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April 26, 2010 at 1:05 AM in reply to: Latest Official Calendar of Planned VSA Caving Events #1398
[quote:d2fzrc8n]1st May 2010
What: Jones Ridge Cave (DD-4), Drik Drik
A cave diver will investigate the sump that lies 2km into the cave. Some experienced cavers are required to assist with porterage of gear. Limited numbers. Contact Glenn Baddeley 9808 7248 or Peter Freeman 9886 3615 for details. [/quote:d2fzrc8n]
This trip was brought forward to 17th April, so it has already happened. There is a short report in the Drik Drik trips thread. Glenn.
The dive trip went ahead on Sat 17th April, with Glenn B, Peter F, Chalky T and Agnes M. There is now about 70m of dive line laid in the sump at the end of DD-4. It terminates in a ~2m wide dome with some air space. The way on is a tight hole under water that is mostly filled with sediment. Our hope of breaking into dry passage reachable by roof sniffing has been dashed!
The trip went ahead as planned with 7 people participating in the surface trogging and caving. We crossed the GP-16 sea channel using a short wooden ladder and visited GP-13 through to GP-25, although some of the caves are unenterable due to sea water surging in and out. We also visited GP-8 and GP-72 on the west side of the cape. There were no bats in GP-23. More will appear in Nargun !
Here’s the announcement published in the March newsletter:
"Saturday 27th March 2010
Day trip to Cape Schanck sea caves
Contact Glenn Baddeley, 03 9808 7248, firstname.lastname@example.org
Weather permitting, the intention is to visit all of the known horizontal sea caves near the cape. There will be two parties. One will take the boardwalk to the cape and veer off to visit GP-8 Angel Cave on one side and GP-12 on the other. The second party will descend the cliffs on the east side of the cape via a very steep bush bash down to the rock platform at low tide (1PM), to attempt to visit a sequence of 11 short sea caves. This includes GP-23 Barragunda Cave, where we will observe any bat presence. The caves are in basalt, but most of them have speleothems due to the overlying limestone."
I have just a few takers at this stage, but there is room for plenty more.
Paul, are you still looking for a slide projector? I have a few old ones that I rescused from God knows where, but I will probably never use.
Mini video projectors can be had for just a few $100, but they only work in darkened rooms. The dining room is pretty dark with the lights off, I guess.
The main trip will be Sat 27 Mar 2010, prog organiser will be advised soon so it will appear in the Mar VSA newsletter. Low tide is at 12:57.
There are 4 possible days for the 2nd preparation trip:
Sat 27 Feb, low tide at 14:29
Sat 6 Mar, 9:09
Sun 7 Mar, 9:50
Mon 13 Mar (public holiday), 14:40
Let me know what date you would prefer.
The main task is to find the two old routes down to the shore platform from the point reached on the 1st prep trip. The first route is a steep but straight forward scramble down to gain access to GP-13 to 16. It might be possible to cross the 2m wide water channel at GP-16 to gain access to GP-17 to 25.
If the water in the GP-16 channel is too deep (above knee height) we will find the second route, which involves anchoring a 20m rope and doing a straight forward handline assisted scramble down to the shore platform on the other side of the GP-16 channel.
Anyone else interested? We might visit a couple of caves, but not all of them. That treat will be left for the main trip!
There’s been no response, so I won’t continue the recon on Feb 13-14.
Victoria has a Scout caving group that is an associate of ASF, called "Victorian Scout Caving Team". The team is an "affliate" of VSA some some teams are also long-time members of VSA who have held official positions in VSA. The caving world is fairly small !
Glenn (VSCT, VSA)
Lot 1 sold for $5 to Peter F. Lot 2 and 3 sold for $6 each to Daryl C.
Forum bids are now closed. In-person bids will reopen at the VSA General Meeting tonight.
Roger T sent me a bunch of Cave Reports for tagging done on the last trip. Is Roger going again?
No offers? Starting bid is now $5 per lot.
Peter, I basically agree with your post. Some people have their own specialist skills and hobby horses (eg PD, BK, GP) and I applaud the enormous work they have done to meet their own needs. We need to evaluate what’s around and work out the best solution we can achieve for Victoria. I can feel a VSA documenation team meeting coming on! Let’s talk at the next VSA GM.
Apathy, opposition, passion – they are all emotions shared by cavers of differing opinions. My impression from attending the 2 workshops run by Peter Dykes and Graham Pilkington (Peter F wasn’t there) was that the KID will remain indefinitely and will be updated by each state as they see fit. The data may be entered directly or imported from other databases (such as KIDSA). This way the states can update their own customised databases for their requirements, but there will still be a national database of publicly available information similar to what is in the Karst Index 1985 book. ie. No precise location info. I hope this makes you feel better, Peter.
Glenn, VSA Records Keeper
The VSA Records is also an over-flow area for the library and the committee records. If you donate any printed material to VSA, check with Peter at the Library first. If VSA already has a (better) copy, the donated materials will either be moved to the Records archive, or put up for auction to members at the VSA AGM. Many (partial) sets of Nargun have been redistributed to members in this way.