A quick not so early trip to rig the left-hand route of Rhino Rift for expedition training this afternoon. Had a quick look at the dig which had opened up slightly due to recent heavy rain. Pushed down the muddy tube and touched the stalactite ahead. Passage continues but tight. Needs digging. I also put a bolt in the top of the 5th pitch so as a ladder can be easily clipped on. On exiting I carried my oversuit in a bag because of the state of it.
Caving: Rhino Rift (14-Jul-01)
Martin Groves, Joel Corrigan, Bea Goford, Rich Bayfield, Chris Morgan, Crispin Lloyd, Paul M, Helen Stalker, Pete Whitaker
720:30 cumulative hours
After a welcoming pub lunch we headed back underground to help train SRT university numptys in preparation for Austria. Upon arrival they were still on the 1st pitch with progress being very slow. Both right and left hand routes were rigged to try and speed things up a bit. Eventually the bottom of the third pitch was gained. From here it was a very slow prussik out and very cold as I was not wearing an oversuit. More training for quite a lot of people is needed before Austria.
Caving: Rhino Rift (15-Jul-01)
Martin Groves, Joel Corrigan, Bea Goford, Rich Bayfield, Chris Morgan, Crispin Lloyd, Paul M, Helen Stalker, Pete Whitaker, Mike Alderton, Kevin Tomlinson, Nick Gymer
726:00 cumulative hours
Turned up at Rhino on mass. Eventually after the slow nature of everyone trying to use the ropes we got down to the dig site. A few people had already started hauling spoil out by the time I managed to get down there. They then exited and I carried on digging operations with Rich Bayfield and Chris Morgan. A few boulders were cleared out and the floor generally lowered. Digging is now extremely unpleasant due to the fact you are in a body sized tube ? full of liquid mud. When the decision was made to exit I pushed down the tube feet first and got a little bit further than yesterday but again the way on being partially blocked by this stal. By the time I got to the bottom of third pitch everyone had started on there way out so I took my oversuit off (to try and keep the ropes clean) and followed on behind while derigging. The exit was slow as there were lots of people and I exited extremely cold in a sodden wet fleece.