The dig site showing the winch and 'Penwyllt Python'
The 1999 season had not been a very productive one,
partly due to repeatedly poor weather conditions on digging weekends
and partly due to a key member of the team defecting to the Antipodes
at frequent intervals.
Some downwards progress was made, following the same
line as before, and trending further towards the now massive hanging
death in the rift; all of this necessitating the installation of
another section of fixed ladder.
The first trip of the year was made on the weekend
of February 11th./12th., with a typical crew of Clark Friend, Chris
Grimmett, Graham Christian, Simon Amatt, Andy Amatt and Brian
Clipstone. Despite heavy rain over the preceding week, the water in
the bottom of the dig was considerably less than 1 metre in depth,
contrasting with previous quantities measured in 1998 at over 3 metres
deep. There is definitely a mechanism operating by which water drains
through the dig, although there are no obvious signs of how this is
It's odd how workmen always seem to be resting, rather than doing anything