Wales 6th and 7th April 2003
Report and photos by Jan
Jan, Shed, Pete and Helen
A small IC group joined the Westminster AGM in South Wales for eating, drinking and silly dancing (and counting roundabouts).
Saturday - Ogof yr Ardd
(Cave of Arse) - Swansea Valley
Andy Sewell mentioned a little known cave which was supposed to be good, so we headed off to check it out,
despite a conflicting account that some Oxford cavers had given it one look and decided it was too shonky. But we were unperturbed, well possibly a little, as Hilary had been one of the cavers.
The highlight of OyA is a 30ft ladder pitch into a fluted chamber with a waterfall coming in from the other side. Other 'highlights' were the chockstone it was rigged off and in the entrance crawl the most precarious boulder propped up by a small pebble.
At the bottom of the fluted chamber a rift continues for 750m to a sump we followed it until things got squalid (including the aroma). Pete continued a bit and said it opened out into a nice stream passage.
When we got out the sun was shining, which was a bit of a shock. So we grabbed beers from the car and enjoyed the warm sun. Perfect.
Medieval Banquet - Craig y Nos Castle
After caving we pitched up at the castle for the AGM, the place was a bizarre mix of grandeur and decay (and scooby doo).
Digging in Hepste Valley/18th Hole
After breakfast we headed back to the cottage to find Toby, he said he was going blow some rock up at the 18th Hole.