Primož Jakopin, photo diary

Radošca / Radoshitza Cave, Day 25
Silver Jubilee

January 18, 2017, 24 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. Events participants who contributed to the making of these pictures: Janez Kanoni - Žan, Metod Di Batista, Gregor Pintar - Stari, Marjan Juvan - Manč, Marko Vogrič - Mare, Jurij Kunaver - Vili, Andrej Drevenšek - Vrtnar and Igor Maksim Košir - Ičo.

Pictures photo and copyright (c) Primož Jakopin - Klok 2017, except picture 33897 which was taken by Andrej Drevenšek.


Članska vas Village


33882. Žan took his tractor, it was a long and cold ride from Planina, and managed to clear the forest track of snow with his back shovel just enough that it was passable for those who ventured into the white realm.



33881. Žan and Ičo at the table, relaxing after a hard work with large firewood trunk cutting and chopping.



Cave Entrance


33883. Today's excursion was a trans-generation effort - kudos to Vili, who did his best and joined the team - Mare hauled the buckets (50 of them in all) of excavated material up the entrance shaft and Vili emptied them on the pile.



33884. Vili with a bucket



33885. Mare at his best: When the going gets tough, the tough get going!



Članska vas Village


33886. Vili's Frankfurter on the stove, waiting for the snow to melt and start to boil



33887. Andrej and Mare at the door



33888. Another sub-standard meal: cooked potatoes, Brussels sprouts and carrots, its water, spelt bread, apricot and pear jam



Cave Entrance


33889. Metod, returning from the cave - unavoidable obligations required his presence in the capital city at 5 o'clock p. m.



33890. Mare with another bucket, Andrej filled it with stones ...



33891. ... and off they go to the pile.



Lower Part of the Cave, to Ground Zero


33892. Andrej moving up the tunnel to the entrance shaft, answering a call of nature. His presence outside was very valuable because he hauled up another 15 buckets, pulled by Klok from the upper depot bottom.



33893. Manč, rolling up another rock, too heavy to lift and throw



33894. Gregor, returning from the cave bottom after today's shift was finished



33902. Excavation front, after Klok and Andrej removed another 3 buckets of materiel to make the access to the terminal space easier. The cave continues on the right side of the final kettle. It was already accessible last Wednesday, but only with the hand. Now ...



33897. Klok managed to squeeze his entire head in the junction, the white triangle above his headlight is the same as the grey crack upper center in the previous picture. He is supporting his head with both hands because it was difficult to hold it up in an awkward position for the time, required to take a proper picture of the continuation.



33899. View back from his position, up the access tunnel (with both buckets), empty ...



33896. ... and with Andrej



33903. Another view of the excavation front with the crowbar, available light



33898. View down the small tunnel at the right of the previous picture. It leads to a modest chamber, about the size of a man, 2 m away and 1 m down, too small to produce an echo. It looks like the top of a chimney, yet its bottom is not wide enough to swallow down the rocks, broken during the excavation.



33901. Another view of the upcoming chamber, flash. To get into it the rock upper right will have to be removed, plus the right side of the now final kettle (not shown in this picture). As the chamber is too small to serve as a depot, the space gained from 65 buckets hauled up today from both depots will be very valuable for future advancements.



33900. Closer view of the same scene.



Članska vas Village


33904. Andrej, listening to Žan's expert opinion about the overblown prices of used tractors, even those from old Yugoslavian times



33905. A rather shaken night view of the gazebo, half a second exposure from a lightly supported hand



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