Passage Descriptions

As You Wish

Neighbouring passages: Bathhouse, Clean Testicles, Inconceivable, Inconvenient
Dates of exploration: 2006.08.03, 2006.08.06, 2006.08.07
Passage length: 1379.2
Number of survey legs: 51
Surveying teams: Andrew Atkinson (notes), Anja Matthalm (clino, compass), Duncan Collis (tape), Erin Lynch (clino, compass, tape), Yvo Weidmann (notes)

Description

Upstream from the Cliffs of Insanity along Bathhouse reaches a the boulder chamber, where keeping to the left hand wall enters As You Wish . This cobble-floor passage generally trends southwest for 1.5km. The passage starts as a large (6m wide, 15m high) canyon. After 80m the right leads to the downstream end of Clean Testicles . The ceiling of As You Wish slowly descends until it becomes a dried-out sump and a pinch point (3m wide 1.5m high) leads to a bouldered floor pheatic passage (10m wide 3m high.) This continues for 150m to another dried-out sump and pinch point (2m wide 1.5m high) which emerges in a circular room 20m across. The opposite side of the room leads to a junction in a canyon passage. Left, over mud, degenerates rapidly to a crawl [QM B] Water enters from the roof on the left [QM C] and on the opposite side a very step slope leads to another aven [QM B]. Right continues as a canyon passage (6m wide 20m high). 80m from the junction a climb up mud to the right leads to a mud-floored walking passage [QM A], 20m later a clean-washed bedrock floor trench develops that can be climbed into on the right, the floor trench continues for 40m.

100m after the end of the trench a high level passage can be seen on the right which conects back in after 40m [QM C]. Opposite the high level passage a scramble up to a walking passage leads to a crawl after 12m [QM B]. 450m further on large boulders obstruct the passage. These are more easily passed with a little climb on the right. Just beyond the climb a crawl goes off on the right [QM C]. Above the boulders on the left there is a possible high level passage [QM C]. Around the corner on the right a climb up mud leads to a possible high level passage [QM C]. Opposite this, a bolt climb may lead to the high level passage continuing on the opposite wall [QM C]. 250m on a rift on the left up a tricky mud slope leads to 10m of passage with the water entering from above [QM C] the water disappears to the right down through a log and boulder choke. 25m after this a junction is met, Right up a mud slope is Inconceivable . Left continues for 25m in a canyon to a small chamber where 2 holes in the ceiling could be climbed [QM C]. Nearly turning back on the passage, a small crawl leads to a clean-washed 3m pitch, just free climbable, which terminates in a sump after a further 11m..

From the junction a slog up mud banks leads to a clean-washed pitch, which is a higher entrance to the sump pitch. Left of the pitch gains a view back over to the main passage [QM C]. Right at the junction follows a mud floor canyon for 80m to a distinctive arch on the right. Beyond the arch on the right two possible climbs lead to holes in the ceiling [QM C] [QM C].

Bag of Tricks

Neighbouring passages: Sleight of Hand
Dates of exploration: 2005.05.08
Passage length: 279.2
Number of survey legs: 20
Surveying teams: Becka Lawson (tape), Duncan Collis (clino, compass), Erin Lynch (notes)

Description

A climb over boulders leads to a metre-wide rift into a large chamber containing a massive boulder and strange formations that resemble fungus. A large aven enters from above. The way on leads southwest. Soon the floor of the passage drops steeply down a series of climbs (handline needed) [QM A]. However the main route is to traverse on the left wall to gain a continuation of the main passage. Around 20m beyond the traverse, a 2 metre wide keyhole-passage on the left leads to a 5m climb down to a steep mud slope, which turns right to a 15m pitch down to a streamway [QM A]. Above the bottom of this mud slope is a walking size phreatic tube which might be possible to climb up to [QM B]. The main passage continues for a further 40m to a corner, passing a hole in the floor on the left which most likely connects to the streamway just mentioned [QM C]. At the corner, a walking size passage leads off to the left but this almost immediately narrows and reaches a pitch head over a 25m? pitch to a streamway - again, probably the one just mentioned [QM A]. Back at the corner, the main passage turns right and continues for 30m to a climb up and down over large boulders. Beyond this point a slot appears in the middle of the passage. Just past the boulders, it is possible to climb down beneath this slot and to go under the main passage and possibly to continue beyond in a separate, lower level passage (unsurveyed) [QM A]. The main passage reaches a pitch loosely topped by boulders and sand [QM A]. It may be possible to traverse over the top of this to the continuation of the passage beyond but rope would be needed for at least the first attempt [QM A].

Basted

Neighbouring passages: Bisto Downstream, Beyond Insanity
Dates of exploration: 2006.08.05
Passage length: 194.9
Number of survey legs: 24
Surveying teams: Andrew Atkinson (clino, compass, tape), Duncan Collis (notes)

Description

A 4m climb up before the Bisto Downstream sump enters a high-level relict continuation which can be traversed at the level at which it is entered, while the floor steadily drops back down to the level of the sump. After 20m a crossroads is reached: to the right dry rift to [QM B], to the left continues to descend and regains the streamway [QM B], straight on dusty/crumbly high-level fossil passage goes down in a series of climbs. At the bottom a passage doubles back to the left [QM B] while carrying on straight ahead passes a small inlet on the right [QM B]. Ahead the ceiling lowers to 2m. After a couple of shallow pools, the ceiling rises again. A climb down and traverse over a deep pool is followed by a sharp corner to the NE with two rifts going off [QM B]. The main passage goes to the left, best negotiated by remaining high and traversing over a deep pool. 6m of climbs descend to a boulder-floored chamber. Here there is arift passage to the NE [QM B] whilst to the southeast a climb down through boulders connects to Beyond Insanity .

Bathhouse

Neighbouring passages: Beyond Insanity, As You Wish, Dirty Underwear, Soap Opera
Dates of exploration: 2006.08.03, 2006.08.11
Passage length: 908.3
Number of survey legs: 33
Surveying teams: Anja Matthalm (clino, compass), Duncan Collis (clino, compass, tape), Yvo Weidmann (notes)

Description

From the bottom of Cliffs of Insanity Pitch, Bathhouse doubles back under the pitch to the west in 40m wide passage with large mudbanks, passing a small inlet passage to the north [QM A]. The passage swings south and then west again, reaching a chamber with large breakdown blocks after 200m where a clean-washed streambed is met. To the south continues downstream in 10m wide passage, As You Wish . To the west, large passage with mudbanks 10m above a 5m wide clean-washed canyon. After 150m, the streamway turns north, while high-level mud-floored passage goes off to the west Dirty Underpants . A second high-level passage, Soap Opera goes both northeast and southwest, connecting to the Bathhouse streamway at various points. The streamway passes through a section of 3m high passage which clearly floods to the roof. Beyond, the passage becomes a vadose canyon 20m high with pools of water. One inlet with a small stream enters from the west [QM B] in 1m by 2m passage which has been followed for several meters, and is ongoing. The main passage continues with sections of waist-deep water. 100m beyond the inlet a short climb leads into an aven with dripping water [QM C]. The canyon does not continue.

Beyond Insanity

Neighbouring passages: Bathhouse, Cliffs of Insanity, Basted
Dates of exploration: 2006.08.01, 2006.08.02, 2006.08.03
Passage length: 876.1
Number of survey legs: 44
Surveying teams: Andrew Atkinson (tape), Erin Lynch (clino, compass), Thomas Matthalm (notes)

Description

From the bottom of Cliffs of Insanity Pitch, Beyond Insanity trends southwards in 40m wide passage with a small stream and large, steep mudbanks. After 60m a confluence with another small (dry 2006.08) streamway is met. The water goes west [QM A] while the main passage continues south, past a climb up on the right [QM B] to where the passage narrows to 18m wide with a gravel-floored dry streambed to the left of a steep mud bank. The dry streambed does an s-bend between mud banks, passing a 6m bolt climb on the right [QM C]. The passage widens to 30m with a flat-topped mud bank on the right. In the right hand corner a climb up leads to 4m-wide passage [QM B]. After 40m the roof comes down and the passage narrows to 5m wide for 20m before opening out into 15-20m wide passsage with nice cracked mud on the right. After 60m the cave changes character, with the streambed going into an impenetrable crack. The way on is a thrutchy 1m tall, 10m wide hading rift which goes 40m to more big passage - a 30m diameter chamber with a 5m wide arched passage going off at the far end, with a bolt climb above [QM C]. After 20m the ceiling rises dramatically. The passages is keyhole-shaped, 10m wide at the bottom, with large ledges some 20m off the floor. Cobble floor gives way to large breakdown with a route over the boulders leading to a 10m handline climb down. From here the passage continues with climbs over large boulder with drops below until a widening where the floor finally rises to the traverse level. Ahead the passage splits, with a large high lead to the left [QM A] and a smaller rift to the right in white bedrock. Going right leads to narrow rift in the bottom of keyhole-shaped passage where it is necessary to traverse at different levels to find a viable route through. This eventually connects to Bisto Downstream .

Bisto

Neighbouring passages: Sea of Tranquility, Bisto Downstream, Bisto Upstream
Dates of exploration: 2005.05.21, 2006.3.20
Passage length: 347.8
Number of survey legs: 28
Surveying teams: Anthony Day (notes), Becka Lawson (clino, compass), Duncan Collis (clino, compass), Julia Bradshaw (tape), Julian Todd (tape), Rob Garrett (notes)

Description

From the end of Sea of Tranquility where the stream disappears down through boulders, follow the steps down to the left. 100m of 10m diameter phreas ends in short damp, draughting pitch The pitch drops 16m to a narrow rift, which soon reaches a series of climbs down, followed by a further pitch of 30m landing at Bisto Upstream and Bisto Downstream . Before the pitch a narrow hammered rift heads off on the right, festooned with Chinese writing and descending steeply (handline recommended) [QM A].

Bisto Downstream

Neighbouring passages: Bisto, Bisto Upstream, Basted
Dates of exploration: 2006.3.20
Passage length: 220.3
Number of survey legs: 22
Surveying teams: Anthony Day (notes), Duncan Collis (clino, compass), Julia Bradshaw (tape)

Description

From the bottom of the second Bisto pitch go downstream, traversing above the stream. After 20m a sharp corner to the NE is reached with a deep pool which cannot easily be crossed without getting wet. A rift continues straight on, going up a slope [QM B]. The pool can be bypassed by crossing the stream and climbing into an oxbow before the corner. The streamway continues with gravel-floored passage where large fallen slab provides a way to cross a deep pool. Beyond here enters clean-washed stream passage with a series of cascades and traverses across pools.

After 50m of streamway a climb down to the bottom of an aven, where a small impenetrable inlet enters from the N. Water also enters from the aven. Here the streamway does an 180 degree turn and continues running parallel to the previous section in a dead-straight rift with gypsum wedging. Passing under another aven the streamway changes character, becoming stooping height with a tall slot in the ceiling. The stream goes down a series of cascades to a small sump. A 4m climb up before the sump enters a high-level section, Basted .

Bisto Mystery

Neighbouring passages: Bisto Upstream
Dates of exploration: 2006.08.02
Passage length: 223.6
Number of survey legs: 28
Surveying teams: Anja Matthalm (clino, compass), Duncan Collis (tape), Yvo Weidmann (notes)

Description

Bisto Mystery starts in Bisto Upstream with a 2m by 2m wide passage. It leads directly into a chamber. This chamber follows a cleft and is NNE-SSW orientated. In the middle and at the SSW-end of the chamber are two avens, bolt climb required [QM C]. The mystery of this chamber is the nitrate pit at the E of the chamber. It is not obvious, where the miners where coming into this chamber. The only known way to the chamber goes over the Bisto pitches. At the NE of the chamber, a small inlet comes into it. The little stream coming from the inlet disappears in boulders in the chamber. The inlet itself goes for 60m to the NNE and is blocked by a boulder choke.

Bisto Upstream

Neighbouring passages: Bisto, Bisto Downstream, Bisto Mystery
Dates of exploration: 2006.8.01
Passage length: 294.0
Number of survey legs: 28
Surveying teams: Anja Matthalm (clino, compass), Duncan Collis (tape), Yvo Weidmann (notes)

Description

Starts at the bottom of the Bisto pitches and trends NNW. After around 100m a boulder choke blocks the way. Squeezing through the boulders staying at the left solid wall, a new passage leads to the NW. After 30m the passage splits into a SW- and a NE-leading passage. The SW passage is immediately blocked by mud. The NE passage keeps going as a 2m by 2m wide passage upstream. A Y-junction follows after 50m. The Bisto Upstream keeps going straight northward. The lead to the E at the Y-junction leads into Bisto Mystery . Following northward a meander leads into a big passage. This passage is 10m by 25m wide and leads still to the north. A steep slope of 50m length leads to the upper end of the passage. Both sides (N and S) are blocked by boulders. At the top end a small meander leads to the E and ends after 10m in an aven [QM C]. On the E of the big passage a small passage can be found through the boulders. This passage leads NE and ends after 40m in boulders and sediment.

Bone Collector

Neighbouring passages: Wishbone Chamber, Frog Inlet, Speleodog
Dates of exploration: 2005.05.17, 2005.05.24
Passage length: 534.0
Number of survey legs: 56
Surveying teams: Becka Lawson (clino, compass), Erin Lynch (notes), Rob Garrett (tape)

Description

From Wishbone Chamber 3m wide rift passage with a small trickle in a floor trench heads southwest for 40m to a corner with animal bones and a high oxbow. The main way on continues at stream level, trending westward to where the water enters from above [QM B] and calcited stepping stones may be seen. A further 40m along the passage Frog Inlet enters on the right. Up a 4m chimney climb comes to a 8m wide chamber. The way on is a 150m long draughting crawl over dry mud and lice? pellets with occasional white flecks, origin unknown. There are numerous animal bones throughout the crawl, some large enough to be from a cat or civet. The crawl terminates at the top of a 3m climb down into 5m wide walking passage running southeast. A small, drafting hole near the base of the climb leads steeply down to a small chamber. A crawl from here soon degenerates to a flat-out wriggle with no draft [QM C]. Backtracking, the draft is found to emerge from a too-tight crawl which drafts out strongly but would need to be dug with tools [QM B]. Heading down the walking passage at the base of the climb down from the crawl, there is 70m of easy going downslope until two short climbs are reached that drop around 8m in total. Beyond this the passage appears to continue much larger. Unfortunately the rock nearby is soft and crumbly so no decent handline could be rigged. [QM A].

Broken Beatles

Neighbouring passages: The Finger, Broken Beatles North, Wishbone Chamber
Dates of exploration: 2005.05.16, 2005.05.17
Passage length: 646.6
Number of survey legs: 55
Surveying teams: Becka Lawson (clino, compass), Erin Lynch (notes), Julian Todd (clino, compass, tape), Rob Garrett (tape)

Description

From the southwestern tip of The Dancing Elephant Troupe , within sight of Shite Cliffs of Dover a scramble up boulders to the west gains walking passage with a small stream in running along the floor. A muddy climb up leads to a chamber with jagged rocks jutting up towards the source of the stream: a larger chamber above. Skirting around the edge of the lower chamber comes to a climb up and sandy traverse followed by a scramble up boulders into the upper chamber. From the chamber Broken Beatles North goes off to the north. Following the wall to the left leads to 5m wide, sandy floored canyon passage with several patches of black popcorn (follow the trail!). Following a particularly nice section of flowstone covered wall, a slope up popcorn comes to a 20m wide chamber. The way on is skirting to the left of a pile of boulders, to a low stoop/crawl over yet more popcorn, passing black and white stal. The crawl ends in a climb up through a 1m diameter hole into canyon passage similar to that before the chamber. After 100m it reaches a spacious junction where the sand contains 5cm long needles. To the right is the 80m of 2-3m wide, mud-floored Pubic Lice Passage, which has several animal bones, a distint bed of orange clay, and ends in a complete calcite choke. The way on from the junction is down a slope to the left, through two short crawls ending in Wishbone Chamber

Broken Beatles North

Neighbouring passages: Broken Beatles
Dates of exploration: 2006.03.12
Passage length: 71.8
Number of survey legs: 4
Surveying teams: Erin Lynch (clino, compass, tape), Mike Ficco (notes, tape)

Description

From Broken Beatles Broken Beatles North starts in a bouldery chamber with a large ledge on the southeast side. At the far south point on the ledge, there is a climb up into 2m-diametre passage, bolts needed to protect [QM B]. Clambering over boulders (care needed - large spaces between) to the north leads past numerous car-sized calcite boulders with hand-sized crystals to a short section of gypsum sand followed by popcorn and a large stal. Here the passage connects back into the western side of The Finger

Bullshitespiel

Neighbouring passages: Northern Finger, Glockenspiel, Windy Way
Dates of exploration: 2001.6.23
Passage length: 365.1
Number of survey legs: 13
Surveying teams: Erin Lynch (clino, compass, tape), Rob Garrett (notes)

Description

Chicago

Neighbouring passages: Crusty Duvets, Old Department Store
Dates of exploration: 2002.7.17
Passage length: 249.1
Number of survey legs: 18
Surveying teams: Duncan Collis (clino, compass), Erin Lynch (notes), Matt Ryan (tape)

Description

Chicken

Neighbouring passages: Old Department Store
Dates of exploration: 2002.7.19
Passage length: 131.9
Number of survey legs: 6
Surveying teams: Duncan Collis (clino, compass), Erin Lynch (notes), Matt Ryan (tape)

Description

Clean Testicles

Neighbouring passages: As You Wish, Dirty Underwear
Dates of exploration: 2006.08.06, 2006.08.12
Passage length: 926.7
Number of survey legs: 37
Surveying teams: Andrew Atkinson (notes), Duncan Collis (notes), Erin Lynch (clino, compass, tape), Yvo Weidmann (clino, compass, tape)

Description

From the end of Dirty Underpants a short pitch drops into Clean Testicles streamway, 30m wide passage heading both up and downstream. Upstream a clamber over boulders leads to a deep pool which is easily traversed on the right. Here the rock has an unusual smooth purple-brown coating which may indicate that it is often submerged. Beyond the pool a slope up on the right leads to 80m of mud-floored ascending passage ending at a ceiling pocket with a distinctive thick bed of white limestone with dark blue selenite FIXME below. Beyond, the streamway changes character with the water running over a 3m wide strip of gravel and mudbanks on either side. After 50m there is a sizeable rock in the streamway and the stream splits, with the lesser amount coming from an aven on the right [QM C]. The main passage swings to the left, with the streamway running along the right hand wall. Here the mudbanks have a very noticeable flow pattern on them. The streamway diverges again, most of the water coming out of a low passage on the right which ends in a 20m swim to a open sump (more than 5m deep). The main passage continues for another 30m to a narrowing, beyond which is an (open) 10m diameter sump pool with a trickle of water flowing from it.

Opposite the pitch into Clean Testicles there appears to be a passage going off at a high level [QM B]. Downstream 20-30m wide passage with water-erroded floor which in places forms fretwork of delicate spindles (treacherous) heads south and then almost immediately turns east. After 150m the stream sinks on the right into a network of phreatic passages of crawling/stooping height [QM B]. The passage continues to the east up a steep sediment bank, regaining boulder-strewn clean-washed floor. After 80m a passage to the left leads up into high-level fossil passage heading in two directions [QM A]. Beyond, clean-washed cobble-floored passage continues to a connection with As You Wish .

Cliffs of Insanity

Neighbouring passages: Pocket Full of Mumbles, Beyond Insanity
Dates of exploration: 2002.5.29
Passage length: 518.0
Number of survey legs: 25
Surveying teams: Duncan Collis (tape), Erin Lynch (clino, compass), Rob Garrett (notes)

Description

30m wide mud-floored passage slopes down to a trench with a small stream in it. Upstream FIXME. Downstream the water goes down an 8m pitch while to the right a mud slope up leads to a pair of pitches [QM A]. Continuing in the main passage a slope up to the right leads to a section of stooping and then a wide mud slope down to the impressively overhung Cliffs of Insanity. Rigging on the right hand wall a bolt is followed by a sling around a nodule and then a rope protector over the edge. A rebelay gives an airy hang to the floor - more big mud banks and large passage going both up and downstream.

Crusty Duvets

Neighbouring passages: Surveyor's Dream, Chicago
Dates of exploration: 2002.5.27, 2002.7.17, 2005.05.22
Passage length: 1859.2
Number of survey legs: 71
Surveying teams: Becka Lawson (clino, compass), Duncan Collis (clino, compass, tape), Erin Lynch (clino, compass, notes), Matt Ryan (tape), Rob Garrett (notes)

Description

No Description

Dirty Underwear

Neighbouring passages: Bathhouse, Clean Testicles
Dates of exploration: 2006.08.11
Passage length: 318.2
Number of survey legs: 9
Surveying teams: Duncan Collis (clino, compass, tape), Yvo Weidmann (notes)

Description

No Description

Fizzle Chamber

Neighbouring passages: Main Entrance
Dates of exploration: 2001.6.23, 2002.1.12
Passage length: 176.6
Number of survey legs: 6
Surveying teams: Claire McElwain (tape), Duncan Collis (clino, compass, elevation), Erin Lynch (clino, compass, notes, tape), Rob Garrett (notes)

Description

No Description

Frog Inlet

Neighbouring passages: Bone Collector, Shi Wang Tiankeng
Dates of exploration: 2005.05.20, 2005.05.21
Passage length: 167.0
Number of survey legs: 27
Surveying teams: Becka Lawson (clino, compass, tape), Julian Todd (tape), Rob Garrett (notes)

Description

The very narrow rift initially soon closes down but an easy climb up before this point leads to a well-worn series of easy climbs and then a low-stooping passage gently winding upwards. The miners have hammered rocks and cleared a trench to make the way easier. The passage soon reaches a large ledge overlooking Shi Wang Tiankeng . En route a small tube on the left eventually becomes too tight whilst further up a small crawl on the right continues as a low crawl.

Get Well

Neighbouring passages: Stinky Bit
Dates of exploration: 2002.1.14
Passage length: 90.3
Number of survey legs: 7
Surveying teams: Claire McElwain (tape), Duncan Collis (clino, compass, elevation), Erin Lynch (notes)

Description

Emerging from the boulders at the end of the Sea of Tranquility , the passage comes to the Get Well T-junction. To the right there are several stals on a popcorn shelf overlooking a steep slope with steps down to several nitrate pits and two climbs up which have not been pushed to conclusion (climb to the left requires bolts, climb to the right requires a ladder). The main way on is not down the slope, but a sharp left and up a boulder slope into The Finger .

Glockenspiel

Neighbouring passages: The Dancing Elephant Troupe, Random Walk Streamway, Bullshitespiel
Dates of exploration: 2002.1.14, 2002.1.30
Passage length: 356.2
Number of survey legs: 31
Surveying teams: Claire McElwain (clino, compass, tape), Duncan Collis (clino, compass, elevation), Erin Lynch (notes)

Description

Inconceivable

Neighbouring passages: As You Wish, Inconvenient
Dates of exploration: 2006.08.07, 2006.08.13
Passage length: 932.9
Number of survey legs: 35
Surveying teams: Andrew Atkinson (clino, compass, notes, tape), Anja Matthelm (clino, compass, tape), Duncan Collis (notes), Erin Lynch (clino, compass, tape)

Description

Up the mud slope from As You Wish for 50m leads to a nearly level cracked-mud floored passage that continues for 700m to a distinctive T junction. Straight on is a 5m climb gaining 40m of sloping mud passage before meeting the roof and ending. 60m before the junction there is a possible passage up a climb on the right [QM C]. 350m on a junction is reached. Left continues for a further 100m where the mud comes to the roof beyond a slot to the second room. Right is the start of Inconvenient

Inconvenient

Neighbouring passages: Inconceivable, As You Wish
Dates of exploration: 2006.08.07, 2006.08.13
Passage length: 330.0
Number of survey legs: 33
Surveying teams: Andrew Atkinson (clino, compass, notes, tape), Anja Matthelm (clino, compass, tape), Duncan Collis (notes)

Description

A 2m wide canyon passage with mud slopes, lots of twisting and turning, plus protrusions from the wall goes SW for 200m . The canyon cuts down forming a pitch, estimated 20m [QM A]. Traversing over the canyon and climbing up gains a room, to the right a large passage can be seen to be continuing [QM A] Progress is stopped by another pitch that is connected to the 20m pitch at the bottom of the canyon.

Jaws

Neighbouring passages: The Finger, Overlook
Dates of exploration: 2002.1.15
Passage length: 134.6
Number of survey legs: 7
Surveying teams: Claire McElwain (tape), Duncan Collis (clino, compass, elevation), Erin Lynch (notes)

Description

Kitkat

Neighbouring passages: Old Department Store
Dates of exploration: 2002.7.19
Passage length: 132.5
Number of survey legs: 10
Surveying teams: Duncan Collis (clino, compass), Erin Lynch (notes), Matt Ryan (tape)

Description

Loop

Neighbouring passages: T'Owd Man, Spot the Dog
Dates of exploration: 2005.05.20, 2006.03.09
Passage length: 251.2
Number of survey legs: 9
Surveying teams: Anthony Day (clino, compass), Duncan Collis (clino, compass), Erin Lynch (notes), Julia Bradshaw (tape), Julian Todd (tape), Rob Garrett (notes)

Description

No Description

Magician's Nightmare

Neighbouring passages: Prestidigitation Passage, Surveyor's Dream, Sleight of Hand
Dates of exploration: 2002.5.27, 2005.05.16, 2005.05.22
Passage length: 735.2
Number of survey legs: 44
Surveying teams: Becka Lawson (clino, compass), Duncan Collis (tape), Erin Lynch (clino, compass), Rob Garrett (notes)

Description

The wriggle up enters walking size passage. Right from here leads past false floors until a pitch head is reached. This was originally rigged by walking 20m back from the main pitch head to a hole into a second pitch. A sneaky, tight hole on the left of this second shaft leads to a lower ledge from which the main pitch head can be rigged with a Y-hang from bolts on each wall and then a bolted rebelay in calcite halfway down (could be improved). The floor at the base of the pitch has many large crystal needles and crystal extrusions. A drafting hole back under the pitch leads to the base of the second shaft and an alcove but with no way on. Heading the opposite direction leads to 3m wide passage down some easy climbs and then a longer, steeper climb which is best rigged with a 20m handline from a large thread at the top. Soon after the passage floor descends to mud with a stream flowing in it. A drippy aven with a large, broken stalactite on the floor is reached. Here the passage narrows and turns right then left then closes down further to leave just a low, muddy crawl with the stream running in it. A tight tube to the right just before this point leads to another very low, muddy crawl on the left and a long, tedious, flat-out crawl on the right eventually closes down completely after several skeletions. Left from the wriggle up leads to a path (ignore the apparent main way to the left and follow the dogleg to the right) to reach increasingly large passage with several alcoves, skirt a large, sandy pit and on to Surveyor's Dream on the right.

Main Entrance

Neighbouring passages: Surface, Fizzle Chamber, The Berg
Dates of exploration: 2001.6.23
Passage length: 436.3
Number of survey legs: 15
Surveying teams: Erin Lynch (clino, compass, tape), Rob Garrett (notes)

Description

The main entrance to Er Wang Dong is located right next to Er Wang Dong Village, just behind Mr. Wang's house. A low wide entrance has a slippery path descending on the left past a pool of water. Two small inlets enter high on the left and one is used by the locals as a clean water source. The entrance chamber is also used for dry storage of sticks and hay etc.

Miners' Way

Neighbouring passages: Wishbone Chamber, T'Owd Man East, T'Owd Man
Dates of exploration: 2005.05.19
Passage length: 293.6
Number of survey legs: 14
Surveying teams: Becka Lawson (tape), Duncan Collis (clino, compass), Rob Garrett (notes)

Description

From Wishbone Chamber the footpath leads down a sandy slope to a 3m climb down over boulders to the main passage below. This carries a small stream and immediately widens to 4m wide passage with signs of the miners (steps and rocks placed to create a footpath) along its length. After around 30m a narrow passage leads off on the right [QM B's] and shortly after the passage opens out to a chamber with a large passage visible in the roof above [QM B] and several large stalactites. The path skirts a pitch, dodging into a stoop on the side of the main passage, on the left then breaks out into a much larger space. Ahead is an undescended, deep pit [QM B]. The footpath ducks down under a shelf and turns right down a sandy slope to arrive at the huge (20m wide and 30m high) main passage, T'Owd Man .

Northern Finger

Neighbouring passages: The Finger, Bullshitespiel
Dates of exploration: 2001.6.23
Passage length: 129.3
Number of survey legs: 6
Surveying teams: Erin Lynch (clino, compass, tape), Rob Garrett (notes)

Description

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Old Department Store

Neighbouring passages: Chicago, Kitkat, Chicken
Dates of exploration: 2002.7.19
Passage length: 421.8
Number of survey legs: 23
Surveying teams: Duncan Collis (clino, compass), Erin Lynch (notes), Matt Ryan (tape)

Description

On Your Hands and On Your Knees

Neighbouring passages: Shi Wang Tiankeng
Dates of exploration: 2006.08.09
Passage length: 181.3
Number of survey legs: 14
Surveying teams: Anja Matthalm (tape), Erin Lynch (clino, compass, tape), Thomas Matthalm (notes), Yvo Weidmann (tape)

Description

From the bottom of Shi Wang Tiankeng the stream passage zigzags to the south with several pools. To the right of the general trend of the active passage, there is a maze of muddy passages which connect the active passage to a large undescended pitch [QM A].

One Man and His Dog

Neighbouring passages: T'Owd Man, Swingin in the Shower, Short Leash
Dates of exploration: 2005.05.20
Passage length: 377.4
Number of survey legs: 11
Surveying teams: Duncan Collis (clino, compass), Erin Lynch (notes), Julian Todd (tape)

Description

From the western end of T'Owd Man , 30m wide sandy floored passage continues westward. Barefoot footprints 25cm from heel to toe, along with what appear to be dog paw prints, can be seen in several sets of tracks along the passage. Some have been cordoned off, but care should be taken to stay on the path and avoid the rest. The ceiling briefly comes down before rising out of sight to an estimated 50m. There are three small leads at floor level [QM B] and ledges high on either side may conceal additional leads. After 300m the flat passage abruptly slopes steeply down to a pitch with a strong draught coming out of it Swingin in the Shower . To the left of the pitch is a small rift with lots of gypsum wedging, Short Leash .

Overlook

Neighbouring passages: The Finger, Jaws
Dates of exploration: 2002.1.15
Passage length: 120.2
Number of survey legs: 6
Surveying teams: Claire McElwain (tape), Duncan Collis (clino, compass, elevation), Erin Lynch (notes)

Description

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Pocket Full of Mumbles

Neighbouring passages: Rated G, Cliffs of Insanity
Dates of exploration: 2002.5.29
Passage length: 254.7
Number of survey legs: 22
Surveying teams: Duncan Collis (tape), Erin Lynch (clino, compass), Rob Garrett (notes)

Description

A 10m pitch rigged off a thrubolt y-hang rebelayed to an obvious stal and then a further thrubolt lands on a boulder with drops down on all sides. The way on is a short traverse back under the pitch and then doubling back along a popcorny rift to reach the base of the boulder. A 2m climb down leads to a short muddy slope which ends in an aven. Halfway down the muddy slope there is a hole off to the left which gains walking passage with a black popcorn crust on the floor (stick to the well-worn path). Where the passage splits with mud to the left and a short popcorny crawl to the right, the way on is with the popcorn. Shortly a catchy 2m climb down is reached. Below the passage continues it's gentle descent, finally reaching the top of Pocket Full of Mumbles Pitch.

The first part of the pitch can be free-climbed but is best rigged with a backup, main belay and deviation at the top for a clean hang down the first 6m drop which lands on small crows nest. There are some nice stal on the wall to the right of the pitch, but the two bolts for the main hang are to the left. After 20m there is a rebelay to the left of a large flake, followed by a wide deviation off a natural, which gives a clean hang to the floor.

At the bottom mud-floored rift slopes down to a c1 (an awkward bum-slide on mud) into a small chamber where the passage slopes down and then up again, with a narrow trench to the right. From the end of the chamber double back into the rift, sliding down through a gypsum sand squeeze and then ducking under a low bit into larger passage, Cliffs of Insanity

Poo

Neighbouring passages: Slices of Haw
Dates of exploration: 2005.05.25
Passage length: 120.3
Number of survey legs: 28
Surveying teams: Erin Lynch (notes), Julian Todd (clino, compass, tape)

Description

A step up leads to 1.5m wide, 3m tall dry sandy-floored windy vadose passage which goes west for 25m, turns a sharp corner then trends north for 60m, decreasing in size before finally heading east and ending at a T. To the right at the T it pinches out immediately, while to the left several stal block the way on, which is well placed to reconnect to Slices of Haw .

Prestidigitation Passage

Neighbouring passages: Where the Wind Blows, Magician's Nightmare
Dates of exploration: 2002.5.27
Passage length: 61.6
Number of survey legs: 8
Surveying teams: Duncan Collis (tape), Erin Lynch (clino, compass), Rob Garrett (notes)

Description

Where the stream in Where the Wind Blows> disappears into boulders, the way on is a small passage at mid level, Prestidigitation Passage . Stooping and crawling past occasional holes down into the boulders leads to a constriction beyond which the crawl continues. The crawl closes down after a few tens of metres, but before the end there is a wriggle up at roof level to the left into Magician's Nightmare .

Random Walk Streamway

Neighbouring passages: Glockenspiel
Dates of exploration: 2004.05.16
Passage length: 367.4
Number of survey legs: 47
Surveying teams: Duncan Collis (clino, compass), Erin Lynch (tape), Rob Garrett (notes)

Description

From the stream in Arches , head left and climb up the RHS of a boulder then stroll across a flat area and climb down on the right to flat mud with three holes in the floor. The pitch is rigged with a backup at the base of the climb and a rebelay from a large boulder at the top of one of the holes. This gives a sloping pitch down with a slight rub over popcorn/flowstone. The pitch drops onto a ledge with leads to the N which may connect to other holes down in Arches. A few more meters and the pitch joins the streamway which enters from the N.

25m downstream a short climb down leads to a well decorated 28m diameter chamber. The stream does a wide loop under the chamber before exiting in 10m wide passage to the NE. After a few corners and 70m this narrows to a joint-controlled rift. The passage begins to descend with numerous phreatic tube leads. The obvious route down ends in a gravel sump, but a tube off to the right reaches a 6m pitch rigged off a thread. Following the water leads to another climb down. However, a side rift to the left drafts and may prove to be the way on.

The stream soon sinks and a fossil level continues overhead to a pitch. At the bottom of the pitch the stream may be rejoined where it enters into a very tight rift. Alternatively, the fossil level takes a sharp left to a muddy area which terminates in muddy roof tubes and a drafting boulder choke.

Many insignificant side passages were blocked by sediments. In several places there were layers of sand and gravel in the sediment. The stream was larger than that in Monoxide, but still very small.

Several large pure-white cave crickets were seen.

Rated G

Neighbouring passages: Shite Cliffs of Dover, Pocket Full of Mumbles
Dates of exploration: 2002.1.31
Passage length: 203.5
Number of survey legs: 14
Surveying teams: Claire McElwain (clino, compass, tape), Erin Lynch (notes)

Description

From the S end of The Shite Cliffs of Dover , go down a popcorn funnel to a short section of sandy stooping height passage which opens up at a decorated mezzaine overlooking a 30m wide, 50m long sandy alcove that slopes down steeply over rubble for a further 20m to the S, coming to the base of a pitch rigged from XXX . From the mezzanine to the S a 2m wide sandy floored passage leads to the head of the first Pocket Full of Mumbles pitch.

Rob's Dig

Neighbouring passages: Windy Way
Dates of exploration: 2005.05.16
Passage length: 210.9
Number of survey legs: 21
Surveying teams: Becka Lawson (clino, compass), Duncan Collis (tape), Rob Garrett (notes)

Description

From the short crawl at the northern end of the Bullshitespiel a slightly awkward wriggle past stal is followed immediately by an overhanging climb down into walking passage. After a few meters there is a climb up to a dug-out squeeze which draughts strongly. Beyond the squeeze a drop down is followed by a crawl up into mud-floored walking passage which enlarges to a pitch-head at the top of a large rift. At the base of the pitch a steep slope down leads to the head of a further climb down. At the bottom of the climb 4m wide walking passage slopes down to where water enters from the left and disappears down a hole. A traverse on a calcite false floor to the left gains a bouldery area where the way on is down through an eyehole on the right (very long handline needed) to an overhanging climb down.

Sea of Tranquility

Neighbouring passages: The Berg, Stinky Bit, Bisto, The Finger
Dates of exploration: 2001.6.23, 2005.05.21, 2005.05.22
Passage length: 179.1
Number of survey legs: 12
Surveying teams: Becka Lawson (clino, compass), Erin Lynch (clino, compass, tape), Julian Todd (tape), Rob Garrett (notes)

Description

From the drystone wall at the end of the Main Entrance passage, the Sea of Tranquility is a 40-50m wide area of flat, sandy floor which extends for 110m. There are numerous drip pockets on the floor and several nitrate pits at the far end. To the right there is an inlet/rift which has not been explored. Beyond the passage appears to narrow, but this is desceptive, as there are large shelves to either side with Amity and The Overlook entering on the left (RHS not surveyed). The route is at floor level along a well worn path through boulders with several holes down to Bisto . The path emerges from boulders at steps down into a pungent area called Get Well .

Shattered Stones

Neighbouring passages: Shattered Streamway, Wishbone Chamber
Dates of exploration: 2005.05.22, 2005.05.24
Passage length: 601.5
Number of survey legs: 36
Surveying teams: Becka Lawson (clino, compass), Duncan Collis (clino, compass, tape), Erin Lynch (notes), Rob Garrett (tape)

Description

3m diameter fault-controlled pit in the corner of Wishbone Chamber is rigged with a y-hang and immediate deviation, followed by a spit deviation which gives a free-hang to a 3m wide, 5m long ledge. From the ledge there are two holes down which rejoin. To the south gives a good hang, but the rock is chossy, so the pitch is rigged to the north, with a spit rebelay on the ledge followed by a single spit for a sloping descent to a much larger ledge overlooking a gaping hole down into Shattered Stream . From the ledge there is a choice of ways on: a clamber downslope gains the head of the next pitch which is rigged with a y-hang off two rock columns and a single spit. It lands in Shattered Stream . Upslope is the continuation of Shattered Stones. There is also a small hole down to the south of the ledge [QM B].

8m wide draughting walking passage heads north, passing a calcited climb up on the left [QM B] before turning a sharp corner to the right. Here the passage widens and a dry inlet comes in high on the left [QM C]. To the right stooping passage goes off, which may connect back to the ledge at the top of the Second Pitch [QM B]. Continuing to the left, the passage briefly descends, coming to a section with a cracked mud floor. Ahead is a pool fed by water dripping from above [QM C]. The ceiling rises sharply, and a slope up over rubble reveals the passage to be at the bottom of a large funnel with several passages above. The way up is a slimy climb (handline recommended) which gains a bouldery ledge. To the east walking passage slopes downward [QM A]. To the south and southeast are two sandy passages which join up after 20m. They are best reached by traversing around to the lower of the two. 15m beyond the join the passage abruptly becomes much smaller, and the way on is a climb up to a crawl at ceiling height with directional popcorn. Just before the crawl there is a rat nest made of fist-sized stones. After 20m the crawl emerges at the base of a NE-SW rift. To the SW a steep sand slope up leads to a 2-second drop [QM B]. To the NE the rift is split by a large block. To the right goes to a drop which is bypassed by going to the left, where a clamber up over boulders leads to a climb down past well-developed directional yellow and black popcorn. This emerges in a 10-15m wide rift with impressively large clean-washed cuboid boulders, one of which is chocked in a disconcerting manner. To the right is a hole down [QM B]. Further along there is a vertical-sided mud soak-away [QM C]. Beyond, a slope up leads to more large boulders, then the rift narrows, ending in a pitch down [QM C].

Shattered Streamway

Neighbouring passages: Shattered Stones
Dates of exploration: 2005.05.24
Passage length: 258.6
Number of survey legs: 14
Surveying teams: Becka Lawson (clino, compass), Erin Lynch (notes), Rob Garrett (tape)

Description

From the bottom of the Shattered Stones second pitch, FIXME.

Shi Wang Tiankeng

Neighbouring passages: Frog Inlet, On Your Hands and On Your Knees
Dates of exploration: 2005.05.21, 2006.08.09
Passage length: 413.5
Number of survey legs: 30
Surveying teams: Anja Matthalm (tape), Becka Lawson (clino, compass), Erin Lynch (clino, compass, tape), Julian Todd (tape), Rob Garrett (notes), Thomas Matthalm (notes), Yvo Weidmann (tape)

Description

Frog Inlet leads to a large ledge opposite a seasonal waterfall entering the Tiankeng. A passage off to the left of the ledge soon pops out to another window overlooking the Tiankeng, where it is rigged for descent. Back at the Frog Inlet ledge, holes in the roof were presumably the entry-point for the miners - an 8m bamboo ladder should easily have got them down to the ledge. Lower and to the right of the Frog Inlet ledge, a large passage leads down. This soon reaches a junction. Continuing straight down the main passage quickly arrives at a pitch with a 4.5 second drop. Left at the junction leads to a bold step over a narrow rift. From here, two passages lead left to a series of further eyeholes overlooking the Tiankeng, the leftmost of which then leads back to the Frog Inlet ledge. An unobvious low crawl to the right leads to a ledge overlooking a large passage (15 or 20m below) that leads left to the Tiankeng and right back into the cave.

Descending the tiankeng from the ledge, a y-hang gives a descent against vegetation with rebelays at the obvious two clear patches of rock. At the bottom the tiankeng is oval with the long axis running E-W. To the NW a 2m diameter horizontal hole at floor level leads to a strongly draughting 30m rift pitch [QM A]. At the E end of the tiankeng are two prominent ways on: a climb up to a 20m tall, 7m wide passage [QM A], and On Your Hands and On Your Knees , a 10m wide, 5m tall cobble-floored stream channel at the level of the tiankeng floor.

Shite Cliffs of Dover

Neighbouring passages: The Dancing Elephant Troupe, XXX, Rated G
Dates of exploration: 2002.1.14
Passage length: 224.1
Number of survey legs: 11
Surveying teams: Claire McElwain (tape), Duncan Collis (clino, compass, elevation), Erin Lynch (notes)

Description

From The Dancing Elephant Troupe head south to where a large, angular fallen block bisects the passage. A clamber over rubble on the LHS gains easy walking along a sandy floor between the large fractured block Shite Cliffs of Dover , and the wall. Where the Shite Cliffs of Dover end there is a choice of ways on. A traverse at the same level goes to the well decorated XXX , while a slope down to the right ends at a flat floor covered in popcorn where a funnel down leads to Rated G and a bouldery passage to the right loops around the other side of the Shite Cliffs

Short Leash

Neighbouring passages: One Man and His Dog
Dates of exploration: 2006.03.09, 2006.03.19
Passage length: 143.9
Number of survey legs: 25
Surveying teams: Duncan Collis (clino, compass), Erin Lynch (clino, compass, tape), Mike Ficco (notes)

Description

At the far western end of One Man and His Dog , a dry rift with lots of gypsum wedging twists and turns, going 40m southeast to a short pitch rigged using an oxbow as a massive thread. Below the pitch the passage continues in the same vein to a further climb (handline recommended) followed by a pitch and continuing passage [QM A].

Sleight of Hand

Neighbouring passages: Magician's Nightmare, Surveyor's Dream, Bag of Tricks
Dates of exploration: 2004.05.24
Passage length: 533.5
Number of survey legs: 28
Surveying teams: Duncan Collis (clino, compass), Erin Lynch (notes), Rob Garrett (tape)

Description

Where Magician's Nightmare turns a sharp corner at a 20m diameter pit with a sandy ledge of large formations to the south, a 26m pitch is rigged off a large stal boss and deviation off a popcorn encrusted nose to give a freehang for 10m to a rebelay off a ridge (v. long sling required to give a decent hang), landing in a boulder chamber which slopes down towards the SW. A small stream runs under the chamber, crossing under it and sinking in a small muddy rift to the S. To the SW clamber down over popcorn encrusted boulders leads to 25m of mud-floored passage that slopes up and pinches out. The way on from the chamber is up to the N, where a rift goes off to the W. It ascends at over climbs and mud at a 30° slope for 25m before leveling off to nearly flat walking passage for most of the next 350m. The passage starts off as 3-5m wide with a 30m+ ceiling and a strong outward draft. After 50m a high lead enters on the right (possible climb to reach it) and the passage widens to 10m with ledges on either side, although at the bottom it remains about 5m wide. A further 100m comes to a well decorated corner (not thorougly investigated) where the passage turns S. 40m of narrowing passage with a large number of striking black stals over white rock ends in a short crawl to more walking passage. Over the calcite blockage the passage continues in its former proportions, connecting beyond the crawl. Just beyond the crawl there are two unpushed rifts, going S and W respectively. The main passage doglegs to the E and high on the right there is a climb up to black space. Continuing at floor level an inlet enters on the LHS and the passage is muddy for 40m, coming to a section of large boulders covered with brown and white guano. After 50m there is a large flowstone mound on the RHS which fills half the passage. The final station is at a boulder theatabuts the flowstone mound.

Slices of Haw

Neighbouring passages: The Berg, Poo
Dates of exploration: 2002.1.12, 2002.1.13, 2005.05.25
Passage length: 657.0
Number of survey legs: 77
Surveying teams: Claire McElwain (tape), Duncan Collis (clino, compass, elevation), Erin Lynch (notes), Julian Todd (clino, compass, tape)

Description

Soap Opera

Neighbouring passages: Bathhouse
Dates of exploration: 2006.08.11
Passage length: 347.4
Number of survey legs: 31
Surveying teams: Duncan Collis (clino, compass, tape), Yvo Weidmann (notes)

Description

From survey station P121 in the main streamway of the Bathhouse a dry fossil passage leads to the east. After 20m the passage gets divided into two passages (NE and SW) with (5m by 10m). The NE-trending passage climbs up a steep slope and is blocked with sediments after 20m The SW-trending passage also climbs up a steep slope, after 30m it becomes horizontal and then drops back down a steep slope, reaching a small chamber with boulders on the floor. There is a small way through the boulders which connects back to the main streamway. The fossil passage still continuse to the SW. After a next steep muddy slope the passage gets divided into a pitch to the SE and a very steep slope to the WSW. The pitch leads directly over several boulders back into the main streamway. The WSW leads very steep upward in 15m by 10m passage. On the top of the slope, the passage gets immediately small (1 by 1m) with a remarkable airflow. This passage leads for around 100m directly to the west. The passage stays in dimension of 1 by 2m. In the middle part of the passage (~50m after the big slope),a small crawl leads to the south [QM C]. At the end of the survey an aven leads upward. This aven could be climbed with the help of a few bolts and a rope [QM B].

Speleodog

Neighbouring passages: Whale Chamber, Bone Collector
Dates of exploration: 2006.03.10
Passage length: 805.3
Number of survey legs: 54
Surveying teams: Anthony Day (clino, compass, tape), Rob Garrett (notes)

Description

[FIXME: get passage lengths from survey] From Whale Chamber, a passage leading north is the start of Speleodog . The passage quickly arrives in a chamber with 30° sandy slopes to left and right that gain access to a higher level continuation straight ahead. At the top of the lefthand slope is a climb up with black space visible beyond [QM A]. The sand is disturbed by what appear to be dog footprints here.

The high level continuation is a 15m wide rectangular phreatic passage with sandy floor. After ???m a passage is passed on the right (described below). ???m further on, a smaller passage to the left chokes after ashort distance. After a further ???m a T-junction is reached.

Right at the T-junction, the passage continues in similar fashion for ???m to the base of a climb, which is the connection to Bone Collector .

Left at the T-junction lowers to a hands and knees crawl over flowstone between stals before breaking out into similar sized passage as before after ???m. An inlet passage on the left is mostly full sediment (rounded pebbles in a mud matrix), but a trench cut by a stream through the fill is navigable for ???m before becoming too small (possible dig, but there was no draught in evidence in March 2006). In the main passage, the continuation reduces to a 3m widde winding phreatic passage, which continues for ???m to a flowstone blockage. Climbing up to the left, it is possible to crawl a further ???m to a choke.

At the start of the high level continuation, the passage to the right is more sandy floored phreas, about 10m wide. The floor is mostly undisturbed apart from a clear set of dog paw prints (no sign of master). After ???m a pitch is reached with 2 second clean drop with much rattling and banging to follow [QM B]. A little way back up the passage, a mud slope up to the right leads to a T-junction. Left leads quickly becomes too tight (possible dig). Right leads through a grotto of stal to a slope down over flowstone which drops into a 2m wide elliptical phreatic passage with a floor trench, which carries a weak draught. Left has not been followed [QM B]; right has been followed for ???m and continues [QM A]. The passage appears to be heading towards Wishbone Chamber .

Spot the Dog

Neighbouring passages: Loop, T'Owd Man
Dates of exploration: 2006.03.09, 2006.03.10
Passage length: 783.7
Number of survey legs: 47
Surveying teams: Anthony Day (clino, compass, tape), Julia Bradshaw (tape), Rob Garrett (notes)

Description

The large passage heading south from T'Owd Man stretches for 90m, with three ways on. In the NE and W corner, passages loops back to T'Owd Man . In the SE corner, a passage - Spot the Dog - heads due south. A crawl under boulders leads to a junction. To the right up a steep, sandy slope, the passage is blind. Downslope, the passage continues south, and reaches a small sump after 50m. Water flows out of the sump.

The continuing passage appears to be phreas that has been exploited by a later stream. It is followed downstream for 180m, until the stream flows away to the left [QM B]. There are obvious signs that miners have visited this area; footprints and trial pits were noticed. Climbing above the stream on the right, a fossil gallery is reached. At the end of the gallery, passages head away from the main passage to the NE [QM C] and the SW [QM C]. The main passage continues for 80m, with the roof gradually lowering, until a narrow rift is reached [QM C]. No noticable draft was noted in this rift.

Stinky Bit

Neighbouring passages: Sea of Tranquility, Get Well, The Finger
Dates of exploration: 2001.6.23
Passage length: 168.7
Number of survey legs: 7
Surveying teams: Erin Lynch (clino, compass, tape), Rob Garrett (notes)

Description

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Surface

Neighbouring passages: Main Entrance
Dates of exploration: 2001.6.23
Passage length: 0.0
Number of survey legs: 4
Surveying teams: Erin Lynch (clino, compass, tape), Rob Garrett (notes)

Description

No Description

Surveyor's Dream

Neighbouring passages: Magician's Nightmare, Sleight of Hand, Crusty Duvets
Dates of exploration: 2002.5.27
Passage length: 588.8
Number of survey legs: 24
Surveying teams: Duncan Collis (tape), Erin Lynch (clino, compass), Rob Garrett (notes)

Description

Swingin in the Shower

Neighbouring passages: One Man and His Dog, Wind in the Wallows
Dates of exploration: 2006.03.09, 2006.03.10, 2006.03.13
Passage length: 387.0
Number of survey legs: 41
Surveying teams: Anthony Day (notes), Duncan Collis (clino, compass, tape), Erin Lynch (clino, compass, tape), Mike Ficco (clino, compass, notes)

Description

T'Owd Man

Neighbouring passages: Miners' Way, The Pit, Loop, Whale Chamber, Spot the Dog, One Man and His Dog
Dates of exploration: 2005.05.19
Passage length: 1169.1
Number of survey legs: 33
Surveying teams: Becka Lawson (tape), Duncan Collis (clino, compass), Rob Garrett (notes)

Description

Miners' Way slopes down into T'Owd Man, a huge (20m wide and 30m high) main passage. Left here is T'Owd Man East , and immediately ahead to the deep pit just mentioned. Following the footpath to the right for 50m, the footpath leads right up to an overhang overlooking the Pit, probably used for raising nitrate. A second footpath branches off to the left here and traverses for 60m along a roomy ledge to the left of the Pit. At the far side of the Pit, the Pit can be descended by climbing down the steep slope. The main passage continues for 90m past a wooden artefact (a single block of wood, turned to produce a 10cm diameter, 1m long axle with two larger diameter ends, placed vertically on the left of the path) to a 2m climb down. The passage leading back under to the right after this climb has a footpath which leads back to the Pit. Immediately ahead is a large nitrate pit. Beyond the nitrate pit the path divides. Both routes soon reunite either side of a huge boulder ending with a 4m climb down. To the right leads to a sandy chute up to a junction. Left here connects to One Man and His Dog . To the right is a well-decorated chamber. A route to the right here quickly leads to a balcony overlooking the main passage. To the left, wide sandy passge continues for 30m. A large passage leads off to the left here [QM A]. Ahead reaches a low but extremely (40-50m) wide, sloping chamber (Whale Chamber). The only obvious route on is a rift under a shelf, low on the right. Back at the main passage just beyond the nitrate pit, the passage continues as 10m+ wide, easy-walking passage for several hundred metres. A stream enters along a trench and the passage is decorated with large stalactites at this point.

T'Owd Man East

Neighbouring passages: Miners' Way
Dates of exploration: 2006.03.12
Passage length: 218.4
Number of survey legs: 9
Surveying teams: Erin Lynch (clino, compass, tape), Mike Ficco (notes, tape)

Description

Where Miners' Way slopes down into T'Owd Man , T'Owd Man East goes off to the east. It begins as 60m wide, with a gypsum dust-coated ledge of large boulders on the left and a hole down on the right which probably connects to The Pit . After 40m, the left hand wall corners around to the right, and there are two places where black space can be seen up through caver-sized holes between boulders [QM B]. Beyond the bend the passage narrows to 30m wide, covered with gypsum dust, and with one or two tracks of miners' footprints. The floor marks up very easily, so please follow the path. The left hand wall has a large calcite flow, and there are assorted speleothems in addition to the copious gypsum. After 150m the passage turns north, ending at a 20m-diametre ant-trap style depression directly above Cliffs of Insanity and with the sound of water below, rope needed [QM A]. Horizontal passage can be seen continuing on the far side of the depression, bolt traverse needed [QM A].

The Berg

Neighbouring passages: Main Entrance, Sea of Tranquility, Slices of Haw
Dates of exploration: 2001.6.23, 2002.1.12
Passage length: 328.3
Number of survey legs: 16
Surveying teams: Claire McElwain (tape), Duncan Collis (clino, compass, elevation), Erin Lynch (clino, compass, notes, tape), Rob Garrett (notes)

Description

No Description

The Bird

Neighbouring passages: The Dancing Elephant Troupe
Dates of exploration: 2005.05.16
Passage length: 105.3
Number of survey legs: 7
Surveying teams: Erin Lynch (notes), Julian Todd (clino, compass, tape)

Description

From the western part of The Dancing Elephant Troupe , head up slope to the top of the giant mound of choss. Where The Dancing Elephant Troupe narrows considerably to connect to Glockenspiel , The Bird goes off to the east. A climb up over mud and popcorn gains a section of white formations with decorated shelves on either side. 10m wide walking passage slopes up to an area of boulders, where it splits. To the left is a decorated oxbow to the easier route to the right of a particularly large boulder. The passages reunite for a final 20m of flat mud-floored passage which ends in a precipitous 40m pitch down into The Dancing Elephant Troupe . At the head of the pitch the floor looks only 4m thick.

The Dancing Elephant Troupe

Neighbouring passages: The Finger, Shite Cliffs of Dover, Glockenspiel, The Bird
Dates of exploration: 2002.1.14, 2002.1.15
Passage length: 337.0
Number of survey legs: 26
Surveying teams: Claire McElwain (tape), Duncan Collis (clino, compass, elevation), Erin Lynch (notes)

Description

At the southern end of the The Finger there is a flat area with many small stals and popcorn encrustations. A the path heads towards the lh wall where it follows a route to the southwest through scattered boulders along level ground while to the right a boulder pile slopes steeply upwards. The path forks with one branch going south to the Shite Cliffs of Dover while the other goes north over boulders past the start of Broken Beatles to a connection with Glockenspiel .

The Finger

Neighbouring passages: Sea of Tranquility, Stinky Bit, Northern Finger, Jaws, Overlook, The Dancing Elephant Troupe, Broken Beatles
Dates of exploration: 2001.6.23, 2002.1.14, 2002.1.15, 2005.05.16
Passage length: 311.4
Number of survey legs: 26
Surveying teams: Claire McElwain (tape), Duncan Collis (clino, compass, elevation), Erin Lynch (clino, compass, notes, tape), Julian Todd (clino, compass, tape), Rob Garrett (notes)

Description

The Finger is a 60m wide, 100m long section of bouldery passage/chamber which extends from Get Well to The Dancing Elephant Troupe running roughly N to S, with the 40m wide Glockenspiel passage entering from the W at its start. The Finger generally slopes down from W to E, with large arrays of impressively huge formations high on the W side. Behind the formations on the W wall there are 2 smaller passages which have not been pushed [QM C], but are assumed to choke or connect back into Glockenspiel .

From Get Well follow the left hand wall along an obvious well worn path which goes up very steeply to reach the top of the boulder slope. Continuing along the path it goes up another short slope to the right to a large nitrate pit from which a final slope up reaches "The Finger", a stalagmite formation resembling a well known gesture. Carry on following the path, which dips down into a sandy bowl then up the other side. To the left a boulder slope goes up steeply to the left leading to Amity , The Overlook , and an undescended pitch down [QM B]. Continuing straight ahead, the path goes a short way then turns left up a short slope into The Dancing Elephant Troupe , a flat area with many small stals and popcorn encrustations.

The Pit

Neighbouring passages: T'Owd Man
Dates of exploration: 2005.05.20
Passage length: 614.7
Number of survey legs: 40
Surveying teams: Becka Lawson (clino, compass, tape), Rob Garrett (notes)

Description

A steep climb down from the main passage (handline not necessary) leads to a chamber visible from the ledge in the main passage above. This main Pit chamber contains a large nitrate pit and a footpath. The path leading to the northeast quickly leads to a second chamber with a small stream entering from the left. Presumably the miners came here to collect water for the nitrate pit. The path disappeared after this point. From this second chamber, the passage narrows and an awkward rift with green popcorn leads off on the left [QM B] whilst ahead a 4 metre climb down would need a handline but the passage appears to continue fairly large ahead [QM A]. Back at the main Pit chamber, the footpath in the opposite,southeast direction meanders through stooping but wide passage then soon reaches a junction. Left here quickly connects back to the main passage above, just below the climb down after the wooden stick and before the large nitrate pit. Right at the junction leads to large rift passage. This soon reaches a pitch head. A passage to the right before this pitch head leads back to the main Pit chamber. The final two routes off to the northwest of the Pit chamber both soon end in mud chokes with possible, tight continuations on the right before the end [both QM C's].

Whale Chamber

Neighbouring passages: Speleodog, T'Owd Man
Dates of exploration: 2005.05.19
Passage length: 208.8
Number of survey legs: 6
Surveying teams: Becka Lawson (tape), Duncan Collis (clino, compass), Rob Garrett (notes)

Description

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Where the Wind Blows

Neighbouring passages: Windy Way, Prestidigitation Passage
Dates of exploration: 2002.5.27
Passage length: 431.6
Number of survey legs: 26
Surveying teams: Duncan Collis (tape), Erin Lynch (clino, compass), Rob Garrett (notes)

Description

An initially flat-out, very strongly draughting crawl eases to gain a narrow vadose rift to the head of an awkward climb down, which is aided considerably by a handline. From the chamber at the foot of the climb, a narrow gap emerges from a calcite slope, and is easily missed on the return. The passage now is some 10m wide, and quite well decorated. Care should be taken to follow the footprints of previous visitors and to avoid uneccesary excursions onto virgin floor. The route initially heads left through some stals and then follows the left hand wall along a trench and then around the back of another group of columns, keeping to the left wall until an overhang forces a move to the right into a trench. Following the trench leads to a hole down into a short length of stooping and crawling, which emerges on a muddy slope down; carrying on above the hole down leads to a clifftop overlooking the same muddy slope. At the foot of the slope, two small streams enter and then sink, and the way ahead is straight on over a small mound and down to a small streamway. Following the stream leads to a jumble of boulders into which the stream flows, where the way on is at mid-level in Prestidigitation Passage , while up a crumbly slope to the right leads to a large flat-floored area.

Wind in the Wallows

Neighbouring passages: Swingin in the Shower
Dates of exploration: 2006.03.13
Passage length: 368.0
Number of survey legs: 15
Surveying teams: Anthony Day (notes), Erin Lynch (tape), Mike Ficco (clino, compass)

Description

Windy Way

Neighbouring passages: Bullshitespiel, Where the Wind Blows, Rob's Dig
Dates of exploration: 2001.6.23, 2005.05.16
Passage length: 170.9
Number of survey legs: 15
Surveying teams: Becka Lawson (clino, compass), Duncan Collis (tape), Erin Lynch (clino, compass, tape), Rob Garrett (notes)

Description

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Wishbone Chamber

Neighbouring passages: Shattered Stones, Broken Beatles, Bone Collector, Miners' Way
Dates of exploration: 2005.05.17, 2005.05.19
Passage length: 60.9
Number of survey legs: 3
Surveying teams: Becka Lawson (clino, compass, tape), Duncan Collis (clino, compass), Erin Lynch (notes), Rob Garrett (notes, tape)

Description

The crawl at the end of Broken Beatles pops out at the top of a short climb down into Wishbone Chamber, a 20m wide room sloping down from north to south. From the chamber there are three ways on: back to the north there is a draughting pitch to Shattered Stones and Shattered Streamway . The slope goes down to a small stream and the start of Miners' Way . Traversing along the top of the chamber to the west goes to Bone Collector .

XXX

Neighbouring passages: Shite Cliffs of Dover
Dates of exploration: 2002.1.31
Passage length: 26.3
Number of survey legs: 3
Surveying teams: Claire McElwain (clino, compass, tape), Erin Lynch (notes)

Description

From the Shite Cliffs of Dover , follow the left hand wall, step across onto a popcorny boulder, and then onto a well decorated prow with cliffs on the E and W and a number of sizable stals. Ahead to the S is inaccessible black space, presumably the continuation of the Shite Cliffs passage [QM A]. Up slope to the N the prow goes to an exposed traverse at roof level heading towards enticing blackness (needs a line to protect [QM A]. On the E side, XXX overlooks the Pocket Full of Mumbles pitches. To the W there is a pitch which soon splits, the S side going into a lower level of Pocket Full of Mumbles , the N landing in Rated G .