Passage of Dark Slime

A small active sink between the Chamber of Dark Sound and the connection point with the normal route down Ireby was spotted during one of the many trips to rig Bubbles Route. Thursday 11th May 2006 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall After rigging the pitch we started to dig, easy digging with an echo ahead which is now noticeably closer. While I stayed in the crawl, Richard ran around into all the nooks and crannies of The Chamber of Dark Sound … Read More

Passage of Dark Slime

Thursday 18th May 2006 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall, Chris ?, Dom?. Disturbed to see quite alot of water comming in to PoDS under the righthand wall from the main Ireby stream passage. A bit of rearrangement of the water course all but turned off the water to allow Dave a wallow. At LH corner another inlet enters from right from main streamway causing puddle. Excellent decission taken to dig back towards entrance and leave forward progress to when it’s a … Read More

Passage of Dark Slime

Thursday 25th May 2005 Passage of Dark Slime Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall, Pete Hall More slow progress. The roof pendants were capped out allowing easier digging and the floor was dug out forward untill the water drained. Ahead was just too tight but left the roof tube continues much larger. more capping required to enable easier access to the roof tube. Dave

Passage of Dark Slime

Passage of Dark Slime Sunday 29th May 2005 Dave Ramsay, Ruth McDonald, Paul Windle Capped out roof pendants to allow access to roof tube and dug out spoil at start of the roof tube, removing many buckets of muck. It looked like one more trip of just digging, floowed by more capping and more digging etc. before real progress could be made, but…. Monday 30th May Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall I went in first and dug till I was tired, … Read More

Passage of Dark Slime

Thursday 1st June 2005 Dave, Richard and Ruth After taking out the awkward bend at the end of the roof tube we capped open the thin bit ahead, this led to a small enlargement with an inlet on the right and a sump on the left. Monday 5th June Dave, Richard Dye tested the sump while digging in North East Inlet Right hand branch. Ater 5 hours the stream appeared green from the inlet 30m downstream so Passage of Dark … Read More