Primož Jakopin, photo diary

Radošca / Radoshitza Cave, Day 26
Icicles in White and Black

January 25, 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 Baričič, Andrej Drevenšek - Vrtnar, Igor Maksim Košir - Ičo, Janez Ileršič - Ile, Matej Blatnik and Marko Vogrič - Mare, who made the Skednena jama cave visit a success. The author's fingers could only handle sub-zero windy conditions for a minute the first time and less for every further instance, but with Mare the picture taking proceeded so swiftly and efficiently that we managed to clock 7 pictures.

Pictures photo and copyright (c) Primož Jakopin - Klok 2017.


Skednena jama Cave


33982. Mare in the southern entrance of the cave, view in



33983. Ice curtain in the northern entrance, Mare illuminated it from behind.



33993. Ceiling ice stalactites and the curtain, view out



33986. Mare at the 5 m tall ice stalactite in the tunnel bend in front of the northern entrance, closer view and ...



33989. ... a wider view



33994. Mare at the ice stalagmites, like dwarfs, in the main tunnel



33995. Stalactites from a chimney, view south ...



33997. ... and view north



Članska vas Village


33999. Andrej, departing to the cave worksite, and Mare who just returned from Skendnena jama cave



34000. Work tools for wood and rock



34001. Another acquisition in the Članska vas kitchen - Žan brought this stainless sink with a power-driven pump. You turn on the switch (upper left, below the paper roll) and the water starts flowing from the container under the sink to the tap. Real luxury.



34002. Ile, Mare and Žan at the table, Ičo is taking a picture.



34003. Business as usual on the plate, with an addition of meat from Žan's goulash



Lower Part of the Cave, to Ground Zero


34005. Marjan with a stone



34006. Metod, moving up from the bottom



34007. Gregor with a bucket



34009. End of the tunnel, available light ...



34008. ... and on-camera flash. Its right side is now much widened, ...



34010. ... and the continuation to the chamber, here illuminated by a tiny headlight ...



34012. ... and now with flash, is within reach of one hand. The access to the slope seems wide in the picture, but actually it is just a bit over 20 cm, enough for a hand, too little for the shoulder, even sidewise. And the slope was filled with stones, fallen there during the excavation. So the author spent an hour removing those stones, one by one, close stones by hand, more distant ones by driving them up the slope slowly by the crowbar. In the end he could reach the chisel at the other side of the chamber, it also fell down during previous excavations and touch it with the crowbar. But the destiny had it that the crowbar's claw did not reach the far side of the chisel but the closer one. So, instead of grabbing it he pushed the chisel some 2 cm further away, out of reach. Anyhow, the air current comes from two holes in the chamber bottom - one below the chisel, about a chisel's length down, and another about two chisel's lengths below.



Cave Entrance


34013. Cave entrance with frozen vapour from the cave, upper right



34014. Frost off the lifting humid air, up close



Članska vas Village


34015. Matej, member of the DZRJL high mountain deep caving team, dropped by. His coming was also due to his notebook's unusual failure which started to show today - it only replenished its battery if turned off - and so Matej had some unexpected free, off-computer hours.



34017 - 34019. Panoramic view of the relaxed after-work time in the room, filled with warmth from the stove and candid light from the car battery powered light (12 V converted to 220 V) suspended from the ceiling; Metod, Gregor, Žan, Mare, Andrej and Marjan. Some were vividly engaged in a discussion on how to solve the problems ahead with experience from the past achievements, some were just paying attention, and some simply enjoyed the cosy tranquil moments.



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