News: Rhino Rift Third Pitch Stability

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News: Rhino Rift Third Pitch Stability

Post by David Cooke » Tue 22 Nov 2011 14:39

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There have been reports about instability of the boulders that make up the top of the third pitch. The pitch head appears unstable and it is advised that you take great care here and better still don't use the direct hang but instead use the “Right Hand Route” third pitch. Do not congregate below this area and be aware that it is possible (probable) that any further collapse here could (would) block the way on (or out) from the rest of the lower cave.

Les Williams
CSCC C&A Officer
Posted 28/8/2011
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Post by David Cooke » Tue 22 Nov 2011 14:39

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The boulders at the top of the third pitch have moved. Several have fallen down the pitch, including one of about 4 Tonnes! There are still boulders perched precariously at the pitch head, including one extremely large boulder that appears to have no visible means of support. You are advised to avoid going below the top of the third pitch and also to stay away from the pitch head. Although the “Right Hand Route” will avoid the instability, you wouldn't want to be below the top of Pitch 3 at the moment. It is almost certain that the way on to the rest of the lower cave is currently blocked.

It is planned to leave the pitch head alone for the winter to see if it stabalises or otherwise, so you are advised to restrict any caving to the first two pitches for now.

Les Williams
CSCC C&A Officer
Posted 6/11/2011
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