Primož Jakopin, photo diary

Claluklo Cave
A New Caving Site Above Volče, Below the Vremščica Mountain

February 20, 2019, 19 pictures

          Most images are approximately 768 x 1024 pixels in size, numbers in front of the picture descriptions are serial numbers of the original photo files. Name of the cave is symbolic, given by the photographer, in absence of the official, yet to be determined, cave name. Names of the event participants depicted in the pictures and related persons: Claudio Bratos, Ludvik Husu, Matej Rutar and Primož Jakopin - Klok.

          Pictures photo and copyright (c) Primož Jakopin - Klok 2019.

43279. Lunch at the roadside, Volče: beef soup with hemp noodles (halfway consumed already), bread, beetroot, plum jam and apple compote with red grapes (not shown)



43280. The party of three arrived in two cars, the Dokker from the southwest, the Punto from the northeast.



43281. In the beginning it was only a blowhole, melted patch in the snow, spotted in the winter by Matej, who showed it to Claudio. The entire slope below the place had several more blowholes, but this one was the largest. The hammer/pick was hand made by Clauido, including the handle - it is of cornelian cherry dogwood, Cornus mas, dren in Slovenian.



43282. About half an hour later a stone drywall started to form below the entrance-to-be.



43283. Ludvik



43284. Claudio is shaking a loosened rock, to get it out of its "nest"



43285. Claudio's tools: pick/hammer, a chisel and a small sledge hammer



43286. Claudio



43287. Ludvik in action



43288. The excavation site above a forest track



43289. Claudio is moving out a rock ...



43290. ... and another one.



43291. A stone's throw to the west these three large rocks have front faces covered with a thin layer of cave calcite deposit; Ludvik.



43292. Claudio in his new caving suit - a friend who made it explained that he had no lighter colour material at hand (the same problem faced the photographer, today for the first time in his new caving suit of even worse (black) colour) - is pulling another rock from the entrance.



43293. The entrance was wide enough for a slim caver to descend into a small chamber about 3 m below the surface. The photographer, being the most skinny of the trio, attached to his 5 m belt for attaching cargo to car top, was lowered down into the dark. Claudio intentionally did not bring a rope - it could mean bad luck. If you start digging with a rope in your backpack it means that you are confident that the cave will be opened that day, so it certainly will not be. If you come without the rope, the chances are better. In the picture - Claudio is lowering down his 4000 lumen pocket light (a boutique piece of equipment, the price is ten times higher than larger, heavier and weaker supermarket alternatives) so that the photographer could illuminate the scene better, Ludvik is behind him.



43294. Continuation is hidden below the left wall - cauliflower-like deposits attest the presence of strong draft.



43295. The team (and its host) above the drywall: Klok, Matej, Ludvik and Claudio



43296. The blowhole has become a cave entrance



43297. View west over the Vremščica slope, just after the sunset



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