At the end of the entrance series a walking-size passage leads left to a choke; this can be bypassed via an oxbow. Due to a number of rescue callouts in which groups have failed to find the way out from Busmans Holiday via Ogof Cnwc, there is now a reflective sign at the junction in Prices Prophecy. Looking through ‘The Calcite Squeeze’ it did look quite small, however going through presented no real difficulty. The top section of the ladder is slightly overhanging and tends to give cavers a sense of vertigo. I was absolutely convinced that this would be a nice, easy, relaxed, hour Sunday trip. Your email address will not be published. It is one of the longest systems in the country over 26km and the entrance section is long, tight and strenuous, making the trip into the further parts of the cave a serious undertaking.
Please enter trip details either in the log book which can be found in an alcove just inside the Ogof Cnwc entrance or in the log book at Big Chamber nowhere near the Entrance. Exit is possible without a key. Preliminary Passage to White Passage We reached the ladders in good spirits and yomped up them. No tackle needs to be carried for the main routes, although some cavers may prefer to take a ladder for the Antler Passage climbs. Near to the far end of the enormous chamber we found the ‘Bonsai Streamway’ time to get wet feet again. Approximately half-way along the passage is interrupted by an inconvenient squeeze:
Take special care entrsnce Crystal Oxbow, where the crystals and calcite floor are especially vulnerable. This is an annoying crawl which leads to a climb down through a boulder choke into the start of Jigsaw Passage. Views Read Edit View history.
A glimpse of the entrance series of Daren Cilau
The entrance to the cave was discovered in by Vic Howells. For logistical reasons, there are two underground camps in the cave, known as Hard Rock Cafe and the Restaurant at the End of the Universe which are used on a regular basis. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. It was reminiscent of some for French caves, bigger than we expected after the entrance crawl even though we knew it was there.
Although the lines looked in good condition we didn’t use them in the end.
Finally we dropped down over the calcite-coated bolder slope and strode off down ‘Jigsaw Passage’ ; lots of delicate mud and the size was a welcome relief after being bent double in the entrance for weries long. Easy walking over boulders leads to the fixed Ladder which deserves a capital letter! A muddy lifeline rope and a tackle-hauling rope are in place at time of writing. Personal tools Create account Log in.
Skip to content Courtesy of Brendan The caver is now in very large passage. The way on is downwards through its lowest point to another climb down into Preliminary Passage.
Poor Dean was knackered and frozen seriex to death, and his PVC plastic over-suit was shredded in to a thousand pieces. Nevertheless, please do not smoke or use carbide, and do not cross tapes or cause any unnecessary damage or disturbance to the cave environment. Left leads to some minor pretties, and right leads to the old Main Chamber, but the route entranc the rest of the cave is around an inconspicuous boulder in the wall ahead.
There are chain ladders at various places on the main routes through the cave. Cowstails are strongly recommended. It is a minute walk along the escarpment from Whitewalls. Also, please take care not to disturb the permanent telephone wire in the entrance series. A trip into Ogof Daren Cilau had been on the cards for a long time.
Preliminary Passage to White Passage We reached the ladders in good spirits and yomped up them. Ogof y Daren Cilau Caver crawling into entrance. This is however the last notable obstacle for some time. From the top of the ladder the passage leads left to an exposed traverse rope in place.
This chamber is bigger than it first appears and contains a log book for recording trips. Although ‘The Vice’was a bit of a wriggle, it was much easier than we’d expected or been led to believe. At the end of the entrance series a walking-size passage leads left to a choke; this can be bypassed via an oxbow.
I was absolutely convinced that this would be a nice, easy, relaxed, hour Sunday trip.
Soon after we entered the calcite squeezes, which were slightly narrower and slightly more awkward, ddaren meant that we were almost through the entrance series. The first is quite amusing and dagen second two are absolutely stunning! Jigsaw Passage continues for a considerable distance along walking-size passage. The passage continues to the left and eventually a reddish stream enters from the right Red River Passage. Although the fixed aids on the main routes are inspected periodically their integrity is not guaranteed and you use them at your own risk!
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The passage carries on downstream, getting bigger and bigger until it reaches the impressive Time Machine, the largest cave passage so far discovered in Britain. Dqren do not use camp equipment or supplies without prior arrangement, as most of it is personal property. See Ogof Cnwc information above Note 2: Please respect the tapes.
We spent ages here taking photographs and video, but eventually decided that we had to press on and soon enough we were in Urchin Oxbow where many Urchin gypsum formations are located. Notify me of new posts by email. These are for guidance, and are for fit, experienced cavers and do not include any allowance for route finding. Valentine’s Chamber is the start of the large passages that dominate Daren’s central section.
We got out around 11pm; the water in the entrance had got very cold by then. Urchins in Urchin Oxbow More cool urchins! These two pitches are awkward particularly the lower one and the in-situ ropes are welcome. Entrancee was quite an amusing journey in a largish serles called Antler Passage that was filled periodically with boulders which required climbing through or over. Daren Cilau was cilak excellent cave.
Due to a number of rescue callouts in which groups have failed to find the way out from Busmans Holiday via Ogof Cnwc, there is now a reflective sign at the junction in Prices Prophecy. After m of wriggling and thrutching through the streamway the end is in sight; BoB and Otte emerge relieved. Once we found the hole in the wall we were off again.
Report any damage to Adrian Fawcett. We continued down the streamway stopping here dare there to admire the scenery. Day trips to the Restaurant and beyond are a very strenuous undertaking and cavers should not over-estimate their capabilities when considering such trips. After a freezing walk back to the car we were very glad to get changes into warm clothes after 12 hrs underground.