Primož Jakopin, photo diary

Radošca / Radoshitza Cave, Day 45
Breaking Rock Again

June 14, 2017, 28 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 and other persons who contributed to the making of these pictures, one way or the other: Janez Kanoni - Žan, Metod Di Batista, Gregor Pintar - Stari, Marjan Baričič, Rok Brajkovič - Brajko, Jure Trenz, Janez Ileršič - Ile and Primož Krivic - too many nicknames to tell them all.

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


Članska vas Village


35799. 18 m stainless wire rope (around 10 mm in diameter) the excavation team de-installed from the Primož Krivic trail (via ferrata) in Najdena jama cave, after a warning by one of the senior DZRJL members that the wire rope could be dangerous - because of a damage he noticed - one wire in the rope was broken. In the picture it is seen lower left - damage upper left was inflicted by Marjan here in Članska vas - to check how much abuse the wire could stand before it would really break (a lot). The company in Vipava valley, the supplier of via ferrata wire ropes for the Planinska zveza Slovenije / Alpine Association of Slovenia (PZS), was contacted for a replacement but they are out of stock. Recently they had a large order from PZS, 1 km of wire rope for mountain trails which was already delivered. To order just 18 meters makes no sense, the company will wait till they receive more orders. So the time Primož Krivic trail in the cave gets a new wire rope is hard to predict, it certainly will not be in the near future. The trail operated only two years, since the spring 2015, and brought renewed attention to Najdena jama cave - currently there are two teams working on its possible continuation, on Radošca site and in Kobilnica cave.



35801. Cross section of the wire rope shows that there are 12 wires in the outer coat and 6 wires in the inner core - 18 wires in all.



35802. Marjan departed earlier as there were two lectures in the evening he also had to attend. And what he is holding in his hand? ...



35803. ... Blooms of perforate St John's-wort, Hypericum perforatum, šentjanževka in Slovenian, which he harvested today. Soaked in olive oil they make an excellent treatment for burns.



35804. Brajko also returned from the cave.



35805. Žan's snack: Frankfurters with mustard and bread ...



35806. ... here seen in wider perspective, which shows some more ...



35834. ... of the new tablecloth (140 x 250 cm, na točkice ...) which Jure donated to Članska vas.



35808. Another snack: buckwheat bread, yogurt, garlic (by Jure), apple and carrots jam, apple compote



35818. Žan installed a new window in the southern wall - here it is seen inside out ...



35814. ... and here from the outside, with Ile and Žan (plus a small bottle of Jack Daniels barbecue sauce). The window is kept in horizontal position by a rope which runs inside ...



35812, 35813. ... at first horizontally, over two hooks ...



35811. ... and from there vertically, down ...



35810. ... and further down ...



35809. ... to the bar, where its ending loop is fixed on a screw.



35817. Brajko and Jure at the barbecue, baking ...



35816. ... chicken ražnjići (Brajko) and meat-and-vegetables filled tortillas (Jure).



Cave Entrance


35819. Metod and Gregor (on top of the entrance shaft) were the last to return from the excavation site.



To the Lowest Part of the Cave, to Ground Zero


35821. A young snail at the bottom of the entrance shaft on his way back up



35822. Upper depot could still take a few buckets of rocks.



35823. View up from the continuation tunnel - light source is at the bottom of the entrance shaft.



35824, 35825. Composite view from the beginning of the new part of Radoshitza cave (where work started a year ago (Radošca 1, June 21, 2016). In front rocks from the lower depot are seen, and the 2 m jump (the largest chamber in Radošca so far) above it.



35828. View from the lower tunnel to the lower depot



35829. End of the tunnel, with a pile of freshly broken rocks - in available light ...



35830. ... and illuminated by on-camera flash



35831. Less than an hour later, during which the photographer, packed in the tight space, was throwing stones, fistful by fistful, 2 to 4 meters upwards in the incoming tunnel, the end was cleared ...



35832. ... and a small continuation can be seen middle left.



Članska vas Village


35833. Late afternoon sky above the young beech treetops



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