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New Austrian Discovery

By Dave Yeandle

While on a walk in the Fuertal, after the Ahnenschacht expedition, a pothole entrance was noted and because it looked promising we returned the next day.

 

Trusting my reliable belay (Alan Thomas and Bob Craig) I started climbing down the ladder – a wooden rung and wire rope ladder belonging to the Austrians which is much more bulky than our lightweight electron ladder.  Having descended to the bottom of the 35ft. ladder there was still some 10ft. or so to the deck.  Alan and Bob lowered me, which proved to be an interesting ride, to the boulder slope. The chamber I had entered was a fair sized chamber with several side passages leading from it.  I explored these but none went far.

The cave is situated some 500 yards from the turning to the Feurtal Ice Cave on the path to the Ahnenschacht.  It is about 10 yards from the path at the start of a zigzag in the path.  The top of the Muselhorn Mountain appears to be at the same height as the cave entrance.  A little further up the path, towards the Ahnenschacht, is a small cave entrance to the left of the path and about 6ft. up.  The end of this cave does not seem far from point ‘A’ on the plan shown on the previous page.

Surveyor’s take note!

Martin Mills (Milch) of the S.M.C.C. recently came across the following in Ruth Neill in ‘Climbers Club Guide’: Cornwall, Vol.1 by P.H. Biven & M.B. McDermott (1969) p.35.  abridged by Milch.

If you ever require an illustration of the importance of making due allowance for the effect of the Annual Change in magnetic variation, you can recount the disaster in 1893 at Wheal Owles Mine in west Cornwall when 20 men were drowned when a party of miners broke into an adjacent flooded working after a mistake in calculating the effect of the annual change in magnetic variations.