Picos '85 Summary
The exploration of Pozo de Cuetalbo (M2) by York and SEII continued, increasing in depth from 250 m to 650 m, with a large un-descended pitch.
SEG did a lot of work in I-area, systematically locating many new caves: the most notable being Sima de Forcadoņa (I41) (-267 m) and I45 (-130 m).
York found two new significant caves: I34, which unfortunately doesn't end at -225 m; and M15, at an estimated depth of -200 m..
SEII's new cave, Pozu la Llerona (b10), currently reaches -300 m, and is an extremely pleasant pot with easy traversing and pleasing pitches
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The first week out on expedition saw Pozo de Cuetalbo (M2) rigged to its previous limit of 250 m. The first new pitch was 50 m, to a platform called the Motorway Services. This was to prove a useful kitchen on later trips. This degenerated into the long, tight and slippery Play the White Man before entering a pleasant, if rather wet in places, pitch-ramp series ending in the Chamber of Horrors. Traverses and climbs lead into the rather well decorated carrot patch before a series of small pots and a dry stream way lead to the 65 m Roo's Pitch, bottoming at -650 m with an uninviting sump.
The way on is from the top of Blind Pot, 90 m further up with two pitches of 25 and 35 m to -634 m where a 4― s drop beckons.
The best of the bottomed caves was Sima de Forcadoņa (I41). This is a fine trip down to 267 m with hardly a foot on solid floor all the way. Apart from the bottom chamber you only unclip form the rope at one point!
Descent of I45 begins with a 15 m pitch giving access to a narow rift. A series of small pitches descends to -130 m where the way on becomes impenetrable.
I34 begins as a tight rift-controlled cave, has a 40 m free hanging pitch and currently finishes with a narrow vadose passage with walls which crumble as you touch them at -225 m. The continuation is similar; definitely a cave to be avoided.
M15 descends abut 200 m, a series of short pitches and rather devious routes through squeezes and out of chambers. This ends at a pitch guessed at 25 m.
Pozu la Llerona (β10) is a bright spacious cave. This year it was located and explored via deep roomy shafts to the base of Poso Peperonatta at -300 m.
A number of other caves were found, explored and surveyed. Most notable of these were I7, I20, I21, I22, I23, I24, I25, I26, I27, I28, I29, I30, I31, I33, I40, I42, I48, I50, I51, I52, I53, I54, I55, I56, I57, I59, K6, K7, K8, M10, M11, STD-83.
|Gareth Davies||Steve Foster||Simon Fowler||Andy Kemp|
|Neil Kemp||Kev Senior|