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TMNP: Silvermine Caves

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Oct 01, 2007 1:18 pm

No problem NL, I was in Addo last week. :P
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Unread postby Larks » Mon Oct 01, 2007 2:13 pm

hi guys,

Sorry, just saw this thread now...

Even some of the "easier" caves like boomslang, can be a disaster with a torch! There are so many small passages leading off to the sides. That must have been fun.. :shock:

I always go in with two torches. In my opinion, Petzels work best!

And even with torches, caves can be so confusing! Some people leave tea candles behind them (look up in the low caves at the black ceilings, some use string (gets messy).

But silvermine is the ideal cave terrain! Have you seen the honey combs formation?
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Unread postby naturelover » Wed Oct 03, 2007 6:22 pm

Hi all

I also love Silvermine and I am fascinated by the caves there. As far as I know there are over 90 caves there. Have any of you guys do the Robinhood cave trail. I have heard that that is one of the more difficult ones

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Oct 04, 2007 1:53 pm

I only ever went in the 3 I mentioned. Boomslang, White Dome and Devil's Pit. I did not know the area very well and went with others who knew it better than I did.
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Unread postby naturelover » Tue Oct 09, 2007 4:34 pm

Hi BB

I have not heard of White Dome, what is it like?

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Oct 09, 2007 5:22 pm

It is a narrow passage the has a 90 degree left turn into a small chamber with a white ceiling. (if my memory serves me well)
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Unread postby naturelover » Wed Oct 10, 2007 7:50 pm

Hi BB

Is the verticle drop the only entrance to Devil's Pit?

If what is correct Devil's pit is the most hazardous.

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Oct 10, 2007 9:59 pm

No NL, there is a passage on the south side of the fence (I think) that goes down a small hole and a cavern, then you slide under a rock to get into the pit.
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Unread postby naturelover » Thu Oct 11, 2007 3:32 pm

Hi there BB

Thanks for the entrance info

Did you know that Silvermine has some of the most amazing sandstone caverns in the world.

Is White Dome one of the caves inthe amphitheatre area?

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Oct 11, 2007 10:29 pm

I think so, but it is over 30 years since I was there.
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Unread postby naturelover » Mon Oct 15, 2007 1:03 pm

Hi BB

I have also not been into the caves for a long time, but I hope to do some caving soon when I am not bogged down with work.

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Oct 15, 2007 4:24 pm

I have retired, I won't fit anymore :twisted:
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Unread postby naturelover » Wed Oct 24, 2007 7:54 pm

Hi BB

Caves have always been an interest of mine but I seem to find so little on the Silvermine caves.
It seems as if few other forumites are cavers as you and I seem to be the only ones on this thread.

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:44 pm

There were quite a few of us who went in my youth, mainly from church youth groups, we went mainly to suss out the chicks in the other groups. They looked a little less than their best with mud all over their clothes & faces, but we used to swim in the tidal pool later to get it off.
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Unread postby behne » Fri Nov 02, 2007 2:12 pm

Ah, some forumites with an interest in our little sandstone grottos. There definitely are about 90 listed caves. The best known are Boomslang, with White Dome Grotto next-door, and Devils's Pit. Other gems are Oread Halls, just off the path between Boomslang and Devil's Pit and Tartarus. The longest and most difficult system is the link-up from Robin Hood's Cavern through Ronan's Well, exiting in Echo Valley. Fabulous caving with the notorious "80 foot Narrows". Believe me, the crawl in Boomslang is cavernous compared to this!! There are plenty of other smaller caves, with several in the Amphitheatre area, as well as along towards Kleintuin Kop. The Moles produced a little guide many, many years ago but it's long out of print. Enjoy. I spent many hours up there as a youngster and have started introducing my kids to them more recently. I'm often tempted to revisit the "80 foot Narrows" but don't know if I'll get through in my current shape.


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