Primož Jakopin, photo diary

Galacijevka Cave Canal, Day 6

18 February 2016, 9 pictures

Most pictures are approximately 683 x 1024 pixels in size. Numbers in front of the photo descriptions are serial numbers of the original images. Excursion participants who also contributed to the making of this report: Gregor Pintar - Stari, Jernej Petrovčič - Jerko, Janez Kanoni - Žan, Marjan Baričič, Metod Di Batista, Riko and Rok Grecs, Maksim Igor Košir - Ičo, Janez Ileršič - Ile, Marko Vogrič - Mare and Primož Jakopin - Klok.

Photo and copyright (c) Primož Jakopin 2016.


 
 
 

At the End of Vajzova cesta Forest Road


 


 
28879. Mare


 

 

In the Hall, 24 Meters Deep


 


 
28880. Two cave crickets, Troglophilus cavicola, female (left) and male, in foreplay


 

 


 
28881. Daddy longlegs (suha južina in Slovenian)


 

 


 
28882. End of the meander that had been dug this winter and today widened at this place, above the shaft


 

 


 
28883. Riko above the shaft


 

 


 
28884. Riko and Žan, returning from the shaft, on top of the ladders


 

 



A 5-minute movie showing the canal, dug through the meander above the shaft


 

 

At the Cave Entrance


 


 
28885. Marjan, on return from the cave


 

 


 
28886. Ičo and Ile made a nice fire nearby, here used to best advantage by Rok and Riko, who is just baking a Frankfurter on a long stick.


 

 


 
28887. Jerko, with all the gear he brought from the cave


 

 

Where Are the Shaft Pictures?

          The fate did not want it. The author's mission to document the shaft, for so long and so dearly anticipated continuation of the cave, ultimately failed and you, dear reader of these lines, will not see the pictures now. There are several reasons for this regrettable fact, more or less his fault. The author brought a well loaded transport bag down the Galacijevka entrance shaft, at the limit of his ability. It contained all the photo and illumination gear, plus the food for two warm meals, necessitated by his still not satisfactory health condition. So the climbing and descending gear stayed in the car, his cardinal error. It was known in advance that the aluminum folding ladders will be installed in the shaft and so this gear would not be compulsory. Yet it turned out that all but three members of the team were without it - Jerko, Metod and my humble self. The senior (by caving experience) colleague was given the honour to install the two wedge bolts, the future anchor for the rope and the ladders. The author was wise enough to be present during this installation but remarked that the ladders would not be mounted. The answer to his question why is that so was perfectly reasonable - most members of the team have descending gear, they will go first, they only need the rope and ladders would only complicate the descent. Ladders will be installed later. As the canal which leads to the shaft is too narrow for two people to meet, the author moved back to the hall, to stay out of the way. Žan was the first to abseil to the shaft bottom and when he shouted up that the continuation is a meander too narrow to pass, everybody rushed to join him. When the author got to the top of the shaft again he was there alone, and did not dare to go down the ladders without being secured with the rope. He waited the return of his buddies and ... again had to return to the hall not to be in the way of returning team. In the end he managed to get back again, Metod was on top, waiting for Stari who was climbing the ladders. The three had a brief conversation what to do now, should the author descend, who would stay on top of the shaft to secure him and if it makes sense. Photographer on exploration excursions is by default a nuisance, a necessary evil, and has to be careful to slow down the team as little as possible. So when the other two of the trio agreed that the shaft will stay unchanged and will be available for pictures on the next trip as well, the author, with bleeding heart, could not but bow his head and return, mission unaccomplished. His persistence would prolong the excursion for half an hour and the time is always in short supply.
           But there were benefits up the sleeve, too. The writer of these lines bought a pair of rubber boots the day before, the old ones were just too narrow, it was nearly impossible to take them off, at least without help. New boots were just perfect. And the other bonus? The question of how to get such future occasions right, at least in Galacijevka, is now also cleared. The mission should be performed in commando mode, as explained by his army corporal Dragoljub Nedić: Upadneš, središ i odeš. (Rush in, sort it out and off you go.). On your own, with minimal gear.




  Galacijevka Cave Canal, Day 5, February 13     Aquarelles by Jože Ciuha, February 26  

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