Primož Jakopin, photo diary

Radošca / Radoshitza Cave, Day 10
Small Chamber in Sight

September 1, 2016, 26 pictures

Most images are approximately 683 x 1024 pixels in size, numbers in front of picture descriptions are serial numbers of the original photo files. Event participants who all contributed to the making of these pictures: Janez Kanoni - Žan, Metod Di Batista, Marjan Baričič, Gregor Pintar - Stari, Janez Modrijan - Modrc, Janez Ileršič - Ile and Rok Brajkovič - Brajko.

All pictures photo and copyright (c) Primož Jakopin - Klok 2016.


Najdena jama Cave Forest Venue


31929. Modrc is cleaning the bramble which started to creep in from all sides.



31930. Snack: maize bread, curd, garlic, aronia juice



31931. The party divided into two groups. One, of Metod and Manč in the picture, was to finish the exploration of the chimney above the Art's syphon in Najdena jama cave and collect the equipment left there during previous excursions. The ropes and ladders, if left in place, would be damaged or destroyed by the upcoming high autumn waters.



31938. Good five hours later, the chimney had no horizontal continuation, Metod and Manč returned in cave fatigues of slightly different colour and texture.



31939. The ropes and aluminum roll ladders, muddy as much as it gets.



31933. Ile in front of the Članska vas gazeebo, our exploration base



Cave Entrance


31932. As all the depots in the cave were full, the material left at Ground zero had to be hauled up 12 m high (and some 10 meters far in horizontal projection). In the picture: Žan hauling up the bucket which kept jamming all the way up through the narrow shaft.



31934. Ile (and Klok, not shown) managed to complete the job, 74 buckets in all.



31935. Modrc on exit from the cave. At 13.30 Ground zero was cleared, further digging could resume.



31936. Ile and Modrc at the entrance



Najdena jama Cave Forest Venue


31937. Lunch: beef soup with grated spelt noodles, cooked potatos and broccoli



31940. A senior member of the team switched from his Subaru Legacy boxer diesel which proved to have a particularly unrewarding maintenance issues to this BMW X1 all-wheel drive diesel. Mint-condition car, year 2010, 150.000 km, 15.000 euros.



31941. Brajko and the computer-addict babe



Ground Zero


31943. Gregor grabbed an empty bucket, just given to him by the author, to pass him down to Marjan at the excavation front.



31944. Gregor pushed upwards another bucket.



31945. Marjan is breaking the rocks off the side walls with a crowbar ...



31947. ... passing the bucket to the author who changed places with Gregor ...



31948. ... who emptied it in the only chamber with standing height. It now serves as a temporary depot.



31949. Marjan at the excavation front. The continuation is the narrow opening at the left of his feet.



31950. Here, in a close view, it reveals a small chamber a few feet below.



31952. Crawling and pushing forward, together with some kicking is all required to get into the narrow passage which leads to the upper depot at the bottom of the entrance shaft.



Cave Entrance


31953. Marjan, on a pile of excavated rocks, from 2009 and those hauled up today, and Gregor



31954. The pile



31955. Cyclamen, Cyclamen purpurascens, a lovely forest friend



31956. Late summer view across Radošca collapse valley, against the sun



Najdena jama Cave Forest Venue


31957. Snacktime at the table: Brajko, Ile, Modrc, Žan, Metod and Manč, who is just showing his vision of anticipated cave continuation.



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