/04/19
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-==== Far Rift Dig. Update to 11 Feb 2019 ====+==== Far Rift Dig. Update to 11th Feb 2019 ====
  
 Through usage a few names for discoveries have stuck, the existing rift (with the knotted rope) at the end of the original dig with water in is now "Referendum Rift". The start of the tight bedding plane is "The Portcullis" making the breakthrough bedding plane "Portcullis Passage". The well decorated tube is "Pretty Passage". The new rift is "Backstop Rift" none of these names are official yet but are what the diggers are using at the moment. Through usage a few names for discoveries have stuck, the existing rift (with the knotted rope) at the end of the original dig with water in is now "Referendum Rift". The start of the tight bedding plane is "The Portcullis" making the breakthrough bedding plane "Portcullis Passage". The well decorated tube is "Pretty Passage". The new rift is "Backstop Rift" none of these names are official yet but are what the diggers are using at the moment.
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 -- Lawrence 11/2/19 -- Lawrence 11/2/19
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 +==== Gough's Cave, Far Rift Dig Sun 3rd Mar 2019 ====
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 +Emma, Chris C, Rachel & Andy, Lawrence, Rich and Andy C
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 +Tourist trip in via the Gough's 'adventure caving route' and down through the ‘Far Rift Dig’ tube - this dig was started by Andy Sparrow in 1984.  After a short crawl through a muddy puddle that leads to 'Referendum Rift'.  The climb is in two stages with a knotted rope hanging down in both sections and giant staples strategically placed within the rift to assist with your assent.  The second half of the climb pinches in and it's a thrutch to get up this section without much leg room.
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 +Turning immediately to the right we went through the horizontal squeeze through 'the Portcullis Crawl' which is interesting on the return to the top of the rift.  Then a careful flat out crawl past the stalagmite column into 'Boot Scraper Chamber' up through muddy tubes that lead to 'Back Stop Rift' and a look up into impressive flooded swirl pots in the roof.  Phreatic tubes and ancient muddy flood lines in this area.  Then onward to the 'Sparrow's Nest' where there is a traverse line helpfully rigged over the rift that leads down to North and South dig sites below (visited by climbing down the rift with a knotted rope as a hand line).  Going along the top of the rift we climbed up into ‘Pillar chamber’ where there is a potential dig site through boulders.  From ‘Pillar chamber’ we gained access up to 'The Gods' through huge boulders and a scramble up a muddy slope where Andy drilled and banged the roof.  After a thorough guided tour by Lawrence et al we all made our way back - removing our suits at the lid of the ‘Far Rift Dig' extension.  This is ensure the adventure caving route is not caked in the mud you became covered in from the trip.  Heading back through cave passages last night in a fury suit without knee/elbow pads and gloves felt very strange.
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 +After exiting the cave and climbing over the fence we washed off our suites etc in the river.  A quick change into dry clothes and a most enjoyable debrief in the White Hart over drinks and nibbles.
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 +-- Emma
  
 ==== Far Rift Dig. Wed 6th, 7th Mar 2019  ==== ==== Far Rift Dig. Wed 6th, 7th Mar 2019  ====
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-==== Gough's Cave, Far Rift Dig Sun 3rd Mar 2019 ==== 
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-Emma, Chris C, Rachel & Andy, Lawrence, Rich and Andy C 
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-Tourist trip in via the Gough's 'adventure caving route' and down through the ‘Far Rift Dig’ tube - this dig was started by Andy Sparrow in 1984.  After a short crawl through a muddy puddle that leads to 'Referendum Rift'.  The climb is in two stages with a knotted rope hanging down in both sections and giant staples strategically placed within the rift to assist with your assent.  The second half of the climb pinches in and it's a thrutch to get up this section without much leg room. 
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-Turning immediately to the right we went through the horizontal squeeze through 'the Portcullis Crawl' which is interesting on the return to the top of the rift.  Then a careful flat out crawl past the stalagmite column into 'Boot Scraper Chamber' up through muddy tubes that lead to 'Back Stop Rift' and a look up into impressive flooded swirl pots in the roof.  Phreatic tubes and ancient muddy flood lines in this area.  Then onward to the 'Sparrow's Nest' where there is a traverse line helpfully rigged over the rift that leads down to North and South dig sites below (visited by climbing down the rift with a knotted rope as a hand line).  Going along the top of the rift we climbed up into ‘Pillar chamber’ where there is a potential dig site through boulders.  From ‘Pillar chamber’ we gained access up to 'The Gods' through huge boulders and a scramble up a muddy slope where Andy drilled and banged the roof.  After a thorough guided tour by Lawrence et al we all made our way back - removing our suits at the lid of the ‘Far Rift Dig' extension.  This is ensure the adventure caving route is not caked in the mud you became covered in from the trip.  Heading back through cave passages last night in a fury suit without knee/elbow pads and gloves felt very strange. 
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-After exiting the cave and climbing over the fence we washed off our suites etc in the river.  A quick change into dry clothes and a most enjoyable debrief in the White Hart over drinks and nibbles. 
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--- Emma