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TMNP: Silvermine Caves

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TMNP: Silvermine Caves

Unread post by naturelover » Sun Sep 02, 2007 7:46 pm

I have tried reading up on the Silvermine Caves but have found very little. Have all of them been fully explored and either than Devil's pit are any fenced off?

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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon Sep 03, 2007 10:55 am

It is about 35 years and kilos ago that I squoze through some of those caves.
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Unread post by naturelover » Thu Sep 06, 2007 7:54 pm

Hi Bush Baptist

The last time a went through those caves was a few years back when went through Boomslang Cave.

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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Thu Sep 06, 2007 10:17 pm

Boomslang, Devil's Pit and White Dome are the ones I went into.
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Unread post by naturelover » Fri Sep 07, 2007 9:45 pm

Hi Bush Baptist

Is Devil's pit the cave with the 20ft drop?

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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Sat Sep 08, 2007 10:28 am

Yes NL, it had a 'fence' around the drop and the opening in the ground was some way away and you had to slide inder a rock to get into the pit. Just after descending through the ground, one came to the 'free drinks saloon', a small pool of sweet water!

Not bad memory for 35 years ago hey.
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Unread post by naturelover » Mon Sep 10, 2007 8:02 pm

Hi Bush Baptist

Is Boomslang the longest of the silvermine caves or am I mistaken?

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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Tue Sep 11, 2007 12:23 pm

Boomslang was the one we always went into because it ran from one side of the mountain to the other. It was the longest I went into. White dome and devil's pit were smaller and you went in and out the same way.
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Unread post by naturelover » Sun Sep 16, 2007 7:03 pm

Hi BB
Once when we went through Boomslang Cave a while back. My torch broke.....not a nice experience: not only was it pitch black but I also fell into every stream in the cave. It was quite an experience.

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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon Sep 17, 2007 9:21 am

Looks like you and I are the only forumites to have been in the caves, NL.

I always went with quite a group of people, so we had enough torches, but the water in Boomslang often gave us a problem. Also your mother was not impressed with the dirt on your clothes when you got home, but sometimes we swam in the tidal pool before going home.
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Unread post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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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