Passage Descriptions

Chocolate Coated

Neighbouring passages: Honeyglazed, Nudibranch
Dates of exploration: 2005.05.03, 2005.05.10
Passage length: 566.5
Number of survey legs: 38
Surveying teams: Becka Lawson (clino, compass, tape), Duncan Collis (clino, compass, notes), Erin Lynch (notes), Julian Todd (tape)


At the top of the boulder slope, a 10m wide passage continues north for 15m to a corner, where a low bedding goes off on the left [QM C] and a climb down reaches a dry stream bed [QM C]. The passage continues east for 25m to a junction, where to the south a stream enters from a slot 6m up [QM C], sinking [QM A] at the junction, with the main passage continuing up a slope to the north, where a boulder blockage is met after 40m. The blockage is easily passed on the right to enter a chamber, at the near end of which a hole in the floor enters a walking-sized passage. This can be followed for around 50m in small passage until a ledge is reached high above a moderately large stream. The stream is around 8m below the ledge but drops down rapidly to the south [QM A]. A short distance upstream an inlet comes in on the right which could probably be reached from the ledge using a handline [QM A]. Upslope in the chamber a large passage doubles back to the west at high level. This can easily be climbed up to and has some attractive helictites near the start, on the upper, northern area of the roof. The passage is very wide with a mud floor which soon develops a trench in the middle. This takes a small stream and is about 8m below the upper passage. The upper passage rapidly closes in to leave mud ledges on either side of the stream that cannot be followed for far. Back in the main passage, to the east there is a hole down [QM C]. The main passage continues to the north, splitting and rejoining after 50m in a boulder-floored chamber. A dry passage leads off to the east [QM B] while to the west, water can be heard down a hole. At the end of the chamber is a slope up, beyond which the passage continues 40m to a mud choke. The way on is to drop down through boulders to the east, where an undercut can be followed both south [QM C] and north, entering a walking passage which emerges into 20m wide passage after 60m. Here water enters from a large passage to the north, and sinks [QM B], while another large passage heads west. The large passage to the north rapidly closes down and the roof lowers until after 50m from the junction the passage is only 1m high and the water emerges from a splashy hole on the left. This can easily (though damply) be ascended into further large passage which slopes upwards and soon ends in a high, wet aven. The large passage to the west of the junction can be followed on the left mud bank for around 100m to a large boulder breakdown area. This can be climbed with care on the right side to reach a large final chamber with a boulder choke ahead. The choke can be penetrated for some way on the right side but there is no noticeable draught. On the left of the final chamber are two short passages which are extremely well decorated with brown and white stalactites and helictites.


Neighbouring passages: The Dancing Passage, Chocolate Coated
Dates of exploration: 2004.05.27
Passage length: 624.0
Number of survey legs: 80
Surveying teams: Duncan Collis (clino, compass), Erin Lynch (tape), Rob Garrett (notes)


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Neighbouring passages: Chocolate Coated
Dates of exploration: 2005.05.10
Passage length: 302.4
Number of survey legs: 21
Surveying teams: Becka Lawson (clino, compass), Duncan Collis (notes), Julian Todd (tape)


The Dancing Passage

Neighbouring passages: Honeyglazed
Dates of exploration: 2006.08.09
Passage length: 37.6
Number of survey legs: 17
Surveying teams: Duncan Collis (clino, compass, notes, tape)


A short down hill squeeze to a small flat space (4m across) a short passage leads to another space mainly filled with a bolder, up and straight on are too tight. The main passage continues, as a body size tube, with one awkward bend. A number of too tight rifts entering and leaving on the both sides of the passage. After 20m a floor trench (3m deep) comes in from the left and turns off to the right after a further 3m. This can be entered but is very tight [QMC] The main passage continues straight ahead, but is partially blocked by mud (dig). [QMC]