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Mar 01, 2003

WINDSOR CAVE - LOWER STREAM PASSAGE:

Field notes: I. C. CONOLLEY

Cavers: R. S. Stewart, I. C. Conolley, M. Taylor

Itís 2:30 pm, Saturday, March 1, 2003, overcast but no rain. As a matter of fact no rain in fourteen days. A good time, a good day to get to the lower streamway in the Windsor cave - the lower levels where the rivers flow and where in the rainy season you donít even think of traversing. And yes, we do our thing, in through the main passageway of the cave to the 30-foot drop at 3:25 pm and then down the second 30-foot drop in to the lower river passages at 4:08 pm. And we are finding debris, an old rubber shoe sole, and some bamboo, evidence of the water flushing through these channels in the last rainy period and the subsequent flood rains.

At the foot of this second drop where there was water last June it is now bone dry. We have named this Point A. We hang a left at Point A in the direction of Point B. Stef is plotting a course so he is using the compass and estimating distances as we go. Point to point...

Point A to Point B 220 degrees and 15 meters
Point B to Point C 110 degrees and 8 meters
Point C to Point D 325 degrees and 10 meters
Point D to Point E 25 degrees and 8 meters
Point E to Point F 345 degrees and 6 meters
This is a T-Junction we name Photo Junction. There is coral-like stone here; quite beautiful. We are on the stem of the T and hang a right at the junction.
Point F to Point G 110 degrees and 15 meters
Point G to Point H 95 degrees and 10 meters
Settled water very rocky
Point H to Point I 85 degrees and 5 meters
Lowering roof estimated at 3 feet
Point I to Point J 175 degrees and 8 meters
Weíve come upon a sort of junction. Straight is a muddied aperture and there seems to be a water-filled hole, at least in the rainy season, beyond it; but it is too small to squeeze through and too small even to get oneís head in to look around; but from what one sees it may be a deep sink... maybe another deeper level. So we bear right.
Point J to Point K 236 degrees and 4 meters
Thereís a crab. The height of the channel increasing again from some three feet to four feet.
Point K to Point L 185 degrees and 5 meters
We are now travelling through a rocky limestone tunnel, obviously a water course. There is no trickling water but water has settled in small pitted holes.
Point L to Point M 145 degrees and 10 meters
We have finally come to an end of the passageway. Thereís a pool of water with a trickle flowing in the direction of the passageway. The height of the cave remains consistent, small and tunnel-like, and winding. Rocks jut out. This is obviously a channel for water during to rainy period. Water drain from rocks into the pool - from the sides, not from the top. It trickles into a drain about two feet from the pool at the start of the passageway and so does not run through the passageway. The drain is a flat rock sitting on a boulder with cracks through which the water drains. This is the end of the passageway. Well, no way out but back. So itís turn around time.

We are back at Photo Junction at 5:15 pm. Itís already late and we will be out of the cave at dark so we do not explore further but turn left and head home.

We are out and itís dark. Itís about 7:00 pm.

Another Windsor Cave adventure. Does this cave ever end???
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