BABYSITTERS DIG - 2005
by Chris Grimmett
Easter - water, water, everywhere .....
The cows mistake digging buckets for
Rebuilding the fallen
spoil heap wall section
Ladder 4 in situ with Ladder 5 on its right
Activity at the dig for 2005 recommenced over the Easter period. Progress was limited
by the unavailability of some of the usual diggers, a few setbacks and a lot of water.
Having fought their way past a herd of Welsh Blacks, the reduced team of three was forced to pump a very
large volume of water which had accumulated in the base of the dig over winter. There were a number of
stoppages to repair leaks in the pipework, but a new and improved hose increased the pumping rate to around
2.5 cubic metres per hour, not bad up a head of over 20 metres.
The pumping delay enabled the rebuilding of one corner of the main spoil heap where the outer wall had
Digging finally got under way and by late on the Sunday, a reasonable quantity of rather wet spoil had been
removed. On the Monday, three more diggers turned up and simultaneously, the winch broke down.
The fault was traced to a badly carboned up spark plug and an hour was lost while a replacement was sourced
from Penwyllt by runner.
During the delay, the 1st. fixed ladder in the dig was resited to give a more acceptable angle of climbing,
i.e. not overhanging. The temporary 4th. ladder was replaced by a fixed 4th. ladder of 8ft., releasing
the 16ft. ladder as a temporary one down to the digging point.
Some more shoring was inserted at the
digging point and more depth was achieved, increasing the previous depth of 20 metres by an amount unknown
as the measuring tape had gone missing.
The loneliness of the long
A wet and sticky digging session
Ladder 1 in its new situation