It has all been a bit quiet over the weeks of Christmas and the
New Year. Just before the holidays more of the chamber was excavated, exposing
the start of the angled section of shaft. As more muck was removed it became
apparent that the shaft was a bit unique in that it has a twin ore chute
arrangement with a possible manway between the two chutes, this was very
interesting. The level from the shaft to the portal was also cleared, giving a
clean run to the surface for barrowing, once the blind passage has been filled
up. More ladder sections were added to the shaft, making it much easier and
safer to get in to and out of.
The start to the Sunday morning was
slighly delayed as Student Pete got his Landy stuck on the fellside - some of
it was not as frozen solid as other parts. Karli ended up towing him out. Tit
for tat, on the spoil heap Karli got his Landy stuck in the snow, after some
digging, he reluctantly accepted Student Pete's tow out. I'm sure it would have
been simpler to walk to the entrance?
This weekend saw more mucking out
of the shaft chamber. Rock, sloppy mud, water and old timbers were constantly
hauled up to be emptied into waiting wheel barrows, which were then taken to be
dumped in the blind passage. Is it ever going to end?