Team: Bill Buxton,Graham Christian,Brian Clipstone, Howard Dare (& Molly),Kevin Diffey, Andy Dobson, Dave Dobson,Clark Friend, Chris Grimmett (& Sheelagh), Mark Hampson, Duncan Hornby, Harvey Lomas,Fred Levett, Tim Lewington, David Mullin, Allan Richardson
Apologies if I have forgotten someone!
We were to visit the mine Ystrad Einion a few miles up a narrow road. This mine is noted for the amazing water wheel just inside the entrance.
|The Water wheel very near the entrance of Ystrad Einion.|
The mine has some sizable passages seemingly held up by nothing more than rotting beams!
|One of the stopes, if you look carefully you can see one of the many bright green formations at the bottom of the picture.|
Further on just beyond a climb up is a rusting Kibble.
As well a bright green formations some of the passage were adorned with fantastic yellow formations.
|There were many intense yellow formations within the passages of Ystrad Einion.|
We then travelled North to join the others staying at the awesome Mynydd Climbing Club hut. That evening Tim and I “popped” over the mountain to Capel Curig for a meal.
|A view to die for, which we almost did with the onslaught of midges!|
SaturdayThe main event was a top secret location, so secret, if the very name of it was revealed it would destroy space and time as we know it and rip apart the very fabric of the Universe.
How a group of 12 blokes casually leaving the track and piling into one entrance was never noticed will forever remain a mystery.
So here is a pretty picture to distract you.
|Many fantastic formations adorned “Area 51”.|
SundayOn our way to Parc mine Mark’s car broke down on the hill approaching the Hafna car park. Fortunately he was able to get phone reception and we left him to it. Mark please buy a new car!
We had split into two teams one entering level two, I and others entering level three (the wet one). I report our experience in level 3, which starts after a climb down into the cave like entrance, in a semi-flooded section, deep enough for the shorter person to wish they had never come on the trip!
Whilst this level is very wet and the constant strong draught chilled you very quickly, it has many interesting things and formations to enjoy.
|Andy Dobson at one of the many ore chutes, this one had water cascading down through it.|
This mine has many formations, some of them often full of stunning colours and patterns, here are just a few close-ups to show them off.
|A multi-coloured stalactite.|
|An amazing red deposit on the walls of the mine.|
|A wasps nest like formation in the roof of a passage.|
|A typical passage in level 3.|
We eventually returned to the surface and met Mark at the car park, a tow truck was apparently on its way.
One thing to note about this mine is that Ochre water stains your skin a jaundice yellow, so don’t wear shorts for a few days until it rubs off!
Thanks Allan for yet another great mine weekend!
Trip time: 4 Hours.