Primož Jakopin, photo diary

Radošca / Radoshitza Cave, Day 29
The Hole Below the Sphinx

February 22, 2017, 20 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 contributed to the making of these pictures: Janez Kanoni - Žan, Metod Di Batista, Gregor Pintar - Stari, Marjan Juvan - Manč, Rok Brajkovič - Brajko, Marko Vogrič - Mare, Janez Ileršič - Ile, Igor Maksim Košir - Ičo, Jurij Trenz and Jožek Košir - Cox.

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


Članska vas Village


34279. Brajko on his way to Radošca workplace. He acquired a new overall, a general purpose one (costed 14 euros hex) to begin with.



Skednena jama Cave


34280. Cox is taking measurements of Topli rov / Warm Tunnel entrance, at the bend just south of the cave's northern entrance, with his thermal imaging camera (purchased for FA0 euros hex).



34285. The entrance of Topli rov, as seen if side illuminated by infra-red triggered flash ...



34284. ... and on the camera screen. The surrounding walls had the temperature of 2.5 degrees C.



34286. Another hot spot was discovered about 15 m to the south of Topli rov entrance, along the same (eastern) wall, about 5 m above the cave floor. It really looks like an entrance to another, half lower tunnel (in the bunny-shaped shadow).



34281. The ice pillar in the northern cave entrance is now almost gone - an available light shot, inside out ...



34282. ... and a front flash fill-in photo.



34283. Cox at the ice pillar, view from the outside



Vranja jama Cave


34287. Cox with his camera in the collapse of the entrance hall ...



34288. ... and up close



34289. The last two icicles on the entrance hall ceiling, down under



Članska vas Village


34290. Today's menu was pan fried chicken, prepared by Žan. The first batch, fried for the surface team, disappeared in a jiffy and a second one was called for. But even now the author had to be very quick to stash away the four pieces and make this photo,



34291. while the demand for this stew with Hokkaido pumpkin was next to negligible.



34292. Metod returned from the cave a bit earlier, other duties required his presence elsewhere early in the evening.



34293. Mare at the table



34296. Manč with a rope from the Radošca entrance shaft. His tiny build was a great asset at the excavation site today as the space was very sparse. Only he was able to remove the rocks from the final little chamber depicted in the following pictures.



Lowest Part of the Cave, Ground Zero


34297. The access to the final chamber and its continuation half a meter after the headlight in the picture (to the bottom and left) as seen from the bend at the end of the main Radošca tunnel.



34303. The author managed to take this view of the hole which leads down, to the left of the chamber bottom, holding the camera and releasing the shutter from the extended right hand. Illumination came from the small headlight on the floor. From the hole a most convincing air current was coming.



34301 - 34302. To take this panoramic picture of the continuation, illuminated from below, the tiny light on a headband was lowered into the hole using the crowbar. It was very tricky to pull the light back again ...



Članska vas Village


34306. Žan is paying attention to Gregor (hand at the right) who listed the ingredients of the vegetable stew one by one.



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