Jan 11 30
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We spent the weekend getting to know members of Chelsea Spelaelogical Society (CSS) by staying at Whitewalls (their club cottage) in Llangattock. On Saturday we went underground with them into Ogof Craig a Ffynnon… indeed there is no better way to get to know people than in a chocolate heaven. I don’t remember Craig a Ffynnon being that muddy on my last visit, but this time it was dampish everywhere, which meant that every boulder choke/crawl left us chocolate-coated.

Our first destination was the Hall of the Mountain Kings, where we took a few pictures and waited for the rest of the party to catch up. This large cavern has a domed roof with magnificent formations. Unfortunately the formations were a little too far away for us to photograph with the couple of flashes that we carried in. So… you can enjoy the not-so-quite-impressive formations that were on the floor:

Small crystally pond

We then found the way on to Helictite Passage (behind me in the picture below) and continued.

The passage to Helictite Passage is behind me

Helictite Passage is a very narrow rift with delicate formations along one wall. Here are a few examples:

Aragonite?

Modelling a tribrow

On the way back from the passage, we found this specimen that we think is a helictite covered in chocolate (natural of course)!

A helictite naturally covered in {chocolate} mud!

We were slightly muddy when we emerged …

Richard with chocolate beard

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