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Hang Nguom Nuoc II

Sweeny and I got a lot of stick, but we insisted this tardis of a noggin should not be left unfinished. Would we get anyone to help us survey to the bitter end? For the third day, we had Duncan Morrrison along, but like John the day before, he had caught the dreaded ‘lergy’ and decided to remain in the car for the day. Sweeny and I quickly proceeded to the distillery entrance and climbed into the first high-level hole to the right. We were in for a surprise, as this hole turned out to be a single 15m high chamber, choked with the most amazing huge, white, wedding-cake decorations. Having surveyed our way through and out of the chamber via a high level second entrance, we decided to ignore the obvious continuation hole at the opposite edge of the doline, and returned to the original entrance to survey the remaining lead, the small stagnant resurgence. We were in for another surprise. Initially low-roofed, this passage soon enlarged. We ignored a smaller, dry side passage near the entrance and continued swimming along what we assumed was the main passage. The cave required swimming until the sump. The passage was featureless, would clearly flood to the roof in the wet season and carried on in this manner for 200m . A distinctly Yorkshire style inlet with a shelf and a stream digging its way through in the middle yieldeda further 200 m with much more interesting going. just as we were about to call it a day due to time constraints, the inlet terminated. We hastily made our way out, leaving the dry side passage near the entrance for another visit. After three days of caving, this side passage and the remaining hole in the doline still remain unexplored. Some ‘tiny limestone noggin’!

Anette Becher

 

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