Primož Jakopin, photo diary

Mardi Cave, Day 16
Shaft with Loose Rocks

8 May 2019, 26 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. The most visible event participants in the pictures and related persons: Marko Vogrič - Mare, Metod Di Batista, Marjan Juvan - Manč and Rok Brajkovič - Brajko. Balm-leaved archangel was identified by Luka Pintar.

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

44207. Brajko in the tunnel past the cave entrance, on the way out. Photographer's climbing gear, unnecessary this time, and a few more useful accessories (knee pads) are in the transport bag.



44209. Brajko on top of the plateau at the cave entrance, made of excavated stones



44208. A piece from the cave, broken during the excavation, with well visible calcite crystals



44210. Brajko is an admirer of special beers - here is a bottle of IPA from brewery in the native town of the most famous Slovenian soldier.



44212. Balm-leaved archangel, Lamium orvala, velecvetna mrtva kopriva in Slovenian, just above the cave entrance



44211. Brajko on his way to Članska vas



44213. Mare on top of the shaft, as seen from the first shelf



44214. One of the many small depots on the way down



44216. Manč, after prolonged tiresome digging, and Metod, happy with today's achievements. All the narrows to the currently final passage at -20 m have been widened to measure of a real man - a man who won the battle with anorexia decades ago.



44218. The LED floodlight, in the beginning firmly tied to the end of the rope ...



44217. ... after it was lifted back from the pit which leads to a muddy chamber at -25 m. Yet it is a dead end, the real continuation, with good draft, ...



44219. ... is below these rocks at -20 m.



44220. An accidental shot - cave vertigo



44221. Steep slope which leads to a side chimney.



44222. View up from the shaft, with Metod. Shaft is perfectly vertical, and all the debris, accidentally made loose during the climbing up, mud, stones and the like, lands directly on the caver below.



44223. Cauliflower-like calcite forms, heralds of strong draft, abound.



44224. Manč - two lens reflections and a headlight, on the way out



44225. Metod squeezed himself into a side niche ...



44226. ... so that the photographer could pass him on the way ...



44227. ... up the shaft.



44228. Nagini-head-shaped calcite baluster towards the top of the shaft



44229. View of the rope anchor on top of the shaft with Metod at the first shelf, 6 m lower



44230. View out from the cave entrance - all the beauty of a spring day in full swing



44233. Cave camera, moderately muddy but still in perfect working condition



44231. Selfie on a forest trail south of the cave. The belly looks rather stuffed and it is: between the caving suit and the vest there are two spare headlights and a 10 W accu LED floodlight. A small tripod from the same storage was used for the picture.



44232. Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe: organic goat yogurt, bread, plum jam, apple compote with grapes



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