Trip date: 24/2/18
“Team Freem” had been wanting to film the furthest parts of Ogof Craig A Ffynnon for some time and last weekend had been a trip in the planning for several months. Unfortunately Andy had to drop out last minute so Antonia stepped up to the challenge of filming for two! No pressure then…
What made this trip extra special was that it was to be supported by new club members, Alan, Ollie and Sally, whilst veteran caver Tarquin provided route finding and what turned out to be rather excellent set of photos. I've pinched a few of his for this blog!
|The usual suspects… Sally, Alan, Antonia, Tarquin, Ollie and Duncan. The glorious sunshine belies the freezing temperatures, so was glad to get into the cave.|
We filmed our way going into the system stopping at key locations to capture the experience of caving and many of the splendid formations.
|Photo by Tarquin.|
After the second boulder choke we were overtaken by another group (Gwent CC) who were moving at a much faster pace.
|Photo by Tarquin. Filming the gour pools.|
|Photo by Tarquin. The Hall of the Mountain King as you have never seen it!|
At this point only Tarquin and Antonia had been beyond the impressive Hall of the mountain king chamber so for the rest of us it was new territory. An initial tight squeeze leads to an awkward crawl then into hands a knees crawl for approximately 250m.
|Photo by Tarquin. Alan passing through the Hurricane Highway Squeeze, a tight calcited bedding.|
|Photo by Tarquin, what is remarkable about this photo was that it was taken on his phone!|
|Photo by Tarquin.|
Whilst Antonia and Ollie were filming Tarquin offered to show the nearby Pagoda formation.
With everything filmed the crew turned round and headed out.
We eventually exited the cave just after 7pm into the brutal cold night. Needless to say no one was keen to hang around!
Tarquin has written his own blog which has a comprehensive set of photos, so well worth a visit.
Trip time: 8 hours
Click on the link below to see the film created by Andy and Antonia Freem.