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Cueva del Nacimiento

First big day trip into Nacimiento. Tentative plan was to get to the upstream sump so Martin could scope it out. Early start at 8 and down to the cave for around 9ish. Various combinations of bags between us, with Martin carrying in some more oxygen cylinders. Water levels normal and fairly quick progress was…
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Satan’s diving bottle

So when I talked in the last post about the diving bottle filled with the heavist gas known to man, I lied, today’s diving bottle was filled with an even heavier gas… Plan today was for madPhil and Dave to take a bag of rope and rig all the down pitches to Consort Hall, the…
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T69

T69 A part rest day prior to a big equipment carry tomorrow. A short trip to my favourite named cave, T69. Still unfinished after the last couple of years, we keep coming back to 69 as a possible quick route into the back end of Nacimiento. The current limit is a false floor of mud…
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Second dates.

The first date is always filled with trepidation, you are both nervous, not sure what to say or do, bound to say something stupid. Is it going to work, do either of you want to be here? Sometimes you will look at each other with confusion and embarrassment. There are some awkward silences. The end…
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Travelling

Sunday 22nd Derek arrived the night before and we packed the car to the roof, ready for an early start. Looked like plenty of space for more equipment. Left at 10 on the Sunday for a straightforward drive down, picking up Mark Sefton outside the Premier inn, Dover. Having never met Mark before I took…
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Hypothetically…

This is a word I use far too often. In the past few weeks I must have mentioned it at least 10 times a day at work. Generally used by me to avoid telling what I really think about a question I’ve been asked. So I’m vowing to stop use it. Saying that it’s probably…
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Previously..

So what has been happening between the last years trip and the imminent new one?  The 2011 trip ended on a relative high, despite not being able to get a chance to scale the climbs at the limit of exploration, Cueva del Nacimiento had been rigged to the limit of exploration, a lot harder job than was…
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A little bit of historical context

 I guess the obvious question is why did LUSS and now the SWCC spend most of their summer, grovelling around in the cold and damp caves of the Picos, covered in mud and grit, tired hungry and generally miserable? I’m not going to go into the usual arguments around, exploration, adventure, ‘because it’s there’ etc. but the following post…
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Update from the field (from archive July 21, 2012)

Update from the field Posted on July 21, 2012 by admin Cueva del Marniosa 3 members (Phil R, Laurence and David) have been out in Tresviso for the previous week, doing some work in Cueva del Marniosa.  Marniosa is situated a bit further up the valley from Cueva del Nacimiento and is probably a filter system into Nacimiento.  The…
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best laid plans and all that…. (from archive 4th July 2012)

As per normal, the grand plans of keeping a riveting account of the build up to the next Tresviso expedition have fallen by the wayside and it’s now only 3 weeks until the expedition starts properly and I’ve only just set up this newest feed. If I hadn’t accidently deleted last years blog I would…
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