With Roz and Alex
This evenings plan was to attempt the climb up to the small space through jammed boulders observed from the bottom of the rift in An Unexpected Development. I packed some clean shoes so that mud wouldn’t be transferred onto the calcite flowstone when climbing over it. Arrived at the rift, rigged the climb down with ladders and descended. At the bottom removed oversuit and boots, clean shoes on, climbed across the base of the rift and upwards. Took care to avoid some jammed boulder-size lumps of calcite and any cracked calcite. There are plenty of sound hand/foot-holds. Got to the slot, a bit more restricted than it appears, probably just about passable but for the precariously wedged boulder-sized lumps of shattered speleothem that need to be squeezed through, there are plenty of them. Discretion being the better part of valour, I retreated. Unfortunately, from the position I reached I couldn’t see the full extent of that section of the rift. Alex, then had a go but was unable to see any more than I could.
Next move will be to look at traversing across the rift from the jammed boulder halfway down. We changed back into caving kit, climbed the rift, de-rigged and exited the cave.