Primož Jakopin, photo diary

Radošca / Radoshitza Cave, Day 38
Vertical Step, a Game Changer?

May 3, 2017, 34 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, one way or the other: Janez Kanoni - Žan, Metod Di Batista, Marjan Baričič, Marjan Juvan - Manč, Janez Modrijan - Modrc, Rok Brajkovič - Brajko, Janez Ileršič - Ile, Marko Vogrič - Mare, Jure Trenz and Matej Blatnik.

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


Članska vas Village


35317. Žan has just installed a new waymark (of his own making) for the Aleja veteranov, tree avenue to be, from Članska vas to Najdena jama cave entrance



35320. A chat in the yard of the gazebo - Jure, Mare, Ile, Modrc and Žan



35319. When the going gets tough ... Ile, Mare and Jure



To Skednena jama Cave and Back


35321. The nature briefly halted after the April 21 morning frost but now the leaves are opening in full splendor of the brightest and finest green.



35322. Eagle fern, Pteridium aquilinum, the fractal plant, on the way from buds to leaves



35323. View down the trail to the cave



35325. Southern entrance, view out



35326. All the shades of light grey - the interior of the entrance tunnel, view out



35327. Northern entrance daylight on the bend in the main tunnel, view out



35329. Entrance hall before the northern entrance ...



35331. ... which was bathing in full spring sunlight.



35332. A grove of asarabacca, Asarum europaeum (kopitnik in Slovenian)



35333. Forest track from the northern cave entrance to the southern one, in the fresh beech tree greenery



Članska vas Village


35336. Brajko with his newly acquired camera. He lost his old one at the airport but the depicted replacement was only a phone call and a figure in euros, equal the number of seats in the Hellenic parliament, away.



Cave Entrance


35337. Mare and Ile, the vertical transport team



35338. Bucket Nr. 77 (out of 78 in all) on top of the entrance shaft



35339. Mare and Ile in action ...



35340. ... and returning to Članska vas after the haul-up mission was completed.



35341. Manč at the entrance, returning from cave duty ...



35342. ... folllowed by Modrc, whose dedication, professional knowledge and resources keep the bottom operation going.



35343. View over Radošca collapse, through the green canopy, against the sun



Članska vas Village


35344. The lunch is ready: cooked potatoes, apples and kiwi, its water, baked upper parts of chicken legs, garlic, Cornelian cherry (drnulje in Slovenian) jam from Abkhazia, bread by Ile, ...



35345. ... who treated himself to a different fare: a sizeable sausage and mustard ...



35346. ... shown here in a wider setting.



35347. The cave work is over for today and Marjan brought back the (only seemingly lighweight) power supply.



35348. Metod, tired but satisfied after another successful day



35349. Matej came over to see the party and here he is instructing the team how to position the vertical beams in perfect balance.



35350. The eastern half of the hunting stand (for use by Laze and Jakovica armed forces) framework is now in place.



35351. Matej



Lowest Part of the Cave, Ground Zero


35355. Wider view of the end of the tunnel after the photographer cleared a few buckets of rocks which Marjan excavated at the end of work, illuminated from the top center. Looks like a dead end.



35356. Moving the light source to the right reveals a crack in the center, about 2.5 m from the camera standpoint.



35352. Moving halfway closer shows a continuation in form of a very slim meander, less than a meter high, which widens considerably at the bottom.



35353. Digging of the crack below the triangular opening (and not above) shown here would indeed require a vertical step but could change the shape of advancement for the better.



Članska vas Village


35357. Sunset above Aleja veteranov



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